Los Angeles, Dec 7 (AP/UNB) — The Golden Globe nominations recognized Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's talents as actors, but Thursday's announcement also came with a nod for their soulful duet "Shallow" from "A Star is Born."
They join an impressive roster of music stars who earned Globe nominations Thursday, including Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Dolly Parton, Annie Lennox and Troye Sivan and Jonsi.
Cooper and Gaga were each nominated for best drama acting honors for their performances in "A Star is Born," and Cooper also earned a directing nod.
"Shallow" co-writer Mark Ronson received his first Golden Globe nomination for his work on the song. He told The Associated Press he sent text messages to Cooper and Gaga telling them both, "Thank you, thank you, thank you."
"When you go into writing a song for a movie like this, you hope that it's good enough to make it in the film. But to be nominated is amazing," said Ronson, who learned about the nomination after taping a talk show with Miley Cyrus in London. "It's just a really good song. The way (Gaga and Bradley) performed the song takes it to another level."
Gaga said in a statement, "The film has truly been a passion project for everyone involved and we've all become a family."
Lamar, a Grammy winner, and SZA became first-time Globe nominees for their song from the Marvel Studios blockbuster "Black Panther." The superhero film also received a nomination for best original score along with "A Quiet Place," ''Isle of Dogs, "First Man" and "Mary Poppins Returns."
"It's a nice surprise to be woken up. I thought it was another evacuation," said "Quiet Place" composer Marco Beltrami, who had to evacuate from his studio for a week during a massive Southern California wildfire last month.
Dolly Parton and Linda Perry were nominated for "Girl in the Movies" from the upcoming film "Dumplin," while Annie Lennox was recognized for "Requiem for a Private War" from "A Private War" and Troye Sivan and Jónsi for "Revelation" from "Boy Erased."
"Black Panther" composer Ludwig Goransson said he was awakened by his wife who flashed her phone in his face with the news.
"I'm just really proud, but totally surprised," said Goransson, who worked with Childish Gambino on "This Is America." ''You never want to take anything for granted, especially in this business."
It's the sixth Globes nomination for Parton.
Troye Sivan and Jónsi said it was an incredible honor to create the song "Revelation" for the film "Boy Erased" in hopes of spreading the message of love.
The 76th annual Golden Globes will air live on January 6, 2019.
Sydney, Dec 6 (Xinhua/UNB) -- Chinese film, Dying to Survive, has taken out best Asian picture at the 8th annual Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) awards.
Dying to Survive is a black comedy based on the real-life story of a Chinese leukemia patient who smuggled cancer medicine from India for other Chinese cancer patients.
"I think the most important thing is to make a balance among entertainment, the sociality, and the humanity of a film," director of the film Wen Muye explained of the film's success while speaking to Xinhua on Wednesday night.
The film has certainly touched the hearts of Chinese audiences, enjoying broad box office success back home, and Australians are starting to pay attention as well, with many seeking to expand collaboration between the two countries' film industries.
Australia's "indigenous western" Sweet Country took out best picture overall on the night, as well as a slew of other awards for its gritty portrayal of life in the dessert, while best supporting actress winner Nicole Kidman urged audiences to keep seeing smaller films which can only survive in the age of blockbusters with sustained audience support.
Los Angeles, Dec 5 (AP/UNB) — Kevin Hart has a new job — he will host the 2019 Academy Awards, a role the prolific actor-comedian says fulfills a longtime dream.
Hart announced his selection for the 91st Oscars in an Instagram statement Tuesday. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences followed up with a tweet that welcomed him "to the family."
The announcement came hours after trade publication The Hollywood Reporter posted a story calling the Oscars host position "the least wanted job in Hollywood."
Hart clearly doesn't feel that way, writing on Instagram that it has been on his list of dream jobs for years. The 2019 Oscars will be broadcast Feb. 24 on ABC.
"I am blown away simply because this has been a goal on my list for a long time...To be able to join the legendary list of host that have graced this stage is unbelievable," Hart wrote. "I know my mom is smiling from ear to ear right now.
"I will be sure to make sure this years Oscars are a special one," Hart wrote.
Hart takes over hosting duties from Jimmy Kimmel, who presided over the last two ceremonies, including 2016's flub that resulted in the wrong best picture winner being announced. Last year's ceremony was an all-time ratings low, and the film academy has announced a series of changes to the upcoming show .
Those include shortening the broadcast to three hours, and also presenting certain categories during commercial breaks and broadcasting excerpts of those winners' speeches later in the show.
The 39-year-old Hart has become a bankable star with films such as "Ride Along," ''Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" and "Night School."
Celebrities including Martin Lawrence and Chris Rock, who hosted the ceremony in 2005 and 2016, posted congratulatory messages about Hart's selection Tuesday night.
"Damn I've lost another job to Kevin Hart," Rock posted on Instagram, echoing a joke he told during his 2016 opening monologue . "They got the best person for the job."
Chicago, Dec 3 (AP/UNB) — Bono will speak in Chicago about his efforts to combat AIDS and extreme poverty in Africa.
The lead singer of the rock band U2 is scheduled to appear Thursday at an Economic Club of Chicago dinner meeting. He'll participate in a discussion with Ariel Investments President Mellody Hobson, who is also the club's chairwoman.
Bono is co-founder of ONE, an advocacy organization that lobbies governments around the world to address poverty. He also co-founded RED, which partners with well-known brands to raise public awareness of AIDS. It has raised more than $500 million for AIDS prevention and treatment in Africa.
The discussion will be livestreamed on the club's YouTube channel .
New York, Dec 2 (AP/UNB) — Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra posted photos of their wedding celebration Saturday amid reports that the couple had wed after a four-month courtship.
While the couple didn't say they were officially married — Indian weddings are typically dayslong affairs — they both posted festive pictures of themselves on social media and talked about the work they had put into planning the wedding.
Representatives for the entertainers didn't immediately return emails seeking comment.
The couple announced their engagement in August. It is the first marriage for the 36-year-old Chopra and the 26-year-old Jonas.
The couple had been posting social-media photos of themselves among family and friends in India for more than a week.