Halstead first worked on NATO's government relations team in 2007 after being employed on Capitol Hill. He later moved from his full-time position at the national association to lead a NATO-affiliated regional association in middle America.
Adds NATO president and CEO John Fithian, "I can think of no one in the industry with Todd’s breadth of experience and insight in federal government relations, state and local government relations, and the long-term development of industry strategies. We are thrilled to have Todd 'back home' full-time in a key management position."” />
"NATO members, team colleagues and I have all been inspired through these difficult times by her keen intellect, strategic foresight, passion and tireless work ethic." "Jackie is poised to help lead the industry into a new era,” said NATO chairman Rolando Rodriguez, whose day job is chairman, president and CEO of Marcus Theatres.
She previously worked at the law firm of Foley & Lardner, LLP in Los Angeles. Brenneman was hired at NATO in 2014 as manager of industry relations, where she served members in several capacities. During the pandemic, which ravaged the movie theater industry, Brenneman was key in developing and implementing government relief programs to help domestic film exhibitors survive.
Jackie Brenneman has been upped to executive VP and general counsel, which NATO has referred to as a new "second-in-command" position at the company. Meanwhile, Todd Halstead has joined as director of government relations and strategy development.
The National Association of Theatre Owners, the trade organization that represents the country's cinemas, has announced the promotion of two executives.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. Units comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Each unit equals one album sale, or 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams generated by songs from an album.
streaming (official audio and official video), radio airplay and sales data — see the full chart here. The Hot 100 blends all-genre U.S.
3 on the Hot 100, after seven nonconsecutive weeks at No. Glass Animals’ “Heat Waves” climbs to No. 1, the Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber’s “Stay” slides 4-6 on the Hot 100, after seven weeks at No. 1. In non-holiday-song news, Adele’s “Easy on Me” slips to No. 10. 8 and Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow’s “Industry Baby” slips to No.
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Olivia Rodrigo’s “Sour” remains at No. Meanwhile, on the Billboard 200 Albums chart, Adele’s “30” is at No. Following are Taylor Swift’s second re-recorded album, “Red (Taylor’s Version),” which slips 2-3 in its fifth week, while Michael Bublé’s “Christmas” holds at No. 2 with 119,000. 5 with 60,000 units. 4 with 64,000 equivalent album units. 1 for a fourth consecutive week with 183,000 equivalent album units, while Juice WRLD’s second posthumous album, “Fighting Demons,” debuts at No.
25, 2021, tying 24kGoldn’s “Mood,” featuring Iann Dior, beginning in October 2020, and Drake’s “Nice for What,” in 2018, as the only songs with four separate ascents to No. 1 — however, unlike “Christmas,” the latter two tracks logged their four distinct rises to No. 21, 2019, Dec. As “Christmas” rules the latest, Dec. 25, 2021-dated chart, it claims its sixth total week at No. 1 over unbroken chart stays. 19, 2020, Jan. 2, 2021, and now Dec. 1 in its third seasonal run at the summit, becoming the first song in the Hot 100’s 63-year history to lead in three distinct chart runs. As Billboard notes, Carey’s “Christmas” has made four interrupted climbs to the top of the Hot 100, on charts dated Dec.
It’s the holiday season, and Mariah Carey’s perennial “All I Want for Christmas Is You” is not only No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 yet again — it’s made history: It is now the first song in the chart’s history to have led in three distinct runs on the ranking.
1 for the first time in December 2019 (for three weeks) and December 2020 (two), and now this year. While the song was first released on Carey’s “Merry Christmas” album in 1994, its popularity has actually grown as the years have gone by: It reached the Hot 100’s top 10 for the first time in December 2017; No.
Not surprisingly, the chart is loaded with holiday songs, including six in the top 10: Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” replaces Carey at No. 9, respectively. 6 and No. 2, Bobby Helms’ “Jingle Bell Rock” rises to No. 4, Burl Ives’ “A Holly Jolly Christmas” holds at No. 5, Andy Williams’ “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and Wham!’s “Last Christmas” reach No.

"We must commit to uplift the voices of survivors who speak out against abuse and support them in sustaining the careers they deserve. "Survivors of sexual harassment and assault in the entertainment industry have faced blacklisting and retaliation for too long," says Kirsten Schaffer, CEO of WIF. Hire Survivors Hollywood is an important initiative that holds decision makers accountable and fosters the respect and care that survivors deserve."
“We believe aligning with survivors surrounds us with people who are not only talented but have a depth and strength of character,” says Hall, who adds, “If our script is going to tackle conflicting material, we want actors on board who are ready to use their voices for the greater good.”
In 2017, at the height of the #MeToo movement, actor, comedian and writer Sarah Ann Masse came forward with sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein.
To start, Hire Survivors Hollywood assists productions in helping to find survivors to audition for a more inclusive casting process. On set, the initiative encourages hiring a trauma educator to put on a training session with the cast and crew before cameras roll, intimacy a mental health professional for shoot days that might deal with triggering content and intimacy coordinators.
"The fight to achieve gender equality in Hollywood is also the fight to end gender-based violence and harassment in Hollywood. We have to go beyond improving the numbers of women hired on a production, and examine what we are all doing to ensure those workplaces are free of harassment," says ReFrame's director, Andrea Wilson Mirza, who is collaborating with Hire Survivors Hollywood on ReFrame's new toolkit, which will launch in the new year to provide resources and training for producers committed to creating safer sets.
According to Anita Hill's Hollywood Commission, which surveyed nearly 10,000 entertainment workers in 2020 about abuses in Hollywood, 75% of employees who spoke out against workplace mistreatment faced some form of retaliation.
But, the big-picture goal is to work with major Hollywood studios on normalizing hiring survivors. So far, Masse has teamed up with independent filmmakers, and is busy with her own outreach to those she knows in the film community. She reveals to Variety that she is currently working on expansion efforts to reach out on a larger scale, along with ReFrame, an initiative founded by the Sundance Institute and Women In Film (WIF).
"For us, it wasn't so much about opening doors to some people and not others," he adds. "It was about widening the doorway so all kinds of actors with all kinds of career paths felt comfortable walking through the door."” />
Dushku testified that she "feared that if I pushed back or reacted strongly, my job could be at risk, or my professional reputation could be harmed." "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" star Eliza Dushku, who was fired from the CBS series "Bull" in 2018 after accusing star Michael Weatherly of sexual harassment, testified in front of the House Judiciary Committee this November to fight against forced arbitration.
Masse's initiative, Hire Survivors Hollywood, aims to raise support for survivors of sexual violence within the entertainment industry by encouraging those in positions of power to make a pledge to hire survivors and silence breakers, and give them a fair chance through auditions, meetings and interviews, like any other person trying to make it in entertainment.
Thus far, Masse has successfully gotten the pledge from two films in which she's been cast: "Through the Rinse,” a Latino crime caper from Schoolhouse Pictures, and "A More Perfect Union," a drama described as a COVID-era whistleblower drama that will star former Ohio State senator Nina Turner.
"Retaliation and blacklisting are alive and well," Masse says.
All the while, Masse has taken power back into her own hands by launching her own initiative, Hire Survivors Hollywood, and by bringing her activism to projects in which she's been cast to ensure better working conditions and increased opportunities for survivors who have faced retaliation in the entertainment business. In the years since, Weinstein has been convicted of rape, sentenced to 23 years in New York prison and awaits another sexual assault trial in Los Angeles.
With her activism, Masse is hoping Hollywood takes things a step further and doesn't just listen to survivors by holding perpetrators accountable for sexual misbehavior, but actually acknowledging the very reason survivors want to be heard — to be seen as human beings; not just accusers, who are plagued with their names printed next to their "cancelled" abusers on Google.
The film is produced by Pasadonuts LLC, which has taken the Hire Survivors Hollywood pledge. "A More Perfect Union," directed by Ian Mark and Blaize Hall, will feature Turner playing a progressive presidential candidate in the 2020 election. Masse is part of the cast that also includes George Wyner, Quei Tann and Calinda Jade.
Hall’s co-director, Mark, says he met with Masse early in the casting process to brainstorm how best to work with her initiative. After Masse posted on social media from an early table read, many survivors learned about the project and submitted themselves. The filmmakers then included a note in their breakdown about their commitment to inclusive hiring and encouraged actors to self-identify as such, if they felt comfortable. "I want to stress that we did not cast anyone in this film solely based on their status as a survivor,” Mark tells Variety.
"The key is for these wonderful talents, both above and below the line, to be given opportunities again,” Masse says.
Now, Hire Survivors Hollywood is helping to guide productions on how to work with survivors at all stages, from development to release, and in all departments, covering actors, writers, directors, costumers, grips, editors and more. Hire Survivors Hollywood started as a hashtag in late 2017. The initiative was formally launched in early 2019, after Masse spoke on a panel with other survivors at the Athena Film Festival. After Masse started using it, she was told she was being blacklisted for speaking against Weinstein.
And while some progress has been made in regards to sexual misbehavior being exposed, many survivors express a common fear in telling their stories: retaliation for coming forward. Just this month, individuals have come forward with allegations against "Sex and the City" actor Chris Noth, CNN's Chris Cuomo and "X-Men" director Bryan Singer. As Weinstein's rape conviction stands to possibly be overturned, allegations of sexual misconduct continue to be leveled against a number of high-profile men in Hollywood.
"I mourn the loss of the two decades of career that I would have had," Sorvino told Vanity Fair in November. Last month, Oscar winner Mira Sorvino said in an interview that she was blacklisted from Hollywood for 20 years because of retaliation she faced from Weinstein.
"We know that if survivors of sexual violence who have yet to speak up see those who have already come forward being punished for telling the truth, it will make them less likely to come forward," Masse tells Variety, adding that survivors are then overwhelmed by "the burden of silence, leaving predators free to continue operating within the industry, which makes our working environments less safe for everyone."
Masse hopes that her initiative will create a safe, equitable work environment, increase representation in the industry and encourage individuals who have faced sexual violence to come forward without fear of their careers being damaged.
Masse says that recent exposés showcase the fear still associated with coming forward in the entertainment business' post #MeToo era. (In the wake of the allegations, which the actor denies, he was axed by his agency and fired from "The Equalizer" on CBS.) Major publications have allowed women to speak up under pseudonyms, in order to protect their privacy, as evidenced in recent Noth stories where three women have spoken anonymously, alleging sexual assault and rape.
Prior to speaking up in 2017, she says she was auditioning at least four times a month, and that was as an unknown transplant who was new to Los Angeles. Masse says she has been "largely frozen out of the more mainstream parts of our industry," noting that in the three-and-a-half years since she came forward about Weinstein, she's had roughly a half dozen auditions.
“Through the Rinse,” directed by writer Jason Avalos and set to begin production in New Orleans in early 2022, tells the story of the infamous “Aguila Blancos,” who were the Bonnie & Clyde of the 1990s. Masse has joined the cast, alongside Eme Ikwuakor, Maria Elena Laas and Diana Pombo. Avalos, who developed the project with Jason Cherubini of Dawn’s Light Media, says: "Being a BIPOC filmmaker, I am very aware of my trauma and marginalization, so it made sense to me to team up with Hire Survivors Hollywood to create opportunities for another group of people that face retaliation and marginalization.”

I just hope we get to do a Season 3.” “She does her own share of spying on social media. Lily Collins is hoping for an “Emily in Paris” crossover with “Lupin,” the French-language Netflix show about a master thief played by Omar Sy. I think she’d make a really good investigator. “I feel like Emily would make a really good spy,” Collins told me at the Season 2 premiere of “Emily” at the West Hollywood Edition hotel.
She adds, “My brother, who's a mega fan, was like, ‘If you don't take this, I will disown you. You have to be part of this universe.’"
Here’s to another million and more! Thank you, everybody, for listening and letting me know what you think. Speaking of the podcast, last week’s episode not only featured Lady Gaga but I can report that she helped “Just for Variety” pass 1 million downloads.

Welcome to this week's "Just for Variety."


“I walked over and took a picture because I’m a huge fan,” Dobrev told me on the phone from New York, where she and Julianne Hough had just rung the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange to celebrate their wine company Fresh Vine Wine’s initial public offering. Maybe in Season 900, I’ll get to play an extra.” Hopefully the post got their attention. Nina Dobrev started a lot of speculation about her joining “Stranger Things” for its fourth season after she posted a photo of herself in early December on Instagram in front of a building emblazoned with “Hawkins High School: Home of the Tigers.” She captioned the pic, “stranger things have happened …” But Dobrev tells me she was just having some fun in Atlanta while filming her upcoming Netflix comedy “The Out-Laws” near the “Stranger Things” set. “But I’ve been campaigning to be on the show for years now.
So much so that some of the most die-hard will be seen in the Disney Plus series “Obi-Wan Kenobi,” starring Ewan McGregor.
“Star Wars” really is about the fans.
Erskine jokes that she’s getting an Obi-Wan Kenobi tattoo: “It’s on my ass.”
Of course, she has to be tight-lipped about her part on the show, but says, “Deborah Chow is an amazing director. The cast was incredible. It was so fun to do.”
One person who won’t be popping up alongside Emily is Samantha Jones. “Emily in Paris” creator Darren Star also was creator and executive producer of “SATC.” “I’m not a fan of crossovers,” Star said. “It’s two different universes.” Twitter users have had a field day suggesting that Kim Cattrall’s iconic “Sex and the City” character join the series.
“I wanted to wrap him in a shawl and have him pass as an extra in ‘Star Wars.’” “I got to bring my baby to set,” she says. Erskine shot what she calls her “speck” of a role shortly after giving birth to Leon Frederick, her son with her fiancé, “This Is Us” actor Michael Angarano.
Stay safe, be well and I’ll see you in 2022.” /> I hope you’ve enjoyed reading it every week as much as I’ve loved reporting and writing it. It’s been a little over a year since I was handed the pen for this column’s relaunch. Well, that’s it for “Just for Variety” in 2021.

“The extras were incredible on the set, and a lot of them were mega ‘Star Wars’ fans,” Erskine tells me on this week’s episode of the “Just for Variety” podcast in a joint interview with her “Pen15” cohort Anna Konkle. “One guy, he was so nice and he lifted up his sleeves and had ‘Star Wars’ tattoos over his whole body. And they build droids. So says Maya Erskine, the “Pen15” co-creator and co-star who appears in the “Star Wars” spinoff. There are lot of ‘Star Wars’ fans that build droids, and then the production companies will rent [them] from the fans.”

Not that the Venezuelan film “The Inner Glow” deserves to be reduced to such a moniker. But there is no escaping that the dour sentiment that pervades Andrés Eduardo and Luis Alejandro Rodríguez’s latest feature is very much the point — even as its title wants to push us out of such darkness. Venezuela’s submission to the Oscar international film category and the winner of 11 awards at the Festival de Cine Venezolano, “The Inner Glow” tells the story of Silvia (Jericó Montilla), a young mother facing her own impending mortality who’s struggling to figure out what she’s to do with her six year-old daughter once she’s gone. Desperate times call for desperate measures. And bleak times, it seems, call for bleak urban dramas.
The precariousness of Silvia’s position is the driving engine of “The Inner Glow.” The Rodríguez brothers stay close on Montilla throughout the film, capturing the actress’s every anguished gesture. This is a woman who’s been alienated by her family, who can barely scrape by with her service job, and who at times looks at her daughter not with tenderness but with an aggrieved sense of regret. When they walk down the street together, in haste and exasperation, you catch Silvia letting go of Sara’s hand, as if the mere touch of her daughter were repellent — a reminder not just of how inadequate she feels as a mother but, perhaps, even a glint of recognition that maybe she could just leave her behind and find peace there.
Even the makeshift daycare where she’s used to leaving Sara (a luminous Sol Vázquez) during the day refuses to do so without squaring her outstanding bills (two months and counting). Silvia’s tale, small and intimate as it may be presented, is very much exemplary of a country in crisis. Her estranged mother and father are both, in their own ways, incapable (or outright unable) to take on the responsibility of caring for a child; she’s lost herself in her religious devotion while he’s long lived alone, in a cave, no less. The father of her child is in prison. The pharmacy where Silvia’s to get her medication can’t fulfill her prescriptions because of supply chain issues. The obvious places where a woman like Silvia would first turn to when she learns of a terminal illness like the one she’s set to battle are all dead ends.
In the hands of the Rodríguez brothers, this at times unbearably claustrophobic movie is constantly pushing us into the specific so as to get at something bigger, something more universal. “The Inner Glow” may touch on familiar themes and tropes, but taken as a minimalist portrait of a broken system and an indifferent social fabric, it is a remarkable (albeit disheartening) snapshot of modern-day Venezuela.” /> There are scenes where it feels like Silvia’s ailment is but an inner symptom of a larger, social ill, where her need to finally let go is less a choice she’s open to and more an inevitable conclusion.
Dreamlike images flicker in and out of focus, at times leaving us to wonder how much of what she’s seeing is a fantasy. At times it twinkles and matches Sara’s guileless innocence. Weaving in and out of gritty naturalism, capturing the cacophonous urban sprawl that pulsates around Silvia, DP Alexander Barroeta gives us hints of the increasingly dissociative state Silvia’s in. At others it trills and captures the dizzying way Silvia sees the inhospitable world around her. She may be present physically, but the more the film careens toward its surprising ending, the more it feels untethered from reality, closer in tenor to the fairy tales Sara and Silvia tell each other in their shared bed when all else around them feels especially bleak. Andres Levell’s score is left to do a lot of the heavy lifting.
We learn few specifics about Silvia’s terminal illness and gather scant details about the company she works at as a cleaner (or of the boss she interacts with briefly and who may well offer Silvia a way out of her predicament). The script, which the Rodríguez brothers co-wrote with Julián Balam, is sparse on details. Her sallow complexion and the squalor she lives in are enough to capture the dire straits she’s in; she spends much of the film at her wits’ end, desperately trying to find an answer to a problem that feels unbearably overwhelming.

Biden said those who are vaccinated should feel comfortable moving ahead with their holiday plans, and said that public health measures are in place to address a surge of cases.
Biden noted that President Donald Trump recently said he had gotten the booster, saying it was "one of the few things he and I agree on."
"Senator Manchin and I will get something done," Biden said.” />
"The omicron virus spread more rapidly than anybody thought," Biden said, when asked why the testing shortage happened so quickly. It was a big, big rush." "All of a sudden, it was like everybody rushed to the counter.
The administration will set up a website where Americans can request the tests, which will start to be delivered in January. Biden said the government would deliver 500 million free, at-home rapid tests, in an effort to address a testing shortage.
Biden also took a few questions about the Build Back Better legislation, which appeared to collapse on Sunday when Sen. Joe Manchin came out against it.
Today we stockpiled enough gowns, masks and ventilators to deal with the surge of hospitalizations among the unvaccinated. "In March of 2020, we were not ready. Today we're ready." "We're prepared today for what's coming," he said.
President Joe Biden said Tuesday that his administration is ramping up testing and hospital resources to combat the omicron variant, but promised that the country will not return to lockdowns that were seen in March 2020.
These companies and personalities are making money peddling misinformation. I call on the the purveyors of these lies to stop it. Stop it now." "The unvaccinated are responsible for their own choices," Biden said. It is wrong. "But those choices have been fueled by dangerous misinformation on cable TV and social media. It's immoral.
Biden also again urged people to get vaccinated and get booster shots, saying it is a "patriotic duty." He called out media outlets that have spread misinformation about the vaccines in unusually direct terms.

Canny staging and dim lighting mask the worst of the brutality. As he threatens her with physical and sexual violence, his expletive-filled language is equally sadistic. What takes place between young women and soldiers? Her savvy responses show her refusal to be cowed as she constantly attempts to humanize their interaction. The traumatic third episode centers on a journalist (the brave Maryna Klimova, who is also the star of the Slovak Republic’s Oscar submission “107 Mothers”) taken captive by an opposition soldier (Yuri Kulinich) in an abandoned underground bunker that once housed a spa.
Naturalistic in visual style and performance, they also introduce a new talent to watch in debuting writer-director Natalya Vorozhbit, better known as a playwright. Although the various episodes don’t quite add up to a strong narrative whole, they do gain extra resonance from current events in this troubled region. The film, adapted from her earlier play, premiered in Critics’ Week of the 2020 Venice Film Festival. The Ukrainian Film Academy named the helmer “Discovery of the Year,” along with other kudos. In the bleak omnibus film “Bad Roads,” four tension-filled tales set along the dangerous byways of Ukraine’s Donbass region during wartime illustrate survival strategies practiced by civilians.
It’s where a slightly drunk school principal (Igor Koltovskyy) encounters an ATO (anti-terrorist operation) checkpoint and can’t find his passport. His exchanges with an earnest soldier (Vladimir Gurin) and his short — and short-tempered — commander (Andrey Lelyukh) come perilously close to igniting the commander’s fuse while also being blackly funny. The first episode takes place on a literal bad road where the first thing we see are ruts of dried mud shimmering among potholes under a hot summer sun.
Each of the locations in the conflict zone is different and so are the characters, yet if one listens carefully to the dialogue, each sequence plants an idea that is expanded upon in the subsequent story. The narrative glue holding the four episodes together is far looser than in other omnibus films.
An anecdote the journalist recounts about a dead chicken provides the basis for the dark, absurdist final tale in which a pretty young woman (Zoya Baranovskaya) in a Peugot accidentally kills a hen that runs onto the road at night. She stops at a nearby farm to inform the owners (Oksana Voronina and Sergei Solovyov), who wouldn’t be out of place in a Ukrainian adaptation of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” What they do with her naive offer of compensation is both chilling and amazing to watch.
As the sky darkens from twilight to black, three teenage girls sit on a bench, smoking, talking and playing with their phones. They’re waiting for their soldier boyfriends. Instead of her beau, it’s her grandmother (Yuliya Matrosova) that arrives. Soon, only one girl (Anna Zhurakovskaya) is left. The principal’s (maybe mistaken) belief that he saw one of his female students poking her head out of the soldiers’ bunker seems to inspire the far less compelling second sequence, which takes place at a bus stop.
Top-notch tech credits also make the film stand out. First-time feature cinematographer Volodymyr Ivanov proves to be a true artist with light and the CinemaScope format, while Oleksandr Shatkivskyi’s realistic sound design, charged with the distress of barking dogs, delivers more unease than many musical scores.” />
The four segments vary in length, with the first two each slightly over the 20-minute mark, the third — and most difficult to watch — clocking in at approximately 43 minutes, and the last, a tight 15 minutes. Fortunately for viewers, only one goes that far. Each revolves around a fraught encounter that seems as if it could tip into extreme violence at any moment.
Per the press kit, the accomplished cast, totally credible as ordinary people, is comprised mostly of regional theater actors and took 18 months to assemble. Helmer Vorozhbit budgeted plenty of rehearsal time for the players and drew upon her experience of watching various theater directors at work on her plays.

"The Wheel of Time," Amazon Prime Video's latest high fantasy series starring Rosamund Pike, Kate Fleetwood and Madeleine Madden, clocked 1.16 billion viewing minutes during its debut week, making it the streamer's most watched original series since 2020's "Hunters."
Lucky for the fans that have tuned in, "The Wheel of Time" was renewed for a second season while it was producing its first in May 2021. Production for Season 2 began in Prague in July 2021, and the show was about halfway finished with principal photography as of late November.
Per Nielsen's Top 10 SVOD Lists, the show, based on Robert Jordan's bestselling novels of the same name, premiered as the No. The series also attracted a slightly older audience profile, with 65% of its watchers in the 35-64 age range — which makes sense, given that the book series began in 1990, spanning 14 volumes. 1 original.
Over on the Top 10 SVOD Acquired Programs are familiar titles from Nielsen data past: Nostalgia reins in viewers for "Seinfeld," "Criminal Minds," "NCIS," "Greys Anatomy," "Gilmore Girls" and "Supernatural," while preschool musical series "Cocomelon" remains immensely popular.” />
Per metrics released by Prime Video for the week of Nov. The company also noted in the announcement that the first novel in the "Wheel of Time" series, "The Eye of the World," was in the Top 20 of Amazon's Most Read Fiction chart during its premiere week. 15 to 21, "The Wheel of Time" was one of the top five launches of all time for the streamer, attracting tens of millions of eyeballs in its first three days.
"Tiger King," meanwhile, generated 685 million minutes of viewing, a testament to the public's ongoing fascination with Joe Exotic, Carole Baskin and their striped friends behind bars. "Red Notice" also took home the grand prize for Nielsen's Top 10 Movies, but Disney Plus won the list on average, with a majority of its movies making the cut: "Jungle Cruise," "Home Sweet Home Alone," "Home Alone," "Luca" and "Moana" accounted for 2.3 billion viewing minutes in aggregate. "The Wheel of Time" was joined in Nielsen's Top 10 SVOD Original Programming list with Netflix's "Tiger King," "The Great British Baking Show," "You," "Narcos: Mexico," "Cowboy Bebop," "Maid," "Locke & Key" and "Hellbound." "Tiger King" was also on Nielsen's Top 10 SVOD Overall Programs, where "Red Notice" once again took the trophy, amassing 1.7 billion viewing minutes.
“It’s a testament to everyone involved in the series — the incredible cast, led by Rosamund Pike, and our showrunner Rafe Judkins, and the entire team, who took viewers on a journey into a visually stunning world populated with diverse characters and cultures. It’s unlike any other fantasy series, and our customers all over the world are responding.” "We are elated by the strong debut of 'The Wheel of Time,' one of our most-watched series premieres of all time,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, in the statement.

“Dune”
“Right Where I Belong” from “Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road”
“Automatic Woman” from “Bruised”
The music shortlists for Oscar consideration, announced Tuesday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, might just be the most star-studded lineup in history.
Most of the 15 original scores on Oscar's 2021 shortlist were predictable, including two by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood – "The Power of the Dog" and "Spencer" – and two by movie-music veteran and past Oscar winner Hans Zimmer: the sci-fi "Dune" and the 007 epic "No Time to Die."
But this year's list was also surprisingly diverse, including one woman and four persons of color: Mexican-American composer Germaine Franco was cited for her colorful "Encanto" score. Three African-American composers also made the list: Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe for "Candyman," Jeymes Samuel for "The Harder They Fall" and Kris Bowers for "King Richard."
“Spencer”
“The French Dispatch of the Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun”
“The Last Duel”
“The Green Knight”
“Beyond The Shore” from “CODA”
“The Power of the Dog”
Three songs on the shortlist are by past Oscar winners: H.E.R., last year's reigning victor for "Fight for You," has "Automatic Woman" from "Bruised" in contention; "La La Land" songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are co-writers of "The Anonymous Ones" from "Dear Evan Hansen"; and Jennifer Hudson is one of the writers on "Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)" from the Aretha Franklin biopic "Respect." Hudson could potentially be in the running for Best Actress come nominations morning.
“Being the Ricardos”
“So May We Start?” from “Annette”
“Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)” from “Respect”
“Parallel Mothers”
Music (Original Score)
“The Harder They Fall”
Nearly all of the 15 songs on the list for potential nomination have been written or recorded by pop superstars, and the approximately 375 members of Oscar's music branch are going to have a difficult time paring the list down to five best-song nominees.
Music (Original Song)
“Don’t Look Up”
“Encanto”
“Guns Go Bang” from “The Harder They Fall”
“Dream Girl” from “Cinderella”
“Be Alive” from “King Richard”
Sparks has "So May We Start?" from "Annette," Ariana Grande "Just Look Up" from "Don't Look Up," and Idina Menzel "Dream Girl" from "Cinderella."
“Somehow You Do” from “Four Good Days”
“Candyman”
“Your Song Saved My Life” from “Sing 2”” />
Twelve-time nominee (thus far without a win) Diane Warren is back in the mix with "Somehow You Do" from the obscure drama "Four Good Days," and the well-liked "CODA" is also on the list with "Beyond the Shore," by veteran pop producer Marius De Vries.
“No Time To Die” from “No Time to Die”
The only other past Oscar winner to gain a spot on the list is Alexandre Desplat, for "The French Dispatch," although four previous Oscar nominees are also included: Daniel Pemberton for "Being the Ricardos," Nicholas Britell for "Don't Look Up," Alberto Iglesias for "Parallel Mothers" and Carter Burwell for "The Tragedy of Macbeth." Two period pieces round out the list: "The Last Duel" by Harry Gregson-Williams and "The Green Knight" by Daniel Hart.
“No Time to Die”
Music royalty from earlier generations who could snag nominations include Van Morrison for "Down to Joy" from "Belfast," Brian Wilson for "Right Where I Belong" from the documentary "Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road" and Carole King, co-writer with Hudson on the song from "Respect."
The most interesting matchup involves spouses Jay-Z (cited for his song "Guns Go Bang" from "The Harder They Fall," Jay-Z also served as the film's producer) and Beyoncé (for her "Be Alive" from "King Richard").
The Academy announced only the film titles and song titles, not the specific composers or songwriters. The alphabetical lists follow.
“Dos Oruguitas” from “Encanto”
“King Richard”
“The Tragedy of Macbeth”
“The Anonymous Ones” from “Dear Evan Hansen”
“Down To Joy” from “Belfast”
“Just Look Up” from “Don’t Look Up”
The 94th Academy Awards are on March 27. Voting for the final five nominees in each category begins Jan. Music-branch voters chose from 84 eligible songs and 136 eligible scores. 27, and the nominations will be announced on Feb. 8.
Songs from animated movies are always serious contenders, and this year they include Lin-Manuel Miranda's "Dos Oruguitas" from "Encanto" and U2's "Your Song Saved My Life" from "Sing 2." Should Miranda go all the way, he would complete his EGOT with the win here. James Bond theme "No Time to Die" — already a Grammy winner for writers Billie Eilish and Finneas — is a likely lock for a nomination.

“Flowing Home”
“Souvenir Souvenir”
“Dune” (Warner Bros)
“Affairs of the Art”
Best Adapted Screenplay
“Dream Girl” from “Cinderella” (Amazon Studios)
We're one step closer to seeing history being made with husband and wife Jay-Z and Beyoncé both making it for their two numbers on "The Harder They Fall" and "King Richard." If both are nominated, it will be the first time in Oscar history that a husband and wife competed against one another in the same category.
“A Quiet Place Part II” (Paramount Pictures)
We also have the obligatory mention for another Diane Warren song from the drama "Four Good Days." With 12 nominations and still no win, could this be the year she finally captures the gold?
“Your Song Saved My Life” from “Sing 2” (Illumination/Universal Pictures)
The list included the usual suspects among pundits and analysts, which had "Flee," the only crossover from the documentary race, and the first film in history to be eligible in animated, doc and international ("Waltz With Bashir" was disqualified from documentary in its respective year). It's widely expected that the Norway entry will be nominated in all three while also making a play for best picture with the help of Neon that got "Parasite" its historic win.
Jeymes Samuel, Scott Mescudi, Shawn Carter
“Black Widow” (Marvel Studios)
International Feature
“The Power of the Dog” (Netflix) – Jonny Greenwood
“Les Grandes Claques”
“Great Freedom” (Austria) – dir. Sebastian Meise
“The Worst Person in the World” (Norway) – dir. Joachim Trier
“Don’t Look Up” (Netflix) – Nicholas Britell
“Procession” (Netflix) – dir. Robert Greene
Jamie Alexander Hartman, Jennifer Hudson, Carole King
“No Time to Die” (MGM/United Artists Releasing)
“Frimas”
“Flee” (Neon) – dir. Jonas Poher Rasmussen
“Automatic Woman” from “Bruised” (Netflix)
Members of the Documentary Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.
Makeup and Hairstyling
Animated Short Film
The most shocking (but welcoming) inclusion on the list is the horror film "Candyman" by Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, who is one of three Black composers to make the shortlist, including Kris Bowers for "King Richard" and Jeymes Samuel for "The Harder They Fall."
“So May We Start?” from “Annette” (Amazon Studios)
Idina Menzel, Laura Veltz
Best Original Score
“When We Were Bullies”
“Lynching Postcards: “Token of a Great Day”
Kong" mustered its way in, alongside the sequel "The Matrix: Resurrections" and the category frontrunner "Dune." Taking cues from "Kong: Skull Island" that was nominated here, Warner Bros' "Godzilla vs.
Diane Warren
Best Costume Design
“Dune” (Warner Bros)
“No Time to Die” (MGM/United Artists Releasing) – Hans Zimmer
The snubs include Discovery Plus' "Francesco" and "Introducing, Selma Blair," both powerful portraits, along with Edgar Wright's love letter to the band Sparks, "The Sparks Brothers." Also missing out was Netflix's "Pray Away" and, most egregious, Sony Pictures Classics' "Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America."
Edgar Wright's "Last Night in Soho," the most surprising entry, could bode well for a showing in other artisan categories like production and costumes.
The shortlist voting concluded on Dec. 15, and the remaining ones will move on to the official phase one voting. 27, and ends on Tuesday, Feb. 8. 1. The official credits and nominees for all the films will be announced, with the rest of the Oscar nominations on Tuesday, Feb. Nominations voting begins on Thursday, Jan.
“Dune” (Warner Bros) – Hans Zimmer
“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” (Marvel Studios)
“Ghostbusters: Afterlife” (Sony Pictures)
Megan Mylan “Simple as Water” (HBO Documentary Films) – dir.
Original Score
“Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry” (Apple Original Films) – dir. RJ Cutler
Stanley Nelson “Attica” (Showtime) – dir.
Julie Cohen, Betsy West “Julia” (Sony Pictures Classics) – dir.
“The Windshield Wiper”
“The Queen of Basketball”
“Dune” (Warner Bros)
“Prayers for the Stolen” (Mexico) – dir. Tatiana Huezo
“Encanto” (Walt Disney Pictures) – Germaine Franco
“Nightmare Alley” (Searchlight Pictures)
“Just Look Up” from “Don’t Look Up” (Netflix)
“Águilas”
It's a fantastic showing for MGM/United Artists Releasing, which landed three spots in the field of 10 — "Cyrano," "House of Gucci" and surprisingly, "No Time to Die." In addition, the expected frontrunner "Dune" made the cut, along with its Warner Bros counterpart "The Suicide Squad," Whose original predecessor, which was helmed by David Ayer, won this category.
Best Documentary Feature
The biggest omission is Guillermo del Toro's "Nightmare Alley," which missed in two critical races that were announced — unsure if we can chalk it up to not seeing the film in time (which is hard to argue considering "Spider-Man: No Way Home" made it) or if the film's divisive nature is having trouble with members. Other notable rebuffs were Netflix's "Don't Look Up" and Marvel's "Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings."
“Guns Go Bang” from “The Harder They Fall” (Netflix)
Best Film Editing
“Be Alive” from “King Richard” (Warner Bros)
“You’re Dead Helen”
(other songwriters to be added) H.E.R.
Marvel Studios owned the Visual Effects Branch this year, with "Black Widow," "Eternals," and "Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" all making appearances. However, Scarlett Johansson's last entry as the Natasha Romanoff may face the biggest hurdle of the three due to the early release.
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has announced the shortlists in 10 categories for the upcoming 94th Oscars ceremony.
“Camp Confidential: America’s Secret Nazis”
However, there is something for everyone on the 15 songs that remain. This race should bring the newly minted Academy Awards producer Will Packer and the leadership joy and promise for high ratings.
“Censor of Dreams”
“The Criminals”
“The Facility”
Rintu Thomas “Writing with Fire” (Music Box Films) – dir.
Documentary Short Subject
“Stenofonen”
“Ala Kachuu – Take and Run”
“Being the Ricardos” (Amazon Studios) – Daniel Pemberton
Blerta Basholli “Hive” (Kosovo) – dir.
Brian Wilson, Jim James
“Boxballet”
Four of the films on the shortlist are helmed by women ("Playground," "I'm Your Man," "Hive" and "Prayers for the Stolen"). In addition, there are three countries making entry onto the shortlist for the first time — Bhutan, Kosovo and Panama. The glaring snub of the day is France's "Titane" from Julia Ducournau, who became the second woman ever to win the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. The latter was the big surprise on the list with "Plaza Catedral." It was a divisive film among many, and it was assumed that the film would be a difficult sell to Academy members but was expected to make the shortlist.
“Belfast” (Focus Features)
“Somehow You Do” from “Four Good Days” (Vertical Entertainment)
“A Broken House”
“Mum Is Pouring Rain”
Lin-Manuel Miranda
“Last Night in Soho” (Focus Features)
“No Time to Die” (MGM/United Artists Releasing)
Best Supporting Actor
“Dos Oruguitas” from “Encanto” (Walt Disney Pictures)
Best Actress
Members of the Music Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.
“The Rescue” (National Geographic) – dir. Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
Check out the list of the films and categories below:
“Faya Dayi” (Janus Films) – dir. Jessica Beshir
“The Hand of God” (Italy) – dir. Paolo Sorrentino
“On My Mind”
“Beyond The Shore” from “CODA” (Apple Original Films)
Todd Haynes “The Velvet Underground” (Apple Original Films) – dir.
Best Supporting Actress
“The Green Knight” (A24) – Daniel Hart
Laura Wandel “Playground” (Belgium) – dir.
“Flee” (Denmark) – dir. Jonas Poher Rasmussen
That's going to help for awards campaigning in January. Marvel can also own half of Sony Pictures' success with getting the box-office juggernaut "Spider-Man: No Way Home" into the lineup. The Tom Holland and Zendaya vehicle dominated the box office, scoring the third highest-grossing opening of all time.
6” (Finland) – dir. “Compartment No. Juho Kuosmanen
“The Matrix Resurrections” (Warner Bros)
The most shocking exclusion came from Nathan Johnson's beautiful work on "Nightmare Alley" failing to cut. At the same time, the branch also passed on another Disney feature, "Raya and the Last Dragon," from nine-time Oscar-nominee James Newton Howard.
Billie Eilish, Finneas O'Connell
“House of Gucci” (MGM/United Artists Releasing)
Sound
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Abner Benaim “Plaza Catedral” (Panama) – dir.
“When the Sun Sets”
C. Leyendecker” “Coded: The Hidden Love of J.
“Tala’vision”
“Distances”
“King Richard” (Warner Bros) – Kris Bowers
“Only a Child”
Nicholai Baxter, Matt Dahan, Sian Heder, Marius de Vries
“The French Dispatch” (Searchlight Pictures) – Alexandre Desplat
“The Good Boss” (Spain) – dir. Fernando León de Aranoa
Lin-Manuel Miranda represents his historic year with his song "Dos Oruguitas" from "Encanto," which could make him an EGOT winner if it breaks his way.
“The Eyes of Tammy Faye” (Searchlight Pictures)
“The Suicide Squad” (Warner Bros)
Other notable omissions include Colombia's "Memoria," Russia's "Unclenching the Fists" and Czech Republic's "Zátopek."
“No Time To Die” from “No Time to Die” (MGM/United Artists Releasing)
30. In addition, branch members will vote to nominate five films. All members of the Academy’s Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch will be invited to view seven-minute excerpts and interviews with the artists from each shortlisted film on Sunday, Jan.
“Godzilla vs. Kong” (Warner Bros)
“The Harder They Fall” (Netflix) – Jeymes Samuel
Best Picture
Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen, Jr.
With 138 features submitted for recognition, there aren't as many "shockers" as we thought there would be. Eight of the shortlisted films are helmed by women, which is notable. Apple Original Films managed two entries for music docs — "Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry" and "The Velvet Underground." Also landing two films each was HBO with Nanfu Wang's "In The Same Breath" (who missed out for her film "One Child Nation") and Megan Mylan's "Simple as Water" (who won the Oscar for documentary short for 2008's "Smile Pinki").
“Under the Heavens”
“No Time to Die” (MGM/United Artists Releasing)
“Free Guy” (20th Century Studios)
Best Sound
“Day of Rage”
“Coming 2 America” (Amazon Studios)
“Robin Robin”
“Spencer” (Neon/Topic Studios) – Jonny Greenwood
Despite three scores submitted this year, the Grammy-winning The National failed to make a list with "C'mon C'mon," "Cyrano" and "Jockey."
Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Dixson
Live Action Short
Boom!" and Steven Spielberg's "West Side Story" will represent the genre. It was a massive year for musicals, and Lin-Manuel Miranda's "Tick, Tick … But, unfortunately, Joe Wright's "Cyrano" and Jon M. Both stand an excellent chance to make the final cut. Chu's "In the Heights" were passed over for their achievements.
This year that seems to be Amazon Studios' "Being the Ricardos" and the work done on Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem. In contrast, Searchlight Pictures' "The French Dispatch" was left off, which is unexpected considering their previous love for Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel." It also seems that the transformation of Kristen Stewart into Princess Diana didn't impress the branch, as the film was also overlooked. The hair and makeup artisans always leave off some expected frontrunners and contenders.
Camilla Nielsson “President” (Greenwich Entertainment) – dir.
“The Long Goodbye”
Members of the Sound Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees. 28. Branch members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration. All members of the Sound Branch will be invited to view eight-minute excerpts and interviews with the artists from each of the shortlisted films beginning Friday, Jan.
“Us Again”
It seems not to be raising any glaring issues thus far as the 10 features to make the cut are all respected entries and worthy of a nomination. The first year that the Oscars have presented a shortlist for sound, just two years after merging the awards for sound mixing and sound editing.
“Bestia”
“Cruella” (Walt Disney Pictures)
is back with the track from Halle Berry's directorial debut, "Bruised," while Sparks and Van Morrison are eyeing the older demographic of the Academy with the songs from "Annette" and "Belfast." Last year's surprise winner H.E.R.
“West Side Story” (20th Century Studios)
“Audible”
“Parallel Mothers” (Sony Pictures Classics) – Alberto Iglesias
Valdimar Jóhannsson “Lamb” (Iceland) – dir.
“Namoo”
“Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)” from “Respect” (MGM/United Artists Releasing)
Best Actor
Best Original Screenplay
“The Musician”
Asghar Farhadi “A Hero” (Iran) – dir.
Maria Schrader “I’m Your Man” (Germany) – dir.
Best International Feature” />
“In the Same Breath” (HBO Documentary Films) – dir. Nanfu Wang
“Right Where I Belong” from “Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road” (Screen Media Films)
“Bad Seeds”
“Takeover”
All members of the Visual Effects Branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts and interviews with the artists from each of the shortlisted films on Saturday, Jan. 29. Then, branch members will vote to nominate five films.
Germaine Franco, who became the first Latina to ever join the Music Branch in 2019, is the only woman represented among the shortlisted for the animated musical "Encanto." Fresh off her Golden Globe nom, she could become one of the favorites if the film continues to gain traction in other races like animated feature and original song.
“Please Hold”
“The First Wave” (National Geographic) – dir. Matthew Heineman
Original Song
2022 Academy Awards Predictions
Best Visual Effects
Pawo Choyning Dorji “Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom” (Bhutan) – dir.
Ron Mael, Russell Mael (Sparks)
The biggest pop stars in the world are among the list, including Ariana Grande and Kid Cudi, who are co-writers on the song from "Don't Look Up," Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas on their already Grammy-winning number from "No Time to Die" and Jennifer Hudson, who is looking for a double Oscar nom in actress and original song with "Respect."
“Lead Me Home”
“Three Songs for Benazir”
“The Power of the Dog” (Netflix)
“Spider-Man: No Way Home” (Sony Pictures)
“Tick, Tick … Boom!" (Netflix)
“The Tragedy of Macbeth” (Apple Original Films/A24) – Carter Burwell
Documentary Feature
“Down To Joy” from “Belfast” (Focus Features)
“The Anonymous Ones” from “Dear Evan Hansen” (Universal Pictures)
“Cyrano” (MGM/United Artists Releasing)
Best Original Song
Best Cinematography
“Terror Contagion”
“Drive My Car” (Japan) – dir. Ryusuke Hamaguchi
“The Matrix Resurrections” (Warner Bros)
Quest Love “Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)” (Searchlight Pictures) – dir.
Best Production Design
“Sophie & the Baron”
“Spider-Man: No Way Home” (Sony Pictures)
“West Side Story” (20th Century Studios)
“Angakusajaujuq: The Shaman’s Apprentice”
“Ascension” (MTV Documentary Films) – dir. Jessica Kingdon
Carter in costume design. Unanticipated entries include Amazon Studios' "Coming 2 America," which could be a good signal for Ruth E.
Best Animated Feature
Kudos to the Academy for not forgetting "Free Guy," which deserves a nom.
“Candyman” (Universal Pictures) – Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe
“The Dress”
Van Morrison
The same will apply for the nominations round, with participants opting-in and must view all 15 shortlisted films to vote. However, they must have met a minimum viewing requirement to vote in the category. Academy members from all branches were invited to participate in the preliminary round of voting.
Nicholas Britell, Ariana Grande, Scott Mescudi, Tara Stinson
“Eternals” (Marvel Studios)
Oscar winner Hans Zimmer ("The Lion King") nabbed two of the 15 spots with "Dune" and "No Time to Die" while the still unrewarded Jonny Greenwood was shortlisted for "The Power of the Dog" and "Spencer." This year, there are two possibilities for double nominations in the original score category.
Visual Effects
Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, Amandla Stenberg
“Step into the River”
“The Last Duel” (20th Century Studios) – Harry Gregson-Williams
Best Director