Showbiz Sandbox 352: 2017 Academy Award Nominations Launch #OscarsSoDiverse Trend

January 24, 2017


When the 2017 Oscar nominations were announced this week the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences managed to avoid a third straight year of controversy over all-white acting nominees. Among this year’s honorees are six African American actors, setting a record for the most in a single year. Hopefully this is a sign more racially diverse films are being produced.

What the Academy did manage to overlook however, were films with huge audiences. Despite nominating nine films for Best Picture Oscars, not a single one has surpassed the $100 million mark (yet).

Meanwhile, in over in the music business, album sales have never mattered less. These days it’s all about music publishing, which can be a true goldmine. Just ask Paul McCartney who is suing Sony/ATV to regain the publishing rights to the Beatles catalogue.

Of course we also cover the week’s top entertainment news including Jerry Seinfeld’s new Netflix deal, the death of 3D television and NBC renews one of its biggest hits for two more seasons.


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Czech Box Office Reached Record Numbers in 2016

Weekend Box Office: ‘Split’ Trumps ‘xXx: Xander Cage’ With $40.2M

AMC Buys Nordic Cinema Group for $929 Million – Here Is What You Need to Know

Sundance: Kumail Nanjiani’s ‘The Big Sick’ Nabbed by Amazon for $12M

Oscar Nominations 2017: 14 for ‘La La Land,’ and 6 for Black Actors

‘La La Land,’ Diversity and the Return of Mel Gibson: The Highlights of the 2017 Oscar Nominations

Academy Awards 2017: Complete List of Nominations

Amazon Becomes the First Streaming Company to Score a Best Picture Nomination

BookFilter Newsletter

Days Without End by Sebastian Barry – BookFilter

The Abominable Mr. Seabrook by Joe Ollmann – BookFilter

True South by Jon Else – BookFilter

Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved By Beauty by Kate Hennessy

Rise: How a House Built a Family by Cara Brookins – BookFilter

Jerry Seinfeld Teams With Netflix for Two Stand-Up Specials, More ‘Comedians in Cars’

Historic Broadway Season Produces Musical Deluge

‘This Is Us’ Renewed for Second and Third Seasons at NBC

Netflix Beats Q4 Subscriber Forecasts With Largest Quarterly Gain in Its History

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Delayed Again as Spock’s Father Is Cast

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Delayed Again, Casts James Frain

‘Will and Grace’ Revival Officially a Go at NBC

Roman Polanski to Serve as President of France’s Cesar Awards

Roman Polanski Won’t Preside Over César Film Awards in France

‘Saturday Night Live’ Writer Katie Rich Suspended After Controversial Barron Trump Tweet

Stephen Colbert to Host 2017 Emmy Awards on CBS

3D TV Is Dead

The xx Debuts at No. 2 on Billboard 200 Chart, The Weeknd Holds at No. 1

Paul McCartney Sues Sony Over Beatles Music

Alanis Morissette’s Manager Admits to Defrauding Singer of Millions


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