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

January 24, 2017

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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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comScore Announces Official Worldwide Box Office Results for Weekend of January 22, 2017
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/comscore-announces-official-worldwide-box-office-results-for-weekend-of-january-22-2017-300394508.html

China Box Office: ‘Arrival’ Lands on Top of Deathly Quiet Weekend
http://variety.com/2017/film/asia/china-box-office-arrival-lands-on-top-of-deathly-quiet-weekend-1201966620/

Czech Box Office Reached Record Numbers in 2016
http://www.filmneweurope.com/news/czech-news/item/113907-czech-box-office-reached-record-numbers-in-2016

Weekend Box Office: ‘Split’ Trumps ‘xXx: Xander Cage’ With $40.2M
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/weekend-box-office-split-trumps-xxx-xander-cage-401m-967108

AMC Buys Nordic Cinema Group for $929 Million – Here Is What You Need to Know
https://celluloidjunkie.com/2017/01/23/amc-buys-nordic-cinema-group-929-million-need-know/

Sundance: Kumail Nanjiani’s ‘The Big Sick’ Nabbed by Amazon for $12M
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/sundance-kumail-nanjianis-big-sick-nabbed-by-amazon-12-million-960845

Oscar Nominations 2017: 14 for ‘La La Land,’ and 6 for Black Actors
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/24/movies/oscar-nominations-2017.html

‘La La Land,’ Diversity and the Return of Mel Gibson: The Highlights of the 2017 Oscar Nominations
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-oscar-nominations-main-news-story-20170124-story.html

Academy Awards 2017: Complete List of Nominations
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-oscars-2017-nominees-winners-list-20170123-story.html

Amazon Becomes the First Streaming Company to Score a Best Picture Nomination
http://www.latimes.com/business/hollywood/la-et-mn-oscar-nominations-studio-scorecard-20170124-story.html

BookFilter Newsletter
http://bookfilter.com/newsletter/

Days Without End by Sebastian Barry – BookFilter
http://bookfilter.com/2016/05/09/days-without-end/

The Abominable Mr. Seabrook by Joe Ollmann – BookFilter
http://bookfilter.com/2016/04/12/william-seabrook/

True South by Jon Else – BookFilter
http://bookfilter.com/2016/05/09/true-south/

Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved By Beauty by Kate Hennessy
http://bookfilter.com/2016/06/30/dorothy-day-the-world-will-be-saved-by-beauty-2/

Rise: How a House Built a Family by Cara Brookins – BookFilter
http://bookfilter.com/2016/04/19/rise-4/

Jerry Seinfeld Teams With Netflix for Two Stand-Up Specials, More ‘Comedians in Cars’
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/jerry-seinfeld-teams-netflix-2-stand-up-specials-more-comedians-cars-965200

Historic Broadway Season Produces Musical Deluge
http://broadwayjournal.com/historic-broadway-season-produces-musical-deluge/

‘This Is Us’ Renewed for Second and Third Seasons at NBC
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/is-us-renewed-second-third-seasons-at-nbc-965383

Netflix Beats Q4 Subscriber Forecasts With Largest Quarterly Gain in Its History
http://variety.com/2017/digital/news/netflix-q4-2016-earnings-1201962823/

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Delayed Again as Spock’s Father Is Cast
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/star-trek-discovery-delayed-again-as-spocks-father-is-cast-965494

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Delayed Again, Casts James Frain
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/cbs-paramount-settle-lawsuit-star-trek-fan-film-966433

‘Will and Grace’ Revival Officially a Go at NBC
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/will-grace-revival-officially-a-go-at-nbc-965381

Roman Polanski to Serve as President of France’s Cesar Awards
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/roman-polanski-serve-as-president-frances-cesar-awards-965402

Roman Polanski Won’t Preside Over César Film Awards in France
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/24/world/europe/roman-polanski-france-cesar-awards.html

‘Saturday Night Live’ Writer Katie Rich Suspended After Controversial Barron Trump Tweet
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/saturday-night-live-writer-suspended-barron-trump-tweet-967491

Stephen Colbert to Host 2017 Emmy Awards on CBS
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/stephen-colbert-host-2017-emmy-awards-cbs-967509

3D TV Is Dead
https://entertainment.slashdot.org/story/17/01/19/2218238/3d-tv-is-dead

The xx Debuts at No. 2 on Billboard 200 Chart, The Weeknd Holds at No. 1
http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/7662623/the-xx-debuts-no-2-billboard-200-weeknd-no-1

Paul McCartney Sues Sony Over Beatles Music
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/paul-mccartney-sues-sony-over-beatles-music-w461731

Alanis Morissette’s Manager Admits to Defrauding Singer of Millions
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/alanis-morissettes-manager-admits-to-fraud-charges-w461793

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