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EW breaks down the nods of why the Oscars snub Lady Gaga, Caitríona Balfe

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EW breaks down the nods of why the Oscars snub Lady Gaga, Caitríona Balfe

The 2022 Oscar nominations gave long-standing contenders Will Smith, Olivia Colman, and Benedict Cumberbatch reason to celebrate on Tuesday morning — but, like a cloud of flies sent by Patrizia Reggiani to terrorize Lady Gaga in Italy, they also brought painful tidings of snubbery for past frontrunners.

 

Once thought to be an outlying contender in a movie that received so-so reviews from mainstream critics, Gaga’s leading performance in Ridley Scott’s crime drama House of Gucci overcame the odds to establish the A Star Is Born Oscar winner as a serious, bankable actress (Gucci is the top-grossing drama at the domestic box office in two years).

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It became clear that Gaga’s chances hung onto more than a prayer in the name of the Father, Son, and House of Gucci, as she quickly racked up the kind of pre-Oscars report card that doesn’t just get you nominated, but bags the gold. With support from critics (NYFCC, Critics Choice Awards, Golden Globes) and industry voters (SAG, BAFTA) alike, Gaga felt like the safest bet in a chaotic category.

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EW breaks down the nods of why the Oscars snub Lady Gaga, Caitríona Balfe

In hindsight, we can assume one of two things likely happened: first, Gaga’s rise dovetails with Spencer star Kristen Stewart’s fall.

As brilliant of a film as Spencer is, general audiences many not have liked that it presented the story of an icon known and beloved by millions with daring liberties, in a deliberately fantastical (yet masterfully crafted) fashion.

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It’s likely that some industry members felt the same way, as the film failed to score notices from SAG and, more surprisingly, BAFTA.

With Gaga hitting those precursors that Stewart missed, the Academy’s acting branch may have thought Gaga was performing well enough on the circuit that she didn’t need their votes, and instead filled out their ballots in favor of Stewart, who they may have assumed needed it more after her SAG snub.

EW breaks down the nods of why the Oscars snub Lady Gaga, Caitríona Balfe

The other scenario is a bit more complicated. To combat a lack of diversity among nominees, BAFTA altered the way it votes in recent years.

Acting categories contain multiple slots, with the top two determined by BAFTA-wide popular votes, while the rest of the bracket is filled out by a very, very small jury.

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When it comes to BAFTA, we simply don’t know whether Gaga was the popular vote-getter or not, as the group doesn’t release their vote tallies.

Let’s say, for the sake of this argument, that Gaga was not the popular pick, and was actually chosen by the small jury.

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So, instead of being the consensus pick across the industry, she could’ve actually been a contender boosted by smaller circles. Particularly with certain journalist collectives, they might’ve hoped to exploit her A-list celebrity status and industry clout to gain bigger platforms through the the season.

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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez Have First fought for refusing to let her…

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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez Have First fought for refusing to let her visit him on set

Are Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez struggling to make long-distance work? One tabloid claims the couple has hit a rough patch. Let’s take a look at Bennifer’s first supposed fight since reuniting.

The most recent edition of the Globe reports Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez’s rekindled romance has hit a snag.

Since the couple is currently working on different projects in separate countries, Lopez is desperate to visit her beau.

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But Affleck “is telling her it will do them good to have a little time apart and he needs to immerse himself into this new movie, which Jennifer’s not taken well at all,” according to the tabloid’s inside source. “She worries he’s pushing her away.”
Lopez reportedly wanted to set up a house in Texas, where Affleck is currently working, for them to spend time together while she visits.

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Affleck, however, is concerned with taking back the power in their relationship. “Ben’s not backing out, but he doesn’t want to be pushed around and dictated to like her last boyfriend Alex Rodriguez,” the tipster dishes. But Lopez sees things differently.

“Jennifer wants to marry Ben,” the snitch confides. “She thought they were headed in that direction. Now he seems distracted and she’s freaking out!

She’s getting clingy and he’s moping around, but this argument won’t be resolved until she gets her way.”

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Colin Jost and Scarlett Johansson Allegedly Nearly Broke Up Over His Supposed Insecurity

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Colin Jost and Scarlett Johansson Allegedly Nearly Broke Up Over His Supposed Insecurity

Last May, we confronted a story from Woman’s Day alleging that Colin Jost and Scarlett Johansson’s relationship was on thin ice. The report claimed Jost and Johansson were considering calling off their then-impending wedding because of Jost’s jealousy issues. Apparently, the “Weekend Update” anchor was “funny on stage, but miserable as hell when the show’s over,” an insider confided.

“[He’s] incredibly insecure about her past relationships… Scarlett feels like he’s a different person these days.

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” The outlet then took the opportunity to go through the list of Johansson’s famous exes that Jost was so intimidated by, the likes of which included Ryan Reynolds and Jack Antonoff

It seems that as more time passes, stories like these just seem more and more ridiculous. This magazine clearly was playing on the anticipation of Jost and Johansson’s wedding—immediately making their fans fear that they could call it all off.

READ ALSO: Scarlett Johansson slams ‘nasty’ sex rumor

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But looking back at this story, we’re able to see just how wrong it was. About a month after this story was published, Jost and Johansson got married in a small, private ceremony at their home. Knowing this a year ago, it was obvious that the tabloid didn’t really have a clue about Jost and Johansson’s relationship.

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Scarlett Johansson Lawyer John Berlinski Moves as a partner to Bird Marella

“John is not just an exceptional talent with a unique understanding of the entertainment business, he is a fantastic person,” Bird Marella Managing Partner Paul Chan said. “I have worked both with and against John over the years. He is an excellent lawyer and is a great addition to Bird Marella’s entertainment practice,” added Entertainment Group partner Ron Nessim. “We are excited to welcome him to our team.”

Previously the SVP & Head of West Coast Television Litigation at NBCUniversal, Berlinski joined Donald Trump’s one-time favorite law firm back in October 2013.

Scarlett Johansson Lawyer John Berlinski Moves as a partner to Bird Marella

As partner and head of Kasowitz Benson Torres’s Entertainment Division, the LA-based Berlinski was retained by Bones stars Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz, plus EP and author Kathy Reichs over six years ago in the talent’s bitter dust-up with Fox over $100 million in alleged lost profits from the long-running series. Following a roller coaster ride in the courts, the matter, instigated by Bones EP Barry Josephson in late November 2015, was suddenly wrapped up in September 2019 in a confidential agreement from the now Disney-owned entity. No figures were made public at the time, but I heard there was a “substantial” payout to the happy actors and Reichs.

After over eight years with Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP, litigator John Berlinski has joined Bird Marella as a partner.

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Feared in studio circles for his take-no-prisoners representation for the likes of Scarlett Johansson in her quickly settled and lucrative Black Widow dispute with Disney last year, profit participation maestro Berlinski has settled into the 41-year old firm’s Entertainment Group.

 

“Bird Marella’s deep bench of experienced entertainment lawyers was a huge draw to the practice,” says Berlinski of his new digs. “I’m excited to apply the knowledge and skills that I’ve honed over the past two decades to support the firm’s well-earned reputation as one of the country’s top entertainment and trial boutiques.”

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