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Academy unveils the advancing contenders for Oscar 2020

Vicky Sequeira



Academy unveils the advancing contenders for Oscar 2020

On Monday, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the shortlists in the nine categories for Oscar 2020. The categories include documentary short subject, documentary feature, international feature film, makeup and hairstyling, music, animated short film, visual effects, original song, original score, and animated short film.

In the process of shortlisting, members of the different branches voted for the submitted contenders in the nine different categories. Moreover, the Academy reportedly followed new procedures in the process.

Since the past years, the shortlisted contenders in different categories used to be released separately throughout the month of December. However, this year the list of advancing contenders has been released through a single announcement.

Furthermore, the procedure of voting has taken place online entirely, devoid of the ballot papers. 

The noteworthy original songs to make it to the shortlist are Frozen 2’s Into the Unknown, Aladdin’s Speechless, Toy Story 4’s I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away and Rocketman’s Love Me Again.

The noteworthy documentaries shortlisted are For Sama, Honeyland, Maiden, One Child Nation, Apollo 11, American Factory, etc.

The international films shortlisted including Parasites, The Painted Birds, Atlantics, Les Miserables, etc. are noteworthy as well.

The shortlisted films and songs for the categories were decisively voted upon by the members of the various Branches.

The shortlists for the Academy Awards for 2020 are as follows:


The member from all the branches took part in the voting procedure of the International Feature Film to shortlist ten films.

Estonia, “Truth and Justice”
The Czech Republic, “The Painted Bird”
Hungary, “Those Who Remained”
France, “Les Misérables”
Poland, “Corpus Christi”
North Macedonia, “Honeyland”
Senegal, “Atlantics”
South Korea, “Parasite”
Russia, “Beanpole”
Spain, “Pain and Glory


From amongst sixty-nine qualified films, ten films were shortlisted by the Branch of Documentary.

Fire In Paradise
After Maria
In The Absence
Ghosts Of Sugar Land
Life Overtakes Me
Learning To Skateboard In A Warzone (If You’re A Girl)
St. Louis Superman
Stay Close
The Nightcrawlers
Walk Run Cha-Cha


Out of one hundred and fifty-nine films, ten films were shortlisted by the members of the Branch of Documentary.

American Factory
Apollo 11
The Apollo
The Biggest Little Farm
The Edge Of Democracy
The Cave
The Great Hack
For Sama
Knock Down The House
Midnight Family
One Child Nation


Out of one hundred and seventy original music scores, fifteen scores were shortlisted by the Branch of Music.

“Avengers: Endgame”
“Ford v Ferrari”
“The Farewell”
“Jojo Rabbit”
“Frozen II”
“The King”
“Marriage Story”
“Little Women”
“Motherless Brooklyn”
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”
“Pain and Glory”


The Branch of Makeup and Hairstyling shortlisted ten films on the basis of the excerpts shown for the Academy Awards.

“Dolemite Is My Name”
“Downton Abbey”
“Little Women”
“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”
“Once upon a Time…in Hollywood”


The Branch of visual effects shortlisted ten films for the Academy Awards.

 “Avengers: Endgame”
“Captain Marvel”
“The Irishman”
“Alita: Battle Angel”

“The Lion King”
“Terminator: Dark Fate”

“Gemini Man”
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”


The Branch of Music voted for fifteen original songs amongst seventy-five songs to be shortlisted.

“Letter To My Godfather” from “The Black Godfather”
“Speechless” from “Aladdin”
“Da Bronx” from “The Bronx USA”
“I’m Standing With You” from “Breakthrough”
“Stand Up” from “Harriet”
“Into The Unknown” from “Frozen II”
“Never Too Late” from “The Lion King”
“Catchy Song” from “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part”
“Daily Battles” from “Motherless Brooklyn”
“Spirit” from “The Lion King”
“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from “Rocketman”
“A Glass of Soju” from “Parasite”
“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” from “Toy Story 4”
“High Above The Water” from “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am”
“Glasgow” from “Wild Rose”


Ten films were shortlisted amongst ninety-two qualified films voted by the branch of Short Film and Feature Animation.

“Hair Love”
“Dcera (Daughter)”
“Hors Piste”
“He Can’t Live without Cosmos”
“The Physics of Sorrow”
“Mind My Mind”
“Uncle Thomas: Accounting for the Days”



Out of one hundred and ninety-one films, ten films were shortlisted by the Branch of Short Films and Feature Animation.

“The Christmas Gift”

“Miller & Son”
“Little Hands”

“The Neighbors’ Window”
“Nefta Football Club”
“Sometimes, I Think about Dying”

“A Sister”

The voting procedures for the nominations will take place between the 2nd of January to the 7th of January. However, the nominations for the Academy Awards will be announced on the 13th of January followed by the ceremony on February 9th.

Based out of Dacula, Georgia, Vicky has joined the team for writing Entertainment news bulletins. She is one of the senior members of the team with 5+ years of experience in online journalism and content creation. She has been a workaholic person ever since she started working. Her willingness and passion towards the work are helping News Brig reach to heights. Along with writing Entertainment news, she is the one who leads the team and implements new ideas to grow the website quickly. Basically, she is the backbone of our team.

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Saoirse Ronan becomes the second-youngest actress to get four nominations for the Oscars

Vicky Sequeira



Saoirse Ronan

The nomination for the ninety-second Academy Awards was finally announced on Monday. Making history, Saoirse Ronan has been nominated for her performance in Little Woman. This is Saoirse’s fourth Academy Awards nomination.

Saoirse is the second-youngest performer to have been nominated for the Oscars after Jennifer Lawrence. Jennifer is the youngest to make history by making it to four Oscar nominations and is just a few months younger than Saoirse.

Jennifer made it to her fourth Oscar nomination in the year 2015 for the film Joy. Jennifer was four months younger back than Saoirse’s current age.

Moreover, Saoirse will be facing stiff competition in the category of the Best Actress in the Academy Awards this year. Amongst the other nominees in the category are Renee Zellweger for Judy, Cynthia Erivo for Harriet, Scarlett Johansson for Marriage Story, and Charlize Theron for Bombshell.

The Irish Actress made it to her first nomination for the Oscars at the age of thirteen in the category supporting Actress for Atonement in 2008.

Saoirse was nominated for the second time in 2016 in the category for Best Actress for Brooklyn. Her third nomination for the prestigious awards was in 2018 for Best Actress category for Lady Bird.

Furthermore, Saoirse has been nominated for a Bafta early in this month.

Little Women saw several nominations for the Academy Awards this year dominating the list of nominees. The movie made it to the nomination for the Best Costume Design, Best Original Score, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress, and for Best Picture along with Best Actress.

Besides, the movie has been critically acclaimed with IMBD rating of 8.3 ratings.

The announcement for the nominations was held by live streaming that was presented by Issa Rae and John Cho.

The ninety-second Academy Awards will be held on the 9th of February in Los Angeles at the Dolby Theatres.

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Gwyneth Paltrow Goop’s Selling Candles Scented Like A Vagina

Vicky Sequeira



Gwyneth Paltrow Goop's Selling Candles Scented Like A Vagina

Gwyneth Paltrow started selling a vagina scented candle in her online Goop store. Here the 47 years old actress has found another way to shock the world. It will certainly demand your attention. 

Gwyneth named the candle as This Smells Like My Vagina. It started selling last week. The fragrance of the candle is packed with geranium, citrus bergamot and cedar. Customers are buying it at a cost of $75. Now the candle is sold on both Goop’s and Heretic’s websites.

It is already sold out in a hurry. Further customers can sign up for a waitlist for when it comes back in stock.

It was all started as a joke!!

Originally the idea for the candle was started out as a joke made by Heretic. It was mentioned in the product description that the product started as a joke. The joke was between perfumer Douglas Little and GP.  They both were working on a fragrance, and Gwyneth blurted out,…this smells like a vagina. That evolved into a gorgeous, funny, sexy, and beautifully unexpected scent. 

Goop’s last year’s gift guide

Last year Goop made a headline over a holiday gift guide. The guide included $43,000 earrings and a BDSM kit. Goop named it as the ridiculous by an awesome gift guide. The BDSM kit was the best thing in the bunch. There were some other items also like handmade, animal cruelty-free moisture bar shaped like an egg for $65.

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10 best-dressed celebrities at Golden Globes 2020

Vicky Sequeira



The seventy-seventh Golden Globes Awards was held in The Beverly Hilton situated in LA, California on Sunday. Rocky Gervais, British comedian presented the awards to celebrate the talented actors for movies and television.

The awards show saw the presentation of the Golden Globes for various categories in both movies and television.

Moreover, the stars shone on the red carpet with their elegance and their attires. With unique designs and intricate details, the dresses stunned people attending the Golden Globes.

Amongst the most well-dressed celebrities were Jennifer Lopez, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Kate McKinnon and many others.

Although everyone shone brightly on the awards night, we have listed top ten best-dressed celebrities which stood out from the rest:

  • Jennifer Lopez
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Jennifer Lopez was dressed in Valentino Haute Couture. The gown had a festive vibe associated with it. Moreover, the attire looked like an ideal dress for a princess. The gold bow in the dress added all the more color to the dress.

  • Joey King
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Joey was dressed elegantly in Iris van Herpen couture. Blooming as an actor, the child actress turned to a lady and was very much capable of turning heads in the awards show.

  • Cate Blanchett

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Famous for experimentation and risks, Cate once again stole hearts with her dress from Mary Katrantzou. The lemon yellow dress conquered hearts along with rhinestone-studded in it.

  • Scarlett Johansson

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Scarlett Johansson wore her dress by Vera Wang in the event that made it difficult for people to not look at the stunning lady.

  • Zoey Deutch

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Contrasting to the red carpet the yellow dress by Fendi led to people talking about your dress. Along with the dress, her jewellery added to her charm.

  • Priyanka Chopra

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Priyanka Chopra, the glamorous star succeeded to make people stare at her dress by Christina Ottaviano. Moreover, the diamonds enhanced her style statement and elegance multifold.

  • Zoe Kravitz

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Dressed in Saint Laurent, the actress made it to the topmost gorgeous women with deep lipstick and earrings.

  • Charlize Theron
best-dressed celebrities at Golden Globes 2020

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Charlize Theron was dressed in Dior. The green-colored attire made Charlize look immensely attractive.

  • Phoebe Waller-Bridge
best-dressed celebrities at Golden Globes 2020

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Phoebe was dressed in Ralph and Russo and pulled off the attire as well as she pulled off her character in the Fleabag.

  • Beanie Feldstein
best-dressed celebrities at Golden Globes 2020

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Beanie’s attire was from Oscar De La Renta that added to the charms of her. Furthermore, the dress was talked about in the awards show for its intricacy.

These were the ten best-dressed celebrities in the Golden Globes who ruled on the red carpet and will hopefully rule in further years as well.

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