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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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Twitter sees ugly spat between Nicki Minaj and Ex-Boyfriend Meek Mill

Vicky Sequeira



Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill

Nicki Minaj and ex-boyfriend, Meek Mill have gotten themselves into an ugly fight over their bitterness. The fight saw allegations over violence, false character and upbringing among others on Wednesday.

The relationship between Meek and Nicki ceased to exist in 2017. However, for a while, the issues concerning the former couple have come into the public domain. The spat between Nicki and Meek became ugly when they got into a fight recently.

Moreover, the fight between the hit rappers has been subtle since the beginning of the year. Nicki took to include sentences in the lyrics that evidently pointed towards her former flame. Apart from ‘Barbie Dreams’ her song Nicki has also been consistently claiming to spit out the truth. Even though the truth in her mentions is unknown, it is clear that it revolves around Meek.

Nicki tweeted on how her ex-boyfriend had been talking over her and her husband for a long. Besides, she asked Meek to move on stating how he was blocked from seeing it. Furthermore, referring to herself as the queen, Nicki took to call out on Meek for his obsession with her.

Nicki had recently come up with her claims of her former boyfriend to be involved with domestic violence.

Responding to the allegations, Meek stated that Nicki was trying to end his career by defaming her. Furthermore, Meek asked Nicki to talk about her brother as well as he was in the prison convicted in a rape case.

However, in response to Meek’s comeback, Nicki seemed to be taking sides with his brother. Witnessing such scenes, the people took to call on her for a better choice of words.

Moreover, Meek referred to Nicki as a bad person for the industry to tolerate. Besides, Meek also accepted to have created distance amongst family.

However, the tweets came to an end as Meek went ahead to be there for his pregnant partner.

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Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner come together for pre-birthday of daughter Stormi

Vicky Sequeira



Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner
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Former flames Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner were seen together in Disney World with family on Wednesday. The family spent time together in Disney World ahead of 1st of February, the second birthday of daughter Stormi.

The Disney Theme Park situated in Florida’s Orlando saw the Jenner family spending their day there. On the occasion of his daughter’s pre-birthday, Travis spent the day alongside Stormi, maintaining a low profile.

Kylie took to share special moments of the visit on Instagram with the caption saying Mother’s Club. The picture featured Kylie’s close friend, Yris Palmer, the founder of Star Lash Beauty Bar. Yris, mother to three-year-old Ayla, leaned next to Kylie with their respective children next to them in their Fendi Strollers.


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The founder of Kylie Cosmetics also took to share pictures with daughter Stormi apart from her solo pictures. Furthermore, the 22-year-old mother was in a full-length coat with white sneakers and leather pants. Daughter Stormi complemented Kylie in the pictures with tie-dyed purple sweatsuit.

The mother and daughter duo were strolling around the park holding hands.

However, Kylie  Jenner did not post pictures with Travis. The presence of the 27-year-old rapper came into notice by a fan-made video. Moreover, Travis was seen walking next to Kourtney Kardashian, Kylie’s sister along with Kourtney’s niece and daughter, North, and Penelope.

Expressing her excitement, Kylie said that she can barely wait for baby Stormi’s birthday. Kylie has been preparing for Stormi’s second birthday and has said that her daughter’s birthday will be amazing.

Stormi’s previous birthday was a blast. Kylie had planned StormiWorld party for her baby girl’s first birthday.

The duo was reportedly not in good terms after the incident over the ‘thirst trap’. But while parenting daughter Stormi, they have come together to make the best out of her special day.

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These Female artists with most Grammy awards will amaze you

Vicky Sequeira



Female artists with most Grammy awards

Grammy has been the dream of artists in the industry of music since 1959 marking its beginning. However, the recording company did not seem to be fueling the dreams of female artists.

Even though, every year the company saw hundreds of Grammy nominations, the number of female artists as Grammy winners has been considerably low. Furthermore, Grammy has been witnessing an under-representation of female artists as winners.

Amongst the fourteen artists with the highest number of Grammy awards, only two women made it to the list.

The under-representation of women came into the limelight back in 2018. In the Grammy’s back in 2018, Alessia Cara became the only female artist to receive the prestigious award.

The recording company faced flak with hashtag #GrammySoMale that went viral in the same year. Adding to the controversy, Neil Portnow, the President of the recording company stated that women should step up for getting awards as men do. Following his statement, Portnow faced criticism from around the globe.

Slamming Portnow for his words, singer and songwriter, Pink stated how female artists have been growing. Moreover, she emphasised that women have also been stepping aside and doing well despite all odds.

American musician, Sheryl Crow expressed her wish for the Grammys to come back for male/female categories. Furthermore, she expressed her concern over inspiring young girls with poor female representation in the Grammys.

However, Portnow took to apologize for his poor selection of words later.

The woman with the highest number of Grammys is Alison Krauss with 27 awards making to the third-highest Grammy-winning artist. Next to Kraus is singer Beyonce receiving 23 Grammy awards and making it to the eighth artist with most Grammys.

Artists like Aretha Franklin, Adele (Adele Laurie Blue Adkins), Alicia Keys also made it to highly awarded female artists.

Furthermore, the talent of the female artist is evident in the nominations and performances in the Grammy Awards for 2020.

Notably, Aretha Franklin has won 18 Grammys followed by Adele and Alicia Keys who have won 15 Grammys each. Female artists like Ella Fitzgerald, Emmylou Harris, and Leontyne Price have each won 13 Grammys.

Succeeding the list, CeCe Winans, Shirley Caesar, and Chaka Khan won 12, 11, and 10 Grammys respectively. Artists with 10 Grammy awards are Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Judith Sherman, and Taylor Swift.

Meanwhile, Mary J. Blige, Janis Seigel and Cheryl Bentyne of The Manhattan Transfer, Natalie Cole, Sheryl Crow, Norah Jones, Rihanna, Hillary Scott, and Lady Gaga have each won 9 Grammys.

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