‘Star Is Born,’ ‘Mary Poppins’ could lead Golden Globe nominations

Despite its many songs, “A Star Is Born,” starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, is competing in the Globes’ dramatic categories. (File/AFP)
Updated 06 December 2018
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‘Star Is Born,’ ‘Mary Poppins’ could lead Golden Globe nominations

  • The Golden Globes will be held in Beverly Hills on Jan. 6
  • Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh will be hosting the awards ceremony

NEW YORK: Nominees for the 76th annual Golden Globes Awards will be announced Thursday morning, and both “A Star Is Born” and “Mary Poppins Returns” could be in for a big morning.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association will unveil their nominations beginning at 8:15 a.m. EST. The nominations will be livestreamed on the Globes’ official Facebook page and the group’s website. The top categories will be carried live on NBC.
Presenters will include Terry Crews, Danai Gurira, Leslie Mann and Christian Slater.
Despite its many songs, “A Star Is Born” is competing in the Globes’ dramatic categories. Two Oscar favorites, “Green Book” and “The Favourite,” are slotting in as comedies, where the Disney musical “Mary Poppins” could pile up nominations.
Curiously, the Hollywood Foreign Press doesn’t consider foreign-language films eligible for best film, so Alfonso Cuaron’s Netflix drama “Roma” will be left out of the Globes’ top category.
On the TV side, Amazon’s “Homecoming” and Ryan Murphy’s “Pose” may score nominations in their first eligible awards show.
The Golden Globes will be held in Beverly Hills on Jan. 6. The HFPA on Wednesday announced that Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh will host.


Abu Dhabi Festival reveals exciting 2019 lineup

Updated 10 December 2018
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Abu Dhabi Festival reveals exciting 2019 lineup

  •  Dubbed ADF19, the festival will feature more than 100 events across 25 venues in Abu Dhabi, including 18 productions, two co-productions and two commissioned artworks
  • The festival will also shed light on artists with disabilities, with the central theme announced as “Culture of Determination”

The month-long Abu Dhabi Festival, set to be held in March 2019, announced its art-and-culture filled lineup in a press conference at the Emirates Palace hotel on Monday, with the packed itinerary set to entertain culture vultures in the capital in what will be the festival’s 16th edition.

Dubbed ADF19, the festival will feature more than 100 events across 25 venues in Abu Dhabi, including 18 productions, two co-productions and two commissioned artworks. If that isn’t enough, the festival will also feature more than 500 artists from 17 different countries.

The festival’s headline program includes performances by the Korean National Ballet — set to perform “Giselle,” a romantic ballet about a peasant girl with a passion for dance — and the Korean Symphony Orchestra. Korea has been singled out as ASF19’s “Country of Honor” and organizers are focusing on sharing its classical talent with audiences in the Middle East.

“Abu Dhabi Festival… has been contributing enormously to the region’s intercultural competence, so I’m very happy that Korea could be a part of the wonderful celebration,” the Republic of Korea’s Ambassador to the UAE Kang-ho Park told the press via video link on Monday.  

The festival will also shed light on artists with disabilities, with the central theme announced as “Culture of Determination.”

Festival founder Huda I. Alkhamis-Kanoo took to the stage alongside Peter Wheeler, CEO of the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi, to sign a cooperation agreement at Monday’s press conference and a March 16 concert titled “Stand Up For Inclusion” was announced as one of the main events during next year’s festival.

The festival will also host an exhibition called “Distant Prospects,” presenting the history of European landscape painting through renowned pieces by key figures in the Late Renaissance and Baroque eras.

Other highlights include a performance by award-winning US jazz pianist Justin Kauflin on March 11, a dance show by the Sara Baras Flamenco Ballet Company on March 21 and a full-length, three-act plotless performance by the Paris Opera Ballet, backed by the Pasdeloup Orchestra — the oldest symphony orchestra in France — on March 29 and 30.