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He was amazing in everything. May he Rest In Peace.

Actor Robert Forster dead

Oscar nominated actor Robert Forster has died aged 78.

The star’s publicist told The Hollywood Reporter he passed away in Los Angeles, California on Friday, after losing his battle with brain cancer.

The prolific actor amassed over 100 film and TV credits during his career, but scored his Academy Award nomination for his role as Max Cherry in Quentin Tarantino’s 1997 film Jackie Brown.

His last movie role was a reprisal of his Breaking Bad character, Ed, in El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, which was released on Netflix the same day as his death.

Robert’s Breaking Bad co-star Bryan Cranston took to Twitter to share his condolences, writing: “I’m saddened today by the news that Robert Forster has passed away.

“A lovely man and a consummate actor. I met him on the movie Alligator (pic) 40 years ago, and then again on BB. I never forgot how kind and generous he was to a young kid just starting out in Hollywood. RIP Bob.”

Robert made his movie debut opposite Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor in 1967’s Reflections in a Golden Eye. He went on to have a celebrated career, which even included stints on Broadway, beginning in 1965 with Mrs. Dally.

The actor is survived by his children, Bobby, Elizabeth, Kate and Maeghen; his grandchildren, Tess, Liam, Jack and Olivia; and his longtime partner, Denise Grayson.

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I watched ZOMBIELAND – DOUBLE TAP this weekend and all I will say is LOWER YOUR EXPECTATIONS!!!

Joker laughs at the competition with second winning weekend in a row

Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker continues to prove that movies rooted in comic books are not a fad, as it takes the top spot at the box office for a second week in a row.

The psychological thriller earned an estimated $55 million domestically, bringing its two-week total to $192.7 million. New releases rounded out the top three with animated The Addams Family nabbing second place with an estimated $30.3 million and Will Smith’s action thriller Gemini Man falling into third with an estimated $20.5 million.

Since October is a great month for all things creepy, kooky, mysterious, and spooky, it’s no surprise that MGM’s animated The Addams Family took the number two spot with an estimated $30.3 million, though the film outpaced expectations. Unlike Joker and It: Chapter Two (currently in eighth place with an estimated $3.2 million), The Addams Family brings PG-rated fun that’s suitable for the whole family.

The film, which follows the family as they relocated to New Jersey, stars the star-studded voices of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Bette Midler, Allison Janney, Aimee Garcia, and Finn Wolfhard. The film drew mediocre reviews, but a more positive B+ CinemaScore. from audiences.

The animated take on the altogether ookie family performed better than either of the previous two Addams Family big-screen adaptations, 1993’s Addams Family Values, which opened to $14.1 million, and 1991’s The Addams Family, which opened to $24.2 million. However, this does not account for inflation. It’s likely the film could get a sequel with strong brand recognition and opening weekend numbers that exceeded projections.

Box office action star Will Smith takes the third spot with Gemini Man, earning an estimated $20.5 million. The action thriller, directed by Ang Lee, follows an elite assassin named Henry Brogan (Smith) who suddenly becomes the target of a mysterious young operative that somehow knows his every move. The film also stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen, and Benedict Wong.

Gemini Man has been ravaged by critics, excepting praise for the de-aging technology on display, and audiences aren’t much more positive, bestowing it with a decent B+ Cinemascore. Though the film marked the largest ever opening for director Ang Lee, it’s less than stellar for Smith, marking it his sixteenth highest opening behind more somber, dramatic fare like The Pursuit of Happyness.

People put their mobile devices away to catch Lionsgate’s comedy Jexi in theaters, making an estimated $3.1 million during its opening weekend. Led by Adam Devine, the comedy tells the story of what can happen when you love your phone more than anything else in your life. It’s also a warning for those that can’t live without their virtual assistants, as they could surprise you one day and show you just how intelligent they really are.

Jexi co-stars Alexandra Shipp as Devine’s potential love interest, if only his assistant Jexi (voiced by Rose Byrne) doesn’t ruin his life first. Michael Peña plays his boss, and Wanda Sykes is a hilarious mobile phone company employee. Justin Hartley, Charlyne Yin, Ron Funches, and Kid Cudi also co-star

The Jon Lucas and Scott Moore-directed film has not received positive reviews from critics, earning a dismal 15 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. And while it’s probably safe to say that Jexi won’t be winning any Academy Awards, Cinemascore confirms theatergoers are feeling tepid about this title, too—they gave it a B-.

Bong Joon Ho’s critically lauded Parasite had a big debut earning $376,264 with screenings available at just three theaters. This is the highest per-location opening of 2019, a huge feat for the foreign release that was awarded the coveted Palm d’Or from the 2019 Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.

The dark comedy follows Kim Ki-Taek (Kang-ho Song), an unemployed driver and his family. His luck drastically changes for the better when they’re employed by the Park family. But it’s short-lived as everything falls apart when they become entangled in a tragic series of events. The film has earned rave reviews and could be a strong contender in the Oscars race as awards season ramps up.

Holdovers round out the top five with animated flick Abominable taking fourth place with an estimated $6.2 million in ticket sales. Downton Abbey continues to prove its box office power, putting the feather in the cap of the top five, with a fifth-place finish of an estimated $4.9 million.

Overall box office is down 5 percent year-to-date, holding steady from last week, according to Comscore. Check out the Oct. 11-13 numbers below:

Joker — $55 million
The Addams Family—$30.3 million
Gemini Man— $20.5
Abominable — $6.2 million
Downton Abbey — $4.9 million
Hustlers — $3.9 million
Judy— $3.3 million
It Chapter Two — $3.2 million
Jexi— $3.1 million
Ad Astra — $1.9 million

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Get well soon, Eddie!! Here’s to a long life!!!

Eddie Van Halen is suffering from throat cancer

One of the founders of classic rock band Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen is battling throat cancer. The information is from the TMZ website. Without attracting press attention, the guitarist has been performing the treatment for at least five years.

According to the site, sources close to the singer claim that the habit of placing metal picks in the mouth is the main cause of the disease. Van Halen is a smoker, but friends say this is not the cause of the disease.

The website said: “Seems Eddie would cradle the pick in his mouth, and he’s been told that could well have been the source of the cancer, despite the fact he was a heavy smoker. Back in 2000, shortly after he was diagnosed, doctors removed around 1/3 of his tongue.”

“Our sources say … Eddie has flown to Germany for 5 years to get radiation treatment, and for the most part it’s worked to keep the disease in check.”

“As for his current condition … there are lots of rumors, but people who know him say he’s seems to be doing okay — at least on the surface.”

A recently released photo of Eddie Van Halen has raised many speculations about the state of his health. In the picture, Eddie appears almost unrecognizable. At age 64, the musician appears quite swollen and apparently bald in the image, with a look similar to that of a person undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

By 2000, the guitarist had already been diagnosed with cancer and had to remove 1/3 of his tongue. Now the cancer cells have spread to the throat, and to combat the spread of the disease, the musician conducts radiotherapy sessions.

In 2012, Van Halen was voted the best guitarist of all time by a vote sponsored by Guitar World magazine.

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I’m one of the people who paid to see JOKER, but I’m not one of the people saying it was an amazing film with an incredible performance. It was a very good film with a very good performance, but it’s not unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. It is very good, but it’s just not as great as everyone is saying it is.

Joker breaks October box office record with $93.5 million opening weekend

All the world loves a clown — or at least lots of moviegoers paid to see one this weekend.

Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix’s dark supervillain drama Joker is on track to earn an estimated $93.5 million at the domestic box office from Friday through Sunday, shrugging off controversy and setting a new record for the biggest October opening ever. The Warner Bros. release dethrones another movie with comic book origins, Sony’s Venom, which bowed to $80.3 million a year ago. Overseas, Joker will add about $140.5 million from 73 markets, for a massive worldwide total of about $234 million.

Directed and co-written by Phillips, Joker puts a new, R-rated spin on the classic Batman villain and stars Phoenix as Arthur Fleck, a mentally ill failed stand-up comedian who unleashes havoc on Gotham City. Heading into the weekend, there were concerns that the film’s bleak themes and imagery could inspire real-life violence, prompting theaters to boost security. Families of victims of the 2012 mass shooting during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colo., also wrote a letter to Warner Bros. expressing concerns about Joker and urged the studio to use its influence to help make society safer. Nevertheless, audiences have flocked to see the movie.

Reviews for Joker have mixed to positive (it currently has a 69% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes), while moviegoers gave it a B+ CinemaScore.

Rounding out the box office top five this weekend are DreamWorks Animation’s Abominable, with about $12.9 million; Focus Features’ period drama Downton Abbey, with about $8 million; STX Entertainment’s stripper tale Hustlers, with about $6.3 million; and Warner Bros’. horror sequel It Chapter Two (another movie about a freaky clown), with about $5.4 million.

Further down the list, the Judy Garland biopic Judy — featuring an acclaimed performance by Renee Zellweger — expands into wide release with an estimated $4.6 million, good for seventh place.

And in limited release, Pedro Almodovar’s semi-autobiographical drama Pain and Glory arrives in four theaters with an estimated $160,087, which works out to a robust per-screen average of $40,022.

Overall box office is down 5 percent year-to-date, according to Comscore, showing a slight improvement from last week. Check out the Oct. 4-6 numbers below.

Joker — $93.5 million
Abominable — $12 million
Downton Abbey — $8 million
Hustlers — $6.3 million
It Chapter Two — $5.4 million
Ad Astra — $4.6 million
Judy — $4.4 million
Rambo: Last Blood — $3.6 million
War — $1.5 million
Good Boys — $900,000

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So great!! This news is so, so great!!!!

Spider-Man isn’t leaving the Marvel universe just yet

Marvel fans can rest easy, Spider-Man won’t be leaving their universe — at least for now.

Sony Pictures Entertainment and The Walt Disney Studios announced on Friday that Marvel Studios will continue to produce the Spider-Man Homecoming series, heading off fans’ fears that the popular superhero would disappear from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

The third film in Spider-Man’s current incarnation, starring Tom Holland, will be released on July 16, 2021, the studios said.

The most recent film in the series, Spider-Man: Far From Home, was released in June in the United States and was Sony Pictures’ highest-grossing film, fetching $1.11 billion US worldwide through Aug. 18.

Last month, multiple reports and producers, including Marvel movie supremo Kevin Feige, said the two companies could not come to an understanding over sharing the character in the movies, after their previous deal expired.

Reports also indicated that Disney wanted a larger financial stake in the Sony-produced standalone Spider-Man movies.

The news about the breakup had disappointed fans, who took to Twitter to start a campaign with hashtags #SaveSpiderMan and #SaveSpidey.

“I am thrilled that Spidey’s journey in the MCU will continue,” Feige said on Friday.

Spider-Man will also appear in a future Marvel Studios film, the studios said.

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My hope was to see both AD ASTRA and JUDY this weekend, but it was the last weekend of the baseball season and I had to watch my beloved Blue Jays finish the 2019 season. Let’s Go Blue Jays in 2020!!!!!!

Abominable freezes out competition for box office victory

Don’t count original animated titles out at the box office Yeti.

DreamWorks Animation’s Abominable scaled the box office charts this weekend for an estimated $20.9 million debut to score a snowy weekend victory. Alongside Us and Good Boys, it’s the only original title to debut at number one at the box office in 2019. It’s also the first original animated title to lay claim to that spot this year.

Female-driven holdovers round out the top three slots. Focus Features’ Downton Abbey continues to exceed expectations, taking in an estimated $14.5 million in its second weekend and falling to second place. The big screen adaptation of the beloved television series is proving to be everyone’s cup of tea around the world. It now boasts a global total of $107.1 million.

Hustlers continues to score with audiences, bouncing back up to third place in its third weekend of release after falling to fifth place last weekend. The Jennifer Lopez-led drama danced its way to an estimated $11.5 million on the lucite heels of a great week for Lopez (it was announced she will co-headline the 2020 Super Bowl alongside Shakira earlier this week).

Abominable is a yeti-sized win for original animation, proving families are still hungry for new storytelling in the animated sphere. It’s also the first animated Hollywood studio film with a female director at the helm — Jill Culton, alongside Todd Wilderman. The family-friendly flick follows a teenager (Chloe Bennet) and her two friends (Tenzing Norgay Trainor, Albert Tsai) who trek 3,000 miles across China and into the Himalayas to return a young Yeti, fondly named Everest, with his family. Eddie Izzard and Sarah Paulson also lend voice talent as a wealthy man and eager zoologist hell-bent on capturing the creature for research.

It could be poised for a blizzard of strong returns going forward, given its sterling A CinemaScore and positive reviews. Abominable is the seventh Universal title to debut at number one this year (eight if you include Downton Abbey), giving them the most number one titles of any studio this year. It was co-produced by Universal’s DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studios.

The weekend’s other new release, Judy Garland biopic Judy, went over the rainbow with its opening numbers in limited release. Opening on only 461 screens, Judy cracked the top ten for a seventh place finish and an estimated $3.1 million in ticket sales. It marks the top opening for a film in platform release this year, according to Roadside Attractions.

Renee Zellweger is already earning heaps of Oscar buzz for her portrayal of legendary entertainer Judy Garland in the last concert engagements of her life. Audiences responded strongly to her performance, giving the film an A- CinemaScore. Additionally, Roadside Attractions reports Judy’s grosses jumped 35 percent from Friday to Saturday, suggesting terrific word-of-mouth. Judy expands nationwide next weekend where that momentum could continue.

We’re fully into fall movie season now as a horror sequel and original awards bait round out the top five. It: Chapter Two stays strong in its fourth week of release, scaring up an estimated $10.4 million in ticket sales. The horror sequel now boasts a $193.9 million domestic total and has crossed the $400 million mark worldwide with a cumulative gross of $417.4 million. Last weekend’s new Brad Pitt in space vehicle, Ad Astra, falls to fifth place with an estimated $10.1 million in ticket sales.

Overall box office is down 5.1 percent to date, according to Comscore, a steadily improving number. Check out the Sept. 27-29 numbers below.

1. Abominable— $20.9 million
2. Downton Abbey— $14.5 million
3. Hustlers— $11.5 million
4. It: Chapter Two— $10.4 million
5. Ad Astra— $10.1 million
6. Rambo: Last Blood— $8.6 million
7. Judy— $3.1 million
8. Good Boys— $2 million
9. The Lion King– $1.6 million
10. Angel Has Fallen — $1.5 million

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New ‘Ghostbusters’ about forgiveness: Jason Reitman

Carrying on the legacy of a beloved movie franchise is a daunting task for any filmmaker, but the pressure on Jason Reitman when it came to taking the helm of the latest Ghostbusters film had a different sort of intensity.

“I want to make my dad proud and I want him to be proud of this film,” said Jason, during a talk at the Calgary International Film Festival. “I want him to be proud of me but I also want him to be proud of this thing that we’re doing. I’m very aware of the legacy of this movie because I’m a huge fan. I spent summers much like many other young people in the ’80s watching it every day. I’m in love with the movie and I feel a responsibility in picking it up. Since coming here, I’ve met the Calgary Ghostbusters, I’ve met the Alberta Ghostbusters. I want to make a movie that it true to them but I’m also hoping to make a movie that makes my father proud and also makes my daughter proud.”

It was a poignant moment at the Eau Claire Market Cinemas Saturday night, particularly since a visibly moved Ivan Reitman, Jason’s father and the director of the first two Ghostbusters movies, was sitting beside his son as he said this. The elder Reitman, who is co-producing Ghostbusters 2020, was an unannounced bonus addition to the talk, which was hosted by CTV’s Tara Nelson and covered both filmmakers’ careers.

Neither Reitman offered much intel about the plot of the new Ghostbusters film, which has been based in Calgary and has been shooting in various small towns in southern Alberta since May under the name Rust City. Details about the story have been kept under wraps and Jason repeated what he has said before about the inspiration for the new film.

“If you had ever asked me at any point in my life whether or not I was going to direct a Ghostbusters movie, my answer would have been no,” he said. “I couldn’t think of anything intimidating than attempting to direct a Ghostbusters movie. And then this character came to me. She came to me frankly awhile ago. I couldn’t stop thinking about her and her journey. One day I just brought her up to my father and said ‘What do you think of this? And how could it fit inside the Ghostbusters universe.’ He said ‘You have to write it.’”

That character is presumably the one played by 13-year-old Mckenna Grace. Stranger Things actor Finn Wolfhard plays her brother and actress Carrie Coon plays their mother. Paul Rudd plays a teacher, while Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson have been confirmed as taking on the roles they originated in the 1984 original.

No one addressed rumours that Bill Murray will also be returning, but he did enter into the conversation. Both Reitmans were asked about the beginnings of their career and their habit of using the same actors in their films. That led Ivan to talk about his early days directing Murray, who he called both a “gift from God” and “challenging,” in the 1979 summer camp comedy, Meatballs. Murray, who would go on to star in Reitman’s Stripes in 1981 and the two Ghostbuster films, would not commit to Meatballs until the day before shooting began.

“The second day of shooting, he had the script in his hand and said ‘You know, this is crap,’ and he threw it down,” Ivan says. “We ended up doing the scene as it was in the script. But he had a way of changing every few lines into his own special syntax and language. And I realized ‘Oh, his way is better.’ And if I was smart I was going to listen to him and be his friend somehow through this process and move quickly enough and be nimble enough to take advantage of what he could bring.”

Jason also talked about his early days directing his debut, 2005’s Thank You For Smoking and 2007’s Juno.The latter became a surprise hit and earned Jason an Oscar nomination for best director. The success of the film gave him a certain freedom for his followup Up in the Air, a 2009 comedy-drama with George Clooney that was nominated for six Oscars, including a second directing nod for the filmmaker.

Reitman would go on to direct Young Adult, Tully and the political drama The Front Runner, among others.

“I like making movies about unlikeable characters,” Jason said. “It’s not something I set out to do. It’s only upon looking back that I’ve realized what I like to do is try to give the audience the most unlikeable character possible and try and find the way in and try and find the humanity.”

“Until Ghostbusters,” Ivan added.

“I will say that the Ghostbusters movie is about forgiveness and, in that way, I think it falls really in line with the rest,” Jason says.

As for his experiences in Calgary, Jason said he doesn’t want to leave. Ghostbusters is expected to wrap next month.

“Alberta has had more cinematography Oscars than any other province or state,” he said. “It’s a movie that is rural. It takes place on a farm and it’s absolutely stunning here. This has been my first experience shooting out here and I’m living up here. I’ve been living up here since May, I love it. I’m eating better than I ever have. I have eight favourite restaurants I think in town. I love it here. We have an amazing cast and crew; local actors, local crew. You’ve been incredible hosts to Ghostbusters.”

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Here’s hoping the fact that they won’t be pushing Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker for awards isn’t a sign of how good it is…or isn’t.

Disney’s Big 2019 Awards Campaign Promotes 5 Movies: Endgame Is In, Here’s Who Was Left Out

Awards season is upon us! After Disney spent the majority of the year racking up astronomical box office numbers with its MCU installments, live-action remakes, and tear-jerky animated films, you best bet the studio is going to campaign for some gold trophies too! Walt Disney Studios has just launched its “For Your Consideration” website with five films to boast about.

The House of Mouse has set up campaigns for Avengers: Endgame, Aladdin, Toy Story 4, The Lion King, and Frozen II. So far, special award voters screenings have been set up for Endgame and Toy Story 4 in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and London, per the official website, but Disney has not announced the specific awards the films will be lobbying for.

However, this leaves Captain Marvel, Dumbo, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, and Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker without awards campaigns. Considering the franchise set in a galaxy far, far away has previously scored big during awards season, Rise of Skywalker may still come in later? Or is Disney is gunning for Avengers: Endgame to clear the big categories without competition of Star Wars this year? A John Williams score nomination is in order in the least, right?

Following the success of Black Panther last year at the Oscars, including three wins and contending for Best Picture, Disney will likely give similar treatment to Endgame. The MCU culmination may be campaigning for Best Visual Effects, Best Director, Best Picture, and even a Best Actor nomination for Robert Downey Jr, after a decade of playing Tony Stark.

If the Academy nominates Endgame in categories besides comic book movies’ frequent Visual Effects attention, they’d be honoring Marvel’s masterful universe-buiding and the highest-grossing movie of all time. How Endgame does during award season will make clear if Black Panther was an exception to the rule or a sign of changing tides toward the genre.

In the “Best Animated Movie” category, Toy Story 4 and Frozen II will likely score a nomination. Both Frozen and Toy Story 3 won the award in their respective years. However, Disney’s two sequels last year resulted in the studio losing its six year streak in the category to Sony Animation’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Additionally, Frozen II’s new songs may score a “Best Original Song” category, following in the footsteps of “Let It Go.”

Disney may be competing against itself for “Best Original Song” with the Aladdin new song “Speechless” also in contention. Oscar-winning La La Land lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul wrote the song with Alan Menken. Beyoncé’s new The Lion King song “Spirit” could also join the category.

Aladdin could also score nominations for the Costume Design and Production Design categories as the people behind them are past Oscar nominees. The Lion King could go up against Endgame for Best Visual Effects considering the photo-realistic animation the Jon Favreau film achieved.

There’s certainly a lot in the mix for Walt Disney Studios this year!

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Congratulations to all the winners!!

Fleabag wins big, Billy Porter makes history at Emmy Awards

Fleabag leaped over formidable competition at Sunday’s Emmy Awards with multiple wins, including the best comedy actress award and a writing trophy for series star and creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Waller-Bridge and her dark comedy about a dysfunctional woman, which also won a directing award, blocked Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus from setting a record as the most-honoured performer in Emmy history.

“Nooooo!” said a shocked-looking Waller Bridge. “Oh, my God, no. Thank you. I find acting really hard and really painful. But it’s all about this,” she said, her acting trophy firmly in hand.

In accepting the writing award earlier, she called the recognition proof that “a dirty, pervy, messed-up woman can make it to the Emmys.”

Bill Hader won his second consecutive best comedy actor award for the hitman comedy Barry.

Billy Porter made history in the best drama actor category, becoming the first openly gay man to win for his role in Prose.

“God bless you all. The category is love, you all, love. I’m so overjoyed and so overwhelmed to have lived to see this day,” said an exuberant Porter, resplendent in a sequined suit and swooping hat.

Quoting the late writer James Baldwin, Porter said it took him many years to believe he has the right to exist. “I have the right, you have the right, we all have the right,” he said.

Peter Dinklage, named best supporting actor for Game of Thrones, set a record for most wins for the same role, four, breaking a tie with Aaron Paul of Breaking Bad.

“I count myself so fortunate to be a member of a community that is about nothing but tolerance and diversity, because in no other place I could be standing on a stage like this,” said Dinklage, a little person.

Ozark star Julia Garner won the best supporting drama actress trophy against a field including four actresses from Game of Thrones.

The auditorium erupted in cheers when Jharrel Jerome of When They See Us, about the Central Park Five case, won the best actor award for a limited series movie.

“Most important, this is for the men that we know as the Exonerated Five,” said Jerome, naming the five wrongly convicted men who were in the audience. They stood and saluted the actor as the crowd applauded them.

It was the only honour for the acclaimed Netflix series of the evening; Chernobyl won the best limited series honour.

Streaming hit new Emmy heights, powered by Amazon Prime winners Fleabag, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and a Very English Scandal, and Netflix’s Bandersnatch (Black Mirror), honoured as best movie. But HBO again showed its strength, including with the trophies for Chernobyl, Barry and John Oliver’s best variety-talk win.

Michelle Williams, honoured as best actress for her portrayal of dancer Gwen Verdon in FX’s limited series Fosse/Verdon, issued a call to arms for gender and ethnic equality.

She thanked the network and studio behind the project for “supporting me completely and paying me equally because they understood … when you put value into a person, it empowers that person to get in touch with their own inherent value. And where do they put that value, they put it into their work.”

“And so the next time a woman and, especially a woman of colour, because she stands to make 52 cents on the dollar compared to her white male counterpart, tells you what she needs in order to do her job, listen to her,” Williams said.

Patricia Arquette won the trophy best supporting limited-series or movie actress for The Act. She paid emotional tribute to her late trans sister, Alexis Arquette, and called for an end to prejudice against trans people, including in the workplace.

Ben Whishaw took the category’s supporting actor trophy for A Very English Scandal, admitting in charming British fashion to a hangover.

Alex Borstein and Tony Shalhoub of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel won best supporting acting awards at the ceremony, which included early and varied messages of female empowerment after the host-less ceremony kicked off with Homer Simpson.

“I want to dedicate this to the strength of a woman, to [series creator] Amy Sherman-Palladino, to every woman on the Maisel cast and crew,” Borstein said, and to her mother and grandmother. Her grandmother survived because she was courageous enough to step out of a line that, Borstein intimated, would have led to her death at the hands of Nazi Germany.

“She stepped out of line. And for that, I am here and my children are here, so step out of line, ladies. Step out of line,” said Borstein, who won the award last year.

Shalhoub added to his three Emmys which he earned for his signature series in Monk.

The awards opened without a host as promised Sunday, with an early exchange pitting Ben Stiller against Bob Newhart.

“I’m still alive,” Newhart told Stiller, who introduced him as part of a wax museum comedy hall of fame that included Lucille Ball and other late legends.

Kim Kardashian West and Kendall Jenner drew some mocking laughter in the audience when they presented their award after Kardashian West said their family “knows firsthand how truly compelling television comes from real people just being themselves.”

An animated Homer made a brief appearance on stage until he was abruptly crushed, with Anderson of black-ish rushing in to, as he vowed, rescue the evening. He called Breaking Bad star Cranston on stage to tout the power of television from its beginning to the current golden age.

“Television has never been bigger. Television has never mattered more. And television has never been this damn good,” Cranston said.

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There were so many snubs, surprises and mistakes. So, so many mistakes this year!!!

Emmys: The Biggest Snubs and Surprises

Although HBO juggernaut series “Game of Thrones” and “Veep” both came to an end this year and therefore were seeing their final chances to be celebrated at the Emmys, the voting members of the Television Academy did not just tick all of the boxes for those two behemoths and call it a night. In fact, far from it.

At Sunday’s ceremony, “Game of Thrones” won the drama series trophy and supporting drama actor for Peter Dinklage, while “Veep” was shut out.

There were some other repeat names called this year, including lead comedy actor winner Bill Hader (“Barry”) and supporting comedy actress winner Alex Borstein (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), but the 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were chock-full of new names accepting onstage at the Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live — including first-ever Emmy winners Jodie Comer (“Killing Eve”), Craig Mazin (“Chernobyl”), triple-winner Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”) and Jharrel Jerome (“When They See Us”).

Here are the biggest snubs and surprises of the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards.

SNUB: Julia Louis-Dreyfus
The titular star of HBO’s “Veep” who beat cancer last year was a frontrunner going into nominations at this year’s Emmys — but at the end of the day she didn’t get enough votes to win her seventh statue for the role. If she had won she also would have become the most-decorated performer by the Television Academy.

SURPRISE: Jodie Comer
The “Killing Eve” star topped some tough competition in the lead drama actress category, including her own costar Sandra Oh, who had been nominated last year and was seen as a frontrunner this year. But Comer’s seductive assassin Villanelle proved too good to pass up for Academy members, giving Jodie Comer her first-ever Emmy.

SNUB: Ava DuVernay
The Oscar nominee and previous Emmy winner (“13th”) wrote and directed all four episodes of “When They See Us,” the dramatized telling of the real-life 1989 Central Park jogger case that saw five teenage boys wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for an assault. It was an emotional tale that had everyone talking when it dropped on Netflix, but ultimately she lost the limited series/TV movie writing and directing awards to players from HBO’s limited series, “Chernobyl.”

SURPRISE: Phoebe Waller-Bridge and “Fleabag”
Many pundits were anticipating the “Fleabag” auteur would take the comedy writing trophy (and she did), but she also won the lead comedy actress Emmy — over long-time favorite Julia Louis-Dreyfus (who was nominated for the last time for her titular role on HBO’s “Veep”), as well as last year’s incumbent winner Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”), to name a few — and the coveted comedy series trophy.

SNUB: “Schitt’s Creek”
The little Canadian comedy that could pushed onto the Emmy ballot with four total noms this year, including comedy series and lead comedy actor and actress, proving the voters didn’t mind being a little late to celebrate a long-running series. But not even the star power of Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy was enough to topple “Fleabag.”

SURPRISE: Jharrel Jerome
The young actor who played the real-life Korey Wise during both parts of his story (in his teenage years when he was first falsely arrested in the 1989 Central Park jogger case and then more than a decade later as he literally grew up in prison) was the youngest in his category and also the freshest face when it came to his resume, but the power of his performance in “When They See Us” prevailed over the bigger names.

SURPRISE: Julia Garner
Garner won her first-ever Emmy for the second season of “Ozark” after being on the ballot alongside four powerful players from “Game of Thrones” and Fiona Shaw of “Killing Eve.”

SURPRISE: Jason Bateman
The “Ozark” actor-producer-director took the drama directing trophy in a tightly-packed category that included multiple entries from the final season of “Game of Thrones.”

SURPRISE: Jesse Armstrong
The second season of “Succession” has been lighting up social media, and that added buzz undoubtedly helped scribe Jesse Armstrong go all the way for the win for drama writing over the series finale of “Game of Thrones,” as well as a hanging second season episode of “The Handmaid’s Tale” and the fourth season finale of “Better Call Saul,” among others.