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‘Green Book’ boosts Oscar odds with big win at Producers Guild Awards

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In a surprise win on Saturday, Hollywood producers named “Green Book” the best film of 2018, boosting its profile just days before nominations are announced for the annual Academy Awards.

The big win by “Green Book” at the 30th Producers Guild Awards set up the film, which stars Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen as an African-American pianist and his white driver in the early 1960s Deep South, as a major contender for next month’s Oscars.

In many past years, PGA best film winners have gone on to win the best picture Oscar, Hollywood’s top prize.

The PGA’s best film had been predicted to be a contest between “A Star is Born” and “Roma”. Earlier this month “Green Book” won the Golden Globe as best musical or comedy.

The Producers Guild of America (PGA), among the leading industry organizations representing makers of movies and TV shows, also named its best animated film which went to “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”, favorite documentary, won by “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”, and honored FX’s “The Americans” as the top television drama in its final season.

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FX scored again when Ryan Murphy’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” won the award for limited series.

Among other honors for television productions, Amazon Video’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” won the comedy series award and HBO’s “Fahrenheit 451” prevailed as best television movie.

CNN’s “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown”, starring the late celebrity chef who killed himself last year, won for non-fiction television, while “RuPaul’s Drag Race” on VH1 took home the prize for reality competition series.

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PBS’ “Sesame Street”, which debuted nearly 50 years ago, won for children’s program. The live entertainment/talk award went to “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”, while “Being Serena” took best sports program.

The Academy Awards will be given on Feb. 24 to producers, directors, actors and actresses by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


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‘Degree to which Trump loses his mind on Twitter’ is the best way to assess Mueller impact: GOP strategist

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The best way to assess the impact of former special counsel Robert Mueller's testimony is to judge the response from President Donald Trump on Twitter, a Republican strategist explained on MSNBC on Tuesday.

GOP strategist Rick Wilson, the author of the 2018 bestselling book Everything Trump Touches Dies, was interviewed on MSNBC by Brian Williams.

"I think we should have a real filter that the Republican guys are going to try to set their asses on fire and run around on the stage to distract people from the weight and gravity of this testimony, but that — so that show tomorrow is going to be one that is going to hold America pretty transfixed," Wilson predicted.

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Deutsche Bank is the ‘last resort for unsavory characters’ like pedophiles and Trump: Congresswoman

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Democratic Party rising-star Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) blasted Deutsche Bank during a Tuesday evening appearance on MSNBC's "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'Donnell.

The law professor, who won an Orange County, California seat in the 2018 midterms that Democrats had never held, has been highly praised for her congressional questioning expertise, especially will grilling banks from her role on the House Financial Services Committee.

"The New York Times is reporting tonight that convicted sex criminal Jeffrey Epstein, who is now facing new sex trafficking charges in New York, has had dozens of accounts at Deutsche Bank which flagged suspicious transactions to the Treasury Department involving Jeffrey Epstein earlier this year," anchor Lawrence O'Donnell reported.

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Aaron Zebley testifying will ‘establish the precedence’ Congress can interview all Mueller investigators: Democrat

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The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence will swear in deputy special counsel Aaron Zebley along with special counsel Robert Mueller, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow reported Tuesday.

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell followed up on Maddow's reporting while interviewing Rep. Peter Welch, who sits on the Intelligence Committee.

"In your committee tomorrow, Aaron Zebley’s going to be a sworn witness at this stage. Do you expect committee members to solicit testimony from him as well as Robert Mueller? As much as Robert Mueller?" O'Donnell asked.

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