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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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.

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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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Historians demolish John Yoo for claim Founding Fathers wouldn’t want Trump impeached in an election year

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Comments made by attorney and law professor John Yoo on Fox News on the Founding Father's intentions about impeachment received a brutal debunking by two historians -- including one of his colleagues at UC Berkeley.

Appearing with Fox News personality Laura Ingraham, lawyer Yoo -- who is infamous for providing President George W. Bush's administration with legal justifications for the torture of prisoners of war -- claimed that the Founding Fathers would object to the president being impeached in an election year.

According to Yoo, Democrats are getting it all wrong when they say the Constitution compels them to hold impeachment proceedings against Trump just one year before the election.

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McConnell drops a surprise on Trump — calls for an even stronger resolution to rebuke him

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) indicated he opposes the bill out of the House to denounce President Donald Trump's military withdrawal in Syria because it isn't tough enough, reported Bloomberg's Steven Dennis.

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"My first preference is for something stronger than the House resolution," McConnell said according to Bloomberg's Laura Litvan.

She went on to say that McConnel wants a bill that outlines what action should take place in Syria.

McConnell said the House version was "curiously silent on the issue of whether to actually to sustain a U.S. military presence in Syria."

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Pelosi asks America to pray for Trump’s health after president suffers a ‘very serious meltdown’

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President Donald Trump's Twitter attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi following an acrimonious White House meeting appears to have backfired spectacularly.

Trump tweeted a picture of the encounter Wednesday showing a standing Pelosi pointing at the president while he and everyone else in the room was seated, with the caption "Nervous Nancy's unhinged meltdown!"

However, far from being upset at the picture, Pelosi posted it as her Twitter banner, and her supporters said it showed her literally standing up to Trump.

"Can a woman beat Donald Trump? Yes. Speaker Pelosi does it every day," Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar said as she retweeted the picture.

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