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'Shape of Water' takes top prize at politically charged PGA Awards

“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro’s striking, sensual fantasy film, won the Producers Guild of America’s top honor Saturday night at the PGA Awards, cementing its place as one of the front-runners of this year’s wide-open Oscar best picture race.

Del Toro did not attend, with “Shape of Water” cast member Richard Jenkins saying he was in Mexico with his ill father.

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The 'Shape' of the race as Oscar noms arrive Tuesday

Nominations for the 90th Academy Awards will be announced Tuesday. What movie will lead the way? (“The Shape of Water.”) Will Greta Gerwig become the fifth woman to earn a nomination for director? What about James Franco? Did the allegations of sexual misconduct come too late to deny him a nomination for “The Disaster Artist”?

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‘LBJ’ and ‘Darkest Hour’ show how democracy in action can sometimes be a beautiful thing to behold

Most movies about politicians depict either slippery narcissists — "Nixon," "The Deal" (about Tony Blair), "Game Change" (Sarah Palin), this spring’s "Chappaquiddick" (Ted Kennedy) — or complicated personalities driven to achieve the greater good, as in "Lincoln" and the Franklin Roosevelt love story "Hyde Park on Hudson."

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This year brings the possibility of two actors tying Katharine Hepburn's Oscar record

Katharine Hepburn holds the record for most acting Academy Awards, but for how long? Here’s a by-the-numbers look at the actors primed to break her run:

4: Number of acting Academy Awards won by Katharine Hepburn (for “Morning Glory,” “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” “The Lion in Winter,” “On Golden Pond”).

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Need to figure skate? Sew a gown? When actors need a skill for a film, they call in the pros

Acting isn't just about reading lines and hitting your marks: Performers have to become instant experts in whatever their characters do best, and those specialized talents shift with every film. So, in order for the actors to become proficient in a new skill, studios call in outside help.

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Mary J. Blige finds the love through the hard times depicted in 'Mudbound' and the darkness of today's world

During a post-“Mudbound” screening Q&A, director Dee Rees was asked a question that her star, Mary J. Blige, didn’t know the answer to: What inspired Rees to cast Blige — the “Queen of Hip-Hop Soul” and the seller of over 50 million confession-heavy albums — in her Netflix period drama?

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