• Making a Murderer's Steven Avery loses bid for new trial
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    Making a Murderer's Steven Avery loses bid for new trial

    Steven Avery, the subject of Netflix series Making a Murderer, has had a bid for a new trial rejected.Judge Angela Sutkiewicz denied Avery's request to be tried again after being convicted of killing photographer Teresa Halbach in 2005.Avery, a native of Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, is currently serving a life sentence, but claims he did not commit the crime.In April, Avery won a motion to appeal the verdict – a development hailed by his lawyer Kathleen Zellner as a “big win”.The motion to appeal, filed by Zellner on Avery’s behalf, meant that a Wisconsin circuit court re-examined the case following claims some evidence had been mishandled by authorities.Tests were inconclusive about whether Halbach's bones, allegedly found in the Avery family's salvage yard, were animal or human.Avery's bid was based on the argument that the state turned over bones to the Halbach family without notifying the defence, but – according to WLUK-TV – the judge ruled that does not mean Avery should get a new trial.Zellner said an appeal against the ruling is likely.Avery’s nephew Brendan Dassey is also serving a life sentence over Halbach's murder.Additional reporting by Agencies.

  • Stranger Things season 4: Disturbing theory suggests Eleven will be chief villain
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    Stranger Things season 4: Disturbing theory suggests Eleven will be chief villain

    Stranger Things season four may not have been officially announced by Netflix, but this hasn’t stopped fans from theorising over what will happen.The third run of the popular show ended in heartbreak with Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) moving away from Hawkins, Indiana with her sons and Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) six months after the death of Jim Hopper (David Harbour).Despite Harbour’s recent comments making it seem like his time on the show is up, many are hoping that several cryptic hints are teasing that his character is still alive.Whatever happens, trouble will find the characters in the fourth season – and Reddit user weedmonkey666 has come up with a theory that positions someone very surprising as the primary villain.Remember the gruesome scene where the characters had to pull a part of the Mindflayer out of Eleven’s leg? The theory goes that this actually infected her and she’ll spend the majority of season four under its spell in the same way that we’ve seen Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) and Billy Hargrove (Dacre Montgomery) be in previous episodes.This could explain why Eleven is unable to use her powers. we’re led to believe it’s due to her grief over Hopper’s death, but maybe there’s a more disturbing reason for it.You can find a compilation of everything we know about season four – from the returning cast to loads of other exciting fan theories – here.

  • The Simpsons composer sues Fox, claiming he was fired over disability and age
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    The Simpsons composer sues Fox, claiming he was fired over disability and age

    Alf Clausen, who composed music for The Simpsons for 27 years, has filed a lawsuit against Fox, claiming that he was fired from the show in 2017 due to his “perceived disability and age”.Simpsons producer Richard Sakai told Clausen at the time that the show was seeking a “different kind of music”, and that his services were no longer required, according to a report in Variety.“This reason was pretextual and false,” the suit states. “Instead, Plaintiff’s unlawful termination was due to perceived disability and age.”Clausen provided the score for more than 560 episodes of The Simpsons and conducted a 35-piece orchestra.He was nominated for 23 Emmys for his work on The Simpsons and won twice.After his dismissal, Clausen was replaced by Bleeding Fingers Music, a production company co-founded by Russell Emanuel, Hans Zimmer and Steve Kofsky.The suit states that Clausen’s replacement “was substantially younger in age, who was not only paid less, but was not disabled.”

  • Bond 25: Lashana Lynch to be 'introduced' as female 007 in new film
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    Bond 25: Lashana Lynch to be 'introduced' as female 007 in new film

    Bond 25 is said to introduce a female version of the spy.According to reports, British actor Lashana Lynch will be introduced as the new 007 in the next instalment in what is being described as a “pivotal” scene.A film insider told Mail on Sunday that she’ll be tasked with tracking Daniel Craig’s character and bringing him out of retirement for a new mission.“There is a pivotal scene at the start of the film where M [played by Ralph Fiennes] says, ‘Come in 007,’ and in walks Lashana who is black, beautiful and a woman,” the insider said, adding: “It’s a popcorn-dropping moment. Bond is still Bond but he’s been replaced as 007 by this stunning woman.The reports suggest that Bond will try to seduce the female Bond, who will resist his advances.Bond 25, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, has been co-written by Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge.It was revealed this week that Christoph Waltz will reprise his role of Spectre character Blofeld after the actor was spotted on the film’s set in Pinewood Studios.Lynch’s breakout role came in recent blockbuster Captain Marvel.

  • Stephanie Niznik death: Star Trek and Everwood actor dies, aged 52
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    Stephanie Niznik death: Star Trek and Everwood actor dies, aged 52

    Star Trek actor Stephanie Niznik has died at the age of 52.According to Variety, the star – also known for playing the neighbour Nina Feenery in US drama Everwood – reportedly died unexpectedly on 23 June.Niznik, who was born in Maine, started out with small acting roles in Vanishing Son and Murder She Wrote before landing a recurring role on Diagnosis Murder.It was Star Trek that shot Niznik to wider recognition. She played Trill Starfleet Ensign Kell Perim in the 1998 film Star Trek: Insurrection and returned to the universe to play the Wraith in a 2002 episode of Star Trek: Enterprise.Her other credits included Grey's Anatomy, NCIS and a season four episode of Lost.As well as acting, she was an active force in voluntary work for hunger, children and animal rescue organisations.Niznik's cause of death is unknown. She is said to be survived by her mother, stepfather, brother, sister-in-law, niece, nephews, aunt, uncle, and her beloved dogs, Nucleus and Jake.

  • Bond 25: Rami Malek refused to play Arabic-speaking terrorist in new 007 film
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    Bond 25: Rami Malek refused to play Arabic-speaking terrorist in new 007 film

    Rami Malek has revealed that he insisted upon just one thing prior to accepting his role as the villain in Bond 25: that his character wouldn’t be an Arabic-speaking terrorist, or a villain who uses religion as justification for his crimes.“It’s a great character and I’m very excited,” Malek told The Mirror. “But that was one thing that I discussed with [director] Cary Fukunaga. I said, ‘We cannot identify him with any act of terrorism reflecting an ideology or a religion. That’s not ­something I would entertain, so if that is why I am your choice then you can count me out’. But that was clearly not his vision. So he’s a very different kind of terrorist.”The Bohemian Rhapsody Oscar winner said that his own ethnic background, and his awareness of the importance of positive representation, drove him to the decision.Speaking of his Egyptian heritage as “the fabric of who I am”, Malek added: “I am Egyptian. I grew up listening to Egyptian music. I loved Omar Sharif. These are my people. I feel so gorgeously tied to the culture and the human beings that exist there.”As for Bond 25, Malek teased that it is “another extremely clever script from the people who have figured out exactly what people want in those movies. But I feel a substantial weight on my shoulders. I mean, Bond is ­something that we all grow up with.”

  • Grace Jones ‘quits’ Bond 25 ‘moments after arriving on set’, reports claim
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    Grace Jones ‘quits’ Bond 25 ‘moments after arriving on set’, reports claim

    Grace Jones has reportedly quit what was intended to be a secret cameo in the forthcoming Bond 25, mere minutes after arriving on set.According to The Sun, Jones was scheduled to appear in the film and share a scene with Daniel Craig, but upon arrival on set was shocked to discover how few lines she had. A source told the newspaper that Jones was expecting to appear in a far bigger role in the film.Jones, at the peak of her celebrity, appeared in the 1985 007 film A View to a Kill as May Day, henchwoman to Christopher Walken’s Max Zorin. Initially contracted to kill Bond, played in the film by Roger Moore, she ends up falling for the secret agent before appearing to perish in an explosion.Rumours about Jones’s appearance in Bond 25 appear to solely stem from an Instagram photograph published in May by the supermodel, actress and musician in which she teased “exciting news coming soon”. The image, depicting a beach in Jamaica, coincided with the Bond 25 production team shooting scenes for the film on the island.Jones’s representative has confirmed that the star has “no comment” on the story, while The Independent has reached out for a further statement from Eon Productions.

  • Richard Madden reveals he was 'thankful' to be killed off in Game of Thrones season 3
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    Richard Madden reveals he was 'thankful' to be killed off in Game of Thrones season 3

    Richard Madden has revealed he was glad to be one of the earlier stars to leave Game of Thrones.The actor played Robb Stark on the HBO series up until its third season in 2013. He reflected upon the twist during an interview with Amy Adams as part of Variety‘s Actors on Actors feature.“It was such a hard thing to finish because from first pilot to my death was five years,” he said. “But five years was a great time to be on the show. It helped me so much with my career and experience. I learned a lot from shooting 30 hours of television. You really start to learn the trade doing that. And then I was thankful to leave it.”He added: “The actors [who made it to the end] must be 11 years into playing these characters. Give these guys some medals, because that is a marathon.”Madden previously recalled “sobbing” so much on the flight home after filming his character’s death scene that other passengers were forced to move seats.“I looked like I’d murdered someone and got on that flight which, in fact, I hadn’t – I’d been murdered,” he told GQ.The Bodyguard star – who is hotly tipped to become the next Bond \- is rumoured to have signed up to star in new Marvel film The Eternals alongside Angelina Jolie and Kumail Nanjiani.You can find a ranking of every single Game of Thrones character – form worst to best – here.

  • Marvel leak: Trusted source appears to reveal Phase Four films and key MCU details
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    Marvel leak: Trusted source appears to reveal Phase Four films and key MCU details

    A new leak seems to reveal every film Marvel will released over the next decade.The news comes from the mysterious “Roger Wardell” who has been hailed by Marvel fans as the most trusted source since he accurately revealed key Avengers: Endgame plot points back in December.As well as listing the films Marvel will apparently release as part of its fourth phase, Wardell also makes some big claims about the series as a whole.He says that, going forward, the series will present “mini-arcs” as opposed to a decade-spanning saga and that there will be a clear divided between the characters based on Earth and those based on other planets.If Wardell is to be trusted, the recurring villain for the former will be Norman Osborn, who is expected to be introduced in Spider-Man: Far From Home.So, the films – according to Wardell, Marvel is developing Black Widow, The Eternals, Black Panther 2, Shang-Chi, Doctor Strange 2, Nova and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3. He adds that there are plans to make new Thor, Ant-Man and Captain Marvel sequels and suggests there could even be New Avengers, Young Avengers and Dark Avengers films. Most interesting is the appearance of Nova. He is a member of the intergalactic police force known as the Nova Corps and, in the comics, has had dealings with the Guardians, Captain Marvel and Thor.The leak claims that a very unexpected Black Panther cast member will return for the sequel. The leak also claims that Black Widow will star Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, who will be introduced as the new version of Scarlett Johansson’s character while Richard Madden will take the lead role of Ikaris in Chloé Zhao’s The Eternals. We won’t know any of this for certain until San Diego Comic Con where Marvel president Kevin Feige will no doubt unveil the studio’s slate of films that’ll be released well into the 2020s. It takes place 18-21 July.You can find a ranking of every Avengers character – from worst to best – hereClick here for an extensive recap of every MCU film to date

  • Avengers: Endgame directors defend the film's divisive final shot
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    Avengers: Endgame directors defend the film's divisive final shot

    WARNING: Spoilers for Avengers: EndgameWith Avengers: Endgame having already been out in cinemas for several weeks now, directors Joe and Anthony Russo decide to finally discuss some of the film’s bigger secrets and surprises. One of them has been fairly divisive within the Marvel fanbase: Endgame‘s final shot, which reveals that Captain America (Chris Evans) used time travel to return to the past and live a lifetime with his true love, Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell). The film closes with the pair slow dancing in the living room of a suburban house, finally reunited after years of grief and yearning. While some have praised the sense of closure the moment brings, others have pointed out that, in Captain America: Winter Soldier, it’s established that Peggy Carter had a husband who Steve Rogers saved in World War II, alongside two children. Did Steve’s time travel essentially erase Peggy’s family? Or was Steve the husband that Peggy spoke about all along?At a Q&A in Washington DC (via The Hollywood Reporter), which took place on 30 April but whose details were kept secret until now, Joe and Anthony Russo revealed the answer to fans’s queries. “If you went back to that timeline, between the point where Steve went into the ice [in Captain America: The First Avenger] yet before Peggy met her husband, Peggy was available,” Anthony Russo said, with the brothers adding that Peggy’s family still “exist in a different timeline”. The Russos have also revealed why Katherine Langford never appeared in the final cut of the film, despite the fact she was cast a mysterious unnamed character last year. The pair told the Happy Sad Confused podcast that Langford was meant to play the adult version of Morgan Stark, the daughter of Tony (Robert Downey Jr). She would have appeared in a scene that mirrored the sequence in Avengers: Infinity War in which Thanos (Joe Brolin) saw a vision of a young Gamora after he used the Infinity Gauntlet to cause the snap, but the moment proved too confusing for test audiences.

  • Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio has been planning 'H' twist since day one
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    Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio has been planning 'H' twist since day one

    Line of Duty creator Jed Mercurio has been planning the “H” conspiracy since day one. The identity of the mysterious character has not been revealed, with the ongoing secret continuing to grip that nation and propelling the series to become the most-watched show of 2019 so far. Speaking at the BFI television festival, Mercurio – who created the show – said that, although there was a plan, he was always open to changing who “H” could eventually be.

  • Game of Thrones season 8: Gwendoline Christie ‘deeply unsettled’ by finale
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    Game of Thrones season 8: Gwendoline Christie ‘deeply unsettled’ by finale

    Gwendoline Christie has spoken about being “deeply distressed” by the final season of Game of Thrones. The actor, who plays Brienne of Tarth on the HBO show, made the comment while speaking on Good Morning America. The forthcoming season of Game of Thrones marks the final six episodes of the entire show.

  • Disney confirm Deadpool's future following Fox merger
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    Disney confirm Deadpool's future following Fox merger

    Disney has confirmed that Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool has survived the company's merger with Fox. Despite the Merc with a Mouth being the antithesis to the family-friendly films Disney are known for releasing, they confirmed at CinemaCon that the current iteration of Deadpool will live on. Alan Horn, the studio's chairman, was midway through their presentation when tweets from Reynolds' social media account, poking fun at the merger, were shown on screen.

  • Avengers: Endgame footage revealed at CinemaCon teases plan to defeat Thanos
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    Avengers: Endgame footage revealed at CinemaCon teases plan to defeat Thanos

    New footage from Avengers: Endgame debuted at CinemaCon yesterday (3 April), teasing the team’s plan to defeat the villainous Thanos. According to EW, the footage begins with Captain Marvel, now on Earth, being asked by Don Cheadle’s War Machine why she has not been to Earth sooner. Karen Gillan’s Nebula, who has now returned to Earth with Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark, says Thanos had a garden realm to tend.

  • Game of Thrones season 8: Two new trailers released by HBO
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    Game of Thrones season 8: Two new trailers released by HBO

    Two new trailers for the eighth season of Game of Thrones have been released. The clips, though only 30 seconds long each, contain a small amount of new footage, including one scene that sees Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) standing before Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) in Winterfell.

  • Avengers: Endgame official synopsis teases 'one final stand' as conclusion to 22 Marvel films nears
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    Avengers: Endgame official synopsis teases 'one final stand' as conclusion to 22 Marvel films nears

    Marvel has released the official plot synopsis for Avengers: Endgame. The studio’s official website posted the update on its website, teasing a dramatic conclusion to a tale that’s been 11 years and 22 films in the making. While it doesn’t reveal any details about specific plot points in the final Avengers film, it does heighten the excitement for what is sure to be one of the biggest events in the history of cinema - and also promises the end of the Avengers as we know them.

  • The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann: Critics lambast Netflix documentary as 'exploitative' and 'morally bankrupt'
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    The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann: Critics lambast Netflix documentary as 'exploitative' and 'morally bankrupt'

    Critics have lambasted Netflix‘s new documentary examining the disappearance of Madeleine McCann. The Telegraph‘s Ed Power called The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann “crashingly turgid” and “exploitative filmmaking on auto-pilot“, stating it revealed that “the true crime genre has become prisoner to its crassest tendencies”.

  • Leaving Neverland: The 10 most shocking moments in part 2 of Michael Jackson documentary
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    Leaving Neverland: The 10 most shocking moments in part 2 of Michael Jackson documentary

    The second part of Leaving Neverland, the documentary that addresses allegations of child sexual abuse against Michael Jackson, has been broadcast in the US. Before it was even released, Leaving Neverland was one of the most polarising and controversial releases of 2019, particularly because the late singer's estate has publicly condemned it on multiple occasions. Representatives for the estate have branded Wade Robson and James Safechuck – two men who claim Jackson abused them for years when they were children – as "opportunists" and "admitted liars".

  • Leaving Neverland: The most disturbing moments in Michael Jackson documentary part one
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    Leaving Neverland: The most disturbing moments in Michael Jackson documentary part one

    The first part of Leaving Neverland, the controversial docuseries that addresses allegations of child sexual abuse against Michael Jackson, has aired in the US. Director Dan Reed’s film follows two of Jackson’s accusers, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who describe in graphic detail the acts they claim the late pop star committed against them. Robson met Jackson after winning a dance competition when he was five years old, and says the sexual abuse began when he was seven.

  • Leaving Neverland: Channel 4 refuses to pull documentary despite backlash from Michael Jackson fans
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    Leaving Neverland: Channel 4 refuses to pull documentary despite backlash from Michael Jackson fans

    Channel 4 will proceed with their scheduled broadcast of controversial Michael Jackson documentary Leaving Neverland, which details two new accusations of child sex abuse against the singer. Part one of the documentary aired on HBO in the US on Sunday (3 March). The Jackson estate posted a concert film midway through Leaving Neverland's broadcast in seeming defiance to Dan Reed’s film.

  • Line of Duty series 5 trailer shows Stephen Graham making debut as Balaclava Man
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    Line of Duty series 5 trailer shows Stephen Graham making debut as Balaclava Man

    The BBC has released the first trailer for its forthcoming series of Line of Duty. The crime procedural is set to return this spring, with original stars Martin Compston, Vicky McClure and Adrian Dunbar all reprising their roles. The series, from Bodyguard creator Jed Mercurio, follows AC-12, a fictional police squad assigned with uncovering corruption within the police force.

  • Simon Pegg undergoes radical transformation for new film Inheritance: 'You've gone full Christian Bale'
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    Simon Pegg undergoes radical transformation for new film Inheritance: 'You've gone full Christian Bale'

    Simon Pegg has undergone a drastic body transformation for a role in forthcoming thriller, Inheritance.The 49-year-old actor’s personal trainer Nick Lower posted photos of the Shaun of the Dead star on Instagram, revealing he’s lost 19 pounds and four per cent body fat over the past six months.Pegg’s fans were impressed by the photos with some commenting he was channelling Christian Bale in reference to the Batman actor who has undergone several transformations throughout his career.You can see the results of Pegg’s transformation below.> View this post on Instagram> > 👏👏👏 • SimonPegg 6 month body transformation for InheritanceMovie • The brief for this role was lean, VERY lean. It required a specific body shape & look. • Body weight: 78kg ⬇️ 69kg • Body Fat: 12% ⬇️ 8% • A mix of strength, circuits, core & 60km p/w trail runs! • A sound nutrition plan that worked for him and his goals • 6 months of hard work has paid off and I tip my hat to you sir...🙌> > A post shared by Nick Lower, Pn2 : Fitness Pro (@rebourne_fitness_nutrition) on Mar 1, 2019 at 1:26am PST In 2004, Bale lost 63 pounds for the role of Trevor Reznik in The Machinist, and recently piled on the pounds for Oscar-winning drama Vice, in which he played Dick Cheney.Pegg’s transformation is for new film Inheritance, which also stars Lily Collins, Kate Mara and Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford.The film, due for release later this year, explores what happens when the patriarch of a wealthy and powerful family suddenly passes away, leaving his wife and daughter with a shocking secret inheritance that “threatens to unravel and destroy their lives”.Pegg will reprise his role of Benji Dunn in two brand new Mission: Impossible films alongside Tom Cruise. The most recent outing, Fallout, was one of the franchise's most critically-acclaimed since Brian De Palma's 1996 original.

  • Luke Perry's castmates post messages of support after actor 'suffers major stroke'
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    Luke Perry's castmates post messages of support after actor 'suffers major stroke'

    Luke Perry‘s castmates have shown their love and support for the actor after TMZ reported he had suffered a major stroke. The 52-year-old actor rose to fame thanks to his role as Dylan McKayon the TV series Beverly Hills, 90210, which ran from 1990 to 1995, then again from 1998 to 2000.

  • Emma Thompson refuses to work with John Lasseter because she 'can only do what feels right'
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    Emma Thompson refuses to work with John Lasseter because she 'can only do what feels right'

    Emma Thompson has detailed in a letter the reasons why she left the voice cast of Skydance Animation’s upcoming film Luck, citing the fact that the studio hired filmmaker John Lasseter. Lasseter took a six-month leave of absence from his role as Pixar’s chief creative officer then officially parted ways with Disney after publicly stating he made “missteps” in November 2017. A representative for Thompson confirmed to Variety that the actor had left the project in January, when Lasseter was hired to oversee Skydance by its CEO David Ellison.

  • Oscars 2019: Five talking points, from Spike Lee storming off to Olivia Colman's touching speech
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    Oscars 2019: Five talking points, from Spike Lee storming off to Olivia Colman's touching speech

    The Oscars ended with two major shocks on Sunday night in Los Angeles, as Olivia Colman took home Best Actress for The Favourite and Green Book won Best Picture. Colman’s win in the Best Actress category brought Yorgos Lanthimos’s period piece back in the spotlight after being shut out for most of the evening, missing out on its two Best Supporting Actress nominations (for Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz), as well as nods in the Cinematography, Costume Design, Directing, Film Editing, Production Design, and Writing (Original Screenplay) categories. Green Book, meanwhile, took home the biggest award of the night despite an awards season marred by scandal, and even though it was up against mammoth contenders such as Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite, Roma and the extremely popular Black Panther – the first superhero movie to score a nomination in the Best Picture category.