Mary J. Blige makes Oscars history as the first double nominee for Best Song and Best Supporting Actress

Mary J. Blige made history tonight at the 90th Academy Awards: As presenter Taraji P. Henson noted, Blige is the first person to ever receive double nominations for Best Original Song and Best Supporting Actress. Fortunately, it’s a year that the Oscars are featuring musical performances, so Blige was able to wow the…

Two tough mothers lead a tight race for Best Supporting Actress

The 90th Academy Awards will air this Sunday, March 4, and Film Club is counting down the days leading up to the ceremony with an examination of this year’s major categories. Each day, A.V. Club film editor A.A. Dowd and staff critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky will break down a category and give us their picks for who …

Sufjan Stevens to make everyone cry at this year's Oscars

Who would have thought, back in the days of “Say Yes! to M!ch!gan!”and “John Wayne Gacy, Jr.,” that Sufjan Stevens would one day grace the Oscars stage? Well, that day has arrived, as Stevens has been tapped to make Oscars attendees weep quietly in their seats by performing “Mystery Of Love” from Call Me By Your Name …

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Mary J. Blige has been through some shit. Depression, addiction, abusive relationships—not only is she not afraid to talk about these things, but she’s built a career out of it. Blige’s latest record, Strength Of A Woman, arrives in the middle of her acrimonious and much-publicized split from husband/manager Kendu…

Puffy is getting the Bad Boy family together for a Biggie tribute concert

Gunned down at the age of 24 in a case that remains unsolved after nearly two decades, Christopher Wallace, the influential rapper known alternately as The Notorious B.I.G. and Biggie Smalls, would have been 44 this coming May. To mark the occasion, Wallace’s former collaborator and friend, Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs, is …

Black-ish: “Pops’ Pops’ Pops”

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Grading “Elephant In The Room” turned out to be remarkably challenging. It didn’t feel like a grade-A episode of Black-ish, even as I struggled to determine why it wasn’t, and what it was missing that could have elevated it to unqualified greatness. Choosing a grade for “Pops’ Pops’ Pops” comes with its own…