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Jim Carrey, Sandra Oh, Stephan James get Golden Globe nominations

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  • Jim Carrey, Sandra Oh, Stephan James and Jean-Marc Vallee were among the Canadian Golden Globe nominees announced Thursday, while Ryan Gosling’s lack of a mention for “First Man” had many fans declaring the London, Ont., native was snubbed.

    Oh got a nod for best actress in a TV drama series for “Killing Eve,” on which she’s also an executive producer.

    The Korean-Canadian star plays an MI5 operative hunting down a female assassin on the BBC America series, which aired on Bravo in Canada.

    Earlier this year Oh was nominated for an Emmy for lead actress in a drama series for the role, making her the first Asian woman to be nominated in that category. She didn’t win but made a big splash by bringing her parents to the awards show.

    In an interview earlier this year, the former “Grey’s Anatomy” star said she enjoyed “delving deeply into a piece about female psychology.”

    “What is more interesting to me is seeing two human beings embroiled in a relationship that they can’t define or let go of,” Oh told The Canadian Press.

    Oh’s competition for the Golden Globe includes Elisabeth Moss for “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which is shot in Toronto, as well as Caitriona Balfe for “Outlander,” Julia Roberts for “Homecoming,” and Keri Russell for “The Americans.”

    Oh will also host the 76th annual Golden Globes, along with Andy Samberg, from Beverly Hills, Calif., on Jan. 6 on NBC and CTV.

    Toronto-born Carrey is up for best performance by an actor in a television series, musical or comedy for “Kidding.” The Showtime comedy-drama is set in Columbus, Ohio and stars Carrey as a beloved children’s television host.

    Carrey’s competition includes Michael Douglas for “The Kominsky Method,” Donald Glover for “Atlanta,” Bill Hader for “Barry” and Sacha Baron Cohen for “Who Is America?”

    James, who also hails from Toronto, made the cut for the Amazon Prime Video series “Homecoming.” He stars alongside Roberts as a soldier in a post-battlefield treatment centre in the noir psychological thriller, which is based on the podcast created by Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg.

    Other actors nominated in that category include Jason Bateman with “Ozark,” Richard Madden for “Bodyguard,” Billy Porter for “Pose,” and Matthew Rhys with “The Americans.”

    It’s been a big year for James, who grew up in the Toronto suburb of Scarborough, with another major leading role — in the widely acclaimed Barry Jenkins film “If Beale Street Could Talk.”

    Meanwhile, Vallee’s production company Crazyrose was named in the nomination for best television limited series or movie for “Sharp Objects.”

    Montreal-based Vallee also directed the HBO gothic mystery, which stars Amy Adams as an alcoholic reporter investigating the murder of a preteen girl and the disappearance of another in her Missouri hometown.

    “Sharp Objects” is up against “The Alienist,” “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” “Escape at Dannemora” and “A Very English Scandal.”

    Adams also scored a Golden Globe nod for her role in the series, as did co-star Patricia Clarkson, who plays her judgmental mother.

    Vallee’s previous HBO series, “Big Little Lies,” won several Golden Globes, including best television limited series or movie.

    Gosling was widely expected to be nominated for his role as astronaut Neil Armstrong in the biopic “First Man,” but alas his name was not called, prompting a stream of angry social media posts from upset fans.

    Winners in 25 categories — 14 in film and 11 in television — are voted on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

    Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press




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    Renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma to give free concert in Montreal’s subway today

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  • MONTREAL — World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma has announced he’ll give a free concert in Montreal’s subway today.

    The Chinese-American musician’s Facebook page says the concert in the Place-des-Arts metro station will explore connections and disconnections in contemporary lives.

    A spokesman for Montreal’s transit agency says Ma will take the stage at 2 p.m., following a multimedia presentation that combines music, art and technology.

    Philippe Dery says the subway stations often draw strong busking talent but rarely anyone of Ma’s renown.

    The 63-year-old cellist’s concert is part of what his website calls a “day of action” that will explore the topic of culture and its role in humanizing technology.

    Dery says the concert will be free and also live-streamed on the transit agency’s Facebook page.

    The Canadian Press


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    Violinist Christina Day Martinson on the ‘intense spiritual journey’ behind her Grammy nod

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  • TORONTO — When Christina Day Martinson left her house Friday morning to drive her kids to school, she didn’t expect to return home a Grammy Award nominee.

    But the violinist, who grew up in Saskatoon, is learning that one accolade sometimes leads to another. Earlier this week, her album “Biber: The Mystery Sonatas” was chosen as one of the year’s best classical recordings by the Chicago Tribune.

    The adrenaline rush of being praised by the newspaper was still wearing off when one of her colleagues phoned to share the Grammy news, while she was on the road.

    “I was screaming, ‘No way, really?’ Just all these superlatives,” the 42-year-old performer said during a call from Boston.

    “I was very excited — more excited than I realized I would be.”

    Martinson, concertmaster for the Boston Baroque, splits the nomination in the classical instrumental solo category with conductor Martin Pearlman.

    Their version of Bohemian-Austrian composer Heinrich Biber’s 15 “mystery sonatas,” written in the mid-1600s, has been praised for unearthing a deeper meaning in the pieces, which are inspired by the life of Christ and the Virgin Mary.

    Biber’s composition is recognized for its complexity, which involves re-tuning the strings of the instrument during the performance. With all 15 mysteries played over three hours — with two intermissions — the live performance is gruelling.

    “For me, it was a very intense spiritual journey,” she remembered of the recording made in March 2017.

    “Whatever you believe, whether you’re religious or not, it’s a very powerful story to be experiencing. And I really felt like I was going on this journey through all the sonatas.”

    Heading to the Grammys on Feb. 10 will be an entirely new experience to take in, Martinson said. But first she’ll have to explain what it all means to her kids.

    When she was celebrating her Grammy nomination in the car, her two boys, aged six and eight, sat puzzled in the back seat.

    They hadn’t heard of the Grammys, but they wanted to know more.

    “When I pick them up I’ll probably elaborate,” Martinson said.

     

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    David Friend, The Canadian Press



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