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‘Star Is Born,’ ‘Mary Poppins’ could lead Golden Globe noms

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  • NEW YORK — Nominees for the 76th annual Golden Globes Awards will be announced Thursday morning, and both “A Star Is Born” and “Mary Poppins Returns” could be in for a big morning.

    The Hollywood Foreign Press Association will unveil their nominations beginning at 8:15 a.m. EST. The nominations will be livestreamed on the Globes’ official Facebook page and the group’s website. The top categories will be carried live on NBC.

    Presenters will include Terry Crews, Danai Gurira, Leslie Mann and Christian Slater.

    Despite its many songs, “A Star Is Born” is competing in the Globes’ dramatic categories. Two Oscar favourites, “Green Book” and “The Favourite,” are slotting in as comedies, where the Disney musical “Mary Poppins” could pile up nominations.

    Curiously, the Hollywood Foreign Press doesn’t consider foreign-language films eligible for best film, so Alfonso Cuaron’s Netflix drama “Roma” will be left out of the Globes’ top category.

    On the TV side, Amazon’s “Homecoming” and Ryan Murphy’s “Pose” may score nominations in their first eligible awards show.

    The Golden Globes will be held in Beverly Hills on Jan. 6. The HFPA on Wednesday announced that Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh will host.

    Jake Coyle, The Associated 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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