The Möbius strip- ‘Hidden Figures’ edges out ‘Rogue One,’ Golden Globes a political fiasco

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In a photo finish, new release Hidden Figures has barely edged out Rogue One: A Star Wars Story for no. 1 by less than $1 million, despite playing in 1,500 fewer theaters. The movie was projected to lose by about $200,000, but outperformed expectations on Sunday. Fellow new release Underworld: Blood Wars opened at no. 4 with $11.3 million. Expanding outside awards favorite A Monster Calls generated little-to-no interest from filmgoers and finished outside the top 10 with just $2 million- Box Office Mojo

More on how the real-life space story outperformed the popular fantasy one- Indiewire

2016 movies will end up bringing in a record-breaking $11.4 billion when everything is counted up, despite several of the most reliable blockbuster franchises sitting the year out- Variety

The Hong Kong box office, on the other hand, experienced its first decline in 10 years- The Hollywood Reporter

Star Wars: The Force Awakens would have been the 10th biggest movie of 2016 — even if you exclude its record-breaking first couple weeks of release in December 2015- The Wrap

Moonlight took best picture for drama, but La La Land was the undisputed winner at the Golden Globes last weekend- The New York Times

The biggest news of the evening, though, came when Hollywood legend Meryl Streep used her Cecil B. DeMille acceptance speech to criticize president elect Donald Trump- The Los Angeles Times

Predictably, Trump fired back on Twitter- Washington Post

Here’s why this is bad for everyone- The Hollywood Reporter

In her immediately viral speech, Streep plugged the Committee to Protect Journalists. The non-profit saw a donations spike of more than $80,000- Poynter

Casey Affleck won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama for his performance in Manchester by the Sea amid re-emerging news of sexual harassment lawsuits filed against him by coworkers on the set of 2010’s I’m Still Here. The Times examines why these accusations haven’t sunk Affleck’s awards chances, while similarly resurfacing rape allegations against Nate Parker capsized Birth of a Nation in October- The New York Times

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards nominations were announced earlier this morning. La La Land leads the pack followed closely by Arrival and Nocturnal Animals- Empire

Despite no longer allowing nominations for movies that lack casting diversity, Denzel Washington and Barry Jenkins’ conspicuous snubs threaten to mire the BAFTAs in racial controversy- The Hollywood Reporter

Neither of these awards are nearly as important on their own merit as they are for how they reflect on the upcoming Academy Awards. The Golden Globes- The Guardian

And the BAFTAs- The Playlist

The lawsuit over Axanar, a crowd-funded Star Trek fan film being sued by Paramount for copyright infringement, will go to court- The Wrap

Editors John Gilroy and Colin Goudie open up about which scenes were added in reshoots to Rogue OneYahoo UK

We also get more details this week on the technique the movie used to spit in the face of God and nature- Indiewire

Producer and star Ryan Reynolds recounts the long road to getting Deadpool to the big screen. It became the first ever comic book movie nominated for best picture at the Golden Globes, and Reynolds was in the running for best actor- Variety

Golden Globe nominee Colin Farrell talks about working with director Yorgos Lanthimos on The Lobster- Indiewire

Editor Sebastián Sepúlveda talks about creating emotional bridges in Jackie- Indiewire

And lastly, an in-depth look at how social media is used to create both a utopia and a dystopia in Nerve- Film School Rejects

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