Benedict Cumberbatch's toxic cowboy spurs 'The Power of the Dog' toward awards season

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(CNN)If you deliberation the holidays travel quickly, awards play has besides entered the chat.

That's close — it's clip to commencement guessing who and what projects volition beryllium nominated for assorted oddly named trophies.

    You are barking up the close histrion if the archetypal movie successful our viewing recommendations beneath is connected your abbreviated database of awards play contenders.

      Three things to watch

      'The Power of the Dog'

      Benedict Cumberbatch stars successful  "The Power of the Dog."

      Benedict Cumberbatch isn't going for likability successful his latest role, but helium decidedly is coming for immoderate nominations.

      He stars arsenic Phil Burbank, a curmudgeonly cowboy who doesn't instrumentality kindly to his younger brother, George (played by Jesse Plemons), marrying a beauteous widow named Rose Gordon (Kirsten Dunst).

      Phil beauteous overmuch acts similar thing that rhymes with solid bowl. But the film, by writer-director Jane Campion, has almighty things to accidental astir masculinity, alteration and relationships.

      Our critic, Brian Lowry, wrote that "Netflix intelligibly harbors awards aspirations for the movie, and the movie earns a place successful that conversation" — and I agree.

      It has been successful prime theaters since November 17 and is presently streaming connected Netflix.

      'The Great' Season 2

      (From left) Catherine (Elle Fanning) and Peter (Nicholas Hoult) are astatine  likelihood  successful  the Hulu bid    "The Great."

      If, similar me, you bask your past served with a broadside of naughtiness and small accuracy, I've got conscionable the bid for you.

      Season 2 of "The Great" conscionable dropped, and I talked to its stars, Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult, who play Catherine the Great and Peter III, aka empress and emperor of 18th period Russia, astir what's successful store.

      This drama is ace bawdy. It adjacent makes amusive of that infamous — and mendacious — communicative that Catherine the Great died portion attempting to person enactment with a horse, an municipality fable Hoult said does disservice to her legacy.

      "That's benignant of a bizarre happening erstwhile you interruption it isolated and recognize that this pistillate achieved truthful galore fantastic things, changed a country, moved subject guardant and education," Hoult added. "She was truthful progressive."

      Season 2 of "The Great" is presently streaming connected Hulu.

      'Diary of a Wimpy Kid'

      A country   from animated movie  "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" is shown.

      This 1 is family-friendly.

      Disney+ has transformed the beloved children's publication bid by Jeff Kinney into an animated adventure.

      "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" centers connected seventh grader Greg Heffley (voiced by Brady Noon), a kid with an progressive imaginativeness and a determination to go affluent and famous.

      But archetypal helium has to past mediate school.

      There are plentifulness of amusive and absorbing characters, including Greg's champion friend, Rowley Jefferson (Ethan William Childress), to assistance Greg capable the pages of his journal.

      It's presently streaming connected Disney+.

      Two things to perceive to

      Issa Rae stars successful  play   5  of "Insecure."

      One of the coolest things astir the HBO deed bid "Insecure" is its euphony — which is wherefore I was hyped erstwhile the prima and creator, Issa Rae, announced connected Instagram that the soundtrack to play 5 drops connected Friday.

      So get acceptable to creation your ... cares distant with immoderate euphony that volition astir apt decidedly be, similar the show, for grown folks only.

      Jonathan Van Ness arrives for the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards astatine  the Prudential Center successful  Newark, New Jersey, August 26, 2019.

      "Queer Eye" prima Jonathan Van Ness is funny astir truthful galore things — and aren't we fortunate for that?

      His podcast, "Getting Curious With Jonathan Van Ness," features experts and tastemakers discussing topics he's funny in, similar vaccine misinformation and fig skating.

      And it's not conscionable that helium has questions. He encourages his assemblage to beryllium funny astir beingness arsenic well.

      The podcast is presently streaming connected aggregate platforms including Apple.

      One happening to speech about

      Rihanna (third from left) was named a nationalist  leader  during a ceremonial  to state  Barbados a republic and the inauguration of the country's archetypal  president, astatine  Heroes Square successful  Bridgetown, November 30.

      Rihanna has made Barbados truthful precise proud.

      That's wherefore her homeland, which had already appointed her arsenic an ambassador, recently honored the singer-mogul with the designation "national hero."

      RiRi gives backmost to her state and reps them with full pride.

      Well done, ma'am. Now, if we could lone get a caller album.

      Something to sip on

      Ryan Reynolds attends the premiere of "Pokémon Detective Pikachu" astatine  Military Island successful  New York City's Times Square, May 2, 2019.

      Speaking of being honored by your people: I effort not to enactment celebs connected pedestals, but honest-to-goodness Ryan Reynolds seems similar a beauteous quality being.

      Canada thinks so, too.

      His autochthonal state precocious honored the "Deadpool" histrion and entrepreneur with a Governor General's Performing Arts Award.

      Our neighbors to the northbound besides enactment unneurotic a beauteous comic and touching video of Barenaked Ladies vocalist Steven Page belting retired a tribute to the prima successful the signifier of the opus "Canada Loves You Back."

        "I'm not crying," Reynolds joked successful the caption. "It's conscionable maple syrup."

        Ryan Reynolds successful his feels is each we request to beryllium successful ours. Oh, Canada.

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