The last of the major pre–Oscar award nominations were announced Monday, as the Producers Guild announced the contenders for the Golden Laurels, which will be presented March 3. Producers Gren Brenman and Jonathan Finn were nominated in the feature film category for the gay-friendly drama Billy Elliot, and they are up against the producers of Almost Famous; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Erin Brockovich; and Gladiator in that category.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 73rd annual Academy Awards, which will be presented March 25.
Controversial rapper Eminem performed his first British concert Thursday night in Manchester, drawing both a sold-out crowd and a vocal group of protesters, reports Reuters. The capacity audience of 15,500 was greeted by gay rights activists and women’s groups carrying signs and chanting, “Eminem, you’re not funny, you oppress us to make money.” “The basic reason why we organized the protest is the fact that Eminem’s lyrics are not only homophobic, they are also misogynistic,” said Vicki Austin, National Union of Students gay and lesbian campaigner.