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first_img This image released by Disney shows Michael B. Jordan in a scene from Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther.” (Marvel Studios-Disney via AP) by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Jan 17, 2019 8:54 am PDT NEW YORK — By its nature, awards season tends to winnow a field of films and performances until many of the same names are read week after week, award show after award show, leading up to the Academy Awards. It’s a process that always leaves deserving nominees left out for lack of buzz, awareness or box office.When the Oscar nominations are announced Tuesday, there will surely be much to celebrate and a handful of surprises. But it will inevitably, necessarily be a reductive list that omits many of the high points of what was an awfully good year for movies.This year, much of the love has been heaped on the likes of “A Star Is Born,” ”Roma,” ”Green Book” and “The Favourite.” There have been occasional, inspired attempts to upend the march to the Oscars, or at least pause for reconsideration. The Los Angeles Film Critics Association, in a much praised selection, picked Debra Granick (“Leave No Trace”) for best director when few had her (or, notably, any other woman) in “the mix.” The National Society of Film Critics went back to an acclaimed if little seen April release, Chloe Zhao’s “The Rider,” for its best picture winner.The movies of 2018 were simply too good and too multitudinous to be filed neatly into a steady drumbeat of favourites. Here are just a few of the performers, filmmakers and films that almost certainly won’t be among the names read on Tuesday, but who warrant it as much as any other nominee.BEST ACTRESSKathryn Hahn, “Private Life”Amandla Stenberg, “The Hate U Give”Joanna Kulig, “Cold War”Regina Hall, “Support the Girls”Toni Collette, “Hereditary”It is easily, overwhelmingly, the most crowded category of the year, and this bunch STILL leaves out unforgettable performances by Elsie Fisher (“Eighth Grade”), Carey Mulligan (“Wildlife”), Jamie Lee Curtis (“Halloween”) and Juliette Binoche (“Let the Sunshine In”). Yet these five all seem to be on the outside of the Lady Gaga/Olivia Colman/Glenn Close favourites despite work that was at turns staggeringly ravishing (Kulig), deeply personal and preternaturally poised (Stenberg, in a star-making performance), insanely committed (Collette), comically but forcefully poignant (Hall) and flat-out human (Hahn).BEST ACTORLakeith Stanfield, “Sorry to Bother You”Joaquin Phoenix, “You Were Never Really Here”John C. Reilly, “Stan & Ollie”Brady Jandreau, “The Rider”Lucas Hedges, “Ben Is Back”The most subtle and sweet performances by leading men came in more adventurous, less show-stopping roles than the likes of Rami Malek’s Freddie Mercury and Bradley Cooper’s Jackson Maine. Stanfield is the unflappable centre to the wild surrealism of “Sorry to Bother You.” Phoenix, twitchy and haunted, cuts like a knife through Lynne Ramsay’s deconstructed revenge thriller. Reilly, a standout also in “The Sisters Brothers,” gives a wonderfully sensitive performance as Oliver Hardy in “Stan & Ollie.” Jandreau, a Lakota cowboy, doesn’t get his due for his magnetic performance in “The Rider” since much of it was based on his life. But that takes nothing away from its honesty. And few actors were more exciting and indispensable in 2018 than the quickly maturing Hedges, whose many strong performances including his recovering addict in “Ben Is Back.”BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESSJun Jong-seo, “Burning”Sissy Spacek, “The Old Man & the Gun”Zoe Kazan, “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”Elizabeth Debicki, “Widows”Natalie Portman, “Vox Lux”The only thing standing in the way of a litany of awards for Jun Jong-seo’s aching, sorrowful performance in Chang-dong Lee’s masterly psychological thriller “Burning” is celebrity (it’s her first film) and language (since foreign films rarely get much recognition in acting categories). “The Old Man & the Gun” might be remembered for Robert Redford’s final performance, but it’s when he’s on screen with the ever-glowing Spacek that the movie lights up.BEST SUPPORING ACTORBrian Tyree Henry, “If Beale Street Could Talk”Hugh Grant, “Paddington 2”Michael B. Jordan, “Black Panther”Russell Hornsby, “The Hate U Give”Josh Hamilton, “Eighth Grade”Henry only has a few scenes in “If Beale Street Could Talk,” but they were among the most beautiful and tender of the year. (Michael Shannon had about the same screen time in 2008’s “Revolutionary Road” and still earned a deserved Oscar nomination.) As a desperately down-on-his-luck actor in “Paddington 2,” Hugh Grant gave the most delightful performance of the year (though his co-star Brendan Gleeson, as a prison chef, was close). And it’s impossible to separate the greatness of Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther” from the tormented performance of Michael B. Jordan. He’s the movie’s anguished heart.BEST DIRECORChloe Zhao, “The Rider”Joel and Ethan Coen, “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”Frederick Wiseman, “Monrovia, Indiana”Lucrecia Martel, “Zama”Pawel Pawlikowski, “Cold War”None of these films could have been made — or even attempted — by anyone else: the soulful melancholy of Zhao’s vividly naturalistic “The Rider”; the delirious splendor of Lucrecia Martel’s hypnotic adaptation; the Coen brothers’ audacious anthology of six Western morality tales; Wiseman’s sharp and patient portrait of small-town America; and Pawlikowski’s gorgeous, devastatingly concise ill-fated romance.BEST PICTURE“The Death of Stalin”“First Reformed”“Burning”“Spider-man: Into the Spider Verse”“Private Life”These are many others, too, that deserve to be remembered. Everyone could, and should, have their own picks. To paraphrase Lady Gaga, it was a far from shallow year at the movies.___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAPJake Coyle, The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email And the nominees won’t be (but should be) …last_img read more

Central bank says Coop worst case scenario theoretical amid bank run Update

first_imgAn increase in withdrawals at the Co-op compelled the Central Bank of Cyprus to say that Thursday’s comments made by one of its officials on the disastrous consequences for depositors of a failure to implement the Hellenic – Co-op deal were intended to highlight the worst-case scenario rather than present the probable scenario.“The comments about the remote, theoretical probability of the liquidation of the Cyprus Cooperative Bank were made to stress the most extreme negative consequences if the transfer of the Cyprus Cooperative Bank to Hellenic Bank is not completed, a solution which under the circumstances constitutes the only alternative,” a central bank spokesperson said in an emailed statement on Friday.On Friday, customers were queuing inside and outside Co-op branches leading to an increase in withdrawals, sources familiar with the matter said. In the first three months of the year, the Co-ops saw €2 billion in cash withdrawals amid concerns over the bank’s capital adequacy. Depositor concern was amplified by comments made by opposition politicians who left open whether their parties would support a government bill that would allow the government to extend guarantees to Hellenic Bank to shield it from a probable under performance of assets it agreed to acquire.The Co-op, the second largest lender on the island, has a ‘very important market share in deposits’ facilitating ‘critical functions’ for the economy, the central bank spokesperson said.The Cyprus Coperative Bank declined to comment.“Therefore, interest and economic and financial stability necessitate that there is no impact on insured depositors. Therefore, even in the case of considering the probability of resolution, public interest will lead to the complete protection of insured deposits without raising the issue of liquidating the bank if the deal on the sale of the Cyprus Cooperative Bank’s operations is not completed,”On Thursday, Yiangos Demetriou, head of the central bank’s supervision department warned members of the parliament’s watchdog committee of the ‘disastrous’ effects the non-implementation of the agreement signed by Hellenic Bank with the Cyprus Cooperative Bank on Monday would have. Demetriou had also said that the European Central Bank and the Single Resolution Mechanism, were preparing for a scenario under which the deal was not implemented.The deal, which provides for the transfer of the Co-op’s operations to Hellenic, including €9.7bn in deposits, would spare the Co-op from being liquidated, Demetriou said.The implementation of the deal also requires the approval of a bundle of amendments in legislation to help banks reduce their non-performing loans, which the European Commission set as condition for allowing taxpayers’ money to facilitate the deal.The Central Bank of Cyprus spokesperson added that deposits up to €100,000 per individual or legal entity per financial institution remain guaranteed in accordance with a European directive transposed into national law.In 2013, depositors at Cyprus Popular Bank lost all their uninsured deposits after the bank ran out of capital while those at Bank of Cyprus recapitalised it with almost half of their savings in excess of €100,000.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’UndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more