Freshly Fried - December 21, 2018

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Nollywood News
Opening Weekend Success for "Chief Daddy"
Last weekend, the highly anticipated "Chief Daddy" premiered,  and it did not disappoint!
Excluding advance and private screenings, the movie raked in a whopping N40 million in it's opening weekend, according to EbonyLife Films.  This is the second biggest opening weekend at the box office for a Nigerian movie this year and is the third biggest opening weekend ever for a Nigerian movie.

FilmOne Distribution's Moses Babatope congratulated Mo Abudu of EbonyLife Films and the director and cast of "Chief Daddy", as well as pointing out that the success of the movie "maintains Nollywood's 12 consecutive weeks of dominance at the top of the Nigerian box office since September 28."

So, if 2018 is anything to go by, we're sure to see the hits continue in the new year!  Have you seen "Chief Daddy" yet?  Let us know if it lives up to the hype!

Omoni Obili and AY in Heartwarming Christmas Movie
"Elliot the Littlest Reindeer" hit cinemas last Friday and two of our favourite Nollywood stars feature in the animated festive flick.

Directed by Jennifer Westcott, the cast also includes Josh Hutcherson, Morena Baccarin, John Cleese, Martin Short, Christopher Jacot, Samantha Bee, and Jeff Dunham.  

When Blitzen announces his retirement on December 21, a miniature horse called Elliot takes the chance to carry out his dream to pull Santa's sleigh in the North Pole try-outs.
Check out "Elliot the Littlest Reindeer", showing in select cinemas across Nigeria right now!

Eddie Ugbomah Receives Special Birthday Wishes
President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a personal birthday message to Nollywood legend Eddie Ugbomah, who turned 78 this week on Tuesday.
President Buhari's statement read, “While felicitating with his friends, family and professional colleagues on this special day, President Buhari prays for longer life and good health for the renowned film director and producer.”

Ugbomah is seen as one of the pioneers of the Nigerian film industry and his talent in producing, directing and cinematography has spanned over 30 decades. His work often comments on political and social issues, and he has always used film to highlight injustices in Nigeria.

We would like to join the President and the Nollywood film industry in wishing Chief Eddie Ugbomah many happy returns on his birthday!

Chief Eddie Ugbomah
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Hollywood News
2019 Oscars Shortlist
For the first time ever, the Oscars has announced the short lists for 9 categories all at the same time.  On Monday, those in the biz found out if they'd made the cut for the most famous film award show in the world - at least for these 9 categories.
Take a peek below to see who've been chosen:

Documentary Feature
“Crime + Punishment”
“The Distant Barking of Dogs”
“Free Solo”
“Of Fathers and Sons”
“On Her Shoulders”

Documentary Short Subject
“Black Sheep”
“End Game”
“Los Comandos”
“My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes”
“A Night at the Garden”
“Period. End of Sentence.”
“’63 Boycott”
“Women of the Gulag”

Foreign Language Film
Colombia -  “Birds of Passage”
Denmark -  “The Guilty”
Germany -  “Never Look Away”
Japan -  “Shoplifters”
Kazakhstan -  “Ayka”
Lebanon - “Capernaum”
Mexico -  “Roma”
Poland - “Cold War”
South Korea - “Burning”

Makeup and Hairstyling

Black Panther

Music (Original Score)

Music (Original Song)
When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings - “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Treasure - “Beautiful Boy
All The Stars - “Black Panther
Revelation - “Boy Erased
Girl In The Movies - “Dumplin’
We Won’t Move - “The Hate U Give
The Place Where Lost Things Go - “Mary Poppins Returns
Trip A Little Light Fantastic - “Mary Poppins Returns
Keep Reachin’ - “Quincy”
I’ll Fight - “RBG
A Place Called Slaughter Race - “Ralph Breaks the Internet
OYAHYTT - “Sorry to Bother You
Shallow - “A Star Is Born
Suspirium - “Suspiria
The Big Unknown - “Widows

A Star is Born
image: Medium

Animated Short Film
“Age of Sail”
“Animal Behaviour”
“Bird Karma”
“Late Afternoon”
“Lost & Found”
“One Small Step”
“Pépé le Morse”

Live Action Short Film
“May Day”

Visual Effects

What do you think of the shortlist so far?  Would you add any more titles to the categories?
The 2019 Oscars will be held on February 25 - we'll be sure to keep you updated till then!

What's on in Cinemas this Christmas
It's time to deck the halls and sing some carols!  Christmas is just around the corner and, while you'll certainly be busy visiting family and eating delicious food, there's always time for movies!

To start with, we have a bunch of exciting releases for you today.  On the Hollywood side we have "Aquaman" and "Bumblebee" going head-to-head in a battle for the most action-packed feature.  Both kids and adults alike can check out the reboot of a timeless classic - "Mary Poppins Returns", a movie which is sure to transport you to a fantastical world fit for the festive season.

Releases from Nollywood today are the much-anticipated "Lionheart", written by and starring the fantastic Genevieve Nnaji, and "God Calling", a story about faith and struggle against adversity.

Next Friday. you can see J.Lo back on the big screen in "Second Act", a story about reinvention and moving on up in the world,  Banky W's next film "Up North", where he portrays a rebellious heir, Dare Olaitan's intriguing suspense thrilller "Knock Out Blessing," or the comedy crime drama "Assassination Nation". 

So, whether you just need a break from visiting your Aunties, you want to keep the kids entertained, or you simply just love the cinematic experience (we get it!), there's something for everyone this Christmas break!

This is the last Freshly Fried of the year, so from all of us at Fried Plantains we wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
See you in 2019!

Merry Christmas

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