“Nightmare Alley” and “West Side Story” — two remakes from two of Hollywood’s biggest directors, Guillermo del Toro and Steven Spielberg, respectively, premiered this week and have shaken up the Oscar race. The former brings eight-time nominee Bradley Cooper into the lead actor conversation, which could reunite him with his former “A Star Is Born” co-star Lady Gaga, who is receiving her own buzz for “House of Gucci.” The latter is a musical that could make history for Rita Moreno, who could become the oldest nominee of a competitive category.

Speaking of “Gucci,” the real-life family released a scathing statement criticizing their depiction in Ridley Scott’s new film. Will this hurt the movie’s chances down the road?

The Grammy nominations were announced and many controversial artists were recognized, despite public scrutiny and backlash, including Louis C.K., Dave Chappelle and others. Is this proof that “cancel culture” doesn’t actually exist?

Chris Cuomo has been suspended from CNN indefinitely after New York’s Attorney General uncovered the anchor’s direct involvement in advising his brother, former Governor Andrew Cuomo, following allegations of sexual harassment.

Finally, we said goodbye to a legend; Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim died on Nov. 26.

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