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God's Own Country Actor Josh O'Connor Talks Why No Oscar Nods

God’s Own Country actor Josh O’Connor is sharing his thoughts on why the film isn’t getting recognized at the Academy Awards.

In an interview with GO London, 27-year-old O’Connor said that, “You have to put a hell of a lot of work into that sort of thing.”

“You have to meet the right people, and go to LA, even to get mentioned. Which costs money, which we didn’t have. I think the film is Oscar-worthy, but I knew that would be one step too far.”

That isn’t to say that the film hasn’t received multiple accolades and accomplishments. God’s Own Country recently was nominated for a BAFTA and an Evening Standard Britihs Film Award. Something which O’Connor celebrated, “I’m still pinching myself that we’re up for the Standard awards and BAFTAs. I’m so chuffed.”

In addition, despite the film’s recognition in America, it has done well in the UK. The film is the highest-grossing movie in Great Britain’s indie cinema scene.

“It outsold Dunkirk!’ said film director Francis Lee. “Knowing that my film had resonated, for that man. That’s the biggest prize for me.”

Twitter Users Not Having Trump’s “Excuse” For His Failed UK Visit

Late last night, Donald Trump tweeted out his excuse for why he wouldn’t be visiting London. And as is the usual, he’s blaming Obama for it.

As you might have guessed, many people on Twitter responded unfavorably to Trump’s tweet. Several were quick to point out that it wasn’t Obama who sold the old embassy, but former president Bush Jr.

On top of that, responses also liked to remind the president that its not like many Londoners (or Englishmen for that matter) wanted him to visit anyway.

In fact, the massive protests against the U.S. president's visit may have a factor, or be the sole reason, that he didn't cross the pond.

Over all, Donald Trump tried to share fake news again to make himself seem important and right. And, Twitter was there to point out how wrong he was (again).

h/t: PinkNews

Iceland's Gay Teen Film "Heartstone" Is Preparing for Global Distribution

Heartstone via Youtube @matchboxfilmsuk

Iceland is preparing to release a gay teen romance film into the world and we should all turn our heads to give it some attention.

The film, titled Heartstone, released in the country of origin earlier this year and is already quietly getting recognition through appearing at film festivals (which seems to be the only course for gay films looking to get mass recognition and praise).

The film has already earned a Queer Lion award at the Venice Film Festival and received several other awards.

The film story goes as follows:

“A remote fishing village in Iceland. Teenage boys Thor and Christian experience a turbulent summer as one tries to win the heart of a girl while the other discovers new feelings toward his best friend. When summer ends and the harsh nature of Iceland takes back its rights, it’s time to leave the playground and face adulthood.”

The film will release in both the US and the UK in late September and early October.

In the US, the film will be released by Break Glass Pictures on September 26 in select theaters before hitting DVD/VOD on October 10th.

Meanwhile, Matchbox Films is releasing Heartstone in the UK on October 6th and then hitting DVD/VOD in Britain on January 8th, 2018.

You can check out the trailer down below.