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Mwbuzz Oscar Bracket Battle: Vote for the best Best Actress

Now that voters crowned a winner in Mwbuzz’s Best Actor Oscar Bracket, it’s time to turn the spotlight on the leading ladies.

To commemorate the Academy Awards celebrating 90 years of film, Mwbuzz is holding the Mwbuzz Oscar Bracket Battle, which continues with the Best Actress category. Our film critics and editors selected the top winners throughout history and landed on the top 64 — now, it’s up to you to pick the best of the best.

Keep up the voting below, download the full bracket here, and be sure to share your picks on social media with the hashtag #EWOscarBattle. The winner of the Best Actress bracket will be announced on Jan. 31 at 10 a.m. ET.

Voting for the first round of Best Actresses ends Jan. 18 at midnight.

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Dolores O’Riordan’s Battle With ‘Dreadful’ Depression Before Death: Suicide Attempt & More

In the aftermath of Dolores O’Riordan’s tragic death, details about her terrible past struggles with depression, bipolar disorder and more have come to light.

Dolores O’Riordan’s cause of death is still unknown, but new information about the time leading up to her final days has been revealed. The 46-year-old was reportedly suffering from “dreadful” depression before she tragically died on Jan. 15, according to TMZ. Her friends told the site that she had been dealing with severe back pain before her passing, as well, which forced her band, The Cranberries, to cancel several shows throughout the past year. She recently revealed that she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2015, and admitted to dealing with depression throughout most of her career as a famous singer. She even attempted suicide by overdose in 2013.

“I had anorexia, then depression, a breakdown,” she admitted in a 2013 interview. “I knew why I hated myself. I knew why I wanted to make myself disappear.” The next year, she divorced her husband of 20 years, Don Burton, with whom she has three kids. S she credits her family as her “salvation” during the toughest times. Dolores has said that she thinks her problems stem from alleged abuse she suffered as a child. However, despite all the hardship, she appeared, on the surface, to be doing well before her sudden and unexpected death. On Dec. 20, she tweeted from The Cranberries’ official account, “Hi All, Dolores here. Feeling good!”

She also left a voicemail for her friend, Dan Waite, just hours before she was tragically found dead. “She sounded full of life, was joking and excited to see me and my wife this week,” he told People. The music world has been absolutely shaken by this tragedy.

Mwbuzzers, leave your thoughts for Dolores’ family and loved ones in the comments section below.

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‘RHONY’s Jill Zarin’s Husband Bobby Zarin Has Passed Away At 71 After Battle With Cancer

So sad. ‘Real Housewives of New York’ star Jill Zarin’s husband Bobby Zarin has died at 71 after fighting cancer for years. Here’s what we know.

Real Housewives of New York star Jill Zarin, 54, just announced that her husband Bobby Zarin has died after battling cancer for years. He was 71 years old. “With the heaviest of hearts, we are devastated to share the news that our beloved Bobby Zarin passed away peacefully today surrounded by family after a courageous battle with cancer,” Jill shared in a statement on her website. “There are no words to describe how heartbroken we are. Thank you, everyone for all your love, and support during this difficult time.”

This tragic news comes just days after Jill shared a photo of herself and Bobby together to celebrate their 18th wedding anniversary. “Happy 18th! Anniversary to the love of my life Bobby Zarin. Bobby is the most perfect man I know. He never loses anything, never forgets anything and when I think he is wrong… he is always right! I will post some photos over the last 20 years… truly a Love Story.” Just heartbreaking.

Mwbuzzers, share your condolences for Jill and her family in the comments section below.

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Fast Eddie Clarke Dead: Motorhead Guitarist Dies At 67 After Battle With Pneumonia

The last living member of Motorhead’s mainstay lineup, ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke, has tragically died at the age of 67. He was in the hospital at the time of his death.

Motorhead announced via its Facebook page on Jan. 11 that guitarist, Eddie Clarke, otherwise known as “Fast Eddie,” is dead at the age of 67. “We are devastated to pass on the news we only just heard ourselves earlier tonight,” the post read. “Edward Allan Clarke – or as we all know and love him Fast Eddie Clarke – passed away peacefully yesterday. Ted Carroll (who formed Chiswick Records) made the sad announcement via his FB page, having heard from Doug Smith that Fast Eddie passed peacefully in hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia. Fast Eddie…keep roaring, rockin’ and rollin’ up there as godda**it, man, your Motorfamily would expect nothing less!!!”

Fast Eddie joined Motorhead in March 1976, about a year after the group formed. He, founder Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister and Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor are considered the ‘classic’ Motorhead trio, although the group’s lineup changed a bit over time. However, it was under this trio that the British group witnessed their biggest successes, with albums like Overkill and Ace of Spades, among others. Fast Eddie left the group in 1982 in the middle of a U.S. tour, as he became frustrated and unhappy with the direction they were heading. After his departure, he formed the band, Fastway, with Pete Way.

Eddie was the last living member of the classic Motorhead trio. Phil Taylor died in Nov. 2015 of liver failure at the age of 61, and one month later, Lemmy died from prostate cancer, congestive heart failure and cardiac arrhythmia. He was 70.

Mwbuzzers, leave your thoughts for Fast Eddie’s family and loved ones in the comments section below.

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Atlanta Vs. Los Angeles Live Stream: Watch The Falcons Battle The Rams In The NFL Wild Card

The Atlanta Falcons have gone from competing in the Super Bowl to fighting for their life in the Wild Card. They take on the Los Angeles Rams at 8:15 PM ET so don’t miss this match.

What a difference a year makes. The Atlanta Falcons, once a high soaring, high scoring offensive threat, barely made the 2017-18 NFL playoffs. It’s not going to get any easier for Matt Ryan, 32, and the rest of the Dirty Birds, as they’re taking on a shockingly good Los Angeles Rams team in the NFC Wildcard round. If they manage to somehow get by LA, them they’ll have to go mano y mano (or in this case, wing vs wing) with the Philadelphia Eagles. It’s not impossible for the Falcons to return to the Super Bowl, but it’s not going to be easy.

Speaking of which, give it up for the Rams. In a single year, Los Angeles went from being ranked dead last in the NFL in scoring in 2016. Then, in the first year under the guidance of head coach Sean McVay, the Rams have scored more points than any other team in the league, according to CBS Sports. The change also revamped Todd Gurley, as the running back went from a measly 3.2 yards per carry to leading the NFL in yards from scrimmage while scoring 19 touchdowns. The same transformation turned Jared Goff, into a legit threat. Though he stumbled in his rookie season, he’s improved – considerably. This season, he’s thrown 28 touchdowns (up from 5 from last season) and finished the regular season with a 100.5 rating, up from 63.6.

While the Falcons are viewed as an underdog – as Devonta Freeman, Julio Jones, and Alex Mack will play, despite being banged up by lingering injuries – they come into this game having played the second-most total playoff games of any team in the NFC field, according to USA Today. The Rams have the fewest, 21 to Atlanta’s 143 (only the Carolina Panthers, at 187, have more.) Will this experience help? Or will this stat just be something cute that Falcons fans tell each other as the Rams go on to the next round? There’s only one way to find out.

Sports fans can catch this game via NBC Sports (after providing the appropriate login info.) Click here to watch the Atlanta Falcons Vs. Los Angeles Rams Live Stream

Do you think the Rams will go on to the Super Bowl, Mwbuzzers? Or do you think Atlanta will return to avenge their loss?

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Chris Brown’s Rihanna Mural Features Batman — He Relates To ‘His Battle To Overcome His Dark Side’

Chris Brown painted Batman in his mural to represent the dark times from his past. Get EXCLUSIVE details here!

Chris Brown, 28, painted a unique mural that not only features the search warrant from his infamous Rihanna, 29, attack, but also an image of Batman and it’s all because of the dark times the superhero represents. “Chris painted the mural himself—he actually did the Batman part last year and then added the warrant piece recently,” a source close to Chris EXCLUSIVELY told “Chris loves Batman—he’s his favorite superhero, and he feels he can relate to the character—with his battle to overcome his dark side, following a traumatic childhood, and then emerge as a fighter for good. Chris’ own childhood was extremely traumatic and violent, he’s spent his lifetime battling his demons, and he feels he’s finally conquered his dark side.” See pics of Chris and Rihanna in happier times here.

Chris’ dark side couldn’t have been more public after the incident with RiRi and the singer’s been open about his struggles since then. “The Rihanna assault was without doubt the darkest period of Chris’ life, and it’s something he bitterly regrets,” the source continued. “He knows he’s views by many in the public as this terrible violent person, and an all round bad guy, but Chris believes he is so much more than that, and that deep down he’s a good guy. This is his way of showing that, of displaying to the world that he also has this other side, and that he is, at heart, a good person.”

Chris’ regrets and desire to show that he’s a better man came through this past holiday season when he surprised a Georgia school and generously donated $50k. He also gave the students an epic performance which we’re sure they’ll remember for years to come. It looks like he’s on the right track and there’s nothing we love more than seeing him get through his hard times with strength and talent!

Mwbuzzers, what do you think about Chris’ Rihanna mural? Tell us in the comments below!

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Why the Battle of the Sexes Was a Big Deal in More Ways Than One

File the Battle of the Sexes backstory under “you can’t make this sh*t up.” Starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell, the movie, which came out Sept. 22, tells the true story of the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs — a national spectacle dubbed “the Battle of the Sexes” — that took place 44 years ago.

As a feminist and a tennis player who was raised by a feminist tennis player, I have always been fascinated with this piece of history, and the wild story definitely deserved to be made into a movie. The match was significant not only because — spoiler alert — King demolished Riggs as 90 million people watched on TV, but it also transformed women’s tennis and women’s sports in general.

The Impetus

Riggs, a 55-year-old former Wimbledon champion who had been off the circuit for years, put the entire event in motion. He was a proud male chauvinist who asserted that he could still beat any woman tennis player and that women belonged “in the bedroom and the kitchen.”

I asked my mom what she remembered about Riggs and that moment in history. “He was just an assh*le,” she said. “He did win some major tournaments back in his day, but he had a reputation for being a hustler. His time was definitely over by the time he did all that.”

At the same time, women’s professional tennis was still a burgeoning sport and fighting to be taken seriously. Feminism wasn’t yet mainstream: a woman beating a man at tennis would be a huge step toward negating the idea that women were the weaker sex. Riggs initially challenged Wimbledon champ Billie Jean King, who was 29 at the time, but she turned him down. As King told NPR in 2008: “we had just started women’s professional tennis, and it was a very difficult time for us. . . . Bobby kept saying, Play me, play me, and I said, Bobby, we’re so busy, I’m so busy, I don’t have time.”

Instead, No. 1 women’s tennis player Margaret Court accepted Riggs’s challenge and lost brutally. As King told NPR, “he beat her like 6-2, 6-1. I mean, it was just annihilation, basically.” When she heard how badly Riggs had beat Court, King thought, “well, I have to play him now.”

The Match

Held in the Houston Astrodome, the match drew 30,000 spectators, including a number of celebrities. The Battle of the Sexes was basically the opposite of the refined Wimbledon tournament. King was carried out on an Egyptian “litter” — basically a throne — by the Rice University men’s track team. She wore a tennis dress with a splash of sequins designed by Ted Tinling, a famous tennis-apparel designer. (The dress now rests in the collections of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.) Riggs wore a red and yellow shirt that said Sugar Daddy and arrived on a rickshaw surrounded by an entourage of women he called his “bosom buddies.” At stake was a $100,000 prize.

Billie Jean King kicked Riggs’s ass, with a final score of 6-4, 6-3, 6-3. Riggs was wrong, and King scored a victory for womankind. Riggs conceded gracefully, admitting that King had “played too well,” plain and simple. The women’s pro had prepped intensely, checking out the venue ahead of time and crafting a strategy to “run him into the ground” and win the first set. King and Riggs eventually became friends, and Riggs stayed out of the limelight until his death in 1995.

Some sources later speculated that Riggs — who had a gambling problem — had purposefully thrown the match. But King called those allegations “ridiculous.” My mom also finds that theory hard to believe: “I cannot believe, as cocky as he was, that he would have let her win.”

The Legacy

King’s victory had a lasting impact on women’s tennis. In 1973, the same year as the Battle of the Sexes, King founded the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), and for the first time in history, the US Open began offering equal prize money to male and female winners. By 2007, all Grand Slam tournaments had followed suit, thanks to the continued fight by King and other female players. The event also made King into a true sports superstar; she signed endorsement deals with Adidas, Wilson, Colgate, and more brands.

King came out as gay in 1981 and retired from tennis in 1983, after winning 12 major titles. She was also something of a visionary when it came to women’s sports and women’s rights: she helped start a players’ union and an advocacy group for female athletes. President Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009, and at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, she was one of two openly gay delegates representing the US at the opening ceremony in what was widely regarded as “a clear message to Russia about its treatment of gay and lesbian citizens.”

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FA Cup: Watch Liverpool Battle Everton In The Merseyside Derby Online

How can the FA Cup get any more exciting? How about tossing in a Merseyside Derby in the 3rd round? Liverpool hosts its crosstown rivals Everton at 3:00 PM ET. Don’t miss it!

The longest running top-flight derby in English football, the Merseyside Derby adds another explosive chapter to its history on Jan. 5, courtesy of the FA Cup. It’s Blues versus Reds, as Everton heads to Anfield to meet Liverpool in the third round of the prestigious Football Association tournament. With Manchester City running away with the Premier League, this might be one of the few chances for either of these clubs to take home some silverware this season, so expect the Toffees and the Reds to go all out in this match.

Since their first clash in 1894, there have been 229 meetings total between these two neighboring clubs. Liverpool has the commanding lead, winning 91 of the games, while Everton managed to pick up the win 66 times. Everton’s chances of advancing to the next round of the FA Cup picked up, as Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho, 25, will miss this game as he continues heal from a thigh injury, according to The Guardian. He might finish up his rehab in warmer climates, as La Liga’s Barcelona is expected to pony up another offer for the Brazilian. Phillippe wishes to go, but it supposedly would take £130m for the transfer to take place.

Though, Barcelona is playing coy about courting Coutinho. “[He] plays for another team,” Ernesto Valverde, the Barcelona coach said in a news conference ahead of Barca’s Copa del Rey match with Celta Vigo, per ESPN FC. “He’s a good player, of course, but I like the players I have here right now much more. We don’t know what will happen in the future.” Well, in the immediate future, Liverpool will take on their most heated rivals in the FA Cup. Will they be able to survive without their star player?

Soccer fans can watch this game online via Fox Sports (after entering in the appropriate login info) Click Here to watch the Liverpool Vs. Everton live stream

Who do you want to win the FA Cup, Mwbuzzers? Do you think Everton will hand Liverpool a loss, or will the Reds run rampant in this match?

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Gene Wilder's widow reflects on his Alzheimer's battle in powerful essay

Karen Wilder, the widow of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory star Gene Wilder, has penned a moving essay about her late husband, his battle with Alzheimer’s, and the toll the disease can take on spouses and caregivers.

“I never pictured myself marrying a movie star,” she wrote in the essay, which was published Tuesday by ABC News. “I also never saw myself spending years of my life taking care of one. But I’ve done both. Love was the reason for the first. Alzheimer’s disease, the second.”

Karen Wilder met her future husband in 1989, when he was preparing to shoot See No Evil, Hear No Evil. She was an experienced speech pathologist, and his character in the film was deaf. “As he always did when he took on a role, Gene wanted to understand his character,” she wrote. “He showed up at my office one day in search of my professional advice.

“We formed a powerful bond,” she continued. “At the time, Gene was married to Gilda Radner, who was in the final stages of ovarian cancer. After Gilda’s death, Gene sought me out again. We married a year later and, for more than twenty years, we were one of the happiest couples I knew.”

Over time, however, her husband’s health deteriorated. “I watched his disintegration each moment of each day for six years,” she wrote. “We still managed to have some good times and to laugh, even at the ravages of the disease that was killing him.” (He died in August 2016.)

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She added that “there’s another particularly cruel aspect to the disease of Alzheimer’s, because in addition to destroying — piece by piece — the one who’s stricken with it, it ravages the life of the person caring for its victims. In our case, I was that person.”

According to a Stanford Medicine study, 40 percent of Alzheimer’s caregivers die before the patient, from the physical, spiritual, and emotional toll.

“Neither my love, nor science, could save my husband’s life,” Karen Wilder wrote. “But it’s my most profound hope that through research and awareness, others may be spared the experience that killed Gene — and could have killed me, too.”

To raise awareness about Alzheimer’s, she has allowed her husband’s portrayal of Willy Wonka to be used in a new video campaign called the Pure Imagination Project.

Read Karen Wilder’s full essay at ABC News, and watch a video from the Pure Imagination Project above.

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Orange Bowl Live Stream: Watch The Wisconsin Badgers Battle The Miami Hurricanes Online

Get ready for an epic college football clash! The Miami Hurricanes take on the Wisconsin Badgers for the NCAA Orange Bowl at 8:00 PM ET, so don’t miss a single exciting second!

It may not be for the College Football Playoff championship, but for the Wisconsin Badgers and Miami Hurricanes, the Orange Bowl is just as important as playing for the NCAA college football title. The Hurricanes will have the home field advantage, as Wisconsin will travel to the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, avoiding the bitter chills of the Midwest for some red-hot action in Florida. This might be the best match outside of the playoffs, so football fans better tune in to watch every kick, block, interception and touchdown!

For Wisconsin, this is a change at redemption. The Badgers had a chance to secure a spot in the College Football Playoff, but a loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes cost them not just the Big Ten championship, but also a shot at the national title. Now, they’ll have to watch as the Clemson Tigers defend their championship while the Alabama Crimson Tide, Georgia Bulldogs and Oklahoma Sooners try to steal the crown.

“We’re going to treat this as our playoff game, as our national championship,” Chris Orr, a linebacker for Wisconsin, told The Detroit News. “It does sting a little bit. One, it just stings that we lost the Big Ten championship. Also, it stings a little more that you missed out on a chance to make history here in this program.” The 12-1 Badgers squad hoped to be the first team in school history to play for a national championship. They’ll have to settle for playing the 10-2 Hurricanes in one of the more prestigious bowl games and possibly scoring their fourth consecutive bowl victory.

“I think it’s important, not because of the streak, it’s important because this is our next game and it’s the last game of this year,” coach Paul Chryst said. “We’ll do everything we can to give ourselves a chance. We know we’re playing a really good Miami team, but it’s important for this year’s team; and it’s not about streaks, it’s not about anything like that…. If you win, you’re beating a really good Miami team and the way to finish out this year.”

Kickoff is at 8:00 PM ET and the game will be broadcast via ESPN (and WatchESPN). Click here to watch the Orange Bowl Live Stream.

Who do you want to win the Orange Bowl, Mwbuzzers? Do you want the Hurricanes to rock Wisconsin, or will those sassy Badgers claw their way to a win?

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