Zainab Akande is a multimedia journalist based in New York City. In addition to Bustle, she has written for The Credits, GALO Magazine, Indiewire, MarieClaire.com, Artinfo and Mic.

'Sisters' Could Pave The Way For Female-Led Comedy

If there are two women I can't get enough of being together, it's the powerhouse comedic duo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Needless to say, they're pretty damn perfect. They're conquered the realms of television, the Golden Globes and film. They're…
By Zainab Akande

Will Jennifer Lawrence Win An Oscar For 'Joy'?

The Oscars race is officially on. With the show not airing until Feb. 28 and nomination announcements not coming until Jan. 15, it's still awhile away from the final stretch. That doesn't mean awards pundits, critics, and fans alike aren't wringing…
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Leo DiCaprio Really, Really Wants That Oscar

Why hasn't Leonardo DiCaprio won an Oscar yet? It's one the greatest questions of modern time. Does the Academy dislike him? Are we all somehow deluded in believing that DiCaprio, 41, is a good actor when he's really not? (Obviously, no.) Or are the…
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How Much Of A True Story Is 'Joy'?

The same team behind the magic of Silver Linings Playbook are back again for Joy, which opens in theaters Dec. 25. The film is directed by David O. Russell and stars Hollywood darling Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, and Bradley Cooper. This time,…
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What To Know About 'Carol' Before The Oscars

Director Todd Haynes' romantic drama, Carol, has risen as one of the handful of standout films to emerge this awards season. Most recently, the film has garnered the most 2016 Golden Globe nominations, picking up five well-earned nods. Carol has…
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Who Will Win The 2016 Oscar For Best Actor?

The Golden Globes (Jan. 10) and SAG Awards (Jan. 30) have yet to air, but nominations revealed from the film and TV-centric award shows have brought audiences closer into guessing who they can expect to see nab nominations for the 2016 Oscars. The…
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The 16 Stages Of Waiting For 'The Force Awakens'

You've done it, Star Wars fans. You've survived killer teasers, conspiracy theories, and slight spoilers all in the name of the early holiday treat that is The Force Awakens, which we're all only a day away from seeing in theaters at last. The…
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13 Must-See Movies To Watch Before Getting Engaged

Like 21st birthdays and graduations, weddings are on the list of life's most exciting major milestones. An engagement, followed by a wedding, is an important step in life should a couple decide to take that leap forward. Planning to wed that one…
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Is Bernard The Elf Hot? 22 People Weigh In

Raise your hands (okay, not really, but you know) if you remember The Santa Clause. Well, good news — even if you haven't seen the Christmas movie starring Tim Allen as a normal guy who becomes Kris Kringle, you're going to have an opinion on this…
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12 '90s Movies You're Not Too Young To Watch Now

Oh, the ‘90s. As a certified ‘90s kid and movie fan, one thing I remember fondly from my childhood was the sheer amount of films I was exposed to that I probably should have not been, as I only later understood why they were adult-oriented in the…
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'Star Wars' Is Going To Be The Daisy Show

What's not to love about Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens? A new face to the franchise, Ridley, 23, also comes as a wave of feminist fresh air as the series' new female lead, and arguably the first woman to truly lead a…
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Denzel Washington So Earned The DeMille Award

While everyone is chattering about the surprises, upsets, and snubs from the 2016 Golden Globe nominations, let's not forget one honorary award that needs no speculation due to the fact that its recipient has already been announced. On behalf of the…
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'The Big Short' Tells A Scary Story

If you've seen The Wolf of Wall Street and loved it, then you're definitely going to want to check out The Big Short, directed by Adam McKay. With A-lister actors Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and Brad Pitt starring in this film about…
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Why 'Straight Outta Compton' Deserved A Globes Nom

One of the most surprising things about Thursday's 2016 Golden Globe nominations was the Straight Outta Compton snub. The biographical drama charting the rise and fall of hip hop group N.W.A. was one of the most buzzed about movies this summer.…
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Why 'Spy' & 'Trainwreck' Golden Globe Noms Matter

There were a lot of things I did not see coming this morning during the announcement of the 2016 Golden Globes nominations, but two of the most pleasant surprises of all were Spy and Trainwreck being nominated for the Best Motion Picture, Comedy…
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7 Incredibly Epic 'Star Wars' Fan Theories

Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be in theaters soon (but not soon enough, it feels like). With the mystery surrounding the upcoming Star Wars film, a great deal of fan theories have also sprung up, using information from the trailer, teasers, and…
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'In The Heart Of The Sea' Is Book-ception

Calling all English lit nerds (including myself): you're going to want to check out In the Heart of the Sea for more than the fact that it stars your dream husband, the ever-handsome Chris Hemsworth. In the Heart of the Sea (which should not be…
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Every Character Returning For 'The Force Awakens'

If there's one thing defining Star Wars: The Force Awakens, opening in theaters Dec. 18, it's the fact that fans everywhere are being treated to a delightful new cast of Star Wars characters, with fresh faces coming onto the franchise to boot. New…
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The 7 Weirdest Christmas Movies On Netflix

It's that wonderfully magic time of year again, you guys, the days after Halloween where we kind of pretend Thanksgiving isn't so relevant and already find ourselves feeling the Christmas spirit (and when I say Christmas, I mean it in the most…
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Don't Count On Awards For 'The Force Awakens'

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opens in theaters Dec. 18, is being firmly kept under wraps. There is only so much that is currently known about the new character additions to the cast, as well as the film's storyline. The mystery surrounding…
By Zainab Akande