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Viola Davis wins supporting actress Oscar for 'Fences'

Viola Davis was considered something of an Oscar shoo-in the moment it was announced she would be reprising her Tony Award-winning role in the film adaptation of “Fences.”

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Mahershala Ali completes his breakout year, winning best supporting actor for 'Moonlight'

Capping a breakout year in which he starred on screens big and small, Mahershala Ali won the supporting actor Oscar for his role as the soulful, nurturing drug dealer Juan in the searing drama “Moonlight.” A familiar face since appearing in the TV series “Crossing Jordan” in 2001, Ali became a star in 2016.

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Why Natalie Portman won't be attending the Oscars

Walking the Oscars’ red carpet is a chore even under the best of circumstances. When you’re several months pregnant? Forget it.

At least, that’s what Natalie Portman is saying. The Oscar nominee, lauded in the lead actress category for playing Jacqueline Kennedy in the biopic “Jackie” has announced she won’t be attending Sunday’s ceremony, citing her pregnancy. Portman is in her third trimester.

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Academy rescinds Oscar nomination for 'Benghazi' sound mixer

Citing a violation of campaign regulations, the motion picture academy announced Saturday that it has rescinded the Oscar nomination for sound mixer Greg P. Russell from “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.”

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Once again, the Oscars land in a divided country. But things feel different too

The idea of a polarized country watching the Oscars is not new‎. For nearly half a century, there have been regular occurrences of the show dropping into the middle of serious national strife.

Every year, come hell or high water, the Oscars arrive at a late-winter-early-spring moment.

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How light artist James Turrell and an oval exoplanet inspired 'Arrival's' Oscar-nominated production design

It all started with a James Turrell art exhibit. The artist’s geometric light projections and sensory deprivation installations served as inspiration for director Denis Villeneuve and production designer Patrice Vermette, even before receiving the script for 2016’s “Arrival.”

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