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  • Who gets invited to join the academy? Still white people, mostly

    Who gets invited to join the academy? Still white people, mostly

    Why are the #OscarsSoWhite? For the second year in a row, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has nominated an all-white group of acting nominees. In explaining how that came to be, many Hollywood observers have pointed to a 2012 Los Angeles Times investigation that found that 94%...

  • Oscars 2016: How a wig helped Kate Winslet snag her nominated 'Steve Jobs' role

    Oscars 2016: How a wig helped Kate Winslet snag her nominated 'Steve Jobs' role

    There are a few key things to know about Kate Winslet. She holds eye contact when she shakes your hand. She makes a strong cup of tea. She strives to be "rock steady for everybody." And though she was once dubbed "Corset Kate" for her affinity for period dramas, this English rose gamely drops the...

  • Oscars 2016: 'Mad Max' director George Miller amazed by fans' tattoos, love for Doof Warrior

    Oscars 2016: 'Mad Max' director George Miller amazed by fans' tattoos, love for Doof Warrior

    In the future, 2015 will be recalled as the year of the triumphantly rebooted franchise, of "Star Wars" and "Rocky" springing back to life and, of course, Australian director George Miller's stark, post-apocalyptic thrill ride, "Mad Max: Fury Road," which received 10 Oscar nominations, including...

  • Spike Lee clarifies his Oscars stance: 'I have never used the word boycott'

    Spike Lee clarifies his Oscars stance: 'I have never used the word boycott'

    Don’t call it a boycott. Director Spike Lee sat down with “Good Morning America” anchor George Stephanopoulos on Wednesday morning to clarify his previous statements regarding his disappointment with the Academy Awards nominees and their noted lack of diversity. “I have never used the word ‘boycott,’ ”...

  • 'Aunt Viv' blasts Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith over Oscars boycott

    'Aunt Viv' blasts Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith over Oscars boycott

    When actress Janet Hubert posted a video to her Facebook page Monday night, she had no idea that it would get picked up by the national news media and shared widely on social media. Then again, she was criticizing her former “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” costar's wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who had called...

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