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  • Lights, camera, colors give 'La La Land' its lavish look

    Lights, camera, colors give 'La La Land' its lavish look

    The year’s most-nominated film is notable equally for its singing and dancing … and for turning a sprawling metro area into a candy-colored musical fantasy. “It was all about creating a romantic Los Angeles,” says “La La Land” cinematographer Linus Sandgren, an Oscar nominee for his work, “to pick...

  • Some Oscar speeches truly stand out — for better or worse

    Some Oscar speeches truly stand out — for better or worse

    Some award acceptance speeches are models of grace and class. Others are … well, a little out there. Here’s a look at some of each. Tom Hanks, “Philadelphia” (1994) Here's a measure of how popular Hanks was and is: He won his first lead actor Academy Award (of two in a row) for a groundbreaking...

  • With 14 nominations, 'La La Land' has passed the audition — now can it win the role?

    With 14 nominations, 'La La Land' has passed the audition — now can it win the role?

    “La La Land” passed its first audition Tuesday — and then some, earning a record-tying 14 Oscar nominations. Now, the question is: Can it go on and land the role it has seemed destined to win since debuting at film festivals in the fall? Can it take the Oscar for best picture? For those not wanting...

  • Amazon becomes the first streaming company to score a best picture nomination

    Amazon becomes the first streaming company to score a best picture nomination

    Amazon Studios, the film and TV production arm of Jeff Bezos’ e-commerce giant, made history Tuesday by becoming the first video streaming company to score a best picture nomination, a sign of how rapidly digital upstarts are succeeding at Hollywood’s game. “Manchester by the Sea,” the acclaimed...

  • Viola Davis brings her A game to everything she does

    Viola Davis brings her A game to everything she does

    When Viola Davis’ name is announced in the supporting actress category at this year’s Academy Awards for her performance in “Fences,” there is little question what her Oscar clip will be. It will be that scene – the one in which Davis’ long-suffering Rose Maxson, confronted by her embittered husband,...

  • Oscar nominee and EGOT contender Lin-Manuel Miranda will take his screeners now, please

    Oscar nominee and EGOT contender Lin-Manuel Miranda will take his screeners now, please

    For a man with an opportunity to join one of entertainment’s most exclusive clubs, “Hamilton” mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda was surprisingly disconnected from Tuesday morning’s Oscar nominations. Scoring his first Academy Award nomination for his song “How Far I’ll Go” from Disney’s “Moana,” Miranda...

  • Amy Adams, 'Finding Dory' and Meryl Streep: The big Oscar nomination snubs and surprises

    Amy Adams, 'Finding Dory' and Meryl Streep: The big Oscar nomination snubs and surprises

    Just a couple of weeks after our new President labeled her “one of the most overrated actresses in Hollywood,” Meryl Streep earned her 20th Academy Award nomination Tuesday. Not that the news seemed particularly momentous to the 67-year-old. The best actress nominee -- who earned her latest nod...

  • Oscar analysis: Can 'La La Land,' with its record-tying 14 nominations, go the distance?

    Oscar analysis: Can 'La La Land,' with its record-tying 14 nominations, go the distance?

    “La La Land” passed its first audition Tuesday — and then some, earning a record-tying 14 Oscar nominations. Now, the question is: Can it go on and land the role it has seemed destined to win since debuting at film festivals this fall? Can it take the Oscar for best picture? For those not wanting...

  • Academy Awards 2017: Complete list of Oscar nominations

    Academy Awards 2017: Complete list of Oscar nominations

    The nominations for the 89th  Academy Awards were revealed this morning in Los Angeles. “La La Land” did what 800-lb gorillas are supposed to do: dominate the Oscar nominations tally, pulling down 14, including actor, actress, director and picture. Ava Duvernay’s “13th” joins “O.J.: Made in America”...

  • 'Gleason' documents more than one man's life and decline; it reminds us to enjoy life

    'Gleason' documents more than one man's life and decline; it reminds us to enjoy life

    Filmmaker Clay Tweel first encountered his latest subject, former NFL player Steve Gleason, via a tsunami of footage filmed after the New Orleans Saints player was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, in 2011. At the time, Gleason and his wife, Michel, had just...

  • Oscar Watch: First round of predictions in wake of 'Billy Lynn's' NYFF premiere

    Oscar Watch: First round of predictions in wake of 'Billy Lynn's' NYFF premiere

    Following the New York Film Festival premiere of Ang Lee’s “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” the main topic of discussion focused on “frame rate,” and Lee, sounding tentative and a bit nervous about the finished product, asked the audience for “feedback.”  Not exactly the way you want to launch...

  • Denzel Washington and Viola Davis enter Oscar race with 'Fences' trailer

    Denzel Washington and Viola Davis enter Oscar race with 'Fences' trailer

    Even before production began on “Fences” in  April, many awards season pundits already had the film’s stars on their lists of likely Oscar nominees. On Tuesday, we got to see why, when Paramount Pictures put out the first trailer for the movie starring Viola Davis and Denzel Washington, who also...

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