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Costume designer Sandy Powell adds sparkle to 'Cinderella' with Swarovski's help

Costume designer Sandy Powell is facing a formidable competitor in this year's Oscar race — herself. Since her first Academy Award nomination for 1993's "Orlando," Powell has earned 12 nominations and three wins ("Shakespeare in Love," "The Aviator" and "The Young Victoria"). This year, she's nominated...

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  • Kicking it into 'high gear,' academy president says Oscar changes are 'the right thing to do'

    Kicking it into 'high gear,' academy president says Oscar changes are 'the right thing to do'

    Following a week of protests and intense scrutiny, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 51-member board of governors on Thursday night unanimously approved a series of sweeping and historic changes designed to diversify its membership. The extensive new rules include a commitment to...

  • How actors are nominated for Oscars: A primer

    How actors are nominated for Oscars: A primer

    Who nominates the actors for the Oscars? And how does the voting process work? Here's a step-by-step primer: The Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences has 6,261 voting members. The entire body votes for best picture. Nominations for most of the remaining categories are determined by the balloting...

  • Hollywood leaders applaud sweeping film Academy changes

    Hollywood leaders applaud sweeping film Academy changes

    Hollywood industry leaders are cheering the latest efforts to diversify the overwhelmingly white and male cast of Oscar voters.  Following widespread outcry over the dearth of nonwhite acting nominees, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 51-member board of governors responded to the...

  • #OscarsSoWhite's April Reign to the academy: 'Thank you for listening. Now, what's next?'

    #OscarsSoWhite's April Reign to the academy: 'Thank you for listening. Now, what's next?'

    As the creator of the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite -- now heard, read and felt around the world -- April Reign finds herself as the catalyst behind a move to diversify the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and broader Hollywood depictions of marginalized people. Her efforts led to a decision...

  • Film academy makes dramatic rule changes to address diversity

    Film academy makes dramatic rule changes to address diversity

    In a unanimous vote Thursday night, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 51-member board of governors approved a sweeping series of changes designed to diversify its membership, the academy said in a statement Friday.  The board committed to doubling the number of women and minority...

  • 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...

  • The plea to boycott the Oscars has put many actors in a bind

    The plea to boycott the Oscars has put many actors in a bind

    In the late 1960s, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences faced an identity crisis as the taste of its members, many of them veterans of the old studio system, began to seem out of step with the rapidly changing times. Grappling to reward both relevance and excellence, then-academy President...

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