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Academy Awards | 2016

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How the nominees feel about #OscarsSoWhite

Countless celebrities have thrown their voices into the conversation on diversity in Hollywood following the limited number of people of color on the Oscar nominee list for the second year in a row. Monday, during the annual Oscars luncheon to honor all nominees, it was no different. Nominees,...

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    SAG Awards 2016: Five stories worth watching from 'Spotlight' to 'Compton'

    "Straight Outta Compton" might win a major award, further embarrassing the film academy. Leonardo DiCaprio is almost definitely going to go home with a trophy. And Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are going to shower Carol Burnett with some love and respect. Here are five story lines to watch at Saturday's...

  • Will films like 'Furious 7' ever get the Academy Awards' respect?

    Will films like 'Furious 7' ever get the Academy Awards' respect?

    It was a bold and cocky bit of theater last spring when Vin Diesel proclaimed that his film "Furious 7," which went on to gross more than $1.5 billion worldwide, was a blockbuster worthy of an Oscar if, of course, the Academy Awards wanted to remain relevant for a younger, culturally diverse generation....

  • Oscars 2016: Kevin Hart, Whoopi Goldberg, The Weeknd to take show stage

    Oscars 2016: Kevin Hart, Whoopi Goldberg, The Weeknd to take show stage

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its first slate of presenters and performers for February's Oscars telecast, a group that includes five artists of color -- Kevin Hart, The Weeknd, Pharrell Williams, Whoopi Goldberg and Benicio del Toro. Others planning to take the Oscar...

  • Broadway musical 'Hamilton' could teach Oscar a lesson on diversity

    Broadway musical 'Hamilton' could teach Oscar a lesson on diversity

    A tremor of excitement ran through the Los Angeles theater scene on Tuesday with the announcement that "Hamilton," Broadway's biggest phenomenon since "Rent," will play the Hollywood Pantages next year. But it's a pity that Lin-Manuel Miranda's groundbreaking hip-hop musical about the life of Alexander...

  • Oscars 2016: First-time nominees make their presences felt in director, screenplay races

    Oscars 2016: First-time nominees make their presences felt in director, screenplay races

    Quentin Tarantino, promoting his latest movie "The Hateful Eight," proclaimed that he wanted to win more screenplay Oscars "than anybody who's ever lived." Would that we all had such ambition for our work. But Tarantino will have to wait, as the writers branch bypassed him and another favorite,...

  • 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...

  • #OscarsSoWhite -- see how it didn't have to be this way

    #OscarsSoWhite -- see how it didn't have to be this way

    Weeks before there are any winners, we already know that only white actors will take home an Oscar in 2016.

  • 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...

  • Why the #OscarsSoWhite fuss matters

    Why the #OscarsSoWhite fuss matters

    After years of fighting dwindling ratings and patchy box office to prove their relevance, the people behind the Oscar ceremony had relevance thrust upon them. Announced at a time already roiling with issues surrounding race and gender, the overwhelmingly white and male nominee lists for this year's...

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