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Black viewership of the Oscars was only slightly down; Latino audience grew by 8%

The running theme of the 88th Academy Awards was #OscarsSoWhite, but black viewership of the ABC telecast held up compared with last year. Data from Nielsen showed that 3.22 million African Americans tuned in, just 2% under last year’s total. African American viewers made up 9.4% of the total audience...

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    Where was Oscar host Chris Rock's 'Compton' movie theater? Not in Compton

    During a comedy bit at the 88th Academy Awards Sunday night, Chris Rock said he trekked to a Compton movie theater to interview black moviegoers about largely white Oscar contenders. The resulting segment got big laughs as Rock asked cinema fans if they had seen, or even heard of, movies like "The...

  • Chris Rock's Oscars joke about Asian American accountants stirs outrage

    Chris Rock's Oscars joke about Asian American accountants stirs outrage

    Despite an Academy Award ceremony focused on addressing issues of diversity in Hollywood, Asian Americans expressed outrage on social media after two jokes that poked at stereotypes. The comments, one by host Chris Rock during a skit and another by comedic actor Sacha Baron Cohen under his Ali...

  • How Lady Gaga won the Oscars without taking home a trophy

    How Lady Gaga won the Oscars without taking home a trophy

    Lady Gaga may not have won an Oscar on Sunday night, but her appearance at the Academy Awards registered as a clear victory. Nominated for best original song with “Til It Happens to You,” her tune about college sexual assault from “The Hunting Ground,” the pop superstar unexpectedly lost to Sam...

  • And the Oscar for strangest moment goes to ... Well, there were so many Sunday night

    And the Oscar for strangest moment goes to ... Well, there were so many Sunday night

    We are left with much to ponder after the 88th-89th Academy Awards on Sunday night, a show so long that it officially qualifies as two telecasts. Among the things we have to chat about a day later: What’s with The Weeknd’s hair, and does it require implants? Is it some sort of flotation device?...

  • Why Chris Rock's Stacey Dash bit fell flat at the Oscars

    Why Chris Rock's Stacey Dash bit fell flat at the Oscars

    For as much was written speculating about what this year’s Chris Rock-hosted Oscars might look like, it’s doubtful many prognosticators predicted an appearance of Black History Month’s sworn enemy Stacey Dash. Dash, best known for her work in 1995’s “Clueless”, now spends her days as a cultural...

  • Timely headlines and the Oscar voting system power 'Spotlight' to best picture victory

    Timely headlines and the Oscar voting system power 'Spotlight' to best picture victory

      "Spotlight" won the best picture Oscar on Sunday, rewarded for its overall craft and quality, yes, but also for the way it became part of the conversation (and prodded the discussion) about the ongoing investigation into the Catholic clergy's sexual abuse of children and how the church had suppressed...

  • Elton John rocks at his annual AIDS Foundation Oscar fundraiser

    Elton John rocks at his annual AIDS Foundation Oscar fundraiser

    Where do you find a headliner who can draw a crowd and command an audience’s attention on a night when seemingly every star in the galaxy is in Hollywood for the Academy Awards ceremony? If you’re Elton John, you look no further than your bathroom mirror. The 68-year-old English singer, songwriter...

  • Walk the Oscars red carpet with Kerry Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio and other stars

    Walk the Oscars red carpet with Kerry Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio and other stars

    See Leonardo DiCaprio, Charlize Theron, Kerry Washington and others as they walk the red carpet at the 2016 Oscars.

  • Oscar winner 'Son of Saul' is a collage of the unimaginable

    Oscar winner 'Son of Saul' is a collage of the unimaginable

    The slaughter is at once blurry and succinct, flickering incessantly through the clanging inner-workings of a Nazi death camp, where Jewish slave workers known as Sonderkommandos lead fellow Jews to gas chambers, collecting  their wallets, jewels and shoes in a cruel and final degradation. “Son...

  • Oscar win at 87 may make Ennio Morricone the oldest winner ever

    Oscar win at 87 may make Ennio Morricone the oldest winner ever

    Composer Ennio Morricone, 87, has become one of the oldest — if not the oldest — person to win a competitive Academy Award with his Oscar on Sunday for "The Hateful Eight."  The academy said it keeps age-related data only for the acting and directing categories and no winners in those races have...

  • 'Girl in the River' from Pakistan wins documentary short subject Oscar

    'Girl in the River' from Pakistan wins documentary short subject Oscar

    Documentary Short Subject "A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness" Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy "A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness" director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, who won Pakistan's first Oscar for 2012's "Saving Face," collected her second statuette for documentary short. Her 40-minute...

  • Pixar's back: 'Inside Out' wins animated feature Oscar

    Pixar's back: 'Inside Out' wins animated feature Oscar

    Pixar's "Inside Out" directed by Pete Docter won the Oscar for animated feature Sunday. The inventive computer-animated film is set inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl, turning her emotions — such as joy, sadness and disgust — into characters. The emotions, voiced by the likes of Amy Poehler...

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