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The Oscars and Spike Lee: History has always been on his side

Spike Lee's relationship with the Oscars was defined nearly 25 years ago when the Motion Picture Academy gave its best picture award to "Driving Miss Daisy," a musty, modest movie about the relationship between a cranky Georgia widow and her black chauffeur while largely ignoring Lee's beautiful,...

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  • Oscars 2015: Julianne Moore and the art of effortlessness

    Oscars 2015: Julianne Moore and the art of effortlessness

    As beautiful as Julianne Moore is, that cascading red hair, those flashing green eyes, that killer smile, there is an earthiness and an edginess about the actress and her performances that define the woman she is and the women she becomes on-screen. Hard work forges her way, with an emotional openness...

  • Oscars 2015: Neil Patrick Harris' magic trick conjures up a shrug

    Oscars 2015: Neil Patrick Harris' magic trick conjures up a shrug

    Moments after kicking off this year's Oscars show with an ambitious song-and-dance number about the magic of movies, host Neil Patrick Harris offered up some prestidigitation of his own. Unveiling a briefcase locked in a clear acrylic box, the emcee promised to predict the night's winners with...

  • Academy Awards telecast is all too predictable

    Academy Awards telecast is all too predictable

    How unfortunate that, in presenting the award for best director during the Academy Awards ceremony, Ben Affleck chose to quote Frank Capra's observation that "the cardinal sin is dullness."

  • Talk Oscars with The Times' Rebecca Keegan and Glenn Whipp

    Talk Oscars with The Times' Rebecca Keegan and Glenn Whipp

    Last night's Oscars had its moments: Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez getting fired up by Patricia Arquette's acceptance speech. Common and John Legend getting everyone in the Dolby Theatre on their feet with their rousing performance of "Glory" from "Selma." And Lady Gaga making the hills come...

  • Success of 'Birdman' signals Inarritu's arrival as film royalty

    Success of 'Birdman' signals Inarritu's arrival as film royalty

    The filmmaker Alejandro G. Inarritu was at a creative crossroads several years ago when he decided to make "Birdman," a story of a man on a similar journey.

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