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  • Who gets invited to join the academy? Still white people, mostly

    Who gets invited to join the academy? Still white people, mostly

    Why are the #OscarsSoWhite? For the second year in a row, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has nominated an all-white group of acting nominees. In explaining how that came to be, many Hollywood observers have pointed to a 2012 Los Angeles Times investigation that found that 94%...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Oscar Watch: Can 'The Revenant' or 'Mad Max' win best picture without a screenplay nod?

    Oscar Watch: Can 'The Revenant' or 'Mad Max' win best picture without a screenplay nod?

    Fifty years ago, the hills were alive and "The Sound of Music" won the Academy Award for best picture, doing so without the benefit of a screenplay nomination. In the ensuing half century, just one movie has pulled off a best picture win without also earning a screenplay nod — 1997's "Titanic."...

  • Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith to boycott Oscars; academy responds

    Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith to boycott Oscars; academy responds

    The backlash against this year’s Academy Award nominations escalated Monday with announcements by director Spike Lee and actress Jada Pinkett Smith that they would boycott the Feb. 28 Oscars ceremony, citing the absence of people of color in all four acting categories for the second year in a row.If...

  • 10 questions about this year's Oscar nominees answered

    10 questions about this year's Oscar nominees answered

    Yesterday's Oscar nominations finally brought some clarity to an awards season that had thus far been unusually wide open and filled with more than a few head-scratchers. ("The Martian" is a comedy?) But even as the nominations answered many questions — yes, Virginia, an insane, full-tilt action...

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