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  • Sylvester Stallone fought his way back to drama in 'Creed,' but don't expect him back for a sequel

    Sylvester Stallone fought his way back to drama in 'Creed,' but don't expect him back for a sequel

    Recently, while accepting a Critics' Choice award for supporting actor for his reprised role in the "Rocky" spinoff "Creed," Sylvester Stallone looked out at the crowd and mumbled, "Oh, my God," as they collectively rose and gave him a standing ovation. A few days later, sitting in a Beverly Hills...

  • Is 'Brooklyn' the new 'Casablanca'? Best picture nominees recall past winners

    Is 'Brooklyn' the new 'Casablanca'? Best picture nominees recall past winners

    The nominations are in, which means weeks of prognosticating on who and what will win and why. From now until Oscar night on Feb. 28, no odds will be left unscrutinized, no tea leaves left unread. That means it's time for our annual attempt to judge the best picture nominees' chances by comparing...

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

    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...

  • How the nominees feel about #OscarsSoWhite

    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,...

  • Oscars 2016: Academy president acknowledges 'elephant in the room' at luncheon

    Oscars 2016: Academy president acknowledges 'elephant in the room' at luncheon

    Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs opened the academy’s annual Oscar nominees luncheon Monday by acknowledging a topic that has touched nearly every event this awards season --  the question of diversity. “This year, we all know there’s an elephant in the...

  • 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,...

  • Oscars 2016: For Alicia Vikander, each film is a new love

    Oscars 2016: For Alicia Vikander, each film is a new love

    At 27, Swedish native Alicia Vikander still presents as something of a wide-eyed outsider in Hollywood. That she had seven feature films land on American shores last year hasn't stopped her from being disarmingly happy to be doing what she's doing. She's soft-spoken, polite, extremely thoughtful....

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