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Academy Awards | 2016

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    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....

  • Ugh, guys — leading men are looking more dirty than dashing in movies lately. Just look ...

    Ugh, guys — leading men are looking more dirty than dashing in movies lately. Just look ...

    Men are suffering at the cineplex this awards season like never before. And we're suffering along with them because we have to watch. Sleeping inside horse carcasses and getting mauled by bears, like Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) in "The Revenant," or trying to survive on Mars by eating food grown...

  • Academy voters, in their own words, weigh in on the #OscarsSoWhite backlash

    Academy voters, in their own words, weigh in on the #OscarsSoWhite backlash

    In the wake of the Jan. 14 announcement of this year's Oscar nominations – which, for the second year in a row, included no actors of color – the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences quickly became swept up in a controversy as intense as any it has faced in its nearly 90-year history. Amid allegations...

  • Oscar nominations uproar raises the question: Did racial bias, conscious or not, come into play?

    Oscar nominations uproar raises the question: Did racial bias, conscious or not, come into play?

    When actor John Mahoney sat down to fill out his ballot for this year's Oscar nominations, he did what he always does. The 75-year-old longtime academy member, known for his work in films such as "Say Anything..." and as the lovably gruff dad on the sitcom "Frasier," said he simply chose what he...

  • Kicking it into 'high gear,' academy president says Oscar changes are 'the right thing to do'

    Kicking it into 'high gear,' academy president says Oscar changes are 'the right thing to do'

    Following a week of protests and intense scrutiny, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 51-member board of governors on Thursday night unanimously approved a series of sweeping and historic changes designed to diversify its membership. The extensive new rules include a commitment to...

  • 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...

  • '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...

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