When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the Oscar nominations in January, the absence of any minority group nominees in the acting categories — for only the second time since 1998 — triggered a backlash of criticism and threats of protest.
“Tonight we honor Hollywood’s best and whitest. Sorry, brightest,” quipped host Neil Patrick Harris in his opening remarks onstage at the 87th Academy Awards on Sunday night.
Director Alejandro G. Inarritu needed trusted voices to check out his first foray into dark comedy. The Mexican filmmaker was well-known for his serious dramas such as "21 Grams" and "Biutiful." The satirical "Birdman," however, was new territory.
The cafe cook whose recipe includes rat poison. The explosives expert whose car has been towed one too many times. The failed filmmaker who lures all of his detractors onto one doomed plane.
Juliette Lewis worked with Martin Scorsese, dated Brad Pitt and was nominated for an Oscar, all before her 21st birthday. But the actress who embodied messy '90s youth in films such as "Natural Born Killers" and "Kalifornia" recoiled from the limelight in her early 20s to deal with drug...
He won top honors over other, more relevant acts. He represents the tastes of older Recording Academy voters. His most innovative work is a decade-plus behind him.
Before the Grammy telecast kicked off Sunday at Staples Center, the show's producer, Ken Ehrlich, referenced opening act AC/DC. For the night's losers, he said, the show will be "the highway to hell for four out of five of you in every category. For [the winner], tonight will be heaven."
Onstage, the Grammy Awards show on Sunday will once again be a picture of diversity. In one of the most anticipated performances of the evening, Paul McCartney will share the stage with Rihanna and Kanye West.