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#EndorseThis: Jimmy Kimmel Trolls Trump At The Oscars

Kimmel couldn’t ignore the Meryl in the room, singling out the “overrated” Streep for an ironically Trumpian riff that concluded with a standing ovation for her. Later in the show, hoping that the president would be watching, Kimmel tweeted “U Up?” at Trump.

February 27, 2017
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5 Best Anti-Trump Statements At The Oscars

President Trump’s ongoing feud with the media was on full display at the 89th annual Academy Awards, where stars and presenters shared spirited reflections on the new administration’s first month.

February 27, 2017
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‘Moonlight’ Wins Best Picture After Stunning Oscars Mixup

“Moonlight” also won Best Supporting Acto for Mahershala Ali, while the musical “La La Land” picked up six Oscars, including Best Actress for Emma Stone.

February 27, 2017
L.A. Confidential

The LA Movie That Should Have Won Best Picture

My candidate lost, and yes, I still can’t get over it. I speak of the 1997 movie “L.A. Confidential.” A riff on the creepy film-noir movies of the 1950s, its dark brilliance lay clouded in the bloated shadow of “Titanic.” Love can be a twisted thing. And so can be the criteria by which the Hollywood establishment judges films.

February 25, 2017
Comedian Chris Rock hosts the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood

If Hollywood Does Not See You — And Reflect You — Are You Really There?

“When your grandmother’s swinging from a tree,” Rock said, “it’s really hard to care about Best Documentary Foreign Short.”

March 2, 2016

‘Spotlight’ Wins Top Oscar Prize On Night Of Racial Critique

The film, which traces the journalism probe of sex abuse in the Boston Catholic Church, also won best original screenplay.

February 29, 2016
Actor Chris Rock arrives for the National Board of Review gala in the Manhattan borough of New York January 6, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Oscars Host Chris Rock Faces Tricky Balancing Act Of Humor And Diversity

Rock was chosen to host Sunday’s Academy Awards for a second time last October — long before the #OscarsSoWhite furor that has overshadowed the biggest annual celebration of the movie industry. He first hosted the awards in 2005.

February 24, 2016
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And The Oscar For Most Stunning Actress Goes To …

The perpetual dearth of non-beautiful actresses surely reflects the socializing preferences of the white men in charge.

February 4, 2016

Analysis: For the Oscars, Chris Rock Is The Right Host For A Race-Aware Moment

“My job is like an ambulance chaser,” Rock said. “I’ve got to look for movies with white guys falling out of them.”

October 22, 2015

Diversity Onstage Stands In Stark Contrast To Nominees

Sunday’s Academy Awards show boasted the most diverse group of performers and presenters in Oscars history.

February 24, 2015

Late Night Roundup: Larry Wilmore vs. Rudy Giuliani

Larry Wilmore bluntly said that Rudy Giuliani’s statements about President Obama were racist.

February 24, 2015

Endorse This: Local Fox Anchor vs. Lady Gaga

The local Fox anchor in Cleveland used a certain old-time racial slur to describe Lady Gaga’s usual musical fare.

February 23, 2015

Academy Awards Telecast Is All Too Predictable

What this Oscars needed: A little more weird, a little more different, and a lot less defensiveness.

February 23, 2015

‘Birdman’ Wins Best Picture; Moore, Redmayne Take Top Acting Awards At Oscars

‘Birdman’ soared at the 87th Academy Awards.

February 23, 2015

In The Midst Of Life: The Oscar-Nominated Short Docs

We review the Oscar-Nominated short docs, many of which explore the proximity of death.

February 20, 2015
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The Oscars’ Best Of The Best

Get ready for the 2015 Oscars by remembering some of the past’s best winners.

February 20, 2015

Movies That Deserved Best Picture Nominations

These five films deserved an Oscar nomination for Best Picture.

February 19, 2015

Confusion On The Red Carpet

It’s time to re-think our award show hysteria.

February 19, 2015
David Oyelowow as Martin Luther King Jr in Selma

David Oyelowo Tackles King Role In ‘Selma’

By Colin Covert, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS) In the emotionally potent historical drama Selma, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. leads a dangerous crusade to secure equal voting rights for black Americans. Oscar watchers expect the film to have as much impact as last year’s best picture winner, 12 Years a Slave. David Oyelowo, a […]

January 5, 2015

‘12 Years A Slave’ Puts Spotlight On Hollywood’s Approach To Race

By John Horn, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — Was it ultimately a race about race? The best picture Oscar is meant to honor the year’s greatest achievement in film, and 12 Years a Slave had no shortage of supporters before winning the top honor Sunday. But for all the film’s artistry, the undercurrent of many […]

March 5, 2014

Healing Starts With ’12 Years A Slave’

A plea for about a dozen people who know who they are: Will you see 12 Years a Slave now? It just won the Oscar for Best Picture. It just came out on DVD. Please see it. I’ll even spring for the popcorn. You see, I keep encountering folks, mostly African-American, who have decided that they […]

March 5, 2014

Steve McQueen Has Tirelessly Promoted ’12 Years A Slave’

By John Horn, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — Not long after Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave premiered at the Telluride Film Festival last August, a friend cautioned the British director that his movie was “more important than you.” It turned out to be far truer than anyone, including McQueen, might have guessed. Nearly half […]

February 28, 2014

Could Leonardo DiCaprio Finally Win Coveted Oscar?

Los Angeles (AFP) – Could this finally be Leonardo DiCaprio’s year? Twenty years after his first Oscar nomination, the 39-year-old actor is hoping that he may at last win one of Hollywood’s most prized statuettes come Sunday night. Matthew McConaughey has long been the frontrunner for the best actor Oscar for his turn in “Dallas […]

February 26, 2014

Oscar Producers Suit Up For The Big Game

By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — For some it’s the Super Bowl, for others Olympic ice hockey — but for many, Oscar producer Neil Meron believes, the season’s big game takes place in black-tie. “The Oscars is a sport,” Meron said in an interview Thursday from a small office backstage at Hollywood’s […]

February 24, 2014

Oscar-Winning Ideas On How The Academy Awards Show Can Improve

By Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times We’re 11 days away from the Oscars, which means we’re about 11 days and 10 seconds away from the first tweet complaining about the show. But why wait? Let’s be clear: We’re not wishing failure on this year’s Oscar telecast or predicting that host Ellen DeGeneres will bomb. When it […]

February 20, 2014