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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Los Angeles (AFP) – Hollywood fired the starting gun Thursday on the most crowded Oscars race for years, with American Hustle and 3D space drama Gravity topping nominations but a wide field of movies hoping for glory on March 2. American Hustle and Gravity each racked up 10 nominations, and historical drama 12 Years a Slave was close behind […]