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Jackie Chan Finally Has an Oscar

He received Governors Award

(Newser) - Nobody can say he didn't put the work in: After more than 200 movies in a career that spans more than 50 years, starting when he was a 5-year-old child actor, Jackie Chan was finally awarded an Oscar Sunday night. The 62-year-old was one of four recipients of this... More »

#OscarsSoWhite No More? Academy Invites 683 New Members

46% of invitees are women, 41% are people of color

(Newser) - Apparently still smarting from some of Chris Rock's Oscars barbs , the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invited 683 people—many of them women and minorities—to join in an unprecedented move Wednesday, Reuters reports. The voting group behind the Oscars is largely old, white, and male and... More »

The 11 Most Talked-About Oscars Moments

Including Joe Biden introducing a powerful Lady Gaga performance

(Newser) - It started with Chris Rock's biting opening monologue and kept going for more than three-and-a-half hours. Some of Oscar night's most buzzworthy lines and moments, per the Washington Post , the Hollywood Reporter , Entertainment Weekly , Hollywood Life , Vanity Fair , Us , and Deadline :
  1. Chris Rock continuing with the #OscarsSoWhite theme
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Chris Rock's Oscars Beef: 'We Want Opportunity'

Host touches on diversity in Hollywood, slams Jada Pinkett Smith

(Newser) - Chris Rock's cryptic tweet on Friday about a "blackout" had many wondering what the comedian had in store for his second turn hosting the Academy Awards (Weinstein Co. co-chair Harvey Weinstein, for one, predicted Rock would "annihilate" Hollywood, per the Hollywood Reporter ). This anticipation was spawned... More »

Here Are Your Oscar Winners

88th Academy Awards start with a much-anticipated Chris Rock opening

(Newser) - Chris Rock kicked off the night with a monologue that, not surprisingly, touched on the #OscarsSoWhite controversy and the boycott of the awards by some black actors and directors. "We want opportunity," Rock told the crowd after a funny yet poignant explanation why he chose not to boycott.... More »

Analysis of Oscar Voters: 91% White, 76% Male

Los Angeles Times crunches the numbers

(Newser) - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has promised to diversify its membership —but making good on that promise is slow-going: A Los Angeles Times analysis of 5,800 of the academy's 6,261 voting members shows that 91% are white and 76% are male, only a... More »

Academy Sues: Oscars Has Nothing to Do With Those Swag Bags

'Swag bags' are getting bad press, lawsuit states

(Newser) - The $232,000 "swag bag" being handed out at this year's Oscars made a lot of headlines thanks to the inclusion of items like a vaping system and a sex toy—and the Academy isn't happy about it. On Tuesday, the organization sued Distinctive Assets, the marketing... More »

Oscars Board Debating These Major Changes

One member says they may not solve diversity problem

(Newser) - Criticisms that the Oscars are too white may not simply result in changes to the membership of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Los Angeles Times reports the Board of Governors is considering stipulating that 10 movies always be named in the Best Picture category from here... More »

Oscars Chief: We're Making 'Big Changes'

She responds to black actors' boycott call

(Newser) - Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs isn't in a position to boycott the Oscars —but she wants Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee to know that she is "heartbroken and frustrated" by this year's lack of diversity and there are big... More »

Vin Diesel Thinks Furious 7 Is Oscar-Worthy

But the Academy is biased against both action flicks and sequels, he says

(Newser) - The latest Fast & Furious film deserves a best picture Oscar but has two strikes against it when it comes to the Academy—it's an action flick and it's a sequel. That's according to Vin Diesel, who told the AP today that "we all know that... More »

10 Most-Thanked People in Oscar History

And the winner is ... Steven Spielberg

(Newser) - In anticipation of the Oscars on Sunday, Vocativ analyzed all 1,396 acceptance speeches the Academy has archived on its website to figure out which Hollywood bigwigs get thanked the most. The results:
  1. Steven Spielberg: He's been thanked 42 times—and even by people who have simply been inspired
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Academy Snubs 2 Boyhood Producers

If film wins, John Sloss and Jonathan Sehring won't be Oscar recipients

(Newser) - John Sloss and Jonathan Sehring may be listed as producers in the credits for Boyhood, but should the Richard Linklater film win the Academy Award for best picture, they won't be among the award recipients. The Academy has decided to follow the Producers Guild of America's lead in... More »

Academy Sues Winner's Heirs for Selling His Oscar

The Academy is not pleased with auction

(Newser) - Once you win an Oscar, that golden statuette is yours to do with as you please ... right? Wrong. One of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' bylaws states that before a member can sell an Oscar, they must first offer it to the Academy for $10. And the... More »

Want an Oscar? Try Buying One

15 up for auction next week, and the academy is not happy

(Newser) - Face it, Taylor Lautner: This is your only chance. Fifteen Oscar statuettes will be auctioned Tuesday in the largest such sale ever, says the Los Angeles Times , and bids during the online and telephone event are expected to reach up to $4 million. All of the awards currently belong to... More »

Oscar Voters 94% White

Blacks, Latinos, women are minorities in the academy

(Newser) - Who votes for Oscars? The list is kept secret, but an LA Times investigation shows 94% of them are white and 77% are male. Blacks and Latinos each make up only 2%. "We need to do a better job" of diversifying, says a governor at the Academy of Motion... More »

Oscar Producer Quits After Gay Slur

Brett Ratner apologizes for saying 'rehearsing is for fags'

(Newser) - Using anti-gay language can do serious harm to your Hollywood career, Brett Ratner has discovered. The film director, facing a firestorm of criticism over his use of a gay slur, has resigned as producer of the Oscars telecast, according to the Hollywood Reporter . During a Q&A session at a... More »

Alfred Hitchcock's First Film Found

Silent movie from 1923 discovered in New Zealand vault

(Newser) - Here's a plot twist Alfred Hitchcock likely never envisioned: The earliest feature film he worked on has finally been discovered in the vaults of a New Zealand archive. A nitrate film expert found the long lost 1923 British movie White Shadow, which credits the then-24-year-old Hitchcock as writer, assistant... More »

Oscars Tweaks 'Best Picture' Rules

Anywhere from 5 to 10 nominees in category now OK

(Newser) - Wild and crazy changes coming to the Oscars: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has approved a tweak in the nominations process that will allow ... anywhere from five to 10 Best Picture nominees. "If there are only eight pictures that truly earn that honor in a given... More »

Producer's Kid Breaks King's Speech Oscar

Statuette rushed to surgery after baby drops it

(Newser) - If King's Speech co-producer Simon Egan ever wins another Oscar, he probably won't be letting any babies near it. Egan's 15-month-old daughter dropped and broke the movie's Best Picture award at a celebration the morning after the ceremony. She lost her grip after being given the statuette to hold for... More »

Energy Group to Academy: No Oscar for Gasland!

Film includes 'outright falsehoods:' letter

(Newser) - It's not uncommon for industries to try and discredit documentaries that harm their image, but this time, an energy group is appealing directly to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Energy in Depth wants to make sure the Academy knows that Gasland should not be considered for an... More »

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