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Belatedly, the Oscars Announce a Host

Jimmy Kimmel will emcee the 2017 Academy Awards

(Newser) - The Oscars finally have a host: Jimmy Kimmel will emcee the 89th Academy Awards. The late-night host will be presiding over the ceremony for the first time. Kimmel has been a regular awards host, having twice previously hosted the Emmy Awards (including its broadcast in September) and once led ESPN'... More »

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 »

Anne Hathaway: I Faked Happiness in Oscar Speech

She says she 'lost her mind' doing Les Miz

(Newser) - Anne Hathaway says she was too messed up by her role in Les Miserables to be happy during her 2013 Oscar acceptance speech , which was widely criticized for seeming insincere. "I kind of lost my mind doing that movie and it hadn’t come back yet," Hathaway, who... 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 »

ESPN Hopes OJ Simpson Will Help It Break Into the Oscars

It plans to qualify its new documentary series for an Academy Award

(Newser) - As the so-called golden age of television rolls on, ESPN is attempting to strike another blow for the idiot box against the silver screen. The Los Angeles Times reports ESPN will be qualifying its new 7.5-hour OJ Simpson documentary series, OJ: Made in America, for the Academy Awards by... More »

Takei, Other Asian Academy Members Blast Oscars' Asian Jokes

Letter to Academy calls skits on awards show 'tasteless and offensive'

(Newser) - The child actors who were part of a joke about Asians on Oscars night seem unperturbed by the ensuing controversy, but more than two dozen members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences who are of Asian descent feel otherwise. Per the Hollywood Reporter , 25 members—including director... More »

Oscars Kid Unfazed by Asian Joke, Mom Not So Much

'This was not OK and should never have happened'

(Newser) - Little Estie Kung has never seen Chris Rock's work (not even Madagascar) and doesn't quite understand the ins and outs of child labor. So when the 8-year-old child actor and chef (she's competed on FYI's Man vs. Child: Chef Showdown) became the center of a controversy... More »

Lady Gaga's Family Didn't Know About Her Rape Until the Oscars

'I never told them I was a survivor; I was too ashamed'

(Newser) - Lady Gaga's performance of her Oscar-nominated song about sexual assault during the Academy Awards on Sunday was a powerful moment for a lot of people. The Los Angeles Times reports two of those people were the singer's own aunt and grandmother, who weren't aware she was a... More »

Sacha Baron Cohen Hid in a Toilet to Evade Oscar Bosses

They didn't support his transformation into Ali G

(Newser) - Back in 2012, Sacha Baron Cohen showed up to the Oscars as his Dictator character and dumped an urn —which he claimed contained the ashes of Kim Jong Il—all over Ryan Seacrest. Not only did Seacrest refuse to interview Baron Cohen on the red carpet this year as... More »

Early Ratings for Oscars Are Pretty Dismal

An 8-year low, and the 3rd-worst numbers since 1990

(Newser) - Academy Awards viewership dipped to its lowest level since 2008 in a year where the movie industry's ability to reflect the nation's diversity was a central issue. The Nielsen company said Monday preliminary estimates showed 34.3 million people watched Sunday night's telecast, the AP reports. Last... More »

With Chris Rock, Oscars Was Nearly 'Revolutionary'

Host getting mostly strong reviews

(Newser) - So how did Chris Rock do as host of the Oscars, or as he called them, "the White People's Choice Awards"? Pretty well, according to most reviewers:
  • "From the moment he stepped onto the stage in a white tuxedo jacket, it was clear he was not
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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 »

Oh, My, Heidi Klum's Dress ...

Twitter hasn't been kind

(Newser) - In fashion, one day you're in and the next you're Heidi Klum on the Oscars red carpet in a one-sleeve Marchesa gown. The dress, which is various shades of purple, has launched a thousand snarky tweets that refer to everything from lost bets to drapes to, in the... 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 »

Tweet Mixes Up Whoopi and Oprah on the Red Carpet

Not good in general, but especially during another year of #OscarsSoWhite

(Newser) - There wasn't much controversy on the Oscars' red carpet Sunday evening, but controversy found its way onto Twitter during the glitzy parade of gowns and tuxes. Whoopi Goldberg showed up and showed herself off in an off-the-shoulder dress she said was inspired by the dress Bette Davis wore in... More »

4 Terrible Best-Actor Awards

From 'My Fair Lady' to 'Mystic River'

(Newser) - With a new set of Oscars set to be doled out Sunday night, Barbara VanDenburgh of the USA Today Network looks back at what she sees as the biggest mistakes in the best-actor category over the years. A sampling:
  • Rex Harrison: He won in 1964 for My Fair Lady, in
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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 »

Michael Jackson's Gone With the Wind Oscar Is Gone

King of Pop dropped $1.54M on the statuette

(Newser) - Michael Jackson's Gone With the Wind Oscar is gone. Jackson paid a record $1.54 million for the statuette awarded to producer David O. Selznick in 1940, and now executors of his estate can't find it, the Hollywood Reporter reports. "We would like to have that Oscar... More »

Hollywood Gets Diversity 'Report Cards' (They're Not Good)

2 analyses issue dismal grades for including women, minority, LGBT actors and directors

(Newser) - The #OscarsSoWhite hashtag has bounced around Twitter since last year, and it doesn't look like Hollywood's lack of diversity will be resolved anytime soon, per a USA Today report. The paper surveyed 14 studios about 184 movies being released in 2016, and the results show "disappointingly few... More »

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