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$232K Oscars Swag Bag Has 'Vampire' Breast Lift

Hollywood elite to also get expensive trips, $300 personalized candy, sex toy

(Newser) - If you thought last year's $125,000 Oscars' swag bag was ridiculous, look away. The 2016 "Everyone Wins" goodie bag, presented to top Academy Award nominees by Distinctive Assets, comes in at over $232,000 this year, Page Six reports, and there's something for everyone—especially if... More »

Rampling: 'Racist to Whites' Comment 'Misinterpreted'

'Diversity in our industry is an important issue'

(Newser) - It turns out when British actress Charlotte Rampling said this year's Oscar controversy was " racist to whites ," what she apparently really meant was: "Diversity in our industry is an important issue that needs to be addressed." CBS News reports the actress, who is nominated for... More »

Best Actress Nominee: Oscars Controversy Is 'Racist to Whites'

Charlotte Rampling, Michael Caine weigh in

(Newser) - Two English actors are making headlines—not in a particularly good way—after weighing in on the #OscarsSoWhite controversy:
  • Charlotte Rampling, a best actress nominee this year for her role in 45 Years, spoke to a French radio station Friday and said the whole thing is "racist to whites,
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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 »

'Aunt Viv' Really Not Impressed With Smiths' Oscars Boycott

Janet Hubert posts video rant

(Newser) - Janet Hubert, who played the "original" Aunt Viv on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air from 1990 to 1993, has a message for former co-star Will Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, the Week reports. Pinkett Smith recently announced she'd boycott the Oscars over the Academy of Motion... 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 »

Black Stars Are Boycotting 'Lily White' Oscars

Jada Pinkett Smith, Spike Lee will skip Academy Awards

(Newser) - Chris Rock lamented last week that the Oscars are essentially "the white BET awards." He can't exactly skip them, since he's the host —but other black stars can. Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee have both pledged to boycott this year's Academy Awards, for... More »

The Oscars Snubbed Creed— and Failed to Break a 50-Year Trend

Hollywood has a 'love affair' with black history at the expense of 'black present'

(Newser) - On a day when everyone and their mother will be cataloging the biggest Oscar snubs of the year, Aisha Harris at Slate argues there's one that truly matters. "What’s really troubling is that the Academy missed out on a chance to do something it hasn’t done... More »

Oscar Acting Nominees Are All White

Again. Plus, a rundown of the snubs

(Newser) - Once again , every single one of the 20 actors nominated for an Oscar this year is white. The Hollywood Reporter points out a number of minority actors who were overlooked, including Benicio Del Toro in Sicario and Idris Elba in Beasts of No Nation, both of whom were nominated... More »

Here Are the 2016 Oscar Nominations

Sorry, no nom for the bear from 'The Revenant'

(Newser) - The nominations for the 88th Academy Awards came out Thursday morning with eight Best Picture contenders that included The Revenant, which got 12 nods in a selection process that, as ABC News puts it, honors "only white actors again." A quick recap of the top categories:
  • Best Picture:
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Looks Like Leo Is Finally Going to Get His Oscar

DiCaprio is reportedly the one to beat in 'The Revenant'

(Newser) - Spoiler alert: Leonardo DiCaprio will likely be winning an Oscar next year for his role in The Revenant. The film—director Alejandro G. Inarritu's follow-up to Birdman, which got him three Oscars at this year's Academy Awards—is out on Christmas, and reviews are embargoed until Dec. 4,... More »

Chris Rock Returning to Host Oscars

He did it once before, 11 years ago

(Newser) - Chris Rock will host this year's Oscars, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Wednesday. It's actually a return gig for the 50-year-old comedian and actor, who hosted 11 years ago. The Los Angeles Times recounts that he received "wildly divisive reviews" on that first... 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 »

TMZ: Stolen Oscars Dress Is Back, Had Fake Pearls

Thief reportedly had them appraised

(Newser) - The tale of a stolen Oscars dress is developing into a Hollywood-esque plot. TMZ reports that the dress worn by actress Lupita Nyong'o has been returned—and that its pearls were fake anyway. The website says the purported thief called to say he took the Calvin Klein dress from... More »

Boyhood Loss a 'Travesty' That Will Sting for Decades

We haven't seen such a bad Oscars move since 'Forrest Gump': Dan Kois

(Newser) - The way Dan Kois sees it, when a Best Picture winner goes wrong, it can go a little bit wrong (which happens regularly—as he suggests, The King's Speech beating The Kids Are All Right, The Artist beating The Tree of Life, and Argo beating Django Unchained). Or it... More »

Clueless Star: 'Arquette Needs to Do Her History'

Stacey Dash weighed in on the Oscars on 'Fox & Friends'

(Newser) - You can stop holding your breath: Stacey Dash, Clueless star turned Fox News pundit , has examined last night's Oscars and deemed Hollywood's big night too liberal. Dash appeared on Fox & Friends this morning to offer up her take on the activism at play, especially in the acceptance... More »

John Travolta Explains That Whole 'Adele Dazeem' Thing

And does a bunch of other weird stuff at this year's Oscars

(Newser) - John Travolta and Idina Menzel presented an award together at last night's Oscars, a year after the Academy Awards ceremony in which Travolta famously flubbed Menzel's name, presenting her as "Adele Dazeem." Last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live , Travolta finally explained that 2014 moment. He thought... More »

3 Oscars Speeches Making Waves

Patricia Arquette, John Legend lead calls for change

(Newser) - What many may remember best about last night's Oscars were the acceptance speeches: It was a "particularly passionate evening," writes Alessandra Stanley in the New York Times . "The political speeches were somber, but they turned out to be more lively and bracing than any of (host... More »

Here Are Your Oscar Winners

'Birdman' wins big at Academy Awards

(Newser) - Host Neil Patrick Harris opened tonight's Academy Awards with—what else?—a musical number about the glory of movies, joined by special guest appearances by Anna Kendrick, Jack Black, and a bunch of dancers in impressive costumes. After a short, snark-free monologue, the awards began. Stay with us throughout... 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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