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#OscarsSoWhite? Not SAG, Sundance

Big wins for diverse actors, productions Saturday night at 2 ceremonies

(Newser) - In a flurry of wins at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Sundance Film Festival, diversity made itself forcefully heard, reports the AP . Over a few hours Saturday night, the SAG Awards and Sundance showered honors on performers and films that presented a stark contrast to the crisis that... More »

Viola Davis Makes History With Emmy Win

'The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity'

(Newser) - The most moving (and historic) moment of Sunday's Emmys came when Viola Davis became the first African-American to win for lead actress in a drama series for her role in ABC's How to Get Away With Murder, Entertainment Weekly reports. "'In my mind, I see a... More »

Streep Does Viola Davis— and Rhode Island—a Favor

Best Actress winner donates $10K to struggling Central Falls school

(Newser) - Meryl Streep's Best Actress win over Viola Davis was the big upset of the Oscars; even Streep herself seemed surprised, calling the whole process "a crapshoot." But now she's making it up to Davis—in a big way. Streep donated $10,000 to a struggling school... More »

'Humor and Heartbreak' Lift The Help

Film based on Kathryn Stockett novel stars Viola Davis, Emma Stone

(Newser) - Critics are impressed with certain aspects of The Help, Tate Taylor’s film about a young white woman interviewing black maids in 1960s Mississippi. But while some say the overall package is lacking, others are glowing.
  • Compared to Kathryn Stockett’s novel of the same name, the film is “
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Denzel Washington Wins 1st Tony Award

Scarlett Johansson, VIola Davis, Catherine Zeta-Jones Prevail

(Newser) - Denzel Washington won his first Tony Award tonight for his performance in August Wilson's Fences, and Scarlett Johansson and Catherine Zeta-Jones joined the Hollywood-to-Tony parade by picking up statuettes of their own. Best play Red and best musical Memphis also enjoyed big nights, the AP reports . More »

Critics Can't Abide Citizen

Film combines unnecessary gore with pseudo-insight

(Newser) - Movie critics are nearly unanimous in their disgust with Law Abiding Citizen, a grisly revenge drama that's as much a moral failure as a cinematic one.
  • The film is "an exercise in illogic and Death Wish cribbing," writes Peter Travers of Rolling Stone, featuring gratuitous gore and an
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Oscar Rolls Out Red Carpet

(Newser) - Miley Cyrus was one of the first to arrive with her mom, in a flower-petaled Zuhair Murad gown. Mickey Rourke showed in a Jean Paul Gautier tux, accessorized with a photo of Loki, the love-of-his-life dog who died last week. For other highlights from the Oscar red carpet click "... More »

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