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Kirstie Alley Is Sharply Critical of New Oscar Rule

'OSCAR ORWELL,' she tweets

(Newser) - Kirstie Alley isn't cheering about the new diversity requirements for the Academy Awards' Best Picture nominees. In a now-deleted tweet, the actress called the rule "a disgrace to artists everywhere," Fox News reports. "Can you imagine telling Picasso what had to be in his f---ing paintings,... More »

Oscars Just Made a Big Move

Best picture nominees must meet new set of diversity requirements starting in 2024

(Newser) - In an historic move, the Oscars are raising the inclusion bar for best picture nominees starting with the 96th Academy Awards in 2024. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Tuesday laid out sweeping eligibility reforms to the best picture category intended to encourage diversity and equitable representation... More »

36% of the Academy's 819 New Invitees Are POC

Awkwafina, Zendaya, Cynthia Erivo among the invitees

(Newser) - Cynthia Erivo, John David Washington, Eva Longoria, Zendaya, and Awkwafina are among the 819 people who have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The organization that puts on the Oscars announced the new invitees Tuesday, the AP reports. If they accept, which most do,... More »

Oscars Postponed for 1st Time Since 1981

Ceremony will now be held on April 25

(Newser) - The Oscars are being postponed for the fourth time in their history. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the ABC Television Network said Monday that the 93rd Academy Awards will now be held April 25, 2021, eight weeks later than originally planned because of the pandemic's... More »

Oscars Will Have a 2020-Only Rule Change

Films won't need a theatrical run to qualify

(Newser) - Movies that debuted on a streaming service without a theatrical run will be eligible for the Oscars, but only for this year. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on Tuesday announced the change for the 93rd Academy Awards as a response to how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted... More »

Trump Complains About Foreign Film Winning Best Picture

'What the hell was that all about?'

(Newser) - President Trump hasn't actually seen Parasite, but he is still certain that the South Korean movie should not have won the Oscar for best picture . "How bad were the Academy Awards this year, did you see?" he asked a crowd at a campaign rally in Colorado Springs Thursday... More »

Rose McGowan Disgusted by Natalie Portman's Cape

'I find Portman's type of activism deeply offensive to those of us who actually do the work'

(Newser) - Natalie Portman's outfit on the Oscars red carpet got a lot of press thanks to the embroidery along the edge of her cape, which listed names of female directors not nominated for best director at the Academy Awards (only men were nominated this year). But not only was fellow... More »

Joaquin Phoenix's Speech Generates Quite a Buzz

Some good buzz, some not-so-good

(Newser) - Many had predicted Joaquin Phoenix was going to win the best actor Oscar. What they couldn't predict was what he would do with his 45 seconds on stage . After all, when he won at the BAFTAs he discussed systemic racism in the entertainment industry, when he won at the... More »

After Oscars Surprise, One Nation Celebrates

South Korea proud of 'Parasite' and director Boon Joon Ho

(Newser) - The Oscars were all about Parasite. The South Korean film became the first foreign-language film to win best picture and its director, Boon Joon Ho, became the first South Korean to win best director. “I'm ready to drink tonight,” Bong said in one of his acceptance speeches,... More »

'In Memoriam' Tribute Had Surprising Omission

Luke Perry, Sid Haig did not appear

(Newser) - Hollywood said goodbye to beloved stars including Kirk Douglas, Danny Aiello, and Oscar-winner Kobe Bryant as Billie Eilish sang "Yesterday" during the "In Memoriam" segment of the Academy Awards on Sunday—but there were some surprising omissions. Luke Perry, who died in March last year at age 52,... More »

Natalie Portman Uses Cape to Call Out Academy

It was embroidered with names of female directors

(Newser) - Natalie Portman used her cape to send a message to the Academy on the red carpet at this year's Oscars. Portman—who presented the award for best adapted screenplay to Jojo Rabbit—had the names of female directors not nominated by the Academy embroidered in gold on the left... More »

Here Are Your Oscar Winners

In an upset, 'Parasite' wins best picture

(Newser) - The Academy Awards have no host this year, but they opened with a musical performance by Janelle Monae (featuring an appearance by Billy Porter) that made mention of all the talented female directors Hollywood is celebrating. (Unspoken addendum: None of those directors are nominated for an Oscar.) Next up... More »

Here's Why Eminem Performed at the Oscars

'Lose Yourself' won in 2003, but he didn't even attend the ceremony

(Newser) - If you were wondering what in the world Eminem was doing on stage at the 2020 Academy Awards, performing a song that won an Oscar back in 2003, you weren't alone. But as Variety explains, when "Lose Yourself" from 2002's 8 Mile was nominated, he reportedly refused... More »

Vulture Has a Question About Brad Pitt's Speeches

Who's writing them?

(Newser) - The smart money says Brad Pitt will be collecting a best-supporting-actor Oscar Sunday night for his role in Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood. And assuming that happens, it's a good bet that Pitt will go up on stage and give a charming, funny speech. After all, he did... More »

Brad Pitt's Oscars Luncheon Move Wins Hearts

Actor wore a name tag—just in case

(Newser) - Brad Pitt managed to win (more) hearts on Monday with the simple act of putting on a name tag. The actor was photographed at the 92nd Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon at Los Angeles' Loews Hotel sporting a tag with his name and nomination as best supporting actor for Once Upon ... More »

Stephen King Explains His Controversial Oscars Tweet

Horror author clarifies in op-ed that Academy Awards 'are still rigged in favor of white people'

(Newser) - Stephen King ignited controversy earlier this month when, after the Academy Awards nominations included zero female directors and just one actor of color, he tweeted , "I would never consider diversity in matters of art. Only quality. It seems to me that to do otherwise would be wrong." After... More »

Here Are the 11 Biggest Oscar Snubs

#OscarsSoWhite was going around once again after 2020 nominations were announced

(Newser) - Oscar nominations are out , and as always, some hopefuls were left out. One of the biggest snubs being mentioned is Jennifer Lopez's lack of a supporting actress nod for Hustlers; USA Today calls it a "complete shock," while People notes Lopez "has been a fixture this... More »

What to Watch for in Oscar Nominations

Nominees will be announced Monday morning

(Newser) - Who will be celebrating Oscar morning? Brad Pitt for sure. Jennifer Lopez almost certainly. And very possibly the Obamas, too. Nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards, which will begin at 8:18am EST Monday, should bring plenty of star power to the Feb. 9 ceremony—a good thing, too, since... More »

Oscars Will Go It Alone Again This Year

Ratings for the broadcast rose last year with no emcee

(Newser) - "Give the people what they want," the Hollywood maxim says, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences still likes that formula. Ratings for the Oscars broadcast rose a bit last year for the hostless show, and ABC announced Wednesday that there will be no emcee this... More »

DoJ Warns Academy Against Excluding Netflix

Move could violate antitrust laws

(Newser) - The Justice Department is now involved in the Hollywood dispute over the Oscars eligibility of movies made by Netflix and other streaming services. Makan Delrahim, an assistant attorney general in the antitrust division, has warned Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences CEO Dawn Hudson that new rules being considered... More »

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