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Glenn Close: 'First of All, I Am Not a Loser'

Actor shrugs off being nominated for 8 Oscars without a win

(Newser) - Though Glenn Close has been nominated for eight Oscars without any wins, the distinguished actor wants to make one thing clear: she is not a loser. Close has been nominated for best actress four times, and she competed for her fourth best supporting actress honor at last month's Academy...

Trump Has a Statement On the Oscars
Trump Has a
Statement on the Oscars

Trump Has a Statement on the Oscars

Mocks the 'politically correct and boring' Academy Awards

(Newser) - Former President Trump has feelings about a certain awards show held Sunday night . "What used to be called The Academy Awards, and now is called the 'Oscars'—a far less important and elegant name—had the lowest Television Ratings in recorded history, even much lower than last...

Oscars Were a Ratings Disaster
Oscars Were a Ratings Disaster

Oscars Were a Ratings Disaster

They were down 58% from last year's record low

(Newser) - In 1998, the year Titanic won best picture, the Oscars had more than 57 million viewers. Ratings have been sinking ever since and they hit a new bottom Sunday, with fewer than 10 million viewers, the New York Times reports. Nielsen says just 9.85 million people tuned in, down...

China Mutes, Even Censors Reaction to Chloe Zhao Win

State-run media outlets didn't cover Oscars and few mentions turn up on Weibo

(Newser) - Chloe Zhao made history Sunday night and people are talking about it on social media everywhere—except in China, where those who are doing so are doing it in code, NBC News reports. Users posting about Zhao’s Oscar wins—she's the first Chinese woman to win best director,...

Anthony Hopkins Was Asleep When He Won Best Actor

83-year-old pays tribute to Chadwick Boseman after surprise win

(Newser) - Anthony Hopkins was apparently among the many people who expected Chadwick Boseman to win Best Actor. When Hopkins' win was announced at the Oscars Sunday night, it was 4am in Wales—and he was fast asleep. Agent Jeremy Barber tells People that he woke up Hopkins to tell him the...

Biggest Oscar Surprise: Chadwick Boseman

Late actor didn't win as expected

(Newser) - The pandemic-year Oscars are in the books, with Nomadland grabbing big awards including best picture, director (Chloe Zhao), and actress (Frances McDormand). But entertainment sites also were focusing on who didn't win. Some common entries:
  • Chadwick Boseman: The late actor seems to be No. 1 on everybody's "

Academy Awards End With Anticlimactic Surprise Winner

Anthony Hopkins upsets expected Chadwick Boseman win, gives no speech

(Newser) - Anthony Hopkins has won his first Oscar since he took one home for playing Hannibal Lecter, the AP reports. Despite his pedigree, Hopkins was a surprise winner. The late Chadwick Boseman was expected to win the award, which in a very rare move from the academy was the last to...

And Your New Essential Workers Are ... Oscar Nominees?

And so are their guests

(Newser) - The awards show must go on. The Oscars are being held in person on April 25, and nominees and their guests will qualify as essential workers, just as workers for film and TV shoots have throughout most of the COVID-19 pandemic. That means even those who travel from outside the...

Borat Sequel Breaks Oscars Record
Borat Sequel Breaks
Oscars Record

Borat Sequel Breaks Oscars Record

It's all in the name

(Newser) - Sasha Baron Cohen's Borat sequel is nominated for two Oscars at next month's Academy Awards, but it's already a winner in a totally different category. Per Deadline , Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan officially holds...

Producers: Collecting Oscars Via Zoom Is Not an Option

They say it will be a safe, 'intimate, in-person' event

(Newser) - A lot has changed since the Oscars ceremony was last held on Feb. 9, 2020, but nominees hoping to collect awards at this year's ceremony are still going to have to go there in person. In a letter to more than 200 nominees Thursday, producers Steven Soderbergh, Jesse Collins,...

5 Notable Oscar Snubs
5 Notable Oscar Snubs

5 Notable Oscar Snubs

Regina King would have been first Black woman nominated for best director

(Newser) - The nominees for this year's Oscars are out—and, as ever, a lot of attention has now turned toward those who didn't make the cut. Some notable snubs:
  • Regina King, One Night in Miami. Variety notes that King would have been the first Black woman nominated for the

Oscar Nominees Include a First for Directors
Here Are Your
Oscar Nominees

Here Are Your Oscar Nominees

'Mank' leads the way, and 2 female directors earn nods

(Newser) - The nominees for this year's Oscars are out, and David Fincher’s Mank leads the way with 10 nods, per the AP . Also of note: For the first time, two women—Chloé Zhao and Emerald Fennell—were nominated for best director. This year's show will be telecast on...

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,...

Oscars Make Big Move on Inclusion
Oscars Just
Made a Big Move

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Joaquin Phoenix's Speech Generates Quite a Buzz
Joaquin Phoenix's Speech
Generates Quite a Buzz
the rundown

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...

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