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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 »

Netflix Responds to Spielberg Over Oscars

Streaming service hits back after director suggests change to Academy Awards

(Newser) - Steven Spielberg made waves last week with the news that he will be advocating for a big change to the Academy Awards: The director doesn't want Netflix films (or any films that debut on streaming services, rather than in theaters) eligible for Oscars. The news comes on the heels... More »

Oscars Get a Bounce in Ratings, But...

...broadcast will still come in as 2nd-lowest, ahead of last year's show

(Newser) - Who needs a host? Preliminary TV ratings for the Oscars suggest the broadcast rebounded from last year's all-time low, reports Deadline . The 2019 show is on track to come in as the second-lowest in history, but it will at least be nearer to the 2008 show hosted by Jon... More »

Actor Needed Paramedics After Oscar Win

Best actor winner Rami Malek took a tumble, but seems to be OK

(Newser) - After winning best actor Sunday at the Oscars for his role as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, making him the first person of Egyptian heritage to fill that slot, it's understandable that Rami Malek was pretty excited. Maybe too excited: The 37-year-old took a tumble, Oscar in hand, after... More »

Spike Lee Leads Condemnation of Best-Film Choice

More than one critic calling 'Green Book' the worst choice for best picture since 'Crash'

(Newser) - Green Book had a great night at the Oscars , taking home best picture, best original screenplay, and best supporting actor (Mahershala Ali). The morning after, however, things are a little less great, because all that glory and attention is bringing out the critics who think the movie should not have... More »

Here Are Your Academy Award Winners

'Green Book' wins best picture

(Newser) - The Academy Awards kicked off at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles Sunday evening with the pageantry it deserves: a short set by Queen (with guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor), featuring Adam Lambert on vocals crooning "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions,"... More »

After More Than 3 Decades, Spike Lee Has His First Oscar

Lee wins best adapted screenplay for 'BlackKkKlansman'

(Newser) - After more than 30 years in the business (his first feature film was She's Gotta Have It, in 1986), Spike Lee took home his first Oscar Sunday night, and the New York Post notes he got "emotional." Lee leaped into presenter Samuel L. Jackson's arms when... More »

The Political Topic That Made Its Way Onstage

Maya Rudolph, Javier Bardem, chef Jose Andres mentioned walls, immigrants

(Newser) - Politics wasn't a high priority at the Oscars Sunday night, but one particular topic appeared to be broached more than once: the proposed border wall with Mexico. Comedian Maya Rudolph first touched on it in the opening monologue she did with Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, informing the audience,... More »

Doesn't Look Like a Red-Carpet Showstopper? Look Closer

Billy Porter wears a tuxedo dress, plus other red-carpet splashes

(Newser) - Hollywood luminaries showed up in all their finery at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, kicking off the Oscars festivities in both elegant and irreverent attire. Perhaps generating the biggest buzz on the red carpet, per Page Six : Pose actor and Tony Award winner Billy Porter, who swept in wearing a... More »

Oscars Telecast Has 24 Minutes of People Walking

'Wall Street Journal' watched a lot of previous ceremonies and has a breakdown

(Newser) - Two Wall Street Journal reporters spent a lot of time watching Oscars telecasts to figure out why the show always, always runs long. The results are kind of fascinating. One standout stat is that viewers will spend 24 minutes watching people walk—that is, the time spent from when the... More »

5 Best, 5 Worst Oscar 'Best Picture' Winners

For every 'Godfather,' there's a 'Crash'

(Newser) - There have been some pretty questionable Best Picture winners at the Oscars over the years—like that time Shakespeare in Love beat out Saving Private Ryan , or Crash was chosen over Brokeback Mountain . But what are the best Best Picture honorees of all time? USA Today is out with a... More »

One Band Will 'Likely Draw More Eyeballs' to Oscars

Queen, with Adam Lambert filling in as singer, will perform Sunday at awards show

(Newser) - The Academy's plan this year to shorten the Oscars by giving out some awards during the commercials failed . Now it had better hope one of its featured bands doesn't play one of its most famous tunes in its entirety. Queen is set to perform at the awards show... More »

Academy Nixes Oscars Plan After Backlash

Decision reversed on not showing 4 awards live

(Newser) - Twitter tweeted , A-listers revolted , and now, the Academy has acquiesced. A decision to not show live four awards (those for cinematography, film editing, live action short, and makeup and hairstyling) during the Feb. 24 broadcast received much pushback since it was announced earlier this week, and now the Academy of... More »

Hollywood A-Listers Revolt Against Oscars

Hundreds of big-name actors, directors, cinematographers slam Academy decision

(Newser) - The backlash against the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences continues, and increasingly bigger names are joining the fray. After announcing that four awards would be bestowed during commercial breaks at the Feb. 24 Oscars, there was immediate pushback from those who said it was insulting to recipients in... More »

On 4th Try, Roma Actor Gets Visa to Attend Oscars

Netflix helped Jorge Antonio Guerrero Martínez after he was denied 3 times

(Newser) - It took him a few tries, but Roma actor Jorge Antonio Guerrero Martínez will be able to attend the Academy Awards. The Alfonso Cuarón film has been nominated for 10 Oscars , but Martínez, who lives in Mexico, said last month that he had thrice been denied a... More »

4 Oscars Will Be Awarded During the Breaks. There's Pushback

Not everyone happy that cinematography, film editing are being relegated to commercials

(Newser) - In an attempt to streamline Oscars night, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is making a change it hopes will contain the show to three hours. Four major awards—film editing, cinematography, live action short, and makeup and hairstyling—will be announced during commercial breaks of the Feb.... More »

This Year's Oscars Will Have No Host

It's the first time this has happened in 30 years

(Newser) - It's been called "the least wanted job in Hollywood" —and this year, nobody's going to do it. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences confirmed Monday that this year's Oscars will be the first without a host in 30 years, Mediaweek reports. The Academy... More »

Glenn Close Now Has an Unwanted Oscar Streak

No living actor has more nominations without a win; she's at 7

(Newser) - Seventh time's the charm? Glenn Close might hope so following an Oscar nod Tuesday for her role in The Wife. It brings Close's total to seven nominations, the most of any living actor who hasn't actually won an Oscar, reports the Los Angeles Times . The 71-year-old—who... More »

Oscar Nominations: The Biggest Snubs

Bradley Cooper didn't get a nod for best director

(Newser) - This year's Oscar nominations are out , which means lots of chatter about who got snubbed. The big one making just about everybody's list: Bradley Cooper didn't get a nod for best director for A Star Is Born. It's "perhaps the biggest snub of the morning,... More »

A New Twist in the Oscars Hosting Drama?

Ellen DeGeneres told Kevin Hart the Academy wants him

(Newser) - He got a gig "nobody was trying to score," and then he just as swiftly lost it . Now, nearly a month after Kevin Hart stepped down from hosting the Oscars after past homophobic tweets surfaced, the 39-year-old comedian may be reconsidering his decision. Variety reports Hart revealed this... More »

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