At the Oscars, no prize for ethnic diversity

Feb 24, 2015

At the Oscars, no prize for ethnic diversity

What was missing from the Academy Awards turned out to be the issue that could not be ignored on the night trophies were handed out. The lack of nonwhite contenders for major acting awards this year became a focus on the day Oscar nominations ...

'Birdman' soars to Oscar glory with best picture win

Feb 23, 2015

'Birdman' soars to Oscar glory with best picture win

Dark comedy “Birdman” soared to Oscars glory Sunday, taking four Academy Awards including best picture and best director honors on Hollywood’s biggest night. The film, a satire about a washed-up superhero film actor battling to revive his career on Broadway, was a grand triumph ...

Civil rights groups to protest Oscars after no minority actors nominated

Feb 21, 2015

Civil rights groups to protest Oscars after no minority actors nominated

Civil rights groups are calling for a boycott of Sunday’s Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles to demand more diversity among Academy Awards voters after no actors from ethnic minority groups earned nominations this year, organizers said on Friday. Activist and political commentator Al Sharpton’s ...

Jan 16, 2015

'Birdman,' 'Budapest' top Oscar nominations with nine nods each

Two extravagant comedies, “Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” tied for the most Oscar nominations Thursday morning with nine nods each, including best picture. They were joined in best-picture nominations by “Boyhood,” “Whiplash,” “The Theory of Everything,” “The Imitation Game,” “American Sniper” and “Selma.” ...

Academy to honor Hayao Miyazaki

Aug 29, 2014

Academy to honor Hayao Miyazaki

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Thursday it has picked anime director Hayao Miyazaki as one of three recipients of its Honorary Award this year. The only other Japanese to receive the award was Akira Kurosawa, ...

'12 Years a Slave' rises up at Academy Awards

Mar 3, 2014

'12 Years a Slave' rises up at Academy Awards

Hollywood named the brutal, unshrinking historical drama “12 Years a Slave” best picture at the 86th annual Academy Awards on Sunday — the first best-picture winner directed by a black filmmaker. Steve McQueen’s slavery odyssey, based on Solomon Northup’s 1853 memoir, has been hailed ...

Masterful Day-Lewis makes Oscars history

Feb 26, 2013

Masterful Day-Lewis makes Oscars history

Ben Affleck’s Iran hostage crisis drama “Argo” won the coveted best film Oscar on Sunday at the 85th Academy Awards, Hollywood’s biggest night. Taiwan-born Ang Lee won best director for the 3-D fantasy spectacular “Life of Pi,” Daniel Day-Lewis took home an unprecedented third ...