Pulitzers uphold watchdog tradition

Apr 15, 2014

Pulitzers uphold watchdog tradition

Coverage of the National Security Agency’s sweeping surveillance program that won the Pulitzer Prize for public service Monday follows a tradition of bucking the U.S. government on top secret intelligence matters. Revelations about the NSA’s secret collection of information about Americans’ phone and email ...

Washington Post, Guardian win Pulitzers for NSA spying revelations

Apr 15, 2014

Washington Post, Guardian win Pulitzers for NSA spying revelations

The Washington Post and The Guardian won the Pulitzer Prize in public service Monday for revealing the U.S. government’s sweeping surveillance programs in a blockbuster series of stories based on secret documents supplied by NSA leaker Edward Snowden. The Pulitzer for breaking news was ...

'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 ...

Black actors leaving for Hollywood worry British government

Mar 2, 2014

Black actors leaving for Hollywood worry British government

Black British actors have been taking Hollywood by storm, with Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Oscar nomination for “12 Years a Slave” just the latest example, but at home they still face a lack of roles that has driven some from the country. The British government is ...

Cambodia vies for first Oscar with 'Missing Picture'

Feb 28, 2014

Cambodia vies for first Oscar with 'Missing Picture'

The office of Cambodia’s most celebrated filmmaker is filled with books on the Khmer Rouge. On his desk, on the walls, in the filing cabinets and in every corner of Rithy Panh’s dimly lit office are memories of his country’s greatest tragedy. Probing the ...

Oldest Holocaust survivor dies; film up for Oscar

Feb 24, 2014

Oldest Holocaust survivor dies; film up for Oscar

Alice Herz-Sommer, believed to be the oldest Holocaust survivor, died at age 110 on Sunday. The accomplished pianist’s death came just a week before her extraordinary story of survival through two years at a Nazi prison camp, which she claimed was made possible by ...

U.S. minority vets to get top honor

Feb 23, 2014

U.S. minority vets to get top honor

President Barack Obama will confer the most prestigious U.S. award for combat to a group of Hispanic, black and Jewish veterans previously denied the accolade due to prejudice, the White House said. A March 18 ceremony will award the Medal of Honor to 24 ...

French Pantheon to add two women

Feb 23, 2014

French Pantheon to add two women

President Francois Hollande on Friday ordered the remains of four Resistance fighters moved to the Pantheon, including those of two women, after outcries over the domination of men at the monument. Hollande said the remains of the two women, Germaine Tillion and Genevieve de ...

At Grammys, Daft Punk, Pharrell dominate with awards

Jan 27, 2014

At Grammys, Daft Punk, Pharrell dominate with awards

Daft Punk’s electronic-funk grooves have won big at the Grammys. The French electronic duo’s “Random Access Memories” won album of the year and their infectious hit, “Get Lucky,” won record of the year at the awards show. The song features Pharrell Williams and Nile ...

DGA: Alfonso Cuaron wins top prize for 'Gravity'

Jan 26, 2014

DGA: Alfonso Cuaron wins top prize for 'Gravity'

Alfonso Cuaron was awarded the top film honor from the Directors Guild of America for “Gravity” on Saturday night. In the recent bustle of Hollywood shows, “Gravity,” David O. Russell’s con caper “American Hustle,” and Steve McQueen’s historical epic “12 Years a Slave” were ...