'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 ...

'Timbuktu' director wants more cinema from West Africa

Feb 23, 2015

'Timbuktu' director wants more cinema from West Africa

The Oscar nomination of “Timbuktu,” a film about the occupation of the Malian desert town by al-Qaida-linked Islamists in 2012, should not mask the lack of established cinema from West Africa, its director said. Up for the Best Foreign Language Film at Sunday’s ceremony, ...

'Birdman,' 'Grand Budapest Hotel' top Oscar nods

Jan 16, 2015

'Birdman,' 'Grand Budapest Hotel' top Oscar nods

Dark comedy “Birdman” and stylish crime caper “The Grand Budapest Hotel” topped the Oscars nominations list Thursday with nine each, firing the starting gun on the home stretch of Hollywood’s awards race. In second place was World War II code-breaking thriller “The Imitation Game,” ...

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.” ...

Luise Rainer, first to win consecutive acting Oscars, dies at 104

Dec 31, 2014

Luise Rainer, first to win consecutive acting Oscars, dies at 104

Luise Rainer, a star of cinema’s golden era who won back-to-back Oscars but then walked away from a glittering Hollywood career, has died. She was 104. Rainer, whose roles ranged from the 1930s German stage to television’s “The Love Boat,” died Tuesday at her ...

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 ...

Feb 24, 2013

Academy Awards rebranded as 'The Oscars'

They are the climax of Hollywood’s awards season, the 85th Academy Awards — except officially they’re not. This year, they’ve been rebranded as “The Oscars.” The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), which organizes Tinseltown’s biggest awards, did not confirm the change ...