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Academy Announces 683 New Members In Massive Diversity Drive


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In response to the avalanche of criticism the Oscars received this year, the Academy Awards has invited a large number of stars to join its membership so that they can vote ahead of next year’s awards – including British stars Emma Watson, Idris Elba and John Boyega.

A total of 683 people, including a large proportion of women and ethnic minorities, have been invited to join the Academy in order to head off criticism following the #OscarsSoWhite controversy that has dogged the awards for the last two years in a row, after no ethnic minority stars featuring in the list of nominees for all four of the main acting categories, or the directing category.

Oscars 2016The four acting category winners at the Oscars 2016 (l-r) Mark Rylance, Brie Larson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Alicia Vikander

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Hannah Bagshawe , Eddie Redmayne - Celebrities attend 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood. at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, Academy Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 28th February 2016

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Paige Butcher , Eddie Murphy - The 87th Annual Oscars held at Dolby Theatre - Red Carpet Arrivals at Dolby Theatre, Oscars - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 22nd February 2015

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Kerry Washington - ****File Photo** Kerry Washington is reportedly pregnant with her second child. Sources tell E! News the Django Unchained star and her husband, former American footballer Nnamdi Asomugha, are expecting a sibling for their two-year-old daughter Isabelle. Representatives for the famously private couple have yet to comment on the claims, but Kerry, 39, wore a loose-fitting black Victoria Beckham dress to the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, D.C. on Saturday night (30Apr16), sparking reports suggesting she was concealing a baby bump. She is also due to walk the red carpet at the 2016 Met Gala in New York City on Monday night (02May16), and during an interview on U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America hours earlier, she hinted she may opt for a more accommodating style of gown, so she has room to eat at the high-profile bash. Recalling the cotton candy pink Prada dress she wore to the 2015 event, she explained, "I had never worn a big, sort of ball gown to the Met before. I tended to go with more sleek silhouette (in previous years), so I just thought it would be fun. "It's also a dress you can eat in, which is fun at a dinner...! Because you do eat! You have to be able to touch up your own lipstick and wear a dress you can eat in!" Kerry, who wore a floral dress for the sit-down interview, made no mention of her rumoured pregnancy, but she admitted she was excited to attend the annual Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. "This night is really strictly about fashion. You know, The Oscars are about filmmaking, the Emmys are about excellence in television, but this night is really about fashion as art and celebrating the Met, and you know, history of great fashion and how it fits into our context of American art, international art." Kerry and Nnamdi's relationship only became public after they wed in secret in Idaho in June, 2013, and she famously refused to comment on her first pregnancy until three months after the news had at The Dolby Theater, Good Morning America, Oscars - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 15th March 2016

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Kerry Washington - ****File Photo** Kerry Washington is reportedly pregnant with her second child. Sources tell E! News the Django Unchained star and her husband, former American footballer Nnamdi Asomugha, are expecting a sibling for their two-year-old daughter Isabelle. Representatives for the famously private couple have yet to comment on the claims, but Kerry, 39, wore a loose-fitting black Victoria Beckham dress to the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, D.C. on Saturday night (30Apr16), sparking reports suggesting she was concealing a baby bump. She is also due to walk the red carpet at the 2016 Met Gala in New York City on Monday night (02May16), and during an interview on U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America hours earlier, she hinted she may opt for a more accommodating style of gown, so she has room to eat at the high-profile bash. Recalling the cotton candy pink Prada dress she wore to the 2015 event, she explained, "I had never worn a big, sort of ball gown to the Met before. I tended to go with more sleek silhouette (in previous years), so I just thought it would be fun. "It's also a dress you can eat in, which is fun at a dinner...! Because you do eat! You have to be able to touch up your own lipstick and wear a dress you can eat in!" Kerry, who wore a floral dress for the sit-down interview, made no mention of her rumoured pregnancy, but she admitted she was excited to attend the annual Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. "This night is really strictly about fashion. You know, The Oscars are about filmmaking, the Emmys are about excellence in television, but this night is really about fashion as art and celebrating the Met, and you know, history of great fashion and how it fits into our context of American art, international art." Kerry and Nnamdi's relationship only became public after they wed in secret in Idaho in June, 2013, and she famously refused to comment on her first pregnancy until three months after the news had at Dolby Theatre, Good Morning America, Oscars - Hollywood, California, United States - Sunday 28th February 2016

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Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington - ****File Photo** Kerry Washington is reportedly pregnant with her second child. Sources tell E! News the Django Unchained star and her husband, former American footballer Nnamdi Asomugha, are expecting a sibling for their two-year-old daughter Isabelle. Representatives for the famously private couple have yet to comment on the claims, but Kerry, 39, wore a loose-fitting black Victoria Beckham dress to the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, D.C. on Saturday night (30Apr16), sparking reports suggesting she was concealing a baby bump. She is also due to walk the red carpet at the 2016 Met Gala in New York City on Monday night (02May16), and during an interview on U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America hours earlier, she hinted she may opt for a more accommodating style of gown, so she has room to eat at the high-profile bash. Recalling the cotton candy pink Prada dress she wore to the 2015 event, she explained, "I had never worn a big, sort of ball gown to the Met before. I tended to go with more sleek silhouette (in previous years), so I just thought it would be fun. "It's also a dress you can eat in, which is fun at a dinner...! Because you do eat! You have to be able to touch up your own lipstick and wear a dress you can eat in!" Kerry, who wore a floral dress for the sit-down interview, made no mention of her rumoured pregnancy, but she admitted she was excited to attend the annual Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. "This night is really strictly about fashion. You know, The Oscars are about filmmaking, the Emmys are about excellence in television, but this night is really about fashion as art and celebrating the Met, and you know, history of great fashion and how it fits into our context of American art, international art." Kerry and Nnamdi's relationship only became public after they wed in secret in Idaho in June, 2013, and she famously refused to comment on her first pregnancy until three months after the news had at 3Labs, Good Morning America, Oscars - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 15th November 2015

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Academy Apologises For "Tone-Deaf" Asian Jokes During Telecast


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The organisers of The Oscars have apologised for the “tone-deaf” portrayal of Asians in various jokes at this year’s ceremony, after a group of actors and filmmakers of Asian descent complained of being offended.

The Academy was embroiled in a vociferous diversity row in the run-up to the 2016 awards, which were held at the end of February, after all 20 acting nominees were white for the second year in a row. Though it subsequently pledged to double its number of women and minority members by the end of the decade, it has once again found itself at the centre of controversy.

Chris RockSome members of the Asian community were outraged at one of Chris Rock's jokes at the Oscars

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Jada Pinkett Smith Addresses Chris Rock's Oscar Joke


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Actress Jada Pinkett Smith has spoken for the first time since last weekend’s Oscar ceremony, where host Chris Rock took a swipe at her during his opening monologue. The wife of Will Smith had announced she was boycotting this year’s ceremony due to the lack of diversity among the nominees, but Rock joked that she hadn’t been invited anyway.

Jada Pinkett SmithJada Pinkett Smith has spoken out after Chris Rock’s Oscar joke.

“Jada [Pinkett Smith] said she’s not coming,” Rock said during the February 28th ceremony. “I was like, ‘Isn’t she on a TV show?’ Jada’s going to boycott The Oscars? Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties. I wasn’t invited!”

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Chris Rock's Girl Scout Rival Mom Linda Dunn Responds To Oscar Cåookies Stunt


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Linda Dunn, the woman name-checked by Oscars host Chris Rock as he led his daughters in a competitive fund-raising effort by selling Girl Scout cookies to the assorted celebs at the ceremony on Sunday night, has spoken about being referenced in person on national TV.

After the stunt led to a massive 13,000 boxes of snacks being sold, and a reported (but unconfirmed!) $65,000 raised for his daughters Zahra and Lola’s troop, the New Jersey mom he name-dropped said that she has no hard feelings about what happened.

Chris RockChris Rock called out Linda Dunn during the Girl Scout cookie stunt during Sunday's Oscars

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Jaime King Inspired By Lady Gaga To Reveal Sexual Abuse In Her Past


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Inspired by Lady GaGa’s emotional performance at The Oscars where she was joined onstage by dozens of sexual assault survivors, actress Jaime King has shared her own story, saying that she too is a survivor of similar abuse.

The 36 year old star took to Twitter and Instagram on Monday (February 29th) to tell her followers of the abuse she suffered, which she says “started at 12 [years old]”.

“Thank you @ladygaga – I finally felt a true healing from years of abuse as a minor in the industry. Time to be brave,” she tweeted, hours after Gaga had performed her Oscar-nominated song ‘Til It Happens To You’, co-written with Diane Warren for the documentary The Hunting Ground aimed at raising awareness of sexual assaults and rape on college campuses.

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Ennio Morricone Wins First Oscar Of His Career For Scoring T`arantino's 'The Hateful Eight'


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Leonardo DiCaprio may have made most of the headlines with his first Oscar win after five nominations for Best Actor, but perhaps just as significant was the triumph of Ennio Morricone, the legendary soundtrack composer who won his first statuette at the age of 87.

The Italian maestro has notched up more than 500 movie credits throughout his lengthy career, but finally struck gold on Sunday night as he collected the Oscar for Best Original Score to add to the Golden Globe he picked up for the same work he did for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight.

Ennio MorriconeEnnio Morricone with his wife at the European premiere of 'The Hateful Eight'

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Lady Gaga Performs With Sexual Assault Survivors At Oscars


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It was generally agreed that Lady GaGa’s performance of ‘Til It Happens To You’ was the most moving moment of The Oscars, though the song itself failed to win in its category of Best Original Song, as Gaga was joined onstage by dozens of victims of sexual assault.

Vice President Joe Biden had already introduced the star on to the stage with an impassioned speech about ending sexual assault on college campuses in America.

Lady GagaLady Gaga at the 2016 Oscars

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Chris Rock Uses Oscars To Help His Daughters Sell Girl Scout Cookies


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As well as cracking a few zingers at the expense of the lack of diversity in the nominations list, Oscars host Chris Rock used the ceremony as a platform for his two daughters to sell Girl Scout cookies on Sunday night – and made a pretty impressive amount of money doing so.

“I have missed most of girls scout cookie season,” the 51 year old emcee explained as he led his two daughters, Zahra and Lola, up and down the aisles at the Dolby Theatre to sell Mint Thins and various treats to the audience – and taking the opportunity to guilt trip a few A-listers into coughing up contributions, including Tina Fey, Mindy Kaling, Henry Cavill and Christian Bale.

Chris RockChris Rock used his power as Oscars host to let his daughters sell Girl Scout cookies

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The Oscar Winners That Never Were: 12 Stars Who Are Still Waiting


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That familiar anti-climactic feeling has hit following the 88th Academy Award winner announcements. That's the last we'll hear about last year's blockbusters and now we can look forward to another year of iconic filmmaking. Leonardo DiCaprio has finally landed his long overdue Oscar, but there's still a myriad of actors out there who are still patiently waiting. 

Winning an Academy Award for Best Actor or Actress is one of the highest (if not THE highest) honours a filmstar can attain in their career, save for winning several. Even receiving a nomination makes you forevermore an Oscar-nominated actor. But how many stars out there are yet to receive this prestigious honour, despite their remarkable filmographies? The answer is too many to count, but here's our top 12:

John HurtJohn Hurt was remarkable in 'The Elephant Man'

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Most Awkward Moment Of The Night: Why Was Stacey Dash At The Oscars?


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Against the backdrop of the ongoing diversity debate in Hollywood, comedian Chris Rock did a stellar job of hosting this year’s Oscars ceremony. But one joke did fall noticeably flat at the Dolby Theatre last night, when actress Stacey Dash appeared to wish everyone a "Happy Black History Month!”

Stacey DashStacey Dash appeared at last night’s Oscars, but no one got the joke.

After addressing the diversity debate head-on during his opening monologue, Rock later brought out Dash, jokingly introducing her as, “the director of our new minority outreach program.” "I cannot wait to help my people out," Dash then said onstage. "Happy Black History Month!”

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