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Halle Berry Claims Her Oscar Win "Meant Nothing" For Diversity


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Halle Berry made history back in 2002 when she won the best actress Oscar for her acclaimed role in Monster’s Ball – but, 15 years later, she has said that it has “meant nothing” for wider diversity in the movie industry.

She is still the only black woman to have scooped the main award for female actors at the Academy Awards, and during a new interview with Teen Vogue magazine, she recalled that when the nominations for the 2015 Oscars were announced, she was “profoundly hurt” that no ethnic minority actors or directors were up for any of the major prizes.

Halle BerryHalle Berry has claimed her historic 2002 Oscars win "meant nothing"

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Jimmy Kimmel To Return As Oscars Host In 2018


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This year’s Oscars will inevitably go down in history for the infamous mix-up over who won Best Picture, but at least one element of the telecast went well enough to warrant being repeated next year, with Jimmy Kimmel confirmed as the host for the 2018 ceremony.

The late night talk show host, who has hosted ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ since 2003 on ABC, will emcee the 90th Academy Awards telecast for the second consecutive year on March 4th next year. The Academy and ABC network revealed that Kimmel will re-team with producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd as well, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Jimmy Kimmel Molly McNearneyJimmy Kimmel and his wife Molly McNearney in 2016

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Oscars To Retain PwC Despite This Year's Best Picture Mix-Up


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The Oscars organisers are to continue using accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) despite the company coming under intense fire for the embarrassing mix-up over Best Picture at this year’s awards ceremony.

PwC had taken responsibility for the “unacceptable” mistake that saw La La Land initially wrongly awarded the Best Picture trophy instead of Moonlight, the Oscars said, and they would continue their working relationship that dates back to 1929.

The Academy’s president, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, issued a letter to members saying that new protocols had been put in place to ensure that a similar mistake could not happen again. Furthermore, electronic devices would be banned from the backstage area in the future.

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Tweeting PwC Accountant Blamed For Oscars Best Picture Mix-Up


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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has apologised to the casts and producers of La La Land and Moonlight following the high-profile blunder during the presentation of the Best Picture Oscar at the weekend, as accountancy firm PwC has identified the partner responsible for the envelope mix-up.

In its first official statement since the farce at the climax of the 89th Academy Awards stunned the attendees at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles and the watching world, the Academy issued an acknowledgment of the fiasco in the early hours of Tuesday (February 28th). 

The statement acknowledged the “tremendous grace” that everybody involved displayed as the mistaken was announced.

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Oscars Host Jimmy Kimmel Under Fire For "Mocking" Mahershala Ali's Name


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While the La La Land / Moonlight confusion inevitably stole the headlines at last night’s Oscars ceremony, the telecast’s host Jimmy Kimmel has come under fire for ‘mocking’ actor Mahershala Ali’s name and ‘devaluing’ his Best Supporting Actor win.

When the first Oscar of the evening went to the 43 year old American actor for his role in Moonlight, making him the first ever Muslim to win an academy award, Ali took the time to pay a heartfelt tribute to his wife Amatus, who had given birth to their first daughter just a few days previously.

“I just want to thank [my wife] for just being such a soldier through this process and for carrying me through it all,” the star said.

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Fatherhood And An Academy Awards Victory: It's A Good Week To Be Mahershala Ali


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This week has been an amazing one for Mahershala Ali, who as well as becoming a father for the first time, became the first Muslim to win an Academy Award when he scooped the gong for Best Supporting Actor after his star turn in 'Moonlight'. 

MoonlightMahershala Ali stars as Juan in 'Moonlight'

Having already won the Screen Actors Guild Award for his role as Juan in Barry Jenkins' 'Moonlight', Mahershala Ali has made history by becoming the first ever Islamic Oscar winner. It also marks the very first time that both Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress have gone to African-American artists in the same year, with Viola Davis landing the latter for her role in Denzel Washington's big screen adaptation of 'Fences'.

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Viola Davis in the press room at the 89th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars 2017) held at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 27th February 2017

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Viola Davis and Mark Rylance
Mahersala Ali, Viola Davis, Casey Affleck and Emma Stone
Mahersala Ali, Viola Davis, Casey Affleck and Emma Stone
Mahersala Ali, Viola Davis, Casey Affleck and Emma Stone

Russell Wilson and Ciara at the 25th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Academy Awards Viewing Party held at The City of West Hollywood Park - West Hollywood, California, United States - Monday 27th February 2017

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Russell Wilson and Ciara
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Kym Johnson at the 25th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Academy Awards Viewing Party held at The City of West Hollywood Park - West Hollywood, California, United States - Monday 27th February 2017

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Casey Affleck in the press room at the 89th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars 2017) held at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 26th February 2017

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Brie Larson at the 89th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars 2017) held at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 27th February 2017

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Brie Larson

Ben Affleck Reunites With Author Dennis Lehane In Oscar-Tipped Live By Night


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Ben Affleck is returning to the director's seat for new film 'Live By Night' to work on another Dennis Lehane novel. The film, scheduled for a January 2017 release, set in prohibition era USA, follows Joe Coughlin (Affleck) -the son of a Boston police captain - as he turns into a notorious gangster.

Zoe Saldana and Ben Affleck in Live By NightZoe Saldana and Ben Affleck in Live By Night

Lehane and Affleck first worked together when Affleck adapted 'Gone Baby Gone' in 2007; the neo-noir thriller gained good reviews and after two credits in panned films this year in Batman vs. Superman and Suicide Squad, Affleck is in need of a reputation restoring film. The film is already being tipped for an Oscar nod and with Affleck winning Best Producer and Best Film in 2012 for Argo it's understandable why.

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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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Excellent Films That Missed Out In The 2016 Academy Award Nominations


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The world might be in uproar about the lack of diversity in this year's Academy Award nominations, and they're certainly right to be. Not one actor of colour has been nominated for an award this year, prompting the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. But it's not just diverse films that have missed out this year.

Some of 2015's favourites have surprisingly not found themselves on the list for this year's Oscar nods, prompting no doubt some very reluctant fans out there. We were sad to see a distinct lack of certain flicks, and so have come up with some other awesome movies and actors that have got the snub:

Bill Hader and Amy Schumer in Trainwreck'Trainwreck' definitely deserved some recognition

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From Creed To Concussion: Culturally Diverse Suggestions For 2016 Oscar Nominations


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Academy Award sceptics are expecting another white-washed year, with diversity in Hollywood still not as broad as we need it to be. If you're one of the cynics, you'd be right to think that way, because even going through the ton of blockbusters seen in 2015, only a handful have any actors of colour.

We thought we'd throw a few of our own suggestions into the mix, ahead of the official announcement of this year's Oscar nominations. They're all deserving of a nod, so fingers crossed for each one of these:

Michael B. Jordan in Creed'Creed' landed one Golden Globe win this year

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