Gaga's emotional performance of 'Til It Happens To You', with dozens of survivors of sexual assault, moved many of the audience to tears at Sunday's Oscars.
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 Gaga at the 2016 Oscars
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The amusing stunt raised over $65,000 in one go.
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 Rock used his power as Oscars host to let his daughters sell Girl Scout cookies
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Forget Leonardo DiCaprio, there's a lot more unawarded talent out there.
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 Hurt was remarkable in 'The Elephant Man'
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The joke appearance from the ‘Clueless’ actress fell flat during Sunday night’s ceremony.
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 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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Alicia Vikander, Brie Larson and Mark Rylance also scooped awards.
It would no doubt have been a total travesty if Leonardo Dicaprio didn't win his long-awaited Academy Award for his role in 'The Revenant', but no doubt his very first Oscars victory is a huge cause for celebration. The movie won a further two accolades, but didn't come close to 'Mad Max: Fury Road''s success of no less than six prizes.
So DiCaprio finally has a Best Actor Academy Award to add to his collection, while 'The Revenant' director Alejandro G. Iñárritu wins for the second year in a row. The movie, which explores the vengeful quest of 19th century explorer Hugh Glass after he was abandoned during a bear attack, also scooped the award for Best Cinematography, but it was beaten to Best Picture by 'Spotlight'; a drama about The Boston Globe's investigation of child abuse in the Catholic church. 'Spotlight' screenwriters Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy also took home Best Original Screenplay, whilst Best Adapted Screenplay went to Charles Randolph and Adam McKay for 'The Big Short'.
Lady Gaga will perform her track ''Til It Happens To You' at the Oscars, a song which ties into the White House campaign 'It's On Us' tackling campus sexual assault.
Citing to a White House spokesperson, the outgoing VP Biden is to be a special presenter at the big night, and will be introducing Gaga’s live performance of ‘’Til It Happens To You’, the Oscar-nominated song she released last year from Kirby Dick’s documentary movie The Hunting Ground, about campus sexual assault.
Lady Gaga will be introduced at The Oscars by Joe Biden
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Her casting in the Disney live action dud was highlighted as an example of 'whitewashing' in Hollywood.
Oscar nominee Rooney Mara has admitted that she feels “bad and embarrassed” about being caught up in the ‘whitewashing’ debate in Hollywood after her role in Disney’s Pan last year, but has kept quiet until now because she doesn’t want her opinions to be “reduced to a soundbite”.
Mara, 30, played the role of Tiger Lily in the ill-fated live-action origin story last year, and it was a casting that drew a lot of criticism as it constituted a white woman portrayed a native American princess. However, she’s up for Best Supporting Actress for her part in Carol at The Oscars on Sunday, and was asked about her feelings on the diversity debate in Hollywood.
Rooney Mara has spoken about her casting as the native American princess Tiger Lily in 'Pan' last year
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Who are the other favourites to win at the 2016 Oscars?
We're drawing ever closer to the eagerly anticipated 88th Academy Awards night and the bookmakers' odds are ever-changing. Of course, that Leonardo Dicaprio will finally land his Best Actor Oscar marks the stand-out odds of them all, but what else is being predicted for Sunday (February 28th 2016)?
Leonardo DiCaprio leads the Best Actor odds
At the moment, the highest odds that 'The Revenant' star will win his accolade stands at 1/100 with Matt Damon from 'The Martian' at the bottom. As for 'The Revenant' itself, it has predictably been made the favourite to win Best Picture with 'Bridge of Spies' as the least favourite. Consequently, it's Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu who's expected to win Best Director.
The Academy is suing Distinctive Assets, a third-party manufacturer of unofficial gift bags, because of contents including plastic surgery certificates.
The Academy Awards is suing the manufacturers of a proposed “Oscars gift bag” after expressing concern at its contents, which reportedly include plastic surgery gift certificates and sex toys.
For various reasons to do with tax, the Academy Awards stopped making and distributing gift bags to nominees as a routine practice a decade ago, and has discouraged the practice of doing so from third-party manufacturers as promotions.
Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the president of the Academy
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Help Leo get an Oscar!
We all know that Leonardo Dicaprio is long overdue an Oscar win, and if he doesn't take home the statue this year all faith in the Academy will be lost. So for those of us frustrated over Leo’s lack of Oscar recognition, a fantastic new online game has been created where you can help DiCaprio in his quest to bag that elusive gold statue.
Leonardo DiCaprio’s quest for an Oscar has inspired an online game.
Created by The Line, Leo's Red Carpet Rampage is an 8-bit, arcade style platform game, where you can play as DiCaprio and chase down that Oscar. As you run after the gold down the red carpet you can jump over Leo’s many obstacles, including paparazzi, Lady Gaga and of course that Titanic iceberg.
The ‘Creed’ star is nominated for Best Supporting Actor at this year’s Academy Awards.
Sylvester Stallone has admitted he considered boycotting this year’s Academy Awards because of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. The Creed star is nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category, but his co-star Michael B. Jordan and the film’s director Ryan Coogler both missed out on nominations.
Sylvester Stallone with Michael B. Jordan in Creed.
“Certainly, there is a universal law of existence. You either adapt or cease to exist. Adaptation and evolving were definitely necessary,” Stallone said when asked about the Academy’s new measures to diversify their membership (via Entertainment Weekly).
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Cultural division in Hollywood calls for outdated ceremony.
With the #OscarsSoWhite debate still ongoing ahead of the 88th Academy Awards, there's now talk about the resurgence of the Tree of Life Awards, known informally as the Black Oscars. It was an event to celebrate the achievements of black stars who had been left out in the annual Oscar nominations.
Morgan Freeman thinks the problem runs deeper than the Oscars
We are yet to hear the end of this diversity issue, which has erupted over the lack of black candidates among this year's Academy Award nominations, a travesty echoing last year's situation. The likes of Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett-Smith have chosen to boycott the ceremony as even Smith himself failed to secure a nod for 'Concussion', while 'Chi-Raq' director Spike Lee will also avoid attendance. Does this mean it's time for black actors and filmmakers to recognise their own achievements separately?
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Mirren believes the problem lies further down the line in the movie-making process, and that the Oscars are being unfairly attacked.
Former Oscar winner Dame Helen Mirren has mounted a defence of the Academy over its much publicised lack of diversity in its nominations, saying that it’s “unfair” to attack them when the real problem lies elsewhere in the industry.
The English screen icon, who stars in the Oscar-nominated movie Trumbo, was speaking to Jon Snow of Channel 4 News when she was asked whether the Academy and the industry were “behind the times” for not nominating a single black actor for the second year in a row.
Mirren said she felt it was “unfair to attack the Academy” and that “it just so happened it went that way” this year.
With the controversy over the Oscars nominations still raging, former Oscar winner Halle Berry had her say on the furore.
Halle Berry, the first and only black woman to win the Oscar for Best Actress, has spoken about the current controversy surrounding the lack of diversity in nominations process, describing the situation as “heartbreaking”.
The 49 year old actress, who picked up her Oscar for her role as a poor southern woman who falls for Billy Bob Thornton’s prison guard character in 2001’s Monster’s Ball, spoke at the Makers Conference on Tuesday night in Los Angeles about that win and what she felt it meant at the time.
Halle Berry, the only black winner of the Best Actress Oscar, had her say on the #OscarsSoWhite saga
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The 'Concussion' star appeared on 'Good Morning Britain' to explain his decision to boycott this year's Academy Awards.
Will Smith has spoken some more about his decision to join his wife Jada Pinkett Smith in boycotting this year’s Oscars ceremony, saying that he wants to be “part of the solution” to the diversity problem in the movie industry.
Smith is currently in Britain promoting Concussion, the movie which had seen him tipped to be in contention for the Best Actor trophy before the nominations were announced and he was left off the five-strong shortlist. For the second year in a row, all 20 acting nominations were taken up by white actors, much to the ire of social media.
Will Smith at the European premiere of 'Concussion' in January 2016
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The President has spoken for the first time about the Oscars diversity debate, describing it as just an expression of a broader issue.
President Barack Obama has joined the #OscarsSoWhite debate which is currently dominating this year’s Academy Awards coverage. With a number of Hollywood stars speaking out on the controversy, the POTUS has said Hollywood could benefit by 'making sure everyone’s story is told'.
Barack Obama has joined the #OscarsSoWhite debate.
Speaking to reporters at the White House, Obama described the outrage as “just an expression of this broader issue”, The Guardian reports. “I think that California is an example of the incredible diversity of this country. That’s a strength,” he said.
Rock was reported to be rewriting his Oscars’ scrip to address the #OscarsSoWhite controversy.
Chris Rock’s publicist has denied the comedian has rewritten his Oscars’ script to incorporate the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. Rock will host the ceremony on February 28th, but has faced pressure to step down as the awards' host, as the debate over the Academy’s lack of diversity continues.
Chris Rock’s rep has denied he’s made changes to his Oscars’ script.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight over the weekend, Academy Awards producer Reginald Hudlin insisted that Rock will not be stepping down as this year’s host and is instead working on a new script that will address the #OscarsSoWhite outrage.
Continue reading: Chris Rock's Rep Denies Oscars Host Has Rewritten Opening Monologue
Rock will be hosting the Academy Awards on February 28th.
Some have called for Chris Rock to step down as host of this year’s Oscar’s ceremony, as the debate over the lack of diversity among the nominees continues. But despite pressure, Rock isn’t planning to give up his hosting duties and instead will reportedly be addressing the issue during his opening monologue.
Chris Rock is expected to address #OscarsSoWhite when he hosts this year’s ceremony.
Academy Awards producer Reginald Hudlin told Entertainment Tonight that Rock will not be stepping down as this year’s host and is instead working on a new script that will address the #OscarsSoWhite outrage.
The veteran actor has become the latest star to give his thoughts on the Oscars’ diversity row.
Michael Caine has given his thoughts on the diversity row which is currently dominating this year’s Oscars coverage. Speaking to Nick Robinson on BBC Radio 4, the veteran actor said: “You can't vote for an actor because he's black,” when asked his opinion on the controversy which has seen a number of stars criticise the Academy for its lack of diversity.
Michael Caine has joined The Oscars’ diversity debate.
"There's loads of black actors. You can't vote for an actor because he's black,” Caine told Robinson. “You can't just say, 'I'm going to vote for him. He's not very good, but he's black. I'll vote for him.' You have to give a good performance.”
Witherspoon has joined the list of famous names speaking out over this year’s Oscar nominations.
As the debate over the lack of diversity among this year’s Oscar nominations continues, Reese Witherspoon has become the latest star to speak out. On Thursday the actress shared a Time magazine article about the Academy’s problem with diversity on her Facebook page and added that she would like to see ‘more diverse voting membership’.
Reese Witherspoon would like to see more diversity in the Academy’s membership.
‘I really appreciated this article in TIME on the lack of racial and gender diversity in this year's Oscar nominations,’ Witherspoon, who herself is an Academy member wrote. ‘So disappointed that some of 2015's best films, filmmakers and performances were not recognized.’
Continue reading: Reese Witherspoon Joins Oscars Debate And Calls For More Diversity
Smith is the latest celebrity to speak out about the lack of diversity in the Oscars nominations.
Will Smith has announced that he’s joining his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, in her protest at the absence of diversity in the Academy Awards nominations, and won’t be attending the February 28th ceremony.
Appearing on ‘Good Morning America’ on Thursday (January 21st), the Concussion star said: “My wife’s not going. It would be awkward for me to show up with Charlize [Theron]” he quipped, before saying seriously “we’ve discussed it and we’re a part of this community, but at this current time, we’re uncomfortable to stand there and say this is okay.”
Will Smith will be joining his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, in boycotting the Oscars
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It's getting pretty complicated now...
This year's Academy Awards season is turning out to be a pretty intense ride, with the uproar over the nominations' lack of cultural diversity causing a division in the entertainment world. While some people are saying that they're planning to boycott the ceremony when it was revealed that not one black actor or director had been nominated, others are saying that the situation has been blown way out of proportion.
So what exactly is the debate? This is year is the second year in a row that not one person of colour has been nominated for an Oscar in the major categories. It's not even that it hasn't been an option, especially when you look at the Golden Globe nominations and the calibre of movies featuring black lead actors in 2015 like 'Chi-Raq', 'Creed', 'Beasts of No Nation', 'Straight Outta Compton' and 'Concussion'. Last year, admittedly, did see fewer options. However, 'Selma' was one of the biggest movies of the year (and probably one of the most important in this decade) but still only managed to scoop a Best Original Song prize. Justin Simien's 'Dear White People' wasn't recognised at all and nor was Denzel Washington's 'The Equalizer'.
Continue reading: The Academy Awards Boycott: Both Sides Of The Debate
Rock is hosting the Oscars for the first time since 2005, but the #OscarsStillSoWhite uproar has led to calls for him to step down altogether rather than try to initiate change from within.
Oscars host Chris Rock is coming under increasing calls to boycott the awards ceremony in the aftermath of the controversial nominations last week, in which none of the 20 acting nominations went to a black or ethnic minority actor.
#OscarsSoWhite and #OscarsStillSoWhite have kept the furore going on social media since the announcement of the major acting and directing categories happened a week ago, and now a number of celebrities including Furious 7 star Tyrese Gibson are arguing that Rock ought to step down as host.
Chris Rock is under pressure to step down as Oscars host after the diversity row over nominations
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Clooney and Nyong’o join the growing list of names speaking out over the lack of diversity in this year’s Oscar nominations.
Lupita Nyong’o and George Clooney have become the latest stars to speak out about this year’s Oscar nominations, which have been criticised for their lack of diversity. Already director Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett-Smith have said they’ll be boycotting this year’s ceremony which for the second year in a row features no non-white nominees in any of the major categories.
Lupita Nyong’o has joined the debate over this year’s Oscars.
Nyong’o, who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2013, wrote on Instagram: "I am disappointed by the lack of inclusion in this year's Academy Awards nominations. It has me thinking about unconscious prejudice and what merits prestige in our culture."
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Both Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett-Smith will be boycotting this year’s ceremony.
As the debate over the lack of diversity among this year’s Oscar nominees continues, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has released a lengthly statement addressing the issue. The statement comes after director Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett-Smith announced they wound not be attending this year’s ceremony, which has been criticised for failing to recognise non-white actors and directors.
Academy preisdent Cheryl Boone Isaacs.
"I’d like to acknowledge the wonderful work of this year’s nominees," Isaacs wrote. "While we celebrate their extraordinary achievements, I am both heartbroken and frustrated about the lack of inclusion. This is a difficult but important conversation, and it’s time for big changes.”
Lee is the latest star to speak out over the lack of diversity in this year’s Oscar nominations.
Director Spike Lee has announced he will not be attending this year’s Oscars, due to the lack of diversity among the nominees. For the second year in a row the Oscar’s was criticised for failing to honour non-white actors and directors, causing the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite to trend on social media.
Director Spike Lee will not be attending this year’s Oscars.
In a letter posted to Instagram, Lee began by thanking the Academy for awarding him an honorary Oscar in November, but stated that he and his wife Tonya Lewis Lee would not be in attendance at this year’s ceremony.
For the second year in the row the Oscars has been criticised for ignoring non-white performers, so is it time for a boycott?
Actress Jada Pinkett-Smith has raised the question of whether or not people of colour should boycott The Oscars after this year’s nominations once again failed to recognise non-white actors and directors. When the nominations were announced on Thursday the hashtag #Oscarssowhite immediately began trending with the Academy being accused of ignoring non-white performers in the major categories.
Jada Pinkett-Smith has asked whether this year’s ‘so white’ Oscars should be boycotted.
‘At the Oscars...people of color are always welcomed to give out awards...even entertain,’ Pinkett-Smith tweeted. ‘But we are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments. Should people of color refrain from participating all together? People can only treat us in the way in which we allow. With much respect in the midst of deep disappointment.’
The Oscars’ host is well aware of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy which erupted after this year’s nominees were announced.
This year’s Oscar nominations were announced on Thursday and immediately drew criticism for their lack of diversity, causing the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite to trend. But now the 2016 host Chris Rock has even referenced the controversy by referring to The Oscars as ‘The White BET Awards’ in a tweet.
This year’s Oscars host Chris Rock.
Sharing his new promo for the February 28th ceremony Rock tweeted, ‘The #Oscars. The White BET Awards.’ In the promo Rock gives us three reasons why we should tune into this year’s ceremony: "Presenter cleavage," "Check out who died this year" and "I might curse.”
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With the Oscar nominations, awards season is now in its final lap.
This year's race feels like the tightest in years, with no clear frontrunner. Instead, four very different films lead the pack. Two are true-life, issue-based movies: the tense Spotlight and the more comical The Big Short. And then there's the wild action of Mad Max: Fury Road and the wrenching adventure of The Revenant.
Meanwhile, in the acting fields, Leonardo Dicaprio looks like he'll finally win an Oscar with his fifth acting nomination. And the Academy surely won't be able to resist giving a trophy to Sylvester Stallone. For Best Actress, Brie Larson is the one to beat, although Saoirse Ronan has a lot of support. And it should be noted that, since the average age of an Oscar voter is 63, beloved veteran Charlotte Rampling shouldn't be ruled out. In Supporting Actress, two nominees (Alicia Vikander and Rooney Mara) have been named for what are actually lead roles, so they may have an edge to beat the formidable Kate Winslet or Jennifer Jason Leigh.
Continue reading: Oscar Nominations Both Refine And Muddle The Awards Race
The hashtag #OscarsSoWhite has made a comeback in 2016.
Despite protests in 2015 that the Academy Awards nominations list lacked diversity, with the memorable hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, the 2016 line-up is likely to attract similar criticism, with no black directors or actors across all relevant categories.
Once again, there were no non-white nominees in any of the acting categories – Best Actor / Actress and Supporting Actor / Actress – or for the director award. This is despite well-received movies such as Creed, Concussion, Straight Outta Compton and Beasts of No Nation receiving nominations in other awards this year.
Reverend Al Sharpton led the criticism
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The Revenant leads the pack with 12 nominations altogether
The nominations for the 88th Academy Awards are finally in, and there's really not too many shockers in there. Predictably, 'The Revenant' starring Leonardo Dicaprio is leading with a total of 12 nominations. It's an exciting prospect - could DiCaprio really be about to land that long-awaited Oscar he deserves?
Could Leonardo DiCaprio finally win an Oscar for The Revenant?
So let's have a look at what to expect from the year's biggest cinema event. Firstly, Alejandro G. Iñárritu's 'The Revenant' - which is based on the death-defying explorations of frontiersman Hugh Glass - is very understandably up their for Best Picture. Consequently, Leonardo DiCaprio has been nominated for Best Actor, Tom Hardy for Best Supporting Actor and Iñárritu for Director. The other eight awards are for Costume Design, Makeup And Hair Styling, Sound Editing, Film Editing, Production Design, Visual Effects, Cinematography and Sound Mixing.
Continue reading: 'The Revenant' Reigns Over The 2016 Academy Award Nominations
Because there's still a long way to go for diversity.
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:
'Creed' landed one Golden Globe win this year
Rock will host the annual ceremony on February 28th.
Chris Rock is gearing up to host the Academy Awards for the second time and to him the Oscars is much like New Years Eve. In his first promo vid ahead of the 2016 ceremony Rock compares the annual awards to December 31st, saying it's full of ‘drunk, disappointed people’.
Chris Rock is hosting the 2106 Oscars.
In the clip, after introducing himself as the 2016 host, Rock goes on to say, “Much like New Year’s Eve, it’ll be a night that ends with a lot of drunk, disappointed people swearing they’ll do better next year.”
Continue reading: Chris Rock Compares The Oscars To NYE In First Promo
Who will be up for nomination in the main categories next year?
The odds are on for the predictions of the 88th Academy Award nominations, and it seems to be all about the biopics with four topping the odds for the Best Picture category and the same ones taking over the Best Director category.
There's been plenty of great movies this year but only five can be selected for a Best Picture nomination. Whilst there was unending hype for such flicks as 'Inside Out', 'Mad Max: Fury Road', 'Spectre' and 'The Hateful Eight', they fail to make the top five when it comes to the betting odds.
Spotlight is the top favourite for Best Picture
Continue reading: Spotlight, The Revenant And Steve Jobs Among Oscars 2016 Predictions
Alan Robert Murray, Bub Asman, Sienna Miller and Chris Pine - Shots of a variety of stars in the press room at Hollywood's biggest night, the 87th Annual Academy Awards which were held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 23rd February 2015
Sunny Ozell and Patrick Stewart - A host of stars were photographed as they attended the Vanity Fair Oscar Party which was held at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and The Beverly Hills City Hall in Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 22nd February 2015
Jennifer Aniston, Dirk Wilutzky, Laura Poitras and Mathilde Bonnefoy - 87th Annual Academy Awards - Press Room at The Dolby Theatre at Dolby Theatre, Academy Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 22nd February 2015
Scarlett Johansson - Scarlett Johansson and husband Romain Dauriac leaving The Palm restaurant in Beverly Hills after attending an Oscars after party dinner at Beverly Hills, Oscars - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 23rd February 2015
John McEnroe and Patty Smyth - A host of stars were photographed as they attended the Vanity Fair Oscar Party which was held at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and The Beverly Hills City Hall in Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 22nd February 2015
The 87th Academy Award ceremony is already off to a controversial start for certain film and actor emissions.
The reaction to this week's Oscar nominations was a loud one, because Academy voters played it so safe in a year when films expanded to explore a diverse array of themes. Throughout 2014, actors and filmmakers bravely took on big challenges, and many were recognised with nominations. But critics have been quick to point out that all of the acting and directing nominees are white, and #OscarsSoWhite was the trending hashtag on Twitter.
Neil Patrick Harris is hosting this year's Academy Awards
The most obvious snub was for Selma, which only received nods for Best Picture and Best Song (for Common and John Legend's 'Glory'), leaving out the acclaimed actor David Oyelowo and director Ava DuVernay, who would have been the first African-American woman ever nominated for Best Director.
Continue reading: Oscar Nominations Court Controversy
Get ready, awards season is about to begin…
The shortlist for the Best Foreign Language Film award at next year’s Oscars have been announced with nine films from around the world competing for the golden statue. The list has been narrowed down from 83 titles and the winner will be revealed at the 87th Academy Awards, held next year.
Russia's Leviathan is among the titles shortlisted
The shortlist was chosen by a committee of several hundred Los Angeles-based Academy members who screened submissions over the past two months and voted. Their top six choices were then augmented by three additional selections voted on by the Academy's Executive Committee.
Neil Patrick Harris will host the Oscars for the first time in February 2015.
Neil Patrick Harris, the recently announced host for the Academy Awards 2015, has revealed his dream musical guests for the ceremony. The star of 'How I Met Your Mother' sat down with Entertainment Weekly's Matt Bean for a Sirius XM interview and had plenty of ideas for his first Oscars show.
Neil Patrick Haris will host the Oscars for the first time, having helmed the Tony Awards four times and the Emmys twice
When asked who he would want as a dream duet partner for the sow, Harris brainstormed out loud, "Gaga?" he asked, "Adele. That would be cool", he added. "Pink? We could do circus things."
Continue reading: Neil Patrick Harris Wants Lady Gaga, Adele And Pink For Oscars 2015
Neil Patrick Harris will host the Oscars next year - but what's the secret to it?
Neil Patrick Harris is the latest personality entrusted with the difficult, risky and often downright stupid responsibility of hosting the biggest night in movies, the Oscars. Such is the emphasis placed on the host of the Academy Awards, it often shapes the reporting, live-blogging and most of the reaction to the ceremony, with the nominees left as an afterthought.
Neil Patrick Harris will host the Oscars in February
The Academy have struggled to find an appropriate host in recent years. Seth MacFarlane was smug, James Franco and Anne Hathaway were a disaster, Billy Crystal seemed past it and Ellen DeGeneres was.well, fine. And so Neil Patrick Harris - a notable stage performer with the likeability factor - is next up to try and replicate the likes of Jon Stewart, Whoopi Goldberg and Crystal of yesteryear. That is, to glide effortlessly in-and-out of the ceremony. To be funny when they need to be. To keep things moving.
Continue reading: Can Neil Patrick Harris Unlock The Secret To Hosting The Oscars?
Ellen DeGeneres' Oscar selfie, Simpsons style!
Ellen DeGeneres' Oscars selfie - which was actually taken by Bradley Cooper - has been the talk of the net all week, but it looks as though the famous snapshot is going to run and run. Memes are already cropping up, mainly of Kevin Spacey's head, but Simpsons creator Matt Groening has got in on the action too.
The ugly true story of that Oscar® selfie can finally be told! Let's break Twitter again. Look for Bart. pic.twitter.com/tdfr3Juhff— Homer J. Simpson (@HomerJSimpson) March 5, 2014
Continue reading: The Oscars Selfie Gets A Simpsons Makeover. Look At Kevin Spacey.
Cate Blanchett was a nailed on certainty for best actress, and the Academy duly voted for the Australian actress.
As we predicted, Australian actress Cate Blanchett has won the Oscar for best actress at the 86th Academy Awards for Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine. Blanchett was the overwhelming favorite to win the statuette for her career best performance as a neurotic - perhaps psychotic - woman whose life is turned upside down when her rich husband is discovered to be a crook.
Woody Allen Working On The Set of 'Blue Jasmine'
Blanchett - who paid tribute to her late friend Philip Seymour Hoffman when winning the same award at the BAFTA's last month - told the audience, "Sit down too old to be standing."
In which direction should your outlandish wagers be pointed this year?
Sitting around with a bunch of friends, eating bad (good) food and trying to guess who’s going to win each category is really fun. But putting some money on the proceedings can add to the fun, and it’s only really worth it if you’re going to win big, big money. Here are some rank outsiders with a chance of winning you some Oscars dough.
Nebraska for Best Picture – 250/1
Bruce Dern is also nominated in the Best Actor category
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'Gravity' could win Best Picture, but it would be the first sci-fi movie to do so.
With a clear nod to the fact that no sci-fi movie has ever won Best Picture at the Oscars, the director of 'Gravity', Alfonso Cuaron, has claimed his stunning 3-D epic starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney is actually more of a "drama of a woman in space," just days before the Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.
'Gravity' Changed the Game For 3-D Movies
Cuaron is the big favorite to win best director, though the space movie could still snag the big one away from Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave.
Continue reading: Ahead Of The Oscars, Alfonso Cuaron Claims 'Gravity' Is "Not Sci-Fi"
His time to shine is now, and an Oscar/Emmy double is far from off the table
A great deal has been written about Matthew Mcconaughey’s ‘career turnaround’ from perennial topless rom-com actor to indie film maestro and small screen true detective. And since the Texas-born 44-year-old started eschewing the mainstream offers to focus on some indie projects, he hasn’t looked back, despite the diminutive paycheques.
Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club, for which they both earned Oscar nominations
His change of pace has seen critical acclaim come his way, along with the respect of his peers, which, manifestly, have result in a fruitful haul from the past year’s awards season. Still to come, the big one: Best Actor in a Leading Role at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony on March 2nd.
Angelina Jolie to receive her first honorary Oscar for humanitarian services.
Angeline Jolie will be honoured with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her extraordinary charity work over the years.
The award is given by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences every year as part of their honorary special category accolades which also include the Academy Honorary Award and the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award.
Changeling star Angelina is without doubt the most deserving movie star of the award this year with her philanthropic exploits far exceeding just donating large sums of money. This year, she travelled to DR Congo with UK Foreign Secretary William Hague to campaign against sexual violence towards women as a weapon of war in the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative.
It's all eyes on October 4th as Gravity orbits closer and closer to the Academy
Having stunned at Venice, Gravity is now pulling in the rest of us with a compelling new full-length trailer. Before – the teaser - we saw Sandra Bullock and George Clooney eerily drifting in space and saw a hint of the nightmare to come. Now it’s time to learn more about our seemingly hopeless space transients.
George Clooney and Sandra Bullock in Gravity
“I think it’s the best space photography ever done, I think it’s the best space film ever done, and it’s the movie I’ve been hungry to see for an awful long time,” veteran filmmaker James Cameron told Variety.
Ellen DeGeneres is a safe, yet underwhelming choice of Oscars host.
Ellen Degeneres has been announced as the host of The Oscars for 2014, confirming our fears that the Academy would lose its bottle after the Seth Macfarlane debacle and retreat to safe, fluffy ground for next year.
"It's official: I'm hosting the #Oscars! I'd like to thank@TheAcademy, my wife Portia and, oh dear, there goes the orchestra," the comedienne and talk show host tweeted on Friday (August 2, 2013).
"We are thrilled to have Ellen DeGeneres host the Oscars," said producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who managed to survive the cull from last year, "As a longtime friend, we had always hoped to find a project for us to do together and nothing could be more exciting than teaming up to do the Oscars.
Continue reading: Has The Academy Lost Its Nerve Hiring Ellen DeGeneres As Oscars Host?
We reckon Gervais should get the gig, if only for the offensive material. What else is there?
We won’t beat around the bush, Ricky Gervais’ Golden Globes performance predicates any talk of the British comedian hosting anything that involves lots of celebrities in one room. But given the recent statements from The Office creator, in which he says it would be a “thrill” to host The Oscars 2014, why don’t we just reconsider his credentials.
So he offended loads of people with some jokes, so what? What else do you want from a host? Did Seth Macfarlane’s all-singing, all-dancing performance at last year’s Oscars really inspire a new style of presenting? We don’t think it did. Gervais has proved he’s amongst the funniest there is with The Office, Extras, his work with Karl Pilkington and Derek, and, quite frankly, his dry, deadpan style is translating to America recently, especially with the success of Girls creator Lena Dunham and comedian Louis C.K.
The winner of the best supporting actress award wasn't wearing her usual Valentino
She’s too lovely is that Anne Hathaway, and she certainly shouldn’t have to apologize for a last-minute dress change before The Oscars on Sunday night (February 24, 2013), but that’s exactly what she’s gone and done.
Set MacFarlane has annoyed just about everyone with his Oscars performance.
Seth Macfarlane was always a risky choice as Oscars host; his brash, unflinching style of humor was designed to suck in a younger audience, expanding on that coveted demographic, but what actually happened is he annoyed everyone.
He annoyed some people just because he’s pretty annoying, but, and more importantly, he managed to offend a rather large amount of ‘groups’. MacFarlane's jokes “reduced our finest female actresses to caricatures and stereotypes, degrading women as a whole and the filmmaking industry itself,” wrote Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal and Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson in a letter to Hawk Koch, president of the academy.“It is unacceptable for the entity that celebrates film-making and pop culture to have Seth MacFarlane deliver a misogynistic and degrading monologue against actresses who have shown courage in addressing thought-provoking and realistic life experiences on film," Lowenthal and Jackson wrote in their letter. They then asked the academy to condemn MacFarlane’s behavior and “commit to using better judgment in their future choices of content and hosts.” But in a fleeting moment of defence for MacFarlane: the producers, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron deserve some castigating, too.
Continue reading: Seth MacFarlane’s Oscar Jokes Criticized By Lawmakers
We take a look at the other songs that might've won the Oscar
Well it certainly shouldn’t have been Seth McFarlane’s Everybody Needs A Best Friend from his own film, Ted. We could only just stand his smug grin while he presented the ceremony, but to see him actually take an award for anything would have been a step too far. And he would have probably tried to sing, again, and that’s not good. It’s bad. The lack of press for Chasing Ice probably meant the song, Before My Time was a doomed nomination. Written by J. Ralph, and featuring Scarlett Johansson on vocals, this is one that could have won on a different night, and perhaps in a different film. Now we get to the stuff that could have won. Suddenly, from Les Miserables, was a powerful tune, and, considering Les Mis is a musical, it was integral to the film - perhaps a more worthy contender. Pi's Lullaby from Life of Pi was our winner, though. This poignant, well-placed song fitted the film perfectly, and we believe Pi should have been recognized for its score as well as its visual effects.
Continue reading: Should Adele Have Won The Oscar For Skyfall?
Actress leaps into action to help save venue security guard
Charlize Theron didn’t win any awards at the Oscars on Sunday night (February 24, 2013) but she had a pretty eventful time at the Academy Awards regardless! The South African-born actress found that her first aid skills were unexpectedly needed after a security guard working at the Dolby Theater suffered a seizure while she was in the vicinity.
Continue reading: Charlize Theron Helps Guard Who Suffered Oscars Seizure
The Onion has issued an apology to Quvenzhane Wallis following its offensive tweet.
Quvenzhane Wallis, the 9-year-old actress nominated for Best Actress at the Oscars on Sunday, has received a personal apology from Steve Hannah, the chief executive of satirical newspaper The Onion, after it tweeted an offensive post about the young star. Wallis was dubbed a "c*nt" in the offensive tweet, that caused a storm during the Academy Awards broadcast.
"On behalf of The Onion, I offer my personal apology to Quvenzhané Wallis and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the tweet that was circulated last night during the Oscars," Steve Hannah wrote on the publication's Facebook page. "It was crude and offensive-not to mention inconsistent with The Onion's commitment to parody and satire, however biting." The offending tweet - "Everyone else seems afraid to say it, but that Quvenzhané Wallis is kind of a c***, right?" - was deleted about an hour after it was posted, though plenty of users, including some celebrities, were up in arms. Wendell Pierce of HBO's The Wire demanded that the publication identify the author of the tweet. "Let him defend that abhorrent verbal attack of a child. You call it humor, I call it horrendous," he tweeted. Pierce later added, "It doesn't matter what the intent was, it was offensive and they should apologize to Quvenzhane."
The Onion's apology continued, "We have instituted new and tighter Twitter procedures to ensure that this kind of mistake does not occur again. In addition, we are taking immediate steps to discipline those individuals responsible. Miss Wallis, you are young and talented and deserve better. All of us at The Onion are deeply sorry." The tweet was posted during a night when Seth Macfarlane joked "it'll be 16 years" before Wallis would be too old for George Clooney.
Modern Family star Sofia Vergara missed out on The Oscars this year
Sofia Vergara's illness means her absence was noted from The Oscars. With the glut of Hollywood A-listers who did turn up to the Oscars you wouldn’t think people would be too concerned with who wasn’t there, with enough star power to dissect for weeks to come. That’s not how it works though of course, and so one of the big (well, ok, slightly medium) questions was: where was Sofia Vergara?
The Modern Family actress was a notable absentee from a red carpet otherwise resplendent with the great and the good of the acting world. At one point last week the Daily Mail had reported that the star had actually been hospitalized from a mystery illness – something that has since been widely denied. Still, it seemed like something may well be a-miss, and that was brought into stark focus when the usually ubiquitous actress was missing from the festivities.
Thankfully it appears that the mystery illness is an all-too-familiar one – although not particularly pleasant. Vergara Tweeted during the Oscars on Sunday (February 24, 2013) “Watching the Oscars at home so I dont give everyone the flu haha!” putting an end to all speculation. She still made an effort for the occasion however, posting a picture of herself in leopard print pyjamas and a big comfortable blanket. To be honest, that’s very similar to how we experienced the Oscars this year too.
Continue reading: Sofia Vergara Illness: Modern Family Star Misses Oscars, But What With?
Kristen Stewart had a difficult night at the Oscars 2013
Not everyone was having a great time at The Oscars last Sunday (February 24, 2013); Twilight star Kristen Stewart was apparently having a grim old time, the actress walking around with the aid of crutches for some of the night after injuring her foot. Worse than that, though, her boyfriend Robert Pattinson didn’t call her once.
“Kristen Stewart was VERY depressed at the Oscars,” an insider told Hollywood Life. “She thought Robert Pattinson would at least call and congratulate her but he didn’t at all. She kept her phone near her and checked it for texts but they never came.” Stewart was there as a guest, and also to present the award for best production design, alongside Daniel Radcliffe. “She got injured beforehand and was mortified about the limp,” Hollywood Life’s insider continued. “She thought she looked ridiculous on the show and was really self-conscious. She just wants some attention from him, but he won’t give her the time of day.”
So whilst Jennifer Lawrence, Ben Affleck, Bradley Cooper et al were living it up and celebrating their successes, K-Stew apparently cut an isolated figure. “It was just a bad weekend, between the injury and being lonely. She felt dumb and was holding back tears the whole night. Kristen was on the verge of tears during Oscars because Rob didn’t call her.”
Jennifer Lawrence found herself flirting with Jack Nicholson after winning her Oscar
Just when you thought the whole ‘Jennifer Lawrence at The Oscars’ thing couldn’t get any better, along comes Jack Nicholson to make the whole thing a lot more entertaining. Lawrence was being interviewed by Good Morning America’s George Stephanopoulous, after winning her Oscar, when Jack Nicholson came along to congratulate her and Lawrence ended up getting a little flirty with the Hollywood veteran.
Sofia Vergara's illness kept her away from The Oscars
Sofia Vergara’s illness was the reason that the Modern Family actress missed out on The Oscars. The 40 year-old kindly decided that she would be better off watching the ceremony on TV, rather than attending and infecting the entire movie industry, in the process. Very thoughtful of her, though we can’t imagine that she would have had too much fun if she was full of flu; some reports have suggested that the Columbian beauty was even hospitalized by the illness.
The New York Post report that Vergara and her fiancé Nick Lobe were spotted at Boa Steakhouse in West Hollywood on the Friday night before The Oscars. Sofia reportedly “beamed” as she was escorted to the car by her beau, after the meal. It looks as though the illness must have hit sometime after Friday night in that case. On Sunday night, Sofia tweeted a picture of herself laying down in bed with one eye shut, with the message “watching the Oscars at home so I don’t give everyone the flu haha” so if she had been hospitalized with the illness, it doesn’t seem that it was serious enough to keep her in. Oh and for the record, Vergara’s commitment to wearing leopard still extends to being ill in bed.
Vergara was recently photographed looking much fitter and healthier on the set of Modern Family, as her character Gloria is seen learning to skate with co-star Ty Burrell. Leopard print skates were, of course, a necessity for the filming of these scenes.
Continue reading: Sofia Vergara Illness Keeps Modern Family Star Away From The Oscars
Are Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart breaking up?
The Oscars this year were an interesting affair, with very few bad decisions made. The Les Mis cast sang wonderfully, as did Adele and while a few were offended by Seth MacFarlane's stuffed bear character 'Ted', the majority found it funny. However, choosing Kristen Stewart to give an award was easily one of the worst decisions made since she was cast in... any films.
The satirical publication The Onion have apologised for their offensive tweet about the young actress Quvenzhane Wallis
Rule number one: Don’t call a nine year-old a c*nt. We can only assume that this was the opening gambit of The Onion’s “new and tighter Twitter procedures” after they were forced to apologise for calling Quvenzhane Wallis a c*nt. Yes. That’s Quvenzhane Wallis, the nine year-old Oscar nominee. There’s a fine line between humour and insult, that’s for sure, but The Onion well and truly overstepped that line when they used the remark in a Tweet on Oscars night (February 24, 2013).
The satirical US publication issued a statement of apology, after deleting the offending tweet (but not before it had been re-tweeted several hundred times). The Onion’s CEO, Steve Hannah said “It was crude and offensive - not to mention inconsistent with The Onion's commitment to parody and satire, however biting,” The Telegraph reported. He added “Miss Wallis, you are young and talented and deserve better. All of us at The Onion are deeply sorry” and explained that those involved in writing and posting the Tweet would be reprimanded.
So far, Quvenzhane Wallis has not commented on the tweet. Wallis did not win the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in Beasts of the Southern Wild but instead lost out to Jennifer Lawrence. If she had won, she would have been the youngest actress ever to take home the golden statuette.
Zero Dark Thirty had a bad night at The Oscars, but why?
If there’s anything worse that winning just one Oscar after your film was nominated for five, it's winning Best Sound Editing, and if there’s anything more embarrassing that that, it’s winning Best Sound Editing in a rare tied award with Skyfall.
Zero Dark Thirty’s failure at the 85th Academy Awards can be attributed, at least in part, to a trio of US senators, who, on December 19 last year, complained that the film was “grossly inaccurate” for implying torture played a part in tracking down the al-Qa’ida leader. The controversy surrounding the political implications of her film, led director Kathryn Bigelow to write a piece in the Los Angeles Times. “Those of us who work in the arts know that depiction is not endorsement. If it was, no artist would be able to paint inhumane practices, no author could write about them, and no filmmaker could delve into the thorny subjects of our time.”
Continue reading: Zero Dark Thirty Wins Only One Oscar Through Rare Tied Award
Winning an Oscar is one thing, but the highlight of Jennifer Lawrence's night will undoubtedly be Jack Nicholson gate crashing her interview with George Stephanopolous (recognise that name? Rachel, Monica and Phoebe fawned over him in Friends) for ABC News.
Skip to 34 seconds in to catch Jack's appearance: