The Head Of The Organisation Behind The Academy Awards Feels "Heartbroken And Frustrated" Over The Lack Of Diversity In The 2016 Oscar Nominations And Has Vowed To Rectify The Problem.
Awards host Chris Rock, actress Jada Pinkett Smith and Straight Outta Compton producer Will Packer took to social media shortly after the nominations were announced last week (ends17Jan16) to denounce the exclusion of black stars from the main acting categories for the second consecutive year.
The #OscarsSoWhite movement gained momentum over the following days, with Pinkett Smith and director Spike Lee vowing to boycott the ceremony over the controversy.
Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who is the head of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has now issued a statement addressing the lack of diversity in the nominations, and she has promised to review Academy membership to ensure there is a more representative mix of voters.
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Award-winning Screenwriter And Playwright Peter Morgan Cursed As He Opened The Envelope Containing His Commander Of The Order Of The British Empire (Cbe) Medal Announcement, Because He Thought It Was A Speeding Ticket.
The man behind the script for 2006's Helen Mirren film The Queen, admits he is "surprised, delighted and proud" to be among those on Queen Elizabeth II's New Year's Honours List and a little relieved.
"I opened the brown envelope expecting it to be a speeding ticket," he says.
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A Collection Of Hollywood Stars Are Aiming To End Modern Slavery With A New Campaign Launched On Tuesday (20oct15).
Actors Robin Wright, David Oyelowo and Wagner Moura opened the 50 for Freedom project by starring in videos in which they read out testimonials from adults and children around the world who have been forced to work for little or no pay.
Bosses of the group behind the campaign, the International Labour Organization, claim that as many as 21 million people around the world are currently in forced labour.
"It is unacceptable in our modern society that people are working in degrading conditions and are enslaved," Moura, the star of U.S. TV series Narcos, tells The Hollywood Reporter.
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The pair will both appear in the Shakespeare play at the New York Theatre Workshop next fall.
Daniel Craig is set to join David Oyelowo in an off-Broadway production of Shakespeare tragedy Othello in New York next fall. The play will be staged at the prestigious New York Theatre Workshop and will be their first Shakespeare production since 1990.
Daniel Craig will join David Oyelowo in Othello.
Oyelowo will play the title character, while Craig will take the role of the scheming, envious Lago. The production will be directed by Sam Gold, who won the Tony award for best director earlier this year for his work on the musical Fun Home.
Selma Star David Oyelowo Has Renewed His Attack On British Moviemakers And Accused Them Of Failing Non-white Actors During A Speech To Launch A Report Into Diversity In The U.k.'S Creative Industries.
The British actor made an appearance at an event held at the BFI Southbank in London on Monday (28Sep15) to launch a study by the Creative Industry Foundation and Mobo, which suggests ethnic minorities are underrepresented in the arts.
The former Spooks star spoke about his own experiences in the entertainment industry, claiming he was unable to break into the films until he left the U.K. and moved to America.
In his speech, Oyelowo told the audience, "I felt pushed out of the U.K. because of the glass ceiling I could feel my head bobbing against, I could see that actors, my peers, those who had a similar trajectory to me were going on to do movies, to play leads. I started to feel I was going to go round in circles. Nice TV, back to the theatre, nice TV... but I wasn't going to be James MCAvoy, I wasn't going to be Benedict Cumberbatch...
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David Oyelowo , guest - 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Microsoft theater - Arrivals at Microsoft Theatre, Primetime Emmy Awards, Emmy Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 20th September 2015
Selma Star David Oyelowo Gave His Marriage A Big Boost By Getting In Shape To Play A Vicious Killer In New Movie Captive.
The Brit spent weeks getting in top shape for his role as real-life thug Brian Nichols in the Jerry Jameson film and his wife of 17 years was more than pleased with the results.
He says, "I was doing what they call two-a-days; you're in the gym twice a day benching a lot of heavy weight... It was fantastic for my marriage.
"You're in the bathroom, brushing your teeth and my wife... I could see her checking me out... It was a nice feeling until I then had to gain 40 pounds to play Dr. King (in Selma), which happened soon after being Mr. Buff."
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British Actors Chiwetel Ejiofor And David Oyelowo Are To Be Honoured With A Special Award For Their Charity Work In Nigeria.
The two stars, who both have Nigerian roots, are to be handed a Global Promise Award by bosses of The GEANCO Foundation, a non-profit organisation which helps provide healthcare and education to women and children in the West African country.
12 Years A Slave star Ejiofor and Selma actor Oyelowo will both pick up the prize for their work promoting educational opportunities for youngsters in Nigeria.
GEANCO's co-founder Afam Onyema says, "We are thrilled to honour two men who have given back in such a profound way to our shared homeland of Nigeria and who are such exemplary ambassadors of The GEANCO Foundation."
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When asked whether he could envisage 007 portrayed as a gay man, Brosnan said "Sure. Why not?"
There’s been much talk about Idris Elba being cast as the next James Bond, potentially becoming the first black man to portray 007 on the big screen. However, Pierce Brosnan has said that he could also see the womanising secret agent being portrayed as gay man in future movies.
“Sure. Why not?” he said to Details magazine about whether such a script might be possible, before adding, “Actually, I don't know how it would work. I don't think Barbara [Broccoli, Bond producer] would allow a gay Bond to happen in her lifetime. But it would certainly make for interesting viewing.”
Pierce Brosnan sees no reason why Bond couldn't be written as a gay character
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British Actor David Oyelowo Is Taking On The Role Of Fictional Superspy James Bond For The Audiobook Of Upcoming 007 Novel Trigger Mortis.
The Selma star is the first black actor to portray the secret agent, seeing off competition from fellow Brit Idris Elba, who is considered the favourite to become the next movie Bond when Daniel Craig steps down.
Oyelowo will voice the spy and other characters in the audio recording of Trigger Mortis, which has been written by author Anthony Horowitz and commissioned by the estate of Bond's creator Ian Fleming.
The actor tells Britain's The Guardian newspaper, "I was asked specifically by the Fleming estate, which is really special... I am officially the only person on planet Earth who can legitimately say 'I am the new James Bond'... Even saying that name is the cinematic equivalent of the 'to be or not to be' speech (from Shakespeare's Hamlet)."
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He'll play 007 in the audiobook version of 'Trigger Mortis', a new Bond novel written by Anthony Horowitz out in September 2015.
English actor David Oyelowo has been selected to play James Bond – in an audiobook version of a brand new 007 novel penned by Anthony Horowitz. The book, titled ‘Trigger Mortis’, has been commissioned by the Ian Fleming estate and will be released on September 8th.
The Guardian reported on Thursday (August 13th) that the 39 year old was “very honoured” to be offered the role by the Fleming estate itself, describing it as “really special”. Oyelowo has some form in playing security service agents, portraying MI5 officer Danny Hunter in the BBC spy drama ‘Spooks’.
David Oyelowo will voice James Bond in the audiobook version of 'Trigger Mortis'
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Date of birth
1st April, 1976