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Image Source: Getty / Lee Celano With nominees like Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Ruth Negga, and Mahershala Ali rounding out the acting categories, Sunday night's Academy Awards could potentially deliver the most diverse set of winners in years. The Oscars have been plagued by obvious race issues since they began in 1929, and things seemingly came to a head with the #OscarsSoWhite discussion a couple of years ago; the overwhelming lack of diversity in nominees in both 2015 and 2016 resulted in Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs taking bigger, more noticeable steps to double the number of diverse members in its voting body by 2020. Nevertheless, a black actor (the incomparable Sidney Poitier) wasn't awarded until 1964, and it was only in 2002 that Halle Berry became the first black woman to win a best actress trophy. So, just how many black actors have won Oscars over the years? Fourteen. A whopping fourteen distinguished, talented people in 87 years. »
- Brittney Stephens
The nominees for the 2017 Oscars were announced in January, more or less yielding the results the industry anticipated. It came as no surprise that La La Land continued to dominate with a staggering 14 nominations, and Casey Affleck earned a best actor nod in spite of some troubling allegations from his past. After last year's list presented a shocking lack of diversity and earned an #OscarsSoWhite hashtag, though, the biggest question this time around is whether or not the new list of nominees is more inclusive. Did the Academy diversify its list of nominees this year? In short, the answer is yes. Among the 20 acting nominations, seven were given to people of color. Ruth Negga and Denzel Washington earned best acting nods for Loving and Fences, respectively, while the supporting categories include Viola Davis, Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Octavia Spencer, and Dev Patel. Outside of acting, it's important to note that »
- Ryan Roschke
We've made predictions about who would get nominated for an Oscar and who would win the awards leading up to the Oscars. We've seen the campaigning and the controversy and some damn fine movies in between, too. Now that Academy voting has officially ended, we present our final predictions for who will win -- as well as who we think really should win.
Who Should Win: La La Land
Who Will Win: La La Land
Despite plenty of fine nominees (Arrival! Hidden Figures! Manchester by the Sea!), the race for Best Picture was always between La La Land and Moonlight. Neither is perfect, but you could reasonably call either the year's Best Picture. Still, if history is any indication, La La Land's record amount of nominations will guarantee it takes home the night's top honor.
John Waters, the director of “Hairspray” and “Pink Flamingos,” gave an invigorating commencement speech to the graduates at the Rhode Island School of Design two years ago. The essence of the speech was to “make trouble.” He goes on to define what type of people you have to make trouble for: the spiritually poor. Encouraging then and encouraging now, Waters’ speech, which has been transcribed into a book titled “Make Trouble,” will find its way into bookstores on April 11.
Read More: 10 Things John Waters Said At His Extraordinary Commencement Address That You Need To Live By (With Video)
In the initial speech, Waters was addressing graduates; however, with his new book he’s speaking to the masses. It is now more important than ever to “make trouble.” This country currently finds itself in a state that needs to be upset. We can no longer condone the crimes and injustices waged »
- Kerry Levielle
Should he win, Washington would have more Oscars under his belt than any other African-American actor. He is already the most nominated, having landed his seventh nod this year for Fences, and is also the only African-American to win multiple acting Oscars.
But with Casey Affleck’s gut-wrenching turn in Manchester By the Sea wracking up best actor nominations and wins throughout awards season, this year’s Oscars will see Washington playing an unfamiliar role: the underdog.
He admitted »
- Mike Miller
Zendaya is praising the rise in diversity among this year’s crop of Oscar nominees.
“It’s really cool this year,” she told People at the #weneedmore Verizon campaign, which works to call attention to students who lack access to technology. “It’s nice to see people being recognized for their work.”
The actress, 20, was among a long list of celebrities who decried the 2016 Oscar race after non-white actors were shut out of the acting nominees’ list for the second year in a row, using #OscarsSoWhite to express their shock and outrage.
This year’s nominations saw a number of »
- Jodi Guglielmi
Viola Davis isn’t just Hollywood royalty, with a résumé replete with some of the biggest hit films and TV shows and acting chops that clearly can rival even those of silver screen legend Denzel Washington. Over the past few years she’s also become a red carpet darling. With her love for structural silhouettes, vibrant, unexpected colors, and a serious smattering of diamonds, the actress has quickly found herself on many best dressed lists. And with the Academy Awards right around the corner, Davis gave us all a little preview of the type of glamour we can all expect at this weekend’s ceremony. »
- Emily Kirkpatrick
Awards Race 2017: We predict who we think will win the OscarsAwards Race 2017: We predict who we think will win the OscarsJenny Bullough and Adriana Floridia2/23/2017 10:04:00 Am The big day is almost here and we can't wait to see who takes home each coveted statue! While we're not privy to any inside knowledge, we can't help but speculate and make predictions about who we think will win. After all, part of the fun of watching the Awards is finding out if you're right! To help you make your own guesses, we surveyed a selection of Cineplex employees for their best bets based on years of deep movie knowledge and experience. Here are our predictions for some of the major categories, scientifically researched and mathematically calibrated*. *not really. Best Original Song Our Prediction: City of Stars, La La Land
While it seems like "City of Stars" is a sure-fire win here, »
- Jenny Bullough and Adriana Floridia
Damien Chazelle’s heartbroken contemporary musical is unbeatable, with a record-equalling 14 nominations, a global box-office haul of more than £270m and a trophy cabinet already stacked with key precursor awards, from the New York Critics Circle to the Producers Guild of America to its whopping haul at the Golden Globes. The only question is how emphatically it’s going to sweep the Oscars. La La Land is so far in the lead, it’s hard to tell what’s even running second. Moonlight was shaping up as a spoiler, but has lost momentum to uplifting crowdpleaser Hidden Figures, the surprise victor at the Screen Actors Guild awards.
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- Guy Lodge
Now that the ballots are en route to the 89th Academy Awards, it is time for us to predict who will be the big winners! Damien Chazelle.s .La La Land. dominated the nominations with 14 nods but will it shine on Oscar night at the city of stars? I.m predicting that the romance musical will take home 11 awards including Best Picture! The musical will only lose in the actor (sorry Ryan Gosling), original screenplay, and to its own .Audition. in the original song categories.
And you know why .La La Land. will win big? Because when the country is in turmoil, popular culture swings to the opposite way. And the film, with its sweet rose-colored palette and fancy production numbers made us all happy. And Hollywood wants us all happy.
We.ll find out all the happy Oscar winners on Sunday at 5 p.m. Join me on my Facebook page, »
The ever-clever Honest Trailers produced by Screen Junkies just wouldn’t be the same without an Oscar installment. In the newest edition, Hollywood gets roasted for its selection of nine best picture nominees. “They’ve got to stop releasing all these movies at the same time,” the voiceover mocks. With less than a week to go before Hollywood’s biggest night, the industry could probably use a couple lighthearted jokes.
The video runs through all the nominees, beginning with “Arrival” and moving onto “Lion” (“If you say you’ve seen this, you’re probably lyin’.”) “Hell or High Water” gets the same treatment. Paired with clips of “True Grit,” the trailer promises viewers a chance to hear “that one grizzled cowboy voice Jeff Bridges does.”
“For a film that’s so entertaining, straightforward, and unpretentious, it has no chance of actually winning best picture,” says the voiceover. Touche, Screen Junkies. »
- Dani Levy
Paramount Home Entertainment has scheduled Fences for a February 24th home video debut on Digital HD. Those of you waiting out the Blu-ray and DVD release will be able to spin those discs beginning March 14th.
Awards buzz has helped Fences breach $57 million at the worldwide box office from a modest budget of only $24 million. The film should garner additional attention should it win an Oscar or two.
The Blu-ray and Digital versions of Fences will be presented in 7.1 DTS-hd Master Audio. Bonus features run a little over 30 minutes and include the following:
Expanding the Audience: From Stage to Screen
The Company of Fences
Building Fences: Denzel Washington
Playing the Part: Rose Maxson
August Wilson’s Hill District
Pre-order Fences on Blu-ray and Digital combo at Amazon. »
The 2017 Oscar Nominees: Everything you need to know about the Best Supporting Actress RaceThe 2017 Oscar Nominees: Everything you need to know about the Best Supporting Actress RaceAdriana Floridia2/22/2017 10:51:00 Am
It was an amazing year for actresses in both the lead and supporting categories.
Just look at this line up of talent: Viola Davis, Naomie Harris, Michelle Williams, Octavia Spencer and Nicole Kidman. All five of these women turned in amazing work no matter how big or small their roles were. This year, there's a pretty clear winner in this category, which would be Viola Davis who reprises her Tony-winning stage role as Rose Maxson in Fences. She's been considered overdue for some time now, and is one of the best working actresses today, though the same can be said of many of the women vying for the trophy. We're breaking down the Best Supporting Actress Oscar below.
Viola Davis, »
- Adriana Floridia
Have you ever wondered why a younger celebrity like Adam Levine was awarded with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame before, say, Denzel Washington? Or Julia Roberts? Even George Clooney doesn't have a star. It turns out there's a very interesting but simple reason. Although you might assume getting a star is an honor, it actually involves a detailed application process that ends with the celebrities paying for the stars themselves - and it's not cheap. Each year, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce narrows down a list of about 20 celebrities who will receive a star, but the process starts way before that. A celebrity first has to be nominated by someone - their publicist, or even a fan wealthy enough to sponsor their star, for instance - and then the celebrity must consent to the nomination. This entails signing a form saying that they not only want the »
- Quinn Keaney
It's safe to say Amal Clooney's amazing style is only getting better with pregnancy.
The 39-year-old human rights lawyer was spotted out and about in London, England, on Tuesday, covering up her baby bump with a floor-length, bright red coat. She wore a gray minidress with tights underneath, and finished off the fashionable look with black motorcycle ankle boots.
Pics: Amal Clooney's Best Looks
Earlier this month, The Talk's Julie Chen announced Amal and husband George Clooney are expecting twins. The actor, 55, spoke about becoming a father for the first time during his interview with French film journalist Laurent Weil on the program Rencontres de Cinema, which aired on Sunday.
"We are really happy and really excited," the Oscar winner said with a big smile. "It's going to be an adventure."
"We've sort of embraced it all… with arms wide open," he added about him and his wife's current attitude.
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Ballots were due on a rainy Feb. 21 in Los Angeles as the Academy rounds the final corner en route to the 89th Oscars. So…what can we expect to happen?
Barring anything wildly unforeseen, “La La Land” should stay on track to win best picture, as well as director and actress honors following the same wins from the major guilds and the British Academy. Another safe bet is Viola Davis as supporting actress for “Fences,” after she swept through the precursor circuit.
The other two acting races present tighter contests. Lead actor, in particular, feels very much up in the air. But I’ll lean toward SAG winners Denzel Washington (“Fences”) and Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight”) topping BAFTA winners Casey Affleck (“Manchester by the Sea”) and Dev Patel (“Lion”).
In the screenplay categories, the Academy’s shift of “Moonlight” from original to adapted keeps things interesting. I think it was a »
- Kristopher Tapley
Kevin O’Connell (Courtesy: Getty Images)
By: Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
“I’ve never been more appreciative, humbled and just overall excited about the fact that I’ve been nominated,” says Hacksaw Ridge sound mixer Kevin O’Connell of his 21st Oscar nomination — which he shares with Peter Grace, Robert Mackenzie and Andy Wright — as we sit down at The Hollywood Reporter to record an episode of THR‘s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast. “I don’t want to say I took it for granted in the past, but I certainly don’t take it for granted anymore.”
O’Connell, 59, has worked in Hollywood for nearly 40 years, and is one of the most respected practitioners of his craft. But he is best known for a dubious distinction: in Oscar history, no person has accumulated more nominations without ever winning. His noms span 33 years, from 1983’s Terms of Endearment through Mel Gibson‘s 2016 war film, »
- Carson Blackwelder
Movie studios are notorious for taking a creative approach to accounting, and that makes it difficult to calculate just how much money is being made. But it’s possible to get a sense of how valuable awards attention can be by comparing the box office results of this year’s nine Oscar nominees for best picture to their reported production budgets.
Calculating return on investment is an imperfect science, as studios won’t say how much they spend on marketing and distribution. Nor does our model factor in TV deals and other licensing pacts. To calculate a rough Roi, Variety measured only production cost and worldwide gross. It’s worth noting that studios don’t receive all the profits; theater owners get roughly half, and most small distributors sell off international rights.
That said, “La La Land,” which leads the Oscar race with 14 noms, is also the big winner when it comes to profit margin. »
- Brent Lang
Los Angeles is a “City of Stars” year round, as the Oscar-nominated film La La Land points out in it’s Golden Globe-winning Best Original Song, but come Awards Season, the city is stuffed to the gills with A-listers attending endless ceremonies, popping up at after parties, and of course crashing in its many impressive hotels. Even stars who reside in the City of Angels full-time often make use of the luxurious accommodations on offer for pre-show preparations and seamless delivery to the red carpet. Here, a guide to some of Hollywood’s favorite haunts for living it up — and recuperating in style. »
- Mackenzie Schmidt
Brad Grey might have looked forward to this Sunday as a chance to take to the Oscar red carpet with a little extra bounce in his step. And why not? The chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures had led his studio to 18 Oscar nominations, including best picture nods for the sci-fi brain-twister “Arrival” and the Denzel Washington drama “Fences.”
But Hollywood’s night of nights promises to be a somber one for Grey, coming just days after his ouster from the job he held for nearly a dozen years. Through it all, Grey exhibited as much resilience as the Transformers Paramount so frequently put on the screen. Even the studio chief’s critics marveled at his ability to shake off corporate infighting and costly film flops while keeping his throne. The red ink continues to build: The studio had an operating loss of $457 million in fiscal 2016.
But last week Grey, »
- James Rainey and Brent Lang
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