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Look Back at the Moment Halle Berry Made Oscars History

21 February 2017 4:00 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

2002 was a huge year for Halle Berry. The star won the Oscar for Best Actress for her work in Monster's Ball, making history as the first black woman to win the award in that category. It was a monumental occasion for the award show and Berry, who faced off against Renée ZellwegerNicole KidmanSissy Spacek and Judi Dench. She was so shocked that she couldn't contain her tears onstage, where she heartwarmingly failed to begin her speech. Her overwhelming emotions made everyone in the room cheer harder, which most likely brought you to tears if you watched. So many emotions, so little time. "This moment is so much bigger than »

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Oscars: What Should Have Won – JFK for Best Picture over The Silence of the Lambs

10 February 2017 1:40 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Graeme Robertson on why JFK should have won Best Picture at the 64th Academy Awards…

The Oscars celebrating the best of 1991 was a little more business as usual when compared to the stellar line-up of a year like the 1976 nominations. We had some good films, but not many that would go on to be iconic. The winner for Best Picture at this ceremony was The Silence of the Lambs, a win that I love because it demonstrated that even horror films could be Oscar worthy – and don’t go saying it’s a thriller, it’s a horror film. End of story.

However, while I love The Silence of the Lambs and the actors were more than deserving of their statuettes, I still feel that it wasn’t deserving of the top award.

In my view, the film that deserved the award was Oliver Stone’s controversial political thriller JFK. »

- Graeme Robertson

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Oscar Directing Nominees Help Us Trace Their DNA

7 February 2017 9:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Directors influence each other with their work. Sometimes that influence is overt — “La La Land” clearly evokes “Singin’ in the Rain” and “Umbrellas of Cherbourg” — but other times it is more unexpected, hinging on storytelling choices or structure.

Variety asked this year’s directing nominees to help us trace the DNA of their movies, and all were happy to oblige.



In Villeneuve’s alien-invasion tale, humans eventually discover that the aliens “want to help you help us.”

Villeneuve’s choices:

“2001: A Space Odyssey” 1968: “Definitely ‘2001’,” Villeneuve says, of Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi classic in which Earthlings, searching for signs of intelligent life, are nearly outwitted by artificial intelligence.

Jaws” 1975: “It was Spielberg’s idea that you unveil slowly the entity, to create suspense,” Villeneuve says. “That very slow striptease is something I stole from ‘Jaws.’ ”

Our choices:

The Day the Earth Stood Still” 1951: Aliens caution »

- Marshall Fine

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