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Diversity Scandal Overlooks Historic Year for Women at Oscars

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

When it comes to this year’s Academy Awards, no word is more buzzworthy than “diversity”. For the second year in a row the Oscars have nominated only white actors in their four main acting categories, sparking backlash and, as a result, inciting the Academy to announce new changes to tackle its “diversity problem”.

Amidst another year of #OscarsSoWhite trending on Twitter, however, the fact that 2015 has been an exceptionally strong year for women has been largely overlooked. Three of this year’s best picture nominees (Brooklyn, Room, Mad Max: Fury Road) are female-centric and feature strong female protagonists in the center of the action. In fact, even outside of those films and their performances, a number of women are nominated for best picture as producers, as well. Kristie Macosko Krieger is nominated for Bridge of Spies, Blye Pagon Faust is nominated for Spotlight, Dede Gardner
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Time Machine: Woman in Red Hathaway on Red Carpet - Updated Film List

Anne Hathaway: Oscar Host's Red Dress outshone Oscars' Red Carpet. Anne Hathaway Oscar host: Red dress one of countless outfits Blast from the Past: Pictured above is Oscar host Anne Hathaway sporting a blindingly bright white smile while on the 2011 Academy Awards' Red Carpet just outside the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. But wait. In the photo, Hathaway is wearing a blindingly bright red gown. Wasn't her dress of a metallic blue hue? Actually, no. It was beige (with patterns). Wait. Come to think of it, she actually wore a tux, not a dress. Or maybe it was all of the above. And more. How could that be? Well, the color, texture, format, and type of Anne Hathaway's outfits varied according to which 15 minutes of the Oscar telecast you watched on Sunday night, Feb. 27. Hathaway, a Best Actress nominee for Jonathan Demme's Rachel Getting Married in early
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Time Machine: Oscar-Nominated Director Russell Makes Fashion and Facial Statement

David O. Russell makes fashion statement on the Oscars' Red Carpet David O. Russell: Fashion statement and Oscar nomination David O. Russell, a Best Director Oscar nominee for the surprisingly successful boxing drama The Fighter, makes both a fashion and a facial statement upon his arrival with guests at the 2011 Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. This was his first Best Director nomination. About five years ago, David O. Russell made headlines thanks to leaked videos showing him having a volcanic, expletive-filled confrontation with Lily Tomlin on the set of I Heart Huckabees – an ambitious all-star comedy that turned out to be much less successful than the bizarre behind-the-scenes video clips. (Check out Paul Rudd in a parody of the 'I Heart Huckabees' blow-up.) Three Kings and I Heart Huckabees alumnus Mark Wahlberg has said that he had to fight with Paramount
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A Look at Female-directed Documentaries at the Oscars

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

This year’s Oscar race could make history with two possible best picture nominees directed by women — Ava DuVernay’s Selma and Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken. If both women are nominated for best director, that would also be a historical moment. But though these accomplishments in the narrative field are possible, more women directors are breaking into the documentary categories. Four of the 15 shortlisted documentaries feature women at the helm: Jennifer Grausman (co-directed with Sam Cullman and Mark Becker) with Art and Craft, Tia Lessin (co-directed with Carl Deal) with Citizen Koch, Laura Poitras with Citizenfour and Rory Kennedy with Last Days in Vietnam. Additionally, three of the eight shortlisted documentary shorts feature female directors: Ellen Goosenberg Kent with Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1, Aneta Kopacz with Joanna and Lucy Walker with The Lion’s Mouth Opens. More often than not, women directors tend to
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Creative Arts Emmys 2014: Winners And Nominees

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series

(Winner) Allison Janney, “Masters of Sex

Margo Martindale, “The Americans

Diana Rigg, ‘Game of Thrones

Kate Mara, “House of Cards

Jane Fonda, “The Newsroom

Kate Burton, “Scandal

See Also: ‘True Detective,’ ‘Oitnb,’ Jimmy Fallon and Allison Janney Score at Creative Arts Emmys

Outstanding Hairstyling For A Single-Camera Series

Boardwalk Empire

Francesca Paris, Department Head Hairstylist

Lisa Dellechiaie, Key Hairstylist

Therese Ducey, Key Hairstylist

(Winner) “Downton Abbey

Magi Vaughan, Department Head Hairstylist

Adam James Phillips, Key Hairstylist

Game Of Thrones

Kevin Alexander, Department Head Hairstylist

Candice Banks, Key Hairstylist

Rosalia Culora, Hairstylist

Gary Machin, Hairstylist

Nicola Mount, Hairstylist

Mad Men

Theraesa Rivers, Department Head Hairstylist

Arturo Rojas, Key Hairstylist

Valerie Jackson, Hairstylist

Ai Nakata, Hairstylist

The Originals

Colleen Labaff, Department Head Hairstylist

Kimberley Spiteri, Co-Department Head Hairstylist

Outstanding Hairstyling For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special

Dancing With The Stars

Mary Guerrero, Department Head Hairstylist

Kimi Messina,
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2012 Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival: Official Lineup

San Diego’s Comic-Con International is the biggest event in the world devoted to genre pop culture. While the big Hollywood movies get the most mainstream press, there’s also a large, lesser known and promoted Independent Film Festival devoted to genre short films tucked away within the overall convention.

The Cci-iff, as it’s acronymed, runs completely concurrently with the convention with programming running from morning to night that includes films devoted to comic book-inspired movies, horror movies, sci-fi flicks, comedies and documentaries. There are also several panels on filmmaking sandwiched in between the on-screen entertainment.

The fest also gives out awards. This year’s juror panel includes filmmakers Steven-Charles Jaffee and Kyle Newman, plus entertainment journalist Borys Kit.

Programming blocks are broken up by genre and the full film lineup below gives the exact starting time of each short film. There’s also one feature film screening this year,
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San Diego Comic-Con 2012: Preview Night & Day 1 (July 11 & 12) Schedules Now Live

The schedules for the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con Preview Night and Day 1 (July 11 and July 12) are now live, and we have the horror highlights for you here (along with a few panels of general interest). As always, though, be sure to check the official Sdcc site for updates!

We also recommend downloading the Sdcc app if you have a smart phone.

Preview Night - Wednesday, July 11

6:00-9:45 Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings— Comic-Con and Warner Bros. Television proudly continue their annual Preview Night tradition, with exclusive world premiere screenings of the pilot episodes of five of the most highly anticipated TV series pilots of the 2012–13 television season: 666 Park Avenue, Arrow, The Following, Revolution and Cult. More info can be found here. Ballroom 20

Day 1 - Thursday, July 12

10:00-11:00 The Witty Women of Steampunk— The Victorian era was one marked by constraints on behavior, morals and bosoms. When you
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Israel-Set Documentaries Precious Life, Strangers No More Screening

Two Israel-set documentaries, Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon's Oscar-winning short subject Strangers No More and Shlomi Eldar's feature Precious Life (right), will screen as the next installment in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 30th annual "Contemporary Documentaries" series on Wednesday, October 19, at 7 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Admission to all screenings in the series is free. The information below is from the Academy's press release: … Strangers No More introduces the students from 48 countries attending the Bialik-Rogozin School in Tel Aviv, many of whom are refugees from war, as they learn to deal with the diversity of their new environment. The film received an Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject. Precious Life tells the story of a Palestinian infant with a life-threatening immune disorder awaiting a bone marrow transplant in an Israeli hospital during the 2008–09 blockade of Gaza. As filmmaker Shlomi Eldar
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30th Annual “Contemporary Documentaries” Academy Series Features Strangers No More & Precious Life

Oscar®-winning documentary short subject “Strangers No More” and the documentary feature “Precious Life” will screen as the next installment in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 30th annual “Contemporary Documentaries” series on Wednesday, October 19, at 7 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Admission to all screenings in the series is free.

Directed and produced by Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon, “Strangers No More” introduces the students from 48 countries attending the Bialik-Rogozin School in Tel Aviv, many of whom are refugees from war, as they learn to deal with the diversity of their new environment. The film received an Academy Award® for Documentary Short Subject.

Precious Life” tells the story of a Palestinian infant with a life-threatening immune disorder awaiting a bone marrow transplant in an Israeli hospital during the 2008.09 blockade of Gaza. As filmmaker Shlomi Eldar uses his influence to seek financial help for the family,
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Academy’s Contemporary Documentaries Series Returns With Inside Job

Beverly Hills, CA - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will kick off its 30th annual .Contemporary Documentaries. screening series with last year.s Oscar®-winning feature, .Inside Job,. and .Casino Jack and the United States of Money. on Wednesday, September 21, at 7 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood.

Admission to all screenings in the series is free.

Directed by Charles Ferguson, who produced the film with Audrey Marrs, .Inside Job. traces the financial practices that laid the groundwork for the global economic crisis in an examination that places blame in the hands of many who are still in power. Predatory lending, credit default swaps and financial deregulation are subjected to close scrutiny and criticism in a primer on the situation that affected the lives of millions.

.Casino Jack and the United States of Money,. a portrait of disgraced Washington super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, confirms the adage
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Strangers No More celebrates Oscar win at Israel's melting pot school

Academy award-winning documentary hands round its statuettes at Tel Aviv school, despite many pupils facing deportation

There's not much that is usual about the Bialik Rogozin School in Tel Aviv – so the pupils took it in their stride when the end of term was celebrated with two Oscar statuettes being handed around.

This year's Academy award for best documentary was won by Strangers No More, which tells the story of students from the school, 70% of whom are immigrants, many from the world's most dangerous countries.

On Monday, the film's directors, Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon, brought their Oscars to share with the schoolchildren and to allow them to bask in a little reflected glory.

With 832 pupils from 48 countries, including Muslims, Christians and Jews, the children might not share that much in common, but one thing was for sure – they all wanted to get their hands on the Oscar.

"This is
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The Star Of Oscar-winning Documentary Faces Deportation

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The Star Of Oscar-winning Documentary Faces Deportation
The 12-year-old-star of Sunday's Oscar-winning short documentary Strangers No More is facing deportation from Israel.

Esther Aikpehae is among the 120 students at the school featured in Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon's film who have been asked to leave the country because they don't have Jewish roots.

The youngster's father, who is South African, is in Israel illegally, and they're the victims of a government campaign to purge areas of immigrants.

Aikpehae arrived in Israel with her father in 2007 after her mother was killed by gangs in her homeland. Her father told the Israeli authorities it was too dangerous for them to return home.

And now the young actress does not want to leave the country she knows as home, telling Reuters, "I feel African-Israeli, not just Israeli. I speak the language, I've gotten used to it here."

But Israel's Interior Minister Eli Yishai insists the Jewish state has to protect native Israelis and legal immigrants.

He says, "It's my personal mission to preserve the Jewish majority in Israel."

And The Winner Of The 2011 Shadow And Act $50 Amazon Gift Cert Oscar Contest Is…

Almost forgot all about this…

The Shadow And Act Oscar contest. The rules were simple: make your choices for who you think will win the award in each of the categories listed below, and, after the ceremony ended on Sunday night, a winner was to be selected randomly from the list of Correct entries. And that lucky person was to be awarded a $50 gift certificate to Amazon.com!

You had until Sunday, February 27th, at 8Pm Est/5Pm Pst to make your selections, and 42 of you did just that – see all the response below.

Now, unfortunately, No One got them all correct; some came close to doing so, but, coming close wasn’t the criteria. I do realize that it was a difficult task, given the number of categories I included in the contest. I probably should have just settled for the maybe 4 or the major categories: Best Film, Director,
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83rd Academy Awards: Inception Wins Four Oscars, Alice Takes Art Direction and Costume Design, Wolfman For Makeup

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Did the Oscars surprise anyone? Sci-Fi fans, we are of course still sore over Christopher Nolan’s snub for Best Director, but Inception still was recognized with four Oscars. Genre highlights from the 83rd Academy Awards also include Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland sweeping away the two coveted design awards in Art Direction and Costume Design and The Wolfman won for Best Makeup. Pixar‘s Toy Story 3 took home Best Animated Film and Best Song.

This Sunday’s broadcast of the 83rd Academy Awards on ABC attempted to reach out to a “younger crowd” with its choice of hosts, Anne Hathaway and James Franco, but the live broadcast dropped 9% in overall ratings compared to last year’s broadcast and down 12% in the 18-49 adult demographic. Still, the show entertained 37.6 million viewers with a show full of exposition to educate new viewers about the history of past Oscar winners.

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Oscar Winners for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards and Bayer’s Final Thoughts

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards have put the best of the 2010 movies to bed. Here’s a list of the winners. Below, you’ll find my commentary, as well as a link to the 9th Annual Tsr Movie Awards.

Best Picture

The King’s Speech

Best Actor

Colin Firth, The King’s Speech

Best Actress

Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Best Director

Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech

Best Song

“We Belong Together,” Toy Story 3, Randy Newman

Best Editing

The Social Network, Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter

Best Visual Effects

Inception, Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb

Best Documentary

Inside Job, Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs

Best Live-action Short

God of Love, Luke Matheny

Best Documentary Short

Strangers No More, Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon

Best Costume Design

Alice in Wonderland, Colleen Atwood

Best Makeup

The Wolfman, Rick Baker and Dave Elsey

Best Sound Editing

Inception, Richard King

Best Sound Mixing

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Tim Metzger, Jennifer Redfearn Oscar Red Carpet 2011 Photo

Tim Metzger, Oscar nominee for Best Documentary (Short Subject), and Jennifer Redfearn, Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Short Subject, arrive at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Metzger and Redfearn were nominated for Sun Come Up. The winner in the Best Documentary Short Subject category was Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon's Strangers No More. Photo: Ivan Vejar / ©A.M.P.A.S. Click on the photo to enlarge it.
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83rd Academy Awards Winners

The King’S Speech was king of all he surveyed on Sunday evening at the 83rd Academy Awards. James Franco, Oscar®-nominee for Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, and Anne Hathaway hosted the Oscars® broadcast by the ABC Television Network from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA.

Going in to the evening with 12 nominations, The King’S Speech came away with four Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director (Tom Hooper), Best Actor (Colin Firth), and Best Original Screenplay (Michael Seidler). Inception also collected four Academy Awards for Best Cinematography, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects. The Facebook drama, The Social Network, won 3 Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay (David Sorkin), Best Score (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross) and Best Editing.

Actor in a Leading Role Javier Bardem in .Biutiful. Jeff Bridges in .True Grit. Jesse Eisenberg in .The Social Network. Colin Firth in .The King’s Speech
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The 2011 Academy Awards – The Winners Roundup

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Last night, Jon and I stayed up till the wee small hours of Monday morning to bring the 83rd Academy Awards to you live as it happened. You can see the fruits of Jon’s labour right here as he provided a commentary while I was on Twitter conversing with anyone else who happened to be watching the extremely drawn our commercial ridden ABC broadcast!

I thought it might be worth bringing you a summary of who won what which you can see below.

So the main winners were:

The Kings Speech won four awards including Best Picture The Social Network won three Inception won four awards which were all technical Black Swan only brought home one award for Best Actress (Natalie Portman) Toy Story 3 won two awards True Grit came away empty handed

Best Picture

“The King’s Speech” Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers

Actor in
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83rd Academy Award Winners

The biggest awards of the season were just held and the winners were announced, without further waiting here are your Oscar winners for the films of 2010.

Best Motion Picture of the Year

Winner: The King’s Speech – Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Winner: Colin Firth for The King’s Speech

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Winner: Natalie Portman for Black Swan

Best Achievement in Directing

Winner: Tom Hooper for The King’s Speech

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song

Winner: Toy Story 3- Randy Newman (“We Belong Together”)

Best Achievement in Editing

Winner: The Social NetworkKirk Baxter, Angus Wall

Best Achievement in Visual Effects

Winner: InceptionChris Corbould, Andrew Lockley, Pete Bebb, Paul J. Franklin

Best Documentary, Features

Winner: Inside JobCharles Ferguson, Audrey Marrs

Best Short Film, Live Action

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83rd Annual Academy Awards Winners!

83rd Annual Academy Awards Winners!
The 83rd Annual Academy Awards were held tonight at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California. Take a look at the complete list of winners below. And in case you missed it, check out the live chat we hosted during the event right here.

Best Picture:

The King's Speech

Black Swan

The Fighter


The Kids Are All Right

The King's Speech

127 Hours

The Social Network

Toy Story 3

True Grit

Winter's Bone


Tom Hooper - The King's Speech

Darren Aronofsky - Black Swan

Joel Coen and Ethan Coen - True Grit

David Fincher - The Social Network

David O. Russell - The Fighter

Actor In A Leading Role:

Colin Firth - The King's Speech

Javier Bardem - Biutiful

Jeff Bridges - True Grit

Jesse Eisenberg - The Social Network

James Franco - 127 Hours

Actress In A Leading Role:

Natalie Portman - Black Swan

Annette Bening - The Kids Are All Right
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