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6 Ways the Oscars Could Make History This Year

25 February 2017 12:09 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The 89th Academy Awards are almost here, and with it come several opportunities for history to be made. Some chances may be long shots (how awesome it would be if Bradford Young won Best Cinematography), but others are as close to sure things (Damien Chazelle and Barry Jenkins would both make history as Best Director winners).

Below are six ways this year’s Oscars could make history. The ceremony, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, airs Sunday evening at 8:30pm Et on ABC.

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1. Damien Chazelle Could Become the Youngest Best Director Winner

La La Land” is only Damien Chazelle’s third feature behind the camera, and he seems destined to take home the Oscar for Best Director. At only 32 years old, the filmmaker would become the youngest director in history to win the gold. The current record holder is Norman Rae Taurog, »

- Zack Sharf

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How Many Awards Has Denzel Washington Won? The Answer May Surprise You

24 February 2017 5:20 PM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Denzel Washington took home his first SAG Award this year, beating out award-season darlings Casey Affleck and Ryan Gosling. Washington has been around so long that it may have surprised you to learn that he hadn't won a SAG Award yet, but he has taken home two Oscars, three Golden Globes, and a Critics' Choice Award. He's up for the Oscar again this year, and his chances of winning just got even better! In case you're wondering which films earned the Fences star his statuettes, here's a rundown. Related:Just How Many Black Actors Have Won an Oscar? The Number Is Disturbingly Low Oscars: 2 Won: Best actor in a leading role, Training Day, 2002 Won: Best actor in a supporting role, Glory, 1990 Best actor in a leading role, Fences, 2017 Best actor in a leading role, Flight, 2013 Best actor in a leading role, The Hurricane, 2000 Best actor in a leading role, Malcolm X, »

- Maggie Pehanick

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Just How Many Black Actors Have Won an Oscar? The Number Is Disturbingly Low

24 February 2017 1:25 PM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

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

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Matthew Broderick Joins Katrina: American Crime Story — Which Controversial Real-World Figure Will He Play?

23 February 2017 12:53 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A version of this article originally appeared on EW.com.

The cast of the second cycle of American Crime Story keeps getting better

Matthew Broderick has just signed on to the next edition covering the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He’s going to play Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) Director Michael D. Brown, who was in charge of the government’s response to the disaster and was widely singled out for criticism. “Brownie,” as President George W. Bush dubbed him, was handed the Fema reins despite lacking any qualifications for the job and was perceived as being in over his head. »

- James Hibberd

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Why Denzel Washington Could Make History with a Surprise Third Oscar Win

23 February 2017 9:12 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

With a best actor nomination for his tour-de-force performance in Fences, Denzel Washington is on the verge of making history — again. 

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.

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- Mike Miller

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The 2017 Oscar Nominees: Everything you need to know about the Best Actor Race

17 February 2017 7:44 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

The 2017 Oscar Nominees: Everything you need to know about the Best Actor RaceThe 2017 Oscar Nominees: Everything you need to know about the Best Actor RaceAdriana Floridia2/17/2017 10:44:00 Am

The Best Actor race just got exciting.

For most of the season, it looked like the winner in this category was set. Casey Affleck had been winning nearly every accolade imaginable for his masterful performance in Manchester by the Sea. However, this changed when Denzel Washington won the Screen Actors Guild award for his turn in Fences. Suddenly, we aren't so sure about Affleck winning the Oscar, as the winner of the SAG usually goes on to win the top prize.

While it's unlikely, the other three contenders could pull an upset, and if anyone were going to it may be Ryan Gosling. His co-star in La La Land, Emma Stone, is just about set to win the Oscar for Best Actress, »

- Adriana Floridia

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Witness the Evolution of Cinematography with Compilation of Oscar Winners

6 February 2017 1:47 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

This past weekend, the American Society of Cinematographers awarded Greig Fraser for his contribution to Lion as last year’s greatest accomplishment in the field. Of course, his achievement was just a small sampling of the fantastic work from directors of photography, but it did give us a stronger hint at what may be the winner on Oscar night. Ahead of the ceremony, we have a new video compilation that honors all the past winners in the category at the Academy Awards

Created by Burger Fiction, it spans the stunning silent landmark Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans all the way up to the end of Emmanuel Lubezki‘s three-peat win for The Revenant. Aside from the advancements in color and aspect ration, it’s a thrill to see some of cinema’s most iconic shots side-by-side. However, the best way to experience the evolution of the craft is by »

- Jordan Raup

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Santa Barbara Fest Honors Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling and Raft of Artisans

1 February 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

This year’s Santa Barbara Intl. Film Festival will screen a wide array of films, scores of them world or U.S. premieres, and pay tribute to film luminaries, including Denzel Washington, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Isabelle Huppert, and Casey Affleck.

Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams

Cinema Vanguard Award

The “Manchester by the Sea” co-stars, both Oscar- nominated for their roles in Kenneth Lonergan’s drama about a taciturn Boston handyman with a tortured past, will receive the Cinema Vanguard honor on Feb. 5. Affleck has one earlier nomination under his belt, for “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” while Williams previously scored three Academy Award nominations — for “Brokeback Mountain,” “Blue Valentine,” and “My Week With Marilyn.”

Jeff Bridges

American Riviera Award

The Oscar-nominated “Hell or High Water” star is being honored for his contribution to film by the festival. A child of Hollywood — his father, Lloyd, »

- Diane Garrett

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Oscars 2017: Denzel Washington on Track to Make History With Third Win

31 January 2017 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

Denzel Washington and Viola Davis in ‘Fences’ (Courtesy: Paramount)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

Denzel Washington has already earned a spot in the history books with a seventh Oscar nomination and stands a solid shot at taking home an unprecedented third trophy across acting categories — both records for black thespians. Recent events suggest the 62-year-old stands a real chance at giving an acceptance speech come February 26 so, as this national treasure is set to win big — let’s take a look at the other non-white actors and actresses who are close behind.

Over the years Washington’s nominations have included best supporting actor for 1987’s Cry Freedom, best actor for 1992’s Malcolm X, best actor for 1999’s The Hurricane, and best actor for 2012’s Flight in addition to wins including best supporting actor for 1989’s Glory and best actor for 2001’s Training Day. On top of that, the multihyphenate snagged two nominations this year, »

- Carson Blackwelder

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Viola Davis Becomes First Black Actress to Earn 3 Oscar Nominations

24 January 2017 11:29 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Viola Davis has already made Oscars history, and the awards show hasn't even aired yet.

The 51-year-old actress received a nomination for her supporting role in Fences on Tuesday, making her the first black woman to be nominated three times for an Oscar. Davis was first recognized in 2009 for her supporting work in Doubt, and again in 2012 for her leading role in The Help.

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"Thank you to the Academy for recognizing this extraordinary, important film and my work in it," Davis tweeted excitedly after the nominees were announced. "Thank you Denzel for being at the helm!"

Denzel Washington was also nominated for his leading role in Fences, making this his seventh Oscar nod. In 1990, the 62-year-old actor won in the Best Supporting Actor category for Glory, and in 2002, he picked up a Best Actor statuette for his performance in Training Day.

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Denzel Washington to Receive Career Honor From Hollywood Publicists

12 January 2017 8:13 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hollywood publicists have selected Denzel Washington as Motion Picture Showman of the Year in recognition of his career achievements.

Washington will be honored at the 54th Annual International Cinematographers Guild Publicists awards on Feb. 24 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

“Denzel continues to excel as a major creative force in filmmaking while also recognizing the key role that publicity and promotion play in the success of filmmaking,” said awards committee chairman Henri Bollinger. .”His understanding of what it takes to attract movie audiences supports his exceptional talents as an actor and filmmaker..”

Washington produced, directed, wrote and stars in the drama “Fences,” and also reprised the Tony Award-winning role he played on Broadway in 2010.

Icg National President Steven Poster said, .”Denzel Washington brings a unique reality and a dignity to every character he portrays, be they actual or imagined people, good guys or bad. I always look forward to seeing him on screen. »

- Dave McNary

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Denzel Washington Interview: The Director Reveals How He Opened Up ‘Fences’

11 January 2017 8:56 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Ever since I first met Denzel Washington on the set of Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X,” I’ve felt comfortable with him. Maybe it’s because he and my mother grew up in the same working-class New York suburb, Mount Vernon. Fact is, I grew up in the film industry with Washington, along with Mel Gibson, Debra Winger, Bruce Willis, Kevin Costner, and John Travolta; we’re all close to the same age.

I know the way he swings his tall body into that loping, cocky walk. And it’s fun to watch him, in the green room at the Writers Guild, enthusiastically wave his hands around when he talks about directing. He’s in a good mood: His August Wilson film adaptation of “Fences” has been enthusiastically received, by critics, audiences and — perhaps most crucially for its Oscar chances — actors, landing the coveted SAG Ensemble nomination.

In his third directorial outing (“The Debaters, »

- Anne Thompson

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Denzel Washington Interview: The Director Reveals How He Opened Up ‘Fences’

11 January 2017 8:56 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Ever since I first met Denzel Washington on the set of Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X,” I’ve felt comfortable with him. Maybe it’s because he and my mother grew up in the same working-class New York suburb, Mount Vernon. Fact is, I grew up in the film industry with Washington, along with Mel Gibson, Debra Winger, Bruce Willis, Kevin Costner, and John Travolta; we’re all close to the same age.

I know the way he swings his tall body into that loping, cocky walk. And it’s fun to watch him, in the green room at the Writers Guild, enthusiastically wave his hands around when he talks about directing. He’s in a good mood: His August Wilson film adaptation of “Fences” has been enthusiastically received, by critics, audiences and — perhaps most crucially for its Oscar chances — actors, landing the coveted SAG Ensemble nomination.

In his third directorial outing (“The Debaters, »

- Anne Thompson

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