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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 »
- Patrick Shanley
Thursday morning’s Oscar nominations for Best Animated Film skewed heavily towards the independents, the international and the quirky. Disney-Pixar’s much-heralded “Inside Out” scored a nomination but the company’s second film, “The Good Dinosaur” was shut out along with Fox’s “The Peanuts Movie” and Universal’s blockbuster “Minions.”
Though it might seem like a foregone conclusion that a Pixar film will triumph yet again at the Oscars, just being nominated, as they say, is an honor for several lesser-known titles.
Paramount’s offbeat stop-motion drama “Anomalisa,” directed by received a nod, along with Lionsgate’s “Shaun the Sheep Movie” and a pair of dramas distributed by GKids — innovative Brazilian story “Boy and the World” and “When Marnie Was There” from Studio Ghibli. »
- Dave McNary
Special Correspondents, a new Netflix original feature film was written and directed by Ricky Gervais and stars Eric Bana (Deliver Us From Evil, Lone Survivor) and Gervais (Muppets Most Wanted, Derek). The film is about a struggling New York based radio journalist whose arrogance and decadent lifestyle has hindered his career. With his job on the line, he fakes front line war reports from the comfort of his hideout above a Spanish restaurant in Queens.
The film also stars Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel, Up in the Air), Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire, Brave), Kevin Pollak (The Usual Suspects, Casino), America Ferrera (Ugly Betty, How to Train Your Dragon), Raúl Castillo (Looking, Cold Weather), and Benjamin Bratt (Modern Family, 24: Live Another Day).
- Kellvin Chavez
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