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February 27, 2012
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 23, 1999 | By Carrie Rickey, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
An hour into the Oscar telecast Sunday night, with only four of 26 statuettes distributed, you could hear remote controls across America click off the tube. An IRS 1040 form would have made livelier TV than the 71st annual Academy Awards, a barrage of tributes to dead cowboys and real-life heroes memorialized on celluloid. In a room containing Gwyneth Paltrow, Whoopi Goldberg and Steven Spielberg, why import Sen. John Glenn and Gen. Colin Powell for glamor? If brevity is the soul of wit, then these Academy Awards were positively soulless.
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March 23, 1986 | By Desmond Ryan, Inquirer Movie Critic
It was 1942, and one of the nominees for an Academy Award had refused to show up at the Biltmore Hotel. "He did not want to be humiliated," his wife later explained. "He thought he'd get mad and do something drastic when he didn't win. " The writer was Herman Mankiewicz and the film was one you may have heard of - Citizen Kane. He won the award for screenwriting, but his misgivings at participating in the ritual of the Oscars were well founded. Mankiewicz could argue on the evidence and many precedents that little justice could be expected from the Academy voters, and predict that someone would make a fool of himself.
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March 28, 1994 | BY DONALD KAUL
I'll tell you, it's hell getting old. I not only can't stay up for World Series games any more, I can't make it through the Academy Awards. I start out bright as a People magazine subscriber, but as the evening wears on, things start running together, and I begin to doze off. And in the doze, I dream. I dream up my own Oscar ceremonies, awards to real world people engaged in real world dramas. For example, here are the Oscars I gave out the other night, while the Motion Picture Academy was discovering (Surprise!
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March 2, 2015 | BY WENDY RUDERMAN, Daily News Staff Writer rudermw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5924
A HOST of this year's "Richardson Dilworth Award" ceremony likened the event to the Academy Awards. By that measure, the city's version was far more entertaining and a lot less boring. The hour-long awards presentation, held at City Hall on Friday, was chock full of genuine laughs, tears, surprises - and even a little love story. And when each nominee learned they had won, their reaction wasn't all, "Blah, blah, blah . . . I'd like to thank the Academy. " The acceptance was pure Philly: "Get outta here!
NEWS
March 31, 1987 | By Jennifer Lowe, Los Angeles Daily News (The Associated Press contributed to this article.)
You may find it a bit hairy to recall who won Academy Awards last year. But hostess Jane Fonda's daring new coiffure may come to mind. The shoulder-length wispy style caused waves in the fashion world; women still trickle into the Barron Hair Studio in Studio City, the place responsible for the look of Fonda's locks, and ask for her style. For Los Angeles hair stylists, the anticipation of last night's awards show practically made hair rise with excitement. Which hairdo would cause the biggest stir?
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March 31, 1987 | By David Bianculli, Inquirer TV Critic
Those who watched CBS's NCAA basketball championship last night instead of ABC's Oscar telecast didn't know what they were missing - until they tuned to the Hollywood ceremony at 10 p.m., when the game ended. Then they soon discovered what loyal Oscar viewers already knew: They were missing nothing. Last night's Oscar telecast was more boring than a Southfork oil drill. Many opportunities for drama were robbed, most opportunities for comedy were mishandled, and any chance of pace or excitement was doomed from the start when Telly Savalas, Dom DeLuise and Pat Morita bleated the opening number.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 22, 1998 | By Desmond Ryan, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
It was the the most expensive picture in the history of movies, and the delays and staggering logistical problems that beset its production were eagerly publicized in the media. But the studio that gambled everything on the epic film reaped a huge reward as it became a worldwide blockbuster. Titanic in 1997? No, Ben-Hur in 1959. Ben-Hur went on to win a dozen Oscar nominations and an unprecedented 11 statuettes, a record of suitably biblical proportions that stands to this day. But will it still stand after tomorrow night?
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March 30, 1992 | By Ryan Murphy, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
In 1988, a couple of months before she won her best-actress Oscar for The Accused, Jodie Foster mused on her first trip to the Academy Awards. She was 13, and a supporting-actress nominee for Taxi Driver. "The Oscars are like a party, in a way, and it is a great honor to be recognized by your peers," said Foster, nominated this year for her turn in The Silence of the Lambs. "But actually, I think the only thing you remember afterward is who wore what. " How true. In bygone decades, when the fashions of the moment were hideous to begin with, attendees seemed to compete for the tackiest-outfit Oscar.
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January 18, 2016 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
Josh Singer is really in the spotlight now. On Thursday morning, the name of the Ambler native and Harvard Law-grad-turned-Hollywood scribe was announced alongside the likes of DiCaprio, Damon, and Blanchett when nominations for the 88th Academy Awards were read off in Beverly Hills, Calif. Singer, along with co-writer Tom McCarthy, is a nominee for the original screenplay Oscar for Spotlight , the searing true story of the Boston Globe's Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into pedophile priests in the Catholic Church.
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January 22, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
W ILL SMITH S ays he will not attend the Academy Awards next month, joining his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith , and others in protest against two straight years of all-white acting nominees. "My wife's not going. It would be awkward for me to show up with Charlize ( Theron )," said Smith on ABC's "Good Morning America" yesterday. "We've discussed it, but at this current time, we're uncomfortable to stand there and say this is OK. " Smith, who some thought might be nominated for "Concussion," said his decision was "deeply not about me. " "This is about children that are going to sit down and they're going to watch the show and they're not going to see themselves represented," said Smith.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 2016 | Howard Gensler
Kylo Ren was no match for Kevin Hart . "Ride Along 2," also starring Ice Cube , topped the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend in North America with an estimated $41.5 million over four days, according to studio estimates Monday. The box office-topping performance of "Ride Along 2" lent a timely reminder to Hollywood of the power of diversity at the multiplex, even when there's no diversity at the Oscars. In second was "The Revenant," which earned $39 million over four days, capitalizing on its leading 12 Oscar nominations Thursday.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Boycotting the Oscars Filmmaker Spike Lee and actor Jada Pinkett Smith on Monday separately declared they plan to boycott the Academy Awards on Feb. 28 for the lack of diversity among this year's nominees. Several filmmakers, including Straight Outta Compton producer Will Packer , have voiced concerns that none of the acting categories includes African Americans. "Should people of color refrain from participating all together," Smith said on Facebook Saturday. "People can only treat us in the way in which we allow.
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January 18, 2016 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
Josh Singer is really in the spotlight now. On Thursday morning, the name of the Ambler native and Harvard Law-grad-turned-Hollywood scribe was announced alongside the likes of DiCaprio, Damon, and Blanchett when nominations for the 88th Academy Awards were read off in Beverly Hills, Calif. Singer, along with co-writer Tom McCarthy, is a nominee for the original screenplay Oscar for Spotlight , the searing true story of the Boston Globe's Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into pedophile priests in the Catholic Church.
NEWS
January 16, 2016 | By Steven Rea, STAFF MOVIE CRITIC
The Revenant , the grizzly frontier saga starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a bent-on-revenge, back-from-the-dead fur trapper, led the pack with a dozen nominations as the contenders for the 88th Academy Awards were announced Thursday in Beverly Hills. Right behind the violent wilderness adventure were two more epic tales of survival: the postapocalyptic feminist action pic Mad Max: Fury Road , with 10 nominations, and The Martian , starring Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on the Red Planet, with seven shots at the statuette.
NEWS
January 15, 2016 | BY STEVEN REA, Staff Movie Critic
"THE REVENANT," the grizzly frontier saga starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a bent-on-revenge, back-from-the-dead fur trapper, led the pack with a dozen nominations as the contenders for the 88th Academy Awards were announced Thursday in Beverly Hills. Right behind the violent wilderness adventure were two more epic tales of survival: the postapocalyptic feminist action pic "Mad Max: Fury Road," with 10 nominations, and "The Martian," starring Matt Damon as an astronaut stranded on the Red Planet, with seven shots at the statuette.
NEWS
September 7, 2015 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
T oo early to talk Oscars? Not if you're an actor, a filmmaker, a studio exec, a publicist, a blogger - or a humble movie critic - heading to the 40th Toronto International Film Festival. The biggest festival in North America and the launchpad for awards season contenders and wannabes, TIFF 2015 opens Thursday and runs through Sept. 20. This year's schedule boasts 399 films - 289 features and 110 shorts - from 71 countries. A lot of those films will end up on VOD platforms, or reappear at smaller fests, make their way to art houses and Amazon, or never be seen again.
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March 2, 2015 | BY WENDY RUDERMAN, Daily News Staff Writer rudermw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5924
A HOST of this year's "Richardson Dilworth Award" ceremony likened the event to the Academy Awards. By that measure, the city's version was far more entertaining and a lot less boring. The hour-long awards presentation, held at City Hall on Friday, was chock full of genuine laughs, tears, surprises - and even a little love story. And when each nominee learned they had won, their reaction wasn't all, "Blah, blah, blah . . . I'd like to thank the Academy. " The acceptance was pure Philly: "Get outta here!
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2015 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
On the day before Michael Keaton lost the 87th Academy Awards best-actor prize (boo!), the Birdman star was holding a winged trophy aloft at the Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, across town from Hollywood. Accepting his "best male lead" win in front of many of the same glammy peers he'd be sitting with Sunday night, Keaton jokingly saved his last thank-you for Narcissus, the creature of Greek mythology who fell in love with his own reflection and whose name begat the term narcissism.
NEWS
February 23, 2015 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
Birdman or Boyhood ? A breakneck backstage commotion about art and ego that seems to fly by in a flash? Or a loping survey of life's small moments filmed over 12 years with a cast that grows older before our eyes? As audiences settle down to watch the 87th Academy Awards on Sunday night (and pick apart the sartorial choices), the Hollywood pundits and progn -oscar -ators have pretty much decreed: The best-picture race is between Alejandro G. Iñárritu's Birdman , with nine nominations, and Richard Linklater's Boyhood , with six. I'm OK with that.
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