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February 27, 2012
Picture: The Artist , Thomas Langmann, producer Actor: Jean Dujardin, The Artist Actress: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady Director: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, The Help Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners Cinematography: Hugo , Robert Richardson Art Direction: Hugo , Dante Ferretti (production...
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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!
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2016 | By Ellen Gray, TV CRITIC
There couldn't be a better or a worse time for Chris Rock to be hosting the Oscars. The timing is good for ABC. The network has made diversity part of its brand, with shows like Scandal , Black-ish , How to Get Away With Murder , American Crime, and Fresh Off the Boat . This month, it promoted Channing Dungey to entertainment president, making her the first African American to head a major broadcast network. Airing an Academy Awards show where, for the second year in a row, all the acting nominees are white?
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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!
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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.
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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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March 1, 2016
The host wore white. As in #OscarsSoWhite. Chris Rock looked sharp, and he mostly stayed on point Sunday, as he hosted an Academy Awards show for which he proved to be the right man at the right time. "If they nominated hosts, I wouldn't even get this job. You'd be watching Neil Patrick Harris," Chris Rock said even as he attempted to put the furor over the second consecutive year of all-white acting nominations into perspective. "It's the 88th Academy Awards. Which means this whole no black nominee thing has happened at least 71 other times," said Rock, noting that "black people did not protest" for most of those years.
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February 29, 2016 | By Steven Rea, MOVIE CRITIC
#OscarsSoPhilly, anyone? The controversy over the lack of diversity in the Academy Awards nominations - and in the movie biz in general - continues to dominate Oscar discussions. But there's something folks in Philadelphia can gab about, and embrace with pride, as the golden figurines are handed out Sunday night on Hollywood's Dolby Theatre stage: Sylvester Stallone, the guy who planted that underdog pugilist Rocky Balboa deep in the Philly psyche, is just about a sure thing to win the supporting actor Oscar for his performance in the otherwise criminally ignored Creed , playing an aging South Philadelphia restaurateur who returns to the boxing world to train the son of Rock's onetime rival.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2016 | By Ellen Gray, TV CRITIC
There couldn't be a better or a worse time for Chris Rock to be hosting the Oscars. The timing is good for ABC. The network has made diversity part of its brand, with shows like Scandal , Black-ish , How to Get Away With Murder , American Crime, and Fresh Off the Boat . This month, it promoted Channing Dungey to entertainment president, making her the first African American to head a major broadcast network. Airing an Academy Awards show where, for the second year in a row, all the acting nominees are white?
NEWS
February 26, 2016
DESPITE a few recent polls that suggest most Americans don't really care about the Oscars, I think we secretly do. It may not seem hip to have an opinion about who gets to "thank the Academy"and a hundred thousand minor acquaintances before the music drowns them out, but I am one of the Americans who does care. This is not surprising, because I have never aspired to hipness. That possibility was squelched in the fourth grade with my coke bottle glasses and pocket-sized calorie counter.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 9, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
G EORGE CLOONEY may be a movie star. But he ain't a panda. "Kung Fu Panda 3" showed its might again by beating Clooney's "Hail, Caesar!" and "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" at the Super Bowl weekend box office. The "Panda" sequel earned an estimated $21 million in its second weekend of release, according to studio estimates yesterday. Joel and Ethan Coen 's '50s Hollywood satire "Hail, Caesar!" opened in second place with an estimated $11.4 million. The Nicholas Sparks ' romance "The Choice" debuted with $6.1 million for Lionsgate.
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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.
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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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