March 27, 1995 |
Ready or not, tonight's the night for the Academy Awards show, at 9 on ABC (Channel 6). When you review the program's bumpy history, a major question arises: Can a host make or break the annual Oscar telecast? Past and present producers of the Academy Awards ceremony seem to think so. Most agree on one thing: It's easy for participants to get bogged down in the seriousness of the evening's honors and awards. And though a solemn attitude may be great for a Nobel Prize ceremony, it can spell death for a three-hour show that's supposed to be entertaining.
March 25, 1986 |
Geraldine Page won - and lost - last night. By winning the Academy Award for Best Actress, Page, 61, broke the tie with Peter O'Toole for the dubious distinction of most nominations without an Oscar. Both had eight, but Page's victory gives O'Toole sole possession of the Longest Foreplay category. Nominated for her portrayal of Carrie Watts, a Texas widow in "The Trip to Bountiful," Page said the "role lets me show all the things I've learned about acting. " In 36 years, that's quite a lot. She was accompanied to last night's ceremonies by her husband of 23 years, actor Rip Torn, with whom she has three children.
January 20, 2016 |
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.
April 17, 1988 |
Clearing out the Oscar notebook: Alert viewers - and perhaps there were some left as the Academy Awards broadcast lurched into its fourth hour Monday night - may have wondered what exactly Bernardo Bertolucci meant by referring to Hollywood as "The Big Nipple. " When he came back to chat with the world's press after The Last Emperor had walked off with everything but the hors d'oeuvres at the Governor's Ball, the director explained. Winning nine Academy Awards was something that nurtured one's career in a Freudian sense, he said.
February 21, 2015 |
Every televised contest comes with its big opinions and bigger questions. (What was the most shocking moment of the Super Bowl: the Patriots' last-minute interception or that weird dancing shark? What was wrong with Kanye West at the Grammys and why do they keep inviting him back?) Certainly the same is true of the 87th annual Academy Awards, which air on ABC at 8 p.m. Sunday, preceded by an E! Network red-carpet watch at 6. Will Oscar voters go for Michael Keaton or Eddie Redmayne as best actor?
June 30, 1988 |
NFL Films has branched out quite a bit in its 26 years. The folks who created the Football Follies have tackled a variety of art forms - including rock videos and a documentary on moon flight - and they made it look easy. Tonight, NFL Films takes on a new challenge: a live awards show patterned after the Oscars. The black-tie affair will be held at the WHYY-TV studios in Independence Mall with the nominees and presenters arriving - by limousine, of course - at 7:30 p.m. It is called the first annual NFL Filmstar Awards, with tickets selling for $100 and proceeds going to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
February 22, 2004 |
As the last week builds up to this year's Academy Awards, I pause to ask one, perhaps impertinent, question about the best-actress category: Why does it exist? After all, there will be no award next Sunday for the best screenplay by a woman. Sofia Coppola wasn't nominated as best female director. There's no award for a best picture by a woman producer. Why are there separate acting awards divided by gender? There doesn't appear to be anything about acting skill that is gender-specific.
October 6, 2010 |
LOS ANGELES - Organizers of the Academy Awards are ironing out the logistics of moving the ceremony up to late January or early February in 2012, and that could mean that Oscar voters may be watching contending films - and voting for the winners - on their laptops. Next year's ceremony will be held Feb. 27, but an earlier date could allow the academy to steal back some of the thunder from other award shows and boost TV ratings. But any date switch - which has yet to be approved by the academy - has been complicated by the National Football League, which is considering adding two games to its schedule.
January 16, 2015 |
Paltrow approves Garner Gwyneth Paltrow thinks her ex-bf Ben Affleck has found the perfect mate in Jennifer Garner . Gwyn on Wednesday told Howard Stern that when Ben was younger, he couldn't handle anyone more sophisticated than a Scores stripper. But he's grown. "He's settled down and his wife is awesome," said GP of JG, who wed BA in 2005. "Not only is she beautiful but she's so warm, she cooks, and she's so into her kids and she's great. She's hilarious.
March 27, 1991 |
Billy Crystal arrived on a horse and Kevin Costner's Dances With Wolves rode off with seven Oscars. But the 63d edition of the Academy Awards turned out to be more than the night when a western turned a chuckwagon into a bandwagon. Long after the dust from Costner's stampede has settled, and the grumblings have subsided that his splendid achievement beat a film of more enduring greatness (GoodFellas), Monday evening will be remembered for a paradox. Although Dances With Wolves was honored for singlehandedly reviving a Hollywood genre that stretches back to the days of the flickering nickelodeon, several of the acting awards marked a departure from the usual conservative voting patterns.