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.
January 5, 2002 |
It might go without saying that the world doesn't need another televised movie awards show, but the first AFI Awards, airing live at 8 tonight on Channel 3, deserves its own recognition for wretched excess. The show - it will also include another unnecessary set of awards for TV - was conceived by the American Film Institute, which began life in 1967 with the objective of "preserving the heritage and advancing the art of film in America," and which has evolved into a giant, money-sucking parasite.
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.