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March 25, 1996 | Daily News Wire Services
This being such a wacky Oscar year, we thought we'd dig deep into the annals of the Academy Awards and find some rare moments to share. And the winners are: MOST SELF-SERVING MOMENT: This one's a tie, between Sally Field, who blurted out "You like me, you really like me" when accepting her 1984 best-actress prize for "Places in the Heart" and previous year winner Shirley Mac-Laine's "I deserve this" speech for "Terms of Endearment. " BEST STAND-IN FOR A CELEBRITY: Who can forget 1972, when Sacheen Littlefeather, dressed in Apache garb, refused the best-actor Oscar on behalf of Marlon Brando (for "Last Tango in Paris")
ENTERTAINMENT
September 7, 2008 | Steven Rea, Inquirer movie critic
There are real-life politicians: W., as in George, Milk, as in Harvey, Frost/Nixon as in Tricky you-know-who. There are teenage vampires (Twilight) and benevolent E.T.s (The Day the Earth Stood Still). There are talkin' 'toon critters - Bolt, Madagascar 2. And there are Oscar contenders, to be sure - quite possibly Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie for best actor (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and actress (Changeling), The Soloist for best picture, and a load of pedigreed literary adaptations.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 24, 1987 | Daily News Wire Services
Film-maker Woody Allen picked up two honors and Oscar nominee Bob Hoskins won the best actor award at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. The British film "A Room with a View," based on E.M. Forster's novel of the same name, was named best film for 1986 in the British equivalent of the Academy Awards. Maggie Smith won the best actress award for her role as the heroine's prudish chaperone in "A Room with a View. " She has been nominated in the best supporting actress category in the Oscars, set for Monday.
NEWS
March 10, 2006
WHAT DEAL was cut for the prestigious Academy Awards to bestow art status with an Oscar for best song on the simple-minded "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp"? Everybody got so upset about the low-class "wardrobe malfunction" by Janet Jackson, but awarding an Oscar for a song on such a topic by no-talent performers lacking any grace is no problem. All the great songwriters - Gershwin, Bernstein, Cohan, Cole Porter, Rogers and Hart - must be spinning in their graves. They had class.
NEWS
February 11, 1994 | by Ron Avery, Daily News Staff Writer
Not only Hollywood's version of "Philadelphia" has been nominated for Academy Awards. The real world of depravation, stark poverty and heartbreak in North Philly is also up for an Oscar. Nominated for Best Feature Documentary is "I Am a Promise: The Children of Stanton Elementary School. " The powerful 90-minute film looks at the hardships, struggles and small triumphs at an all-black, inner-city school, the M. Hall Stanton School, at 16th and Cumberland streets. The non-fiction "Philadelphia Story" shows kids picking up crack vials in their school yard, a child abandoned by a drug addicted mother and teachers struggling with few resources.
NEWS
March 25, 2003
Make-believe. Fantasy. Made-up people and stories and worlds. When much is broken, make-believe can help salve the wounds. Sunday night in Los Angeles, a bunch of professional make-believers got together and had some fun at the 75th annual Academy Awards. It was, to be sure, an awkward affair, a show muted by war thoughts, by fraidy-cat advertisers who pulled out at the last moment. But it mostly managed to sidestep the ugliness, in a needed respite from the grim clash in Iraq.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 14, 1991 | By Desmond Ryan, Inquirer Movie Critic The Hollywood Reporter contributed to this column
East Coast viewers who annually lurch off to bed after yet another interminable Academy Awards broadcast may fantasize about editing Oscar down to a manageable length. But Sony Music Video, in collaboration with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is actually doing something to sort the wheat from the chaff. The company will offer a 90-minute anthology of Oscar's best moments from 1970 to 1991. The tape will be priced at $19.98 and will be released in February - the month when the Academy Awards nominations are announced and Oscar interest begins to mount.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2012
EYE-CATCHING Jack Russell performances in "Beginners" and "The Artist" have prompted calls for a special Oscar to recognize dog performances. Why, people have asked, can't they throw Uggie ("The Artist") or Cosmo ("Beginners") a bone? As it turns out, there is already a movie award program for dogs - it's called the Golden Collar Award, and Uggie and Cosmo are up for best actor. (Uggie was actually nominated twice this year, for "The Artist" and his work in "Water for Elephants.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 1, 1990 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the wake of Monday night's Oscar-mania, winners in the big categories have hied homeward to await word from their respective agents, phoning to pitch new film deals. In the meantime, though, projects completed by winners prior to the 62d annual Academy Awards are being readied for release. Among them: Eversmile, New Jersey, with best-actor Daniel Day-Lewis as a motorcycling dentist who roams the globe to promote good dental hygiene (honest!). The antic comedy, directed by Argentine Carlos Sorin, premiered at the Santa Barbara Film Festival last month and a U.S. distributor is being sought.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 24, 1994 | By Christopher Cornell, FOR THE INQUIRER
So when do video collectors get to own, or at least rent, the films that won the big Oscars this week? The short answer: Don't hold your breath. Of the major winners, only The Fugitive, with best supporting actor Tommy Lee Jones, is on video now. The Piano (best actress, best supporting actress, best original screenplay) is due May 25. But most of this year's winners are still in their original theatrical runs. In other years, many winners had ended their runs by the time they won, which allowed them to be brought back for triumphal victory laps through theaters before heading to home video.
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March 10, 2015 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
AFTER DEVOTING 30 years to city parks and the volunteer armies that keep them alive, Barbara McCabe was chosen from 160 nominees to win the Richardson Dilworth Award for Distinguished Public Service in Philadelphia. It's the city's Oscar for lifetime achievement. "I pretty much lived at neighborhood rec centers when I was growing up in Port Richmond - Monkiewicz, Samuel, Cohocksink, A&W," said McCabe, the director of stewardship for Philadelphia Parks & Recreation. "I don't know what I would've done without them.
NEWS
February 27, 2015
NOT MANY women could pull off the backless pearl gown that Lupita Nyong'o wore to the Oscars. But at least one criminal did. The morning after the big bash, the "12 Years a Slave" star left her Calvin Klein Collection dress, designed by Francisco Costa and made with 6,000 pearls over a whole month, in her room at Hollywood's The London West hotel. When she returned that evening, the $150G frock had vanished. Poof! Cops were called. Videos were examined. At press time, the thief remained at large.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 2015 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
Bright, optic white is bleaching out its eggshell sister, quickly becoming the preferred winter choice among milky hues. That's the big fashion take-home from the 2015 awards season that came to a brilliant close Sunday night with the Oscars. At the Golden Globes, the season's official kickoff, Kate Hudson was cool and curvy in a pure-as-the-driven-snow cutout, courtesy of Versace. A few weeks later, Jennifer Hudson smartly selected an immaculate, strapless Tom Ford sheath for the Grammys.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Oscars: You didn't watch Despite a fresh-faced host in Neil Patrick Harris , people stayed away in droves Sunday from ABC's livecast of the Academy Awards. The show drew 36.6 mil viewers, according to preliminary numbers from Nielsen. That's a six-year low. At least it stayed ahead of the Golden Globes, which had 19.3 mil viewers.   No Joan Rivers at Oscars Several names were omitted from the In Memoriam segment at the Oscars, including those of Elaine Stritch , Richard Kiel , and Taylor Negron . But one oversight has fans up in arms: Joan Rivers scored nary a mention in the segment, nor anywhere else at the televised kudofest.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 24, 2015 | By Ellen Gray
SO THAT HAPPENED. The 87th annual Academy Awards had its moments, but too many of them were uh-huh moments. Host Neil Patrick Harris onstage in his tighty whities, a la "Birdman. " Anna Kendrick and Philly's Kevin Hart presenting the award for animated short because, well, they're animated. And short. Harris' following the Oscar win of "Whiplash" star J.K. Simmons with, "He won Oscar . . . ," set to the tune of the jingle for Simmons' Farmers Insurance ads. Yep, Oscar, the Everest of hosting gigs, has left yet another promising host stranded short of the summit.
NEWS
February 24, 2015 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
Birdman truly does fly. A literally soaring backstage dramedy about a fading Hollywood star's struggles to mount a Broadway show and hang on to his sanity, Birdman - full title Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance - won best picture at the 87th Academy Awards last night at the Dolby Theater on Hollywood Boulevard. Its director, Alejandro González Iñárritu, also won for achievement in directing. In all, Birdman took four Oscars. The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson's colorful, calamitous between-the-wars screwball farce, won four awards, and Whiplash , about a jazz-drumming prodigy and his seriously screwed-up teacher, lodged multiple wins in the early going of the ceremonies.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
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?
NEWS
February 20, 2015
TWO MONTHS ago, picking Oscar winners looked easy - as easy as it looked last year, when I correctly picked the winners of the major categories. (Of course, so did nearly everybody else, but let's not dwell on that.) Since then, a couple of things happened, including "American Sniper. " The movie won a bunch of nominations, and became a box-office and cultural phenomenon, precisely the kind of movie the Oscars were trying to embrace when the Academy expanded the number of Best Picture nominees.
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