As Cicely Tyson clearly demonstrated during Aretha Franklin’s funeral, she can elevate any moment. But of course, we knew that already.
Looks like the Oscars are putting that whole Best Popular Film category idea on ice, at least for the moment. On Thursday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced they would not be introducing the new category this year because of the “challenges” posed to films that have already been released.
The man accused of stealing Frances McDormand’s Oscar for best actress says that he will fight the felony charges pressed against him by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Once upon a time (somewhat) long ago, I had a hankering for Popeyes Chicken during lunch hour at work. It was one of our extra-busy days, so I needed to do a grab-and-go.
When writer-director Jordan Peele won his Best Original Screenplay Oscar for 2017’s biggest hit, Get Out, I cheered. When cast members of 2018’s biggest hit so far, Marvel’s Black Panther, walked the red carpet at the 90th Academy Awards, I swooned. And when I looked out at the sea of (mostly) white people attending…
Make no mistake: Just because you don’t see a sea of diaphanous black gowns and sharp, black tuxes at the Oscars red carpet this Sunday doesn’t mean the Time’s Up movement didn’t show up.
Even though the film was nominated for four major Academy Awards this year, including Best Picture and Best Director, some longtime Oscar voters still haven’t watched Get Out because they don’t deem it Oscar material.
Today is the day. The 2018 Oscar nominees were announced bright and early Tuesday morning for the 90th annual ceremony.
It's been over a week since Viola Davis won her first Academy Award for her portrayal of "Rose" in Denzel Washington's screen adaptation of August Wilson's iconic and devastating Fences; bringing her one step closer to coveted EGOT status. Which means it's been over a week since the biggest travesty of awards season…
Robert Townsend’s Hollywood Shuffle was released 30 years ago this year. Although it couldn’t have been noted at the time, Shuffle became a foundational film that launched the careers of two of our most prolific filmmakers and made us aware of an entire family of comedic geniuses—the Wayans family. I most remember the…
In one of the most entertaining "spontaneous" bits I've ever seen performed at the Academy Awards, Jimmy Kimmel allowed a group of flabbergasted and starstruck tourists into the Dolby Theater to walk past the audience. This, of course, introduced the world to #GaryFromChicago and his wife — computer generated…
Will Moonlight pull the upset, or will La La Land's unstoppable celebration of cinematic Whiteness prevail? Will Uncle Denzel and Viola and Mahershala walk away with hardware? Will we have another "Hidden Fences" moment? Will Jimmy Kimmel do something — anything — funny? Let's see!
I have a complicated relationship with the Academy Awards.
Tonight’s 89th annual Academy Awards will be very different from last year’s broadcast or even the year before. In 2015 and 2016, there were no black actors or actors of color nominated in any acting categories. One of the reasons activist April Reign was so successful in launching her #OscarsSoWhite movement in…
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Oscar season is upon us.
After two straight years of #OscarsSoWhite, in which black actors were shut out of all the acting categories, this year’s Academy Awards nominations featured so much blackness, some racist trolls on Twitter might just start calling the Oscars the BET Awards.
As remote as 2015 now feels, it’s hard to forget, as the award season rolls around again, the groundswell caused by the hashtag that became the David to Hollywood’s Goliath.
Cheryl Boone Isaacs is one film industry leader who is taking the #OscarsSoWhite criticism to heart and instituting change.