Academy Awards

How The Oscars’ Social Activism Took On Hollywood

By Kathryn Cramer Brownell Mar 1 – With Chris Rock, an acerbic black comedian, set to host Sunday night’s Oscar broadcast in Hollywood, even as Al Sharpton led a protest outside the Dolby Theater and director Spike Lee and actress Jada Pinkett Smith demanded a boycott of #OscarsSoWhite, viewers expected a potent mix of entertainment

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‘Spotlight’ Wins Top Oscar Prize on Night of Racial Critique

By Jill Serjeant LOS ANGELES, Feb 29 – Catholic Church abuse movie “Spotlight” was named best picture, the top award at Sunday’s Oscar ceremony, after an evening peppered with pointed punchlines from host Chris Rock about the #OscarsSoWhite controversy that has dominated the industry. Mexico’s Alejandro Inarritu nabbed the best directing Oscar for “The Revenant”,

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Oscar Host Chris Rock Confronts Hollywood Racial Furor

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES, Feb 29 – Comedian Chris Rock launched his return stint as Oscar host on Sunday by immediately, directly confronting the racially charged elephant in the room—the lingering furor over the all-white field of performers nominated for Hollywood’s highest awards. Strolling on stage in a white dinner jacket and bow tie after an opening display

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DiCaprio Is Oscar Shoo-In, But Host Chris Rock May Shock

By Jill Serjeant LOS ANGELES, Feb 28  – Suspense and surprises mark the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday after a roller coaster awards season dominated by the #OscarsSoWhite controversy and no clear front-runner for the top honor of best picture. It’s the movie industry’s biggest celebration, but all eyes this year will be on Oscars

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