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Five Decades and 200 Films Later, Jackie Chan ‘Finally’ Wins Oscar

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES, Nov 13 – When Jackie Chan saw an Oscar at Sylvester Stallone’s house 23 years ago, he said that was the moment he decided he wanted one. On Saturday at the annual Governors Awards, the Chinese actor and martial arts star finally received his little gold statuette, an honorary Oscar

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In The Name of ‘Honor’

By Omar R Quraishi Film-maker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy did Pakistan proud yet again — winning her second Oscar for documentary film-making. Her first one was for Saving Face which highlighted the terrible stories of women in Pakistan whose faces have been disfigured by acid attacks. This year’s Oscar winning film, A Girl In The River: The

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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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Actor Leonardo DiCaprio Wins First Oscar After Much Anticipation

LOS ANGELES, Feb 29 – Leonardo DiCaprio finally won an Oscar on Sunday, taking home the best actor statuette for his role in revenge movie “The Revenant.” DiCaprio, 41, had been nominated four times previously for an acting Oscar over a career spanning 25 years. He was the favorite to clinch the Academy Award this

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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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Reel Progress

Nahla Al Fahad’s take on the hijab has won critical acclaim BY Arfa Shahid In a conversation with Newsweek Middle East, Emirati filmmaker, director and producer, Nahla Al Fahad, is contemplative. A packed schedule and constant travelling have not fazed Fahad, who is now known for her Oscar-shortlisted hijab documentary, The Tainted Veil. Fahad had known

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Oscar Announces Diversity Campaign

By Steve Gorman and Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES, Jan 24- The Oscars have launched a landmark campaign to diversify the ranks of Academy Award voters who decide which actors, movies and filmmakers earn recognition, but Hollywood’s highest honors may remain a predominantly white affair for some time to come. Amid an outcry against a field

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Celebrities Boycott Oscars for Lack of Diversity

By Ian Simpson Jan 18 – Director Spike Lee and actress Jada Pinkett Smith said on Monday they will boycott next month’s Academy Awards ceremony because black actors were shut out of nominations, and the Academy acknowledged it needed to do more to promote diversity. The Oscar acting nominees announced on Thursday lacked black performers

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