I like to imagine that, hidden somewhere in the depths of its new museum, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has a gigantic dial that it is continually adjusting to find the policies that will create the least public outcry — a doomed endeavor, since no matter the course it charts, our hyperpolarized atmosphere ensures the Academy will be scorned as full of both out-of-touch gatekeepers and thought-policing totalitarians in equal measure. And yet, like Sisyphus, it keeps trying anyway. You have to respect that. … [Read more...] about What the Oscars’ New Diversity Initiative Does — and Doesn’t — Do
Oscar ratings by year
I’m going with the SAG picks here, and for predictive purposes, I’ll just assume that Oscar voters continue to capitulate to Mara and Vikander’s shared desire to be placed in Best Supporting Actress. As for the alternates, Jane Fonda was hotly tipped for a nomination a while back, but her Youth cameo simply didn’t catch on; and though Jennifer Jason Leigh gave a fierce performance in The Hateful Eight, many found the treatment of her character misogynistic, and the Quentin Tarantino film hasn’t become a major awards-season player in the top categories. But if Mara and Vikander end up elsewhere or snubbed altogether due to category confusion, who knows what will become of this race? Check back tomorrow, and we’ll try to make sense of it together. … [Read more...] about Vulture’s Last, Best Guess at This Year’s Oscar Nominations
Both Gordon and Tana have been keeping fans updated on their time there, with the celebrity chef recently posting some more family snapshots over the bank holiday weekend, showing him and Oscar enjoying a swim together. … [Read more...] about Gordon Ramsay’s wife Tana shares picture of son Oscar – and he’s his dad’s double!
Hubert’s who-cares-about-the-Oscars tirade comes amid growing #OscarsSoWhite fallout — displeasure that has not only been expressed by the Smiths, but also by other such prominent industry figures as Spike Lee and, most recently, the Academy’s own Cheryl Boone Isaacs. Hit play above for Hubert’s full message (as well as an unexpected food endorsement), and then begin praying this year’s the year Hubert and the Smiths finally end their decades-long war. … [Read more...] about ’s Janet Hubert Slams Will and Jada in Semi-Oscar-Related Video Response
In a galling but unsurprising result, all 20 acting nominees for the Academy Awards are white again, for the second year in a row. While #OscarsSoWhite has circulated on Twitter this Oscar nominations morn, you know who called it the night before? The gimlet-eyed host of The Nightly Show, Larry Wilmore: On Wednesday night’s episode, Wilmore had correspondent Robin Thede come on to name just some of the exciting black actors and directors who would be snubbed early next morning, including Will Smith in Concussion and Michael B. Jordan in Creed. It’s a pointed, cheeky critique, but also a sly way of spotlighting great performances, like the one by Kiki Rodriguez in Tangerine. See you again next year — or until there is a massive structural overhaul in Hollywood, which won’t be for many, many years! … [Read more...] about Larry Wilmore Predicted All Your Black Faves Would Get Snubbed by the Oscars Last Night