Oscars

Charlotte Rampling Claims Oscar Diversity Controversy is ‘Racist to Whites’

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by Charles Bramesco January 22, 2016 @ 8:53 AM
British actress Charlotte Rampling was one of the lower-profile performers to secure a nomination at this year’s Academy Awards, impressing voters with her devastating and controlled performance in Andrew Haigh’s relationship drama 45 Years. Ms. Rampling is currently sixty-nine years old, which is to say she was born in 1946 and came of age during the ’50s and ’60s — a different time, to be sure. Like many individuals at a relatively older age, she reflects the social norms of her era, many of which society has since advanced past. Older folks sometimes express opinions that younger generations find objectionable, and while such comments ought not to be excused outright, they also must be considered within the cultural context from they originated.

Here Are the Nominees for Best American Film at Japan’s Academy Awards

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by Charles Bramesco January 19, 2016 @ 10:01 AM
Warner Bros.
It’s a pretty objective assessment that most Americans don’t give half a damn about foreign film. Hardly any imports make it into neighborhood cineplexes, and the films that do score a theatrical run in major cities are lucky if they make enough...

2016 Oscar Nominations: ‘The Revenant’ Leads with 12 Noms, ‘Mad Max’ with 10

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by Erin Whitney January 14, 2016 @ 7:23 AM
ABC
We made it! Oscar nominations day has finally arrived, putting to rest all of your endless predictions about the most ambiguous awards season in decades, until, of course, we start prognosticating about the nominees. The 2016 Oscar nominations will be announced at 8:30 a.m. E.T. and you can watch them live below.

DGA Nominations Include ‘The Revenant,’ ‘Mad Max,’ and ‘The Big Short’

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by Erin Whitney January 12, 2016 @ 1:34 PM
20th Century Fox
We’re in the middle of an Oscar season that’s more unpredictable than ever before, especially following Sunday’s particularly nutty Golden Globes. But in all the unknown, one possible indicator has appeared to (hopefully) make our Academy Awards forecasts a little easier.

Why Can’t an Animated Film Be Nominated For Best Director at the Oscars?

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by Mike Sampson January 12, 2016 @ 11:01 AM
Getty Images
There’s a director who has been nominated for six Oscars. He even won once. His 2015 film was a critical and commercial success. It made over $350 million and has a 98 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
There’s another director who has been nominated for...

Oscars Foreign-Language Voters Slim Potential Nominees to Nine-Film Shortlist

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by Charles Bramesco December 30, 2015 @ 10:36 AM
From a sweeping slate of submissions with roots in over 80 countries, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Foreign-Language Executive Committee has pared down to nine entries. The official lineup of the final five nominees will be named on January 14, but even in this semifinal round, as it were, there are plenty of surprise omissions.