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2016 Oscar Predictions: The ScreenCrush Staff Picks the Winners

by ScreenCrush Staff February 24, 2016 @ 2:36 PM
Ready for the Oscars this Sunday? Need help winning your Oscar pool? The ScreenCrush staff — Editor-in-Chief Mike Sampson, Managing Editor Matt Singer and Senior Editor Erin Whitney — are here to help, or at least try their best anyway. They’ve seen all the movies (yes, even those documentary shorts!) and have come back with a definitive list of who will win at the 2016 Oscars. Normally these lists might have a lot of disparity, but strangely this year’s panel of experts largely agrees on the winners. That could mean good things for you and your office pool. Follow these selections to Oscar glory and bring home all the spoils. Or, come back on Monday morning to yell at them for they gave you really bad advice.

Ava DuVernay and Ryan Coogler to Host Benefit for Flint On Oscar Night

by Charles Bramesco February 24, 2016 @ 9:19 AM
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In 2014, Ava DuVernay got the cold shoulder from the Academy of Motion Picture Sciences when they nominated her skillfully-directed, socially urgent, crowd-pleasing Selma for Best Picture but passed over her for Best Director consideration in favor...

Two Original Song Performances Cut From Oscars Broadcast

by Charles Bramesco February 22, 2016 @ 9:40 AM
In a Variety exclusive late on Friday, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences announced that they had dumped two of the five scheduled performances of the Best Original Song nominees from this Sunday’s upcoming telecast. Ordinarily, the news that the notoriously lengthy Oscar ceremony would be shortened in any way at all would be cause for celebration, but the particulars of this decision should give readers pause. It’s true that the song performances can be the most time-consuming parts of the show, and though they’re definitely the least necessary, it’s some real bull-tonky that the show would appear only to cut the performances without adequate star-power behind them.

Help Leonardo DiCaprio Win an Oscar With This 16-Bit Game ‘Leo’s Red Carpet Rampage’

by ScreenCrush Staff February 16, 2016 @ 2:56 PM
Leonardo DiCaprio has never won an Oscar. We’ve heard this narrative time and time again, especially as he inches closer and closer to finally winning an Academy Award for his work in The Revenant, but it’s time for us as a people to stand up and do something about it. OK, maybe just sit down and do something about it. And by “do something” we mean play a video game. Yes, in Leo’s Red Carpet Rampage, you can finally help the unlucky actor chase down that elusive Oscar. If only you can avoid getting bumped by Lady Gaga.

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

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

by Charles Bramesco January 19, 2016 @ 10:01 AM
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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...