Oscar Winner Halle Berry Speaks Up On Diversity Storm: “It’s Heartbreaking”
The first woman of color to win the Academy Award for Best Actress spoke out today about the Oscar diversity controversy. Halle Berry, who won her statuette in 2002 for playing the widow of an executed inmate in Monster’s Ball, spoke out at the 2016 Makers Conference, a leadership confab near LA.
"Honestly, that win almost 15 years ago was iconic,” she told CAA’s Kevin Huvane. “It was important to me, but I had the knowing in the moment that it was bigger than me. I… Read
Oscars: ‘Brooklyn’ Screenwriter Nick Hornby On Creating Memorable Roles For Women
In his own novels, including High Fidelity, About a Boy, and Fever Pitch, Nick Hornby always displayed a knack for tuning in to the concerns and neuroses of the modern man, but his career in adapted screenplays has surprised many by focusing on women's stories. With An Education, Wild and now Brooklyn, he has helped to create three memorable leading roles for women, all of them Oscar-nominated. Saoirse Ronan is in the running this year for her performance as the quietly… Read
‘Brooklyn’s John Crowley & Julie Walters On Showing “The Complete Journey Of Immigration”
EXCLUSIVE: John Crowley's Brooklyn, adapted by Nick Hornby from Colm Tóibín's novel, is perhaps this season's most delicate Oscar player. A touching, human story about Eilis (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish immigrant to New York in the 1950s, the film's central theme is homesickness and the difficulty with which our lives move on.
Ronan's performance has been gaining traction since the movie premiered a year ago at Sundance, with gold from the British Independent Film… Read
Oscars: Second Group Of Presenters Includes Steve Carell, Priyanka Chopra, Olivia Munn & Kerry Washington
UPDATED, 12:05 PM: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the second group of presenters for the 88th Academy Awards this month. They are Steve Carell, Priyanka Chopra, Quincy Jones, Byung-hun Lee, Jared Leto, Julianne Moore, Olivia Munn, Margot Robbie, Jason Segel, Andy Serkis, J.K. Simmons, Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon.
PREVIOUSLY, January 28: Amid the cloud of the Oscars diversity flap, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences… Read
Oscars: Olivia Munn & Jason Segel To Host Sci-Tech Awards
Olivia Munn and Jason Segel are set to host the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation on Saturday, February 13, at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills. They will present 11 awards to 33 individual recipients and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers during the evening.
"The Sci-Tech Awards Presentation is one of our special events during Oscar season, and we're thrilled to have Olivia and Jason as this… Read
Peter Bart: What Should Chris Rock Do At The Oscars?
At Oscars time, Chris Rock could show his smarts, as well as spreading around a little love.
When he does his occasional stand-up routine, Rock asks this question about the Academy Award show: "What straight black man actually sits there and watches the Oscars? Show me one!"
Chris Rock may not watch it, but a month from now he'll be hosting the Oscars, and everyone seems to be offering advice about what he should or should not say. Since so many gurus are nattering at… Read
Oscars: ‘What Happened, Miss Simone?’ Director Liz Garbus On Exploring The Life Of A Musical Icon
Oscar nominee Liz Garbus has been interested in Nina Simone's music since her college days. But it was as she explored the life of the troubled but talented singer that she realized there were a great many unanswered questions. She'd been invited to pitch as a director for the film that would become What Happened, Miss Simone?, which joins a crop of excellent music documentaries this year, and will challenge Asif Kapadia’s Amy amongst the others in the Documentary Feature… Read
Oscar Diversity: DGA’s Paris Barclay Says “Condition Has Long Shamed This Industry”
DGA President Paris Barclay is the latest high-profile Hollywood veteran to weigh in on the brouhaha over the lack of diversity among this year’s Academy Award nominees. He calls the Academy's decision to broaden its membership a step in the right direction for creating a more diverse awards show but said that to really diversify the industry, "Rules must be implemented to open up the hiring process and rethink the idea of 'approved lists.'"
Here’s his statement just… Read
‘The Hateful Eight’s Demian Bichir On Oscar Diversity Uproar: “Art Is Art”
Hailing from an acting family, Demian Bichir became a top star in Mexico and established himself in Hollywood with a milestone performance in A Better Life that led him to be the first Mexican since Anthony Quinn to be Oscar nominated for Best Actor. Bichir, currently on the screen in Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, has written a guest column for Deadline on the Oscar diversity issue.
Art is art and it should not be divided into colors. Yes, there should be… Read
Academy’s Historic Changes Elicit Everything From Praise To Outrage To Making Some Members Very Nervous
Well, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has never been accused of moving too swiftly on making sweeping changes, but it clearly reversed that image with today’s announced actions being implemented to increase diversity in the Oscar-giving organization. And, judging from emails and phone calls I am getting, it already is setting off new controversies — this time among members who feel the entire Academy should have had a chance to weigh in before these new… Read
Charlotte Rampling Says Her Comment That Oscar Uproar “Is Racist To Whites” Was “Misinterpreted” – Update
UPDATED, 4:44 PM: After causing a stir with comments on French radio about the Oscar diversity issue, Academy Award nominee Charlotte Rampling told CBS, “I regret that my comments could have been misinterpreted.” In a statement to CBS’ Sunday Morning, the 45 Years star tried to clarify what she really meant:
“I regret that my comments could have been misinterpreted this week in my interview with Europe 1 Radio. I simply meant to say that in an ideal world every… Read
Academy Unveils Major Rule Changes To Diversify Oscars
UPDATED with Kevin Tsujihara statement: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors has unanimously approved “substantive changes designed to make the Academy's membership, its governing bodies, and its voting members significantly more diverse,” following a vote Thursday night. The goal, according to AMPAS, is to double the number of women and minority members of the Academy by 2020.
"The Academy is going to lead and not wait for the industry to cat… Read