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‘Archival Quality’: Ghostly Graphic Novel Wins 5th Annual McDuffie Award

Archival Quality, a ghostly graphic novel from Oni Press that incorporates a compassionate and evocative portrayal of mental health issues in its tale of spectral mystery, has been named winner of the 5th Annual Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics. The award is shared by the book’s creative team, writer Ivy Noelle Weir and illustrator Christina “Steenz” Stewart. The finalists this year represented an impressively eclectic field of nominees with an array of… Read

Editors Guild Urges Academy To Reconsider Award Presentations During Commercial Breaks

EXCLUSIVE: The Editors Guild has joined the tsunami of protests over the Film Academy's decision to hand out four Oscars – including the one for Best Editing – during commercial breaks in the February 24 telecast on ABC. The Academy's decision, which also relegates cinematographers, makeup artists and hairstylists and producers of live-action shorts to the back of the Oscar bus, is being widely viewed as a snub of below-the-line crafts – a charge the Academy vehemently… Read

Cinematographers Guild Joins Protest Over Move To Trim Oscar Telecast

The International Cinematographers Guild has joined the growing chorus of boos over the Film Academy's decision to shorten the Oscar telecast by presenting the awards for four categories – including the one for Best Cinematography – during commercial breaks. The winners' acceptance speeches will be taped and aired later in the broadcast, but examples of their work will not be shown during the show. "This decision is extremely disheartening," said Steven Poster, president… Read

More Big Names – Cuarón, Clooney, McDormand Among Them – Sign Open Letter To Academy In Category Controversy


UPDATED, 10:05 AM Thursday with more names added to open letter: The list of industry names who have signed on to an open letter to the Academy asking it to reverse its decision to change the way some categories are presented at the Oscars is growing. Roma‘s Alfonso Cuarón, George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Kerry Washington are among the latest signatories on the letter, which now includes support from Oscar winners including Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Guillermo del Toro and… Read

IATSE President Matt Loeb Calls Academy’s Oscar Exclusions An “Insult” To Below-The-Line Crafts

Matt Loeb IATSE

IATSE president Matt Loeb has joined the chorus of complaints about the upcoming Oscar telecast, demanding that the Academy "reverse course" and reinstate cinematographers, editors and makeup artists and hairstylists to the full Oscar program. Last week, the Academy announced that the Oscars for those three categories and live-action shorts would be presented during commercial breaks, though the winners' acceptance speeches will be taped and aired later in the broadcast… Read

The Road To Oscar: How Each 2018 Best Picture Nominee Got Here

Black Panther

There can only be one winner, but each of the Best Picture nominees overcame creative, financial and logistical hurdles to get this close to the finish line. Here are their war stories. Black Panther Fifty years ago, the phrase 'Black Panther' carried more political baggage than it does today, immediately summoning up images of a militant African-American revolutionary, named after by the controversial civil rights party founded by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale in Oakland… Read

Grammys 2019: Kacey Musgraves Wins Album of the Year

Kacey Musgraves won the 2019 Grammy Album of the Year for Golden Hour, triumphing over an eclectic field to win her fourth Grammy of the night, tying Childish Gambino for most wins of the evening. The country music artist shared the honor with producers Ian Fitchuk and Daniel Tashian; engineers/mixers Craig Alvin and Shawn Everett. Songwriters sharing the award were Fitchuk, Musgraves and Tashian, while Greg Calbi and Steve Fallone were mastering engineers The award goes… Read

Grammys 2019 : Childish Gambino’s ‘This Is America’ Wins Record Of the Year

This is America by Childish Gambino, an incendiary song of social commentary, won the prestigious Record of the Year category at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Earlier tonight This Is America became the first hip-hop composition to win in the song of the year category. Childish Gambino (a.k.a. Donald Glover) did not attend the ceremony. Soft-spoken Swedish producer Ludwig Goransson, a key collaborator for Childish Gambino’s music… Read

Grammys 2019: UK Singer-Songwriter Dua Lipa Wins Best New Artist Honors

Dua Lipa rode a track from her self-titled debut album to the best new artist award, winning over Grammy voters with her New Rules for dealing with an unfaithful lover. The unlikely duo of Bob Newhart and Alessia Cara presented the award. Newhart won Best New Artist for a 1961 comedy album, while Cara won the award last year. She told the comedian that her great-grandmother had all his albums, with Newhart feigning outrage as she kept upping the age of her relatives who… Read

Notes On The Season: Fox Searchlight Chiefs On Playing ‘Favourites’ And Rejecting Oscar Politics; Viggo Mortensen’s Rousing ‘Green Book’ Defense

Fox Searchlight

A column chronicling conversations and events on the awards circuit For some, this weekend is the craziest of awards season, as the travel crunch is on from events in L.A. to NYC to London, as nominees have to figure out where to be from the ASC and USC awards to the Grammys to the BAFTAs. The latter two are on Sunday, so at least one nominee up for major awards at both had to make a Solomon-like decision. That would be Lady Gaga, whose A Star Is Born music is expected to… Read

GLAAD To Honor LGBTQ Icon Madonna With Advocate For Change Award

From Like a Virgin to Vogue to Evita to Ray of Light and everything in between, Madonna has traversed the pop culture terrain as a curator of style and trends in music, TV, film, and advocacy. That said, GLAAD is set to honor the Material Girl (we’re still calling her that, right?) with the Advocate for Change Award at the 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York City on May 4. “From the HIV crisis to international LGBTQ issues, she fearlessly pushes for a world where… Read

‘Green Book’, ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ Among Top Winners At AARP Movies For Grownups Awards

Trophies for the 18th Annual AARP Movies For Grownups Awards were handed out this evening with Green Book and Can You Ever Forgive Me? walking away from the ceremony as the top winners. Hosted by Martin Short, the ceremony took place Monday night at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills. The Peter Farrelly-directed Green Book won Best Picture/Best Movie for Grownups while the film’s star Viggo Mortensen won for Best Actor. The Can You Ever Forgive Me? screenwriters Nicole… Read