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‘Green Book’ wins PGA best film, boosting Oscar chances

LOS ANGELES:  "Green Book" took home best film at the Producers Guild Awards on Saturday, boosting its chances at next month's Oscars after it picked up three wins at the Golden Globes.  The civil rights drama-comedy starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen beat "Roma," "A Star Is Born," "The Favourite," "Black Panther," "BlacKkKlansman," "Crazy Rich Asians," "A Quiet Place," "Vice" and "Bohemian Rhapsody," which won the top award at the Globes. "Green Book" recounts the unlikely friendship between Don Shirley, a…

Academy shelves plans for ‘popular’ Oscar award

LOS ANGELES: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Thursday it was shelving plans for a "popular film" Oscar award that had been ridiculed by critics as a desperate bid to boost viewership and honor moneymaking movies. "There has been a wide range of reactions to the introduction of a new award, and we recognize the need for further discussion with our members," Dawn Hudson, the CEO of the Academy, said in a statement. "We have made changes to the Oscars over the years -- including this year -- and we…

Oscars add a new category so popular superhero movies can win too

Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences president John Bailey today sent out a missive to AMPAS members, announcing changes to the 2020 Academy Awards, intended to keep them “relevant in a changing world.” It’s the latest series of changes intended to battle dramatically dropping ratings for the annual Oscars telecast. The planned updates include; Cutting the telecast to a maximum of three hours long, down from an average closer to four hours. To make the awards shorter, some wins won’t be televised and…

Grammy and Oscars push for diversity at awards

LOS ANGELES: The Grammy Awards are expanding the number of nominees in the top categories for the highest honors in the music business from five to eight in the biggest push to increase diversity in the 60-year history of the awards. The changes announced on Tuesday by the Recording Academy which organizes the annual event, will take effect for the 2019 Grammy Awards and follow an uproar earlier this year over the low numbers of female nominees, winners, and performers on the televised ceremony. New Zealand singer…

World’s first hand-painted film competes for an Oscar

GDANSK, Poland: Vying for an Oscar, "Loving Vincent" is the world's first animated feature film painted by hand -- all 65,000 frames -- in the distinct style of Vincent van Gogh.  Centred on a probe into his untimely death, the film was shot on a shoestring budget of $5.5 million (4.5 million euros). That is 30 times less than Disney's "Coco", one of the film's four Oscar rivals. For director Dorota Kobiela, "Loving Vincent" has been a seven-year labour of love combining her twin passions of cinema and painting.…

Actor Casey Affleck withdraws as 2018 Oscar presenter

LOS ANGELES: Oscar-winning Casey Affleck, who has been accused of sexual harassment by female crew members on an earlier film, has withdrawn as a presenter at the 2018 Academy Awards, a spokeswoman for the organization said on Thursday. Affleck, 42, who won the best actor Oscar last year for his performance in the family drama “Manchester by the Sea,” was expected to present this year’s best actress award in keeping with Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tradition. “We appreciate the decision to keep the…

Oscars bid for story of ‘Pakistan’s toughest woman’

As 200 armed men surrounded their house on a hot August night in 2005, Nazo Dharejo and her sisters grabbed their Kalashnikov and puny stock of ammunition and climbed to the roof. The gunfight which followed earned her the moniker "Pakistan’s toughest woman", and became the subject of a film which has been entered in next year’s Academy Awards, vying for glory alongside heavy-hitters such as Angelina Jolie’s "First They Killed My Father" and Joachim Trier’s "Thelma". A world away from Hollywood’s red carpet, at the…