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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…

Slumdog Millionaire’s child actor is now jobless

Remember Rubina Ali, the child actress in the Oscar winning movie 'Slumdog Millionaire' who played the character of the younger Latika. It is known that Rubina now 17 is struggling to make ends meet and looking for a job. A strong young woman with big dreams, she said that she is ready to do what it takes to be independent. She wants to make it as an actress in Bollywood and is now in the first year of college pursuing a bachelors degree. Like her on-screen character, Rubina came from one of the slums of…

‘Hunger Games’ actor Donald Sutherland to get lifetime Oscar

LOS ANGELES:  Donald Sutherland, the star of “MASH,” “The Hunger Games” and more than 140 other movies, is to get a lifetime achievement, Oscar, along with Belgian director Agnes Varda, Oscar organizers said on Wednesday. Sutherland and Varda will be joined by African-American indie film director Charles Burnett and cinematographer Owen Roizman in receiving honorary Oscars at a ceremony in Los Angeles in November, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said in a statement. Academy president John Bailey said…

DiCaprio returns Brando Oscar as part of Malaysian laundering probe

LOS ANGELES: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio has turned over an Oscar won by Marlon Brando to U.S. investigators probing alleged money laundering by a state-owned Malaysian investment fund, his representatives said on Thursday. DiCaprio has also initiated the return of other, unidentified items that the actor said he accepted as gifts for a charity auction and which originated from people connected to the 1MDB wealth fund, they said in a statement. In July, Hollywood production company Red Granite was accused in a U.S. civil…

U.S. State Department tweets, then deletes congratulations for Iran Oscar win

WASHINGTON: The U.S. State Department on Monday issued and then deleted a congratulatory message for an Oscar win by a prominent Iranian director who criticized President Donald Trump's travel ban as "inhumane." The State Department's official Persian-language Twitter account, @USAdarFarsi, tweeted congratulations to the Iranian people and Asghar Farhadi, director of "The Salesman," after the movie won an Oscar for best foreign-language film on Sunday, according to screenshots of the message circulated on Twitter.…