The hashtag was first tweeted in 2015 by activist April Reign in response to the 20 acting nominations for the Academy Awards all being granted to white actors. The popularity of the hashtag has put a spotlight on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as well as the larger American film industry for their history of lacking racial and ethnic diversity in award recognition and representation. Hollywood royalty gathered to find out who had won a coveted statuette on Sunday.


Bad Press, King Coal, Joonam and Fantastic Machine are all award-winning documentaries, yet in the race for Oscar recognition, they’re underdogs. Despite the many honors they have collected at festivals around the world, each of these exceptional films has struggled to land distribution, complicating efforts to get attention from Academy voters (on Monday, King Coal did lock down a deal with American Documentary for broadcast next year on POV). The American Idol alum, who first played the role of Celie in the 2007 Broadway musical adaptation of The Color Purple, has reprised her part the upcoming film set to debut Dec. 25.

During the ceremony, Will Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock after Rock made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, whose head was shaved due to alopecia areata. The Academy banned Smith from attending its events for a decade as punishment. At the 1st Academy Awards, the Best Picture award (then named «Academy Award for Outstanding Picture») was presented to the 1927 silent film Wings.

This has been the rule every year since except 2020, when the end date was extended to February 28, 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and 2021, which was correspondingly limited to March 1 to December 31. Some winners critical of the Academy Awards have boycotted the ceremonies and refused to accept their Oscars. The first to do so was screenwriter Dudley Nichols (Best Writing in 1935 for The Informer). Nichols boycotted the 8th Academy Awards ceremony because of conflicts between the Academy and the Writers’ Guild.[162] Nichols eventually accepted the 1935 award three years later, at the 1938 ceremony.

That said, if the «Truth Is» singer were to win an Academy Award, she’s more than happy to accept the honor. And though she’s experienced a lot in her life, the Grammy winner wants others to know they can also overcome any obstacle. While Todd Haynes for “May December” and Celine Song for “Past Lives,” who also landed Best Director slots, are long shots for Best Director Oscar nominations, this recognition boosts their chances of a Best Picture or Screenplay nod.

In the main event of a DAZN streamed Golden Boy card, Garcia scored an eighth-round KO win over Oscar Duarte to improve his record to 24-1 with 20 KOs. Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Drive My Car runs 179 minutes long, but it earns every single minute. The opening preamble, nearly an hour before the opening credits plays, covers an outwardly happy marriage between stage actor Yūsuke Kafuku (Hidetoshi Nishijima) and his television producer wife Oto (Reika Kirishima).

  • The main method is a week-long theatrical release in either New York City or Los Angeles County during the eligibility period.
  • With the advent of television, the awards from 1953 to 1957 took place simultaneously in Hollywood and New York, first at the NBC International Theatre (1953) and then at the NBC Century Theatre, after which the ceremony took place solely in Los Angeles.
  • Steeply declining viewership in the late 2010s, however, led the academy to announce several changes to the ceremony’s broadcast, which included a limit of three hours, beginning in 2019, and an earlier air date, beginning in 2020.
  • During the ceremony, Will Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock after Rock made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, whose head was shaved due to alopecia areata.
  • In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the ceremony returned to the Shrine Auditorium.

McKay wastes his talented ensemble by having them labor in the service of virtually nothing, as his film has little to say about why we are trapped in these cycles, and it doesn’t seem to offer anything beyond the greatest hits of a bad few months online. If the jokes about daytime television, internet memes, or political ineptitude were funnier, this would be forgivable. Humor is subjective, but giving an example of Don’t Look Up’s specific jokes feels like a spoiler, depriving you of one of the three times you’ll likely experience a genuine laugh. Instead of throwing up their hands and leaving things to fate, the teams behind the four documentaries have taken the remarkable step of banding together to launch a joint For Your Consideration campaign, Do It Yourself fashion. Oscar-winning King Coal producer Diane Becker, Joonam producer Keith Wilson, and Bad Press co-director Joe Peeler join the latest edition of Deadline’s Doc Talk podcast to talk about their groundbreaking venture. «It feels great but at the same time, I’m thinking the best reward is watching these women and men leave the theater watching the movie and saying they’re healed and they’re whole,» she noted.

Not only did the victory mark the 25-year-old Garcia’s return to the win column just eight months removed from his knockout loss to Gervonta Davis in their pay-per-view blockbuster, it also marked a successful debut of his new partnership with 2022 trainer of the year Derrick James, who became Garcia’s third head coach in as many years. Garcia (24-1, 20 KOs), despite a fight week soaked in drama amid a war of words with his own promoters, showed no mercy to Mexican slugger Oscar Duarte (26-2-1, 21 KOs) in an eighth-round TKO inside the Toyota Center in Houston. Despite Duarte’s gameness, Garcia’s power and speed were the difference in the fight, as the two qualities were apparent in the deciding round.

The entire membership of the academy had nominated candidates in all categories. Five boards of judges (one from each of the academy’s original branches—actors, writers, directors, producers, and technicians) then determined the 10 candidates with the most votes in each category and narrowed those 10 down to 3 recommendations. A central board of judges, which consisted of one member from each branch, selected the final winners. By the time of the second annual awards ceremony, on April 3, 1930 (honouring films from the second half of 1928 and from 1929), the number of categories was reduced to seven, and the two major film awards were collapsed into one, called best picture. The academy has since continued to make frequent alterations in rules, procedures, and categories. Indeed, so many changes have been made through the years that the only constant seems to be the academy’s desire to remain flexible and to keep abreast of the industry’s evolution.

Nightmare Alley spins a sordid drama about liars and what gets people to believe them, a cycle of exploitation where wealth and privilege are the only thin lines separating a swindler from a sucker from a geek. Crucially, the film spends very little time in the actual alley from which the movie gets its title, but it’s always there. There are countless Nightmare Alleys all across America, and the moment you think you’re above ending up in one is the moment you’re doomed to be trapped there. The design for the award statuette—a knight standing on a reel of film and holding a sword—is credited to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) art director Cedric Gibbons.

But, the film’s director Blitz Bazawule was able to change her mind once he shared insight into the vision he had for her character. «But I think knowing that my work,» she explained, «and what I put into it because it wasn’t easy—it was very taxing, very hard and I said I would never play the role again, knowing that it’s helped people—that’s the biggest thing.» Will Smith, Denzel Washington, Olivia Colman, Jessica Chastain, Andrew Garfield, Penélope Cruz, Kristen Stewart, Benedict Cumberbatch, Javier Bardem, Nicole Kidman and Ariana DeBose are among those in the running for acting awards. Columbia Pictures has the most wins with 12, while 20th Century Studios has the most nominations with 63. More than 3,000 of the iconic statues have been awarded to filmmakers since 1929.

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