Acclaimed film director Spike Lee, activist movie maker Michael Moore, actor and rapper Snoop Dog, and actress Jada Pinkett-Smith have all declared their intention to boycott the 2016 Academy Awards. They are just three prominent names among a host of outraged Hollywood movers and shakers who are rallying behind the #OscarsSoWhite boycott campaign.
The 88th Annual Academy Awards will be aired on ABC starting at 7PM ET/4PM PT on Sunday, February 28th. However, there will be quite a few Hollywood notables who won’t be showing up for the event due to what is being called the ‘whitewashing’ of the Oscars. The complaints have been going around for years that the Academy Awards lack diversity among nominees, but this year’s nominations have sparked an all-out, star-studded boycott. Just taking a look at the Oscars website homepage might be a good indication why.
They say you should dream big, but Lindsay Lohan may be on another planet as far as her dreams are concerned. Â This week on Jay Leno, Lindsay come off as sincere and repentant when talking about her legal woes, and that definitely won the audience over, but she seemed to be a little bit in la-la land when Jay asked her what sort of vision she has for herself at age 30.
Lindsay told Jay that she’d like to be on The Tonight Show again, but this time after having won an Academy Award. This got a strong positive reaction for the audience, but in order for it to come true, she actually has to be in some movies first, and in order for that to happen, she has to try to stay out of jail for more than a couple of months at a time. Â Good luck with all that.
If you missed the Academy Awards last night, don’t worry: it went pretty much how you expected it to go. Â The King’s Speech got the award for Best Picture, Natalie Portman won Best Actress, and Colin Firth took the Best Actor trophy. Â So no shocks there.
What was surprising, however, was that The Social Network won so few awards, after early expectations that it would dominate the evening. Â At least Christian Bale finally won something – that’s been long overdue. Â Oh, and Justin Bieber showed up at various after-parties with Selena Gomez as his date, so I guess they’re finally owning up to being together. Â As if we didn’t already know for months now!
This year’s Academy Award nominations have been announced, and there are some expected names there as well as a few surprises. Â No one was shocked to hear that The King’s Speech, True Grit, and The Social Network got the most nominations, but the appearance of Toy Story 3 in the best picture category was a surprise to many.
No doubt Christopher Nolan was bewildered at not getting a nomination as best director for Inception, and Andrew Garfield also failed to get a nomination for best supporting actor in The Social Network. Â Javier Bardem, however, had a pleasant surprise, as he’s up for the best actor award for his role in the dark drama Biutiful.
Ronni Chasen may not be a name you recognize, but she was behind some of the biggest names both in Hollywood and the music industry. Â As a publicist and press agent, she represented artists as big as Alanis Morissette, and she also worked as an Academy Awards strategist, helping seven of her represented films to win Best Picture.
In the early hours of Tuesday morning, after attending the premiere of Burlesque, Chasen went on a few work-related errands before heading to her home in Westwood. Â During the drive, she was shot several times in the chest and crashed her car into a utility pole. Â She was pronounced dead at the scene. Â Police say robbery was not the motive, and they’re checking her e-mails and phone records to see if there are any clues as to who might have wanted such an important Hollywood fixture dead.
The nominees for the upcoming Academy Awards were announced this morning. On the first anniversary of his death, Heath Ledger received a huge tribute: The late actor is an Oscar nominee for best supporting actor for his role as The Joker in “The Dark Knight.”
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” notched the most nominations with 13, including best picture, best director for David Fincher, best actor for Brad Pitt and a best supporting actress nod for Taraji Phenson. The other best picture nominees were “Slumdog Millionaire,” “The Reader,” “Milk” and “Frost/Nixon”.
Sean Penn’s turn in “Milk” is shaping up as the a front runner in the best actor race. The Academy also acknowledged Mickey Rourke’s return from a decade-long career in “The Wrestler.” The other nominees are Richard Jenkins in “The Visitor” and Frank Langella “Frost/Nixon.”
In the best actress category, there is plenty of star power among the nominees, including Anne Hathaway for “Rachel Getting Married”, Angelina Jolie for “Changeling”, Meryl Streep in “Doubt” and Kate Winslet for “Revolutionary Road”. Please God don’t let Anne and Mery TIE like they did at the Golden Globes, or we may get another cracked-out speech from Ann!Melissa Leo was a surprise nominee for her performance in the Sundance Film Festival winner, “Frozen River.”
“Doubt” produced two best supporting actress nominees for Amy Adams and Viola Davis. Penelope Cruz “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” is considered one of the early favorites in the category, which also includes Marisa Tomei in “The Wrestler”.
Robert Downey Jr. continued his year-long comeback with a supporting actor nomination for his role in the comedy, “Tropic Thunder.” Other nominees include: Josh Brolin in “Milk”, Philip Seymour Hoffman for “Doubt” and Michael Shannon for “Revolutionary Road”.
Heath Ledger, however, is the sentimental favorite among critics.
His performance as The Joker, however, didn’t carry over to the “The Dark Knight,” despite it’s $500-million haul at the box office. The picture was shut out of the best picture and best director categories.
The 81st-annual Oscars will be hosted by Hugh Jackman. The ceremony will be televised on Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. on ABC.
source: NY Daily News