will smith oscars boycott

If you read about movies on the internet, you’re surely familiar with the recent controversy surrounding this year’s Academy Awards nominations. But here’s the short version: for the second year in a row, every single acting nominee and four of the five directing nominees were white. This lack of representation, a symptom of an industry that is still dominated by white men, was the finally straw for many actors, filmmakers, writers, and movie fans. With the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag as their rallying cry, this group of concerned citizens set out to raise awareness and question why the biggest awards show on the planet was snubbing people of color.

And now, two new major names have joined the cause. Will Smith says he’ll be skipping the ceremony altogether and Mark Ruffalo, who is nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Spotlight, may follow suit.

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son of saul trailer

There’s a strong chance you’ve heard about László Nemes‘ directorial debut, Son of Saul. This harrowing drama is the current frontrunner for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Academy Awards. It took home the foreign film award at the Golden Globes last week. It even made my personal top 10 of 2015, which is surely the greatest honor of them all.

While you have heard about it, chances are strong that you haven’t had a chance to actually see Son of Saul. It’s not like brutal Hungarian Holocaust dramas are a common sight at your local multiplex. However, a new trailer for this incredible film has arrived, which should serve as a reminder to check out this movie as soon as you have a chance (and on the big screen, if you can make that happen).

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oscars race controversy

The 2016 Academy Awards nominations instantly left a sour taste in the mouth. Although many great movies and talented artists received Oscar nods this year, there was one snub that was quickly recognized: anyone who wasn’t white. For the second year in a row, all 20 acting nominees were white and only one of the directing nominations went to a person of color. The firestorm that followed, organized under the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag, led to passionate responses from casual movie fans and film industry veterans alike. Everyone had an opinion on this matter and rightfully so – this isn’t just an Oscar problem, but a Hollywood problem.

And now, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs has issued an official statement on the matter.

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THR Actors

Out of everyone at this Hollywood Reporter actors roundtable, only Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight) was actually nominated for an Academy Award. Not like that really matters, but this video interview does highlight some of the talent the Academy members overlooked this year, such as Samuel L. Jackson (The Hateful Eight), Benicio Del Toro (Sicario), and Michael Caine (Youth).

After the jump, watch this group of actors and more discuss their careers, success, and fear in The Hollywood Report actors roundtable.

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Spike Lee Oscars boycott

Out of all the films and artists that were snubbed for Academy Awards nominations last week, one area of oversight stood out for being particularly egregious: the lack of nods for people of color. Of all the major nominees, only one person, The Revenant director Alejandro González Iñárritu, was not white. And for the second year in a row, the 20 acting nominees didn’t include a single person of color.

Naturally, the internet got outraged and rightfully so – it’s not like this year was lacking in tremendous work from performers of all ethnic backgrounds. The #OscarsSoWhite hashtag became a thing again and think pieces from both sides of this controversy began to spring up across the internet. And now, prepare for things to get even more heated: director Spike Lee, who was just awarded an honorary Oscar in November, is boycotting this year’s ceremony.

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BB-8 Critics Choice Awards

Last night, the Critics Choice Awards were televised live for the first time ever. While the event wasn’t quite as star-studded as the Golden Globes or the Oscars, the festivities were hosted by comedian and Cloverfield star T.J. Miller with some of his trademark wackiness, everyone seemed to be having a good time, and Mad Max: Fury Road took home a bunch of awards. But one special award was handed out to Industrial Light & Magic, and a special guest from Star Wars: The Force Awakens was on hand to help out.

The adorable BB-8 helped ILM’s chief creative officer John Knoll accept the Genius Award for everyone who has helped bring some of the most unbelievable creatures, settings and sights to life on the big screen. Check out the BB-8 Critics Choice Awards appearance after the jump! Read More »

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2016 critic's choice awards

The Critics’ Choice Awards don’t always reflect what eventually goes down at the Academy Awards, but they reflect it just often enough to go under the microscope of hungry awards season analysts. If this year’s winners do predict the big winners at the Oscars next month, it’s awfully hard to argue with these picks. Mad Max: Fury Road swept through the awards, snatching technical wins left and right. However, Spotlight nabbed a handful of top prizes, including Best Picture.

Let’s dive into some minor analysis before we get to the complete list of winners.

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Tyler Perry Baxter Stockman in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Tyler Perry was on a panel for the Television Critics Association promoting the upcoming live broadcast of The Passion on Fox. After the panel he stayed to speak with reporters more and we asked about his role in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. He is playing Baxter Stockman but said he would not transform into a fly via visual effects, as the comic book character is portrayed.

“Actually just a crazy wig and glasses so that’s pretty exciting,” Perry said. “That was super fun and the movie is super fun.”

After the jump, Perry explains why he signed on for TMNT and weighs in on the Oscars’ lack of diversity.  Read More »

Mad Max Fury Road - Coma the Doof Warrior

This morning brought the always debatable Academy Award nominations for the year in film that was 2015. We’ve already run through the disappointing side of this year’s selections by pointing out those who were snubbed, but now we’d like to look on the lighter side and point out some of the surprises, especially Mad Max: Fury Road finding glory with no fewer than 10 nominations. So let’s check out the 2016 Oscars surprises after the jump! Read More »