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Leonardo DiCaprio Uses Oscar Acceptance Speech to Beg for Action on Global Warming

Upon being named winner of the 2016 Oscar for best actor, Leonardo DiCaprio pleaded with viewers to “work collectively together and stop procrastinating” and support political candidates who credibly promise to rein in corporate polluters.

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Live-Blog: Oscars 2016: In the Midst of Controversy, the Show Goes On (Updated)

Update: In the show’s home stretch, the political moments seemed to happen with about the same frequency that African-Americans were called onto the Oscar stage ... as presenters. Also: Joe’s standing O, DiCaprio’s climate-change plea and the 88th Oscars’ final wins.

Posted on Feb 28, 2016 READ MORE



The Academy Voters Have Long Lacked Logic

Is the “best picture” always the best picture? Not if history is any guide. And some observers will argue that a similar lack of logic is apparent in the shortage of minority representation in the major Oscar nominations.

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VIDEO: Movie Roles for Non-White Actors Sometimes Still Get Played by White People

“Last Week Tonight” gets to the bottom of Hollywood whitewashing and asks viewers, “How is this still a thing?”

Posted on Feb 24, 2016 READ MORE



To Make the Oscars More Diverse, Let’s Adopt Football’s Rooney Rule

Voluntary steps to include more people of color and women should be a priority throughout the entire Hollywood system of moviemaking, from studios’ executive ranks to casting.

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VIDEO: Oscar Nominee Mark Ruffalo Decries U.S.’ ‘White Privilege Racism’

Backing calls for more diversity in Academy Awards nominations, Ruffalo last week joined other Hollywood figures in criticizing the overseers of the Oscars after no black actors were nominated for the second year straight.

Posted on Jan 25, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Oscar Nominations Put On Yet Another Show of Whiteness

It’s not as though there weren’t plenty of options to mix up this year’s lineup of Oscar nominees.

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Golden Globes: A Contender for Best Comedy

The scandal-plagued awards show gets a nod for spotting groundbreakers, but the back-scratching nature of the ceremony makes it a little hard to swallow.

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‘The Hateful Eight’ Film Review: This Flick’s Even Better on Second Viewing

With its overture, its intermission, its confined setting and its talkiness, Quentin Tarantino’s eighth film seems tedious when it’s not being Tarantino-esque. But it’s worth the price of two admissions.

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Our Anti-Immigrant Racism Is Rooted in History

The political and cultural marginalization of immigrants, particularly those from Latin America, has a long and lurid background in the United States.

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 READ MORE



Hollywood Heroism: From ‘Citizenfour’ and ‘Selma’ to ‘American Sniper’

Within the last few months, three films appeared that offer role models, however flawed, to young people while legitimating particular notions of civic courage, patriotism and a broader understanding of injustice.

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 READ MORE


Calls for Social Justice Abound at the Oscars

From “Citizenfour” director Laura Poitras’ acceptance speech for the Best Documentary Oscar to host Neil Patrick Harris’ quip that the Oscars are for Hollywood’s “best and whitest,” political commentary and calls for social justice rang through last night’s 87th Annual Academy Awards ceremony.

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


John Legend and Common’s Performance of ‘Glory’ Is a Special Moment at the Oscars

With lyrics honoring Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. and even the Ferguson protest movement, musicians John Legend and Common had many Academy Awards attendees in tears.

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


‘The Imitation Game’ Screenwriter Gives Moving Oscar Speech on Feeling Like an Outsider

Screenwriter Graham Moore revealed a surprising fact about himself during his Oscar acceptance speech on Sunday night, paid tribute to computer science pioneer Alan Turing and offered encouragement to “that kid out there who feels like she’s weird or she’s different.”

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


‘Boyhood’s’ Patricia Arquette Offers Impassioned Words on Gender Equality

Patricia Arquette, who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar on Sunday night for her performance in “Boyhood,” used her acceptance speech to demand equal rights and pay for all women in the United States. Watch as Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez cheer her on gleefully.

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



In the New Gilded Age, Social Protest Dominates Academy Awards Ceremony

The committed artists honored at the 87th Academy Awards took advantage of their bully pulpits to make an amazing series of eloquent statements on behalf of minorities and the discriminated against.

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 READ MORE



‘American Sniper’: American Hero or American Psycho?

“American Sniper” exemplifies a sense of macho, white male braggadocio that is symbolic of all that is wrong with the right-wing, pro-war, pro-gun, bully culture of the United States.

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Oscar Nominations Give Props to Quirky ‘Birdman,’ ‘Budapest,’ Stir Up ‘Selma’ Controversy

The 2015 Academy Award nominations are now official, and for those willing to entertain this brand of Hollywood pageantry as a passably noteworthy indicator of sociocultural ... whatever, here’s the lineup for this year’s Oscars.

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Why Is It Awkward When Movie Stars Talk About God?

Athletes praising Jesus on television are as ubiquitous as Geico commercials, so why was best actor Matthew McConaughey’s God-loving acceptance speech Sunday night so uncomfortable?

Posted on Mar 3, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


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Does It Matter That the Oscars Are Overwhelmingly White?

The short answer is yes and no.

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How the NFL Saved Arizona From Itself

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Gay sports dominates the news, from Arizona’s bigoted legislation to the bisexual athlete who crushed Sochi. Also: how “Blackfish” director Gabriela Cowperthwaite accidentally made the best animal rights movie.

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


How the NFL Saved Arizona From Itself

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Gay sports dominates the news, from Arizona’s bigoted legislation to the bisexual athlete who crushed Sochi. Also: how “Blackfish” director Gabriela Cowperthwaite accidentally made the best animal rights movie.

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 READ MORE



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Was 2012 the Best Year for Documentaries?

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A look at the Oscar-nominated docs and other political movies, and more on the hacktivist collective Anonymous.

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Was 2012 the Best Year for Documentaries?

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A look at the Oscar-nominated docs and other political movies, and more on the hacktivist collective Anonymous.

Posted on Mar 1, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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Oscar 2013: Hollywood’s CIA Celebration

What was Michelle Obama thinking? What if the card for “Zero Dark Thirty” had been lurking in that best picture envelope Sunday?

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Oscars 2013: Watch Michelle Obama Announce ‘Argo’ as Best Picture

Sunday night’s Academy Awards had a very special guest on hand: Michelle Obama. The first lady, dressed in a silvery, shimmery evening gown by designer Naeem Khan, made a surprise live appearance from the Diplomatic Room of the White House at the end of the Oscars to help Jack Nicholson hand out the evening’s final and biggest award, best picture.

Posted on Feb 25, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


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Alfred Hitchcock Never Won an Academy Award

Hollywood often fails to recognize the truly great talent in its midst.

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Oscars 2013: What the Best Picture Nominees Say About America

If an extraterrestrial landed on Earth, “Argo,” “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Django Unchained,” “Lincoln,” “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Zero Dark Thirty” each would be an excellent introduction to the American character. In the aggregate, they make up a composite portrait of the country.

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 READ MORE



Israel, Palestine and the Oscars

The Academy Awards ceremony will make history this year with the first-ever nomination of a feature documentary made by a Palestinian.

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Just Say ‘No’: Director Pablo Larraín Tells How Chile Got Rid of a Dictator

In his latest film, Larraín continues his examination of Gen. Augusto Pinochet, this time looking at the campaign to oust him.

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And the 2013 Oscar Host Is ... Seth MacFarlane! (Video)

Seth MacFarlane, the man—not to mention the voices—behind the animated TV show “Family Guy” and the film “Ted,” will be hosting the 85th annual Academy Awards. Here’s what you can expect.

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Sacha Baron Cohen’s ‘Dictator’ Act Not Welcome at the Oscars

This year, Sacha Baron Cohen can thank the Academy Awards for giving his latest politically flavored comedy, “The Dictator,” some excellent free publicity. Not that he didn’t engineer it himself. 

Posted on Feb 23, 2012 READ MORE



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Exile in Oscarville: Ratner’s Slur Shakes Up Oscar Lineup

A bad strain of foot-in-mouth syndrome that apparently favors film directors has struck again. In the spring, we watched Lars von Trier’s ill-conceived Hitler joke get him summarily ejected from the Cannes Film Festival, and now ... (more)

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The Kiss the Oscars Missed

You’d think the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences would be cool with Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin’s stolen Oscar kiss, as it involved two demonstrably straight men locking lips for the sake of filmed entertainment, but audiences at home ...

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Women on the Brink of an Academy Award

The tone of this Daily Beast article—starting with the title, “Crazy Chick Flicks”—is a tad flip with a touch of lad mag, but the idea that several actresses who’ve played women not fully in command of their mental faculties does hold up under scrutiny ...

Posted on Feb 1, 2011 READ MORE



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‘King’s Speech’ Rules in Oscar Race

Score 12 for “The King’s Speech.” Even with the recently retooled Academy Awards format, which includes 10 contenders for best picture, the quirky story of a verbally challenged King George VI nailed a dozen nominations in this year’s Oscar lineup.

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Not Appearing at the Oscars: Jean-Luc Godard

How do you give out an Oscar to someone who doesn’t want to come and get it? That’s the quandary the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is facing, as Jean-Luc Godard, French New Wave auteur and one of this year’s honorary Academy Award recipients ... (continued)

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‘Logorama’ Is Proof That the Academy Awards Aren’t Completely Out of Touch

We were as willing as anyone to write off this year’s Oscars for all the botched humor, predictable awards and desperate attempts at getting kids to watch (Taylor Lautner! Urban Dancing!), but we owe the Academy for bringing this mind-blowing little piece of genius to our attention.

Posted on Mar 10, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


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‘Hurt Locker’ Wins Big at Oscars

It was the first Iraq war movie to really break through, and now “The Hurt Locker” has won six Academy Awards, including best picture and best director, marking the first time an Oscar for directing has gone to a woman. The movie opens with a quote from Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges. (continued)

Posted on Mar 7, 2010 READ MORE


Inside ‘The Most Dangerous Man in America’

Judith Ehrlich discusses her Academy Award-nominated documentary about Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers.

Posted on Mar 1, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


Best Documentary Nominees

The Motion Picture Academy has assembled an impressive slate of feature-length documentaries this year, from the inside story of the Pentagon Papers to an on-the-ground look at Burma’s Saffron Uprising. Here are the trailers for all five extraordinary films.

Posted on Feb 2, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


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