The filmmaker [pictured] won the nomination for "Strong Island," the tragic tale of the shooting death of his older brother.
The "Moonlight" actor is the first Muslim to win an Oscar since the Academy Awards began in 1929. This comes just as Muslims are being "othered" by the president's cronies.
The president's ongoing feud with the media was on display as stars and presenters shared spirited reflections on the new administration's first month. (Pictured, Viola Davis.)
Contemporary actors, including a few at Sunday's Academy Awards, might catch heat for mixing politics with gold statuettes, but politics are in Oscar’s DNA.
Oscar-winning filmmaker Asghar Farhadi is back in the awards mix.
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.
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.
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.