Hollywood stars emailed code of conduct by Oscars

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Shop.org 2017: Kobe Bryant Talks Career Transition, Books, Oscars Chatter

Kobe Bryant used to dream of winning basketball championships and now may be fulfilling what so many in Hollywood often fantasize about, with buzz building around a potential Oscar nomination.
The retired Los Angeles Laker’s short animated film “Dear Basketball” has been chatted up as a possible Oscar nominee in what he said was meant to be “my retirement letter to the game.”
“To sit here right now, to even hear you say that the film is even being considered for an Oscar nom, that’s crazy. I’m winning championships. That’s what I dream of. That’s beyond any realm of any dream whatsoever,” he said.
Bryant, chief executive officer of Kobe Inc. and a general partner at Bryant Stibel, closed out the National Retail Federation’s annual Shop.org conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center Wednesday talking about the transformation he’s undergone via projects taken up since his move away from professional basketball.
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Critic’s Notebook: Best Pictures, Maybe, but Telluride Is Not About Oscars

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Jimmy Kimmel Shows Backstage Security Footage of ‘What Happened With the Envelope’ at Oscars

 

The now-infamous ending of Sunday’s Academy Awards — in which Bonnie and Clyde costars Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway mistakenly announced La La Land as the Best Picture winner instead of Moonlight, the actual victor — had everyone on both sides of the screen scrambling to figure out what had happened.

But while the Academy has placed blame on PricewaterhouseCoopers and their accountant, the show’s host Jimmy Kimmel is jokingly pointing fingers at someone else for the error: his security guard, Guillermo Rodriguez.

In the cold opening to Monday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the 49-year-old comedian showed security footage of what really went down backstage during what is now being called “envelopegate.”

 

According to the segment, titled “Here’s What Happened with the Envelope,” it appears Rodriguez was indulging on the Junior Mints handed out by Kimmel during the show and needed a napkin to wipe his mouth. Not realize what he was grabbing, he used the Best Picture envelope and then tossed it aside before drinking from a large bottle of tequila.

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Of course, the whole clip was just a joke. Later in the show, Kimmel explained what he saw happen during the Hollywood Who-Done-It, and reassured viewers that the mix-up was not a hoax.

“As I walked offstage, people started to speculate that maybe I was pulling a prank. Which, trust me, if I had pulled a prank in that situation, I wouldn’t have just had the wrong winner’s name in the envelope when they opened it. There would have been a Bed Bath & Beyond coupon inside. It was not a prank,” he said.

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“And by the way, the producers of La La Land were very gracious, on stage and off,” Kimmel continued. “They handled it very well. It was a very amicable custody arrangement. They didn’t even ask for visitation or anything.”

After the show, Kimmel said he met up with Beatty in the green room to collect more intel because “when you do a show like this, you aren’t just the host, you’re also the lead detective, the sheriff of the show.”

“For whatever reason, they have two of each envelope,” Kimmel said. “There’s a regular envelope and a backup envelope, just to make it more confusing. The accountants gave Warren the wrong card, and they apologized for it today. So it wasn’t Warren Beatty’s fault. And Faye Dunaway, she made quite a getaway.  She read the wrong name and split. She got the hell out of there.”

Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weekdays at 11:35 a.m. ET on ABC.


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Donald Trump Says Hollywood Pulled ‘The Race Card’ With Criticism At Oscars

Until the now-legendary Best Picture mix-up at the Academy Awards on Sunday, President Donald Trump was in full focus. Host Jimmy Kimmel kicked off the night with a sharp jab against Trump in front of an audience of millions ― “Remember last year when it seemed like the Oscars were racist? That’s gone, thanks to him” ― and other presenters and honorees didn’t miss their chances, either.

Kimmel’s criticism wasn’t unfounded; The Huffington Post has kept lists of Trump’s racism dating back to the 1970s. But in a segment that aired early Tuesday, Trump addressed the many attacks (watch some of them above) on “Fox & Friends,” suggesting his critics’ arguments were simply a product of “the race card.” Flippant dismissal of criticism also cropped up in his campaign, when Trump rejected Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s fitness for the presidency by stating “the only thing she’s got going is the woman’s card.”

“It just seems that the other side, whenever they are losing badly, they pull out the race card,” Trump said when asked about the Oscars. “And I’ve watched it for years. I’ve watched it against Ronald Reagan. I’ve watched it against so many other people. And they always like pulling out the race card.”

The president had previously pinned responsibility for the Best Picture mix-up on the night’s attendees, saying in a Monday interview with Breitbart News, “I think they were focused so hard on politics that they didn’t get the act together at the end.” PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accounting firm behind the winners’ envelopes, apologized for the incident and confirmed that just one employee had been responsible for it in a statement issued Monday.

Trump also took a moment to remind viewers, for the umpteenth time, about his victory in the November presidential election, despite its irrelevance to a large portion of criticisms that centered around policies enacted after his inauguration. 

“In fact I did much better than many other Republicans in the last election. I did much better with Hispanics. I did much better with African Americans. If I didn’t do better, I wouldn’t be sitting here,” Trump said.

At the Oscars, attendees shared symbols and words of protest against the president’s attempted ban on refugees and people from seven Muslim-majority nations and his plan to build a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

Asked whether he took any of Hollywood’s jabs personally, the former reality star replied, “I can’t. Because I consider it a very serious violation when they say it, and I have to write it off as purely politics.”

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Oscars 2017: Moonlight wins best picture after announcement mix-up

Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight wins best picture at the Oscars after an error involving wrong envelopes.
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She’s Got the Glow! Pregnant Ciara Wows in White While Showing Off Her Baby Belly on Oscars Night

She got her shine on!

Pregnant Ciara stepped out for Sunday’s annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscars viewing party on the arm of husband Russell Wilson and proudly showed off her baby belly while posing for photos.

While the mom-to-be, 31, wore a white floor-length August Getty Atelier fitted gown and another satin robe, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback opted for a traditional black tux.

Before the singer arrived to the event, she took to social media to share stunning shots of her custom glam get up. “Getting ready,” she tweeted along with a photo of her luscious locks.

The parents-to-be — who are expecting their first child together — also stopped to pose for a quick photo before leaving the house, giving fans a glimpse at their evening attire.

“I’m honored to be an event chair for #EJAF25,” Ciara, who is also mom to 2½-year-old son Future Zahir, captioned the couple shot.

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Earlier in the month, Ciara wore a striped blue robe while attending a Grammys party, leading many of her followers to wonder if she was hinting at the sex of her baby on the way.

The “1, 2 Step” singer — who announced her pregnancy on her birthday in October — later shared photos from the evening, writing, “Blue is one of my favorite colors.”


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Sunday night’s Oscars turned into a real doozy when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway presented “La La Land” with the Best Picture award even though “Moonlight” was the real winer. 

Beatty was apparently handed the wrong envelope offstage, and PricewaterhouseCoopers ― the company behind the ballot counting ― apologized for the disappointing error in a statement.

“We sincerely apologize to Moonlight, La La Land, Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, and Oscar viewers for the error that was made during the award announcement for Best Picture,” the statement read. “The presenters had mistakenly been given the wrong category envelope and when discovered, was immediately corrected. We are currently investigating how this could have happened, and deeply regret that this occurred.”

Which got people on Twitter thinking: What if election night had gone the same way? 

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Halle Berry Celebrates Her Natural Hair At The Oscars

Halle Berry looked seriously stunning at the Oscars on Sunday night, and Twitter couldn’t help but notice her hair. 

The star made her Oscars return with a new hairstyle, trading in her pixie cut and long waves for a curly, natural look. Her hair became a trending topic on Twitter, with trolls comparing her to Rachel Dolezal and expressing sympathy for people sitting behind her, according to Refinery29. 

But Berry has no time or interest for the haters. 

“I have always marched to the beat to my own drum, and I think this red-carpet look encapsulates that,” Berry, who wore Atelier Versace for the main event, told Vogue. “The dress is glamorous with a sense of romance that made me feel feminine and fresh. With this look, I celebrate my natural hair by allowing it to be wild and free.”

Her longtime hairstylist Castillo used the star’s natural texture as a base and detailed the look with a curling iron.   

“I would say I cut off at least 5 inches. It created a whole new shape,” he told InStyle. “It’s definitely a new look for her—we went for a very natural, curly, powerful asymmetrical ‘fro. This is something she’e never done before and it’s just ridiculous how good she looks.”

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Gabrielle Union Wore A Half-Dress, Half-Bikini To The Oscars After-Party

You know when you’re picking out a gown for a fancy party, but you also want to be prepared just in case you detour to the beach instead?

Fear not! Gabrielle Union has found the answer to that age old conundrum. 

The 44-year-old attended Vanity Fair’s Oscars party in Los Angeles Sunday night wearing what we can only describe as a half-bikini, half-gown, fully jaw-dropping black and blue dress by Jean Paul Gaultier.

The bold look earned mixed reviews from Union’s Instagram followers, but we’re in full support of anyone who can be pool party ready at the drop of a dress ― and is willing to take a massive red carpet risk on Hollywood’s biggest night. 

Confusing? Sure. Still epically sexy and so much fun? Absolutely. 

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New York Times Running ‘Truth Ad’ During Oscars

In an interesting rejoinder to attacks against the New York Times and other media by the Trump administration, the newspaper is running an ad called “The Truth is Hard,” which is slated during the Academy Awards on Sunday.

The ad opens with a white screen and the words “the truth is,” followed by dozens of different contradictory phrases from the last months, both written and spoken. It begins with: “The truth is our nation is more divided than ever,” but segues into statements such as “alternative facts are lies,” “the media is dishonest,” “women should dress like women,” and “women’s rights are human rights.”

It concludes: “The truth is hard to find. The truth is hard to know. The truth is more important now than ever.”

The 30-second spot is running just two days after the Times, along with and CNN, the Los Angeles Times, the Huffington Post, Buzzfeed and other news organizations, were barred from attending a press briefing at the White House on Friday. It’s the first time the newspaper has run a TV commercial since 2010, according to the Associated Press.

“The idea is to be a part of that discussion about what does it mean to find the truth,” newspaper branding exec David Rubin told CNNMoney. “What does that mean in a world of ‘fake news’? And what is the role of journalism and journalists in that process, and what is the role of reader in supporting that journalism?”

Rubin said the Academy Awards was chosen for the spot because it’s a “high-profile media moment.”

The commercial will be presented in other time slots as well, and will also run in print.

The New York Times has been repeatedly targeted by Donald Trump as “failing” and branded as a purveyor of “fake news.”

A different kind of truth defense was launched earlier in the week with a new catch phrase by the Washington Post on its website: “Democracy dies in darkness.”

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U.S. Blocks Young Syrian ‘White Helmets’ Cinematographer From Oscars

The Department of Homeland Security at the last minute has decided to bar a young Syrian cinematographer from entering the U.S. to attend The Oscars Sunday. The civil-war documentary he risked his life to work on has been nominated for an award.

Khaled Khatib, 21, had obtained a visa and was due to fly to Los Angeles via Istanbul Saturday. But U.S. officials suddenly said they’d found unspecified “derogatory information” linked to Khatib, The Associated Press reported Saturday. Khatib was detained in Turkey, and he now needs a passport waiver to enter the U.S., which he will not be able to obtain, according to internal Trump administration documents seen by the AP. “Derogatory information” is a broad category that can be something serious to passport irregularities. It’s not clear why Khatib was detained in Turkey.

Khatib was a cinematographer on the 40-minute Netflix documentary “White Helmets,” which has been nominated for Best Documentary, Short Subject. It follows rescue workers for the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, who have saved tens of thousands of lives during the nation’s bloody civil war. The group was founded in 2012 after a Syrian Air Force attack on civilians. It was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2016. Khatib, who started filming the workers when he was just 16, is also a volunteer with the group. 

Some 120 White Helmets have been killed in recent years, including Khaled Omar, known as the “miracle baby rescuer” in Aleppo, after pulling an infant out alive from the rubble of the baby’s home in 2014. Omar was killed in an airstrike in 2016. 

“White Helmets” director Orlando von Einsiedel had made a plea to the U.S. to allow those who had worked on and been featured in the film to attend the Oscars. The experience would not only be rewarding for them, he said, but with the world “so divided we could all learn from the White Helmets’ message od compassion and dignity.” After a court halted President Donald Trump’s travel ban, the filmmakers revived plans to bring Khatib and White Helmets leader Raed Saleh to Los Angeles.

Saleh will also not be attending now because of the demand of work in Syria.

Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, whose movie “The Salesman” is up for Best Foreign Language Film, said last month that he would not attend the awards ceremony because of Trump’s controversial ban.

But Farhadi and the directors of the other four movies in the foreign language category issued an angry statement on Friday blasting America’s “climate of fanaticism and nationalism.” It’s unlikely the directors yet had word that Khatib would not be allowed to attend the Oscars.

“The fear generated by dividing us into genders, colors, religions and sexualities as a means to justify violence destroys the things that we depend on — not only as artists but as humans: the diversity of cultures, the chance to be enriched by something seemingly ‘foreign’ and the belief that human encounters can change us for the better,” their statement reads

“These divisive walls prevent people from experiencing something simple but fundamental: from discovering that we are all not so different.”

Regardless of “who wins the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film on Sunday, we refuse to think in terms of borders,” they wrote. “We believe there is no best country, best gender, best religion or best color. We want this award to stand as a symbol of the unity between nations and the freedom of the arts. Human rights are not something you have to apply for. They simply exist — for everybody.”

Khatib was looking forward to traveling to the Oscars. “If we win this award, it will show people across Syria that people around the world support them,” he said when he announced his plans to attend this month. “It will give courage to every volunteer who wakes up every morning to run towards bombs.” 

“If I cannot enter the U.S., I will not give up,” he added. “We know that we have many friends in the U.S., that there are people that share our humanitarian values. I look forward to meeting them all one day.”

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Jack Black Calls On Hollywood To ‘Talk More S**t’ About Trump At The Oscars

Jack Black, for one, hopes to see a repeat of that powerful Golden Globes speech during the Oscars on Sunday. 

“Is Meryl Streep in the audience tonight?” Black asked an audience of celebrities at a benefit concert in Los Angeles on Thursday night, warming up the crowd before diving into a song from “School of Rock.” 

“I just hope she wins the Oscar and talks some more s**t about that asshole,” he added, with a reference to President Donald Trump that prompted cheers. The group assembled at Los Angeles’ No Name included director Paul Haggis, musicians Moby and Jenny Lewis, and actors Jeff Bridges, Rita Wilson and Jeremy Renner, per The Hollywood Reporter.

He added: “So, if she doesn’t win, to the winners in here, I hope you do the same, ya know?” 

“A lot of people say, ‘Oh, that’s just liberals patting themselves on the back,’” Black said about the reaction to Streep’s comments, which inspired a couple tweets from the president himself

“I don’t agree. I thought it took balls. Thought she was very brave. I was very inspired by it. To get up there and tell the truth about the president of the United States in front of a billion people — that takes courage, and it’s very inspiring.”

Others in Hollywood wholeheartedly agreed

While host Jimmy Kimmel doesn’t seem keen on making a grand political statement, we can’t know what to expect from the night’s biggest winners. 

The Oscars will kick off with red carpet coverage on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Here’s Why Donald Trump Won’t Be Watching The Oscars

President Donald Trump likely won’t be watching the Academy Awards on Sunday night because, duh.

But we’ll let White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer share the official reason why:

I think Hollywood is known for being rather far to the left in its opinions, and I’ve got to be honest with you, I think the president will be hosting the Governors’ Ball that night. Mrs. Trump looks forward to putting on a phenomenal event. And the first lady’s put a lot of time into this event, in welcoming our nation’s governors to the capital, and I have a feeling that’s where the president and first lady are going to be focused on Sunday night.

The former reality star has fired up feuds with the likes of Meryl Streep (who’s nominated) and has also gotten roasted at previous award shows, so he probably isn’t feeling chummy with show business right about now. Plus, given the anti-administration yuks that will likely spill forth at the Oscars, perhaps Trump wants to spare his ego.

While he may not tune in, we have a sneaking suspicion that the commander-in-chief won’t tune out what transpires on Oscar night. Got that, Twitter?

He apparently hasn’t been such a fan of the ceremony anyway, tweeting in 2014 that it was “amateur night” and “bullshit.” In 2015, he issued this politicized critique: 

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After Ban, Syrian Refugee Will Get To Attend The Oscars For Nominated Documentary

A Syrian refugee featured in an Oscar-nominated documentary short will be able to attend the Hollywood ceremony after all. 

The film, “Watani: My Homeland,” chronicles the perilous story of one family’s decision to leave their home in Syria for a Turkish refugee camp and, eventually, Germany. An executive order signed by President Trump prevented all Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. for 120 days, but the ban is currently on hold.

Hala Kamil fled Aleppo with her four children after her husband, Abu Ali Slaibeh, was captured by militants from the self-titled Islamic State in late 2013. Filmmaker Marcel Mettelsiefen previously told The Huffington Post he began meeting with the family before Slaibeh’s capture, making over 25 trips to Syria in total to document the family’s struggle and eventual admittance to Germany. 

Kamil’s husband is presumed dead. In different times, the couple used to watch the Oscars together.

“Abu Ali and I would stay up late every year to watch the Oscars live on television. Sipping coffee together as we always did, we’d try to recall the names of all the famous actors and actresses as they graced the red carpet, in complete awe of this huge event,” Kamil said in a statement obtained by The Huffington Post about the news that she’d be able to attend the ceremony.

Although she feels “incredibly proud and happy” about representing the film, Kamil called the news “bittersweet.” She hopes attending the Oscars can help her spread a peaceful message about refugees from all over the world, and particularly Syria, “a country that has been burnt alive.”

“All this destruction and displacement needs the concerted effort of the whole world working together, to help these people back to their roots, the roots they hold so dear,” she wrote. “We need people to understand that we are not terrorists despite what the media and the politicians might say, all we are is human.”

In August, Kamil appeared at the United Nations in New York alongside celebrities including Natalie Dormer to highlight the plight of refugees worldwide. Her children, Hammoudi, Helen, Farah and Sara, joined her onstage.

In a video filmed in Germany late last year, Kamil worried she might never see Aleppo again.

“I miss my family, I miss my home, I miss my garden,” she said. “I want sometimes to be in my garden to drink coffee with my husband. But now, I lost this dream.”

The Oscars will air Sunday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. ET on ABC.

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This year’s Academy Awards nominations honor many familiar names from the New York stage

By Christopher Caggiano, ZEALnyc Contributing Writer, February 7, 2017

Since the advent of moving pictures, there’s been a considerable amount of traffic back and forth between New York theater and Hollywood movies. That tradition continues to this day, as evidenced by the recently announced nominations for the 89th Academy Awards.

It’s no surprise that Broadway and Off-Broadway frequently feature some of the best performers and writers of any given age. And over the years, many artists have found success in both the theatrical and cinematic spheres. But theater isn’t as close to the center of American culture as it has been in the past. So, it’s hard not to think about this year’s nominations as a validation of the great work that theater folk do, after so many years of feeling culturally marginalized.

Here’s a sampling of this year’s Oscar nominees with Broadway and Off-Broadway ties.

The big story at this year’s Oscar nominations was the romantic musical comedy La La Land, which received a record-tying 14 nominations, including one for best picture. It used to be that a year couldn’t go by without a musical garnering an Oscar nod, but movie musicals sort of disappeared for about 30 years. Then, when Chicago snagged the Best Picture Oscar in 2002, suddenly film musicals were back in vogue.

La La Land seems even more remarkable, as it was written directly for the screen, as opposed to adapted from a pre-existing Broadway musical. This provided Broadway’s rising stars, composer/lyricists, Benj Hasek and Justin Paul, with the opportunity to snag two Oscar nods for writing the lyrics (to music by Justin Hurwitz) for the songs “Audition (‘The Fools Who Dream’)” and “City of Stars.” Pasek and Paul are also currently represented on Broadway by the hottest ticket of the season so far, the heartrending Dear Evan Hansen.

Also from La La Land, Emma Stone garnered a nomination for Best Actress. Stone made her Broadway debut in the 2014 revival (of the 1998 revival) of Cabaret, receiving very strong notices in the process.

For theater fans, one of the biggest stories to emerge from this year’s Oscar nods is the fact that wonder boy Lin-Manuel Miranda has a chance to earn that most coveted of distinctions, the EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony). Miranda has won numerous Tonys, most notably for the smash hit Hamilton. He also won Grammys for the cast recordings of both Hamilton and In the Heights. He even snagged an Emmy writing music and lyrics for the 67th Annual Tony Awards. All that leaves is the Oscar, and Miranda seems a very strong contender indeed for his song “How Far I’ll Go,” from the Disney hit, Moana.

One major point of theatrical interest this year is the film adaptation of August Wilson’s Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning Fences. Even though Wilson passed away in 2005, he nonetheless received an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. Wilson is enjoying a good deal of interest this year, as his 1982 play Jitney is currently making its first Broadway appearance. Also from Fences, we have Oscar nods for Best Actor for Denzel Washington, who was last on Broadway in Raisin in the Sun, 2014, as well as Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Viola Davis, two-time Tony winner for King Hedley II and the 2010 revival of Fences.

Another esteemed playwright who received a lot of Oscar love this year was Kenneth Lonergan, who received Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay nominations for his Manchester by the Sea. Lonergan was recently featured on Broadway in a revival of his 1996 play, This Is Our Youth. Recognized for their acting in Manchester By the Sea were Michelle Williams, who was Tony nominated for her remarkable turn in the harrowing Blackbird in 2016, and Lucas Hedges, who is currently appearing in the MCC Theater production of Anna Jordan’s Yen.

Other Oscar-nominated actors with a theater pedigree include Michael Shannon for Best Actor in a Supporting role in Nocturnal Animals. Shannon was a Tony nominee last season for his crackling performance in the smashing Broadway revival of Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Andrew Garfield, a Best Actor nominee for Hacksaw Ridge, was seen on Broadway in the 2012 revival of Death of a Salesman.

In the not-so-recently-on-Broadway department, we have Natalie Portman, Best Actress nominee for Jackie, who made what is so far her only appearance on Broadway in the 1998 revival of The Diary of Anne Frank. Nicole Kidman, who has also only graced Broadway once, also in 1998 in The Blue Room, is likewise nominated this year as Best Actress for Lion.

And finally, perennial Oscar nominee Meryl Streep picked up a record-breaking 20th nomination this year for Florence Foster Jenkins. Although La Streep is rightly considered one of the best, if not the best, actor currently living, it’s a bit surprising that she hasn’t appeared on Broadway since 1977 in Happy End. (She has, however, appeared in a number of Off-Broadway productions, including Mother Courage and Her Children as part of The Public Theater’s free series of productions in Central Park.) I know I’m not the only one hoping that she deigns to grace Broadway with her presence again sometime very soon.

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Iranian actress Taraneh Alidoosti, star of the Oscar-nominated film “The Salesman,” announced Thursday morning that she had decided to boycott the 89th Academy Awards next month due to President Trump’s “racist” ban on Iranian visas

“Trump’s visa ban for Iranians and others is a racist move and unacceptable,” she wrote on multiple social media channels. “Whether this will include a cultural event or not, I won’t attend the #AcademyAwards 2017 in protest.”

Alidoosti’s announcement comes one day after reports surfaced that the Trump administration planned to stop all visa applications for a month from seven countries in Africa and the Middle East, one of which is Iran. The news caused a near-immediate uproar among many in the Iranian-American community. 

Donald Trump is making good on the most shameful and discriminatory promises he made on the campaign trail,” the National Iranian American Council, a Washington-based non-profit, said in a statement on Wednesday. “He called for a Muslim ban and is now taking the first steps to implement one. This will not stand. The American people are better than this.”

Sometimes referred to as the “Natalie Portman of Iran,” Alidoosti, 33, is widely considered one of the best actresses in the country. Her film “The Salesman,” which was directed by Oscar-winning director Asghar Farhadi, follows the deteriorating relationship of a couple as they rehearse Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman.” It took home two awards at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival last May before it was nominated this week for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars.

Alidoosti faced a small controversy shortly after the Cannes Film Festival when she revealed a small tattoo on her arm that was some combination of the female Venus symbol and a raised fist. The actress later confirmed that the tattoo was a “woman power” symbol and that she considered herself a feminist.

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Of the Oscars’ four acting races, Best Supporting Actress may be the most unambiguous. The category seems to belong to the five women who received both Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations this week: Viola Davis (”Fences”), Naomie Harris (”Moonlight”), Nicole Kidman (”Lion”), Octavia Spencer (”Hidden Figures”) and Michelle Williams (”Manchester by the Sea”). The Critics’ Choice Awards, which issued prizes on Sunday, had only one amendment, spotlighting Janelle Monáe over Spencer, her co-star.

Everyone else who has flitted around this contest’s second-tier ranks now seems out of commission. Had I published these rankings a few weeks ago, I’d have included Helen Mirren (”Eye in the Sky”), Margo Martindale (”The Hollars”), Felicity Jones (”A Monster Calls”) and a smattering of others. But the derby is well underway, and there’s no use holding spots for yesterday’s horses. Even listing 11 women is a bit of a stretch, but here we go.

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A Fair Way to Choose Candidates for Republican Debate: Learning From the Oscars

The Republican Party is holding its first presidential debate on August 6, to be televised on Fox News. Fox has decided against inviting all 17 declared presidential candidates to the main debate, and will limit inclusion to the 10 candidates with the highest average poll rating among five recent credible (if still undefined) national polls of Republican voters. The controversy over its decisions points to a better way: lessons from how the Oscars came to be nominated with the fair representation (or “proportional representation”) form of ranked choice voting.

With seven candidates to be relegated to a pre-debate forum in the afternoon — albeit an inclusive one for which Fox recently dropped its requirement of one percent standing in the polls — there is much controversy over criteria for inclusion. Some critics like Larry Sabato call for an expanded number of participants in at least this first debate, perhaps by randomly dividing the field into two debates to be held one after the other. Others suggest new standards to establish an even smaller field of the most credible candidates.

Cutting candidates certainly is not an easy call. Of the 17 Republicans, 14 are either a current or former governors or U.S. Senators, with two of the remaining three (Donald Trump and Ben Carson) sure to make Fox’s top 10. That leaves on the sidelines six prominent Republicans who have won statewide, along with the field’s only woman (businesswoman Carly Fiorina).

I’ll set aside the question of being as inclusive as possible and focus on a fairer way for Fox to pick its ten candidates. But first, let’s acknowledge the elephant in the living room. Even though the major parties go out of their way to be inclusive in debates during their nominating process, they have colluded to block any presidential candidates other than their own from general election debates.

With a board co-chaired by two prominent major party activists, the self-appointed Commission on Presidential Debates has established an indefensible debate inclusion rule for the general election that has kept all independents and minor parties out of the debates since Ross Perot’s first presidential run in 1992. It requires candidates to have an average of 15 percent in national polls despite the Catch-22 of such candidates being likely to be relegated to second-class media status in large part to the assumption they won’t be in the debates.

Applied to this year’s Republican field, the Commission’s 15-percent threshold would leave Fox’s stage with exactly one candidate: Donald Trump. The absurdity of that outcome underscores the case for broader debate inclusion, at least in the first Commission-sponsored debates. As a start, the call by Change the Rule for a process to guarantee a third voice in the debates, deserves strong support.

Anyone who thinks the Republican debate could be effective even when including just three of the current candidates as opposed to two of them should support Change the Rule’s call for changes for general election debates.

Let’s return to Fox’s Republican debate. As a start, consider a party’s goals for debates, such as:

• See how potential nominees articulate their policy proposals and hold up under pressure.

• Allow a full airing of the diversity of perspectives within the party.

• Attract as many potential voters to watch so that the party’s eventual nominee is stronger in the general election.

• Help identify the candidate best able to represent the party and win the general election.

Applying these criteria, it’s important not to have an overly majoritarian perspective in the early debates. While the ultimate nominee should reflect true majority support among party backers, these debates are a time to hear more voices within the party, not just echoes. Allowing the party’s diversity of views to have time on the stage means that those backing those views have more reason to watch — and ultimately care about and be invested in the eventual nominee.

So that means striking some ideas based on finding which 10 candidates comes closest to reflecting majority views within the party. For example, a poll could ask each respondent to select 10 candidates, and the top 10 would go to the debate. But this “winner-take-all” approach could block out important views within the party with passionate followers — for instance, a Rand Paul or Ben Carson.

For implications for rules for debate inclusion, let’s turn to people who know something about how to attract and hold an audience: the Academy of Motion Pictures, which organizes the Oscars every year to celebrate achievement in movies. Notably, eight decades ago the Academy adopted the practice for selecting all multiple nominees in all major categories with ranked choice voting (or, in wonk talk, “the single transferable vote”). Their goal was to have a system that maximized the number of Academy voters who felt they had a stake in the outcome on Oscar night – that is, the number who helped some person or movie get nominated.

Here’s how their ranked choice voting system works when selecting more than one winner:

• Academy voters rank potential nominees in a given category in order of preference. Every voter has one vote, but ranks backups to help ensure their vote counts. For voters’, it’s literally as easy as 1-2-3.

• The share of the vote necessary to earn a nomination is determined. That threshold is the lowest share of the vote that only the winning number of candidates can achieve. When the Oscars have five nominees for Best Actor, that means it takes about 17% of the vote to be sure of winning a nomination – that’s because once five actors have 17%, there’s only 15% left for the next highest vote-getter. With 10 candidates getting to the debates, that means that 9.1% would do it.

• Right now, of course, few candidates have at least 9.1% support in the polls. The tallying process essentially simulates what happens in presidential caucuses. First, imagine if every voter were standing behind their favorite candidate. If your favorite has more than 9.1% support, then that candidate has earned in the debate, and some of you can go to your second choice. (More precisely, an equal portion of each ballot goes to the first choice for a total of 9.1%, and the remaining value of each ballot is added to the totals of the second choice.) Once all the votes have been counted for next choices, we’re now left with some winners and mostly candidates still short of the threshold. At that point, the last-place candidate is eliminated, and all that candidate’s votes are counted for the next choice on each ballot at full value. This process of distributing votes continues until 10 have been selected.

• For the Oscars, ranked choice voting means that some 83% of Oscar voters typically help elect a “candidate” in their category — best actor, best director and so on. (For Best Picture, they modified this counting process a few years ago when allowing an undefined number of movies to be nominated – still using a ranked ballot and still generally trying to make sure that as many Academy voters have a hand in nominating a process, but changing the specific counting rule.) For picking 10 candidates to debate, you’d have more than nine in ten Republicans feeling directly represented on stage, with most of the rest happy with one or more of the candidates.

For Fox, this process would mean not relying on the mathematically-questionable task of averaging five polls that will leave some candidates out due to a tiny difference that will be far less than the polls’ margin of error. Instead, they would do a single poll in which they ask respondent to rank the candidates in order of preference – asking people to rank 10 should be fine, and something most Republican voters would be ready to do at this point. We already see plenty of use of “second choice polling,” as I wrote about last week with Molly Rocket. This poll would be a time to push poll respondents to think more about the candidates in a survey that was focused only on the task of identifying candidates for the debate.

This same ranked choice process could be used as debates proceed. If they decide to narrow who’s on stage after Iowa and New Hampshire, for example, they could have Republicans living in states holding the next contests to use ranked choice voting to five debates, for example, and later on reduce the field to three or even two.

Going forward, Republicans would also be wise to use a ranked choice voting ballot in each primary and caucus to determine that contest’s real winner. Guides to parliamentary procedure like Robert’s Rules of Order recommend ranked choice voting when people can’t vote repeatedly in person, and hundreds of significant organizations do so –including nearly every political party in Canada and the United Kingdom, such as the Labor Party’s leadership contest right now. That is, when you establish your number of winners as one, it takes getting a majority of the vote in the final “instant runoff” round of counting to win. If maintaining his frontrunner status in polls, for example, Donald Trump would need to show he wins one-on-one against his toughest opponent.

That’s what the Oscars have been doing for Best Picture ever since they allowed up to 10 nominations. Instructively, they still allow a “plurality vote” when there are only five nominees in categories because it can make for good television- e.g., the “upsets” that keep people watching are almost always by a person or movie that is benefiting from a split in the majority. For Best Picture, however, the Academy decided it was more important to get the outcome right. That same calculus should govern how we vote for president, starting with large field nomination contests.

There’s probably not time for Fox to change its rules for August 6, but let’s hope organizers of upcoming debates find a better way to determine who’s on stage. Ranked choice voting would be a good place to start.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Oscar movies this year may be small, but they’re packing a lot of drama.

When the 87th Academy Awards kick off Sunday night at 8:30 EST, the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles will be buzzing with something the Oscars haven’t always had in recent years: genuine intrigue at who the night’s biggest winners will be.

The Oscars may also have another sight unusual to Southern California: rain. Light afternoon showers are expected, which could dampen red-carpet arrivals (though the carpet itself is under a glass tent).

With a co-leading nine nominations, Alejandro Inarritu’s backstage comedy “Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” flies in with the strongest wind at its back. It topped the acting, directing and producing guild awards, which are often strong predictors of what the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences will vote for.

“Birdman” also won best feature at Saturday’s Independent Film Spirit Awards, further boosting its momentum. At the pre-Oscars beachside bash, star Michael Keaton, who won best actor, proclaimed the film “bold cinema” and “a game changer,” a judgment shared by many in Hollywood who no doubt recognize something in Keaton’s character’s out-of-control ego.

But the coronation of “Birdman” is far from assured. Many believe the landmark of Richard Linklater 12-years-in-the-making “Boyhood” will ultimately prove irresistible to academy members. Best director also appears to be a toss-up between Inarritu and Linklater.

Three of the acting winners — Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”), J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash”) and Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood”) — are virtual locks going into Sunday’s show, but best actor will be a nail biter. It could be the young British star Eddie Redmayne for his technically nuanced performance as Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything,” or it could be Keaton’s career-topper in “Birdman,” as an actor trying to flee his superhero past.

But whether suspense will be enough to pull viewers to the telecast on ABC remains to be seen. Host Neil Patrick Harris will hope to continue the recent ratings upswing for the Oscars, which last year drew 43 million viewers, making it the most-watched entertainment telecast in a decade.

This year’s crop of nominees, however, is notably light on box-office smashes. Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” (six nominations including best picture) is the only best-picture candidate to gross more than $ 100 million domestically. (A runaway hit, it recently surpassed $ 300 million.)

Possibly worse for the Oscars is that the lack of diversity in the nominees this year (all 20 nominated actors are white) turned off many potential viewers and led some to call for a boycott of the broadcast. Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are likely to aim for a telecast more inclusive than the nominees.

Planned performers include Lady Gaga, Jack Black, Jennifer Hudson and Anna Kendrick, as well as Oscar-nominated original songs: Common and John Legend (“Glory” from “Selma”), Maroon 5 (“Lost Stars” from “Begin Again”), Tim McGraw (“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from “Glen Campbell . I’ll Be Me”), Rita Ora (“Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights”) and Tegan and Sara with the Lonely Island (“Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie”).

Oprah Winfrey (a co-star in “Selma”) will be among the presenters, as will Eddie Murphy, Chris Pratt, Kevin Hart, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Scarlett Johansson, Cate Blanchett, Channing Tatum and John Travolta.

Increasingly, ratings are driven by moments that spark social media frenzy, like when Travolta famously mispronounced the name of singer Idina Menzel as “Adele Dazeem” at last year’s show. Sunday night, he gets a chance for redemption.

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The Huge Opportunity the Oscars Wasted Today (And More Jaw-Dropping Snubs)

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This Will Be The Whitest Oscars Since 1998

Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne and other white people kindly welcome you to the whitest Oscars since 1998. Yes, unfortunately, you read that right: Without a nod for David Oyelowo announced this morning (see white person Brad Pitt for help on that pronunciation) 2015 will be the worst year for diversity in Hollywood since the 70th annual ceremony.

This is especially troubling when you consider that last year’s Oscars was a banner year with a Best Supporting Actress award for Lupita Nyong’o (and Steve McQueen taking home the Best Picture title). As Chris Rock can tell you, there are still far too few people of color in the industry, but at least one non-white person has been nominated each year in the four acting categories since the last whitest Oscars ever nearly two decades ago. Here’s the whole list:





































































2014 Lupita Nyong’o, Barkhad Abdi and Chiwetel Ejiofor
2013 Denzel Washington and Quevenzhane Wallis
2012 Demian Bichir, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer
2011 Javier Bardem
2010 Gabourey Sidibe, Monique, Penelope Cruz, Morgan Freeman and Hailee Steinfeld
2009 Taraji P. Henson
2008 Ruby Dee and Javier Bardem
2007 Forest Whitaker, Will Smith, Djimon Honsou, Penelope Cruz, Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Hudson, Adriana Barraza and Rinko Kikuchi
2006 Terrence Howard
2005 Jamie Foxx, Don Cheadle, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Sophie Okonedo, Morgan Freeman and Jamie Foxx
2004 Djimon Honsou, Ken Watanabe, Benicio del Toro, Shohreh Aghdashloo and Keisha Castle-Hughes
2003 Salma Hayek and Queen Latifah
2002 Denzel Washington, Will Smith, Halle berry and Ben Kingsley
2001 Javier Bardem and Benicio del Toro
2000 Denzel Washington, Michael Clarke Duncan
1999 Fernanda Montenegro
1998 … no one

Predictions that this would be a particularly pale year sprung up after the Gold Derby predictions were posted as a preemptive warning for what we could expect from the “overwhelmingly white” group of males that comprises the Academy.

#OscarNoms No female directors, screenwriters, or cinematographers. No actors of color. #diversity,” CNN’s David Daniel tweeted after the nominations were announced.

If there’s a lesson to be learned here it’s that we have a long way to go before we can truly talk about progress being made. Also: this sucks.
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One Of These 21 Movies Will Probably Win Best Picture At The 2015 Oscars

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Welcome to For Your Consideration, HuffPost Entertainment’s breakdown of all things Oscar. Between now and Feb. 22, 2015, entertainment managing editor Christopher Rosen and entertainment editor Matthew Jacobs will pore over awards season and discuss which films will make the most noise at the 87th annual Academy Awards.

The finish line is here. We are two weeks away from the Oscar nominations, which means studios need to put any last-minute campaigning into overdrive. With voting having already opened (see our dream ballots here), it stands to reason that the state of the race has more or less been determined. Still, we hope to see plenty of surprises when the nominations arive on Jan. 15, especially in the Best Picture field, where the number of nominees remains a question mark. (Since a 2011 rule change, the Academy Awards can nominate anywhere between five and 10 films for Best Picture.) There’s arguably still no clear front-runner, but five movies (“Selma,” “Boyhood,” “The Imitation Game,” “Birdman” and “The Theory of Everything”) seem like guarantees, with ample contenders trying to edge their way into the remaining slots. Here are the 21 movies competing in the marathon:


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Correspondent’s Weekend DC: The East Coast’s Answer to the Oscars?

Washington DC’s biggest fashion draw other than an inauguration just happened, and the fashion crowd jumped on it. It has been hashtagged “nerd prom” and gained momentum for branding of what was once a media gathering into a celebrity and fashion focus. The Acela from New York to DC was a cattle car of garment bag toting PR reps as personalities and brands started pushing their way into this celebration of the intelligentsia. The mad rush to be a part of the weekend seemed to contradict the origins but what is now being toted as the “Oscar’s of the East Coast” is more or less press for the press. From a fashion perspective there seemed to be three distinct categories: Hollywood being responsible, political players that have style and the DC hometown crowd.

Hollywood being responsible are the personalities who are showing an awareness to the power of DC. This weekend is a chance to get shown around like a bit of a trophy but at the same time raise awareness for causes close to their heart. They tend to be dressed in their own clothes or if they are being gifted by a brand then the choices are conservative. Unlike Los Angeles, DC tends to shun the overproduced facial features of Hollywood or a Real Housewife. To witness an aging starlet try to convince political and publishing titans of her agenda through a pair of lips that resemble a piece of bologna curling in a frying pan is a bit like watching a mime in an invisible box. DC is the place to talk about political and social platforms, and it is a bit distracting to see a subsection of this group teetering around in their Louboutin platforms. I was recently made an honorary woman by some friends and in that group there is no bashing other women so I want to make an effort to celebrate the women who do it right in DC. There are some Hollywood attendees that balance the glamour while staying respectful of the proceedings such as Rosario Dawson, Frieda Pinto, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Kerry Washington. These women are absolutely stunning and breathtaking in person while being approachable.

Political players that have style are a tight clique in DC. This is the mean girls club, and you got to give it to them: They own this town. I am mostly writing about women here, but this is one area where you can include gay men. They are educated, they have some sort of family heritage tied to the city and they never shop in DC. It is really strange because you want to think that behind the Ice Queen is an insecure person holding up a façade of toughness, but most times she really is that mean. I personally get a kick out of this crowd because without them DC would be like an ocean without sharks. Somebody has to be the queen of the fashion food chain. Because I love this group of OCD women\gay men so much there will be no naming names here, but that does not matter because they know who they are and will still strike at me next time we meet.

The DC hometown crowd are the heart and soul of this city. They either live here or have lived here and understand understated elegance. I will admit that there are some members of this group that still live in ill-fitting shift dresses with their bra straps showing, but as I recently began to count them at a brunch I stopped and felt disgusted a little with myself. These are the women that are usually mothers on top of all the other achievements in their lengthy resume because DC and the surrounding areas are a great place to raise a family. The access to the best cultural activities and the feeling of open skies are rare for a big city so it attracts women who are extremely aware of their environment but not necessarily flashy in their personal presentation. People tend to talk to me about fashion but drop the name of a private school or charity board into this group and suddenly Lanvin means nothing. What is most admirable about this group is they tend to dress body conscious in a healthy image and do not project the feeling that they are selling out. These women have it all — and while they are photographed to the point that fashion choices have impacts on their profile both socially and career wise — you just get the impression they are NOT checking press outlets the next morning to see whether they made best dressed.

The fashion future of the White House Correspondent’s Dinner weekend will be interesting but might have reached a tipping point. The glamorous family of Obama will be a hard act to follow for the next DC power couple and at this point honestly, we get it. There will be certain personalities and brands that find this to be a market you cannot buy your way into but you must fit the profile of the audience. DC is a market where substance outweighs flash and hopefully it will stay that way. So stay tuned for the next stop that the celebrity and fashion crowd will have their eyes on : Davos Fashion Week.
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Getting Psyched to Not Remember Who Won the Oscars Next Week!

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The excitement is building, as it does every year around this time. Soon, the eyes of the world will be on the glitz and glamour that only Hollywood can provide. The 86th Academy Awards are upon us! The stars will file in on the red carpet, the fashion choices will be scrutinized and the honorees will be feted in grand style.

I can hardly wait to see it all, and then forget who won, like, a few days later.

Forgetting who won the Oscars is such a long-standing tradition that it might conceivably be called a part of the human experience. We wake up each morning, we go to work, we spend time with those we love…we can’t for the life of us remember who won the Oscars. It’s all part of the great continuum, woven into the fabric of our existence.

Sure, the celebrities themselves who win the Oscars are not likely to forget the moment they clutch that gold statuette and thank their agents and current spouses. However, it is not beyond the realm of possibility that they, too, will totally blank on who won in the categories not associated with their productions.

In this way, we, each of us, are not that different from the rich and famous people who supply our big-screen entertainment. They, too, could easily be at a party a couple of weeks from now and, when quizzed on which film was given the award for Best Adapted Screenplay, give the same vacant stare that you or I might give if asked the same question.

The only difference is that the famous person forgets who won what Academy Award because he or she is preoccupied about how to remain famous by prepping his or her next deal, whereas you and I forget because we have jobs and don’t care. These are small, inconsequential differences. The fact is that everybody, in all walks of life, has the memory of Oscar’s winners wiped from their brain pan almost immediately after the ceremony. And this year, as with every year, I am really looking forward to it.

Weirdly enough, we can all still remember the names of the teachers who made indelible impressions on us, even going back ten, twenty or thirty years. But an awards show for teachers would be pretty damn boring. They make crap money, and they have no idea how to dress.

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