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TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT!

The red carpet has been unfurled and Hollywood is getting ready for its collective close-up. The 87th Academy Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will be taking place at Hollywood's 3,300-seat Dolby Theatre tonight. It's pretty clear that it's down to "Birdman" and "Boyhood," both of which are jockeying for the best picture nod. Performers on hand include Lady Gaga, Rita Ora, Jennifer Hudson ... more >

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SUNDAY OPINION: POLITICIANS don’t make good movie critics (and probably never will)

A small-town mayor does small-time things sometimes
Alternate reality ahead: keep your eyes peeled

FRANCE - This week, the right wing-leaning mayor of a small Parisian suburban town ordered local theaters to take the film “Timbuktu” (directed by Abderrahmane Sissako) off its program slate “in the name of the fight against glorifying terrorism.” The terrorist attacks that occurred in France last week have had many consequences, this incomprehensible cancelation of “Timbuktu” by Monsieur le ... more >

12 YEARS A SLAVE CROWNED AT ACADEMY AWARDS

It's the first time a black filmmaker gets the top nod
Full list of the winners included below

What a triumphant win for Steve McQueen, last night, for his “12 Years a Slave.” Let us hope that more black filmmakers will advance in their craft and career and reach their place in the sun some day, too (Lee Daniels and Ryan Coogler of “Fruitvale Station” have been leading the charge). The international film industry is rather too homogeneous, color-wise, so last night’s mega-win for the ... more >

Omar

Nominated for a Best Foreign Film award
Waleed Zuaiter, Adam Bakri and Leem Lubani
Directed by Hany Abu-Assad

Hany Abu-Assad’s (pictured below) “Omar” is nominated for an Academy Award, as was the Palestinian director’s film “Paradise Now,” also about life in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. The film again brings sharply into focus the indignities large and small suffered by Palestinians on a daily basis. With the intensity of youth, baker Omar and his friends learn to bear the unbearable but also find ... more >

HELLO, DOLBY! Academy Awards venue gets new name

What's in a name? Everything and a lot of green.

Dolby, a company founded in the U.K. and headquartered in California, announced on Tuesday that it had signed an agreement with the CIM Group, owner of the Hollywood & Highland Center (yes, the one where the Oscars are held), bestowing its name unto the theater for the next twenty years. From now on, the home of the Oscars will be called the Dolby Theatre. "Dolby has a long history of working ... more >

The Artist slays the Oscars nominations

The world is watching as the silent film races towards Oscar gold

What a coup for Michel Hazanavicius & Co! The French filmmaker's silent film The Artist has just been nominated for a total of ten possible statuettes as was just announced in Los Angeles, including the top award for film, directing, male actor, supporting role by a female, screenplay and musical score. Martin Scorsese's Hugo Cabret is up for eleven possible awards. There's been a lot of ... more >

Eddie Murphy to host 2012 Academy Awards

Don't call it a comeback I've been here for years

Eddie Murphy will host the 2012 Oscar ceremony. Here’s hoping that he’ll fare better than recent presenters of the oh-so-long hoopla. His press release said, "I am enormously honored to join the great list of past Academy Award hosts from Hope and Carson to Crystal, Martin and Goldberg, among others [. . .] creating a show that is enjoyable for both the fans at home and for the audience at the ... more >