Your Movie Grossed $500 Million—But Was It Popular Enough for an Oscar?

A look at past years shows the new statue could go in many directions, depending on how the Academy defines outstanding achievement in popular film.
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Hollywood can’t get out of its own way.
This week’s news that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will add a most popular movie Oscar not only sent civilian social media into conniptions, but also the Hollywood press and Oscar voters. Reaction was immediate and one-sided, mostly variations on, “what the heck were they thinking?”
Getting less attention, but as important, is the decision that, in the interest of keeping the broadcast to a viewer-friendly three hours, some awards will be presented during commercials, with winners getting their few seconds of fame via edited snippets as at the Tony Awards. That move speaks to an identity dilemma: Is the Oscars’ primary function the acknowledgment of achievement or entertainment? In a perfect world, the two would beautifully coexist, but the world is far from perfect, and Hollywood is hardly a nonprofit enterprise.

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Still, it takes a village to make a movie. It’s sad that the organizers of this mega event, supposedly creative thinkers, can’t conjure a better way to reverse the ratings bleed (down 19 percent last year), than to de-emphasize the essential contributions of off-the-radar types. Before the new Popular Oscar gets added, there are 24 awards, which sound

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Which films could win the new Oscar?

Ready Player One, Black Panther and The Incredibles 2 could suddenly be in the awards season race.
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Oscar de la Renta Goes Local With Lotusland Benefit, Montecito Pop-Up

First Newport, then Mykonos. Oscar de la Renta is buying into the summer pop-up trend with a temporary boutique at the Montecito Country Mart through end of August 2018. The independent retail collective – sister to the Brentwood Country Mart and a similar concept in Marin – is known for a rustic charm that embodies the Santa Barbara lifestyle.
The boutique, designed by Jeang Kim, sister of Oscar de la Renta’s co-creative director Laura Kim, occupies 1,150 square feet and offers ready-to-wear, handbags, shoes and fashion jewelry from the pre-fall 2018 and fall 2018 collections. The boutique will also sell items from the childrenswear line, Oscar de la Renta x Morgenthal Frederics sunglasses and a selective assortment of pieces from the Mykonos capsule collection consisting of tunics, caftans, palazzo pants, swimwear and beach towels inspired by the Greek island.

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In order to aid efforts of the town’s recovery from the devastating mudslides of January 2018, 10 percent of all sales will be donated to the Santa Barbara Bucket Brigade, an organization dedicated to the restoration and salvation of local homes.
“With the continued success of our boutique on Melrose Place in West Hollywood and our wholesale partners throughout

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McDormand Oscar theft trial to go ahead

A man accused of stealing Frances McDormand’s Oscar is to stand trial in the US.
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Oscar de la Renta Resort 2019

Describing a fashion show as very “mother-of-the-bride” is not always a compliment. Yet it was accurate and deliberate in the case of Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim’s resort collection for Oscar de la Renta. If there was ever a time to go in that direction, this was it.
Garcia and Kim were already looking at a Wedgwood book by Rizzoli as a key reference for the lineup in February when “we got Meghan [Markle’s] phone call to help dress her mom for the royal wedding,” Garcia said after Tuesday’s show, referring to the ODLR ensemble Doria Ragland wore to her daughter’s, the Duchess of Sussex, nuptials last weekend. He noted that the request to dress the most watched mother-of-the-bride in recent memory and the bridal registry china inspiration were a happy coincidence, so the designers went with it.
The English pottery brand’s heritage informed many of the collection’s colors and patterns. Everything in the lineup would be appropriate for an event on a wedding weekend itinerary — the rehearsal dinner, reception, bridesmaids’ dresses, morning after brunch. The show opened with a series of ivory and pastel stretch wool dresses that were minimal in shape with hemlines cut like architectural petals. There were

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Oscar de la Renta Opens Boston Pop-up

Oscar de la Renta has opened a pop-up shop in Boston. The brand’s first freestanding store in the city is located at 24 Newbury Street and will be open Thursday to June 20. The space is 1,600 square feet and includes ready-to-wear, handbags, shoes, jewelry from resort and spring as well as children’s wear. Fall bridal will be available by appointment and the pre-fall and fall collections will be on site, available for pre-order.
“With long-standing wholesale business in Back Bay and Chestnut Hill, it makes tremendous sense for us to open our own shop on Newbury Street,” said Alex Bolen, chief executive officer of Oscar de la Renta. “We are excited to continue to tell the Oscar de la Renta story with this new pop-up store on one of the most prestigious retail blocks in the country that is a destination for both locals and tourists.”

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Get the Oscar Looks for Less: Jennifer Garner, Emma Stone and More

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Oscars 2018: Man arrested for theft of Frances McDormand’s Oscar

A man is arrested for grand theft for taking Frances McDormand’s best actress Oscar.
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From Hollyoaks to Hollywood: Brits pick up Oscar

British talent shined at this year’s Oscars with four Britons collecting the coveted golden gong – an improvement on the previous year.
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Man arrested after Best Actress Oscar ‘stolen’

A man has been arrested for allegedly stealing Frances McDormand’s Best Actress Oscar.
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Sufjan Stevens Enlists St. Vincent, Chris Thile, Moses Sumney for Oscar Band

Who knew that Sufjan Stevens would be bringing an all-out jam to the Oscars? “Jam” might be a slight exaggeration, given the 2- to 3-minute slots that Best Original Song contenders are usually squeezed into when they’re performed on Academy Awards telecasts. But Stevens has suddenly raised the bar of anticipation for his Sunday night […]

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The Parent Trap’s Hayley Mills Had No Idea She Won an Oscar 57 Years Ago

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Casey Affleck pulls out of presenting Best Actress Oscar

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‘The Shape of Water’ Leads Oscar Nominations With 13

“The Shape of Water,” a lyrical love story about a mute woman and an amphibious creature, racked up 13 Oscar nominations, followed by “Dunkirk” with eight and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” with seven.
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Live Briefing: 2018 Oscar Nominations: ‘The Shape of Water’ Leads the Race

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Roger Deakins: The Brit who is due an Oscar

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Controversial gay romance tipped for Oscar win

In the run up to the Oscars, gay romance Call Me By Your Name has emerged as the favourite after winning best feature at the Gothams.
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The London Underground Scene of ‘Darkest Hour’: So False, So Winning, So Slam-Dunk Oscar

Biographical film dramas used to cover a lot of ground without, as a rule, showing a lot of artistry. That all changed around the time of “Capote” (2005), a movie that employed the then-audacious strategy of focusing on a single extended chapter of Truman Capote’s life — the reporting and writing of “In Cold Blood” […]

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With awards season in full force, Oscar predictions have grown increasingly dependent on a previously inconspicuous gong.
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Kevin Spacey-Focused Oscar Push for ‘All the Money in the World’ Axed (EXCLUSIVE)

Kevin Spacey’s robust supporting actor Oscar campaign for Ridley Scott’s “All the Money in the World” has been shelved, Variety has learned. The move comes amid allegations of sexual harassment directed at the two-time Oscar-winning actor that stretch back 30 years. Buried under considerable makeup and prosthetics, Spacey stars as oil tycoon J. Paul Getty in […]

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Kate Winslet Refused To Thank ‘Nasty’ Harvey Weinstein In 2009 Oscar Speech

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Andrew Garfield Breathes in Oscar buzz

This year’s BFI London Film Festival opens with Andrew Garfield’s new film, Breathe.
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Toronto welcomes British talent in Oscar race

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Venice begins Oscar buzz with strong line-up

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Services Set for Marianna Mason Sheridan, Oscar de la Renta Archivist

Services for Marianna Mason Sheridan, who created an archive of Oscar de la Renta‘s designs, will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Christ Church in Charlotte, N.C. Sheridan, whose work became the core of an exhibit of de la Renta’s major designs now touring the world, died on Saturday after a long illness, surrounded by her family. She was 50 years old.
Sheridan graduated in 1989 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in English. She took a job in 1992 in the corporate communications department of Duke Power, where she fielded calls from reporters at all hours of the day and night. In 1995, she joined First Union as vice president and became an important member of the corporate and investment banking team, rising to senior vice president before retiring in 2000.
Once her children were older and more independent, Sheridan, who was always interested in fashion, suggested to executives of Oscar de la Renta the idea of preserving the legacy of the fashion house by creating an archive of its history. Sheridan’s pitch was so compelling she was hired to manage the project. For several years, she traveled frequently to New York, where she

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‘Moonlight’ Actor Trevante Rhodes On Oscar Flub And Calvin Klein Ad Reactions

Trevante Rhodes says “there’s no better moment than right now” for his burgeoning acting career. 

Since the release of “Moonlight” last October, the 27-year-old Louisiana native has earned praises and award recognition for his breakout role as Black, the adult portrayal of the film’s protagonist, Chiron, who struggles with growing up in Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood.  

After the movie’s Golden Globe win for Best Motion Picture, Drama, and Oscar win for Best Picture, Rhodes is now focused on repeating his success with upcoming roles in Netflix’s college-hazing drama “Burning Sands” and in “The Predator,” a sequel to the 1987 sci-fi film. 

On the heels of the DVD release of “Moonlight,” Rhodes dished to The Huffington Post about the film’s Oscar win, how director Barry Jenkins has enhanced his love for cinema, and his thoughts on his much talked-about Calvin Klein underwear campaign.

Congratulations on your recent Oscar win for Best Picture. What was your immediate reaction to the onstage flub following Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway accidentally announcing “La La Land” as the winner?

Honestly, in that particular moment when you hear “La La Land” [as the winner], you’re happy for the cast and the crew because we’ve been going on this journey with them for the past few months. And so, we got to know them very well. Just like what [“La La Land” producer] Jordan Horowitz said when he was up there [accepting the award]. They’re just a wonderful group of people that we were fortunate enough to get to know. And so, we were just happy for them.

And then you see this guy walking onstage with an envelope. I was sitting next to André Holland and turned to him and was like, “André, something’s going on. Something bad is about to happen.” And he said, “Nah, nah, nah.” And then the envelope gets to the front and we saw what we saw.

And so I got Mahershala [Ali] and Barry [Jenkins] up to run up onstage. Thankfully, we were the Best Picture winner. It was always a high. There was never a high moment or low moment. There was never that contrast. It just went from being 100 percent excited for “La La Land” to 200 percent excited for “Moonlight.”

What would you have said onstage as an acceptance speech had you been given the opportunity to share a message with the audience?

I would’ve obviously thanked everyone involved in the process of making and supporting the film. And obviously, the fans and the people who see themselves as me [Chiron] in the film, which is most important. Just love yourself and we see you, we see you, we see you. And thank you.

Given this was your first time working with Barry Jenkins, how would you describe your experience filming with Barry?

It was incredible. Barry is a very heartfelt and intellectual person. I’m very inquisitive, and I always have questions and need to touch things to see how it works, or why it works. And Barry was someone who always, always 100 percent had an answer to every question I had. Which for me, is the most fulfilling thing. And so, to have that intellect and to be able to learn from someone with that kind of intellect and also to be able to work with someone who had equally that amount of compassion, and empathy, and love, it was just a unique experience to grow with and learn from. And I’m a big cinema fan, and I love doing films because they have a different way to depict different stories and events. And Barry is a foreign filmmaker in a sense.

But to be a part of something where someone has so much style and so much love for the craft is amazing. I learned from that. And I kind of grew my love for cinema through my conversations with Barry. Because obviously he’s even more of a cinema buff. So to be able to pick his brain whenever, or send him a text message like, “What movie should I go study?” He’ll go ahead and send it to me. So yeah, it was a great experience.

Did you experience any challenges while portraying Chiron?

No, I don’t believe so. I tried to think of some, but then I feel like that’s just trying to force myself to say, “Oh, well, this part was difficult,” but, nah, man. It was really just … I won’t say it was easy, but I knew who the person was. The script was written so well and I had so much faith, and Barry had faith in myself. And if you put yourself out on a limb, you have someone like Barry who has your back. It was really again just trusting in Barry and trusting in the script and not having any fear to put myself out there.

Were there certain specific experiences or people that you researched or looked to in order to develop the nuances of Chiron?

I’m the kind of person where I always digest everything around me. So for me, it was kind of like understanding that, and honestly, I had my best friend since I was 9 years old, he came out recently. So, growing up, I knew his struggles were bad. And that part of the story was with me. But as far as the nuances, those were things I picked up on just by watching people in passing in a sense. And not judging people, but just understanding and being curious about why people walk a certain way, or why people have this sort of closed-off demeanor. All these different things trying to understand why people do what we do. Just trying to place certain things to develop this character’s physicality.

And so, it was just picking and pulling from people that I’ve seen in passing, and walking in that headspace through my life for a few weeks to get a hang of it and then just bringing it into the film.

What has been the most meaningful feedback or praise you have received about the film so far?

Ah, man, just “Thank you” ― “Thank you for allowing me to see myself, because I haven’t seen myself on screen.” That’s something that I hear quite often, and that’s the highest praise you could ever get. Someone who is teary-eyed, shaking, and just needs to hug you. They can’t even verbalize the way that they feel, but you see so much in their eyes, because they’re so grateful for you being a part of something that helps depict their life story, depict their struggle and allow them to breathe in a sense. Because they haven’t been able to do that throughout their entire life, because they felt the need to shield themselves from the world. Just having those moments with the people is just the most amazing thing. That’s better than anything.

Do you plan to continue to use your artistry to amplify underrepresented narratives on screen?

One million percent. That’s the goal. That’s why I wanna do bigger films, so my face and my “brand” gets broaden so that I can do another film like “Moonlight” and hopefully it reaches more people, because [people will say], “Oh, Trevante Rhodes is in that? Ah, man, I don’t know what it’s about, but I’ll go check it out.” And then they end up getting a different experience, because I’m a part of something. So absolutely, it’s just about finding the right material, telling the right story with the right person who also has a like-minded vision and the same kind of heart.

Prior to acting, you were active as a track and field sprinter in college. What made you transition from sports to pursuing a career in acting?

I was given an opportunity to do sports in college and get a degree because of it. I ran track for the University of Texas and was studying to be a petroleum landman. And I was gifted an opportunity to audition for a film during my last semester in college, which I discovered while jogging around campus. And I kind of got the bug from that instant when I didn’t get the role, but it was kind of like sports in a sense.

It’s like the most individualized team sport, like track and field. You do your best to give your best performance so that the totality of the film can be great. So, I just had the opportunity to continue being an athlete without breaking down my body as much.

In addition to acting, you may have a bright future in modeling thanks to the responses from your recent Calvin Klein ad. What were your thoughts about the reactions?

[Laughs] Ah, man. [Laughs] It was funny, because I get — obviously people tag you on photos, and it’s all over New York, like on the streets, and it’s insane, man! I work out hard, and so now the world sees the product of you working out. And I’m like, “Ah, that’s really cool.” I don’t know any other way to describe it. It’s Calvin Klein, that’s iconic, you know. Marky Mark did that. I was like, “It’s ‘Moonlight’ and Marky Mark, baby.” It’s incredible.

And it’s black and white and it just looks so beautiful. And it’s to amplify a movie that’s so beautiful that we all care about so much that it ended up getting Best Picture. Like, there’s no better moment than right now. And then thinking about Mahershala [Ali], he just had a daughter and to be a part of that is really, really cool.

The ladies want to know, are you single and what qualities do you look for in a partner?

[Laughs] Yeah, I’m single. As for what I look for, I don’t know any other way to put it, but I look for truth, and honesty, because that’s something that’s few and far between. And obviously, someone who takes care of herself physically. But truth, honesty, and love, that’s what’s most important. Oh, and someone who can vibe to some jazz. Because I love jazz music a lot.

“Moonlight” is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.

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Kellyanne Conway Compares ‘Alternative Facts’ To That Best Picture Oscar Mix-Up

Kellyanne Conway on Sunday defended her famous assertion that the Trump administration’s lies are actually “alternative facts,” characterizing her remark as a flub similar to last week’s snafu over the best picture Oscar.

Back in January, Conway, a top adviser to President Donald Trump, had suggested that White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer “gave alternative facts” about the audience at Trump’s inauguration. Simply put, Spicer had lied about the size of the crowd.

In an interview on “CBS Sunday Morning,” Conway claimed that she’d meant “alternative information and additional facts,” and she dismissed it all as just a mistake. 

“That got conflated,” she told CBS News’ Norah O’Donnell. “But, you know, respectfully, Norah, I see mistakes on TV every single day, and people just brush them off. Everybody thinks it’s just so funny that the wrong movie was, you know, heralded as the winner of the Oscars. You say, ‘Well, that’s just all in good fun, things happen.’ Well, things happen to everyone.”

At the recent Academy Awards ceremony, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were given the wrong envelope and announced that “La La Land” had won best picture, when the award actually went to “Moonlight.” Far from being “just so funny,” the mistake caused considerable confusion at the ceremony and overshadowed the historic nature of the “Moonlight” win. Later in the week, the two accountants in charge of tabulating the Oscar results lost that gig because they’d mixed up the envelopes and not intervened sooner.

On Sunday, Conway also defended another of her television flubs, the one where she made up a terrorist attack, “the Bowling Green massacre,” to justify Trump’s executive order banning travel and immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries. After that incident last month, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” announced it would no longer book her on the show, saying that Conway was “not credible anymore.”

But Conway insisted that these missteps did not damage her credibility.

“What people should do, what I’ve always done with others, is look at the measure of someone’s career,” she said. “I’ve been a pollster for two decades-plus. And I’ve worked very hard to speak candidly and truthfully.”

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Oscar mishap accountants ‘will never return’ to ceremony

Accountants Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz muddled envelopes and the wrong winner was announced.
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For Dwayne Johnson, Taraji P. Henson and Kate McKinnon, Oscar Rehearsals Are Full of Laughs—and Selfies

When the curtains part and Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson and Janelle Monáe walk to center-stage at the Dolby Theatre Saturday morning to rehearse lines they’ll deliver at the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday, Spencer for one can’t hide her goofy exuberance.

“I’m so excited!”, says the Oscar-nominated actress, casual in a grey sweater and wearing no make-up, while surveying the orchestra seats emblazoned with cardboard name-cards and head-shots of the likes of Emma Stone, Matt Damon and Meryl Streep

“I’d like to thank the Academy for opening the curtains for such a grand entrance!”

The Hidden Figures co-stars, who at one point playfully strike a dramatic Charlie’s Angels pose, pretend guns aloft, are among the first to kick off a steady stream of A-listers to breeze in and out of the theater for rehearsals early Saturday.

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“Dwayne Johnson is here!” announces a member of the production crew into his head-set as the upbeat Moana actor saunters onto the stage. Nailing his lines after a few minutes, Johnson pulls out his iPhone and asks a stage hand to snap a photo of him in a celebratory pose with the backdrop of the near-empty theatre. Spotting his own make-shift head-shot affixed to an orchestra seat, the Rock points and says, “Oh, there I am!”

The star power is non-stop: Samuel L. Jackson, wearing a sweatshirt and baseball cap turned backwards, snaps a commemorative selfie from the stage; David Oyelowo, with his wife and four kids in tow to watch him rehearse, claps when a “winner” is announced; Henson is handed an Oscar trophy to simulate presenting but instead pretends to steal it and runs off stage while giggling.

Some actors stop to take in the moment. Scarlett Johansson, in a cropped jacket and clogs, looks around the auditorium and art-deco-inspired stage design and says, “It’s very glamorous!” 

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While most wear sneakers during rehearsal, presenter Kate McKinnon, otherwise casually dressed in a grey hoodie and a black long coat, slips on a pair of high-heel shoes to practice walking across the Oscar stage. But once she learns her lines and gives out several pretend Oscars, McKinnon is right back in her flats — and out the door.

The Academy Awards kicks off live on ABC on Sunday, Feb. 26, with a 7 p.m. ET pre-show and 8:30 p.m. ceremony. See all the Oscar nominees and get your own ballot here!


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Oscar Isaac To Play Title Role In New York Production Of ‘Hamlet’

Shakespearean tragedy has never made us feel so giddy. 

The New York Times reports that Oscar Isaac is slated to play the title role in director Sam Gold’s upcoming production of “Hamlet.” The highly anticipated staging will run at New York’s Public Theater from June 20 to Sept. 3, 2017. 

Gold, who won a Tony for his direction of Broadway’s “Fun Home,” began work on the production in 2014, which was expected to run this year at Theater for a New Audience’s Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn. Because of artistic differences, however, between Gold and artistic director Jeffrey Horowitz, the show was pulled in June 2016. 

Now, the play, having controversially switched venues and artistic directors, is officially back on the docket. And we could picture few people better than Mr. Llewyn Davis himself to play the brooding, emo lead. 

Oh, and one more bonus: Horatio will be played by Keegan-Michael Key, of “Key and Peele,” in his first New York stage performance. According to Slate, however, Key was classically trained as a Shakespearean actor before veering into improv comedy, so our expectations are pretty high. 

Tickets will go on sale for Public members on March 9, with non-member tickets available at an unspecified later date.

H/T The New York Times

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Mom And Adorable Daughters Recreate Oscar Best Picture Nominees

For seven years, Maggie Storino has been recreating iconic movie posters and stills from the films nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. She shares the finished products on her blog, Tumblr and Instagram account ― “Don’t Call Me Oscar.”

Since becoming a mom, Storino has enlisted her daughters to give the images an adorable spin. This week, she released the latest batch of photos, featuring 6-year-old Sophia, 4-year-old Sadie and 1-year-old Sloane.

Keep scrolling to see the little girls’ take on the 2017 Best Picture nominees. 

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Top Hollywood Talent Agency Cancels Annual Oscar Party to Benefit Refugees Instead

One of Hollywood’s top talent agencies is canceling its annual Oscar party and using the money it would have spent on the shindig to help refugees affected by President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban.

United Talent Agency announced on Wednesday that the company would be swapping its annual party for a $ 250,000 donation to the American Civil Liberties Union — the group that challenged Trump’s travel ban and was granted a stay, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The company will also be donating part of the money to the International Rescue Committee, a humanitarian organization. UTA also announced plans to host a pro-immigration rally two days before the ceremony at its L.A. office. 

“This is a moment that demands our generosity, awareness and restlessness,” UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer reportedly wrote in a memo to staff. “Our world is a better place for the free exchange of artists, ideas and creative expression. If our nation ceases to be the place where artists the world over can come to express themselves freely, then we cease, in my opinion, to be America.”

UTA reps some of the industry’s most high-profile stars, including Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Harrison Ford and Mariah Carey.

Trump’s executive order, signed Jan. 27, prevents citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S, and indefinitely bars Syrians from crossing the border. The ban has been halted by Homeland Security and several judges across the country, although the Trump administration continues to push for it to be reinstated.

“When fear and division get the better of a society, artists are among the first to feel the impact — and to denounce the ill winds,” Zimmer also reportedly said in his memo. 

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The news comes as several people have been prevented from making an appearance at the show due to the ban. Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category, already announced that he will not be attending the show even if an exception is made for him. Along with Farhadi, the Syrian subjects in the documentaries The White Helmet and Watani: My Homeland are also unsure if they will be allowed to travel to the U.S. for the awards show, although both teams are still working to find a way for them to attend.

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Oscar de la Renta, U.S. Postal Service to Host Stamp Ceremony

FOREVER STAMPED: On Feb. 16, the final day of New York Fashion Week, Oscar de la Renta will host a ceremony with the U.S. Postal Service honoring the fashion house’s upcoming collaboration on a series of postage stamps for 2017, announced last month.
The Forever Stamp First-Day-of-Issue Stamp Dedication Ceremony, open to the public, will take place at 11 a.m. at Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal and feature speakers including Hillary Clinton and Anna Wintour. Anderson Cooper will emcee the event.
The collection of 11 Oscar de la Renta Commemorative Forever Stamps feature a black-and-white portrait of the late designer, taken by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, as well as 10 additional stamps with close-up details from de la Renta’s most memorable gowns.
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Ivanka Trump Turns to Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta for the Inaugural Weekend’s Big Events

ALL-AMERICAN STYLE: For Friday’s two big inaugural events, Ivanka Trump turned to Oscar de la Renta’s Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia for an outfit for her father’s swearing-in ceremony in the morning and she donned a Carolina Herrera champagne-colored embellished gown for the inaugural balls. She also wore a burgundy velvet Carolina Herrera dress Saturday morning to the National Prayer Service at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
The Oscar de la Renta designers saw to it that Ivanka Trump hit just the right notes for three key events during the weekend. For Thursday’s wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, the entrepreneur wore a kelly green wool cashgora coat with matching crepe dress. Thursday night’s candlelight ball in Union Station was another occasion for her to wear the New York label – this time it was an ivory crepe gown with black velvet corset bow. The Oscar de la Renta trifecta was completed at Friday’s swearing-in ceremony, where the first daughter donned an ivory cashgora wool jacket with stretch cady pants. Trump must really be a fan of the brand, having also turned to the design duo to dress her three children – Arabella, Joseph and Theodore Kushner – for the

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Oscar de la Renta will be part of the lineup for the U.S. Postal Service’s series of stamps for 2017.
Mary-Anne Penner, director for stamp services at the U.S. Postal Service, said, “The new year is shaping up to be exceptional as the Postal Service continues to produce stamps that celebrate the people, events and cultural milestones that are unique to the history of our great nation.” She described the new stamps as part of a showcase of “miniature works of art to help continue telling America’s story.”
De la Renta is widely known for dressing America’s first ladies and celebrities. He passed away in 2014 and was one of the world’s leading fashion designers for more than 50 years.
For the postal series, the pane of 11 stamps features a black-and-white portrait of the designer — by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin — and 10 details from several of his famous gowns. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamps, the U.S. Postal Service said.
 

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Here’s Why Oscar Nominee Charlotte Rampling Is the Original It Girl

We’re still reeling from this morning’s Oscars 2016 nominations—Go, J.Law! Cate! Saoirse!— and can’t wait to see what fabulous dresses they wear on the red carpet. But there’s one particular Best Actress nominee that we have especially high sartorial expectations for: Charlotte Rampling.

The 69-year-old style icon, nominated for her work in 45 Years, has inspired designers, photographers and fashion acolytes for several decades, having pioneered a sexy-meets-androgynous look as early as the ’60s (pretty daring at the time). As one of the original It Girls, her confident, louche look was oft photographed, and continues to copied today. When it comes to being called a fashion icon, however, Rampling is nonplussed. “I’m very flattered to be called a style icon!,” Rampling told Harper’s Bazaar in 2012. “But it’s simple, my style; it’s just men’s suits and shoes. That’s the basic premise. Maybe it’s the way I walk in them or wear them—I may be one, but I sort of think why?”

So, on the occasion of her Academy Awards nomination—and pretty much any excuse to talk all things Charlotte Rampling— we’re paying tribute to her, by throwing it back to some of her most memorable style moments.

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Lounging in a furry vest and work pants in 1965.

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Mixing up an equestrian look with a silk blouse and medallion pendant in 1970.

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ATLANTA — Considering Oscar de la Renta’s close ties to the Savannah College of Art and Design, it was fitting that SCAD FASH opened its first fashion collection dedicated to the late designer.
The fashion museum, which officially opened Oct. 3 at the school’s campus here, was spun out of 10,000 square feet of space originally used for events, said Paula Wallace, president and founder of SCAD. The full-scale remodeling of the facade and interior began this summer and transformed much of the area into an elegant room that can be modularly changed according to the dictates of each exhibition it presents. Visitors enter by ascending a grand staircase that offers a dazzling panoramic view of the city.
The museum gallery is surrounded by fashion classrooms on two sides and leads into the library-style Film Salon, a lounge for visitors and the Assouline store with merchandise made by SCAD students, a fashion resource library, and a collection study and conservation lab.
SCAD celebrated the opening on Thursday with Champagne and hors d’oeuvres as guests toured the collection of Oscar de la Renta creations past and present, including some fall 2015 designs by Peter Copping, the fashion house’s creative director, who took the helm

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Addressing Veteran Suicide Head-on: Q&A With Oscar Winner Ellen Goosenberg Kent

One number: 22. That’s all it took to transform Ellen Goosenberg Kent from a filmmaker to a woman on a mission. “When I heard that 22 veterans are killing themselves every day, I thought: This is outrageous. That’s almost one every hour. I had to do something,” she said. Goosenberg Kent was already a strong voice on veterans’ issues. In 2007 she partnered with the late James Gandolfini to create Alive Day Memories, a heartwrenching documentary in which soldiers from the Iraq War reflected on the days they almost died in combat.

But suicide, that was a silent epidemic, one that needed to be addressed head-on. “I kept thinking: How can I make that number real for people? When I learned about the Veterans Crisis Line,” a suicide hotline created by the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2007, “I realized that this was an opportunity, a chance to capture a glimmer of hope in a sea of suffering.”

The director convinced the V.A. to grant her access to the crisis line’s Canandaigua, NY., facility, where she spent the next three months filming trained responders as they answered calls from suicidal veterans, some of them armed and ready to act. Goosenberg Kent spliced her footage into a 40-minute film that crackles with a disquieting, nervous energy. The movie has more drama than any action picture released this year and a greater grasp of the soldier experience than most of the war films of the last decade.

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 premiered on HBO last November. In February it won the Oscar for Best Documentary (Short Subject). And today, Independence Day, as millions nationwide honor our vets, Americans have the chance to watch the film with family, through HBO Go, Google Play and Amazon Instant Video.

Goosenberg Kent spoke with me about her film, the importance of the suicide hotline, and what each of us can do to help our veterans.

Kors: I have to challenge you about that statistic: 22 veteran suicides a day. It comes from the V.A., and you cite it in the beginning of the film. But how can we possibly know a number like that?

Goosenberg Kent: It’s an estimate. We spent a lot of time trying to vet it. But it’s very difficult to reliably gather suicide statistics. My sense is that the real figure may be much larger, that veterans’ suicides are widely underreported. But even if it is just 22 — one is too many. So 22 is insane.

Kors: And yet your film spends no time casting blame, not on the administration, not on the V.A. It’s focused on the crisis hotline responders, who display such intelligence and empathy as they to talk these veterans down from the brink.

Goosenberg Kent: That’s right. There’s a lot of blame to go around when it comes to these suicides. And exploring who is to blame is important. But I realized, we had an opportunity here, a chance for a fresh perspective by focusing on the good guys, the responders who are using compassion, training and focus to save lives. As a filmmaker, I wanted to do more than present the problem. I wanted to offer a lifeline of hope. That’s what the Veterans Crisis Line is.

Kors: It’s Ground Zero for the epidemic.

Goosenberg Kent: Absolutely. At the call center, it’s wave after wave of veterans, alone, in the dark, crying out for help. You spend a little time there, and you really get the scope of the problem.

Kors: How did you get access to the facility?

Goosenberg Kent: Well, the V.A. had let the New York Times in for a piece they produced in 2010. But what we wanted was a whole different level of access. Basically, we wanted to embed, to be there for three or four months and just watch the place work, to hear the soldiers in crisis and watch the responders as they assist them.

Kors: That’s one of the amazing ironies of the film: it captures the voice of veterans better than so many other movies, and yet the only voices in the movie are the responders’, not the callers’.

Goosenberg Kent: Because the V.A. doesn’t tape the calls.

Kors: It doesn’t?

Goosenberg Kent: No, it doesn’t. That surprised us too. We thought it would be like 911, which records all of its calls. But veterans’ conversations with the responders are just between them. To get access to the call center, we had to commit to not taping those calls either. Which meant that, with one side of the conversation, we didn’t know what we had. We didn’t know if there was enough to make a film.

Then we came back from our first few days of shooting and watched the footage. There was a call from a 20-year-old veteran whose best friend died in his arms. Maureen, [one of the crisis hotline responders], talked to him in a way that was incredibly moving. He thought this life was over, and she was able to seize on his ambivalence, keep him from acting on his impulse. She bought him some time to reconsider living, to realize that he wasn’t responsible for his friend’s death. On another call, Luis, who was an Army sergeant before becoming a responder, he talked about going through combat in such a powerful way. The caller was crying so loudly, you could hear it over the phone. Luis was emphatic. He told him: “If you ever feel like this again, you pick up the phone.” I thought we were going to be hearing phone therapy, but wow, this was different.

Dana Perry, who produced the film, her son committed suicide. When we first got to call center and started watching the responders, she got so silent. I asked her what’s going on, and she said, “It never occurred to me to call a hotline. Maybe if he had a hotline on the day he killed himself, maybe he wouldn’t have done it.” I realized, this is a message we had to get out to military families: There’s a place you can call, a place where you can be heard.

Kors: Were you worried that your film would look like a 40-minute commercial for the V.A.?

Goosenberg Kent: I was. But the failures of the V.A. have been amply reported. I was more concerned that there was this hotline out there, a bright light with top-notch people ready to help, and many military families didn’t even know it existed.

Kors: It is amazing how many veterans I talk to who are in crisis but don’t know about the hotline or have never thought to call.

Goosenberg Kent: Exactly. The longer we filmed at the call center, the more urgency I felt to tell soldiers what a resource they had there. I remember one call, an Army sniper who said, “I saw a child get blown away.” He wasn’t able to tell that story to his buddies or his wife. But to the responder, he could. It was an amazing moment. It was the beginning of something.

Kors: In the film, none of the calls end in suicide. Did you film any calls that ended unsuccessfully?

Goosenberg Kent: No, we didn’t capture anything like that. I know that occasionally it does happens. But not as often as you might think. When it does, usually the responder will find out much later: “You took a call a few weeks ago from a Marine in crisis. He didn’t make it.” But that didn’t happen while we were there.

Kors: Recently the Crisis Line has drawn fire from vets who say they called, needing immediate assistance, and instead were put on hold. I know Senator Bill Nelson has been looking into this. Was this a problem that you saw during your time at the call center?

Goosenberg Kent: No, I didn’t see anything like that. Believe me, if I saw responders putting veterans on hold, I would not have ignored that. But that’s not how the call center is set up. Responders don’t have a queue, with blinking lights for callers they have to get to. The center has 255 responders. And when each of them is talking with a veteran, the calls are rolled over to backup centers, which are also staffed with trained responders. I met several of them.

Kors: Did you ever meet a veteran who called the Crisis Line?

Goosenberg Kent: I did. The New America Foundation was screening our film, and a veteran at the screening told me she called the Crisis Line. She had been sexually assaulted while serving and was struggling with that. She said the Crisis Line saved her. To hear that from a veteran, in person, it was wonderful. She said that after the call, she got herself to a better place and got involved with [the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America].

Kors: It is tough, though, for veterans to get to a place where they’re ready to call and ask for help.

Goosenberg Kent: I think it is. That’s part of the culture that I was hoping to chip away at, this idea that only the weak pick up the phone and ask for help. I remembering reading a series of articles about soldiers being bullied for seeking help, including soldiers at Fort Carson who were actively discouraged from seeking help. That was heartbreaking to me, and when I made this film, those articles very much in my mind. I wanted veterans to see that asking for help is actually a sign of strength. It’s an act of courage, one that doesn’t make you any less of a hero. In fact, it’s the beginning of getting your life back together.

Kors: Nonetheless, I bet a lot of civilians will see the movie and say, “It’s sad to hear that so many vets are in crisis. And it’s good that these responders are helping some of them. But either way, there’s not really anything I can do about it.”

Goosenberg Kent: No. That’s not true at all. In fact, that’s exactly the opposite of what I hope people will take from the film.

Kors: What do you want them to take from the film?

Goosenberg Kent: That they can be part of the solution. Even people with no training in psychology or counseling. You can ask a veteran how he’s doing. Let him know that you’re available to listen.

The worse feeling in the world is a sense of isolation. That’s what I learned from my time at the Crisis Line. You don’t have to have gone to war to understand pain or trauma, or empathy or understanding. The responders provide an example of how to open the lines of communications, how to be part of a conversation that all of us can engage in.

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10 of the Prettiest Dresses From Oscar de la Renta Resort 2016

Oscar de la Renta presented its resort 2016 collection yesterday and—spoiler alert—it was filled with breathtaking dresses and gowns, all done in jewel-box brights. When Peter Copping presented his first collection for the label in February, it was received as a very good sign of things to come for the house, under new design direction since de la Renta passed away in the fall. This latest roundup proves that the label’s signature sophistication and joie de vivre, beautifully maintained by Copping, is still being embraced and celebrated.

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Psst—Exclusive Illustrations of Last Night’s Most Gorgeous Oscar Dresses!

As an online fashion writer, Oscars night is hard work: I’m glued to my computer, watching red carpet coverage and hunting for the perfect pictures of our favorite gowns (vote here if you didn’t last night). Still, I am not complaining because it involves one of my most favorite parts of fashion: breathtaking, elegant gowns.

We connected with fashion illustrator Laura Kay of Diary Sketches and she sketched out five of our favorite looks, exclusively for us. Is your pinning finger ready or what because, um, these are gorgeous.

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Oscar Winners Thank God A Lot In Acceptance Speeches, But Not As Often As You’d Think

Oscar winners always thank God, right?

Wrong.

The stars who win big at the Oscars aren’t looking to heaven during their acceptance speeches — they’re looking at Steven Spielberg.

The renowned American film director is thanked more often during Oscars acceptance speeches than the Good Lord Almighty himself, Vocativ reports.

With the 87th Academy Awards slated to air on Sunday, Vocativ mined through 1,396 acceptance speeches currently archived on Academy’s website to measure who got the most “Thank Yous” from winners.

Spielberg came in at number one, with 42 mentions, followed by Harvey Weinstein, James Cameron, George Lucas, Peter Jackson. God came in at number six, with just 19 mentions.

It should be noted that a number of acceptance speeches from the earliest years of the awards haven’t yet been added to the Academy’s acceptance speech database. As a result, Vocativ’s survey isn’t conclusive.

Still, it seems the dream-come-true moment inspires many winners to give thanks to forces greater than themselves. Here are a few of the celebrities who gave God a thumbs up during their time in the spotlight.

Winner: Haing S. Ngor
Year: 1984 (57th) Academy Awards
Category: Actor in a Supporting Role
Film Title: The Killing Fields
Presenter: Linda Hunt
Date & Venue: March 25, 1985; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

This unbelievable, but so is my entire life. . . And I thank God Buddah that tonight I’m even here. Thank you very much. Thank you.

Winner: Prince
Year: 1984 (57th) Academy Awards
Category: Music (Original Song Score)
Film Title: Purple Rain
Presenter: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner
Date & Venue: March 25, 1985; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

This is very unbelievable. I could’ve never imagined this in my wildest dreams. And I would like to thank the Academy . . . and most of all, God. Thank you very much.

Winner: To Richard Williams for the animation direction of “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.”
Year: 1988 (61st) Academy Awards
Category: Special Achievement Award
Film Title: Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Presenter: Robin Williams, Charles Fleischer
Date & Venue: March 29, 1989; Shrine Civic Auditorium

Thank you very much, members of the Academy and Carl Bell. I have to thank, first, Steven Spielberg for having the enormous prestige to mid-wife the whole thing and get all those different, competing cartoons in the same movie. Then to Jeffrey Katzenberg, who kept his cool under tremendous duress, and thank God or I wouldn’t be here tonight.

Winner: Tom Hanks
Year: 1993 (66th) Academy Awards
Category: Actor in a Leading Role
Film Title: Philadelphia
Presenter: Emma Thompson
Date & Venue: March 21, 1994; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

I know that my work in this case is magnified by the fact that the streets of heaven are too crowded with angels. We know their names. They number a thousand for each one of the red ribbons that we wear here tonight. They finally rest in the warm embrace of the gracious creator of us all. A healing embrace that cools their fevers, that clears their skin, and allows their eyes to see the simple, self-evident, common sense truth that is made manifest by the benevolent creator of us all and was written down on paper by wise men, tolerant men, in the city of Philadelphia two hundred years ago. God bless you all. God have mercy on us all. And God bless America.

Winner: Mel Gibson
Year: 1995 (68th) Academy Awards
Category: Directing
Film Title: Braveheart
Presenter: Robert Zemeckis
Date & Venue: March 25, 1996; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

I’d like to thank the Academy first of all. . . And God, for indulging me in this tiny moment.

Winner: Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Year: 1996 (69th) Academy Awards
Category: Actor in a Supporting Role
Film Title: Jerry Maguire
Presenter: Mira Sorvino
Date & Venue: March 24, 1997; Shrine Auditorium & Expo Center

God, I love you. Hallelujah. Thank you, Father God, for putting me through what you put me through, but I’m here and I’m happy.

Winner: Denzel Washington
Year: 2001 (74th) Academy Awards
Category: Actor in a Leading Role
Film Title: Training Day
Presenter: Julia Roberts
Date & Venue: March 24, 2002; Kodak Theatre

Oh, God is good. God is great. God is great. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you all.

Winner: Adrien Brody
Year: 2002 (75th) Academy Awards
Category: Actor in a Leading Role
Film Title: The Pianist
Presenter: Halle Berry
Date & Venue: March 23, 2003; Kodak Theatre

This is, you know, it fills me with great joy, but I am also filled with a lot of sadness tonight because I’m accepting an award at such a strange time. And, you know, my experiences in making this film made me very aware of the sadness and the dehumanization of people at times of war, and the repercussions of war. And whomever you believe in, if it’s God or Allah, may He watch over you. And let’s pray for a peaceful and swift resolution.

Winner: Conrad L. Hall (accepted by his son, Conrad W. Hall)
Year: 2002 (75th) Academy Awards
Category: Cinematography
Film Title: Road to Perdition
Presenter: Julia Roberts
Date & Venue: March 23, 2003; Kodak Theatre
[Ed. note: Mr. Conrad L. Hall passed away in January of 2003.]

It’s been said that God gives each and every one of us the gift of life and what we do with that life is our gift back to Him. I can’t think of a better gift than my father. Dad, wherever you are, you will be gone but you’ll never be forgotten. Thank you.

Winner: Forest Whitaker
Year: 2006 (79th) Academy Awards
Category: Actor in a Leading Role
Film Title: The Last King of Scotland
Presenter: Reese Witherspoon
Date & Venue: February 25, 2007; Kodak Theatre

I want to thank my mom and my dad; I want to thank my wife Keisha, my children, my ancestors who continue to guide my steps, and God, God who believes in us all and who’s given me this moment in this lifetime that I will hopefully carry to the end of my lifetime into the next lifetime. Thank you.

Winner: Jennifer Hudson
Year: 2006 (79th) Academy Awards
Category: Actress in a Supporting Role
Film Title: Dreamgirls
Presenter: George Clooney
Date & Venue: February 25, 2007; Kodak Theatre

Oh my God. I have to just take this moment in. I cannot believe this. Look what God can do. . . Wow. Oh my God. Unbelievable cast. I’d like to thank the Academy. Definitely have to thank God, I guess, again. I can’t believe this. Wow, I don’t know what to say but I thank you all for helping me keep the faith even when I didn’t believe. Thank you and God bless you all.

Winner: A.R. Rahman
Year: 2008 (81st) Academy Awards
Category: Music (Original Score)
Film Title: Slumdog Millionaire
Presenter: Zac Efron, Alicia Keys
Date & Venue: February 22, 2009; Kodak Theatre

I want to tell something in Tamil, which says, which I normally say after every award, which is: Ella puhazhum iraivanukke. “God is great.” Thank you.

Winner: Written by Dustin Lance Black
Year: 2008 (81st) Academy Awards
Category: Writing (Original Screenplay)
Film Title: Milk
Presenter: Steve Martin, Tina Fey
Date & Venue: February 22, 2009; Kodak Theatre

When I was thirteen years old, my beautiful mother and my father moved me from a conservative Mormon home in San Antonio, Texas, to California, and I heard the story of Harvey Milk. And it gave me hope. It gave me the hope to live my life. It gave me the hope one day I could live my life openly as who I am and that maybe even I could even fall in love and one day get married. I wanna, I wanna thank my mom, who has always loved me for who I am even when there was pressure not to. But most of all, if Harvey had not been taken from us thirty years ago, I think he’d want me to say to all of the gay and lesbian kids out there tonight who have been told that they are less than by their churches or by the government or by their families, that you are beautiful, wonderful creatures of value and that no matter what anyone tells you God does love you, and that very soon, I promise you, you will have equal rights, federally, across this great nation of ours. Thank you. Thank you. And thank you,God, for giving us Harvey Milk.

Winner: Oprah Winfrey
Year: 2011 (84th) Academy Awards
Category: Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
Presenter: Lawrence Gordon, John Travolta, Maria Shriver, Ayanna Hall
Date & Venue: November 12, 2011; The Governors Awards (Grand Ballroom, Hollywood & Highland Center)

The first line of the book [The Color Purple] is, “Dear God, I’m fourteen years old…” And I had lived that life and couldn’t imagine that someone was able to put into words what I had already experienced. And so began this journey that I was able to really understand that God’s hand, or power greater than myself, “the forces,” as Sidney Poitier calls them, were engaged in leading my life to a plane and a level that I had not even imagined. But I released myself to those forces, and literally said inside myself, “Thy will be done.”

Winner: Matthew McConaughey
Year: 2013 (86th) Academy Awards
Category: Actor in a Leading Role
Film Title: Dallas Buyers Club
Presenter: Jennifer Lawrence
Date & Venue: March 2, 2014; Dolby Theatre

First off, I want to thank God, ’cause that’s who I look up to. He has graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand or any other human hand. He has shown me that it’s a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates. In the words of the late Charlie Laughton, who said, “When you’ve got God, you’ve got a friend. And that friend is you.”

Winner: Morgan Neville, Gil Friesen and Caitrin Rogers (Janet Friesen accepted for her husband; accompanied on stage by film subject Darlene Love)
Year: 2013 (86th) Academy Awards
Category: Documentary (Feature)
Film Title: 20 Feet from Stardom
Presenter: Bradley Cooper
Date & Venue: March 2, 2014; Dolby Theatre

Darlene Love: Lord God, I praise you and I am so happy to be here representing the ladies of “20 Feet from Stardom.” [Sings:] “I sing because I’m happy. I sing because I’m free. ‘Cause His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me.” Alton, I love you.


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You Won’t Believe Who Showed Up at Last Night’s Oscar Party With Jennifer Hudson, Rosamund Pike, and Others

Tom Ford might have gotten a lot of attention with his highly anticipated show in Los Angeles last night (as it should—Beyonce, Miley, Gwyneth, Karlie, and others were there), but Meryl Streep, Rosamund Pike, Jennifer…




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Lauren O’Brien’s impressions of the nominees practicing their Oscar acceptance speeches. Featuring: Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, Rosamund Pike, Keira Knightley, and Laura Dern.

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Oscar Plan to Give All Awards to Beyoncé to Prevent Kanye ProtWests

The Oscar awards committee today announced controversial new plans to give all future awards to singer Beyoncé Knowles in an attempt to stop rapper Kanye West from storming the stage.

The sight of Kanye, producer of such international hits as “Jesus Walks” and “Gold Digger”, helping himself to the podium steps has become a common sight in recent years and has been dubbed ProtWests or ProtWesting by satirists with too much time on their hands.

A spokesperson for the committee told us, “I think it’s become obvious that Kanye knows best; I mean take the Grammys. Awarding the prize to a genial newcomer like Beck who barely has thirty years in the music industry instead of Beyoncé was just unforgivable and, frankly the totally impartial committee should have known better. As should E! News for branding the microphones that they paid for with their own money.”

“Originally we thought that awarding statues to recipients based on a consensus from a large and diverse group of industry professionals was pretty fair, but then Kanye brought to our attention that this just didn’t sit well with him.”

Despite Ms. Knowles, 34, not actually doing anything to qualify for the movie industry’s highest award this year, a source close to Mr. West made it clear that “they shouldn’t let that stop them, or buddy, Kanye will.”

Other organizations said to be considering similar moves are the SAG Awards, The Producers Guild and the Nobel Peace Prize Committee. A spokesperson for the latter told us, “We considered other moves to prevent Kanye protWesting us, such as large fences around the stage with really big spikes, armed guards or just not inviting him to anything with a statue, but we think that in the long run just giving all the awards to Beyoncé will work out better.”

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Macklemore And Oscar The Grouch Perform ‘Thrift Shop’ Parody On Sesame Street

Macklemore recently popped by Sesame Street to pop some… trash?!

With the help of Oscar the Grouch and a bunch of other garbage-loving Grouches, the Grammy Award-winning rapper performed a catchy — if not slightly bewildering — parody of his hit song “Thrift Shop” on Monday’s episode of the children’s show.

In the video above, watch as Macklemore waxes lyrical about garbage, romping through Sesame Street while explaining how “one man’s trash” is “another Grouch’s outfit.”

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“I’m gonna pop some trash,” the Grouches crooned. “Only got seven bags in my trash can. I-I-I’m shopping, looking for some rubbish, this is gross and awesome.”

Listen to the whole song in the video above.
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The Fashion Industry Mourns Oscar de la Renta, ‘The King Of Evening’

The fashion world has lost a true gentleman in Oscar de la Renta.

The late designer’s kind spirit weaved a tapestry just as beautiful as his runway, red carpet and bridal creations. And it is because of the utmost class de la Renta exuded beyond the catwalk, that he will live forever in our memories.

Following news of his death on Monday, fashion’s elite took to Twitter to offer heartfelt condolences and memories of de la Renta. Scroll down to see how they mourned “the king of evening.”


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‘American Sniper’ Trailer Puts Bradley Cooper Back In Oscar Season

Warner Bros. dropped the first trailer for Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” on Thursday, and it’s a doozy: The two-minute clip focuses on Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in United States history, and provides a brief window into what kind of decisions he was asked to make during his time as a Navy SEAL. Bradley Cooper plays Kyle in Eastwood’s film, and from the extra bulk on Cooper’s frame to the Texas accent he affects, it’s the kind of part that could put the two-time Oscar nominee in line for a third straight nod. Either way, keep “American Sniper” on your long list of Oscar contenders for one simple reason: Eastwood’s “Million Dollar Baby,” which had a similar “surprise” release in 2004 and went on to win Best Picture.


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Jared Leto Is Stressed About His Potential Oscar Speech

Despite a torrential downpour and flash flood warnings in L.A. on Friday evening, Jared Leto hit the ground running, in fancy black-and-white shiny shoes with a red sole. The Oscar-favorite spoke to The Huffington Post at LA Confidential’s annual Oscar event, which this year honored Leto, who graces the magazine’s Spring Issue with wide-open eyes and his signature silky long locks.

Dressed like the rock star that he is in all black, Leto laughed when he saw the giant blow-up of his magazine cover. “I’ve never seen my head so big. Only on the inside,” he joked.

Leto first heard the announcement of his “Dallas Buyers Club” Best Supporting Actor nomination at 5 in the morning but didn’t share the news right away. “Oh I didn’t call anybody. Didn’t want to wake anyone up,” he said.

He’s might be a man of few words, but his performance as Rayon in “Dallas Buyers Club” is nothing short of brilliant. And playing a transgender woman has certainly brought a spotlight to the community. “It’s been wonderful and supportive and generous — from the very beginning when I started research and preparation for the role,” Leto told HuffPost.

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He described being nominated for the film as “truly mind-blowing” and “a thrill,” but clarified that there’s some anxiety involved. “It’s a great time to stress out about what you’re going to say for 45 seconds,” Leto said, musing about his potential acceptance speech. Luckily, Leto will have more than enough support at the awards Sunday — he’s bringing his mother and brother as his dates. “It’s the whole family. And that’s just a dream. I couldn’t think of a better way to do it.” Leto said.

Staring directly into the actor’s electric blue eyes causes one to consider to a certain theory that Leto does not age (Google images of Leto in 1994 and 2014). Unfortunately, HuffPost could not confirm with the 42-year-old the validity of whether or not he is in fact the real life Dorian Gray. “I don’t know. I have no idea,” said Leto. “But I’m sure happy to be alive.”

There might not be an aging painting of Jared Leto locked away in his house, but based on reputable Oscar predictions, there likely will soon be a little gold man in its place.

“Dallas Buyers Club” is nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor for Matthew McConaughey and Best Original Screenplay. This is Leto’s first Academy Award nomination.
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Oscar Documentaries and Others: The Act of Killing and The Last of the Unjus

147 docs were eligible for Oscars this year. 15 made a short list, and 5 are now contenders. One, The Act of Killing, a first feature length film for director Josh Oppenheimer, working with an anonymous partner, raises questions of morality, conscience, and accountability related to the 1965-6 genocide in Indonesia. As Oppenheimer explained at a special Academy of Art & Sciences screening series of the Oscar nominated documentaries, he had met some survivors of the killings, and in the process of deciding to make a film on this subject, he met with perpetrators, proud and still in powerful government positions.

Oppenheimer interviewed forty killers before landing on Anwar Congo who described in detail how he developed a method of killing using wire that he learned watching American gangster movies, the advantage being that this technique produced the least amount of blood to mop up. Also adept at beheading using a machete when needed, Congo’s testimony suggested to Oppenheimer that the bravado behind describing this cruelty might in fact hint at a new reckoning; this taboo topic might be ready for discussion for a regime that prefers to stand silent behind its untoward past.

When asked to describe what they did to unarmed victims said to be Communist or enemies of the state, Congo and other death squad members seemed boastful and eager to show and tell, agreeing to film a re-enactment of these murders, with fellow Indonesians including women and children as actors. A particularly cruel Herman Koto performs his bit in drag, and in a penultimate production number, beautiful, colorfully dressed women sway to a rendition of “Born Free.” The viewer marvels at this surreal non-fiction.

It was as if I went back to Germany and found the Nazis in power crowing about the murder of the Jews, said Oppenheimer, who in fact is a descendent of Holocaust survivors. His remark called to mind The Last of the Unjust, an outtake from Claude Lanzmann’s epic length Shoah, focused on Benjamin Murmelstein, third and last president of the Jewish Council of the Thereseinstadt ghetto in Czechoslovakia, who fought with Adolf Eichmann on matters of liquidating the Jews, and how best to complete the final solution. For him, Hannah Arendt’s summation of Eichmann’s “banality of evil,” is pure rubbish; Eichmann was no bureaucrat, but a particularly inventive murderer. Claiming to have saved lives, Murmelstein, an erudite former rabbi from Vienna, was a controversial figure after liberation, accused of being a collaborator, but freed of these charges.

After Lanzmann filmed survivors for Shoah in 1975, he teased out several interviews for stand-alone films. At 3 1/2 hours, The Last of the Unjust is riveting, because Lanzmann, seen chain smoking in trendy sunglasses, takes the time to linger on a particular exterior where murders took place, making a leafy empty corridor grow in haunting elegiac intensity. How easily the imagination fills in the horrific drama, even as the specificity of Murmelstein’s words transfix. What Claude Lanzmann has said about his film Shoah works for his treatment of Benjamin Murmelstein: “I am not here to judge.”

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First Nighter: Margulies’s ‘Dinner With Friends’ Served Piping Hot; ‘Vera,’ An Oscar Wilde Oddity

Because many of us haven’t trusted the Pulitzer Prize since 1962 when Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? was nixed by the powers there, whatever lands the award from year to year can receive an I’ll-be-the-judge-of-that critical response.

I suppose that’s my way of saying I wasn’t bowled over by Donald Margulies’s Dinner With Friends win in 2000. Come to think of it, the decision could have been the Pulitzer deciders’ way of accepting their judges’ choice that go-round as compensation for the institute’s not honoring The Model Apartment, the playwright’s superb 1998 play, stunningly revived last year by Primary Stages.

(There’s a prominent precedent: Albee’s 1967 win for A Delicate Balance was viewed, at least in part, as a make-up nod for the 1962 gaffe.)

But don’t get me wrong. While I’m not convinced Dinner With Friends is a duh!-but-of-course prizewinner, I’m glad to say it’s a piece of very fine writing. The evidence is the Roundabout’s flawless revival at the Laura Pels, directed by Pam McKinnon (who has the recent Who’s Afraid….? revival to her credit), and acted by Jeremy Shamos, Marin Hinkle, Darren Pettie and Heather Burns.

Getting back to the Pulitzer voters, maybe they favored Margulies for his depiction of two contemporary middle-class marriages. Perhaps they reasoned the drama had been, and would be, seen by many middle-class marrieds who’d find themselves so well observed in it.

Certainly, Margulies–on record as cribbing from his own marriage to a general practitioner–takes his characters’ temperature with compelling accuracy. In the first of his two acts, the ostensibly blissful Gabe (Shamos) and Karen (Hinkle) are hosting good pal Beth (Burns) who confides in their well-appointed Connecticut kitchen (Allen Moyer’s design) that husband Tom (Pettie) is leaving her for another woman. After returning home to confront the admittedly philandering Tom, Beth so agitates him when she admits having told Karen and Gabe that he races over to give them his side of the break-up.

Margulies begins his second act flashing back to the summer some 12 years earlier when, at their Martha’s Vineyard summer retreat (Moyer keeping up the good work), Gabe and Karen rather awkwardly reintroduce Beth and Tom, who’d disliked each other since their hosts’ wedding. That four-way exchange–infused with comic touches that always come easily to Margulies–is followed by a scene in which Karen and Beth discuss the unfolding events, then a scene in which Gabe and Tom do the same and, finally, a one-on-one bedroom wrangle between Gabe and Karen.

Am I going back on my earlier Pulitzer-resistant stance by saying it would be hard to question the wisdom with which Margulies writes about the somehow sturdy Gabe-Karen marriage and the foundering Tom-Beth alliance, which, when ended, allows them to enter into sound second marriages? Not only do I appreciate his views there, but I also admire (maybe even more so) Margulies’s nuanced understanding the dynamics of friendships. He’s put “Dinner” is his title, and he plays with it by devoting two scenes to Karen and Gabe preparing food with great enthusiasm, as well as having the pair offer Tom something to munch on when he barges in.

But Margulies has also inserted “Friends” in his title, and in both the lengthy Karen-Beth and Gabe-Tom confrontations, he explores the subtle things between friends that, if not confronted, can become big things. His perceptions about the unconscious slights friends can commit, often on an consistent basis, are beautifully jarring. What Beth observes about Karen and then Tom observes about Gabe and that then propels Karen and Tom into their own marital considerations is so profound that, yes, I don’t begrudge that Pulitzer.

There’ll be no speculating here on how actors and directors approach a Pulitzer play. It’s highly unlikely that director MacKinnon thought differently about how she’d treat Dinner With Friends, which did win, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, which didn’t. The very thought is laughable. And notice that both works dwell on two unions in shaky shape.

Actors undoubtedly think about how best to play the role they’ve won. Shamos, Hinkle, Pettie and Burns–as guided by MacKinnon–know exactly what to do. Each of them has acquired the kind of resumé that marks them as reliable. Theirs is a reliability that stems from fitting the parts they play as if the parts were written about and for them.

So, renewed congratulations to Margulies on his Pulitzer. More than that, congratulations, prize or no prize, on presenting so believably the infinite complexities of marriages and friendships. These are the foundations on which are built so many of our daily lives.

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N. B.: The list of Oscar Wilde’s plays usually includes only five–Lady Windermere’s Fan, Salomé, An Ideal Husband, A Woman of No Importance and The Importance of Being Earnest. Theatergoers familiar with them may be surprised to learn that’s not the complete list. In 1883, his early play-Vera, or The Nihilists, about the eponymous woman’s throwing her lot in with revolutionaries (one of whom is a royal)–had its first production in New York City.

It’s not a very good play. Actually, it’s quite bad, which explains its being little discussed in polite society. It can be seen now, though. True Wilde completists can look at it–and may want to–in the Femme Fatale Theater production at HERE, the first on these shores in 131 years. By their own admission, director-designers Stephen Gribbin and Robert Ribar have tinkered with it but haven’t apparently improved the hard-boiled melodramatics. Nor does the all-male cast help.

Among the very few hoped-for epigrammatic remarks for which Wilde is still revered are “Nothing is impossible in prison but reform,” “Indifference is the revenge life takes on mediocrities” and “Experience is merely the name men give their mistakes.”

Call this Vera an experience.
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Sandra Bullock’s Reaction To An Oscar Nod Is One That All Moms Will Definitely Understand

Being nominated for an Academy Award is, obviously, a huge honor that puts actors and actresses on a whole new level professionally. But, when you’re also a parent, Oscar doesn’t change much.

Sandra Bullock told the New York Times, in reference to her Best Actress nomination for “Gravity”:

“I don’t think it ever stops being an absolute thrill, but I do have an immediate leveler… I still have to get up and make lunch for a little person, and pray — please, dear God — that he eats something I put in his lunchbox today.”

Bullock adopted Louis Bardo Bullock in January, 2010 — just two months before winning her first Oscar for Best Actress in “The Blind Side.” Soon after, she told People about life as a mom: “You wake up, you feed, you burp, you play, you do laundry … I’m still in that stage where I’m just amazed with him and at life.”

All together now. Stars, they really are just like us.
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