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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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Nonfiction: Lots of People Love ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’ Roxane Gay Isn’t One of Them.

Tom Santopietro’s “Why ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Matters” is painstakingly researched, if substantively and structurally flawed, Roxane Gay writes.
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Utah Family Continues Christmas Tradition with Killer Dance Moves: We Try ‘to Top it Every Year’

One Utah family is adding some extra holiday cheer to the Christmas season.

For the last five years, the Orgill family, of Highland, has pulled out all the stops during the holidays to choreograph an elaborate Christmas dance — and their displays always go viral.

This year, eight siblings, two parents, three in-laws, three nieces and a trio of dogs all banded together to perform an intricate dance routine to Ariana Grande’s “Santa Tell Me.”

“Family goals,” Ammon Orgill captioned the family’s new video in a Facebook post. “Our family is probably bigger and more extra than yours.”

In the three-minute dance routine, the family members put on their most festive holiday sweaters and performed the routine filled with flips, sharp formations, big smiles and some serious lip-syncing.

The tradition began in 2012, as the siblings wanted to surprise their parents, Ammon Orgill, the leader of the group, told ABC News. Since then, it has become a special experience for all involved.

“It definitely takes a lot more time now,” he said of preparing for the dance. “We’re always trying to top it every year and make it more elaborate.”

Over the years, they’ve danced to hits by Mariah Carey, Justin Bieber, Pentatonix and more.

“I have pretty high expectations,” Ammon said. “At the end of the day, we all do love it. We love spending time together and how it all brings us together.”

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Black-ish’s Yara Shahidi: ‘I Got Into Every College I Applied to’

Yara Shahidi hasn’t announced where she’ll be attending college, but she has quite a few options to choose from.

The 17-year-old Black-ish star revealed in an interview with Seventeen on Monday that she only got acceptance letters back — no rejections — from the schools that she applied to.

“I did get all of my college acceptances and I’m keeping them close to the belt as of right now, but I got into every college I applied to,” Shahidi, who plays Zoey on the ABC comedy, shared.

“So that’s really exciting. I found all of that out last week,” she said, and added, “My college plans are all up in the air, but I will choose within the next month.”

Last October, Shahidi told PEOPLE that she plans to defer college for at least a year. “I know when Malia Obama announced , she got a lot of slack, but I feel like what’s interesting is I know so many people that are deferring. It’s more than to just roam around or just sit down and stare at a wall, but it will also give me an opportunity to work,” Shahidi said. “I’ve been working more than half of my life and that’s always been balanced with school and all of the other responsibilities, so to have a year to focus on work and to focus on specified interests will be nice before I pick a career and choose what I want to study and my life path.”

“I think no matter what, I know that I want to go to college. I know that I’m going to defer a year and I’m willing to have a more unorthodox college experience, but at a certain point I want to be on a campus,” she continued.

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The teen actress told the publication that although she has not yet decided on a minor, she definitely wants to focus on two majors.

“I want to study as much as possible and a double major is the solution,” said Shahidi, who plans to double major in African American studies and sociology.

As for what the ABC starlet aspires to be, she lists both Solange Knowles and her TV mom Tracee Ellis Ross as two life role models — for differing reasons.

“There’s so many different people for different reasons. I think when it comes to fashion and just her aura, I like Solange. And then also Tracee is such a great example. She went to Brown, she got her honorary doctorate from Brown, what what,” Shahidi said.

“There are so many people, who have found ways to balance school, life, career — all of it,” she continued. “And what I realized is that even with college, my wonder and desire to study sociology stems from the same desire I have to be an actor just in the understanding of humans and I realize that’s what I’m fascinated in — understanding humans.”

Black-ish airs Wednesdays (9:30 p.m. ET) on ABC.

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