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Star Wars Cuts Path for Lupita Nyong’o

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It’s exciting that Lupita Nyong’o has been cast in Star Wars as initially promised. When casting news first came out and her name wasn’t it there was the fear that one giant door had bee closed. Why does it matter so much? Well, because usually any Oscar winner who is the “it” girl immediately is flooded with offers. Since opportunities for black actresses are scarce it looked as though this…

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Kristen Stewart Talks ‘Sils Maria’ Amid Great Reviews

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Kristen Stewart told the Wall Street Journal, “The reason this movie was made was not to make a statement about how superficial media can be, but it was a lot of fun for me to be the one to say it. Obviously, I’ve had more experience with the media, so it makes it funnier.” It’s great to hear her speak on the topic and mostly that she’s come out the…

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Lupita Nyong’o’s uplifting speech on black beauty

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It’s come to our attention that there might be one or two people not yet utterly enthralled by Lupita Nyong’o. To see if we can fix that, we’ll post this speech she gave a week ago at Essence magazine’s Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon. Transcript via Essence, after the cut.

Lupita Nyong’o on Race in America – Hoping for Discussion on “Bigger Platform”

Lupita Nyong’o on Race in America – Hoping for Discussion on “Bigger Platform”

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Thanks to reader Piers for the link to this video where Lupita Nyong’o and current Best Supporting Actress frontrunner talks about how she learned about race by coming to America. Nyong’o says that she and Steve McQueen were more concerned with finding the truth in the character and not so much with making a broader statement. She said she hoped there would be discussion on a bigger platform. Well, I…

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A Tale of Two Supporting Actresses: Lupita and Jennifer

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The two strongest contenders for Best Supporting Actress are Lupita Nyong’o, the frontrunner, and her challenger, Jennifer Lawrence, who steals American Hustle right out from under everyone else in the film. Both actresses are beautiful, young and charming. But more than that, they are dynamic performers. Lawrence is fast turning around the perception that women can’t dominate the box office by owning 2013′s, something that hasn’t happened in 40 years….

Character Featurette — June Squibb in Nebraska

Character Featurette — June Squibb in Nebraska

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Supporting Actress: In Praise of Cameron Diaz

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Ridley Scott’s The Counselor is going to go down as the most divisive film of the year. On the one hand, it’s Cormac McCarthy’s first original screenplay. On the other hand, it’s Ridley Scott’s homage to (I think) and tribute to his brother Tony. The reviews are mixed in the most extreme way – the defenders are acting as though they’re political refugees from a 3rd world country of oppressors….

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Oscarwatch: The Supporting Acting Categories

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The acting races this year are overflowing with contenders. From the first half of the year on through, it is going to be competitive and will likely take a while before a consensus emerges, though there are already a few standouts that seem too big to ignore even at this early stage. From previous Oscar winners to virtual unknowns, the early field of contenders features young and old, black and…

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Could This be Oprah’s Oscar Year?

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Oprah Winfrey has long talked about what it would mean to her to win an Oscar. She got close with The Color Purple, but as we know, that movie was nominated for ten Oscars, missed the director nod, and went home empty handed. It was one of the last films with an all black cast to make it to the Oscars until Lee Daniels’ Precious. Now, both Lee Daniels and…

Is Supporting Actress Hathaway’s To Lose?

Is Supporting Actress Hathaway’s To Lose?

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The Supporting Actress category appears to be locked. It’s Anne Hathaway‘s to lose.  Part of it is who she is right now in the industry, who she is to the Academy itself, but the other part of it is her work in Les Miserables.  For some reason Hathaway has become the object of scorn – maybe because she’s “too smart” at the mic, taking out time from her speech to…