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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.


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The State of the Race: Can the Oscars Change Hollywood? (And Thank You)

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Now that the bright, beautiful Lupita Nyong’o has arrived, what will become of her fate in Hollywood? We all know the statistics. We know what kinds of movies mostly get made. I wonder if it’s too much to ask that one actress inspire the five white guys in suits to think a little differently about whom to cast in what kind of part? Can she, like Jennifer Lawrence, become so…


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Your favorite Oscar moment, 2014

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Share your favorite Oscar moment. So many for me last night I won’t even try to rank them. Here, just a few highlights: Lupita. Just everything about Lupita. When Brad leaned over to kiss Angelina on the head after the clip of her winning the Humanitarian Oscar. When John Ridley won for his screenplay and I knew things would work out fine. When Steve McQueen launched straight up into the…


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Oscar acceptance speeches

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So many amazing speeches last night. Clips after the cut.


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12 Years a Slave wins Best Picture, Gravity wins Best Director at 86th Academy Awards

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Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club Best Foreign Language Film: The Great Beauty, Paolo Sorrentino Best Animated Feature: Frozen Best Documentary Feature: 20 Feet from Stardom Best Adapted Screenplay: John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave…


Covered Oscars statues rest under a tent, to guard against rain, along the red carpet ahead of the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California

Watch the Red Carpet Live

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AwardsDaily Oscar Day Oscar Guide

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Enter our contest, if you haven’t already.   Our BIG BAD PREDICTIONS CHART – special thanks to Marshall Flores for helping out with that.   Must-read: Finding the real Patsey from 12 Years a Slave Add your predictions for 3 major upsets, if you haven’t already. Check out Kris Tapley’s annual Ten Best Shots of the year, if you haven’t already. Part one | Part two Enter Gold Derby‘s prediction contest, maybe win…


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Another Academy Member Admits to not Watching 12 Years a Slave

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This member abstained from voting in the animated branch because she did not see all of the nominees but could not do the same for Best Picture. Moreover, did she watch The Act of Killing? There was no film harder to watch than that one. She sat through Wolf of Wall Street, harder to watch than 12 Years a Slave. Someone put out the word early that this movie was…


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Will the Spirit Awards Outshine Oscar?

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Rain and wind soaked the proceedings at yesterday’s Spirit Awards, held inside a tent right on the beach. Massive, folding waves twisted themselves around before pounding the shoreline. For the first time in my 15 years on the Oscar beat I was covering the Independent Spirit Awards in person. For this, I’d been given a red carpet spot, a seat in the press room, and a ticket inside the tent….


Last Call Oscar Predictions from Wonders in the Dark

Last Call Oscar Predictions from Wonders in the Dark

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Our friend Sam Juliano at Wonders in the Dark and AD’s Pierre de Plume.

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