LOS ANGELES, March 2 (Reuters) – The slavery drama “12 Years
a Slave” won the Academy Award for best picture on Sunday,
making history as the first movie from a black director to win
the film industry’s highest honor in 86 years of the Oscars.
British director Steve McQueen’s unflinching portrayal of
pre-Civil War American slavery also won two other Oscars,
including best supporting actress for newcomer Lupita Nyong’o
and best adapted screenplay based on the memoir of Solomon
Northup, a free man sold into slavery in Louisiana.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Academy Awards kicked off on Sunday by bestowing the best supporting actor Oscar on favorite Jared Leto for his role as a transgender woman in “Dallas Buyers Club,” in a night that may yield few surprises apart from the tight best picture race.
Dressed in a tuxedo, returning host Ellen DeGeneres opened the 86th annual Academy Awards taking friendly jabs at nominees, from Jennifer Lawrence for her tripping on the stage last year to Leto. “Boy, is he pretty,” she said.
LOS ANGELES, March 2 (Reuters) – Bedecked in gowns, tuxedos
and even shorts, the world’s top actors and actresses strode
down the red carpet at the Academy Awards on Sunday with all
eyes on the cliffhanger best picture race between frontrunners
“12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity.”
As if on cue, the sun came out after four days of heavy rain
just before the first movie stars exited their limos in a mix of
outfits as diverse as the films competing for the Oscars,
Hollywood’s top honors.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The world’s top actors and actresses gathered for the Academy Awards on Sunday to honor a year of high-quality film and crown the best picture, a cliffhanger race led by “12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity.”
As if on cue, the sun came out after four days of heavy rain just before the first movie stars began arriving on the red carpet for Hollywood’s biggest night.
LOS ANGELES, March 2 (Reuters) – In true Hollywood fashion,
the Academy Awards on Sunday promised a cliffhanger finale to
the tight race for best picture Oscar between favorites “12
Years a Slave” and “Gravity” but also a happier ending when it
comes to the weather.
After three days of heavy downpours soaked parts of the red
carpet along Hollywood Boulevard, the rain let up and workers
removed the plastic tenting and unwrapped the golden Oscar
statues hours before hundreds of movie stars in designer dresses
and tuxedos begin arriving for Hollywood’s biggest night.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – In true Hollywood fashion, the Academy Awards on Sunday promised a cliffhanger ending in the race for best picture Oscar between favorites “12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity” along with extra drama thrown in by a tempestuous Mother Nature.
After three days of heavy downpours soaked parts of the red carpet along Hollywood Boulevard, there was no guarantee the rain would stop by the time hundreds of movie stars in custom-made designer dresses and tuxedos begin arriving for Hollywood’s biggest night.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – To historian Brenda Stevenson, a scholar on American slavery, “12 Years a Slave” is a masterful cinematic work that achieves more than any other film on slavery, so worthy that she plans to screen it in classes at her university, UCLA.
It’s the kind of validation “12 Years a Slave” has been earning from experts, critics, audiences and the film industry for six months now. Even so, the acclaimed drama may falter in the final test, losing out on the most coveted of movie prizes, the Academy Award for best picture.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Now they know how big the show is and how much people care, but the producers of the Oscars aren’t making any apologies for their maiden effort running Hollywood’s biggest show last year or the provocative humor of its host, Seth MacFarlane.
Despite some harsh reviews from TV critics, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron pulled in the largest U.S. audience in three years, a ratings bump in the 18-49 demographic coveted by TV networks and, perhaps most importantly for them, a second chance to show what they could do.
, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Comedian and actor
Kevin Hart won the coveted Entertainer of the Year at the NAACP
Image Awards on Saturday, while Oscar-winning actor Forest
Whitaker was honored with awards for both his career and his
latest role as a White House butler.
One week before the Academy Awards, one of the frontrunners
for best picture “12 Years a Slave” won the best motion picture
award for the real-life story of an American slave, while
newcomer Lupita Nyong’o won best supporting actress for her
first film role in the brutal drama.
, Feb 20 (Reuters) – When Cheryl Boone
Isaacs presides over the Oscars on March 2, her mere presence
will convey a statement on diversity in Hollywood as the first
African-American president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts
and Sciences and its third woman in its 86 years.
But as the head of a body that takes knocks every year at
Oscar voting time for a 6,000-plus membership that is
overwhelmingly white, mostly male and older, Boone Isaacs
offers no quick fixes for diversifying the academy or the