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Academy Awards Introduces New Category Just So They Won’t Have to Nominate Superhero Films for Best Picture

We see exactly why you are doing this, Oscars.

In today's "why is this something that needs to happen" entertainment news, The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that the Academy Awards are now adding in a category of "outstanding achievement in popular film," because they really would rather increase an overly long telecast and risk frustrating viewers more rather than let Black Panther, or any Marvel film for that matter, be nominated for Best Picture. 

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Dear Roman Polanski, Please Just F@!#ing STOP IT ALREADY.

As we reported yesterday Roman Polanski, along with Bill Cosby, have been expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, because their extensive histories of rape and sexual misconduct don't fly with the Academy's new Standards of Conduct (though one wonders where these "standards" have been all these years). Now, Polanski wants to fight the decision, because running away to another country to escape actual legal consequences wasn't enough.

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Last Week Tonight: The Academy’s Expulsion of Harvey Weinstein Is Kind of an Empty Gesture

"Yes finally, the group that counts among its current member Roman Polanski, Bill Cosby, and Mel Gibson has found the one guy who treated women badly and kicked him out," says the host. 

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Motion Picture Academy Expels Harvey Weinstein, But What About All the Other Predators in the Industry?

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has officially expelled Harvey Weinstein from the Academy. But if they really want to reject "shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment," they need an action plan for dealing with harassers and abusers going forward.

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Things We Saw Today: Westworld‘s Evan Rachel Wood the Latest Celeb to Support #Ham4All

In addition to raising money for a great cause, one of the best things about the #Ham4All challenge is listening to a variety of voices sing music from Hamilton. This time, it's Westworld's Evan Rachel Wood doing her best Angelica Schuyler while singing a bit from "Satisfied."

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Things We Saw Today: Canuck the Crow Is the Most Badass Bird Around

Canuck will cut you if you cross him.

TWS: Canuck the Crow Is the Most Badass Bird Around

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27 Animation Features Submitted for Oscars Consideration Severely Lacking in Female Directors

While there are many amazing women and girls at the center of this season's animated movies like Moana or Zootopia, the fight for a 2017 Oscar nomination is indicative of a problem behind the camera.

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Cheryl Boone Isaacs Re-Elected as President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Cheryl Boone Isaacs has been re-elected as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Isaacs ran unopposed, and the one-year term will be her fourth and final one.

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#OscarsLessWhite: Introducing the 2016 Academy Class

After years of #OscarsSoWhite complaints from film fans all over the world, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences seems to finally, truly be making a dent in changing the face of its membership.

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Academy Film Archives Re-Release the First-Ever Trailer for Star Wars: Revenge of the Jedi

Lando! Chewie! Leia! All your friends!

In celebration of the 39th anniversary of Star Wars' release, the Academy Film Archives shared a trailer to its Youtube page yesterday that was likely the first look audiences ever got at the third Star Wars film. The teaser was reportedly only shown to audiences at a May 1982 U.K. double feature re-release of A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back.

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Lady Gaga, Survivors, and Joe Biden Took a Powerful Stand Against Rape Culture at Last Night’s Academy Awards

"Til It Happens to You" was nominated for a Best Original Song Oscar for The Hunting Ground, a CNN documentary about campus sexual assault, and was performed last night at the Academy Awards by Lady Gaga and a group of survivors with messages of hope and recovery written on their arms.

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Oscars Diversity Problems Continue in Cutting Two Original Song Performances

The Oscars this year seem to be a baffling collection of missteps, snubs, slights, and insults, and hey look, they just made another one—or the producers of the Oscar ceremony did, at least. Two nominees from the original song categories this year were not invited to perform, while the other three nominees were. So while you’ll hear Sam Smith, Lady Gaga, and The Weeknd perform on stage next Sunday, singers Sumi Jo and Anohni will not share the same stage.

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Leonardo DiCaprio’s Oscar Quest Gets Even More Entertaining in Old-School Game

Fittingly, you will probably get 0 Oscars.

Leonardo DiCaprio's quest for an Oscar has become a running joke, and now that joke is a video game, wherein you run. A lot. Leo's Red Carpet Rampage is essentially the arcade game version of one of the madcap obstacle courses from Billy on the Street—which is to say it's awesome and hilarious.

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Sylvester Stallone Sought Creed Director Ryan Coogler’s Advice About Boycotting the Oscars

Sylvester Stallone wanted to boycott the event, but before stepping out, he did what he thought was best: he sought advice from Creed's director, Ryan Coogler.

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SNL Parodies #OscarsSoWhite in Awards Show Sketch

And the winner is... a white guy.

In fictional versions of films like Creed, Straight Outta Compton and Beasts of No Nation (all of which were snubbed by this year's Oscar noms), white actors receive the best actor nomination for everything from a walk-on role without any dialogue to a faceless voice on the phone. And by the end, it doesn't really matter who wins, does it?

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Amid #OscarsSoWhite Backlash, Academy Announces New Plans to Boost Diversity so This Stops Happening

It's ... less than great to see that every actor nominated for an Academy Award this year is white, and after the second year of #OscarsSoWhite backlash, the Academy has put a plan in place to do something about their diversity problem at the core: the membership of the Academy itself.

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Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Actor David Oyelowo Respond to #OscarsSoWhite

There's still such a long way to go.

Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs doubles down, promises a tougher examination of the Academy membership recruitment process.

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Chris Rock Refers to the Oscars as the “White BET Awards”

People are tired of waiting around for what almost feels like inevitable disappointment every year in terms of the lack of diversity across the Oscar categories. At least this year we can cross our fingers for Chris Rock to do some serious dragging of the Academy on February 28th.

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Academy Voters Don’t Seem to Understand #OscarsSoWhite and Fear It Might Come Back

Judging by the current nominee frontrunners, it's easy to see why they're so worried—there's only one person of color predicted to get a nod in four acting categories (Idris Elba for Beasts of No Nation).

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Academy Announces Five-Year Diversity Initiative, Spike Lee Calls For “Serious Discussion”

Spike Lee, who accepted an honorary Oscar that night thanked Boone Issacs for "trying to do something that needs to be done," also stating "it's easier to be the president of the United States as a black person than to be the head of a studio."

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