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Iran’s first Oscar submission directed by woman causes stir

TEHRAN, Iran: A movie about a young girl whose fantasy world helps her escape the hard realities of growing up in the countryside near Tehran in the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic Revolution is Iran’s first-ever submission for the Academy Awards’ foreign film directed by a woman, reported AP. But not everyone is celebrating. The…

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Bollywood forgot but Hollywood remembered him

By: Noman Naushad Lalani Bollywood actor Om Puri, who also performed in Hollywood films such as Gandhi, City Of Joy and East Is East, was paid tribute at the 89th Academy Awards ceremony in the “In Memoriam” montage. Om Puri won the National Award for Best Actor for the films Aakrosh and Ardh Satya. He received the Padma…

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Casey Affleck emerges from brother Ben’s shadow with Oscar win

HOLLYWOOD: Casey Affleck completed his awards season victory lap on Sunday with a best actor Oscar for his restrained, devastating performance in Kenneth Lonergan’s family drama “Manchester by the Sea.” The American actor had already picked up a Golden Globe and British Bafta for the acclaimed turn, but he had to hold off a late…

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‘Zootopia’ wins Oscar for best animated picture

HOLLYWOOD: Buddy cop comedy “Zootopia” bagged the Oscar for best animated feature film on Sunday, crowning what turned into a record 2016 for Disney. The movie centers on the intrepid rabbit police officer Judy Hopps who, along with a fox, solves a crime in a metropolis inhabited by a diverse population of animals. “Zootopia,” the…

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Viola Davis wins Oscar on third try for ‘Fences’

HOLLYWOOD: The third time was indeed the charm for Viola Davis, who took home the best supporting actress Oscar on Sunday for her gut-wrenching performance in the big screen adaptation of August Wilson’s searing play “Fences.” The 51-year-old, a nominee in 2009 and 2012, bested a field that included two past Oscar winners — Nicole…

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Chazelle makes history with best director Oscar for ‘La La Land’

HOLLYWOOD: Damien Chazelle on Sunday became the youngest ever filmmaker to win the Oscar for best director for his whimsical musical “La La Land,” which took home a total of six awards. Chazelle’s latest movie, an opulent tribute to the musicals of Old Hollywood, has already earned a record haul of seven Golden Globes and…

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Winners in main Oscars categories

HOLLYWOOD: Here are the winners in key categories for the 89th Academy Awards, which were handed out on Sunday in Hollywood: Best picture: “Moonlight” Best director: Damien Chazelle, “La La Land” Best actor: Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea” Best actress: Emma Stone, “La La Land” Best supporting actor: Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight” Best supporting actress:…

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O.J. Simpson documentary wins Oscar

LOS ANGELES: A film about the O.J. Simpson murder trial that transfixed the United States two decades ago won the best documentary Oscar on Sunday, with the director dedicating the prize to crime victims. “O.J.: Made in America,” the nearly eight-hour documentary made for the film division of sports network ESPN, researches in depth the…

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Iran’s ‘The Salesman’ wins Oscar as Farhadi boycotts

TEHRAN: Iranian film “The Salesman” on Sunday won the Oscar for best foreign language film, but director Asghar Farhadi skipped the Hollywood gala in protest at a travel ban by US President Donald Trump. Farhadi initially said he would head to Hollywood for Oscars night, where his film — the story of two actors whose…

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Lady Gaga says suffers ‘paralyzing fear’ from rape

NEW YORK: Lady Gaga on Friday described her Oscar performance with rape survivors as the most difficult of her life, saying that she remains in chronic pain from a decade-old assault. The pop star on Sunday offered an emotional performance of her song “Till It Happens To You” at the film industry’s gala awards, with…

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‘Mark who?’: Stallone Jr livid at big bro’s Oscar snub

LOS ANGELES: A furious Frank Stallone slammed the Academy in a foul-mouthed tirade for snubbing big brother Sylvester in the best supporting actor category at this year’s Oscars. The Rocky star was widely backed to bag the prize following a Golden Globe award for his critically acclaimed turn as the boxer in Ryan Coogler’s spin-off…

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Stage set for Oscars night tainted by race row

HOLLYWOOD: The Hollywood awards season reaches its glittering climax at Sunday’s Oscars, with bleak survival epic “The Revenant” tipped to clean up on a night overshadowed by a simmering race row. Viewers around the world will tune in to see who wins at Tinseltown’s most prestigious prize ceremony, but controversy over the “whitewashing” of nominations…

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The eight contenders for the best picture Oscar

HOLLYWOOD: From a blood-soaked tale of revenge, to a dystopian action thriller, to a dramedy about the subprime mortgage crisis, this year’s contenders for the best picture Oscar on Sunday offer a wide range of stories and moods. Below is a brief summary of each of the eight movies vying for the most coveted golden…

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Nominees in main Oscars categories

HOLLYWOOD: Here are the nominees in the main categories for the 88th Academy Awards, to be handed out on Sunday in Hollywood: Best picture: “The Big Short” “Bridge of Spies” “Brooklyn” “Mad Max: Fury Road” “The Martian” “The Revenant” “Room” “Spotlight” Best director: Adam McKay, “The Big Short” George Miller, “Mad Max: Fury Road” Alejandro…

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Will Smith confirms Oscars no-show over lack of diversity

WASHINGTON: Actor Will Smith said Thursday he will not attend next month’s Oscars ceremony, joining his wife Jada Pinkett Smith and director Spike Lee to protest the absence of minorities among the acting nominees. For a second year in a row, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominated only white actors for the…

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Sharmeen Obaid’s film nominated for Oscars

KARACHI:  Pakistan film director Sharmeen Obaid Chenoy’s film “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness” was nominated in the Best Documentary for 88th Academy Awards Thursday. The nomination was announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She previously won the Oscars for her documentary Saving Face at the 84th Academy…

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Blunders begone! Golden Globes burnish Hollywood credibility

BEVERLY HILLS: Four years ago Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais turned his sharp tongue on voters of the awards show, ridiculing them for nominating the poorly reviewed Johnny Depp-Angelina Jolie action thriller “The Tourist.” “I haven't even seen 'The Tourist.' Who has? It must be good because it's nominated,” he deadpanned at the 2011 awards,…

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