Academy Awards

via Joy105/Photo Credit: USA Today: Nobel laureate Toni Morrison is being honored this spring by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The academy announced Monday that Morrison, celebrated for such novels as “Beloved” and “Song of Solomon,” is receiving a gold medal for lifetime achievement in fiction. Other prizes announced by the academy include a […]

Don’t feel bad for the losers at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony — they won’t be leaving empty-handed. According to The Daily Beast, this year’s Oscars gift bag will contain a record $200,000 worth of swag. Distinctive Assets, the company that puts the bags together, describes this year’s haul as “once again a blend of […]

On this day, Hattie McDaniel known for her supporting roles became the first African American to win the Oscar Award for her role as ‘Mammy’ in the movie “Gone With The Wind.” Not only was she the first African American to receive this award, but the was the only woman to have received it until […]

  Magic Johnson says he won’t sit quietly while the Oscars run a snow job on black people — claiming there were a BUNCH of black actors who deserved nominations … including Will Smith. The NBA legend went to Twitter and wrote … “[Cookie] and I are avid movie goers and we are disappointed by the […]

Outrage over the lack of diversity among nominees at the Oscars will not keep Chris Rock from his hosting duties, the show’s producer told ET exclusively.  ET’s Nischelle Turner sat down with Academy Awards producer Reginald Hudlin at the 47th NAACP Image Awards Nominee Luncheon on Saturday, where he confirmed that Rock will not be […]

Dr. Darnell Hunt, Director of the Bunche Center at UCLA, joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to discuss Hollywood’s diversity numbers behind the Academy Awards and the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. The Bunche Center at UCLA releases an annual diversity report through a series of quantifiable statistics showing where the entertainment industry falls short in inclusion and representation. From […]

Growing calls for a boycott of the Academy Awards over the lack of diversity among this year’s Oscar nominees are forcing stars to choose sides and threatening to throw the movie industry’s biggest night of the year into turmoil. The backlash over the second straight year of all-white acting nominees is also putting heavy pressure […]

Cheryl Boone Isaacs issued a statement over the weekend after Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith called for an Oscars boycott.   President of the…

The Academy, as always, ignored some of the stellar work by Black filmmakers and thespians this year.

  Kerry Washington hasn’t allowed her delicate condition (read: pregnancy) stifle her red carpet reign. Dressing a baby bump is no small feat, but the “Scandal” actress has embraced the challenge with grace and a whole lot of glam. With that said, it’s no surprise that Kerry wowed on the Oscars red carpet in a lavender-hued Jason Wu gown. […]

Singer Darlene Love accepts the Best Documentary, Feature award for ’20 Feet from Stardom’ onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California *Darlene Love took the Oscar audience to church for a few seconds on Sunday. The artist was one of several backup singers featured on the Academy Award […]

  Hollywood newcomer Lupita Nyong’o finished off her Cinderella story with an emotional flourish. Nyong’o captured the best supporting actress award at the 86th annual Academy Awards for her performance as an abused plantation worker in 12 Years a Slave, which also won an Oscar for Best Film. “It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so […]