LOS ANGELES - The ballots are almost all in! Millions of television viewers around the globe will tune in Sunday to watch the Oscars, the glitziest night in showbiz, but most don't know how the winners are chosen. Less than 8,000 people in the entertainment industry select the honorees -- and Tuesday marks the final day of voting. The following is a look at the complex, sometimes confounding process that leads to the winners of the 24 Academy Awards: WHO VOTES? The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles currently has 7,902 voting members. Academy membership is divided into 17 branches -- actors, directors, producers, costume designers, etc -- and candidates must be active or otherwise have "achieved distinction" in the industry. Applicants must be sponsored by 2 Academy members representing their branch. Oscar winners and nominees are automatically considered for membership and don't need sponsors. Applications are reviewed once a year by the Academy's Board … [Read more...] about Who votes for the Oscars, and how does it work?
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“The Green Book: Guide to Freedom,” an upcoming Smithsonian Channel documentary, aims to tell the true history behind the Negro Motorist Green Book, a pre-civil-rights-era travel guide for African Americans. Director Yoruba Richen said she’s “not interested” in supporting “Green Book,” the Oscar-nominated movie surrounded by controversy. “At this point, everyone should know better, in my opinion,” Richen told Business Insider. “It just seems like this is very retro to do it this way with a white writer and a white director.” Richen learned of “Green Book” after it premiered in September at the Toronto International Film Festival, but was deep into filming the documentary at that point. Oscar-nominated movie “Green Book” has been a focus for critics and audiences this awards season – for both negative and positive reasons – but a new Smithsonian Channel documentary aims to focus … [Read more...] about A new documentary tells the history of the real Green Book, but the director doesn’t support the Oscar-nominated movie
US singer Ariana Grande attends Billboard’s 13th Annual Women In Music event at Pier 36 in New York City on December 6, 2018. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images) (FILES) In this file photo taken on September 21, 2018 Childish Gambino performs on stage during the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. – Music’s biggest stars will gather in Los Angeles on Sunday for the Grammy Awards, and this year observers are hoping the hip-hop and women artists leading the pack will get their due. The industry’s annual gala draws eye rolls every year from critics who say the winners are too white and too male, but for the second consecutive year black hip-hop artists dominated the nominations across the board. (Photo by Valerie MACON / AFP)VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images (FILES) In this file photo taken on July 20, 2017 rapper Drake looks on prior to the International Champions Cup … [Read more...] about The Grammys are the latest casualty of this tumultuous award season
Jake Coyle, Ap Film Writer Updated 10:23 pm PST, Monday, January 21, 2019 FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2015, file photo, an Oscar statue appears outside the Dolby Theatre for the 87th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Nominations for the 91st Academy Awards are announced on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File) less FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2015, file photo, an Oscar statue appears outside the Dolby Theatre for the 87th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Nominations for the 91st Academy Awards are announced on Tuesday, Jan. 22, ... more Photo: Matt Sayles, Matt Sayles/Invision/AP Photo: Matt Sayles, Matt Sayles/Invision/AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2015, file photo, an Oscar statue appears outside the Dolby Theatre for the … [Read more...] about 5 burning questions ahead of the Oscar nominations
After an appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" that did little to boost current public opinion, Kevin Hart went on "Good Morning America" on Wednesday to once again discuss the ongoing controversy surrounding his past homophobic tweets and his non-hosting of the Academy Awards. In a conversation with Michael Strahan, however, Hart dodged nearly all questions by saying he is done with addressing the issue."If (the apology) is accepted, great," the North Philly native said. "If it's not, it's nothing I can control. Some things are left out of your hands, so, I'm done with it." When asked how he's evolved since writing the tweets that were posted between 2009 and 2011, Hart said he is done with explaining it and that he has already addressed it several times over the years, including during the recent "Ellen" appearance. "I have an understanding that I've addressed it, and I've said everything that I can possibly say. So I'm over it. You will not hear me say anything else about it," … [Read more...] about Kevin Hart tells ‘GMA’ he’s done apologizing for tweets, discussing hosting the Oscars