Meryl Streep

Are Hollywood awards by gender out of touch?

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Do Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway and Helen Mirren really need a category just for women — a singular kind of affirmative action — to snare an Oscar, Emmy or Screen Actors Guild trophy?


Director Kathryn Bigelow

Oscar snubs: Musical chairs in the director’s seat

NEW YORK (AP) — In this year’s Oscar nominations, the director’s seat was the hot seat. In the now heavily analyzed awards season, unequivocal snubs have become less common as the field is more accurately predicted. But that changed today.



James Bond’s 50th anniversary celebrated at Oscars

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oscar won’t be the only chiseled man in the spotlight at the 85th Academy Awards. Telecast producers say the show will also feature a celebration of Bond, James Bond.


(Photo credit: Children's Hospital Los Angeles)

$11M gift from estate of Billy and Audrey Wilder

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has received an $11 million gift from the estate of late Oscar-winning filmmaker Billy Wilder and his wife.


Oscar statue

Academy Award maker plans layoffs in Chicago

  CHICAGO (AP) — The company that makes the gold-plated Oscar statues will lay off almost 100 employees in the process of being bought out. But some workers could be rehired, it said, and the […]


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MacFarlane surprises UCLA class, announces contest

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Oscar host Seth MacFarlane is inviting college students to join him on stage at the Academy Awards. The “Family Guy” creator made a surprise appearance at UCLA to announce a contest sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and mtvU that will allow winning college students to appear on the Feb. 24 Oscar telecast.


Iran official says will boycott 2013 Oscars

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Iran’s culture minister said Monday that his country will boycott the 2013 Oscars in the wake of the anti-Islam video made in the United States that denigrates the Prophet Muhammad. An […]


Oscar nomination date jumps ahead to Jan. 10

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Academy Awards organizers have moved up a key date in the upcoming season of Hollywood film honors. Nominations for the 85th Oscars will be announced Jan. 10 – five days earlier […]


Oscars change rule for best original song nominees

LOS ANGELES (AP) – There will be more songs vying for Oscars at next year’s Academy Awards. The motion-picture academy said Thursday that there will be a minimum of five nominees in the original song […]


Oscar-winning producer Richard Zanuck dead at 77

(AP) – Film producer Richard Zanuck, who won the best picture Oscar for “Driving Miss Daisy,” has died. He was 77. Zanuck’s publicist says he died of a heart attack at his Beverly Hills home […]


Sony Pictures taps Aaron Sorkin to adapt Steve Jobs biography for big screen

(AP) — Aaron Sorkin is going from Facebook to Apple. Sony Pictures officials say the Oscar-winning writer will write a screenplay based on the Steve Jobs biography. Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal says Sorkin will […]