Oscars

Movies
9:13 am
Sat January 17, 2015

And The Oscar Goes To ... Wait, Who Hasn't Had One In A While?

Robert Duvall (right) was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Judge, which also starred Robert Downey Jr. The nomination left many critics scratching their heads.
Claire Folger AP

Originally published on Sun January 18, 2015 9:59 pm

"The right actors win Oscars, but for the wrong roles," Katharine Hepburn once said.

The Motion Picture Academy has a history of rewarding stars for less-than-celestial performances, and this week's Oscar nomination announcements left a lot of people scratching their heads — over the snubs for Selma, for example, and the nomination of Robert Duvall for best supporting actor in The Judge.

"I think most people hadn't even heard of The Judge before that nomination," says Alyssa Rosenberg, culture columnist for The Washington Post.

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NPR Story
4:10 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Oscar Nominations Lack Diversity; 'Selma' Snubbed

Originally published on Sun January 18, 2015 9:59 pm

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The Source - January 15, 2015
5:15 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

The Source: The Power Of Movies On Your Brain

Some of the 2015 Best Picture Nominees: Right to Left: Boyhood, Birdman, The Imitation Game, Selma, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Whiplash, The Theory of Everything

Movies have the power to transport, to teach, to envelope, to do so many things to us and for us. But why? Why do people cry at movies they don't think are that good? Why do bigger screens mean bigger emotional responses, as data suggests? Why do people react to pain on screen with pained looks in theaters?

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Movies
3:11 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Where To See The 2014 Oscar Nominees In South Texas

Now that the Oscar nominations have been announced, where can you see the films on the big screen? Here’s a handy guide for this weekend. 

Apart from the Best Picture nominees, many of the nominated films are already on DVD and Blu-ray, or available as streaming video through Amazon, Netflix, and other services. We also recommend the San Antonio Public Library, though the waitlist may be long for some titles!

For NPR/TPR coverage of the nominated movies, see “Related Links” at the bottom of the page.

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Monkey See
8:38 am
Thu January 15, 2015

At The Oscar Nominations, It's A Good Year To Be An Idiosyncratic Man

In Birdman, Michael Keaton (a real-life former Batman) plays a former movie superhero who's trying to get a grasp on his career.
Atsushi Nishijima/ Fox Searchlight

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 12:26 pm

[At the top of this post, you'll find a discussion I had with Stephen Thompson, my Pop Culture Happy Hour co-panelist, about the Oscar nominations. Tomorrow's full PCHH episode more fully covers the film Selma.]

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The Two-Way
8:21 am
Thu January 15, 2015

'Birdman,' 'Grand Budapest Hotel,' With 9 Nominations Each, Lead Oscar Race

Chris Pine and Cheryl Boone Isaacs announce the film The Theory of Everything during the Best Picture category at the Oscar Nominations announcement on Jan. 15 in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Francis Specker Landov

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 10:28 am

Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel topped the list of nominations – with nine each — announced today by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. They were followed by The Imitation Game with eight Oscar nominations and American Sniper and Boyhood, with six each.

Birdman, a film about a movie superhero actor who has flamed out, earned a best picture nomination, as well as a best actor nomination for Micheal Keaton and a best director nod for Alejandro Inarritu.

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Monkey See
9:12 am
Thu October 16, 2014

With Few Stages Left To Conquer, Neil Patrick Harris Goes To The Oscars

Neil Patrick Harris, seen here hosting the 2013 Emmys, is getting the Oscars job many have long wanted for him.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 7:58 am

It was an announcement of an old-school job that played out in a new media landscape: Yesterday, Variety reported that Neil Patrick Harris would host the Oscars, which they tweeted at 4:49 P.M. Harris himself tweeted a little video of himself crossing "Host the Oscars" off his bucket list — also at 4:49 P.M. Then finally, an interminable 26 minutes later, we got the press release from the Academy that announced with excitement that Neil Patrick Harris would host the Oscars in 2015.

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Code Switch
7:11 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

A Colorful Night At The Oscars. More Of The Same To Come?

The Mexico-born, Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o was one of several artists of color to collect awards during Sunday's Oscar ceremony. She won the accolade for best supporting actress.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 6:44 pm

It might have been the most diverse Academy Awards telecast in recent memory.

Sunday night's broadcast was capped by British director Steve McQueen accepting a best picture Oscar for his film 12 Years a Slave — the first film directed by a black man to earn that honor. His emotional acceptance speech was dedicated to "all of the people who endured slavery and the 21 million people who still suffer slavery today."

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NPR Story
3:46 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Red Carpet Hits And Misses

Lupita Nyong'o attends the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

Now that we know who walked away with the Oscars, it’s time to discuss who rocked the red carpet. Vogue contributing editor Andre Leon Talley joins Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti and Jeremy Hobson to look at some of the fashion highlights of the evening.

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The Two-Way
8:13 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Here's Ellen's Star-Stuffed Oscar Selfie That Broke Twitter

So many stars, it's hard to fit them all in.
TheEllenShow

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 12:07 pm

A group selfie that host Ellen DeGeneres organized at the start of Sunday's Oscars show is now in the record books.

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