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Asghar Farhadi on war, peace and writing from the heart

Los Angeles - Asghar Farhadi stepped out into the biting winter Tehran air clutching his Oscar, taken aback by the huge crowd waiting at the airport to crown him Iran's next national hero.

Oscars organizers invite women, minorities in diversity push

Los Angeles - Almost half the 683 people invited this year to join the organization that bestows the Oscars are women and nearly as many people of color, the body announced in a bid to honor its vow to push for more diversity.

Mark Rylance: From Shakespeare's Globe to Oscar glory

London - Long regarded as Britain's best stage actor, Mark Rylance is now Hollywood royalty as well after winning the best supporting actor Oscar on Sunday for "Bridge of Spies".

Oscar at last for Morricone, Italian maestro of the silver screen

Rome - Nobody could accuse Ennio Morricone of not having earned the best original score Oscar he collected on Sunday for his work on Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight".

DiCaprio finally wins Oscar, 'Spotlight' grabs best film

Los Angeles - Leonardo DiCaprio won his long-awaited first Oscar for revenge epic "The Revenant" but journalism drama "Spotlight" took best picture in a surprising end to Hollywood's glittering awards season.

'Spotlight' takes home best picture Oscar

Los Angeles - "Spotlight," a searing portrait of The Boston Globe's investigation into child sex abuse in the Catholic Church, won a surprise Oscar for best picture at the 88th Academy Awards.

'Son of Saul': Film on Holocaust hell earns Oscar

Budapest - "Son of Saul" -- whose Oscar for best foreign language film Sunday adds to a string of accolades for the Hungarian movie -- pulls the viewer right into the hell of the Holocaust.

Brie Larson wins best actress Oscar for 'Room'

Los Angeles - Brie Larson won the best actress Oscar on Sunday for her searing performance as a kidnapped mother in 'Room', catapulting her to the top of Hollywood's A-list.

Inarritu wins best director Oscar for 'The Revenant'

Los Angeles - Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu entered Hollywood lore Sunday, giving Mexico a best director triumph at the Oscars for a third straight year with the epic vengeance and survival story "The Revenant.

Rock cracks race jokes, 'Mad Max' takes six early Oscars

Los Angeles - "Mad Max: Fury Road" swept the technical prizes Sunday at the Oscars, the pinnacle of Hollywood's glittering awards season, as host Chris Rock delivered a searing salvo against the lack of diversity among nominees.

'The Revenant' leads charge at 'whitewashed' Oscars

Los Angeles - Hollywood hit the Oscars red carpet Sunday for its annual show of glitz and pageantry honoring cinema's finest -- with a broiling row over diversity an awkward guest at the party.

Review: Reworked ‘Salt-Water Moon’ in Toronto more puzzling than profound Special

Toronto - It’s understandable when a theatre director wants to transform a familiar classic into something fresh and original. That’s an artist’s job: to create a unique, personal vision. But what if that vision makes the play almost unrecognizable?

Pakistan's Oscar hope eyes bigger prize — law reform

New York - Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy made history by winning Pakistan's first Oscar four years ago. Now she's back in Hollywood, hoping to scoop a second Academy Award for her harrowing film about a teenage girl shot in the face by her own family.

Stage set for Oscars night tainted by race row

Los Angeles - 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.

The eight contenders for the best picture Oscar

Los Angeles - 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.

Nominees in main Oscars categories

Los Angeles - 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: Ada...

Israel seeks to lure Oscar nominees with risky gift

Jerusalem - When the top nominees at this year's Oscars, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence and Matt Damon, open their goodie bags, inside will be a potentially controversial gift.

New tech gives stop-motion animation its Oscar moment

Stop-motion animation moved into the fast(er) lane when LAIKA studio decided to employ 3D technologies to create its characters’ thousands of faces.

Church child abuse scandals 'tip of iceberg' say real-life stars of Oscar-tipped film

Paris - The child abuse scandals plaguing the Catholic Church are only the tip of the iceberg, the journalists who exposed one of the hierarchy's biggest cover-ups said Wednesday.

Academy head 'heartbroken' over lack of diversity at Oscars

Los Angeles - Following an outcry over the all-white roster of actors nominated for this year's Oscars, the president of the film academy said she was heartbroken by the lack of diversity and working to implement change.

Outrage as black actors absent from Oscars lineup

Los Angeles - The glaring absence of black actors or directors among this year's Oscar nominees has triggered an outpouring of criticism, setting social media abuzz as the list was unveiled.

Academy names 2016 Oscar producers

Los Angeles - The Oscars will get two new producers as it was today (Sept. 1) announced by Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs.

Spike Lee, Gena Rowlands and Debbie Reynolds get Oscar honors

Los Angeles - He once won a Student Academy Award and now he will receive an honorary Oscar. Spike Lee to be honored with an honorary award, along with Gena Rowlands and Debbie Reynolds.

'Inside Out' takes on 'Jurassic World'

Usually when an animated movie is set to open, all eyes would be on that film. It is the family films that easily take the box office crown.

Oscars set dates

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released their show dates for the next three years. It will stay on Sunday to continue to make it Oscar Sunday, as well.

Review: Best Visual Effects Oscar for Interstellar, based on science

The science fiction epic Interstellar, directed by Christopher Nolan, received several Oscar 2015 nominations and won the award for best visual effects.

MTV Movie Awards nominations inject some fun

Enough is never enough when it comes to award shows. Now come the MTV Movie Awards. Not even a month reprieve from the Oscars and the end of the award season, it starts up again.

'Focus' will take over as box office slows down

It is now time for the box office to focus once again as the Oscars are over. "Focus" will take down "Fifty Shades of Grey" this weekend.

Op-Ed: The Sniper's text hit the mark

How mental illness is approached in various countries has killed many, and will continue to do so. Time to end the stigma.

2015 Oscars: 'Birdman' nabs Best Picture

UPDATE: "Birdman" has won the Oscar for Best Picture and put it on the same path as Best Director this year. That hasn't happened for the last two years. "Birdman" marked another recent win for a movie about show business.
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