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Source: The Guradian

Nine films that should have won best picture at the Oscars

Today 02:24 GMT

Nominated for nine Oscars, it was beaten to best picture by Gandhi, whose director, Richard Attenborough, later stated, very graciously, that ET should have won.

Yet neither picture was considered the pinnacle of achievement by the Academy, with Citizen Kane losing out to How Green Was My Valley in 1941’s best picture race, while in 1959 Vertigo earned nominations only for art direction and sound.

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Source: The Guradian

Roma and the Oscars: why has Hollywood ignored the foreign language film?

Today 02:24 GMT

Even if it doesn’t win, Roma is a reminder that beyond the Anglophone zone there’s a world of cinema out there, and we’re seeing less and less of it.

Look at Chilean-Argentinian Sebastián Lelio, whose A Fantastic Woman won the best foreign language film Oscar last year. He has followed that up with two English movies: Disobedience, set in London, and a remake of his (Spanish-language) 2013 movie Gloria, set in Los Angeles, starring Julianne Moore.

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Source: The Guradian

Why Vice should win the best picture Oscar

Today 02:23 GMT

Opinion is deeply divided, but the Dick Cheney biopic, starring a chunky Christian Bale, is as hilarious as it is grotesque. • The Favourite, Black Panther, Roma and more: read the rest of our best picture Oscar hustings. It’s difficult to remember an Oscar nominee that prompted a range of reactions quite like Vice, Adam McKay’s account of the squalid rise to power of George W Bush’s right-hand-man Dick Cheney.

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Source: The Guradian

George Mendonsa, The Kissing Sailor in famous photograph, dies at 95

Today 02:24 GMT

George Mendonsa, the sailor who was captured in a famous photograph kissing a woman in Times Square amidst celebrations of the end of the second world war, has died.

Lawrence Verria, a Rhode Island history teacher who with George Galdorisi co-wrote the book The Kissing Sailor, told the Providence Journal: “He really was bigger than life.”

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Source: Fox News

Sailor in iconic World War II kissing photo in Times Square dies at 95

Monday 23:39 GMT

The sailor shown kissing a woman in New York's Time Square in an iconic photo that captured the ecstatic celebrations at the end of World War II died Sunday in Rhode Island, according to family members.

WORLD WAR II VET PAYS $1,500 CHICK-FIL-A BILL FOR SERVICE MEMBERS, MILITARY FAMILIES FOR 92ND BIRTHDAY. Mendonsa served on a destroyer during the war and was on leave when the end of the war was announced.

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How Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and the National Enquirer went to war

Monday 16:19 GMT

When Jeff Bezos was battling the National Enquirer over the exposés about his private life, he had a simple message for his top lieutenants: Stop feeding the coverage.

JEFF BEZOS: NATIONAL ENQUIRER'S PARENT COMPANY THREATENED TO PUBLISH LURID SELFIES, OTHER 'INTIMATE PHOTOS OF ME' The private talks cast the billionaire’s charge of extortion in a somewhat different light, leaving people on both sides of the bitter battle convinced that he had successfully lured the tabloid company into a trap.

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Source: BBC

Review: America through the lens of Diane Arbus ?????

Saturday 14:29 GMT

Looked at from another perspective, however, and you can see the sensitive, striving artist that was Diane Arbus in every single one.

Arbus not only admired the range and depth of characters to whom Chaucer gave literary life, but also the "tenderness" with which he treated them. It was a humanity she strove to replicate when photographing the discriminated against, the sort of people from whom most turn away but she looked upon with empathy.

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Chicago mayor predicts 'evolution' for Northam, likens embattled Virginia governor to Obama, Lincoln

Sunday 08:03 GMT

During an appearance on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" on Friday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel did not join the choir of his fellow Democrats who have called on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to resign amid a blackface-Ku Klux Klan photo controversy.

CHICAGO MAYOR RAHM EMANUEL: LEGALIZE POT, OPEN CASINO TO PAY DOWN CITY'S $28B PENSION DEBT. The term-limited mayor began by telling Maher that he thought Northam was one of two people appearing in racist attire in the photo.

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Vogue Brazil editor resigns over 'slavery'-themed party photos

Sunday 18:09 GMT

Vogue Brazil style director Donata Meirelles has resigned from her plum position after "slavery"-themed photos from her recent birthday party surfaced online, causing international uproar.

“Hey @CondeNast, Donata Meirelles, the director of Vogue Brazil, had her birthday party inspired in 'Brazil Slavery Colonies' and even had black models dressed as slaves to use as photo props. A former American Vogue staffer told HuffPost that the imagery indeed appears to suggest a “Brazilian slave and master theme.”

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Vogue Brazil director resigns over birthday photos evoking slavery

Saturday 08:03 GMT

The fashion director of the Brazilian edition of Vogue has resigned after photos from her 50th birthday party drew criticism for evoking colonial depictions of slavery.

More than half of Brazil’s 200 million people identify as black or mixed race, but Vogue’s Brazilian edition first featured a black women on its cover in 2011 – 36 years after it was launched.

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Source: BBC

Oscars cinematography nominees in pictures

Saturday 18:09 GMT

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently announced that the Oscar presentations for cinematography, editing, live action short, and make-up and hair will not be shown live on TV during the ceremony on 24 February.

Photographed in high contrast black and white, the film uses a nearly square frame - commonly known as Academy ratio - harking back to older cinema before widescreen formats became more standardised.

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Source: The Guradian

Why The Favourite should win the best picture Oscar

Saturday 12:40 GMT

Yorgos Lanthimos upends expectations of a polite period drama with a wild, raucous, dark comedy filled with perversity, pettiness and pet rabbits. Rather like last year’s surprise best picture nominee Phantom Thread, The Favourite presents us with familiar prestige, an ornate, Oscar-friendly chocolate box, with fillings one might think easy to predict.

As someone who has endured far more than his fair share of Oscar bait, films created almost solely with awards in mind, it’s a rare treat to see a contender as gloriously uncensored and unbridled as The Favourite: not only in its vicious vulgarity, but also in its brutal honesty about relationships.


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