Why I loved the Oscars this year (and so did the CIA) — Sorry you did not, Mr. Trump

President Trump responds as Hollywood gets political at the Oscars. Reaction from with senior political analyst Brit Hume. Almost 30 million people watched the 91st Academy Awards on Sunday night. According to Variety, that was 12 percent more than the 26.5 million who watched the Oscars in 2018. While Sunday’s audience was up from 2018’s historic low, the audience was […]

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Oscars features people most Americans have never seen, saluting films they didn't care about

Strong start to no-host Oscars: Queen, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Maya Rudolph Despite having no host, the Oscars begins with a strong performance by Queen as well as a comedic monologue by Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Maya Rudolph. The 91st annual Academy Awards opened with "American Idol" runner up, Adam Lambert doing a poor man’s Freddie Mercury. It […]

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Oscars 2019: I can’t make myself like ‘Roma.’ It’s about Mexico’s elite, not a maid.

As I watched it on Netflix, I found I couldn’t much like “Roma,” a top Oscars contender that the streaming service is massively promoting for Best Picture. I started mulling over why I felt so at odds with near universal opinion and read some of the effusive reviews (Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian: “thrilling, engrossing, moving”). I found I liked […]

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Women’s Media Center Says Oscar Noms Again Come Up Short Recognizing Female Talent

Confirming data reported by Deadline last month, a new study from the Women’s Media Center has found that 75% of all non-acting Oscar nominations this year went to men. “The 2019 Oscar nominations were disappointing for women behind the camera,” the group wrote in its report (read it here), “with no women nominated in directing, cinematography, editing, original score, and visual […]

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‘Sunday Night Football’ Scores 23.7M Viewers; Best Primetime Result Since Oscars – Update

(UPDATED with final ratings) Andrew Lincoln’s highly hyped exit from The Walking Dead caught a lot of people’s attention, but it was the battle of the greats on Sunday Night Football that America really bit into. Clearly intended as a ratings magnet for the NFL and NBC, the second only head-to-head between New England Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady and the […]

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