Published: Fri, March 02, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

Explore the changing racial breakdown of Oscars nominees

Explore the changing racial breakdown of Oscars nominees

But Beatty appears in a playful new promo with Kimmel, raising the question of whether Oscar producers will have a little fun with the notorious gaffe on Sunday's live broadcast. "It's outside of my area of responsibility". Conspicuously absent among this year's Oscar nominees was Patty Jenkins for Wonder Woman.

Chalamet is an Oscar best actor front-runner for his revelatory turn as a sensitive teen in the throes of sexual awakening in gay romance Call Me By Your Name, having already earned Golden Globe, British Academy Film Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. She also received her first nominations for Original Screenplay, a category that includes two other women - Emily V Gordon (along with Kumail Nanjiani for The Big Sick) and Vanessa Taylor (along with Guillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water). But there's still room for an end-of-night shocker, should Dunkirk swoop in or Get Out trump the competition and land in the top slot. And Get Out isn't just any horror movie, but one that brilliantly illustrates the insidious racism of seemingly well-meaning white people in America.

If it wasn't for the party, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be watching. They want to relax; they don't want to sit the entire time. "And then you just get the reminder that this isn't even close to the most important thing in the world, and you're reminded of that every day when you go home, so in a way, yes, it's definitely made me appreciate my life but it also puts things in perspective".

Although we can still continue to aim higher to increase the inclusion of diverse voices in the entertainment industry, films like "Mudbound", "Get Out", "The Big Sick", "Lady Bird" and "The Shape of Water" are the first step to expanding the number of diverse stories told through film. "To be honest, it minimizes the importance of something like [the Oscars], which a year ago to me seemed to be the more important thing in the world". "I worry about my ratings". And they affect our brains much like we're in a dream state, so film is a dream factory.

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"I had multiple conversations with longtime Academy members who were like, 'That was not an Oscar film, '" said the voter.

This popular movie theater even houses some of the costumes from recent releases, with one of the skating competition costumes from "I, Tonya" now on display.

The Oscar will go to the songwriters.

In essence, he became the political conscience of a generation and inspired rivals, including John Oliver.

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Gallagher: Yes - I believe the nominations for both Jordan Peele and Greta Gerwig as directors are a major step in the right direction. The Oscars feel like this weird southern debutante ball - it's so antiquated. It's not really gratifying.

"A lot of people are going with this line of reasoning where they say people in show business shouldn't speak out about politics".

But does he worry about blowback, tackling a touchy subject while hosting what's typically the largest TV event outside the Super Bowl? "This is our new reality", he says. "I see a future of great silence".

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