The 88th Academy Awards kicked off last night with host Chris Rock taking the helm this year. Alejandro G. Iñárritu's The Revenant was the favourite to win Best Picture but with a surprise win from Spotlight and Leonardo DiCaprio's Best Actor win it all made for a rather exciting ceremony. It was finally Leo's year! This is the Oscars as they happened... Nominees for the 88th Academy Awards at the Nominees Luncheon. Photo credit: Academy Awards //
The Oscar weekend is finally upon us and if all the backlash the academy has received in the past month is anything to go by - this will be one award show for the books. Since announcing the nominees for the most coveted award in Hollywood this past January, the Oscars have been heavily criticized for their lack of diversity when choosing said nominees. This year, not one person of colour as well as no movie of colour such as 'Straight Outta Compton' was nominated. The hashtag #OscarsSoWhite soon started making the rounds on twitter with big names such as Jada Pinkett-Smith - who called for a full on boycott of the award show, Will Smith, Mindy Kaling, Rebel Wilson among many others shared their thoughts on twitter about the lack of diversity in Hollywood as a whole. ...
Awards season is over. Oscars, Baftas and Golden Globes have been dished out, but was this year tainted by a severe lack of nominations for black actors? Black British talent like London educated David Oyelowo who portrayed Martin Luther King Jr so brilliantly in the film Selma may have been overlooked, but from Harrow all the way to Los Angeles, there is a bigger debate to be heard... Reporter: Edward Lauder Sub-editor: Tawanda Mhindurwa It's not just about award nominations. Why should a British actor such as David Oyelowo have to cross the pond in order to get any sort of decent role and gain the recognition they deserve? The same could be said about Idris Elba, Chiwetel Ejiofor, David Harewood, Carmen Ejogo and John Boyega - the list is endless. Oyelowo told Radio Times: “
As awards season comes to a close, Edward Lauder speaks to London-based film critic and IGN UK’s movie editor Chris Tilly about whether film critics and the awards they hand out are still relevant in the internet age. Sub-editor: Nader Kaddor With an ever increasing number of online torrenting sites and paid streaming services, do awards really matter? Do people care which movies are the critics’ favourites or which actor performed the best this year? “I think you only have to look at the spike in the box office takings of the films that got lots of Oscar nominations to know that they still mean something in business terms. Many small films with modest budgets, award nominations can give them a real global lift,” says IGN UK's Chris Tilly. “Take 12 Years a Slave and Gravity last