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the Oscars

The Academy Award (informally known as the Oscar) is an accolade bestowed by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to recognize excellence of professionals in the film industry, including directors, actors, and writers. The formal ceremony at which the awards are presented is one of the most prominent award ceremonies in the world and is televised live in more than 200 countries annually. It is also the oldest award ceremony in the media; its equivalents, the Grammy Awards (for music), Emmy Awards (for television), and Tony Awards (for theatre) are modeled after the Academy. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences itself was conceived by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio boss Louis B. Mayer.The first Academy Awards ceremony was held on May 16, 1929, at the Hotel Roosevelt in Hollywood to honor outstanding film achievements of the 1927/1928 film season. It was hosted by actor Douglas Fairbanks and director William C. deMille. Opting for a younger face for the 83rd Academy Awards scheduled for February 27, 2011, younger actors Anne Hathaway and James Franco were named as hosts in November 2010 by producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer.

Articles About the Oscars

Jennifer Lawrence
Aaron Sorkin's Sexist Email Leaked: Undermines Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Roberts, Other Best Actresses

By IBTimes AU

Aaron Sorkin's email has been leaked wherein winning the best actor title is harder than winning the best actress. (11:34 am)

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Angelina Jolie (C) poses for a photograph with members of the British armed forces as she arrives for the UK premiere of "Unbroken" in central London .
Angelina Jolie Called 'Racist' For Showing Inhuman Behaviour Of Japanese Military In 'Unbroken,' Japan Wants To Ban Her And The Movie

By IBTimes AU

In Japan, Angelina Jolie is being called a "racist" for showing Japanese military as a cruel army in her World War II movie "Unbroken." (Dec 10)

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Actor Jared Leto poses backstage at the Hollywood Film Awards in Hollywood
Jared Leto Plays The New Joker In ‘Suicide Squad:’ Three Reasons Why He’ll Nail It

By IBTimes AU

Warner Bros. confirmed that Jared Leto would play the Joker in “Suicide Squad.” (Dec 04)

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Menzel During The 68th Tony Awards
'Frozen 2,' Sequel Of 'Frozen', Is Happening, Says Singer Idina Menzel

By IBTimes AU

"Frozen 2," the sequel of the Disney animated movie "Frozen," is in the pipeline , says singer Idina Menzel. (Dec 01)

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Angelina Jolie (C) poses for a photograph with members of the British armed forces as she arrives for the UK premiere of "Unbroken" in central London .
Angelina Jolie Hopes For An Oscar For 'Unbroken'

By IBTimes AU

The actress is expecting an Oscar award for her directorial movie Unbroken. (Nov 28)

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Director Quentin Tarantino reacts as he arrives to attend the closing ceremony of the 67th Cannes Film Festival
Five Quentin Tarantino Movies to Watch Before You Die

By IBTimes AU

Even though Tarantino has made seven films until now while he is working on his eighth, there are at least five of those which are a must watch for any movie fan. (Nov 12)

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Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi
Portia de Rossi: Aussie Actress Talks About Baby Rumours, Decision To Not Have Kids With Ellen DeGeneres on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' [VIDEO]

By IBTimes AU

Australian actress Portia de Rossi made a guest appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” to talk about the baby rumours that have been surrounding her and spouse Ellen DeGeneres. The 41-year-old “Scandal” star set the record straight once again last Thursday, Oct. (Oct 22)

Actor Matthew McConaughey
'Interstellar' Details: Christopher Nolan Keeps A Close Guard, Matthew McConaughey Gets The Script In A Briefcase To Prevent Plot Leaks

By IBTimes AU

The "Interstellar" script was delivered to Matthew McConaughey in a locked briefcase. (Oct 13)

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Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie’s Infamous Red Carpet Kiss With Brother James Haven Explained by Former Caregiver

By IBTimes AU

Cis Rundle explains that Angelina Jolie and James Haven's infamous kiss wasn't incestuous. (Sep 15)

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Hollywood actress Halle Berry
2014 Emmy Primetime Awards: Full List of Winners, 'Breaking Bad' Strkes Again [PHOTOS]

By IBTimes AU

The 66th Annual Emmy Primetime Awards is currently happening at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles with the brightest stars in television competing for this year's most prestigious TV honor. (Aug 26)

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