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Spokane critics take their best guess for Oscar night

With the Oscar ceremony airing tonight, Dan Webster and Nathan Weinbender give you a rundown of the six major Oscar categories, selecting which films and performances they think are destined …


Chris Rock hosts 88th Oscars

Around the remote: What to watch on TV, Feb. 28-March 5


Harrop: In heels, gown, youth make actresses

Women in Hollywood do not rise on talent alone; Oscar wants to see some thigh.


Film academy pledges to double female and minority members

The film academy is pledging to double the number of female and minority members by 2020, and will immediately diversify its leadership by adding three new seats to its board …


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 22, 2015, 8:58 p.m.

‘Birdman’ wins Oscar for best picture

The long take of “Birdman” has stretched all the way to the Academy Awards, where the jazzy, surreal comedy about an actor fleeing his superhero past, took Hollywood’s top honor …


‘Birdman,’ ‘Budapest’ top Oscar nominations with 9 each

Two extravagant comedies, “Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” tied for the most Oscar nominations Thursday morning with nine nods each, including best picture.


Police: Legendary star Mickey Rooney dies at 93

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mickey Rooney, the pint-size, precocious actor and all-around talent whose more than 80-year career spanned silent comedies, Shakespeare, Judy Garland musicals, Andy Hardy stardom, television and …


‘Argo’ awarded best-picture Oscar

LOS ANGELES – Ben Affleck’s “Argo,” a film about a fake movie, has earned a very real prize: best picture at the Academy Awards. In share-the-wealth mode, Oscar voters spread …


Spokane AIDS Network’s Oscar gala nets much-needed funds

Dressed in tuxedos and sequined dresses, crowds milled among artwork Sunday at the Northern Quest Resort and Casino and listened to the pre-show of the Oscars as they celebrated the …


This year’s Academy Awards could prove tough to predict

Oscar is another word for fickle. I mean, think of the whole process run by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – the promotions, the nominations and certainly …


‘Lincoln’ leads Oscars with 12 nominations

The Civil War saga “Lincoln” leads the Academy Awards with 12 nominations, including best picture, director for Steven Spielberg and acting honors for Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee …


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 26, 2012, 9:07 p.m.

‘The Artist’ takes five Oscars

Octavia Spencer of “The Help” is the winner of the Academy Award for best supporting actress.


Critics weigh in on rest of Oscar ballot

Our dueling film critics cast their eyes to some of the other categories on this year’s Oscar ballot. Best Cinematography


Blanchette: Not the version of ‘Moneyball’ we would pick

So finally the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gets a clue and puts a baseball movie up for Best Picture. Except they make it “Moneyball.”


TV Notes: Crystal returns to host Academy Awards

Don’t miss “The 84th Annual Academy Awards” – It’s Billy Crystal to the rescue. The genial comedian returns to host the Oscar telecast, stepping in for Eddie Murphy, who flaked …


Academy Awards may come down to age vs. youth

Experience is supposed to give us an edge in life. But when it comes to predicting who is going to win an Academy Award, experience usually just confuses me. Example: …


Spotlight: SpIFFys are in, topped by Wang’s ‘In the Family’

The results are in. The recently concluded Spokane International Film Festival has announced its juried awards, the SpIFFys. In the feature film category, “In the Family,” from writer-director-star Patrick Wang …


Blanchette: Academy overlooks fine sports films

Watched the Oscars last night and was terribly disappointed that no awards were given to my favorite movie of the past year, “Carrie II – The Ballet.” Then someone told …


“The King’s Speech” crowned best picture

The King’s Speech was named best picture of the year. Colin Firth is official Hollywood royalty: He has won the best-actor Academy Award as stammering monarch George VI in “The …


‘King’s Speech,’ ‘Social Network’ top contenders for Best Picture

It’s easy to see why audiences have fallen in love with “The King’s Speech,” a period drama starring Colin Firth as a British monarch who overcomes a debilitating stammer. The …


Oscars: Likable bunch; so who do you like best?

A king, a cowboy, a criminal, a mountain climber and a ladder climber – those are the five roles that earned this year’s best actor Oscar nominees their honors. Audiences …


Spotlight: CdA’s Owens achieves visual success in Hollywood

Michael Owens, who lives in Coeur d’Alene, is an Oscar nominee for Best Achievement in Visual Effects for his work on the movie “Hereafter.” Owens is the real deal: He …


‘The King’s Speech,’ ‘True Grit’ top Oscar nominations

“The King’s Speech” dominated the Oscar nominations on Tuesday morning, earning 12 nods including best picture and best lead actor for Colin Firth as King George VI, who battles to …


Oscar races feeling throes of 3-D’s rise

Imagine if Oscar voters in 1939 saw “The Wizard of Oz” only in black and white. Would they have nominated the film for best picture and best visual effects if …


Will ‘Harry’ finally conjure an Oscar?

There is something touching about the fact that “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1” opened in mid-November. It’s the unofficial beginning of Oscar season, after all. Whether …


‘The Hurt Locker’ captures six Oscars

LOS ANGELES – The Iraq war drama “The Hurt Locker” won best picture and five other prizes Sunday at the Academy Awards, its haul including best director for Kathryn Bigelow. …


Booth Gardner film nominated for Academy Award

Booth Gardner says he no longer dwells on death. He’s got a lot going on in his life.


‘Avatar,’ ‘The Hurt Locker’ lead Oscar nominations

The science-fiction sensation “Avatar” and the war-on-terror thriller “The Hurt Locker” lead the Academy Awards with nine nominations each, including best picture and director for former spouses James Cameron and …


‘Slumdog’ rules the Oscars with 8 prizes

LOS ANGELES – “Slumdog Millionaire” took the best-picture Academy Award and seven other Oscars on Sunday, including director for Danny Boyle, whose ghetto-to-glory story paralleled the film’s unlikely rise to …


‘Curious,’ ‘Slumdog’ lead Oscar nominations

HOLLYWOOD – They are now the leading contenders for the top Academy Award – and while “Slumdog Millionaire” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” could hardly be more different …