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Oscars viewership plunges to record low

ABC’s telecast of the Academy Awards hit an all-time low in the ratings, with 23.6 million people tuning in to see “Parasite” named best picture.

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 10, 2020

‘Parasite’ wins historic best picture Oscar, 3 other statuettes

“Parasite” has won the best picture Oscar, becoming the first foreign-language film to take home the biggest honor in film.

UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 9, 2020

2020 Oscars: Odds favor American sweep in four Academy Award acting categories

The latest host-less Academy Awards are here, and has released its closing odds for the Oscars by its odds-makers. (Never heard of SBD? They’re new to us, too, but …

John Blanchette: Academy again has its blinders on when it comes to diversity and snubbing of sports flicks

It’s hard to be holy about inclusivity when 18 of your 20 acting award nominees are white. Oh, and you female directors? We’ll catch you next year, gals.

Regal offers seven best film Oscar nominees for $35 through Feb. 9

Regal has announced its annual Best Picture Film Festival through Feb. 9 featuring seven best picture nominees that played in Regal theaters in 2019. Festival passes will be available for …

Oscar presenters to include Colman, Malek, King and Ali

The winners of last year’s acting Academy Awards will return to the Oscar stage next month to present the coveted statuettes.

UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 13, 2020

‘Joker’ leads Oscar noms; ‘1917,’ ‘Irishman’ close behind

Todd Phillips’ much-debated supervillain origin story and R-rated box-office smash “Joker” topped all films with 11 Academy Awards nominations, while Martin Scorsese’s elegiac crime epic “The Irishman,” Quentin Tarantino’s 1960s …

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 25, 2019

Stream on Demand Extra: How to watch the Oscar winners at home

Now it’s time to catch up with all those newly minted Oscar-winning films you never got around to seeing in the theater.

Trevor Noah’s best Oscars joke was one you didn’t catch, unless you speak Xhosa

Xhosa is one of the official languages of South Africa, where Noah was born and raised.

UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 24, 2019

Pinks and warrior metallics among Oscar fashion highlights

Jennifer Lopez was fierce in warrior silver and Lady Gaga brought the bling: Highlights from the Oscar red carpet.

UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 24, 2019

Segregation-era road-trip drama “Green Book” crowned best picture at Academy Awards

Spike Lee wins his first competitive Oscar while the motion picture academy spread awards around for “Black Panther,” “Roma” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 24, 2019

Regina King stuns in white and Glenn Close dons queenly gold on Oscars red carpet

Regina King brought Old Hollywood alive on the Oscar red carpet Sunday in a romantic white gown with a touch of sparkle and a long train, while Constance Wu in …

91st Academy Awards: Spokane film buffs identify the nominee they’re rooting for

We asked some of Spokane’s leading film fans to go to the mat in defense of one Oscar nominee. Here are their choices.

For your consideration: Mark Steilen’s musings on the Academy Awards

Consider for a moment the fundamental absurdity of art as competition and you’ll understand why Spokane’s own movie guy, Mark Steilen, doesn’t get too worked up about the Oscars.

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

This L.A. couple has seen ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ 24 times: ‘It’s two hours of freedom’

As Karin Dicker and Steven Sarott have both struggled with health issues in the past, they find solace and joy in the couple hours spent in the company of Freddie …

Film academy ditches controversial Oscars changes; all awards to be shown on telecast

The decision follows several days of controversy that pitted the academy’s leadership against hundreds of Hollywood luminaries who rallied against a proposal that, while intended to help limit the notoriously …

UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 12, 2019

Regal, AMC to screen seven best picture nominees

Both Regal and AMC refused to screen the eighth best picture nominee, Netflix’s “Roma,” in 2018 and are not including the film in their best picture events.

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019

‘Favourite,’ ‘Roma,’ ‘BlacKkKlansman’ among films nominated for best picture Oscar

Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” and Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite” scored the most Oscar nominations with 10 nominations each heading to the 91st Academy Awards.

Nick Cannon calls out “double standard” in how Oscars handled Hart controversy

“I felt that the Academy actually could’ve handled it in a different way.”

Film academy president says popular Oscar was misunderstood

The idea to hand out a popular film Oscar has been shelved for now following widespread backlash, but film academy president John Bailey says that the new category was well-intentioned …

Oscars add popular film category, sets earlier 2020 date

The addition of a popular film category caused the most chatter Wednesday morning, as a clear effort to attract a larger audience by honoring bigger and more seen films.

UPDATED: Thu., May 3, 2018

Film Academy expels Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski

The organization that bestows the Academy Awards announced Thursday that it has voted to expel two prominent members convicted of sexual offenses, Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski, from its membership.

UPDATED: Sun., March 4, 2018

And the winner is … Dan Webster picks the Oscars

Following is our attempt to cut through all the factors and predict what might happen in tonight’s popularity contest.

Analysis: After years of criticism, the hashtag for this year’s Oscar nominations could be ItsAboutTime

LOS ANGELES – After years of criticism, the hashtag for this year’s Oscar nominations could be #ItsAboutTime Recently, “Shape of Water” star Sally Hawkins listened as Guillermo del Toro, the …

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 24, 2018

Stream on Demand extra: Catching up with Oscar-nominated films at home

A number of nominated films, including two that are nominated for best picture (

Kobe Bryant may win yet another trophy – an Oscar

Bryant, the retired Los Angeles Lakers star, was nominated in the animated short category for “Dear Basketball,” based on a poem he wrote in 2015 announcing his impending retirement from …

UPDATED: Tue., May 16, 2017

Jimmy Kimmel set to return as host for 90th Oscars

The 90th Oscars will be held on March 4, 2018 in Los Angeles and broadcast live on ABC.

UPDATED: Wed., March 1, 2017

AP Exclusive: Accountants in Oscar mistake off the show

Cheryl Boone Isaacs said Brian Cullinan, the PwC representative responsible for handing over the errant envelope that led to “La La Land” mistakenly being announced as best picture rather than …

‘Gary from Chicago’ had been in prison two days before Oscar stunt

Gary Coe – now known to the world as “Gary from Chicago” after he joined the Oscars telecast with a group of purported tourists – was released from prison just …

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 27, 2017

No flash: WSU, EWU grad Blanca Blanco says Oscars red carpet snafu wasn’t as it appeared

Blanca Blanco may have been wearing a nude-colored bodysuit under her gown, but when that hip-high slit appeared to reveal too much of the actress with Eastern Washington ties, it …