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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.

Two programs of Oscar-nominated shorts; 10 movies worth seeing

I’ve probably typed some version of “the fictional short films nominated for Oscars this year are a mixed bag” a dozen times, but that phrase doesn’t apply in 2020. All …

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 …

Robert Forster, Oscar nominee for ‘Jackie Brown,’ dies at 78

Robert Forster, the handsome and omnipresent character actor who got a career resurgence and Oscar nomination for playing bail bondsman Max Cherry in “Jackie Brown,” died Friday. He was 78.

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.

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 22, 2019

John Blanchette: Aye, there’s the snub: Give these epic films a sporting chance

Columnist John Blanchette imagines this year’s Oscar-snubbed films with a sports twist.

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 21, 2019

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

The Academy Awards will be handed out on Sunday. Are you caught up on the major nominees?

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

New Jersey becomes first US state to take legal Oscars bets

Perhaps you weren’t sure – or didn’t care – if Gisele Bundchen’s husband and the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl this month. But you know why “The Favourite” …

UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 9, 2019

Will Bryan Singer allegations hurt ‘Bohemian’ Oscar chances?

Are the Bryan Singer allegations a problem for ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’s’ Oscars chances?

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019

In snub of Netflix, AMC and Regal cinemas won’t show ‘Roma’ as part of Oscars showcases. The Magic Lantern will

Spokane-area fans can check out the acclaimed film at the Magic Lantern, 25 W. Main Ave., in downtown. The film will be screened at 6 p.m. nightly this week and …

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.

Kevin Hart says he’s considering Oscar hosting gig again

Prodded by Ellen DeGeneres, comic Kevin Hart says he’ll reconsider his decision to step down as host of the Academy Awards.

Hart steps down as Oscars host over his past homophobic tweets

Just two days after being named host of the Academy Awards, Kevin Hart stepped down following an outcry over past homophobic tweets by the comedian.

Spirit Awards and Oscars likely on diverging paths this year

There will likely be a more distinct demarcation this season between the Spirits and the Oscars, which feature a number of big studio contenders, including “A Star Is Born,” “Green …

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 …

John Blanchette: Football not under siege, but movies about the sport should be

The football establishment has mobilized and its message is clear: football is under siege. Except it’s not. But I know what should be. Football movies.

Milos Forman, Oscar-winning director, dies at 86

Czech filmmaker Milos Forman, whose movies “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Amadeus” won a deluge of Academy Awards, including best director Oscars, died Saturday. He was 86.

No dress code, but plenty of references to MeToo at Oscars

There was no #MeToo or Time’s Up dress code on the Oscar red carpet. But the topic was, to no one’s surprise, a major theme of the evening – from …

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.

Duran Duran’s Rhodes turns film expert during Oscars season

Nick Rhodes takes his Oscar predictions seriously – so much so that he has been putting them on the band’s website for about a decade, with detailed commentary.

UPDATED: Thu., March 1, 2018

John Blanchette: Righting the Academy’s wrongs as sports films again overlooked at The Oscars

We know it’s behind us, because this year “Get Out” is in the hunt for Best Picture and because Denzel is once again hitting cleanup in the Best Actor lineup …

‘La La Land’ lyricist says envelope gate was a ‘sore spot’

Returning Academy Awards host Jimmy Kimmel has been poking fun at last year’s best picture mix up in promotional spots for this year’s Oscars, but it’s not a laughing matter …

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 2, 2018

James Ivory, 89, may set an Oscar record. He’d rather work.

James Ivory didn’t see “Call Me By Your Name” with an audience until the week before he was nominated for its screenplay. He caught it at a New York theater …

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 …