academy awards

NEW YORK | Kevin Hart quits as Oscars host over his anti-gay tweets

NEW YORK— 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. Capping a swift and dramatic fallout, Hart wrote on Twitter just after midnight Thursday that he was withdrawing as Oscars host because he didn’t want to be a … Continue reading NEW YORK | Kevin Hart quits as Oscars host over his anti-gay tweets

NEW YORK | Hart steps down as Oscars host after outcry over old tweets

NEW YORK — Just two days after been named host of the Academy Awards, Kevin Hart stepped down following an outcry over past homophobic tweets by the comedian. Capping a swift and dramatic fallout, Hart wrote on Twitter just after midnight Friday that he was withdrawing as Oscars host because he didn’t want to be … Continue reading NEW YORK | Hart steps down as Oscars host after outcry over old tweets

NEW YORK | The Latest: Kevin Hart steps down as Oscars host

NEW YORK — The Latest on the Academy Awards (all times local): 12:10 a.m. Kevin Hart says he has stepped down as Oscars host following an outcry over previous anti-gay tweets by the comedian. Hart posted on Twitter early Friday an apology to the LGBTQ community for his past words. He said he stepped down … Continue reading NEW YORK | The Latest: Kevin Hart steps down as Oscars host

NEW YORK | ‘Roma’ named best film by New York film critics

NEW YORK — Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” has dominated the New York Film Critics Circle Awards, winning best film, best director and best cinematography. The overwhelming show of support for “Roma” by the critics group on Thursday wasn’t a surprise. Cuaron’s film is Netflix’s most acclaimed release yet, and it’s widely expected to contend for best … Continue reading NEW YORK | ‘Roma’ named best film by New York film critics

LOS ANGELES | Best-picture Oscars up for sale in rare auction

LOS ANGELES  — Two Academy Awards for best picture are going up for sale in a rare auction of Oscars. Auction house Profiles in History announced Monday that an Oscar awarded to “Mutiny on the Bounty” in 1936 and another given to “Gentleman’s Agreement” in 1948 will go up for auction in Los Angeles starting … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Best-picture Oscars up for sale in rare auction

NEW YORK | Ava DuVernay to make Prince documentary for Netflix

NEW YORK — Ava DuVernay is making a multipart documentary on Prince for Netflix with the support of the late musician’s estate. The director on Tuesday confirmed Twitter reports late Monday that she’s working on the film. The documentary will be made with extensive use of Prince’s archives and will span the artist’s entire life. … Continue reading NEW YORK | Ava DuVernay to make Prince documentary for Netflix

LOS ANGELES | Oscars backtrack on plan for a popular film award this year

LOS ANGELES— The organization that bestows the Academy Awards says it is suspending plans to award a new Oscar for popular films at the 2019 ceremony amid widespread backlash to the idea. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences says it will further study plans for the category. It wrote in a statement that … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Oscars backtrack on plan for a popular film award this year

LOS ANGELES | Backlash follows the addition of popular film Oscar category

LOS ANGELES — Big changes are coming to the Academy Awards, including the addition of a popular film award category and the promise of a shorter ceremony in an effort to combat declining viewership and criticisms that the awards are out of touch with the mainstream. But the Wednesday morning announcement was also met with … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Backlash follows the addition of popular film Oscar category