Latest Academy Awards News

‘In the Heights’ lifts hopes for a Latino film breakthrough

Jun. 09, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Color. Dance. Music. Joy. An all Latino cast! The hype for “In the Heights” has brought great expectation for Latinos in the United States, a group that’s been historically underrepresented and widely typecast in films. And with upcoming titles...

Oscars set next show date for March 2022

May. 27, 2021 12:00 PM EDT

Planning is already underway for the 94th Oscars, which will be held on March 27, 2022, the film academy and ABC said Thursday. After a year of disruption, innovation and catastrophically low ratings, the Academy Awards are getting back to business as usual. The show...

Designer David Rockwell offers a guide to his creativity

May. 24, 2021 12:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic cut the connections between people and emptied the spaces they met. For award-winning architect and theater designer David Rockwell, it struck at the very heart of his work. From designing KAOS Nightclub in Las Vegas to transforming...

Barry Jenkins on his unflinching epic ‘Underground Railroad’

May. 12, 2021 17:44 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Oscar-winning director Barry Jenkins was considering adapting Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about the Underground Railroad into a limited series, he kept hearing the same thing: Impossible. It would be emotionally and mentally...

Glenn Close on 8 Oscar nods with no wins: I am not a loser

May. 07, 2021 16:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Though Glenn Close has been nominated for eight Oscars without any wins, the distinguished actor wants to make one thing clear: she is not a loser. Close has been nominated for best actress four times and she competed for her fourth best supporting...

Getting up Close with Glenn and Ted Nash, new duo in jazz

May. 05, 2021 13:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Glenn Close recently made music-related headlines for her playful performance of “Da Butt” at the Academy Awards, but the revered actor has some real music news: she’s releasing an album with Grammy-winning jazz saxophonist-composer Ted Nash on Friday. ...

Arizona town readies for tourists after 'Nomadland' movie

May. 02, 2021 14:31 PM EDT

QUARTZSITE, Ariz. (AP) — “Nomadland” was partly filmed in the Western town of Quartzsite and won the Academy Award for Best Picture this year, but it’s still unclear if that will translate into more tourists. Regardless, Phil Bates, owner of the Main Trading Post,...

Olympia Dukakis, Oscar-winning 'Moonstruck' star, dies at 89

May. 01, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

MAPLEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Olympia Dukakis, the veteran stage and screen actor whose flair for maternal roles helped her win an Oscar as Cher’s mother in the romantic comedy “Moonstruck,” has died. She was 89. Dukakis died Saturday morning in her home in New York...

VIRUS DIARY: From red carpets to empty streets, and back

Apr. 29, 2021 13:44 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — On the last normal night in Hollywood, there was one couple wearing masks. It was novel enough that I shot a photo of them. I had no idea they would soon be all of us. It was March 9, 2020, and the premiere of Disney’s live-action “Mulan”...

More complete count pushes Oscars to 10.4 million viewers

Apr. 27, 2021 19:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — It may be little consolation for the movie academy, but a more complete count by the Nielsen company pushed the Academy Awards audience to 10.4 million viewers on Tuesday. A day earlier, Nielsen's preliminary estimate had Sunday's show at 9.85 million...