Oscars Livened up by Soaring Musical Performances

(Reuters) — A number of soaring musical performances lit up the stage at the 86th annual Academy Awards, including performances by U2, Pharrell Williams and Bette Midler. A number of the songs were nominated for best original song, including U2’s “Ordinary Love,”Pharrell Williams’ “Happy,” Idina Menzel’s “Let it Go,” and Karen O’s “The Moon Song.” The winner of best original song was “Let it Go,” from the animated film, “Frozen.” Singer Idina Menzel delivered a powerful performance of it, prompting a standing ovation from the audience. U2 also brightened […]

“12 Years a Slave” wins Oscars for Best Picture

(Reuters) – The slavery drama “12 Years a Slave” won the Academy Award for best picture on Sunday, making history as the first movie from a black director to win the film industry’s highest honor in 86 years of the Oscars. British director Steve McQueen’s unflinching portrayal of pre-Civil War American slavery won two other Oscars, including best supporting actress for newcomer Lupita Nyong’o and best adapted screenplay based on the memoir of Solomon Northup, […]

Fil-am songwriter and wife win Best Original Song in the Oscars for “Let It Go”

“Let It Go,” from the animated film “Frozen” won the Oscar for best original song on Sunday (March 2) at the 86th annual Academy Awards. The award was accepted by the writers of the song, Filipino-American Robert Lopez and his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez. The husband and wife duo dedicated their victory to their children, saying they were the inspiration behind the song. “Our girls, Katie and Annie, our song is inspired by our love for you in the […]

Italian drama, “The Great Beauty”, wins Oscars for best foreign language film

(Reuters) — Italian drama “The Great Beauty” won the Oscar for best foreign language film at the 86th annual Academy Awards on Sunday (March 2), capping its successful awards season run in the United States and Europe. The film, directed by Paolo Sorrentino and considered the favorite to win the Academy Award, follows an aging writer’s reflections on life and his search for meaning among Rome’s idle high society. Sorrentino accepted the award alongside the producer of the film, Nicola Giuliano. It […]

86th Academy Awards Winners: Oscars 2014

As the 86th Academy Awards opened on Sunday (Monday: Philippines, Manila) we were welcomed by the hilarious comedian Ellen DeGeneres relaxed in her white tuxedo and bog floppy necktie. Highlight of the awards show was the epic group selfie which was shared by Ellen on her Twitter account.  The tweet, which the Oscar host sent out during the broadcast with the help of stars like Meryl Streep, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Lupita Nyong’o and Brad Pitt, received 921,000 retweets in […]

‘After Earth,’ ‘Movie 43’ sweep Razzies; Sandler left empty-handed

(Reuters) – Big budget sci-fi flop “After Earth” and ensemble comedy “Movie 43” led the Razzie Awards on Saturday while annual favorite Adam Sandler went home empty-handed at the ceremony that mauled Hollywood’s worst films and performances of the year. “After Earth,” starring Will Smith and his teenage son Jaden, picked up three gold spray-painted raspberry accolades: Jaden Smith for worst actor, Will Smith for worst supporting actor and worst screen combo for the father-son […]

’12 Years a Slave,’ Oscar frontrunners sweep Spirit Awards

Actress Lupita Nyong’o and director Steve McQueen pose with their awards for ”12 Years a Slave” backstage at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California March 1, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Danny Moloshok (Reuters) – Harrowing slavery drama “12 Years a Slave” swept the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday with five wins, just one day ahead of the Oscar ceremony on Sunday. “12 Years a Slave” won five of its seven nominations at the […]

Hoffman Died Of Accidental Drug Overdose – Medical Examiner

(Reuters) — Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was found dead in his New York apartment on February 2 with a needle in his arm, died of an accidental overdose of drugs, the New York City Chief Medical Examiner said on Friday (February 28). The cause of death was acute drug intoxication, including heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines and amphetamine, according to Julie Bolcer, spokeswoman for the Medical Examiner’s Office. No other details were immediately available. A drug overdose had been suspected when Hoffman, 46, […]

Racial barriers still hold back Hollywood’s black talent

(Reuters) – When Halle Berry and Denzel Washington won the best-acting Oscar categories and Sidney Poitier was honored with a lifetime achievement award in 2002, the night was a watershed for black actors in Hollywood. Since then the debate about Hollywood diversity among the African American community has continued to ebb and flow, but one fact remains constant: nearly all black actors are still only being recognized by the Academy Awards for playing specifically black […]

Online music going for a song, says U.S. bill seeking more cash for composers

WASHINGTON Tue Feb 25, 2014 6:23pm EST (Reuters) – Songwriters need to make more money when their music is played on online services like Pandora and elsewhere, according to a bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday by a Republican congressman. The measure, introduced by Representative Doug Collins of Georgia, would give songwriters more leeway in arguing for higher royalties before a special court that mediates disputes over payments. The proposal is […]

Actors Kevin Hart, Forest Whitaker are big winners at NAACP awards

By Mary Milliken PASADENA, California Sun Feb 23, 2014 12:45am EST (Reuters) – Comedian and actor Kevin Hart won the coveted Entertainer of the Year at the NAACP Image Awards on Saturday, while Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker was honored with awards for both his career and his latest role as a White House butler. One week before the Academy Awards, one of the frontrunners for best picture “12 Years a Slave” won the best motion […]