Tuesday, February 24, 2015
“Birdman” — a showbiz satire about the dark side of fame — soared to Oscars glory on Sunday, taking four Academy Awards including the coveted best picture prize on Hollywood's biggest night.
Much of the chatter going into the Oscars was about the lack of diversity in the Academy's choices, specifically the dearth of nominations for “Selma.”
--“Birdman,” which won the best picture Oscar on Sunday, is a quirky black comedy about the dark side of fame in the entertainment industry, starring Michael Keaton in the performance of his career.
Eddie Redmayne — the latest British actor to crack Hollywood — is set to see his profile go cosmic after clinching the Oscar for his poignant and physically challenging portrayal of astrophysicist Stephen Hawking.
Neil Patrick Harris won kudos Sunday for his debut outing as Oscars host, mocking the gala's lack of racial diversity and stripping down to his Y-fronts in a nod to “Birdman.”
Patricia Arquette advocated for wage equality after accepting the Oscar for best supporting actress in “Boyhood” during an emotional outburst at the end of her carefully scripted speech Sunday.
Hollywood's A-list actresses oozed old-school elegance in white and glittering silver on the Oscars red carpet Sunday, even as rain tumbled down on Tinseltown's top fashion parade.
Julianne Moore won her first Oscar as best actress for “Still Alice,” and shined a light on Alzheimer's disease in her acceptance speech Sunday night.
“Fifty Shades of Grey” didn't relinquish control of the box office. Universal's erotic drama starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan earned US$23.2 million at No. 1 in its second weekend at the box office, according to studio estimates Sunday. The adaptation of E.L. James' best-selling novel earned an additional US$68.1 million overseas.
Legendary jazz trumpeter Clark Terry, who mentored Miles Davis and Quincy Jones and played in the orchestras of both Count Basie and Duke Ellington and on “The Tonight Show,” has died. He was 94.