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Oscar wins through the years: 1. Hattie McDaniel, best supporting actress with Fay Bainter, 1940. 2. Whoopi Goldberg, best supporting actress, 1991. 3. Halle Berry, best actress, 2002. 4. Jennifer Hudson, best supporting actress, 2007. 5. Mo'Nique, best supporting actress, 2010. 6. Lupita Nyong’o, best actress, 2014. 7. Octavia Spencer, best supporting actress, 2012. 8.Viola Davis, best supporting actress, 2017 9. Da'Vine Joy Randolph, best supporting actress, 2024. (AP | Oscars | Shutterstock)

Nine years after #OscarsSoWhite, a look at what’s changed

It’s been nine years since #OscarsSoWhite called out a lack of diversity at the Oscars. Has anything changed? Prof. Naila Keleta-Mae and actress Mariah Inger unpack the progress.
The Artdocfest president Vitaliy Manski (back left) and the jury (L-R): Polish historian and journalist Adam Michnik, Latvian theatre director Viesturs Kairišs and Russian actress Chulpan Khamatova. ArtDocFest Riga

Artdocfest is a crucial outpost of free expression on Russia’s doorstep

Artdocfest 2024 was a showcase for films that show the reality of the war in Ukraine, and the spread of Russian politics to neighbouring countries.
Christopher Nolan accepts the award for Best Director for ‘Oppenheimer’ during the Oscars on March 10, 2024, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

As ‘Oppenheimer’ triumphs at the Oscars, we should ask how historical films frame our shared future

The success of ‘Oppenheimer’ at the Academy Awards presents an opportunity to think about critical criteria for viewing historical film — and what we are owed by historical filmmakers.
The composer’s expressionism is often compared to paintings of his friend and fellow expressionist, Wassily Kandinsky. Kandinsky’s 1925 painting ‘Yellow-Red-Blue.’ (Wikipedia)

From concert halls to movie soundtracks, Arnold Schoenberg’s legacy as a classical composer still resounds

Though composers after Schoenberg used his technique to create atmospheric music in film, Schoenberg’s own ‘Accompaniment to a Film Scene’ was written for concert performance.
The score of ‘Poor Things,’ by composer Jerskin Fendrix, is one of several Oscar-nominated scores by a composer with solid credentials in popular music. (Searchlight Pictures)

Oscars 2024: How ‘Poor Things’ music scoring brilliantly invents a fresh world for cinematic sound

Using a variety of instruments and playing live music on the film set are all part of how composer Jerskin Fendrix generated brilliant sonic accompaniment for ‘Poor Things.’
Bradley Cooper as Leonard Bernstein and Carey Mulligan as Bernstein’s wife, Felicia Montealegre, in ‘Maestro.’ Jason McDonald/Netflix

Bradley Cooper, Cillian Murphy and the myths of Method acting

Hopefully, Academy Award winners will be chosen because voters believed in the actors’ performances − not because of some meta narrative about their off-screen behavior.

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