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Oscars 2012

And the Oscar for Most Racist Host Goes to Billy Crystal in Blackface?

And the Oscar for Most Racist Host Goes to Billy Crystal in Blackface?

by Jorge Rivas on February 26 2012, 11:51PM

During the opening sequence of the Oscars on Sunday night a blackfaced clad Billy Crystal revived his Sammie Davis Jr. impression.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Oscars 2012

True Story: Oscar Statue Modeled After Mexican Man

True Story: Oscar Statue Modeled After Mexican Man

by Jorge Rivas on February 26 2012, 3:08PM

The most recognized trophy in the world known simply as “Oscar” is modeled after Mexican filmmaker and actor Emilio Fernandez.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Oscars 2012

Domestic Workers Use Oscar Buzz Around 'The Help' to Create Change

Domestic Workers Use Oscar Buzz Around ‘The Help’ to Create Change

by Rinku Sen on February 24 2012, 10:05AM

The film isn’t perfect, to be sure, but it offers a strategic opening to organizers fighting for domestic workers’ rights. And they’ve been smart enough to exploit it.

Topics: Oscars 2012, Movement, The Help

Who Picks the Oscars? White Men.

Who Picks the Oscars? White Men.

by Jorge Rivas on February 20 2012, 9:32AM

An L.A. Times study of Oscar voters finds that their demographics are much less diverse than the moviegoing public.

Topics: Arts & Culture, /NOW, Oscars 2012

2012's Predictably (Mostly) White Oscar Nominees

2012’s Predictably (Mostly) White Oscar Nominees

by Jamilah King on January 25 2012, 9:39AM

We shouldn’t be surprised that this year’s crop of Oscar nominees largely ignored people of color. But it’s still disappointing.

Topics: Arts & Culture, Oscars 2012