One week before the 89th Academy Awards ceremony was set to take place in Hollywood on Sunday night, Feb. 26, a full-page ad appeared in the New York Times arts section on Feb. 17 listing Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin as one of “21 voices on why Lion is the Best Picture of the Year.” The ad includes a quote from Griffin praising “Lion,” a highly acclaimed film about an adopted child from India who, as a young adult, searches for his biological family and self-identity. The film doesn’t have any LGBT-related content or storyline. “Lion is a profoundly beautiful testament to the power of finding and understanding your identity,” the ad quotes Griffin as saying. “People from all backgrounds and all walks of life will be moved by this universal story.” The ad identifies Griffin as “president of the Human Rights Campaign, the largest national LGBT organization.” The Feb. 17 ad and a smaller follow-up ad in the … [Read more...] about HRC prefers ‘Lion’ over ‘Moonlight’ for Best Picture?
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The Academy Award, also known as the Oscar, for Best Picture is a top honor in cinema. Sometimes they get it right (think Moonlight, Schindler’s List, The Godfather), and sometimes they get it wrong (hi Crash, we see you). Regardless of who wins, being crowned Best Picture etches a film in history as part of an exclusive club that began in 1929 with the 1st Academy Awards, which honored films from 1927-1928. The award is voted on by members of the Academy. How the nominees have been determined has changed over the years, but voting has largely stayed the same. The number of films eligible for the category has also changed over the years, starting with three, then eight to twelve, then down to five, and now no more than ten. Only nine foreign-language films having ever been nominated (Grand Illusion in 1938, Z in 1969, The Emigrants in 1972, Cries and Whispers in 1973, The Postman in 1995, Life is Beautiful in 1998, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in 2000, Letters from Iwo Jima in … [Read more...] about In Pictures: Every Best Picture Academy Award Winning Film
The Academy Awards will be presented, finally, on Sunday, March 2, with one of the tightest Best Picture races in recent memory. Check out these CBS News interviews and features about the nine nominated films, and then vote in our poll below on which movie you think should take the Oscar for Best Picture of the Year. Complete CBSNews.com coverage: The Academy AwardsDownloadable Academy Awards ballot for your office pool or Oscar party (pdf)Complete CBSNews.com coverage: Movies "American Hustle" (Columbia Pictures) Director by David O. Russell ("Three Kings," "The Fighter," "Silver Linings Playbook") cultivates a disequilibrium that liberates actors, and captures the messy collision of self-interests at the heart of this tragic-comedy we call American life, said "Sunday Morning" film critic David Edelstein. Based on the infamous Abscam sting operation, "American Hustle" stars Christian Bale as Irving Rosenfeld, a fictionalized version of real-life con man Mel Weinberg. Rosenfeld … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Oscars 2014: Take our Best Picture poll
"The Artist," a modern-day silent film, is a favorite to win Best Picture at tonight's 84th Academy Awards. With Barry Petersen now we'll remember the silent film classic that won Best Picture on the very first Oscar night: It soared, and roared . . . movie magic unlike anything America had ever seen. Paramount's 1927 World War I epic "Wings" had the usual aerial duels . . . and then came the unusual. Director William Wellman wanted as much reality as possible: "He didn't want any fakery," said his son and biographer, William Wellman Jr. He recalled his father's words to the two male stars: "He said, 'I'm gonna do this right.' And he told Richard Arlen and Buddy Rogers, 'You're gonna take flying lessons and you're gonna fly the planes while you're being photographed.'" The actors were up there with nothing but a camera and the blue sky! They flew with barely a few hours training, and a button to turn on the mounted camera. Wellman wanted it right because he was a fighter pilot in … [Read more...] about Remembering “Wings,” the 1st Best Picture
Which of this year's candidates for the Best Picture Academy Award do you think should take home the Oscar? Watch scenes from each of the eight nominated films by clicking on the embedded video players; then, be sure to vote in our poll below on which you think should win! Winners of this year's Oscars will be announced on Sunday, February 22, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood. The show will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. Complete list of 2015 Academy Award nominations Downloadable Oscar Ballot (pdf) - For your Oscar party or office pool Complete CBSNews.com coverage: The Academy Awards For Best Picture the nominees are: "American Sniper" Directed by Clint Eastwood, "American Sniper" tells the tragic true-life story of Navy SEAL sharpshooter Chris Pyle (Oscar-nominee Bradley Cooper), who became a legend during his four tours in Iraq, but whose absence from home tore into his family. In the clip above, Pyle, now … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Oscars 2015: Take our Best Picture poll