Every film that’s won Best Picture at the Oscars

Take a trip down memory lane with these Oscar classics Share Shares Copy Link Copy {copyShortcut} to copy Link copied! Updated: 6:51 PM EST Feb 27, 2018 DeAnna Janes Courtesy Slideshow 89 photos Share Shares Copy Link Copy {copyShortcut} to copy Link copied! Every film that's won Best Picture at the Oscars 1 of 89 2016: "Moonlight"Barry Jenkins’ narrative full of pain and love and moonlight marks the most stunning Best Picture victory of all time—not because of the ceremony’s flub, but because independent gay black coming-of age cinema won top prize two years after the launch of the #OscarsSoWhite movement. And deservedly so. PHOTO: Amazon 2 of 89 2015: SpotlightTom McCarthy masterfully weaves a real-life yarn with a million frayed ends into a perfectly succinct film about The Boston Globe’s investigative team, which exposed the massive child molestation scandal and cover-up within the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston. 3 of 89 2014: BirdmanAlejandro González Iñárritu’s hallucinatory farce is not a typical top-prize go-to for the Academy. The seemingly single-shot stage comedy meanders through the bowels of an NYC theater, and its win marked a giant leap forward for independent cinema while also revitalizing the career of a beloved nostalgic actor: Michael Keaton. PHOTO: Amazon 4 of 89 2013: 12 Years a SlaveSteve McQueen’s journey through American history’s horrific past recounts the brutal years a free man spent enslaved. The film is based on Solomon Northup’s 1853 narrative memoir and is stacked with Oscar-worthy A-listers—Lupita Nyong'o won the Best Supporting Actress statue for her performance as Patsey.PHOTO: Amazon 5 of 89 2012: ArgoA winning formula when vying for the attention of the Academy? Make a movie about movies. Here we have a CIA thriller on a secret mission to Continue Reading

Meet the San Antonio couple who say they started the downtown love lock bridge

By Madalyn Mendoza, mySanAntonio.com Updated 10:37 am, Wednesday, February 14, 2018 window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-5', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 5', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-10', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 10', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-15', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 15', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-20', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 20', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-25', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 25', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-30', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 30', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-35', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 35', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-40', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 40', target_type: Continue Reading

Saluting the great newspaper movies from ‘All the President’s Men’ to ‘Deadline — U.S.A.’

Steven Spielberg’s “The Post” charts an intense showdown between the White House and news organizations. It could be 2018, but it’s actually 1971. The White House occupant is Richard Nixon, a president who often engaged in press-bashing. Under the current climate of President Donald Trump’s anti-press rants, the presumed enemy is “Fake News.” In 1971, it was “real news” that the New York Times and Washington Post were struggling to publish — 7,000 pages of government secrets about Vietnam that came to be called the Pentagon Papers. The film, starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, is an emphatic endorsement of freedom of the press. (In 1971, the Supreme Court mostly agreed, ruling 6-3 in favor of the Times and the Post.) The hectic pace of reporters, photographers and editors scrambling to meet deadlines often makes for good movie moments. With “The Post” now in theaters nationwide, we thought it would be fitting to revisit some of the great, and not so great, newspaper movies. Stop the presses! Any discussion of newspaper movies pretty much begins and ends with “All the President’s Men.” It was all so startlingly real and relevant. It was also a great detective story. The film, directed by Alan J. Pakula and written by William Goldman, was released in 1976. Nixon had resigned just two years earlier and the Watergate break-in had occurred only four years earlier. The country was still reeling from the aftershocks. The furious trail followed by the Washington Post’s Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein (Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman), as they uncovered the monumental cover-up, makes for riveting viewing. Jason Robards snarled, and scored an Oscar, as Post editor Ben Bradlee. Hal Holbrook smoked a lot and hid in abandoned parking lots as super source Deep “Follow the money!” Throat. The power of the press was exemplified by an extreme close-up of a typewriter Continue Reading

Australian cardinal is highest-ranking Catholic official slapped with sexual assault charges

Australia’s most senior Catholic, who serves as one of Pope Francis’ closest Vatican aides, is being charged with multiple counts of sexual assault. George Cardinal Pell is the highest-ranking Catholic official ever charged in the church’s decades-long sexual abuse scandal. Australian authorities said early Thursday there are multiple complaints against Pell, which the cardinal labeled as part of "relentless character assassination" directed at him in a statement.  "I repeat that I am innocent of these charges. They are false," said Pell. "The whole idea of sexual abuse is abhorrent to me."  He is facing charges of “historical sexual assault offenses” and is taking a leave from Rome in order to appear in Melbourne Magistrates Court on July 18. The Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney said the 76-year-old denies the allegations and will return to Australia “to clear his name following advice and approval by his doctors who will also advise on his travel arrangements.” In his statement, Pell thanked the Catholic Church for its support, stating, "I have kept Pope Francis regularly informed throughout this lengthy process, and have spoken to him in recent days about the need to take leave to clear my name." A recent state-run investigation in Australia found that 7% of Catholic priests were accused of sexually abusing children over the past several decades. Pell admitted during his own testimony before the commission that the church had made “enormous mistakes.” He has long been accused of hiding and mishandling cases of clergy abuse. Two men, both now in their 40s, have said that Pell molested them while at a swimming pool in the late 1970s. He was questioned in Rome in October about the allegations against him. “It is important to note that none of the allegations that have been made against Cardinal Pell Continue Reading

Cardinal Pell arrives in Australia to face sexual offence charges

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A top Vatican official charged in his native Australia with historical sex crimes arrived in Sydney on Monday ahead of his first court appearance later this month. Australia's Nine Entertainment Co Ltd broadcast video of Cardinal George Pell being whisked away from Sydney airport early on Monday morning. Australian police said late last month Pell, an adviser to Pope Francis, faced multiple charges of "historical sexual offences" from multiple complainants. That makes the Vatican economy minister the highest-ranking Church official to face such accusations. Pell has declared his innocence and said he would return to Australia to clear his name. The Sydney Catholic archdiocese said on Monday Pell's return "should not be a surprise" because he had already said he would return to defend himself against the charges. It said in a statement Pell "consulted his doctors and on their advice took several days to return home, breaking his journey in a number of places to avoid long-haul flights". Pell had said he was too sick to fly home to testify at a government inquiry into child abuse in 2016. On Sunday, Nine broadcast video of Pell in casual attire with a companion outside an ice cream shop in Singapore. The tourist who took the video told Pell his mother wanted to know if he was innocent. "Tell her that I am," Pell said.Pell is on leave of absence to defend himself and that video marked the first time he had been seen in public outside Rome since police charged him.He is due to appear in a Melbourne court on July 26. (Reporting by Wayne Cole and Byron Kaye; Editing by Mary Milliken and Paul Tait)(c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2017. Click For Restrictions Continue Reading

New Jersey family files lawsuit against school barring 12-year-old girl from boys’ basketball team

A 12-year-old girl’s family has filed a lawsuit against St. Theresa, the New Jersey school that won’t allow her to play on its boys’ basketball team, NBC New York reported. Scott Phillips filed the lawsuit against St. Theresa and the archdiocese of Newark after school administrators told his daughter, star basketball player Sydney Phillips, that there weren’t enough girls to form a team and that she couldn’t play on the boys’ team. Sydney, a standout player, was named an “all-star” last season, after playing varsity basketball with seventh- and eighth-graders as a sixth-grader, her father said. “I know the boys’ team and she would be the best player on the team.” Phillips told the Daily News. “I think she would help them.” Phillips said that school officials hastily rejected Sydney’s family’s request to let her play on the boys’ team. Phillips said he was told that under school policy, girls play with other girls. St. Theresa’s principal and athletic director, however, were unable to produce the policy in writing, Phillips said. He was rebuffed by the Archdiocese of Newark, too, which led him to take the case to court and “let a judge see how silly this is.” “It’s a very simple solution,” he said. “Just move her over to the boys’ team. It’s one person.” Phillips said that the boys’ team has a “no cut policy,” meaning that no boy would lose his spot if Sydney were to join the team. Officials argued that they were worried she would get hurt playing with boys, Phillips said. “With all due respect it’s a sport,” Phillips said he told the superintendent of Catholic schools, Dr. Margaret Dames. Phillips said he understood that injuries in sports were common and that Sydney had already broken her thumb playing soccer. Phillips Continue Reading

Pope Francis adviser Cardinal George Pell concedes Catholic Church ‘made enormous mistakes’ with priest sex-abuse scandal

One of Pope Francis' top advisers acknowledged he had heard that an Australian Catholic school teacher who serially abused students might be involved in "pedophilia activity" in the 1970s, but said he had no idea how rampant clergy abuse was at the time, during an extraordinary public hearing of an Australian investigative commission just a few blocks from the Vatican. Australian Cardinal George Pell, who testified via videolink from Rome to the Royal Commission in Sydney from Sunday night to early Monday morning, also conceded that the Catholic Church "has made enormous mistakes" in allowing thousands of children to be raped and molested by priests. Two dozen Australian abuse survivors and their companions traveled across the globe to witness Pell's testimony in a Rome hotel's conference room, a significant show of accountability in the church's long-running abuse saga. And in a case of art imitating life, the testimony played out just hours before "Spotlight," about the Boston Globe's investigation into decades of priestly rape of children and systematic cover-up by the Catholic Church, won Best Picture at the Academy Awards. "I'm not here to defend the indefensible," Pell said as the hearing began. "The church has made enormous mistakes and is working to remedy those." He said the church had "mucked things up and let people down" and for too long had dismissed credible abuse allegations "in absolutely scandalous circumstances." The lead counsel assisting the commission, Gail Furness, questioned Pell about current Vatican efforts to address the crisis, as well as Pell's past in Australia, where he is accused of ignoring warnings when he was an assistant priest about Christian Brother Edward Dowlan, a teacher at St. Patrick's College in the Australian city of Ballarat. The deeply Catholic city has been devastated by disclosures about the huge number of abuse victims there, scores of whom killed themselves. Pell, now Pope Francis' top financial Continue Reading

Plainfield families learn together in new school program

Parents are taking classes with their children at The Saturday Academy, a new academic enrichment program offered by Plainfield Public Schools that allows families the opportunity to learn together. All children must be accompanied by an adult.According to a district news release, the goal of the Saturday Academy is to increase community participation in the Plainfield Public Schools District and to engage the parents and their children in an academic environment. The Saturday Academy also aims to have the district to build a positive relationship with the community and increase the students performance in the classroom.Programs began Feb. 6 and run to March 26 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturdays at the Plainfield High School, 950 Park Ave. The program also aims to make education fun, and to provide courses that are not available to families during the school/work week.All children must be accompanied by an adult.Courses include Art, Careers and College Preparation, Dance, Financial Literacy, English, Health/Family Topics, Poetry, Recreational Reading, Science (open to children 10-12) and Conversational Spanish. The courses are being taught bby volunteers from the Plainfield community who are donating their time. Among them are a retired Rutgers professor, a health professional, Union County College students, Plainfield substitute teachers and Plainfield professionals and city administrators. The school district is providing the high school facilities and classroom space, including two computer labs, five classrooms, the cafeteria and the library.For more information, contact Gloria Montealegre, Community Engagement Liaison, at 908-731-4333 or email: [email protected] following Central Jersey residents at Alvernia University in Reading, Pennsylvania, were named to the fall dean's list: Victoria Seamon of Somerset, Nicole Fazio of Hillsborough, Chloe Gletow, Jill Gordley, Matthew Continue Reading

American Catholics get ready for new Mass translation of ritual text of prayers and instructions

Each Sunday for decades, Roman Catholic priests have offered the blessing – "Lord be with you." And each Sunday, parishioners would respond, "And also with you." Until this month. Come Nov. 27, the response will be, "And with your spirit." And so will begin a small revolution in a tradition-rich faith. At the end of the month, parishes in English-speaking countries will begin to use a new translation of the Roman Missal, the ritual text of prayers and instructions for celebrating Mass. International committees of specialists worked under a Vatican directive to hew close to the Latin, sparking often bitter protests by English speakers over phrasing and readability. After years of revisions negotiated by bishops' conferences and the Holy See, dioceses are preparing anxious clergy and parishioners for the rollout, one of the biggest changes in Catholic worship in generations. "We're tinkering with a very intimate and personal moment," said the Rev. Richard Hilgartner, executive director of the worship office for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. "It's public worship, it's the church's official public prayer, but for the individual faithful, it's one of the primary means of their encounter with the Lord." The biggest challenge will be for priests, who must learn intricate new speaking parts – often late in their years of service to the church. At an Archdiocese of Newark training at St. Peter the Apostle Church in River Edge, many clergy had just received a final published copy of the Missal, a thick hardcover bound in red, accompanied by an equally dense study guide. Earlier drafts had been available for orientation sessions that have been ongoing for months nationwide. Many clergy are upset by the new language, calling it awkward and hard to understand. The Rev. Tom Iwanowski, pastor of St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Oradell and New Milford, N.J., turned to the section of the new missal that calls funeral rites, "the fraternal offices of Continue Reading

Vatican finance czar, Cardinal George Pell, fights allegations in Australian abuse probe

SYDNEY — Cardinal George Pell has been dogged for years by allegations that he mishandled the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis in his native Australia, and now the scrutiny is more intense than ever. Australia's latest inquiry is as high-level as it gets, and since Pell is now the Vatican's third-most-powerful official, the same can nearly be said for him. Pell, whom Pope Francis placed in charge of the Vatican's finances last year, is accused of creating a victims' compensation program mainly to protect the church's assets and of using aggressive tactics to discourage victims' lawsuits, all while he was a bishop in Australia. Pell is also facing accusations from earlier in his career when he was a priest and auxiliary bishop and not in the ultimate position of authority: that he ignored warnings about an abusive teacher, bribed the victim of a pedophile priest to stay silent and was part of a committee that moved that priest from parish to parish. Pell has repeatedly denied wrongdoing and defended his record on confronting the abuse scandal as archbishop of Melbourne, and later of Sydney. But the investigation by Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is raising eyebrows in the Vatican, where the pope promised to hold bishops accountable for failing to protect children and care for victims. The Vatican's position was further complicated this week when Peter Saunders, a member of Pope Francis' sexual abuse advisory commission, spoke out against Pell. The issue has now become so fraught that three Vatican offices have issued statements trying to limit the damage by distancing themselves from Saunders' comments and, to some degree, what is happening Down Under. Pell testified twice last year before the long-running Royal Commission — the highest form of investigation in Australia — and with pressure mounting, he offered to appear again. On Monday, the commission took him up on that, asking him Continue Reading