- Even before controversy, blacks cool to Oscars telecast Updated: Feb-11-16 11:05 am
NEW YORK - The largest black audience for the Academy Awards over the last dozen years came in 2005, when Chris Rock was host and Jamie Foxx and Morgan Freeman won the top male acting awards.
- Pakistani Oscar-nominated film tackles 'honor' killings Updated: Feb-11-16 10:46 am
KARACHI, Pakistan - When Saba Qaiser was 19 years old, her uncle and father shot her in the head, stuffed her in a bag and threw into a river to die. They said she had shamed her family when she married the boy of her choice.
- AP Interview: Oscar-nominated auteur paints solitary spirit Updated: Feb-10-16 3:04 am
TOKYO - The coming-of-age story is familiar: A shy girl has problems fitting in and concocts an imaginary friend. The originality of the Oscar-nominated "When Marnie Was There" comes from how its hand-drawn images express the girl's inner torment.
- Russian town in Siberia makes DiCaprio an ersatz Oscar Updated: Feb-09-16 9:29 am
MOSCOW - Residents of a town in Russia's Far East have been donating their gold and silver for something near and dear to their hearts: Leonardo DiCaprio.
- Academy luncheon is time for reflection in high stakes year Updated: Feb-08-16 7:28 pm
BEVERLY HILLS, California - The annual Oscar nominees luncheon is generally a time of low-stakes celebration, but this year amid discussions of Oscar diversity and a boycott, as well as dramatic changes to academy membership, the Monday gathering was also one for reflection.
- Inarritu wins top DGA prize, further obscuring awards season Updated: Feb-07-16 4:05 am
LOS ANGELES - An unclear cinematic season got a little foggier on Saturday with Alejandro Inarritu's Directors Guild win for his harrowing frontier epic "The Revenant." With only weeks to go before the Academy Awards on Feb. 28, the race is still as wide open as ever.
- Japan deports star of Oscar-winning dolphin documentary Updated: Feb-05-16 4:55 am
TOKYO - The star of an Oscar-winning documentary that shows how dolphins are hunted in a Japanese village was deported to the U.S. on Friday after Tokyo airport officials barred his entry and he was held in detention for more than two weeks.
- Illustrators win gold medals for book, editorial art Updated: Feb-05-16 12:33 am
NEW YORK - The annual gold medals awarded by the Society of Illustrators in New York are considered the Oscars of the profession.
- 5 places in L.A. to soak up Oscars vibes Updated: Feb-04-16 2:55 pm
LOS ANGELES - It's Oscar season in Los Angeles. With the 88th annual Academy Awards scheduled for Feb. 28, here are five places in L.A. to soak up those glitzy Oscars vibes and maybe even run into one of the nominees.
- Painterly 'The Assassin' leads nominees at Asian Film Awards Updated: Feb-03-16 9:40 am
HONG KONG - Hou Hsiao-hsien's cinematic kung fu masterpiece "The Assassin" may have missed out on an Oscar nod, but it tops nominees at the Asian Film Awards.
- Academy Award-nominated UK actor Frank Finlay dies at 89 Updated: Feb-01-16 10:44 am
LONDON - British actor Frank Finlay, who was Academy Award-nominated for his work alongside Laurence Olivier in "Othello," has died aged 89.
- From SAG Awards to Sundance, diversity makes a comeback Updated: Feb-01-16 8:37 am
In a flurry of wins at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Sundance Film Festival, diversity made a comeback.
- Film academy reforms spark new round of protests Updated: Jan-27-16 11:50 pm
NEW YORK - Since the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said it was altering membership rules in response to an outcry over the diversity of its voters and nominees, another uproar has erupted around Hollywood. Many academy members are protesting that the new measures unjustly scapegoat older academy members and imply they're racist.
- Obama weighs in on controversy over all-white Oscar slate Updated: Jan-27-16 9:41 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has weighed in on the outcry over two straight years of all-white acting nominees for the Academy Awards.
- In Oscars crisis, Chris Rock and a microphone loom large Updated: Jan-26-16 2:40 pm
NEW YORK - When Chris Rock first hosted the Oscars in 2005, the four black actors nominated that year - Morgan Freeman, Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo and Jamie Foxx (twice!) - didn't escape his notice.
- Rock has made no decisions on Oscar monologue, says his rep Updated: Jan-25-16 2:38 pm
NEW YORK - A representative for Chris Rock says the Oscar host has made no decisions about his opening monologue.
- Tina Fey returns as Sarah Palin on 'SNL,' Oscars parodied Updated: Jan-24-16 11:52 pm
NEW YORK - Tina Fey returned to "Saturday Night Live" to reprise her impression of Sarah Palin and give a rambling, sometimes-rhyming endorsement to Donald Trump.
- Matt Damon says Hollywood must do more to support diversity Updated: Jan-24-16 10:39 am
PARK CITY, Utah - Matt Damon says the movie business has "a long, long, long way to go" when it comes to diversity.
- 'Big Short' wins Producers award; #OSW crisis also in room Updated: Jan-24-16 3:00 am
LOS ANGELES - Star-studded financial crisis comedy "The Big Short" gained some much-need Oscar equity Saturday night, receiving the Producers Guild of America's highest film award at a Los Angeles ceremony that also reflected on Hollywood's diversity crisis.
- Spike Lee lauds academy changes, still plans to skip Oscars Updated: Jan-23-16 5:14 pm
PARK CITY, Utah - Spike Lee applauds the Academy for making changes to increase diversity in its ranks, but he is still skipping the Oscars.
- Wider change in Hollywood sought after Academy reforms Updated: Jan-23-16 3:07 pm
NEW YORK - The widespread outrage over two straight years of largely white Oscar nominees coalesced behind three damning, viral words: "OscarsSoWhite." The hashtag, which activist April Reign is credited with creating, lent social-media unity to a tide of frustration that on Friday led to diversity reforms announced by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
- Cate Blanchett promotes Oscar-nominated 'Carol' in Japan Updated: Jan-22-16 8:51 pm
TOKYO - Two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett brought her latest film, the 1950s lesbian romance "Carol," to Tokyo.
- Charlotte Rampling clarifies controversial diversity remarks Updated: Jan-22-16 8:11 pm
LONDON - Academy Award-nominated actress Charlotte Rampling said her comments that an Oscars' boycott is "racist to white people" were misinterpreted. In a statement to CBS News' "Sunday Morning" on Friday, Rampling said she wished every performance were given equal opportunity for consideration.
- Hollywood reax swift, positive to Oscar diversity measures Updated: Jan-22-16 7:31 pm
The Academy's proposed changes to increase diversity in the Oscars prompted swift and positive reaction in Hollywood, with many praising the moves while still noting that the Academy Awards are only part of the problem, and only part of the solution.
- The Latest: Cheadle says diversity issue goes beyond Academy Updated: Jan-22-16 7:15 pm
BEVERLY HILLS, California - The latest on Friday's statement by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on a series of diversity reforms approved by the board of governors late Thursday (all times PST):