Why Harry and Meghan’s ‘Megxit’ is a crossroads for the UK on race

When Prince Harry and Meghan, the duke and duchess of Sussex, first announced that they intended to “step back” from their duties as “senior UK royals,” palace officials were reportedly taken aback by the decision. But it came as no surprise to close watchers of the young royals — particularly among the United Kingdom’s communities … Read more…

Academy Proves Again Oscars Don’t Represent Cinema’s Greatest Achievements

First things first — the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences never gave a Best Director Oscar to Alfred Hitchcock or Mira Nair (yet), and movies that didn’t “win” Best Picture include Do the Right Thing, Citizen Kane, The Tree of Life, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Daughters of the Dust, Stories We Tell, Jean … Read more…

The best picture Oscar race is between two movies. Here’s why

Talk about a contracted awards season: The Oscar nominations have just arrived, and the best picture race may be all but over. Congratulations to Sam Mendes and the “1917″ team. Don’t forget to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. again when you accept the Oscar. Get the awards-season Gold Standard newsletter Welcome to the Gold … Read more…

The Five-Way Race for Best Picture Begins

The race for this year’s acting Oscars couldn’t possibly be less suspenseful: You can engrave those Academy Awards right now for Joaquin Phoenix (“Joker”), Renée Zellweger (“Judy”), Brad Pitt (“Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”) and Laura Dern (“Marriage Story”), the fearsome foursome set to sweep up every trophy from now until Feb. 9, … Read more…

Hugh Grant defends Prince Harry: ‘The tabloids effectively murdered his mother’ | Film

Hugh Grant has defended Prince Harry’s decision to “step back” from formal royal duties and seek a self-financed life based partly in Canada. Speaking on Andy Cohen’s Radio Andy show on Sirius XM, Grant said: “I’m rather on Harry’s side. The tabloid press effectively murdered his mother, now they’re tearing his wife to pieces.” Grant … Read more…