Anohni (aka Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons) is nominated for an Academy Award this year for Best Song for “Manta Ray” from the documentary Racing Extinction. Alas when the presenters and performers for the Oscars ceremony were announced only three of the Best Song nominees were listed as performing: Lady Gaga, Sam Smith, and The Weeknd. Absent was Anohni and South Korean soprano Sumi Jo (who sings “Simple Song #3,” from Paolo Sorrentino’s film Youth). They were cut due to “time constraints.” Anohni is understandably unhappy about this and posted a long letter on her Facebook page and how this has particularly saddened and embarrassed her and why she has now decided not to attend this Sunday’s Oscar ceremony at all.
A little movie called “Room” is up for 4 major Oscars this year, and now has its own parody, thanks to the hilarious folks at Above Average.
Academy promises ‘all-black’ Oscars next year, encourages Will Smith to make another movie to ensure acting nod
Stung by widespread criticism it received over the glaring shutout of black actors in the four acting categories for the second year in a row, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) today promised that next year’s Oscars will be an “all-black affair.”
Last week, Lady Gaga was nominated for an Academy Award for her songwriting role on the Diane Warren-cowritten “Til It Happens To You,” a stunning track about sexual assault the pair penned for the documentary The Hunting Ground. Late last night, however, the singer-songwriter Linda Perry took to Twitter to level allegations against Gaga, insinuating that the pop star had nothing to do with the song’s creation and that the only reason she’s credited is because Warren knew it would ensure more guaranteed promotion and awards chances.
The high-profile and hotly-debated campus rape documentary “The Hunting Ground” was majorly snubbed from the 2016 Academy Awards nominations announced Thursday. It failed to take home an expected nomination for best documentary feature.