Assignment Abroad Times Weekly Newspaper 2016 Oscars



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Clint Eastwood won the best director Oscar for "Million Dollar Baby." The film was also named the best picture of the year.

'Million Dollar Baby' Dominates Oscars
By SHARON WAXMAN and DAVID M. HALBFINGER
"Million Dollar Baby," an intimate film about an underdog female boxer, captured four top awards, including best picture, best director and best actress.
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Business Meets Pleasure in Dressing for the Big Night
By ERIC WILSON
Dressing celebrities for the Oscars is normally a race to the finish. But this year, the race seemed fixed because actresses had made prior arrangements.
• Slide Show: Red Carpet Fashion

Oscars Get Thumbs Up From Those in Charge
By LORNE MANLY
The inner councils of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are declaring victory for a streamlined show that suffered only a slight decline in the ratings.

An Oscar Surprise: Vulnerable Phones
By JOHN MARKOFF and LAURA M. HOLSON
According to a Los Angeles security consulting firm, as many as 100 people who walked the red carpet were carrying cellphones vulnerable to privacy invasion.

CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK
A Ceremony Stuck in the Past Clings to Its Old Glory
By CARYN JAMES
The tepid response to Chris Rock's irreverence and the affection for the old-fashioned "Million Dollar Baby" sends a powerful message: the academy prefers to remain entrenched in the past.
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Later, Stars (and Claws) Come Out
By ERIC WILSON and SHARON WAXMAN
At Morton's, where Vanity Fair has given its Oscar night party for 12 years, the rich and famous spent the evening sharing celebrity secrets in the murky post-Oscar night.
• Slide Show: Red Carpet Fashion

Ratings for Oscars Down a Bit, Despite Innovations
By KATE AURTHUR
Chris Rock, fewer marches of winners from their seats to the stage, and other stabs at hyperkinetic presentation were not enough to arrest the slide in Oscar viewership.

TV WATCH
If You Didn't Watch It, You'll Still Get to See It
By ALESSANDRA STANLEY
Nowadays, the problem with the Oscars ceremony is that, if you don't watch it, you won't miss it — highlights are shown on almost every channel at any hour.

At the Anti-Awards Ceremony, a Definite 'Sideways' Tilt
By NICK MADIGAN
In the low-key and unpretentious atmosphere that has become its trademark, the Spirit Awards honored Alexander Payne's "Sideways" with six awards.

The Academy Likes Itself! It Really Likes Itself!
By MANOHLA DARGIS
The Academy Awards are widely deemed a monumental waste of time. But if you pay close enough attention to the Oscars, you can learn a lot about the industry.

Cut From the Oscars: Cartoon Characters' Sins

During the Oscars, Robin Williams had planned to mock the tempest over SpongeBob SquarePants, then he faced critics of his own.

FRANK RICH
Hollywood Bets on Chris Rock's 'Indecency'
The marketing of the Oscars proves that it is still the American way to lament indecency even while gobbling it up.
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Did you watch the Academy Awards on Sunday night? Did your favorite nominees win? Did you watch any of the red carpet coverage? What did you think of the show itself?

In “At the Oscars, Some Self-Examination Among the Self-Celebration,” James Poniewozik writes:

This year’s Academy Awards needed to address two things: the last few minutes of the previous Oscarcast and the last — oh, let’s just call it forever — of men’s behavior in the movie industry.

The host, Jimmy Kimmel, began his monologue by referencing the first: last year’s fiasco, when a logistical foul-up for the ages led Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty to mistakenly announce “La La Land” as the best picture winner instead of “Moonlight.” “This year, when you hear your name called,” he told potential award winners, “don’t get up right away.”

The second, more momentous matter: These Oscars were the first since the sexual misconduct revelations that took down Harvey Weinstein — the producer who loomed over awards season for years — and a host of other men in Hollywood and beyond.

...The opening set the tone of an Oscars that offered a little more self-examination than usual among the self-congratulation.

Mr. Kimmel had the tricky job of doing a monologue that neither ignored Hollywood’s biggest news nor minimized the abuse of women, many of whom were in the room. If he seemed a little on edge, he managed partly by acknowledging the scale of the problem. If Hollywood succeeded in fixing itself, he said, “Women will only have to deal with harassment all the time at every other place they go.”

Students: Read the entire article, then tell us:

— If you watched the show, do you agree with the Times critic’s assessment? What were your favorite moments in the show?

— Did you expect issues like diversity, immigration and #Time’sUp to come up Mr. Kimmel’s and in others’ speeches made at the Oscars? Were your expectations met? Do you think political issues like these belong at awards shows?

— What is your opinion of awards ceremonies like the Oscars, Emmy Awards, Golden Globes and Grammy Awards in general? Do you tend to watch them? Do you care if the movies, TV shows and albums you like win awards?

— How many of the nominated movies have you seen? As a result of the Oscars, which other movies do you plan to see?

Students 13 and older are invited to comment. All comments are moderated by the Learning Network staff, but please keep in mind that once your comment is accepted, it will be made public.

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