Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs promises to take drastic steps after black community accuses them of the Oscars’ lack of diversity; Vin Diesel readies Jet Li in XXX3; Mad Max: Fury Road wins big at Critics Choice Awards, Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out takes best animated feature

 

 

Welcome to the #OscarsSoWhite edition of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report. Here’s what’s topping today!

 

 

 

The black community was outraged after finding out that all of the black actors from this year’s Oscars missed the cut leaving the white’s intact. Some stars such as Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith are skipping the show because of that. That sparked disappointment across social media. When the Academy knew it, they’ve realized their biggest mistake. Cheryl Boone Isaacs, academy president, saw the reaction and was deeply shocked. What did she do to correct the mistake and why did the academy left the blacks in the dust Jim?

 

 

 

Jim Fish (via The Hollywood Reporter)- Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, on Monday issued a lengthy statement on the lack of diversity in this year’s Oscar nominations, which has become the subject of mounting criticism.

“I’d like to acknowledge the wonderful work of this year’s nominees,” she said. “While we celebrate their extraordinary achievements, I am both heartbroken and frustrated about the lack of inclusion. This is a difficult but important conversation, and it’s time for big changes.

“The Academy is taking dramatic steps to alter the makeup of our membership. In the coming days and weeks we will conduct a review of our membership recruitment in order to bring about much-needed diversity in our 2016 class and beyond,” Boone Isaacs said in what amounted to a rare and unusual move on the part of the Academy.

“As many of you know,” she continued, “we have implemented changes to diversify our membership in the last four years. But the change is not coming as fast as we would like. We need to do more, and better and more quickly.”

“This isn’t unprecedented for the Academy,” added Boone Isaacs. “In the ‘60s and ‘70s, it was about recruiting younger members to stay vital and relevant. In 2016, the mandate is inclusion in all of its facets: gender, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation. We recognize the very real concerns of our community, and I so appreciate all of you who have reached out to me in our effort to move forward together.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter earlier Monday evening just before she was honored with the Rosa Parks Humanitarian Award at the King Legacy Awards, presented at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Los Angeles, Boone Isaacs said that “there’s been enough conversation” and that it is time for the entertainment industry to take action to improve diversity.

She said that she was “disappointed” that, for the second year in a row, the Oscar nominations, announced last week, failed to include any performers of color. Academy CEO Dawn Hudson, who was also in attendance, added that she was “devastated” by the nominations.

The Academy again finds itself the focus of criticism over the lack of opportunities for minorities within the film industry. Earlier on Monday, Spike Lee, who received an honorary Oscar from the Academy at its Board of Governors Awards in November, announced in an Instagram post that he and his wife Tonya Lewis Lee “cannot support it” and would not attend the upcoming Oscars on Feb. 28.

“Mean No Disrespect To My Friends, Host Chris Rock and Producer Reggie Hudlin, President Isaacs And The Academy,” Lee wrote. “But, How Is It Possible For The 2nd Consecutive Year All 20 Contenders Under The Actor Category Are White? And Let’s Not Even Get Into The Other Branches. 40 White Actors In 2 Years And No Flava At All. We Can’t Act?! WTF!!”

 

 

 

 

 

The Academy president said she had not heard from Lee about his decision, but that she remained a strong supporter of his in general.

Boone Isaacs, who is African-American, said she herself has experienced racism, but declined to go into detail.

At the same time, she said even if it is the industry that is to blame for not creating more diverse product, it would be wrong for the Academy to avoid responsibility in a year when there has been at least a handful of movies with actors of color that she found worthy of nomination.

‘There’ve been four or five wonderful movies,’ she said, citing Lee’s own Chi-Raq, Concussion, Creed, Beasts of No Nation and Straight Outta Compton.

Boone Isaacs noted that the Academy has formed a committee, made up of members of the industry, to explore how to improve diversity. She announced earlier at the Governors Awards that the Academy is developing a five-year plan called A2020 with an eye toward improving diversity within the Academy itself and the industry at large.

 

 

Looks like the academy’s sticking with their choices nevertheless, but the academy pres. has promised big changes come next year.

 

 

 

 

Vin Diesel’s back in action as the XXX franchise resumes after a yearlong wait. This time he finds himself face to face with an expert fighter. Who’s he up against Johnny?

 

 

 

Johnny Trout (via The Hollywood Reporter)- Martial-arts maestro Jet Li has closed a deal to join Vin Diesel in xXx 3: The Return of Xander Cage, Revolution Studios’ reboot of the early 2000s action spy franchise.

Diesel is leading a cast that includes Vampire Diaries’ Nina Dobrev, Bollywood star Deepika Padukone and Orange Is the New Black breakout Ruby Rose as well as Samuel L. Jackson.

Plot details are being kept redacted, but just as Diesel found renewed success when Fast & Furious was rejigged as an action ensemble, xXx, too, is being reconfigured to surround the action star with a team of toughs and wiseacres.

According to sources, Li will play the leader of his own team and will square off against Diesel. Whether he is the ultimate villain of the pic remains to be seen.

“xXx 3: The Return of Xander Cage is one of the jewels in Revolution Studio’s library, and we’re giving the devoted fans more of what they want by expanding the franchise and introducing new and extreme action characters like Jet Li’s,” said Revolution CEO Vince Totino.

Added Revolution COO Scott Hemming: “We are extremely excited to have Jet Li join the cast of xXx 3: The Return of Xander Cage as Raif, who is pitted against Vin Diesel’s Xander Cage, and watch these two in action as they raise the bar with some of the most incredible stunts on film.”

xXx 3 has a script by F. Scott Frazier, and D.J. Caruso will direct the pic, which is set to begin shooting in February in Toronto and the Dominican Republic.

Li’s involvement, along with several other action mainstays, surfaced several weeks ago, but it’s only now that the tricky negotiations closed, according to sources. Some actors rumored for the movie, such as Jennifer Lopez, did not pan out either due to scheduling or dealmaking.

Joe Roth is producing the movie with his new partner, Jeff Kirschenbaum, along with Diesel and his producing partner, Samantha Vincent, who is also his sister. Totino and Hemming of Revolution, which was rebooted two years when it was bought by hedge fund Fortress, are shepherding actor and distributor deals for the film.

And while no distribution deal is set, Paramount remains the likely home for the pic.

xXx 3 will be Li’s first movie since appearing in 2014’s The Expendables 3. He is repped by Current Entertainment and Bloom Hergott.

 

 

We’ll check back soon on this latest story.

 

 

Last week at the 21st Critic’s Choice Awards, box office charged action scorched through the critics as they made their final choices. Who got the most kudos Dan?

 

 

Dan Barry (via Animation World)- Silicon Valley’s T.J. Miller hosted the 21st annual Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday, marking the first time the annual awards show combined film and TV winners into one event. The awards, presented by the Broadcast Film Critics Association and Broadcast Television Journalists Association, broadcast live on A&E, Lifetime and LMN from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on January 17.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams was on hand to honor Industrial Light & Magic with the Critics’ Choice Genius Award, recognizing 40 years of work that has “changed the face of cinema.”

George Miller’s blockbuster that was the night’s big winner. After scoring an impressive 10 nominations from the Academy last week, Mad Max: Fury Road won nine awards from critics, including best director (for Miller), best action movie, best actor and actress in an action movie (Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy, respectively), and best visual effects.

Among animated features, Pixar’s Inside Out beat out the studio’s The Good Dinosaur, as well as Starburns Industries’ Anomalisa, Blue Sky’s The Peanuts Movie and Aardman’s Shaun the Sheep Movie. On the television side, Netflix series BoJack Horseman took home the prize for best animation series from fellow nominees Bob’s Burgers and The Simpsons (FOX), South Park (Comedy Central), and Star Wars Rebels (Disney XD).

 

 

The full list of nominees and winners is shown below:

 

 

MOVIES

 

BEST PICTURE

•The Big Short

•Bridge of Spies

•Brooklyn

•Carol

•Mad Max: Fury Road

•The Martian

•The Revenant

•Room

•Sicario

•WINNER: Spotlight

 

 

BEST ACTOR

•Bryan Cranston – Trumbo

•Matt Damon – The Martian

•Johnny Depp – Black Mass

•WINNER: Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant

•Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs

•Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl

 

BEST ACTRESS

•Cate Blanchett – Carol

•WINNER: Brie Larson – Room

•Jennifer Lawrence – Joy

•Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years

•Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn

•Charlize Theron – Mad Max: Fury Road

 

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

•Paul Dano – Love & Mercy

•Tom Hardy – The Revenant

•Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight

•Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies

•Michael Shannon – 99 Homes

•WINNER: Sylvester Stallone – Creed

 

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

•Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight

•Rooney Mara – Carol

•Rachel McAdams – Spotlight

•Helen Mirren – Trumbo

•WINNER: Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl

•Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs

 

 

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS

•Abraham Attah – Beasts of No Nation

•RJ Cyler – Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

•Shameik Moore – Dope

•Milo Parker – Mr. Holmes

•WINNER: Jacob Tremblay – Room

 

 

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE

•The Big Short

•The Hateful Eight

•WINNER: Spotlight

•Straight Outta Compton

•Trumbo

 

 

BEST DIRECTOR

•Todd Haynes – Carol

•Alejandro González Iñárritu – The Revenant

•Tom McCarthy – Spotlight

•WINNER: George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road

•Ridley Scott – The Martian

•Steven Spielberg – Bridge of Spies

 

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

•Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen – Bridge of Spies

•Alex Garland – Ex Machina

•Quentin Tarantino – The Hateful Eight

•Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley – Inside Out

•WINNER: Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy – Spotlight

 

 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

•WINNER: Charles Randolph and Adam McKay – The Big Short

•Nick Hornby – Brooklyn

•Drew Goddard – The Martian

•Emma Donoghue – Room

•Aaron Sorkin – Steve Jobs

 

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

•Carol – Ed Lachman

•The Hateful Eight – Robert Richardson

•Mad Max: Fury Road – John Seale

•The Martian – Dariusz Wolski

•WINNER: The Revenant – Emmanuel Lubezki

•Sicario – Roger Deakins

 

 

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

•Bridge of Spies – Adam Stockhausen, Rena DeAngelo

•Brooklyn – François Séguin, Jennifer Oman and Louise Tremblay

•Carol – Judy Becker, Heather Loeffler

•The Danish Girl – Eve Stewart, Michael Standish

•WINNER: Mad Max: Fury Road – Colin Gibson

•The Martian – Arthur Max, Celia Bobak

 

 

BEST EDITING

•The Big Short – Hank Corwin

•WINNER: Mad Max: Fury Road – Margaret Sixel

•The Martian – Pietro Scalia

•The Revenant – Stephen Mirrione

•Spotlight – Tom McArdle

 

 

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

•Brooklyn – Odile Dicks-Mireaux

•Carol – Sandy Powell

•Cinderella – Sandy Powell

•The Danish Girl – Paco Delgado

•WINNER: Mad Max: Fury Road – Jenny Beavan

 

 

BEST HAIR & MAKEUP

•Black Mass

•Carol

•The Danish Girl

•The Hateful Eight

•WINNER: Mad Max: Fury Road

•The Revenant

 

 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

•Ex Machina

•Jurassic World

•WINNER: Mad Max: Fury Road

•The Martian

•The Revenant

•The Walk

 

 

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

•Anomalisa

•The Good Dinosaur

•WINNER: Inside Out

•The Peanuts Movie

•Shaun the Sheep Movie

 

 

BEST ACTION MOVIE

•Furious 7

•Jurassic World

•WINNER: Mad Max: Fury Road

•Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

•Sicario

 

 

BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIE

•Daniel Craig – Spectre

•Tom Cruise – Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

•WINNER: Tom Hardy – Mad Max: Fury Road

•Chris Pratt – Jurassic World

•Paul Rudd – Ant-Man

 

 

BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIE

•Emily Blunt – Sicario

•Rebecca Ferguson – Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation

•Bryce Dallas Howard – Jurassic World

•Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

•WINNER: Charlize Theron – Mad Max: Fury Road

 

 

BEST COMEDY

•WINNER: The Big Short

•Inside Out

•Joy

•Sisters

•Spy

•Trainwreck

 

 

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY

•WINNER: Christian Bale – The Big Short

•Steve Carell – The Big Short

•Robert De Niro – The Intern

•Bill Hader – Trainwreck

•Jason Statham – Spy

 

 

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY

•Tina Fey – Sisters

•Jennifer Lawrence – Joy

•Melissa McCarthy – Spy

•WINNER: Amy Schumer – Trainwreck

•Lily Tomlin – Grandma

 

 

BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE

•WINNER: Ex Machina

•It Follows

•Jurassic World

•Mad Max: Fury Road

•The Martian

 

 

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

•The Assassin

•Goodnight Mommy

•Mustang

•The Second Mother

•WINNER: Son of Saul

 

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

•WINNER: Amy

•Cartel Land

•Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

•He Named Me Malala

•The Look of Silence

•Where to Invade Next

 

 

BEST SONG

•Fifty Shades of Grey – “Love Me Like You Do”

•WINNER: Furious 7 – “See You Again”

•The Hunting Ground – “Til It Happens To You”

•Love & Mercy – “One Kind of Love”

•Spectre – “Writing’s on the Wall”

•Youth – “Simple Song #3”

 

 

BEST SCORE

•Carol – Carter Burwell

•WINNER: The Hateful Eight – Ennio Morricone

•The Revenant – Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto

•Sicario – Johann Johannsson

•Spotlight – Howard Shore

 

 

TELEVISION

 

 

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

•Anthony Anderson – Black-ish – ABC

•Aziz Ansari – Master of None – Netflix

•Will Forte – The Last Man on Earth – Fox

•Randall Park – Fresh Off the Boat – ABC

•Fred Savage – The Grinder – Fox

•WINNER: Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent – Amazon

 

 

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

•Hugh Dancy – Hannibal – NBC

•WINNER: Rami Malek – Mr. Robot – USA

•Clive Owen – The Knick – Cinemax

•Liev Schreiber – Ray Donovan – Showtime

•Justin Theroux – The Leftovers – HBO

•Aden Young – Rectify – Sundance

 

 

BEST ACTOR IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES

•Wes Bentley – American Horror Story: Hotel – FX Networks

•Martin Clunes – Arthur & George – PBS

•WINNER: Idris Elba – Luther – BBC America

•Oscar Isaac – Show Me a Hero – HBO

•Vincent Kartheiser – Saints & Strangers – National Geographic Channel

•Patrick Wilson – Fargo – FX Networks

 

 

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

•WINNER: Rachel Bloom – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – The CW

•Aya Cash – You’re the Worst – FX Networks

•Wendi McLendon-Covey – The Goldbergs – ABC

•Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin – The CW

•Tracee Ellis Ross – Black-ish – ABC

•Constance Wu – Fresh Off the Boat – ABC

 

 

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

•Shiri Appleby – UnREAL – Lifetime

•WINNER: Carrie Coon – The Leftovers – HBO

•Viola Davis – How to Get Away With Murder – ABC

•Eva Green – Penny Dreadful – Showtime

•Taraji P. Henson – Empire – Fox

•Krysten Ritter – Jessica Jones – Netflix

 

 

BEST ACTRESS IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES

•Kathy Bates – American Horror Story: Hotel – FX Networks

•WINNER: Kirsten Dunst – Fargo – FX Networks

•Sarah Hay – Flesh and Bone – Starz

•Alyvia Alyn Lind – Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors – NBC

•Rachel McAdams – True Detective – HBO

•Shanice Williams – The Wiz Live! – NBC

 

 

BEST COMEDY SERIES

•Black-ish – ABC

•Catastrophe – Amazon

•Jane the Virgin – The CW

•WINNER: Master of None – Netflix

•The Last Man on Earth – Fox

•Transparent – Amazon

•You’re the Worst – FX Networks

 

 

BEST DRAMA SERIES

•Empire – Fox

•WINNER: Mr. Robot – USA

•Penny Dreadful – Showtime

•Rectify – Sundance

•The Knick – Cinemax

•The Leftovers – HBO

•UnREAL – Lifetime

 

 

BEST GUEST ACTOR/ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

•Ellen Burstyn – Mom – CBS

•Anjelica Huston – Transparent – Amazon

•Cherry Jones – Transparent – Amazon

•Jenifer Lewis – Black-ish – ABC

•WINNER: Timothy Olyphant – The Grinder – Fox

•John Slattery – Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp – Netflix

 

 

BEST GUEST ACTOR/ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

•Richard Armitage – Hannibal – NBC

•Justin Kirk – Manhattan – WGN America

•Patti LuPone – Penny Dreadful – Showtime

•WINNER: Margo Martindale – The Good Wife – CBS

•Marisa Tomei – Empire – Fox

•B.D. Wong – Mr. Robot – USA

 

 

BEST MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES

•Childhood’s End – Syfy

•WINNER: Fargo – FX Networks

•Luther – BBC America

•Saints & Strangers – National Geographic Channel

•Show Me a Hero – HBO

•The Wiz Live! – NBC

 

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

•WINNER: Andre Braugher – Brooklyn Nine-Nine – Fox

•Jaime Camil – Jane the Virgin – The CW

•Jay Duplass – Transparent – Amazon

•Neil Flynn – The Middle – ABC

•Keegan-Michael Key – Playing House – USA

•Mel Rodriguez – Getting On – HBO

 

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

•Clayne Crawford – Rectify – Sundance

•Christopher Eccleston – The Leftovers – HBO

•Andre Holland – The Knick – Cinemax

•Jonathan Jackson – Nashville – ABC

•Rufus Sewell – The Man in the High Castle – Amazon

•WINNER: Christian Slater – Mr. Robot – USA

 

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES

•David Alan Grier – The Wiz Live! – NBC

•Ne-Yo – The Wiz Live! – NBC

•Nick Offerman – Fargo – FX Networks

•WINNER: Jesse Plemons – Fargo – FX Networks

•Raoul Trujillo – Saints & Strangers – National Geographic Channel

•Bokeem Woodbine – Fargo – FX Networks

 

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

•WINNER: Mayim Bialik – The Big Bang Theory – CBS

•Kether Donohue – You’re the Worst – FX Networks

•Allison Janney – Mom – CBS

•Judith Light – Transparent – Amazon

•Niecy Nash – Getting On – HBO

•Eden Sher – The Middle – ABC

 

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

•Ann Dowd – The Leftovers – HBO

•Regina King – The Leftovers – HBO Helen

•McCrory – Penny Dreadful – Showtime

•Hayden Panettiere – Nashville – ABC

•Maura Tierney – The Affair – Showtime

•WINNER: Constance Zimmer – UnREAL – Lifetime

 

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION OR LIMITED SERIES

•Mary J. Blige – The Wiz Live! – NBC

•Laura Haddock – Luther – BBC America

•Cristin Milioti – Fargo – FX Networks

•Sarah Paulson – American Horror Story: Hotel – FX Networks

•Winona Ryder – Show Me a Hero – HBO

•WINNER: Jean Smart – Fargo – FX Networks

 

 

BEST ANIMATION SERIES

•Bob’s Burgers – Fox

•WINNER: BoJack Horseman – Netflix

•South Park – Comedy Central

•Star Wars Rebels – Disney XD

•The Simpsons – Fox

 

 

BEST REALITY SHOW – COMPETITION

•Chopped – Food Network

•Face Off – Syfy

•MasterChef Junior – Fox

•Survivor – CBS

•The Amazing Race – CBS

•WINNER: The Voice – NBC

 

 

BEST REALITY SHOW HOST

•Ted Allen – Chopped – Food Network

•Phil Keoghan – The Amazing Race – CBS

•WINNER: James Lipton – Inside the Actors Studio – Bravo

•Jane Lynch – Hollywood Game Night – NBC

•Jeff Probst – Survivor – CBS

•Gordon Ramsay – Hell’s Kitchen – Fox Broadcasting

 

 

BEST STRUCTURED REALITY SHOW

•Antiques Roadshow – PBS

•Inside The Actors Studio – Bravo

•MythBusters – Discovery

•Project Greenlight – HBO

•WINNER: Shark Tank – ABC

•Undercover Boss – CBS

 

 

BEST TALK SHOW

•Jimmy Kimmel Live! – ABC

•WINNER: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver – HBO

•The Daily Show with Jon Stewart – Comedy Central

•The Graham Norton Show – BBC America

•The Late Late Show with James Corden – CBS

•The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon – NBC

 

 

BEST UNSTRUCTURED REALITY SHOW

•WINNER: Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown – CNN

•Cops – Spike

•Deadliest Catch – Discovery

•Intervention – A&E

•Naked and Afraid – Discovery

•Pawn Stars – History

 

 

Inside Out has been on a roll this awards season, if it continues winning, it could be the most dominated animated flick this year since summer 2013.

 

 

1,516 fans are currently on the board on the Penguins tally as awards season continues.

 

 

Clearance week continues this week with 3 episodes left and don’t miss new episodes of Teen Titans Go, Adventure Time, and Gumball tomorrow night. See you soon on the next edition of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report.

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