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Quite simple: Midnight Cowboy is not a pornographic film. What we have here is a misunderstanding of the original intent of the X rating, which gave rise to the NC-17 rating. Several films from the late 1960s through the 1980s had the X rating applied, including A Clockwork Orange, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, Fritz the Cat (an animated feature), Last ...


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Of course they did: Rosemary's Baby: Ruth Gordon won for Best Supporting Actress Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931): "Fredric March’s performance as the title character(s) earned the film a Best Leading Actor statue" Silence of the Lambs: "one of only three films to win all of the “Big Five” awards, which also include Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and ...


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Actually, it is written on the envelope: and on the card, although with a very small font at the bottom: which makes the mistake even harder to explain. (source)


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Movies made for anyone, including Netflix, are eligible for Academy Awards, but only if they complete a 7-day release in Los Angeles County. for paid admission in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County, for a qualifying run of at least seven consecutive days, during which period screenings must occur at least three times daily, ...


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When everyone else does - when the winners are announced. I can't find an answer originating directly from the Academy on this, but Time covers the 2014 Oscars and had an article which stated: • A small team of people (about six people, not including Rosas and Cullinan) split up the ballots so that nobody is counting an entire category, which means ...


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It is usually decided by the academy. Generally, there are some traditional rules followed by the academy, most of which were established by Otto Spoerri. A few guidelines are (borrowed from Quora): The biggest stars sit in the first few rows. Those who are favored to win are seated on the aisle, so they don't have to climb over others to walk to the ...


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Here's a Variety article on this very thing with 5 reasons: “Lego” landed just one mention — in the song category for its infectious “Everything Is Awesome” anthem — but not in the animated feature category, where many were predicting that the toon blockbuster might win. That oversight comes as a total shock to Oscar pundits — arguably the year’s ...


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According to Wikipedia, a supporting actor/actress performs a role in a play or a film that "supports" the lead actor/actress. These range from minor roles to principal players and are often pivotal or vital to the story as in a best friend, love interest, sidekick (such as Robin in the Batman series), or antagonist (such as the villain). They are ...


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People magazine did an article about this "feud" that you can read online. Basically it was a throw away joke that they thought was funny so it became a recurring thing. There are lots more details in the article but the meat of it is here: “We had a bad show … The guests were bad, and I was feeling pretty bad about myself at the end of the program,” ...


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There are two envelopes for each category. Two people, Martha Ruiz and Brian Cullinan, count the votes and know the winners in advance. Each has a full set of envelopes containing cards with the winners' names - just in case something happens to the other set. Those people - from accountancy firm PwC - stand on either side of the Oscars stage and ...


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Here is a list of all the Best Picture winners, listing for each of them the number of: wins: the number of Academy Awards that it won (e.g. Titanic won 11), and misses: the number of Academy Awards that it was nominated for but didn't win (e.g. Titanic was nominated for 14 awards and won 11, so it had 3 misses). (To get the total number of nominations (...


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Ruth Gordon won Best Supporting Actress in Rosemary's Baby. This article lists 14 horror films "noticed" by the Academy, including Misery and Silence of the Lambs. Whether these two can be classified as horrors is arguable, but if so, you can also add Kathy Bates, Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins to the list.


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Because so many people declined and Kevin Hart was ready before the controversy blow up and also they wanted to shorten the length. Let's start with the timeline of events: 90th Academy Awards had the lowest rating so they asked Dwayne Johnson but, he couldn't due to his schedule: "Ah mahalo dude, I was their first choice to host this year, and my goal ...


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I don't have the minute count for the film but the rules require: An animated feature is defined by the academy as a film with a running time of more than 40 minutes in which characters' performances are created using a frame-by-frame technique, a significant number of the major characters are animated, and animation figures in no less than 75 percent of ...


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Because Oscars are awards given by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). A Motion Picture in this case refers to Movies/Films and they are (per wiki) to recognize excellence in cinematic achievements in the United States film industry... Golden Globes, by contrast, are (also per wiki) accolades bestowed by the 93 members of the ...


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The Oscars are presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which hires producers to create the awards ceremony. The producers are in charge of the entire production, including selecting a host. For the past few years Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have been the producers of the Oscars. A recent article in The Hollywood Reporter briefly ...


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As you can imagine, most Best Actor/Actresses make their appearances very early in their films. The latest entry I've found so far is Ron Moody as Fagin in Carol Reed's Oliver! He doesn't appear until 36:54 into the film (and then proceeds to steal the show.) Caveat #1: I've only looked at Actors, not Actresses so far. Caveat #2: I've checked out every ...


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Nominated : The actor has not yet received the award, but will receive it. No, it means the actor is one of several who is being considered for the single award. 4-8 may be nominated, but only one wins it.


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Your answer lies in how the Academy defines the Original Screenplay category. Over the years, that definition has itself shuttled back and forth. For instance, here's how the category was viewed in the 70s. 1973 & 1974: Writing (Story and Screenplay–based on factual material or material not previously published or produced) 1975 & 1976: ...


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These are the relevant rules from the submission guidelines, especially Rule Two: Eligibility: Paragraph 2 explains the physical characteristics of the film itself: A. feature length (defined as over 40 minutes), B. publicly exhibited by means of 35mm or 70mm film, or [...]. C. for paid admission in a commercial motion picture theater in ...


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According to Access Hollywood: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has ruled that only Graham King will get the credit for the crime drama “The Departed,” leaving Brad Pitt and Paramount Pictures studio chief Brad Grey out in the cold. [...] When a film wins an Oscar, it’s the producer who accepts the golden statuette and ...


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Here is what the official website of the Oscars says: Officially named the Academy Award of Merit, the statuette is better known by its nickname, Oscar. While the origins of the moniker aren’t clear, a popular story has it that upon seeing the trophy for the first time, Academy librarian (and eventual executive director) Margaret Herrick remarked that it ...


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Unknown, currently. This isn't an issue the Academy has to address yet, and they've not published any guidance on it. As so few people identify as transgender/gender-queer, and more importantly, almost no major films have cast transgender/gender-queer people in high profile roles. The statistics all show a tendency for white men to get the most Oscar ...


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Dev Patel plays the adult Saroo, so he is only in the movie for the last third or so. He's the main character but he's part of the resolution of the plot. It's a judgment call by the Academy, but his screen time is far less than that of the Best Actor nominees this year, so to call his a supporting role seems correct.


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They go backstage, where they absorb their triumph and are also photographed and congratulated. Just Google Oscars 2016 backstage and you will see many links. A few pics are of Brie Larson and Alicia Vikander with trophies in their hands and displaying emotions. http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/pictures/oscars-2016-candid-backstage-show-moments-...


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Your main question seems to be "how and who decides the names that are listed" rather than identifying the people who do appear...so I'll answer that. From EW.com (from 2014) So who decides? That would be a committee made up from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences who sift through a list of about 300 submissions and decide yea or nay on who ...


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The Oscars website has an Academy Awards Acceptance Speech Database with transcripts and video clips. Unfortunately it currently only covers 1966 onwards. This page suggests other ways of viewing video from Oscar ceremonies: Watch a video: It may be possible to view a videotaped segment of the Awards telecast at the Academy Film Archive in Hollywood. To ...


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The production crew plays no part in handing out the envelopes. The envelopes containing the winners are handed out to the presenter(s) by two partners of the accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). For more than eight decades, PwC has been overseeing the Oscars balloting process, which involves collecting ballots, tallying the votes, and then ...


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Because, she's a Mexican National by birth under Jus Soli, the common law concept of Nationality by soil, enshrined in Article 30 of the Mexican Constitution. From Wiki: Nyong'o was born in Mexico City, Mexico, to Kenyan parents, Dorothy and Peter Anyang' Nyong'o, a college professor turned politician. Nyong'o identifies as Kenyan-Mexican. It is a Luo ...


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Here's my thoughts on the Animated shorts: TL;DR : Content is probably fine... better with 10+ probably? Minor spoilers below. Me and My Moulton - About a kid. If you're extremely puritanical, there's a short sequence of nude, animated, barely anatomical male and female bodies... and a granny in underwear. Non-sexual. There's also a brief moment of gun ...


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