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- A Moving Doc About Syrian Heroes Just Won Netflix Its First Oscar“The White Helmets,” a stirring documentary about a group of men in Syria who try to save bomb victims from the wreckage surrounding them, won the Oscar for Documentary (Short Subject) at the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday."White Helmets" producers were up for best feature doc for "Virunga" in 2015 - and this Netflix's first Oscar - beating Amazon to the punch— Cara Buckley (@caraNYT) February 27, 2017The film garnered national attention before the ceremony after Khaled Khatib, a Syrian cinematographer who worked on the film, was barred from entering the country by the Department of Homeland Security over unspecified “derogatory information.” He had obtained a visa to come to the U.S. before the decision.The win marks the first time a Netflix film has ever taken home an Oscar in any category. Four Netflix documentaries ― “The Square,” “Virunga,” “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom” and “What Happened, Miss Simone?” ― had previously been nominated… ..... Read More.34 mins ago
- Gael García Bernal Denounces Trump’s Border Wall In Powerful Oscar MomentGael García Bernal used his time at the Oscars to reject President Trump’s proposed border wall. The Mexican actor took the stage to present the award for Best Animated Feature Film at the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday night. The star, who has long been a critic of Trump, compared actors to migrant workers and shared his stance on the plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. “Flesh and blood actors are migrant workers; we travel all over the world, we build families, we construct stories, we build life that cannot be divided,” García Bernal said on stage. “As a Mexican, as a Latin American, as a migrant worker, as a human being, I’m against any form of wall that wants to separate us.”Gael García Bernal: "As a Mexican, as a Latin-American, as a migrant worker, as a human being, I am against any form of wall." #Oscars pic.twitter.com/3fiYgSV1AH— ABC… ..... Read More.43 mins ago
- Asghar Farhadi Wins Big After Boycotting Oscars Over Trump’s Muslim BanIranian director Asghar Farhadi won his second Academy Award on Sunday night for his film “The Salesman,” but another took the stage to accept his Oscar.Following President Donald Trump’s executive order blocking millions of people from several Muslim-majority countries, Farhadi, among others, decided not to attend the ceremony in solidarity with immigrants and refugees.When presenters Charlize Theron and Shirley MacLaine announced the win for “The Salesman” during the 89th annual Academy Awards, Iranian-American engineer Anousheh Ansari, who also happens to be the first Iranian to go into space, accepted the award on Farhadi’s behalf. “It’s a great honor to be receiving this valuable award for the second time. I would like to thank the members of the Academy, my crew in Iran, my producer Alexandre Mallet-Guy, Cohen Media, Amazon and my fellow nominees in the foreign film category,” she said, reading a statement from Farhadi. “I’m sorry I’m not with you… ..... Read More.1 hour ago
- Father of slain Navy SEAL criticizes White House over son’s deathBill Owens, the father of the Navy SEAL killed in a late-January raid in Yemen, leveled biting criticism at the White House and called for an investigation into his son's death in a news story published Sunday. ..... Read More.1 hour ago
- The Anti-Discrimination ‘Zootopia’ Just Won Best Animated Feature At The Oscar...“Zootopia,” a children’s movie that doubled as one of the most politically poignant films of 2016, was recognized as the Best Animated Feature Film of the year at the 89th Academy Awards on Sunday. On its surface, the film, directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore, follows a bunny named Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) as she tries to establish herself as a police officer in the animal-run metropolis of Zootopia.But underneath the surface of “Zootopia” is a message about the dangers of stereotyping and discriminating in a multicultural world ― in the case of “Zootopia,” one with co-existing predators and prey ― and the types of people (and animals) who win and lose when we do. Director Byron Howard told Variety that when he and Rich Moore pitched the film to Disney, “bias and discrimination didn’t seem like the most mainstream” topic for a children’s movie.But by the time it was in production, the world… ..... Read More.2 hours ago
- Trump Budget Plan Boosts Pentagon, Trims State Dept, EPAThe White House on Monday will send federal departments a budget proposal containing the defense spending increase President Donald Trump promised, financed partly by cuts to the U.S. State Department, Environmental Protection Agency and other non-defense programs, two officials familiar with the proposal said.One of the officials said Trump’s request for the Pentagon included more money for shipbuilding, military aircraft and establishing “a more robust presence in key international waterways and chokepoints” such as the Strait of Hormuz and South China Sea.A second official said the State Department’s budget could be cut by as much as 30 percent, which would force a major restructuring of the department and elimination of programs.The officials requested anonymity because the draft budget had not been made public yet. The… ..... Read More.2 hours ago