Academy Awards

The Academy Awards 2020: #OscarsNotSoWhiteAfterAll

February 11, 2020

When the 92nd annual Academy Award nominations were announced, it was difficult to not note the elephant in the room.  Within moments, #OscarsSoWhite was trending and more memes than you could possibly create were birthed making a mockery of the Academy’s decision to snub people of colour and women in a majority of categories; despite […]

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History in the making: here are all the winners from The 90th Academy Awards

March 5, 2018

Earlier today, The 90th Academy Awards in Hollywood celebrated not only 90 years of the most prestigious and recognised achievement in film, but an era of diversity, ultimately proving that power of film knows no boundaries. Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water had entered the ceremony as the overwhelming favourites with a whopping 13 nominations, […]

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Best Picture is anyone’s game: The Iris predicts the 90th Academy Awards

March 4, 2018

Well, the time has come. After a year of incredible cinema, plenty of controversy and a few box office records along the way, the 90th Academy Awards airs in the US this Sunday night and in Australia around lunchtime on Monday, live on Channel Nine. In the first “post-Weinstein” Oscars, it’s a year where underrepresentation […]

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The Shape of Water and Dunkirk top the 90th Academy Awards nominations; Margot Robbie leads the Aussie charge

January 23, 2018

After months of speculation, the 90th Academy Awards finally have their nominees – with The Shape of Water dominating the tally, sitting with an impressive 13 nominations. And no film even comes close to matching its domination. Sitting behind it, with eight nominations, the Christopher Nolan film Dunkirk has some out swinging with a Best […]

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La La Land leads diverse Oscar nominations while Lion, Tanna & Hacksaw Ridge reward Aussies

January 24, 2017

This morning, the Oscar nominees were announced online through a live stream – breaking tradition from the annual early morning news conference that the film world had become accustomed to tuning into. Over about 20 minutes, past nominees reflected on their Oscar experiences as they revealed the nominees for the 89th Annual Academy Awards. What […]

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Australia receives its first ever Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film

January 24, 2017

Amongst a slew of nominations for two of Australia’s biggest films of the last year – Lion and Hacksaw Ridge – comes a lesser known film called Tanna, directed by Bentley Dean and Martin Butler. The film, which is shot in the Navhal and Nafe languages of Vanuatu, premiered at the Venice Film Festival, where […]

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Get your first look at Viola Davis and Denzel Washington’s Oscar contender Fences

September 30, 2016

Set amongst the racial strains of 1950’s Pennsylvania, Fences is making its big screen transition at a time most relevant. The play by August Wilson won both Viola Davis and Denzel Washington Tony Awards back in 2010 and will make it’s cinematic premiere with Washington in the director’s chair. The play almost became a film […]

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Seven soon-to-be-released films looking to take Oscar gold

September 7, 2016

The Oscars survived a prickly year last year. Media outlets hounded the lack of racial diversity amongst nominated actors, of which all twenty were of Caucasian heritage. Industry hallmark Spike Lee joined a spate of actors in a #boycotttheoscars / #oscarsowhite movement and actor Chris Rock thought it appropriate to poke fun at a child […]

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The Iris’ 2016 Oscar Picks – Who Will Win at the 88th Annual Academy Awards?

February 26, 2016

Hollywood’s night of nights is only a few days away (Monday from Noon!) and Larry Heath and Fergus Halliday are here with The Iris’ predictions for how the prestigious awards show will go down. Do we think Leo will finally win the Oscar? Read on. Best Picture Fergus’ Pick: This year’s Best Picture race is intense. My heart […]

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What is #OscarsSoWhite and why does it matter?

February 25, 2016

As we approach the 88th Annual Academy Awards – screening live in Australia on Monday February 29th from Noon on Channel Nine – it feels pertinent to reflect on one of the most justifiably endearing topics of this year’s awards: race. #OscarsSoWhite is a hashtag (engineered by April Reign, Managing Editor of BroadwayBlack.com) that circulated the social […]

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The Iris Interview: O’Shea Jackson Jr talks Straight Outta Compton, Oscars, career goals & more

January 27, 2016

O’Shea Jackson Jr. is following in his father’s footsteps alright. His dad, better known as Ice Cube, hit the acting scene hard in 1991 (the year O’Shea Jr was born) with Boyz n the Hood, an in-depth drama about South Central L.A that remains one of the most highly praised films about African-American youth ever […]

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Nominees for 87th Academy Awards announced

January 16, 2015

With ‘Awards Season’ coming along quite nicely, this morning saw the release of the official nominees list for the 87th Academy Awards. It’s the grand daddy of film industry awards, celebrating the best of the best and giving us a nice little compass to guide us through the greatest film industry achievements of 2014, and […]

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Oscar Nominations and Predictions: Gravity and American Hustle lead with 10 each

January 17, 2014

Another year, another set of Oscar nominations. This year, which sees the 86th Academy Awards take place, has provided us with a brilliant list of nominations.Gravity and American Hustle are the big winners here with 10 nominations each, while 12 Years a Slave has gathered 9. Those three films are seen as the frontrunners for Best Picture at this stage, but […]

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