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KCRW speaks with retired set decorator Cheryal Kearney, retired camera operator Norm Langley, and retired hairdresser Robert Stevenson.

from Greater LA

Viewers have been abandoning awards shows en masse this year, and the Oscars producers want to avoid the mistakes of the Golden Globes by having the event be in-person as much as…

from The Business

Producers of the 93rd Academy Awards say this year’s event will be held at downtown LA’s Union Station and the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

Oscars 2021 will be held at LA’s Union Station. What’s expected to happen?

Producers of the 93rd Academy Awards say this year’s event will be held at downtown LA’s Union Station and the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

from Greater LA

In a major shift from #OscarsSoWhite of 2015, the acting nominations saw much more diversity this year, with performers of color making up the majority of nominations in both the Best…

Oscar nominations 2021: A diverse field, historic nominations for Chloé Zhao and Steven Yeun

In a major shift from #OscarsSoWhite of 2015, the acting nominations saw much more diversity this year, with performers of color making up the majority of nominations in both the Best…

from KCRW Features

The Oscars have announced new requirements for films to be eligible for Best Picture. The requirements will take effect in 2024.

Academy announces new diversity standards for Best Picture Oscar

The Oscars have announced new requirements for films to be eligible for Best Picture. The requirements will take effect in 2024.

from Hollywood Breakdown

Oscars so white. Oscars so male. Oscars so … Joaquin Phoenix’s acceptance speech.

Oscars: Diversity among performers but not nominees

Oscars so white. Oscars so male. Oscars so … Joaquin Phoenix’s acceptance speech.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The Academy Awards took over Hollywood on slightly rainy Sunday, bringing together the film industry for a night that culminated with a historic victory for South Korean film,…

Oscar winners made history in 2020, but few viewers tuned in

The Academy Awards took over Hollywood on slightly rainy Sunday, bringing together the film industry for a night that culminated with a historic victory for South Korean film,…

from KCRW Features

Kim and Matt met up the morning after the Oscars to talk "Parasite" making history, Netflix nearly striking out, and hold on, what was Eminem doing there?

Post-Oscars bonus banter!

Kim and Matt met up the morning after the Oscars to talk "Parasite" making history, Netflix nearly striking out, and hold on, what was Eminem doing there?

from The Business

At one hospital in a rebel-held area outside Damascus, Syria, a pediatrician named Dr.

Oscar-nominated ‘The Cave’: Women-led hospital staff go underground to save patients from war

At one hospital in a rebel-held area outside Damascus, Syria, a pediatrician named Dr.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Our critics review “Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn),” which follows Harley Quinn as she’s on the run from thugs, and teams up with three deadly…

‘Birds of Prey’: Director, writer, and lead cast are all women

Our critics review “Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn),” which follows Harley Quinn as she’s on the run from thugs, and teams up with three deadly…

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The Sundance film festival just ended, and the Oscars are coming up this Sunday. Filmmakers from across the world have been traveling to the U.S.

New visa rules make it tougher for foreign filmmakers to get into the US

The Sundance film festival just ended, and the Oscars are coming up this Sunday. Filmmakers from across the world have been traveling to the U.S.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Millie and Paul Cao met at a dance party in Vietnam nearly 50 years ago and fell in love. But they were separated by the Vietnam War that soon broke out.

Oscar-nominated short: Vietnamese couple falls in love again on LA dance floor

Millie and Paul Cao met at a dance party in Vietnam nearly 50 years ago and fell in love. But they were separated by the Vietnam War that soon broke out.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The nominations for the 2020 Academy awards were announced Monday morning, which showcased some historic nominations and notable upsets.

'Parasite' makes Oscars history, but lack of representation still persists

The nominations for the 2020 Academy awards were announced Monday morning, which showcased some historic nominations and notable upsets.

from Arts & Culture Stories

No women are on the shortlist for best director. Only one person of color was nominated in the best actor and supporting actor categories.

Oscar nominations: Still white and male-dominated, but more international

No women are on the shortlist for best director. Only one person of color was nominated in the best actor and supporting actor categories.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Louisa May Alcott wrote “Little Women” more than 150 years ago, and since then, the novel has been adapted into TV shows, a musical, a play, and seven movies.

Director Greta Gerwig on bringing out ‘gems’ nobody noticed in ‘Little Women’

Louisa May Alcott wrote “Little Women” more than 150 years ago, and since then, the novel has been adapted into TV shows, a musical, a play, and seven movies.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Thanksgiving is dedicated to family time spent around the dinner table. For some families, that sounds like a disaster.

'Knives Out’: Murder mystery with a star-studded cast

Thanksgiving is dedicated to family time spent around the dinner table. For some families, that sounds like a disaster.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Icelandic composer Hildur Guðnadóttir created the soundtrack for “   Joker   ,” which opened earlier this month and is now the biggest R-rated film in history.

How Hildur Guðnadóttir composed ‘Joker’ soundtrack before the film was shot

Icelandic composer Hildur Guðnadóttir created the soundtrack for “ Joker ,” which opened earlier this month and is now the biggest R-rated film in history.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The new documentary "The Cave" follows Syrian doctor Amani Ballour, a 30-year-old pediatrician and the country’s only female hospital manager.

In 'The Cave,' Feras Fayyad profiles a brave Syrian doctor working underground

The new documentary "The Cave" follows Syrian doctor Amani Ballour, a 30-year-old pediatrician and the country’s only female hospital manager.

from The Business

The movie “Parasite” centers on two families in South Korea. The Kims live in a basement apartment. The Parks live in a mansion on a hill.

‘Parasite’ director Bong Joon Ho on class conflict and drawing from Hitchcock

The movie “Parasite” centers on two families in South Korea. The Kims live in a basement apartment. The Parks live in a mansion on a hill.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The star of the documentary “Honeyland” is Haditze, a woman living in a remote settlement in the Macedonian mountains. Her elderly mother is failing and half blind.

“Honeyland” depicts a vanishing way of life

The star of the documentary “Honeyland” is Haditze, a woman living in a remote settlement in the Macedonian mountains. Her elderly mother is failing and half blind.

from Good Food