Watch the Oscars In Style With the Philadelphia Film Society

The 25th Philadelphia Film Festival opens with La La Land.

La La Land is up for 14 awards at the Oscars on Sunday.

The Philadelphia Film Society is rolling out the red carpet for Oscar night, literally. The fourth annual PFS Academy Awards party and screening is this Sunday, February 26th, and it’s a dressy affair. Guests will walk the red carpet at the Prince Theater (1412 Chestnut Street) before heading in to eat, drink, bid in a silent auction, and watch the awards show, which beats sitting on your couch in sweatpants dissecting the designer dresses.  Read more »

The 2017 Oscar Nominations Are Out, and It’s #GoodNightSoWhite

Halle Berry and Denzel Washington with their Oscars in 2002. (Doug Mills/AP)

Halle Berry and Denzel Washington with their Oscars in 2002. (Doug Mills/AP)

After two consecutive years of white actors and actresses dominating the acting categories for Hollywood’s biggest night — and two years of the viral hashtag #OscarsSoWhite pointing out that the problem goes back much further — it appears as though the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences might finally be headed in the right direction: The 2017 Oscar nominations, announced Tuesday morning, represent a strong and much-needed push for diversity and inclusion. Read more »

EDITOR’S PICKS: My Top 10 LGBTQ Movies on Netflix

Oscar winner Michael Douglas won an Emmy award for his role as flamboyant entertainer Liberace.

Michael Douglas won an Emmy for his turn as flamboyant entertainer Liberace.

1. The Kids Are All Right (2010)

This Oscar-nominated comedy/drama stars acting heavyweights Julianne Moore and Annette Bening as they navigate lesbian parenting and love in one of the most reflective gay films of the decade.

2. Boys Don’t Cry (1999)

Hillary Swank won her first Oscar for this emotional biopic on the troubled life of Brandon Teena, a transgender lover who lost his life due to a hate crime in a Midwestern town. Read more »

OPINION: LGBTQ Entertainers Deserve Better From Hollywood

Actress Mya Taylor speaks onstage during the 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 27, 2016 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Actress Mya Taylor speaks during the 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 27, 2016, in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

As I watched the Academy Awards on Sunday, my mind was split in two places.

One, as a black American, I was baffled by the controversy surrounding #OscarsSoWhite and how comedian Chris Rock trivialized the sentiment while hosting. But being gay as well, I was also reminded of how much hasn’t changed in seeing both of my identities advance in Hollywood.

As much as we can argue that the Oscars were so white this year, it was also so straight this year too. But depending on how you view it, you might argue it wasn’t. Read more »

NATIONAL NEWS: HRC Speaks Out on the Death of Philly Transwoman Maya Young

Maya Young, 25, was murdered in Frankford on February 20th.

Maya Young, 25, was murdered on Frankford on February 20th.

The Human Rights Campaign publicly acknowledges the recent death of a Philly transwoman.

As Philly continues to reflect on another tragic death of a transwoman of color, the nation’s largest LGBT advocacy organization joins the city in solidarity. Maya Young, 25, was stabbed to death on February 20th. The Human Rights Campaign released a public statement about her death to their huge following. The momentum continued this past Saturday at the HRC Greater Philadelphia Gala when national president Chad Griffin asked guests to “take a moment to remember the life of Maya Young” and said, “Congress needs to act with a greater sense of urgency to protect the lives of transgender Americans.” Over the past year, there has been an alarming number of deaths of transwomen of color across the country. Last October, Philly native Kiesha Jenkins became the 20th reported transwoman of color murdered in the U.S. in 2015. Read more »

Sylvester Stallone Loses Oscar, but Gets Praise from Arnold

Sylvester Stallone and Jennifer Flavin arrive at the Oscars on Sunday.

Sylvester Stallone and Jennifer Flavin arrive at the Oscars on Sunday.

Sylvester Stallone is still not an Academy Award winner.

Despite many people pegging him to get an acting win in what’s probably his best acting performance ever, Stallone did not take home the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor last night at the Oscars. Mark Rylance won the award for his role in Bridge of Spies.

But no matter! Sly got a nice runner-up prize from none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger, once Stallone’s bitter rival and now, apparently, a friend who offers pick-me-ups. Read more »

OSCAR SUNDAY: Filming The Danish Girl

Rebecca Root in a scene from The Danish Girl.

Rebecca Root in a scene from “The Danish Girl.”

Trans actors Rebecca Root and Jake Graf play cisgender characters in the Academy Award–nominated film The Danish Girl. Watching the film carefully, one would have not noticed their identities until they revealed them later to the press. In an interview, both actors discuss their experience on set and their newfound fame. Read more »

Rocky Is the Best Picture Winner That Says Its Title the Most


Yo, Adrian! Guess which Best Picture winner says its title in the movie more than any other?

At the 49th Academy Awards, Rocky beat All the President’s Men, Bound for Glory, Network and Taxi Driver for Best Picture. That’s pretty amazing in and of itself. That win allowed it to claim another title: Rocky is the Best Picture winner that says its title in the film more than any other. “Rocky” is said in Rocky 73 times, narrowly defeating 1982’s Gandhi (which says “Gandhi” 68 times).

The list was compiled this weekend by West Philadelphia resident Ryan Godfrey, who compiled a spreadsheet of every Best Picture winner — from 1927’s Wings to 2014’s Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) — in the order of times they say their title.

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2015 Academy Awards Roundup: And The Winner of Most Boring Awards Show Of The Year Goes To…

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Neil Patrick Harris and Anna Kendrick during the Oscar’s opening number.

Neil Patrick Harris: I love you, but you were just dreadful last evening, despite your brief stint (no pun intended) in your underwear. Patricia Arquette totally rocked out major girl power. Gaga wore strange red gloves and then surprised the hell out of people later when she totally nailed an entire medley from The Sound of Music. People were uncontrollably bored as a whole. That essentially captures the highlights of last evening’s Academy Awards ceremony, which dragged on and on and on and on. The show finally came to life during a rousing performance of “Glory” by John Legend and Common during the last hour of the night, and the aforementioned Gaga number. Here, to save you the trouble of watching the first two and a half hours of the show on your DVR before things got really good, are our picks for the good, the bad, and the ugly of the night. Read more »

8 Places to Watch the Oscars Live in Philly

This Sunday, February 22nd, Philadelphia is rolling out the red carpet for those of us not fortunate enough to attend the Academy Awards in Los Angeles. We’ve rounded up several local venues hosting Oscar-viewing parties so your experience watching the ceremony on Eastern Standard Time feels at least somewhat like the real thing.

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