Oscars 2012

And the Oscar for Most Racist Host Goes to Billy Crystal in Blackface?

by Jorge Rivas on Feb 26, 2012 11:51PM

During the opening sequence of the Oscars on Sunday night a blackfaced clad Billy Crystal revived his Sammie Davis Jr. impression.

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True Story: Oscar Statue Modeled After Mexican Man

by Jorge Rivas on Feb 26, 2012 3:08PM

The most recognized trophy in the world known simply as "Oscar" is modeled after Mexican filmmaker and actor Emilio Fernandez.

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Domestic Workers Use Oscar Buzz Around 'The Help' to Create Change

by Rinku Sen on Feb 24, 2012 10:05AM

The film isn't perfect, to be sure, but it offers a strategic opening to organizers fighting for domestic workers' rights. And they've been smart enough to exploit it.

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Who Picks the Oscars? White Men.

by Jorge Rivas on Feb 20, 2012 9:32AM

An L.A. Times study of Oscar voters finds that their demographics are much less diverse than the moviegoing public.

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2012's Predictably (Mostly) White Oscar Nominees

by Jamilah King on Jan 25, 2012 9:39AM

We shouldn't be surprised that this year's crop of Oscar nominees largely ignored people of color. But it's still disappointing.

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