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Kevin Hart arrives on the red carpet for the 87th Oscars on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)

NYT Editor Defends Kevin Hart: ‘We Are Setting Standards Nobody Can Meet’

New York Times editor Susan Fowler wrote in an opinion-editorial that the ousting of comedian Kevin Hart as host of the Oscars over the resurfacing of his previous gay jokes sets unattainable standards of uprightness and called for the A-lister to be forgiven, citing his heartfelt apology.

Host Chris Rock, right, and children participate in a skit at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Chris Rock Under Fire for Asian Jokes at the Oscars

Oscars host Chris Rock came under fire from at least one prominent actress and some commentators and social media users for a joke involving Asian children during Sunday night’s telecast.

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 11: Singer Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnson's is photographed for The Observer Magazine on May 11, 2012 in New York City. ON EMBARGO UNTIL SEPTEMBER 20, 2012. (Photo by Mike McGregor/Contour by Getty Images)

First Transgender Nominee Pledges to Boycott Oscars

Singer and artist Anohni, the first transgender artist ever to be nominated for an Academy Award, will boycott this year’s ceremony, explaining the reason in a lengthy essay.

Black Celebrities to Host #JusticeForFlint Event to Rival Oscars

Black Celebrities to Host #JusticeForFlint Event to Rival Oscars

Hollywood A-list directors Ava DuVernay and Ryan Coogler and other black entertainers like singer Janelle Monae and comedian Hannibal Burress, among others, will host a #JUSTICEFORFLINT event during the broadcast of the 88th Academy Awards.

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Study: Liberal Hollywood Excludes Women, Minorities & LGBT People

A study released on Monday by the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism finds that Hollywood’s problems with diversity are the result of the entire industry discriminating against women, minorities, and and the LGBT community.

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FCC Launches Inquiry into TV Diversity

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has launched an inquiry into the state of diverse programming on television, seeking to determine whether independent programmers face undue burdens in gaining carriage from traditional cable operators and other multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs).

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Spielberg Blasts #OscarsSoWhite: ‘No Inherent or Dormant Racism’ in the Academy

Hollywood titan Steven Spielberg became the latest industry figure to weigh in on the #OscarsSoWhite controversy on Thursday, saying in an interview that he does not believe there is “inherent or dormant racism” in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) and that he is “not 100 percent” supportive of the Academy’s dramatic rule changes to increase diversity within the organization.

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Thank Yous Banned from Oscar Acceptance Speeches

This year’s Oscar broadcast could be a lot less boring as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Monday that acceptance speeches can no longer contain the endless lists of “thank yous” that have become a staple at the awards ceremony.

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Academy President to Old White Members: I’ve Asked ‘the Elephant in the Room to Leave’

At the annual Oscars nominee luncheon on Monday, Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs highlighted the organization’s new rule changes as a positive step to combat the diversity controversy surrounding this year’s Academy Awards. Speaking of the new rules aimed at purging the voting rights of older, white Academy members to increase diversity, Isaacs said that she had asked “the elephant in the room” to “leave.”

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‘Creed’ Director Told Sylvester Stallone Not to Boycott ‘White Oscars’

In an interview at the Academy Awards nominee luncheon in Beverly Hills on Monday, Sylvester Stallone said he had considered joining in the boycott of this year’s Oscars to protest its lack of diversity, but then changed his mind when he consulted the director of the film responsible for getting him there.