Academy Awards

You Better Believe Donald Trump Had Some Thoughts About the Oscars

Donald Trump, who is the literal president of the United States, had a pretty fiery take about last night's Best Picture fiasco at the Academy…
Jeremy Gordon / February 27, 2017

The Oscars Accidentally Killed Someone, Too

Big screw-ups at the Oscars last night. The major one, as you're surely aware: The presenters initially awarded Best Picture to La La Land, which didn't win, instead…
Jordan Sargent / February 27, 2017

Oscars 2017: Who Was Responsible for the Best Picture Fiasco?

Awards shows are generally pretty boring, but the ending of last night's Academy Awards ceremony offered something incredibly bizarre: La La Land was inadvertently announced as the winner…
Jeremy Gordon / February 27, 2017

August Wilson’s 1990 Spin Essay on Fences: “I Don’t Want to Hire Nobody Just ‘Cause They’re Black”

"I don't want to hire nobody just 'cause they're black." Eddie Murphy said that to me. We were sitting in his house in New Jersey…
August Wilson / February 22, 2017

Watching I Am Not Your Negro in Harlem

Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro played at three New York theaters during its opening weekend. I attended the Sunday morning screening at the…
Brian Josephs / February 6, 2017

Why Oscar Voters Fell For La La Land’s Astroturfed Underdog Narrative

A few weeks ago, for the first time in its exponentially rising awards season trajectory, the night belonged to La La Land. And at the…
Emily Yoshida / January 24, 2017

Former Black Flag Bassist Kira Roessler Won an Oscar Last Night

The Academy probably doesn't even realize that they awarded a former member of Black Flag last night. Kira Roessler, who played bass with Henry Rollins…
Dan Weiss / February 29, 2016

Ennio Morricone Wins First Best Original Score Oscar for ‘The Hateful Eight’

Italian composer Ennio Morricone won the Academy Award for Best Original Score for his work on Quentin Tarantino's 2015 Western, The Hateful Eight. It's Morricone's…
Rachel Brodsky / February 28, 2016

Dave Grohl Covers the Beatles for Oscars’ In Memoriam Montage

Following sets from Best Original Song nominees the Weeknd and Sam Smith, Dave Grohl made a special appearance at the 2016 Academy Awards, covering the…
Rachel Brodsky / February 28, 2016

The Weeknd Croons His Way Through ‘Earned It’ at the Academy Awards

Fifty Shades of Grey might've cleaned up at the Razzies yesterday, but the soundtrack got some love at the Academy Awards, and the Weeknd was on…
James Grebey / February 28, 2016

Sam Smith Performed ‘Writing’s On the Wall’ at the 2016 Oscars

Update: He won. Watch his... charming acceptance speech below. Sam Smith performed his Oscar-nominated song, "Writing's On the Wall," tonight at…
Rachel Brodsky / February 28, 2016

ANOHNI Will Boycott the 2016 Oscars

Despite being one of the five artists nominated for Best Original Song at the 2016 Academy Awards, ANOHNI will not be attending the show this Sunday,…
James Grebey / February 25, 2016

Oscar 2016 Best Original Song Nominees: Sam Smith, Lady Gaga, the Weeknd, and More

The Academy Award nominations for this year's Best Original Song have just been announced, and they include recent Golden Globe winner "Writing's On the Wall"
Brennan Carley / January 14, 2016

Academy Award Best Original Song Shortlist: Ellie Goulding, the Weeknd, Eminem, and More

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the group behind the Oscars, have revealed the 74 songs that are eligible to be nominated for…
James Grebey / December 11, 2015

Every Oscar Winner for Best Original Song, Ranked

It was 1935 when Con Conrad and and Herb Magidson took home the first-ever Oscar for Best Original Song: "The Continental," from the Fred Astraire…
Andrew Unterberger / February 19, 2015
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