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Black, Asian and Latino Film Celebrities Form Their Own “Oscars”

imageHOLLYWOOD, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – In an apparent response to the lack of diversity in the Oscar nominations for two years in a row now, a group of famous celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Jay-Z, Tyler Perry and Spike Lee is partnering with Black Entertainment Television (BET) to establish the Boscars, the Black Oscars. The Boscars will award and recognize outstanding achievement in film among  Blacks.

Not to be outdone, Asians in Hollywood led by director Ang Lee, actors Jackie Chan and Lucy Liu, and scriptwriter Ronnie Del Carmen are also forming their own “Academy of Motion Pictures.” They plan to establish their own Oscars which they are calling Ascars.

Of course, Latinos won’t allow themselves to be left behind. They are in discussions with Univision and Telemundo to hold an annual film awards for Latinos. They’re calling it Lascars.

The Internet activist group responsible for the hashtag #Oscarssowhite, has thrown its unconditional support for the triple move by the film celebrities of color.

Meanwhile, Native Americans in film are also in the process of establishing their own Oscars. Unfortunately, the move is on hold until they come up with an appropriate name for their awards. They can’t use NASCAR because that name is patented by the Daytona-based stock car racing organization.

Is this the beginning of the end for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the Oscars as we know it?

Stay tuned!

BEST PICTURE CATEGORY ELIMINATED FROM THIS YEAR’S OSCARS!

imageHOLLYWOOD, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – For the Oscars, actors vote for actors, directors vote for directors, writers vote for writers — at least in the first round of nominations. But all voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences get to cast their ballot for Best Picture as well as the other category winners to be announced this Sunday.

So one would expect all 6,000 plus Oscar voters to have seen the 8 nominees for this year’s Best Picture, right?

Wrong!

A poll conducted by The Hollywood Reporter shows that about 6 percent of Oscars voters have not seen the Best Picture nominees, and that of those who have seen the films, majority saw it on screeners — in other words, on DVD.

Recognizing that film industry insiders no longer want to sit in a crowded theater or listen to their fellow audience members talk and text during the movie, The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences voted today to change the name of their top award from “Best Picture” to “Best DVD.”

An anonymous source within the academy confided: “We only wish this poll had been conducted years ago, so that the Oscars from the 80’s and 90’s could have accurately been given for ‘Best VHS Tape’.”

Are you watching Sunday night’s Oscars?  Who do you predict will win Best DVD?

For the most comprehensive list of confirmed Oscar voters, visit The Academy Awards Project.

 

MANNY PACQUIAO NOW AN OSCAR-VOTING MEMBER OF AMPAS

imageHOLLYWOOD, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – Oscar winners are decided by more than 6,000 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, but not every actor, director, producer, writer, cinematographer, etc. is an automatic Oscar voter. One has to be invited by the Academy.

Champion boxer Manny Pacquiao has just been invited to be an Oscar voter, the first known full-blooded Filipino to be afforded such privilege.

The Academy invited Pacquiao by virtue of his newly-released documentary, “Manny” starring himself and narrated by Academy Award winner Liam Neeson.

The honor is yet another feather in the cap for Pacquiao who, aside from being an eight-time world boxing champion, is also a Philippines congressman, recording artist, basketball playing coach, and  beauty pageant judge (he was on the judging panel of the most recent Miss Universe Pageant).

While his documentary is not eligible for this year’s Oscars, it will be for next year.

Asked by The Adobo Chronicles if he would vote for himself and his film, Pacquiao said, “Op kors!” (Of course). Not surprising since Pacquiao is used to many a hometown decision in his long career.

The Internet site NeverTooEarlyMoviePredictions has a list of more than 4,000 confirmed Academy voters — about 70 percent of the total — in case you want to find out if your favorite actor or director is an Oscar voter.

Here’s to Pacman, Fried of the Pilipeens! (Pride of the Philippines)