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J.K. Simmons bullies his way to Oscars gold HOLLYWOOD: J.K. Simmons won the best supporting actor Oscar on Sunday for playing a bullying jazz teacher in "Whiplash," which powerfully explores the limits of sadism and abuse.He bested rivals Robert Duvall ("The Judge"), Ethan Hawke ("Boyhood"), Edward Norton ("Birdman") and Mark Ruffalo ("Foxcatcher"). Simmons, who has been the odds-on favorite in the category after sweeping up trophies throughout Hollywood's awards season, gave a warm speech thanking his wife, children and parents."If you are lucky enough to have a parent or two alive on this planet, call them. Don't text, don't e-mail. Call them on the phone," he told the Oscars audience at the Dolby Theatre.In "Whiplash," Simmons plays Fletcher, a feared top teacher at an elite music conservatory not unlike the famed Julliard School in New York.He notices Andrew, a promising young drummer who has just enrolled at the school, and selects him for a school jazz band entered ...

Host Neil Patrick Harris launches 2015 Oscars show HOLLYWOOD: The 87th Academy Awards got underway on Sunday with host Neil Patrick Harris launching the show, after Hollywood's brightest walked up a rain-soaked Oscars red carpet.Dark comedy "Birdman" and coming-of-age drama "Boyhood" are widely expected to duel it out for the top prize of the night, best picture, to be awarded at the climax of the more than three-hour show.Harris, hosting his first Oscars, kicked off the proceedings on an edgy note, saying it ...

'Birdman' and 'Boyhood' battle for Oscars glory HOLLYWOOD: Dark comedy "Birdman" and coming-of-age drama "Boyhood" headed into battle Sunday for the prestigious top prize at the Oscars, Hollywood's biggest night, as the main event got under way.Host Neil Patrick Harris launched the more than three-hour show with a song and dance routine about the movie industry itself -- including a joke about the lack of any non-white actors in the four acting categories."Tonight we honor Hollywood's best and whitest ... sorry, brightest," ...

'Ida': haunting look at war, trauma and identity WARSAW: which won the best foreign language film Oscar on Sunday -- is a haunting and controversial drama that lays bare the difficult legacy of the Nazi occupation of Poland and post-war Stalinist rule.The black-and-white film shot with uncompromising honesty by Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski has sparked criticism at home, while earning awards abroad, including a BAFTA."We made a film about ... the need for silence and withdrawal from the world and contemplation, and here ...

Swag bags worth $168,000 make every Oscar loser a winner HOLLYWOOD: Twenty Oscar-nominated directors, actors and actresses will go home Sunday without a coveted statuette -- but they won't be entirely empty-handed.For them, there will be swag bags worth $168,000 each, put together by a Los Angeles niche marketing outfit called Distinctive Assets."This year's bag is the most valuable collection of swag ever assembled at an Oscars gifting suite," said Vanity Fair magazine on its website.The contents range in value from $5 to $20,000, including ...

Disney's 'Big Hero 6' delights with new kind of Marvel star HOLLYWOOD: The huge cuddly white robot in "Big Hero 6" -- which hardly could be less like a typical Marvel superhero -- stole viewers' hearts and took home the best animated feature Oscar Sunday.The movie is Disney's first based on Marvel comic book characters since it bought Marvel Entertainment Inc. in 2009.Set in fictional San Fransokyo, the Japanese-themed film tells the story of young Hiro Hamada, a robot-obsessed nerd who is devastated when his older ...

Patricia Arquette calls for equality at Oscars acceptance HOLLYWOOD: Patricia Arquette won the Oscar for best supporting actress Sunday for her role in coming-of-age drama "Boyhood" -- and embraced the moment to make an impassioned plea for gender equality.It was Arquette's first Academy Award and she used her precious few seconds on the Oscar stage to demand equality for American women -- a gesture which saw the Dolby Theatre roar in approval."To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of ...


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