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Why is La La Land sweeping the awards?

Why is La La Land sweeping the awards?

Last month, “La La Land” broke the record for most Golden Globes won by a single film after snagging 7 trophies out of 7 nominations. Two weeks later, it made history again when it collected 14 Academy Awards nominations, record-tying with “All About Eve (1951)” and “Titanic (1997)”. It ...

Is Hollywood changing its attitude towards Muslims?

Is Hollywood changing its attitude towards Muslims?

When Donald Trump signed an executive order barring travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States, Hollywood reacted with outrage and disgust. Many of its stars took to social media to condemn their president and his decree, and others joined demonstrators at na...

What Foreign Language films get nominated for Golden Globes and Oscars?

What Foreign Language films get nominated for Golden Globes and Oscars?

When the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences released its 5 Oscar nominees in the Foreign Language Film category, no one was surprised by the absence of  The People’s Republic of China’s submission, Huo Jianqi’s Xuanzang, which depicts the legendary seventh-century spiritual journey ...

The Awards Machine Behind the Golden Globes and Oscars

The Awards Machine Behind the Golden Globes and Oscars

Before I joined the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) in 2010, and became a Golden Globe awards voter, I had often been baffled by the Oscars and Golden Globes choices of nominated films and talent, and vexed by the absence of my favourite movies, which I thought were more artistically dese...

How is China extending its influence across the world?

How is China extending its influence across the world?

As the incoming US administration promises to abolish trade agreements and severing trade ties with the rest of the world, China is spreading its economic and cultural tentacles across the planet, reaching as far as Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. And while major Chinese media companies a...

How did Hollywood pave the way to Trump’s presidency?

How did Hollywood pave the way to Trump’s presidency?

Trump resembles many of the heroes in Hollywood movies. He is a white man, who champions the causes of the disenfranchised, loves America and seeks to defend it from the bad aliens, namely Muslims, Mexicans and Chinese....

Is Whitewashing Ethnic Roles in Hollywood justified?

Is Whitewashing Ethnic Roles in Hollywood justified?

The visage of Tilda Swinton in Marvel’s recently released “Doctor Strange”, in which the English actress plays the Asian Ancient one, has yet again highlighted one of Hollywood’s most criticized habits: Whitewashing, namely casting white actors in non-white roles, particularly the lead ones....

Why Can’t China Win an Oscar?

Why Can’t China Win an Oscar?

Early this month, the American academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences revealed the list of films from 85 countries that would compete for the Best Foreign Language Oscar. This year, mainland China is represented by Huo Jianqi’s historical epic “Xuanzang,”  which depicts the legendary se...

Who Benefits from the Chinese invasion of Hollywood?

Who Benefits from the Chinese invasion of Hollywood?

There was little surprise when Dalian Wanda Group announced last week that it was in talks to buy the Hollywood-based Dick Clark production (DCP), the prolific company behind live television events such as The American Music Awards, The Billboard Music Awards, New Year’s Rockin Eve, So You Think Y...

Is It Right For Leonardo DiCaprio to Play Persian Poet Rumi?

Is It Right For Leonardo DiCaprio to Play Persian Poet Rumi?

A storm of angry criticism has been raging over the internet since writer David Franzoni, who won an Oscar for writing “Gladiator,” revealed in an interview with the Guardian, that he would be working on a biopic about the 13th century Persian-Muslim Poet, Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi and that he ...

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