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Dev Patel on 'Lion' and talking to the real Saroo Brierley

For Dev Patel, “Lion” wasn’t just another movie. For one thing, it earned him an Oscar nominated for Best Supporting Actor. For another, he got to learn something about humankind. The film relates the true story of Saroo Brierley, who at 5 was separated from his mother and brother, who lived in a...

Monday, February 27, 2017 - 12:46pm

Was Oscars mix-up a Kimmel prank?

There have been plenty of award show blunders in recent history, like John Travolta's messy introduction of the "wickedly talented"Idina Menzel, Jennifer Lawrence's slippery feet on stage and on the red carpet, and Kanyebombing Taylor Swift's acceptance speech.But none, arguably, have been as...

Monday, February 27, 2017 - 9:43am

'Moonlight' really is best picture after all: Oscar mix up

The announcers might have been in "La La Land" when they read the wrong name for the "best picture" winner at the Academy Awards Sunday night, but the movie by the same name definitely didn't win."This is not a joke," producer Jordan Horowitzfrom "La La Land" said, interrupting the speeches of his...

Monday, February 27, 2017 - 12:18am

'Moonlight' wins over 'La La Land' in big Oscar mix-up

For months, in the magma of Twitter and in the spaces of newspapers and arts publications, a battle has waged over "La La Land." Is it the greatest thing ever? Or is it a strained nuisance, falling far short of the dreamy musicals it passionately emulates? Or, you know, is it somewhere in between?...

Monday, February 27, 2017 - 12:09am

Jimmy Kimmel's Oscars still has loads of fat

The Oscars haven’t been short since before they were televised, starting in 1953. And though there’s always talk about cutting it down, chopping off the untold fat, they’re somehow always overflowing with time-sucking nonsense. This year wasn’t terribly lean. Jimmy Kimmel did something or other...

Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 11:40pm

#OscarsSoInclusive the theme of this year's Academy Awards so far

Fourteen Oscars ago, Michael Moore was criticized for using his “Bowling for Columbine” win to attack Dubya. Cut to 2017 and it’s almost a letdown when winners don’t take on the sitting president. In fact, most of them went high, not low, speaking about the importance of diversity and inclusivity....

Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 10:00pm

Justin Timberlake eases us into a Trump-bashing Oscars

The 2017 Academy Awards are the biggest powder keg since the ceremony in 2003, which was held mere days after the start of the Iraq War. So it kicked off light. It started with Justin Timberlake strutting through the theater, singing his song from “Trolls.” He did more than make sure we never had...

Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 9:08pm

Oscars 2017: Worst dressed at the Academy Awards

Amid the glitz and glam on the red carpet at the 2017 Oscars hid a couple of fashion faux pas.From Bianca Blanco's barely there look to Scarlett Johansson's cotton candy stripes, a few of the looks fell flat on Sunday.Looks fromstars like Emma Stone, who shimmered in a gold Givenchy andTaraji P....

Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 8:32pm

What is 'The Red Turtle'? Your guide to the lesser-known Oscar nominees

Full disclosure: Even we, journalists who see hundreds of movies year, haven’t seen all the Oscar-nominees. We almost have, though. Our list of embarrassing misses includes two from the Best Foreign-Language Film roster (“A Man Called Ove” and “Tanna”) and two from the Best Original Song one (“Jim...

Friday, February 24, 2017 - 12:38pm

How to pronounce Mahershala Ali and other Oscar nominees' names

Don’t pull a Travolta. Chances are you’re probably pronouncing plenty of this year’s Oscar nominees’ names wrong. Like Mahershala Ali — how badly are you butchering it? Do you know how to say “Denis Villeneuve”? Are you pronouncing “Viola” in Viola Davis right? Do you sound French enough when...

Friday, February 24, 2017 - 11:40am

Melanie Lynskey on her crazy new movie and wishing people were nicer

In “I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore,” we get to see the very nice Melanie Lynskey play super grumpy. She’s Ruth, a depressed Portland woman who drinks crappy beer, wears dumpy clothes and thinks “everyone’s an asshole.” Her irritation with humankind reaches toxic levels after she’s...

Friday, February 24, 2017 - 10:13am

The Stanley Kubrick experience that became a Boston tradition

The Museum of Fine Arts’ annual Stanley Kubrick retrospective runs for so long and has become such a Boston repertory film tradition it sometimes feels like it’s always going on, or as creepy Delbert Grady says to Jack Torrance in “The Shining” — Saturday’s closing night film — “you’ve always been...

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 5:22pm

Watch the jokey 'prologue' to 'Alien: Covenant'

It’s not the first time something like this has happened, but it’s still odd: This morning Fox dropped a "prologue" for “Alien: Covenant.” It’s not the opening; in fact, it’s a scene that might very well not be in the movie at all. It’s meant to give us a taste, tiding us over until the blockbuster...

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 3:02pm

Poll: Which movie should win best picture?

The Oscars may allow 5 million best pictures nominees now (OK, it's just 9), but when it comes down to it, there are usually just a few, or even just one, that is highly favored to win come the big night.This year is no exception (we'll let you guess which movie we're talking about...), but which...

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 2:51pm

Emma Stone vs. Isabelle Huppert: Why the 'Elle' star deserves the Oscar

Early in “La La Land,” Emma Stone’s Mia goes on an audition. She’s a struggling actor, and her latest humiliation involves her bursting into tears on the phone. She does it like a pro — and at the peak of her powers, an assistant barges through the door behind her, asking her auditioners about...

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 2:20pm

We predict this year's top Oscar winners using simple math

Awards season is coming to a close and that means it's time for film's biggest night —the Oscars. Proceededby a series of other ceremonies, there are often few surprises at the Academy Awards.Metro, using a point system based on previous wins, predicts its own winners for the 2017 Oscars.Click here...

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 12:22pm

11 aliens we hope are really out there

Have you heard the rare amazing news? NASA and European astronomers have found seven Earth-sized planets! They’re some 40 light years away, orbiting a dwarf star. That’s not close, but it’s not too far, and some of them may have the right atmosphere to contain oceans, if not land — or even life....

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 9:00am

Oscars 2017 predictions: Who should win, who should lose

Oscar predicting is bulls—. It’s a science the way astrology is a science, which is to say it’s not one. It persists because people love following the Oscar race, even though it’s not really a race. It’s a waiting game — months of thumb-twiddling until the nominations come out and the awards...

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 3:13pm

Samantha Barks on 'Bitter Harvest' and not only doing misery

Samantha Barks doesn’t always have it rough. The English actress is best known for playing heartbroken Eponine in “Les Miserables,” first on stage in London and then in the 2012 movie. And in her new film, “Bitter Harvest,” she takes the role of Natalka, a young woman in Soviet Ukraine who...

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 11:50am

Ryan Gosling was Oscar-nominated for the wrong performance

Ryan Gosling is a great actor. He may even deserve an Oscar this year. Perhaps he’ll get one — but probably not, since his name isn’t Casey Affleck. But on the off-chance that he does stumble onto the stage of L.A.’s Dolby Theatre in a week-plus, he’ll be singing the praises of “La La Land” (but...

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 2:22pm