Countdown to the 88th Oscars -- Who will win? What will Chris Rock say?
UPI News Service, 02/28/2016
The survival drama "The Revenant" is going into Sunday's 88th Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles with a leading 12 nods, including mentions for Best Picture, Best Director for Alejandro G. Inarritu and Best Actor for Leonardo DiCaprio.
But the suspense of who will go home with a statuette has been eclipsed in recent weeks by the media's and entertainment industry's obsession over what host Chris Rock will say about the fact no artists of color are among the 20 acting nominees for a second year in a row.
The debate over the lack of diversity amongst the nominees led the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to announce sweeping changes to dramatically increase the number of female and non-white people in its membership. While some have applauded the move, others have argued that changing the racial makeup of the academy isn't as necessary as convincing movie studios to make more films with diverse casts.
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