The Women’s March, Solange, and the dictionary are now Webby Awards winners


In a very 2017 twist, Merriam-Webster is receiving the internet’s highest honor this year. 

The Webby Awards announced their winners Tuesday morning for the 21st annual ceremony, which will take place May 16.

Solange, Gillian Anderson, and Steve Buscemi are among the winners who will be giving short and sweet five word speeches at the ceremony this year. 

The judging panel this year included Jimmy Kimmel, Making a Murderer’s Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, TED Radio Hour HostGuy Raz, Instagram’s Eva Chen, Questlove, Internet inventor Vint Cerf, Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian, and Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Opal Tometi.  Read more…

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MTV Movie & TV Awards Ditch Gender Specific Categories, But Should Other Awards Shows Follow Suit?

MTV Movie and TV Awards Acting Categories

Normally the MTV Movie Awards are just a way for studios to pander to a younger demographic by having movies look hip and cool by getting nominated for awards like Best Kiss, Best Villain, Best Fight and Best WTF Moment. However, this year the newly dubbed MTV Movie & TV Awards will be a trailblazer in a meaningful way.

The nominations for the MTV Movie & TV Awards were announced this week, and with them came a change in how some of their categories are separated. Rather than dividing up the acting awards with Best Actor and Best Actress categories, there will now be single non-gendered acting categories in both the movie and TV arenas so that non-binary talents are not forced to identify as something they’re not.

Find out more about the revamped MTV Movie and TV Awards acting categories below.

Making a statement regarding the change in acting categories, MTV president Chris McCarthy said, “This audience actually doesn’t see male-female dividing lines, so we said, ‘Let’s take that down.’” This has nominees Emma Watson, nominated for Beauty and the Beast, and Hugh Jackman, nominated for Logan, competing against each other in a single acting category. The same has been done for acting in television as well.

The change comes at the same time gender non-binary actor Asia Kate Dillon wrote a letter to the the Television Academy asking whether the division of categories for the Emmys had to do with a person’s sex or gender identity. Her questioning came as Showtime asked whether she would like to be submitted in the Best Supporting Actor or Best Supporting Actress category for her acclaimed performance on the series Billions. Here’s what she wrote:

“I’d like to know if in your eyes ‘actor’ and ‘actress’ denote anatomy or identity and why it is necessary to denote either in the first place? The reason I’m hoping to engage you in a conversation about this is because if the categories of ‘actor’ and ‘actress’ are in fact supposed to represent ‘best performance by a person who identifies as a woman’ and ‘best performance by a person who identifies as a man’ then there is no room for my identity within that award system binary. Furthermore, if the categories of ‘actor’ and ‘actress’ are meant to denote assigned sex I ask, respectfully, why is that necessary?”

Dillon ended up discovering that the Television Academy doesn’t have any specific requirements regarding sex or gender identity for either category. The actress told Variety, “The Academy supports anyone’s choice to do that, and the Academy is not going to do any sort of check.” This resulted in Dillon choosing Best Supporting Actor, because “actor” is actually meant to be a non-gendered, all-inclusive term.

That’s also why MTV decided to revamp their categories to be Best Actor in a Movie and Best Actor in a Show, allowing talents of every sex and gender identity to be included without making them feel like they don’t fit into either category. The question is, should other awards shows follow suit?

Oscars Voting Process

Should Other Awards Shows Follow Suit?

This issue hasn’t required extensive discussion before since there hasn’t been an actor outside of the gender binary in the running for a major award like this, but as other gender identities become more prominent in the entertainment industry, it’s a discussion worth having.

Since we learned that the Television Academy doesn’t require an actor to be of a certain sex or gender identity to qualify for either the actor or actress categories, there doesn’t seem to be any discrimination for those who identify outside of the gender binary. But in order to avoid these situations, should acting categories in Hollywood’s various awards shows follows in MTV’s footsteps to avoid any possible confusion in the future? Maybe, but not everyone thinks it will have a positive impact.

Melissa Silverstein, founder and editor of Women and Hollywood, a website that advocates for gender equality in film, thinks that doing away with division in the acting categories like this could create a different issue of equality. She told The Guardian:

“We are all for more inclusivity, especially for people who identify as non-binary, but we caution that this could severely effect female nominees in the future. We already know that women are severely underrepresented in many categories – only 20% of the non-acting Oscar nominees were women this year – and so if different awards events decide to remove gender identification from categories it is incumbent upon them to work even harder to make sure a full spectrum of people are included in the nominees as well as in the selection committees.”

Since there is already underrepresentation of woman in Hollywood, it would stand to reason that lumping all actors into a single category could result in more male nominees by default, simply because of how much more prominent male actors are in the industry (though that’s changing more all the time). Then again, it would allow only the best performances across the spectrum to be recognized.

There’s not an easy answer here, but it’s worth noting that the Grammys did away awards that had a distinction between male and female performers, opting for awards like Best Pop Vocal Performance in general. The only problem Hollywood might have with that kind of change is that it will create a smaller chance for their movies to get nominated, and thus have a little less awards buzz than if there were more acting categories for their stars to be placed in.

Other Changes in the MTV Movie & TV Awards

In addition to that change in the acting category, the awards also made a few other changes. First of all, there are two new categories (one being reworked from an older category). There’s Best American Story, awarded to the show or film that shows America at its best, with diversity and an open mind. And there’s also Best Fight Against the System, formerly known as Best Fight, awarded to the film or show whose characters best exemplify fighting against a system that tries to keep them down.

Other than that, some categories have movies and television competing against each other, which is why categories like Best Hero and Best Comedic Performance have nominees from both.

Anyway, if you’d like to check out the full list of nominees, here you go:

MTV Movie & TV Award Nominations

MOVIE OF THE YEAR (Presented by Toyota C-HR)  
Beauty and the Beast (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Get Out (Universal Pictures)
Logan (20th Century Fox)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
The Edge of Seventeen (STX Entertainment)

Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out (Universal Pictures)
Emma Watson – Beauty and the Beast (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Hailee Steinfeld – The Edge of Seventeen (STX Entertainment)
Hugh Jackman – Logan (20th Century Fox)
James McAvoy – Split (Universal Pictures)
Taraji P. Henson – Hidden Figures (20th Century Fox)

Atlanta (FX)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
Insecure (HBO)
Pretty Little Liars (Freeform)
Stranger Things (Netflix)
This Is Us (NBC)

Donald Glover – Atlanta (FX)
Emilia Clarke – Game of Thrones (HBO)
Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin (The CW)
Jeffrey Dean Morgan – The Walking Dead (AMC)
Mandy Moore – This Is Us (NBC)
Millie Bobby Brown – Stranger Things (Netflix)

BEST KISS       
Ashton Sanders & Jharrel Jerome – Moonlight (A24)
Emma Stone & Ryan Gosling – La La Land (Summit Entertainment)
Emma Watson & Dan Stevens – Beauty and the Beast (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Taraji P. Henson & Terrence Howard – Empire (FOX)
Zac Efron & Anna Kendrick – Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates (20th Century Fox)

Allison Williams – Get Out (Universal Pictures)
Demogorgon – Stranger Things (Netflix)
Jared Leto – Suicide Squad (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Jeffrey Dean Morgan – The Walking Dead (AMC)
Wes Bentley – American Horror Story (FX)

BEST HOST       
Ellen DeGeneres – The Ellen DeGeneres Show (NBC)
John Oliver – Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
RuPaul – RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)
Samantha Bee – Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS)
Trevor Noah – The Daily Show (Comedy Central)

13TH (Netflix)
I Am Not Your Negro (Magnolia Pictures)
O.J.: Made in America (ESPN Films)
This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous (YouTube|Red)
TIME: The Kalief Browder Story (Spike)

America’s Got Talent (NBC)
MasterChef Junior (FOX)
RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)
The Bachelor (ABC)
The Voice (NBC)

Adam Devine – Workaholics (Comedy Central)
Ilana Glazer & Abbi Jacobson – Broad City (Comedy Central)
Lil Rel Howery – Get Out (Universal Pictures)
Seth MacFarlane – Family Guy (FOX)
Seth Rogen – Sausage Party (Sony)
Will Arnett – The LEGO Batman Movie (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Felicity Jones – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Grant Gustin – The Flash (The CW)
Mike Colter – Luke Cage (Netflix)
Millie Bobby Brown – Stranger Things (Netflix)
Stephen Amell – Arrow (The CW)
Taraji P. Henson – Hidden Figures (20th Century Fox)

Game of Thrones – Hodor’s (Kristian Nairn) Death (HBO)
Grey’s Anatomy – Meredith tells her children about Derek’s death (Ellen Pompeo) (ABC)
Me Before You – Will (Sam Claflin) tells Louisa (Emilia Clarke) he can’t stay with her (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Moonlight – Paula (Naomie Harris) tells Chiron (Trevante Rhodes) that she loves him (A24)
This Is Us – Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Randall (Lonnie Chavis) at karate (NBC)

Chrissy Metz
Daniel Kaluuya
Issa Rae
Riz Ahmed
Yara Shahidi

Adam Levine & Blake Shelton – The Voice (NBC)
Daniel Kaluuya & Lil Rel Howery – Get Out (Universal Pictures)
Brian Tyree Henry & Lakeith Stanfield – Atlanta (FX)
Hugh Jackman & Dafne Keen – Logan (20th Century Fox)
Josh Gad & Luke Evans – Beauty and the Beast (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Martha Stewart & Snoop Dogg – Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party (VH1)

Blackish (ABC)
Fresh Off the Boat (ABC)
Jane the Virgin (The CW)
Moonlight (A24)
Transparent (Amazon)

Get Out (Universal Pictures)
Hidden Figures (20th Century Fox)
Loving (Focus Features)
Luke Cage (Netflix)
Mr. Robot (USA)

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Here Are the Winners of the 2017 SXSW Film Festival Awards

The 2017 SXSW Film Festival is drawing to a close, but there is still one order of business to attend to: announcing the Jury Award winners.

While on the ground at this year’s SXSW, we were able to talk to so many fantastic filmmakers, sit in on engaging panel discussions, and watch a plethora of exciting films. Now it’s time to see which of the 130 films screened at SXSW rose to the top. Here is the full list of winners of the 2017 SXSW Film Festival.

Narrative Feature Competition

Grand Jury Winner: Most Beautiful Island (Director: Ana Asensio)

Special Jury Recognition for Best Breakthrough Performance: James Freedson-Jackson forThe Strange Ones

Special Jury Recognition for Best Ensemble: Matt Jones, Eleanore Pienta and Will Rogers for A Bad Idea Gone Wrong

Documentary Feature Competition

Grand Jury Winner: The Work (Director: Jarius McLeary and Gethin Aldous)

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Academy Awards Still Have a Long Way to Go on the Path to Diversity [Video Essay]

Academy Awards Diversity Nominations Numbers

Despite the snafu in announcing this year’s winner for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, the fact that Moonlight came out on top after La La Land dominated the awards circuit all season is a big deal. It shows that Oscar voters may finally be embracing diversity in a big way, and not in a way that’s pandering to minorities. They’re just finally starting to recognize more bold and diverse movies, filmmakers, actors and more. But they have a long way to go.

For the 89th Academy Awards, there were 27 total minority nominations. That’s fantastic, but the fact is that there is still a of work to be done. A new video essay takes a look at the stark contrast in numbers between white nominees and minority nominees, and it should come as no surprise that one is favored far more often.

Watch the video essay on Academy Awards diversity nominations numbers below.

The good news is that the Oscars are getting better about recognizing more diverse talents. But at the same time, as the video notes, the real problem is the lack of faith that studios have in movies that aren’t predominantly cast with white actors and actresses. Studios just aren’t taking chances on those movies as often as they should, but movies like Hidden Figures and Get Out are quickly proving that giving movies with more diverse casts a chance isn’t as risky as they think. Furthermore, blockbusters are creating much more colorful ensemble casts. The next step is making sure that the roles these non-white cast members aren’t being cast just as an effort to pander to audiences for better box office.


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2017 Oscar Winners Live-Blog: The 89th Academy Awards Results

2017 Oscar winners

All that planning and campaigning and prognosticating, all that prayer and sweat and blood — they’ve all been leading up to this. Tonight, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents the 89th Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. As usual, there are plenty of smug know-it-alls out there who think they know exactly how this is all going to shake out; as always, you can count on there being a few surprises thrown into the mix.

We’ll be updating live as the results are announced, so follow along with our 2017 Oscar winners live-blog below. 

8:30 PM: OK, here goes! Good luck with your Oscar pools, everyone!

8:48 PM: And the first award of the night goes to…

Actor in a Supporting Role

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel, Lion
Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals 

Commentary: Ali’s been the frontrunner all through awards season, so his win here hardly comes as a surprise. Still, it’s well deserved — and a rare instance of the Academy awarding a performance that isn’t especially showy.

Makeup and Hairstyling

A Man Called Ove
Star Trek Beyond
Suicide Squad

Commentary: Sorry, Deadpool — this year’s big Academy Award-winning superhero movie has turned out to be Suicide Squad.

Costume Design

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Florence Floster Jenkins
La La Land

Documentary Feature

Fire at Sea
I Am Not Your Negro
Life, Animated
O.J.: Made in America

9:24 PM: As my colleague Jacob Hall just pointed out to me, we are one hour into this and we’ve only given out three awards.

9:25 PM: And yet, a break to hand out candy to these poor underfed celebrities. Move it along, Jimmy!

Sound EditingArrival
Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land

Sound Mixing

Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
13 Hours

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2017 Academy Awards Winners — Live Updates Throughout the Night

2017 Academy Awards Winners

The 89th Academy Awards are upon us and it’s time to watch the show and discover the winners of the most prestigious award in Hollywood. The Oscar ceremony is being broadcast live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood with the esteemed Jimmy Fallon as our host of the show this year. There are nine fantastic Best Picture nominees, and I’m looking forward to finally knowing who wins. It has been a very exciting, but also challenging year in 2016. The big battle seems to be between La La Land and Moonlight. It’s finally time to find out who is taking home all the Oscars, and who isn’t, at the Academy Awards. The full list of nominees below will be updated with winners marked once announced live tonight — refresh for all updates.

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Read on for a complete list of #Oscars2017 nominees & winners. Let us know what you think of the results!

This will be updated throughout the night to reflect the winners as revealed. Additionally, I might be adding a small bit of editorial commentary beneath each category. Winners are highlighted in BOLD below. ›››

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