Mahershala Ali is the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar—ever

Mahershala Ali took home the first Oscar of the night, securing the best supporting actor trophy for his role as Juan in Barry Jenkins' "Moonlight." Ali is the first Muslim actor in history to win an Academy Award. He spoke movingly of his faith while accepting the SAG award for supporting actor for "Moonlight" last month. "I want to thank my teachers, my professors, my so many wonderful teachers." You're in service to these stories and these characters and I'm so blessed to have had an opportunity.

February 27, 2017 02:53 UTC

Guido van Helten: Giant figures appear on rural silos

Photos: Banksy, the elusive street artist A stenciled image of two policemen kissing is seen in London in 2005. Hide Caption 9 of 35 Photos: Banksy, the elusive street artist A set of balloons that reads "BANKSY!" Hide Caption 23 of 35 Photos: Banksy, the elusive street artist A Banksy mural is seen on a wall in Queens. Hide Caption 28 of 35 Photos: Banksy, the elusive street artist "The Crayola Shooter" is found in Los Angeles in 2011. Hide Caption 34 of 35 Photos: Banksy, the elusive street artist A man walks past a Banksy piece in London in 2006.

February 27, 2017 02:52 UTC

Jimmy Kimmel’s Oscars Opening Monologue

PhotoAs a first-time host of the Oscars, Jimmy Kimmel joked ahead of time that he would wing it. He clearly had some material prepared ahead of time, and used his opening monologue to get in some political shots. Well I’ve ruined the Oscars already, I don’t know what to say. I’m excited, I’ve never been to the Oscars before. Advertisement Continue reading the main story• I want to say thank you to President Trump.

February 27, 2017 02:50 UTC

Fallen SEAL's dad slams Trump

But Owens told the chaplain he didn't want to see the commander-in-chief. "I told them I didn't want to make a scene about it, but my conscience wouldn't let me talk to him," Owens told the newspaper. The White House has insisted that the raid was a success. But the White House has bristled at any criticism, claiming such comments dishonor the life of Owens' son, the Navy SEAL who died in the raid. The White House official who spoke with CNN said the mission was thoroughly vetted and planning had begun months before during the Obama administration.

February 27, 2017 02:48 UTC

Oscars 2017: Viola Davis Wins Best Supporting Actress For 'Fences'

Viola Davis took home the Oscar for her performance in Fences at the 89th Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday night. Davis was nominated alongside Manchester by the Sea's Michelle Williams, Hidden Figures' Octavia Spencer, Lion's Nicole Kidman and Moonlight's Naomie Harris. Davis, 51, earned the nod for her portrayal of Rose Maxson, the long-suffering wife of the former Negro league baseball player Troy Maxson. Had Davis not won, it would have been one of the largest upsets of the night. With three Academy Award nods, Davis has more Oscar nominations than any other black actress in history.

February 27, 2017 02:48 UTC

Victims fight to shed light on Indonesia's dark past

The farmers are the only two still alive among the 30 villagers who buried the victims that night. Hide Caption 1 of 6 Photos: The Act of Killing The Act of Killing – Adi Zulkadry and Anwar Congo in full makeup. A senior government minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan met with representatives of the victims and their families and listened to their concerns. Indonesia's National Commission on Human Rights has called on the United States to release all historical documents that could shed light on the killings. Untung and the victims he represents waited 50 years for a formal meeting with the government to ask for answers.

February 27, 2017 02:43 UTC

List of winners for 89th Academy Awards so far

Partial list of winners for the 89th annual Academy Awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Production Design: "La La Land," Production Design: David Wasco; Set Decoration: Sandy Reynolds-Wasco. Sound Mixing: "Hacksaw Ridge," Kevin O'Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace. Film Editing: "Hacksaw Ridge," John Gilbert. Animated Feature Film: "Zootopia," Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer.

February 27, 2017 02:39 UTC

Jimmy Kimmel Roasts Donald Trump Throughout Oscar Opening

There’s been a deluge of late-night TV hosts named Jim helming award shows lately (Jimmy Fallon at the Golden Globes, James Corden at the Grammys). While the other Jims took a few shots at Donald Trump throughout their respective nights, Jimmy Kimmel unloaded in a yuuuge way at the Oscars on Sunday. Kimmel started the show by talking about the divide within the country and explaining how to actually make America great again. “If every one of you took a minute to reach out to one person you disagree with, someone you like, and have a positive, considerate conversation — not as liberals or conservatives, as Americans — if we would all do that, we can make America great again,” said the host.

February 27, 2017 02:26 UTC

Jimmy Kimmel Attacks Donald Trump During Oscars For His War On The Media

As expected, Jimmy Kimmel went after Donald Trump almost immediately during the 89th annual Academy Awards ceremony. After he repeatedly roasted Trump in his Oscars monologue, Kimmel spent his first transitional segment making fun of the president for calling the media “fake news.”Kimmel asked if anyone from CNN, the Los Angeles Times or the New York Times were in the building, and then jokingly asked them all to leave. “We have no tolerance for fake news,” said Kimmel, adding, “Fake tans we love.”The comedian went on to kid that anybody who works for an organization with “Times” in the name ― including “Medieval Times” ― was no longer welcome. People on Twitter seemed to particularly like the shoutout to the popular knight-themed dinner theater venue.

February 27, 2017 02:26 UTC

Assailing the White House From Hollywood’s Glass House

And, for all the talk of inclusion in the political speechifying leading up to the Oscars, how inclusive is Hollywood’s own house, anyway? “The OscarsSoWhite hashtag has to be viewed as a synecdoche for ‘industry so white,’” said Franklin Leonard, the founder of The Black List, a script crowdsourcing site. Mr. Leonard’s argument is that in Hollywood, the more diverse the executive ranks, the better the chance for diversity in storytelling. Also, this year’s awards saw a second chance for Mel Gibson, whose best director nomination for “Hacksaw Ridge” came just over 10 years after he made anti-Semitic and misogynist remarks during a drunken-driving arrest. But Hollywood’s judgment would go a lot further if it directed some of that political energy back at itself.

February 27, 2017 02:26 UTC

Oscars 2017: Jimmy Kimmel’s most biting monologue jokes

Host Jimmy Kimmel gives his Oscars monologue. Here are some of the most cutting jokes from his monologue:— “Thanks Justin [Timberlake]. I think the Scientology is working, I really do.”[Oscars 2017: Complete coverage]— “I’ve known Matt [Damon] for a long time. [The camera cuts to Meryl Streep.] The highly overrated Meryl Streep, everyone.

February 27, 2017 02:26 UTC

100 Headstones Toppled at a Jewish Cemetery in Philadelphia

PhotoThe police in Philadelphia found about 100 toppled headstones at a Jewish cemetery on Sunday, less than one week after a similar discovery was made in Missouri. Officers said they counted about 100 damaged headstones, which were most likely toppled sometime Saturday night. Also on Monday, 11 bomb scares were called into Jewish community centers nationwide, the fourth wave of such threats this year. State and local officials denounced the destruction at the Mount Carmel Jewish Cemetery, describing it as an act of vandalism. There are about 220,000 members of the Jewish community in the Philadelphia area, she said.

February 27, 2017 02:26 UTC

Inside Pyongyang: How North Korea is changing

Pyongyang, North Korea (CNN) I've just returned from my tenth reporting trip to North Korea. Hide Caption 1 of 67 Photos: Inside North Korea A tiger is seen at a zoo in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Sunday, February 19. Hide Caption 6 of 67 Photos: Inside North Korea North Korean soldiers watch fireworks in Pyongyang on Thursday, February 16. Hide Caption 8 of 67 Photos: Inside North Korea A soldier stands guard in North Korea on February 16. Hide Caption 64 of 67 Photos: Inside North Korea Pyongyang Airport is the first stop on tours of North Korea.

February 27, 2017 02:24 UTC

An Underrated HBO Series Will Serve As The Legacy For Late Actor Bill Paxton

Paxton's amiable supporting roles were an important ingredient in any number of eminently watchable blockbusters from Tombstone to Twister, from True Lies to Titanic. This alternate ending of what was then the highest-grossing film of all time, neatly sums up Paxton's film career. But Paxton's finest performance came on the small screen in HBO's Big Love. But with a little distance, it becomes easier to appreciate Big Love, and Paxton's role in anchoring its impressive ensemble. Big Love, about a polygamous Mormon family in Utah, was built around risky material.

February 27, 2017 02:15 UTC

Director Ava DuVernay's Oscars Dress Sends A Powerful Political Message

Ava DuVernay used her platform at the Oscars ― and her gorgeous dress ― to make a powerful statement against Donald Trump at the awards show on Sunday. The Oscar-nominated director and screenwriter explained via Twitter why her look for the Academy Awards was “a small sign of solidarity.”“I chose to wear a gown by a designer from a majority Muslim country,” DuVernary tweeted from her account. “Thanks to @AshiStudio of Lebanon.”

February 27, 2017 02:15 UTC

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