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Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Lupita Nyong’o and the Mexicans

“How much does the Oscar belong to Mexico?” a reporter asked actress Lupita Nyong’o the day after the 2014 Academy Awards. Her answer “It all belongs to me.” A few months earlier, when “12 Years a Slave” premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, she was more diplomatic. She explained that she was born in Mexico, that her

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Searching for Redemption

In Searching for Sugar Man, Rodriguez the man feels more like an awkward prop in a story of white redemption rather than the star of his own movie.

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Not For a Better World

When the Danish film, “For a Better World,” won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film Sunday night, I immediately started googling it– all the descriptions and reviews suggested it took place “in an African village” (it...

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Africa at the Oscars

Apart from Charlize Theron and her dress, the very big continent of Africa was indirectly represented at the Academy Awards last night when the short film, “Music by Prudence” won for best documentary short. As you know...