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For two straight years #OscarsSoWhite became a trending topic after the Academy Awards announced their nominations featuring all-white performers in the acting categories. The Academy vowed to address the situation and implement a series of changes to the Academy’s voting membership to double the number of diverse members by 2020. It appears they’re putting their money where their mouth is.

The 2016 class, consisting of 683 invited new members, is the most diverse yet. The new class, an Academy record in size, is 46% female and 41% people of color. Should all the invitees accept the honor, the number of women members moves from 25% to 27%, while the members of color jumps from 8% to 11%.

“This class continues our long-term commitment to welcoming extraordinary talent reflective of those working in film today,” wrote Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “We encourage the larger creative community to open its doors wider, and create opportunities for anyone interested in working in this incredible and storied industry.”

Check out all the potential new members below.

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The 88th Academy Awards air tomorrow Sunday, February 28 on ABC. The ceremony begins at 5:30 pm PST with the red carpet footage starting at 4:00 pm. Are you planning on tuning in? I am and holding a small soiree to watch it all go down.

During the marathon telecast, multiple bathroom breaks are needed. Let’s face it, most people tend to do it during the technical awards. While necessary to elevate every movie, their categories go mostly unnoticed. That is until now.

YouTube channel Burger Fiction compiled an epic supercut featuring every Oscar winner in the Best Visual Effects category since the first show. From Wings to Interstellar, every award-winning film is highlighted. Check out the montage below.

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The second round of 2016 Oscar presenters have been announced. Like the first wave, it’s all about diversity from the producers who are attempting to divert attention away from the #oscarssowhite controversy.

ABC stars Priyanka Chopra and Kerry Washington are set to hit the stage at some point, as well as Korean actor Byung-hun Lee and legendary producer Quincy Jones. Check out the entire list below.

The awards will be handed out on February 28 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, beginning at 7pm EST on ABC.

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While the nominees for the 88th Academy Awards are as white as freshly fallen show, the first wave of presenters not so much so. Definitely not #oscarssowhite action going on here. Wisely, the Academy has chosen a diverse list of personalities.

“Each of these artists bring a wonderfully distinctive element to the Oscars stage,” producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin said in a statement. “Together they represent the many thrilling ways stories can be shared about the human experience, and we’re honored they will be part of the celebration.”

When I say diverse, I mean diverse. You have black, white, young, old, gay, straight, American and international stars in the mix. Check out the first round of presenters below.

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve no doubt heard about the controversy surrounding the 88th annual Oscars. The Academy has received plenty of criticism for having all white actors nominated in the acting categories for the second straight year in a row. A few celebrities including Will and Jada Pinkett Smith are boycotting this year’s ceremony out of protest.

Naturally, the Academy is looking at ways to ensure this doesn’t happen again. In an unanimous vote, a series of changes to the Academy’s voting membership was passed Thursday night. Lifetime voting rights will be reframed, along with new governor seats added all to double the number of diverse members by 2020. Read the full statement below.

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88th Academy Award Nominations Announced

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Nominations for the 88th Annual Academy Awards were announced Thursday morning inside the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills. Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs along with directors Guillermo Del Toro and Ang Lee and actor John Krasinski took turns revealing the nominations.

Leading the pack with 12 nods in all was Alejandro González Iñárritu’s frontier revenge tale, The Revenant. It scored Best Director, Best Picture and Best Actor for Leonardo DiCaprio to name a few. Nipping at its heels in second place was Mad Max: Fury Road with 10 nods, followed by The Martian and Carol with seven and six respectively.

I’m glad to see that sentimental favorite Sylvester Stallone got noticed for Creed. Having scored another nomination for playing Rocky Balboa is a great story. He could conceivably snag his first Oscar. The original Rocky won Best Picture, but Stallone wasn’t a producer. The categories he was nominated in, Best Actor and Best Screenplay, he didn’t win.

The awards will be handed out on February 28 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, beginning at 7pm EST on ABC. Check out all the nominees below.

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Chris Rock Confirmed To Host The 2016 Oscars

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After much speculation, it’s confirmed that Chris Rock will host the 88th Academy Awards. It marks the second time the 50-year-old comedian has hosted the annual event. He previously held court in 2005 for the 77th Oscars telecast.

“I’m so glad to be hosting the Oscars,” said Rock. “It’s great to be back.”

Rock follows in the recent footsteps of Neil Patrick Harris (2015), Ellen DeGeneres (2014) and Seth MacFarlane (2013). Check out below the Saturday Night Live alum’s opening monologue from his first stint as Oscar host.

“Chris Rock is truly the MVP of the entertainment industry,” Academy Awards producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin said in a statement. “Comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, documentarian — he’s done it all. He’s going to be a phenomenal Oscar host!”

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Like clockwork, the ‘In Memoriam‘ segment during the Oscars telecast sparks outrage immediately after it airs. Inevitably, there’s people omitted that the viewing public feel should’ve been included. Joan Rivers was the case this year.

While the comedy legend never won an Oscar or was ever nominated for one (although some say she was robbed for Spaceballs LOL), she was an integral part to the annual extravaganza with her red carpet coverage. She immortalized the phrase, “Who are you wearing?”

Naturally, Joan’s daughter, Melissa, was “disappointed” with her mom’s omission. According to TMZ, she wasn’t happy about the snub with sources saying she was left disappointed by the decision not to include Joan.

Read the Academy’s response to the snub below, along with watching the ‘In Memoriam’ segment just in case you missed it the first time around.

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