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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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On the heels of winning her first Golden Globe last week, Lady Gaga achieved another career milestone. The 29-year-old singer snagged a Best Original Song nomination for her Diane Warren collaboration, “Til It Happens To You.” Gaga recorded the powerful ballad for the sexual assault documentary, The Hunting Ground.

It appears, not everyone is happy with Mother Monster being recognized by the Academy. Linda Perry being one of them. The prolific singer-songwriter sent out a series of tweets expressing her disapproval of Gaga’s nod.

“I love Gaga so much respect and love this song that has nothing to do with anything. Why did Gaga get credit? Maybe because Diane wanted to ensure her support in promoting the song. Gaga is a very smart business women [sic] she knew a song written by Diane Warren would be up for an Oscar.”

It’ll be interesting to see if this controversy has any effect on whether Gaga walks away with the statue. Poor Diane Warren. Believe it or not, she’s never won an Oscar despite crafting some of cinematic’s most memorable theme songs including “Because You Loved Me”, “How Do I Live,” and “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing.” Always a bridesmaid, never a bride.

Check out all of Perry’s tweets below. Girl definitely puts Gaga on blast.

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2016 Oscars: The Biggest Snubs

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As with every year, when the Oscar nominations are announced, the chatter is equally about the ones that didn’t hear their names as it is the ones who did. Now that the dust has settled, it’s time to discuss the biggest snubs of the 88th annual Academy Awards.

Once again, the biggest buzz surrounding the nominations is the lack of diversity. In the acting categories, not one person of color earned a nod. Will Smith and Idris Elba could’ve easily snagged noms for their work in Concussion and Beasts of No Nation, but were snubbed. As one comment I stumbled upon pointed out, the ladies in the Best Actress race could feasibly be the same woman, just at different points of their lives. #nodiversity

In the Best Picture race, the most glaring omission has to be Carol. The period lesbian drama had plenty of heat at the beginning of the awards season but seem to loss momentum. Straight Outta Compton on the flip side was picking up steam but didn’t make the cut, as did Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Had the latest installment earned a nod, I’m sure ratings for the awards telecast would’ve been huge. When blockbusters are nominated, they usually yield big ratings. Remember Titanic?

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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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The Sound of Music tribute at the 87th Academy Awards was a much-needed boost of adrenaline in an otherwise boring telecast. Lady Gaga was universally praised for it. Julie Andrews raved about Mother Monster’s rendition of the iconic songs and even gave her a heartwarming hug on stage.

One person who had a massively different take on the performance was Shonda Rhimes. The prolific television producer, responsible for so many OMG moments on ABC Thursday night, slammed the performance. She typically exhibits excellent taste when it comes to selecting songs featured on her shows. Perhaps she stole one too many of Olivia Pope’s gigantic glasses of wine.

“That was not okay. I mean, Idina is there. She is right there. RIGHT THERE. And oh dear God, Julie had to hear that. #Oscars2015.” – Shonda Rhimes via Twitter

When fans disagreed with her sentiment, Rhimes replied, “I probably did miss the point. Everyone else loved it. That’s okay.”

While I love Idina Menzel, I’m glad producers chose Lady Gaga. She slayed it. Gaga’s charming performance was powerfully restrained and included just the right amount theatricality. She stole the show in my opinion. Sometimes her outrageous antics take away focus from how gifted a vocalist she truly is. Relive the most memorable moment at the 2015 Oscars below.

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