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Exclusive: The Problem With This Year’s Academy Award Nominations, Film Critic Breaks It Down

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Chris Pine, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs and directors, Alfonso Cuarón and J.J. Abrams took the stage at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills on Thursday morning to announce the nominees for the 2015 Academy Awards.

Every year, the Golden Globes sets the precedent for award season, so it is no surprise that some of the Golden Globe front runners, like Birdman, Foxcatcher, The Theory of Everything and Boyhood were also recognized by the Academy. However, there seemed to be something completely missing from this year’s Oscar nominations, the lack of diversity.

Selma was nominated for Best Picture and the film’s track, “Glory,” was recognized for Best Original Song, but what about director, Ava DuVernay? Or the film’s star, David Oyelowo for Actor in a Leading Role?

HipHollywood talked exclusively with film critic, Shawn Edwards who explained his concern with this year’s nominations. “It’s a total lack of respect for any type of cinema outside of mainstream,” Edwards said. “Great cinema is great cinema. Important cinema is important cinema. No female director? Ava or Angelina Jolie for Unbroken?”

He continued, “The lack of diversity is shameful. They have to figure out a way to become more inclusive. The best picture list does not represent the viewing taste of America at all.”

Edwards went on record to say that Boyhood, which was heavily nominated, “was a big gimmick. I respect the technique but it’s not going to stand the test of time, like Selma. 

The Oscars are set to air live on Sunday, February 22nd at 4 p.m. on ABC.

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Dwyane Wade On New Heartfelt Documentary: It’s A Story “I Never Got A Chance To Tell As A Kid”

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It’s been an epic week for Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union.

It first started with one of the biggest trades of the year with Wade returning back to Miami to finish the rest of the season with the Heat. “I was happy,” Wade told us on Thursday night about the trade.

He added, “The journey of the NBA took me to Chicago, it took me to Cleveland, but it also brought me back to Miami; a place from a basketball sense birthed me.”

Days following the big NBA announcement, the lovebirds then celebrated the release of Dwyane’s documentary, Shot in the Dark, which the NBA champion produced alongside Chance the Rapper.

The film follows the Orr Academy High School basketball team on Chicago’s Westside. Throughout the documentary, cameras capture the journey of individual athletes trying to make it to the NBA despite growing up in the violent streets of Chicago.

During the screening, Wade also opened up to HipHollywood about why the project was near and dear to his heart. “It’s home,” the Chicago native said. “I jumped on board right away because it’s a story being told that I never got a chance to tell as a kid. To be able to shed some positive light on a tough, dark situation for us was big.”

Union added, “I’m so proud. Coming up on Hoop Dreams … It explores so many other topics that are critical to kids in Chicago.”

As for whether or not D-Wade picked up some advice from his TV star boo, not quite. When asked what tips Union gave Wade ahead of the project, the actress told us, “None. You have to learn. Humility and school of hard knocks. Things are not going to go your way and you have to learn through experience just like the rest of us.”

Check out the documentary on February 24 on Fox Sports.

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