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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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Review: ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Is Bigger & Better Than The First

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If you liked Kingsman:The Secret Service, get ready for The Golden Circle. Hands downs this Kingsman is bigger, badder and better than the first.

Director Matthew Vaughn really takes it up a notch and gives fans much more action and fight sequences. Right off the top we see Eggsy (Taron Egerton) in this amazing car chase scene that will have you applauding as soon as the Prince track ends.

And while we’re talking music the film has an amazing sound track. And if you didnt know, Elton John is also in the film acting and singing some of his classic tunes.

What I also loved were the new editions.  Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges and Pedro Pascal who play the Statesmen – the American version of the Kingsman –  and the dynamic between the two is pretty comical. Vaughn really explores the difference between the two cultures – mannered men in suits versus macho men in jeans and cowboy boots.

Then there’s Julianne Moore who plays the villain, she’s like this maniacal Martha Stewart esque drug lord and she’s quite good at it.

Now there are some obnoxious moments (like that sex scene between Egerton and Poppy Delevigne).  But I think that’s the point. This franchise is all about turning the spy genre on it’s head and introducing the younger generation to a new type of Bond flick … And we think they are going to love it.

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