The legend has spoken — and he makes a great point, too!
In response to the ongoing #OscarsSoWhite controversy over the past few weeks, Sir Ian McKellen spoke on Monday to reporters with a message of warning: disenfranchisement isn't only happening along racial lines.
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The Lord Of The Rings star expressed sympathy for black actors angry about how the Oscars have snubbed them, both recently and historically.
But the acting legend also cautioned that it wasn't just black actors receiving the short end of the Academy Awards' focus, having himself been nominated twice:
It's an honor just to be nominated!
That might be something stars say to themselves at risk of not winning an award, but those words rang true for the talented artists nominated for the 2016 Oscars!
Shortly after Thursday morning's announcement gave an interesting mix of first time actors and Academy veterans, stars released statements expressing their honor and gratitude!
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A-listers like Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Jason Leigh were quick to thank the directors of their respective films, while Brie Larson admitted she was so overcome with joy after getting nominated she was "shaking!"
See what a few of the nominees had to say about being considered for the highest honor in film (below):
Such a great award for such a deserving actor!
Denzel Washington was given the 2016 Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes on Sunday night, and delivered his acceptance speech (above) with his family by his side and the entire room behind him!
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Things got pretty emotional for Denzel — of course, the amazing intro by Tom Hanks didn't help any, nor did the highlight reel of his movies before he even stepped on stage — and the actor kept it short and sweet in his acceptance!
A true pro! So happy for him!!
Next time, though, maybe take Jamie Foxx's offer to bring up your glasses for you, Denzel! LOLz!!
And don't forget to check out the ongoing winners list HERE!
The box office is strong with this one.
Samuel L. Jackson seems to show up in a TON of movies every year, but that doesn't mean he's the box office champ!
With the massive success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Harrison Ford has officially overtaken the Hateful Eight star as the top-grossing actor in United States' box office history, according to Box Office Mojo.
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Even though the box office website marks the Fugitive actor as only having 41 films under his belt — they don't include cameo/voice work or movies without grosses — his movies have grossed an insane
Time for more announcements!
Award season is here which means we get to find out what 2015 movies will be nominated!
While the Golden Globe nominations have already come in, as well as the SAG Awards, and the People's Choice Awards have already passed, it's time for some bigger award shows!
While the Academy Awards won't be announced until next week, the 68th Annual BAFTA Awards were announced via live-stream video this morning by Stephen Fry and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
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The list is mostly what you'd expect, but there were a couple major surprises regarding snubs as neither Jennifer Lawrence or Tom Hanks were nominated. In fact, David O. Russell's Joy wasn't nominated at all!
Another arguable snub was British actress Charlotte Rampling who didn't receive a nomination for her romantic drama 45 Years despite there being buzz that she could land an Oscar nod this year!
Perhaps one of the most puzzling omissions though was Spectre which didn't receive a SINGLE nomination! The reason this is a bit of a shock is the previous Bond film, Skyfall, not only won Outstanding British Film in 2013, but it was nominated for eight total awards!
Ch-ch-check out the full list of nominees (below) and let us know who you think was snubbed!
Rita Wilson has some AH-mazing news!
Eight months after announcing her breast cancer diagnosis (and the following double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery), the actress revealed on Wednesday that she has beat breast cancer!
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Tom Hanks' other half excitedly shared at The Hollywood Reporter's Power 100 Breakfast:
"I am cancer free. I'm one hundred percent healthy!"
Ahh! We couldn't be happier for Rita!
The 59-year-old has big plans now that she's got her health back, revealing she and her band are going on tour:
Well that's a choice!
On Tuesday, Tom Hanks stepped out with his wife Rita Wilson for the 25th Annual Simply Shakespeare Benefit in Santa Monica, California. Now that might not seem terribly odd for the A-List couple — but what seemed unusual was the blond hair that the Oscar winner was sporting.
The Savings Mr. Banks actor appears to have traded in his classically brown locks for some new and improved blond hair. Shocking, right?
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The 59-year-old complimented his new 'do with a traditional white button-down as well as a gray tie and pants combo. Is someone going through a mid-life crisis??
Nonetheless, this isn't the first time Tom's spiced up his look in recent months. Back in October, the Toy Story star wore a gray wig and mustache while on the set of his latest film Sully.
Not to mention, Tom had a fairer look last month too when he joked that he was surprised his wife went out with him.
At the Outfest Legacy Awards, he commented: