• New spotlight, new baby for Oscars-bound Mahershala Ali

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mahershala Ali’s universe is expanding, personally and professionally. After almost 20 years as an actor, he’s attending his first Academy Awards as a star of two of its best picture nominees: he’s Taraji P. Henson’s love interest in “Hidden Figures”; and he’s favored to win the supporting actor Oscar for his portrayal of a compassionate drug dealer in “Moonlight.”

  • From Parker to Gibson, Hollywood’s sliding scale of justice

    NEW YORK (AP) — As the final votes pour in ahead of the Academy Awards’ Tuesday afternoon deadline, Hollywood is drawing to a close an awards season that has, from Nate Parker to Mel Gibson, often been a confounding morality play.

  • How to watch Oscar-nominated flicks from your couch

    NEW YORK (AP) — Movie fans, rejoice! You can watch about two-thirds of the Oscar-nominated flicks from your couch.

  • Review: ‘Fist Fight’ an indulgence in pre-teen male fantasy

    If you like Ice Cube surly and sneering, find penis drawings hilarious and believe real men solve problems by throwing punches, “Fist Fight ” is for you.

  • Isabelle Huppert: ‘I’m not an artist, I’m the canvas’

    NEW YORK (AP) — She’s made more than 100 films over 45 years, not to mention her frequent stage work, and is recognized as not only one of the best actresses to come out of France, but as one of the leading actresses in the world.

  • New Mexico filmmakers left behind as industry booms in state

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — It’s a difficult, unpredictable business. Henry Valdez knows that. He wants in anyway.

  • Q&A: “La La Land” composer on his moment in the spotlight

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — For “La La Land” composer and songwriter Justin Hurwitz, it’s been a long, laborious ride from dreaming up the musical with his old college roommate Damien Chazelle over six years ago to becoming the toast of awards season. His catchy score and songs have broken through, too, securing their own place in the spotlight and overshadowing the likes of Justin Timberlake and Lin Manuel-Miranda in the awards races.

  • Day faces big challenge to stay at No. 1

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — One of Jason Day’s goals at the start of the year was to stay at No. 1 for the entire calendar year. The year is not even two months old, and already he is facing his first big challenge.

  • ‘La La Land’: The curiously divisive Oscar front-runner

    NEW YORK (AP) — These are divisive times. Agreement is hard to come by. Passions on both sides are inflamed. And “Saturday Night Live” is providing some of the most trenchant satire on the matter.

  • The ‘Hidden Figures’ screenwriter had NASA in her blood

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — NASA has been part of “Hidden Figures” screenwriter Allison Schroeder’s life for as long as she can remember. Not only did a childhood near Cape Canaveral mean that the space program was an ever-present reality — fire drills in school were timed so the kids could see the launches and the Challenger explosion was one of her earliest memories — it’s also in her DNA.