Why are all the Oscar nominated actors white?

Inside Daily Brief — 1/14/2016


Could this be the end of Bad Luck Leo?

The Oscar nominations were announced: “The Revenant” leads with 12 nominations, “Mad Max: Fury Road” scores 10. Other films in the running for Best Picture: “Bridge of Spies,” “Spotlight,” “The Big Short,” “The Martian,” “Brooklyn” and “Room.” As with last year’s controversial nominations, all of this year’s acting nominees are white. 

[ @lons: For more Oscar reactions, see our special section below! GOOOOO “FURY ROAD”! WITNESS ME! ]

British actor Alan Rickman has died at age 69 from cancer. Rickman was best known to U.S. audiences as the villainous Hans Gruber from the original “Die Hard” and Professor Snape from the “Harry Potter” films. Potter author JK Rowling called him “a magnificent actor and a wonderful man.” 

[ @whatnewworld84: For some of Rickman’s best work though, you need look no further than his performance in “Play,” written by Samuel Beckett. ]
[ @lons: I’ve included some more Rickman recommendations — “Galaxy Quest” is mandatory viewing if you’ve not seen it — below! ]

A terrorist attack in Jakarta, Indonesia, killed two bystanders and all five perpetrators. Suicide bombers detonated explosions in traffic and outside a Starbucks. ISIS has taken responsibility for the first time in a Southeast Asian attack.

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Three winning Powerball tickets were sold in the U.S.; winners from California, Florida and Tennessee will split the $1.6 billion jackpot. Shortly after the numbers were announced, it was revealed that a 7-Eleven store in Chino Hills, CA, sold a winner, leading to total pandemonium. Identities of the winners have not been announced.

Adele tooled around London with James Corden for a new “Carpool Karaoke.” The recurring bit finds the “Late Late Show” host driving celebrities around as they casually sing and chat. Adele performs “Hello” and raps to Nicki Minaj’s “Monster” verse.

A new 10 minute “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” reel demonstrates the scale of the film’s VFX work. Many of the sequences depicted were worked on by the iconic Industrial Light and Magic studio. Out of 2,500 shots in the film, 2,100 feature digital effects.

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