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Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen in Green Book. 

Diversity at the Oscars: Good enough isn’t good enough

Cameron Hoover January 30, 2019

The Oscars have a diversity problem. Or, rather, they have a representation problem, and we need to look no further than the Best Director’s race for proof.2018 was an excellent year in film for women:...

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#OscarsSoWhite may be resolved, but calls for diversity remain

Erin Zaranec January 25, 2017

On Jan. 24, the Oscar nominations once again took over social media and, for the first time in two years, the #OscarsSoWhite trending hashtag didn’t accompany the list of nominations.Following two years...

Other People

REVIEW: Oscars nominations overlooked the emotional ‘Other People’

Michael Nied January 25, 2017

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences celebrated another year of excellent film Tuesday by announcing the nominations for the 2017 Academy Awards.Although the awards ceremony is renowned as one...

Academy Award nominations reverse #OscarsSoWhite streak

Benjamin VanHoose January 24, 2017

Based on this year’s crop of Oscar nominees, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences may have resolved its diversity problem.After two consecutive years of no minority representation in acting...

KSUIF premieres fourth feature film “Unlucky”

Jillian Holness April 29, 2016

Kent State University Independent Film (KSUIF) premiered their fourth feature film, “Unlucky” in Cartwright Hall on Thursday night. Cartwright was transformed into a mock Academy Awards party.Men wore...

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Kent to hit big screen at 40th Cleveland International Film Festival

Benjamin VanHoose April 5, 2016

While Batman and Superman dominate movie theaters across the country, several Cleveland screens are showcased to some out-of-the-box cinematic fare as part of the Cleveland International Film Festival....

Samantha Karam is a sophomore journalism major. Contact her at

Opinion: Listen to Leo

Samantha Karam March 2, 2016

If you watched the Oscars on Sunday night or have social media of any kind, you know that Leonardo DiCaprio finally won an Oscar. I’ve waited six Academy Awards to see him bring home the gold, so when...

Cate Blanchett arrives at the 88th Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. 

Oscar’s red carpet fashion inspires students

Ile-Ife Okantah February 29, 2016

The highly publicized 88th annual Academy Awards ceremony aired Sunday night, prompting students and faculty to react to their favorite fashion moments of the night.“Everyone was kind of breaking the...

Actor John Krasinski and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs Straight Outta Compton as a nominee for Original Screenplay at the announcement of the 88th Academy Awards nominations during a live news conference on Jan. 14, 2016 at the Academys Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Our View: Respect diversity in the awards

January 18, 2016

For the second year in a row, the nominations for this year’s Academy Awards drew criticism as every nominated actor happened to be white. The announcements resulted in the revival of the Twitter trend...

Mike Richards is a senior English major and a columnist for The Kent Stater. Contact him at

Opinion: Oscars 2015: A Year of Great Films Gone to Waste

Mike Richards February 23, 2015

I’m bitter. An understatement, but only certain words could express how I felt after watching the annual train-wreck celebrating the previous year of cinema. But I also like my job, so fill the words...

Our View: #Askhermore makes us think about the expectations of all women

KS Editors February 22, 2015

The Academy Awards is one of the biggest nights for celebrity actors, all of whom will be wearing their best outfits and bringing their most important guests and significant others down the red carpet...

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‘Selma’ gains success as dramatic biopic, despite criticisms

Bruce Walton January 19, 2015

“Selma,” the historically dramatic film of the struggles of Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement of the 1960s, has been receiving almost constant attention since its national release...

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