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The Associated Press is counting down to Sunday night’s 88th annual Academy Awards with daily Oscar-related enterprise stories from around the globe and across all platforms. Here’s the latest lineup, subject to updating. A complete rundown of AP’s spot Oscar plans, including both pre-Oscar and Oscar night coverage, was sent earlier.

Enterprise Moving This Week:


OSCARS-MEXICO — Mexico is celebrating the likely possibility that Alejandro Inarritu will win the third directing Oscar in a row for a native son, following his win last year and Alfonso Cuaron’s win the year before. And if that’s not enough to cheer about at Sunday’s Academy Awards, Mexico’s Chivo Lubezki is favored to win the cinematography Oscar for a third straight year. By Berenice Bautista. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

OSCAR’S WORTH — The actual worth of the 13½-inch golden boy known as Oscar is about $500. But it can be worth many millions to the careers of its lucky recipients. Not a bad ego booster, either. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. UPCOMING: About 600 words, photos, video.

OSCARS-COSTUME DESIGN — How the craft of costume design can help dress up a film for a date at the Oscars. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. UPCOMING: About 600 words, AP photo gallery.

OSCAR WATCH SERIES — Spot stories are planned on Oscar-related events around town this weekend as Hollywood prepares for its big night. With photos, video. See the daily Entertainment digest for specifics.


OSCARS-DIVERSITY-SCREENWRITING — African-American screenwriter Alyson Fouse was working on the cheerleader comedy “Bring It On” when producers called for a character to be “more ‘ghetto,’ for want of a better word,” she said. She negotiated the outcome, but it’s a struggle for writers to overcome Hollywood’s diversity problem even though stories and characters start with them.By Entertainment Writer Lynn Elber. UPCOMING: About 800 words, photos.


OSCARS — Interactive visual guide to the top nominated films this year along with their movie trailers. This interactive will be updated to indicate the winners after the 88th Academy Awards show.

OSCARS DIVERSITY — An animated data visualization looks at the history of diversity among Oscar nominated actors and actresses since 1929.

Previous Stories (most recent first):

OSCARS-DIVERSITY-BOX OFFICE — UCLA’s Bunche Center has found that for the last few years, movies do better at the box office if two or three top billed actors are minorities. As they come out with another year of data just ahead of the Oscars, the center’s findings are once again likely to underpin why the motion picture academy’s preference for giving awards to white actors is so out of touch with the movie-going public. By Business Writer Ryan Nakashima. SENT 2/25: About 600 words, photos.

OSCARS-DIVERSITY-THE SHOW — A look at how this year’s Oscarcast will be different from previous shows because of the academy’s diversity crisis. By Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen. SENT 2/25: About 700 words, photos, video.

JORDAN-OSCAR HOPES — Jordan’s nascent film industry has produced its first Oscar contender, the coming-of-age drama “Theeb (Wolf),” set in the desert and featuring amateur actors from a Bedouin tribe. The “Bedouin Western” is a nominee for best foreign film at Sunday’s Academy Awards. By Karin Laub. RESENT 2/24: 850 words, photos. Eds: This is an updated version of a story that originally moved on Jan. 11.

OSCARS-COLOMBIAN NOMINEE — Colombia’s “Embrace of the Serpent,” nominated for a best foreign language Oscar, shows the Amazon from the point of view of the natives instead of the traditional white man’s perspective. The black-and-white film by Ciro Guerra is the first one from the South American country nominated for an Academy Award. By Edwin Tamara. SENT 2/24: About 600 words, photos, video.

OSCARS-PREDICTIONS — Associated Press film writers Jake Coyle and Lindsey Bahr face off in a he-said-she said battle of personal predictions for winners in the top Oscar categories. SENT 2/24: 1,100 words, photos.

OSCAR BAIT — They call it Oscar bait – those certain ingredients a movie typically needs to find its way to Academy Award contention. But what are these ingredients? Do they evolve with the times? And how much of the bait is created by slickly choreographed awards campaigns that rival those of presidential candidates. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT 2/23: 800 words, photos.

OSCARS-DIVERSITY-WOMEN — Thought recent attention has focused intensely on the #OscarsSoWhite campaign sparked by the obvious lack of racial diversity in the Oscar nominations, advocates for women in Hollywood note that we should be paying attention to gender equity as well. But many are heartened — though cautiously — by recent moves toward overall diversity that should benefit women, as well as the mere fact that the conversation has started in earnest. By National Writer Jocelyn Noveck. SENT 2/22: 800 words, photos.

OSCARS-SON OF SAUL — The power and horror of “Son of Saul,” a visceral plunge into the life of a Sonderkommando at Auschwitz-Birkenau, has left audiences staggering since it first debuted at the Cannes Film Festival last May. It won the Grand Prix there, earned the praise of “Shoah” director Claude Landzmann and is now the favored nominee for best foreign language film at Sunday’s Academy Awards. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. RESENT 2/22: 800 words, photos. Eds: This is an updated version of a story that originally moved on Dec. 15.

ENTERTAINMENT EQUALITY STUDY — A sweeping University of Southern California study offers a comprehensive report card on equality and diversity across the entire spectrum of onscreen entertainment — digital, television and movies — with a focus on accountability by the corporate conglomerates behind the content. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT 2/21: 1,100 words, photos, video, graphic.



OSCARS-MUSTANG — Best Foreign Language Film nominee “Mustang” is a unique case, being a Turkish language and made film submitted for consideration by France, and also for being the only narrative feature nominated from a female director, Deniz Gamze Ergüven. By Film Writer Lindsey Bahr. SENT 2/19: 600 words, photos.

OSCARS-EMMANUEL LUBEZKI — No name is more feverishly celebrated in Hollywood right now than “Chivo.” That’s the nickname of the famed cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, whose acrobatic long-takes and luminous natural images of natural light have made him revered — and may make him a three-peat Oscar winner for “Gravity,” ”Birdman” and now “The Revenant.” By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT 2/18: 800 words, photos.

OSCARS-GEORGE MILLER — No film was further removed from the Academy Awards than George Miller’s apocalyptic fireball “Mad Max: Fury Road.” But the 10-time nominated “Mad Max” may well come away with more wins at the Academy Awards than any other film. Action films, Miller says in an interview, are serious business. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT 2/17: 800 words, photos.

CATCHING UP ON THE OSCARS — Where to catch up on Oscar-nominated feature films and shorts online. By Technology Writer Anick Jesdanun. SENT 2/17: 700 words, photos.

PAKISTAN-OSCAR ‘HONOR’ — Filmmaker, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is nominated for a second Oscar for her moving story of a teenage girl shot and dumped into a river because she married a man of her choosing. By Kathy Gannon. SENT 2/11: 800 words, photos.

JAPAN-OSCARS-YONEBAYASHI — The coming-of-age story is familiar: A shy girl has problems fitting in and concocts an imaginary friend. The originality of the Oscar-nominated “When Marnie Was There” comes from how its hand-drawn images express the girl’s inner torment. By Yuri Kageyama. SENT 2/10: 650 words, photos, video.

OSCARS VIBES — It’s Oscar season in Los Angeles. With the 88th annual Academy Awards to be held Feb. 28, here are five places in L.A. to soak up those glitzy Oscars vibes and maybe even run into one of the nominees. By Solvej Schou. SENT 2/3: 700 words, photos.

OSCARS-DIVERSITY-ACADEMY BACKLASH — The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has traded one controversy for another. Voting and membership reforms designed to diversify the academy have spawned an uproar from older members who say the measures unjustly insinuate that they’re racist. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT 1/27: 800 words, photos.

OSCARS-DIVERSITY-CHRIS ROCK — In the ongoing fallout over a second straight year of all-white acting nominees, this year’s host, Chris Rock, looms large. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT 1/26: 900 words, photos.

OSCARS-DIVERSITY — As Hollywood continues to be battered by protests over the diversity of Oscar nominees and the film industry at large, it doesn’t have to look far for inspiration. Where the movies have lagged, television has recently exploded with diversity across the dial. Now, the film industry will be playing catch-up to the small screen, where many of most talented people of color have turned for greater artistic freedom. By Film Writer Jake Coyle. SENT 1/21: 900 words, photos.

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