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‘Birdman’ Win, ‘American Sniper’ Loss Sparks Oscar Uproar on Social Media

“Birdman,” the offbeat Alejandro G. Iñárritu film, won Best Picture at the 87th Academy Awards today (Feb. 23) and immediately sparked a backlash on social media by fans of “American Sniper,” including ugly racial remarks. The controversy also took on political overtones. Protesters were mostly conservative, pro-military types who were fanned by Fox News and Sean Hannity. Protesters blamed everyone from President Obama to “liberal Hollywood” for what they saw as “American Sniper’s” snub....

Is Michael Moore’s Feud With Clint Eastwood Behind His Sniper Shots?

Michael Moore may have had personal reasons for taking pot-shots at snipers, and indirectly the new movie “American Sniper.” He and Clint Eastwood have been political antagonists for years, to the point Eastwood once threatened to kill him. Moore, of course, has been the bane of right wingers and corporate America throughout his career. Their bad blood goes back to 2005 when both were honored for films by the National Board Review....

Oscars: What’s the Message in This Year’s Best Picture Nominations?

Top Oscar nominees “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Birdman,” “Boyhood” at least four other Best Picture nominees share one thing in common. They are all fairly low budget indie movies. This year’s big-money pictures have been scorned,, again. The Oscars have never been about the money (supposedly), but about film artistry, craftsmanship and stellar acting. But in recent years it almost seems like the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which awards the Oscars, is trying to prove to the world that Hollywood really is too cool for school....