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Hollywood hosts 83rd Academy Awards

February 27, 2011 - UNITED STATES

There's a possibility that for the first time since the 73rd Oscars, minority cast members could be missing in all the major awards. The Oscar condenders include The King's Speech, Black Swan, 127 Hours and The Social Network, which has been hailed as reflecting the national zeitgeist during the Age of Facebook.

It's likely that for the first time since the 73rd Oscars, minority cast members could be missing in all the major awards. The Oscar condenders include The King's Speech, Black Swan, 127 Hours and The Social Network, which has been hailed as reflecting the national zeitgeist during the Age of Facebook. ; The Hollywood Reporter, which pointed out the probable absence of actors of color, noted that the 82nd Oscars had their share of black honorees. The gritty drama Precious saw Gabourey Sidibe and Mo'Nique nominated as best actress and best supporting actress, respectively. Mo'Nique took home the prize. Geoffrey Fletcher became the first black winner of a screenplay Oscar. The presentation will be made at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California. Early film industry buzz suggests foreign entries will more than make up the otherwise missing ethnic and racial diversity at the gala night. The film Life, Above All, an AIDS orphan drama based on a novel by Toronto author Allan Stratton, will be South Africa's official entry for the best foreign-language Oscar. The film earned a rapturous, 10-minute standing ovation in May at the Cannes Film Festival. Xavier Beauvois' Of Gods and Men has been chosen to represent France. The film is a fictionalized version of the true story of French Trappist monks in Algeria who were kidnapped and killed in 1996. India's entry is Peepli Live -- a satire about the divide between rural and urban India and the problem of farmer suicides. Hailed as extraordinarily well written, When We Leave (Die Fremde) has been chosen for the German entry. It tells the story of a young German-Turkish mother for her self-determination in two value systems. Others mentioned for the foreign language Oscar include Made in Dagenham from Britain and Illegal from Belgian.

Sally Hawkins in 'Made in Dagenham': Finally, an Oscar bid? (LA Times 27 Sep 2010)

Khan hopes for third time lucky at 2011 Oscars (AFP 27 Sep 2010)

The social relevancy of 'The Social Network' is key to its Oscar hopes (LA Times 27 Sep 2010)

'Illegal' is Belgian Oscar contender (Hollywood Reporter 19 Sep 2010)

Life, Above All is S. African Oscar bid (Canadian Press/CBC 10 Sep 2010)

When We Leave' Represents Germany in 83rd Academy Awards (Germany Info 20 Sep 2010)

Date written/update: 2011-02-27