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Oscars flashback 25 years: Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks both win for the 1st time while Whoopi Goldberg makes history

Oscars flashback 25 years: Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks both win for the 1st time while Whoopi Goldberg makes history
For this year’s Oscars ceremony on Sunday, “Black Panther” is the first motion picture based on a comic book to receive a nomination in the Best Picture category. “Roma” could very well become the first foreign-language film to win in that same category. And as the years go by, it’ll be difficult to remember that there was ever a time that these things weren’t part of the norm. Remember a time when Tom Hanks had never won an Oscar and was more well-known for his comedy roles? When people didn’t like to speak about AIDS, much less make a feature film about it? Or a time when the great Steven Spielberg had yet to hold the gold statue in his hand? And when a woman or an African-American person had never hosted the annual telecast solo? It’s hard to believe that 25 years have passed since
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Oscars 2018: Jordan Peele (‘Get Out’) follows sketch comedy alums like Kristen Wiig, Jamie Foxx & more by contending for Academy Awards

Oscars 2018: Jordan Peele (‘Get Out’) follows sketch comedy alums like Kristen Wiig, Jamie Foxx & more by contending for Academy Awards
Movies that win Oscars tend to be dramatic, but performers and filmmakers with a background in comedy — specifically sketch comedy — have done surprisingly well over the years. The latest sketch alum-turned-Oscar nominee is Jordan Peele thanks to his work behind the camera as a writer, director and producer of “Get Out.”

Peele got his start on Fox’s “MADtv,” where he was a cast member from 2003-2008. He and his “MADtv” co-star Keegan-Michael Key followed that by co-creating the sketch comedy series “Key and Peele” which ran from 2012-2015 on Comedy Central and finally won them the Emmy for Best Variety Sketch Series in 2016. After they concluded that show Peele co-wrote the action comedy “Keanu” (2016) before making his directorial debut with “Get Out,” which explores racism in America through the prism of the horror genre. Its critical acclaim (99% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) and commercial success ($255 million grossed worldwide) has carried over into awards season,
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