Entertainment

‘Moonlight’ Is the Big Winner at the Indie Spirit Awards

Photo The “Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins, left, and cast member Jaden Piner accept the Indie Spirit Award for best feature from Samuel L. Jackson. Credit Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images North America SANTA MONICA, Calif. — “Moonlight” collected six awards, Molly Shannon pulled her signature “superstar” move, and Andy Samberg sang “Alive,” dressed as Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, in an in-memoriam spoof ...

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The Irresistible Style of Emma Stone

Slide Show Red Carpet Watch: Emma Stone CreditFrazer Harrison/Getty Images. Mike Nelson/European Pressphoto Agency. Facundo Arrizabalaga/European Pressphoto Agency. Few actresses are more likable than Emma Stone. She is spunky, talented, self-deprecating and slightly goofy. But unlike some approachable actresses, who stick with the pretty if bland aesthetic, Ms. Stone is as soignée as they come. “She’s very spirited when it ...

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And the Oscar Winners Will Be …

Photo Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in “La La Land.” Cara Buckley predicts it will win best picture at the Oscars. Credit Dale Robinette/Lionsgate The Carpetbagger has spent months reporting on the awards season. Here, she predicts the Oscar winners. Make your own Oscar picks with this interactive ballot. Best Picture From its twinkle-toed premiere at the Venice Film Festival ...

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Review: ‘My Life as a Zucchini,’ an Oscar Nominee With Depth and Soul

Photo A scene from the animated film “My Life as a Zucchini,” directed by Claude Barras. Credit Gkids The boy’s given name is Icare, the French version of Icarus, which has some pretty heavy mythological connotations. That may be why he prefers to be called Courgette (Zucchini). It’s more down to earth. He spends his time flying a homemade kite ...

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Who Will Win Best Song at the Oscars? Popularity Helps

To address these issues, let’s assign a YouTube score to each nominee that is unbiased by the competitiveness of the year in which the song was nominated. For the numerically inclined, the score is derived from the song’s YouTube views divided by the average number of YouTube views for all of that year’s best-song nominees. Take 2012, when there were ...

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Review: In ‘How Heavy This Hammer,’ Life Takes a Toll on Dad

Photo Erwin Van Cotthem in “How Heavy This Hammer.” Credit Mark Peckmezian/MDFF/Independent Filmmaker Project “How Heavy This Hammer” opens with a medium close-up of its protagonist, Erwin, a jowly, bespectacled, middle-aged man. He sits before a computer screen, slack-jawed, the image of the medieval video game he’s playing reflected in his glasses, while Renée Fleming sings the famous “Casta Diva” ...

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With New Invention, Virtual Reality’s Potential for Magic Gets Real

A demonic Stay Puft Marshmallow Man arrives at the climax. Do your job correctly and the scent of toasted white fluff fills the air. Continue reading the main story Would people, especially young people, pay $20 a head to experience this kind of “hyper-reality”? The Void, which has refined the concept of mapping a virtual world over a physical set, ...

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The Power of Movies to Change Our Hearts

When I was a child in Georgia, my mother would say, “drink some water now,” and “use the bathroom before we go,” so that when we got downtown, we would not have to drink from the water fountain for colored people, or use the segregated restroom. Recently, when I saw “Hidden Figures,” a remarkable film about three African-American women at ...

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Nicole Kidman’s Strategy: Never Play It Safe

Slide Show Red Carpet Watch: Nicole Kidman CreditFrom left: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images; Frazer Harrison/Getty Images; Jordan Strauss/Invision, via Assocaited Press Peruse any list of best red carpet dresses of all time, and you’ll certainly find Nicole Kidman on it. Her 1997 chartreuse gown by John Galliano for Christian Dior was a head-turner. With its Asian-inspired floral embroidery and fur-trimmed ...

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Film Series in NYC This Week

Photo Doc Fortnight 2017, the latest installment of the Museum of Modern Art’s nonfiction showcase, will include “When Rabbit Left the Moon” (2017), by the filmmaker Emiko Omori. See listing below. Credit Emiko Omori Our guide to film series and special screenings. All our movie reviews are at nytimes.com/reviews/movies. DOC FORTNIGHT 2017 at the Museum of Modern Art (through Feb. ...

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