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Leonardo DiCaprio doesn't need to win an Oscar

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It will be the most talked about Oscars monologue in a long time.

"The show can't solve the diversity problem in the academy, and the academy can't solve the diversity problem in the entertainment industry, which is really the bigger problem - not what gets nominated for Oscars, but what gets made and who gets hired", Pond said.

"People were predicting DiCaprio would win a year ago, and were pulling for him to win a year ago".

Why: The Golden Globe victor in this category has won the Oscar 90 percent of the time, so Stallone is pretty much a lock despite his emotionless delivery of generic dialogue. When he signed up for the job, the "Oscars so White" was not a hot topic. From the glamorous preparations and the best red carpet style to all the winners and after-party action - we'll be live-blogging, tweeting and sharing all the latest news from what is arguably the biggest night in film.

Britain is expected to do well again this year, with British films or talent accounting for 41 nominations, around a third of the total.

The Hollywood reporter has published its annual "brutally honest Oscar ballot", based on a conversation with an Academy member not associated with any of this year's nominees.

DiCaprio also lost once as a producer when "The Wolf of Wall Street" was nominated for Best Picture in 2013.

According to Us Magazine, despite the others who prompted for host Chris Rock and other entertainers of color to boycott the said event, John Legend, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Hart, Michael B. Jordan, Whoopi Goldberg, and Pharrell Williams will still attend the 88 Academy Awards come February 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theater, Hollywood. So naturally people are asking: Are the Academy Awards racist?

The issue is not just an Oscars problem - a report released this week warned of an "inclusion crisis" for ethnic minorities, women and the LGBT community in film and television.

Weinstein - who, in a rare occurrence, doesn't have any films nominated for Best Picture this year - said he completely understands people's frustrations over the lack of diversity in the nominations, given he has pushed for more representation with his own films. This year's nominees are The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, Room and Spotlight.

"Most predictions are going with DGA victor Inarritu for 'The Revenant, '" she told AFP. "Now you know how it feels to be black".

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