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In an age where social media has more immediate influence than industry recognition, why do the Oscars still matter? Because they're a bellwether of what Hollywood values. The annual Academy Awards — the American film industry's highest honor for aesthetic and technical achievement in movies — are a solid predictor of what the film world wants to recognize and emulate. And recently, the Oscars have also become a social battleground, as questions of diversity have surrounded the nomination process and the winners. The Verge follows what's important about the Oscars on a social and cultural level, looking at how present conversations around the awards are helping shape the future of entertainment.

Oscars 2018: how to watch the Academy Awards online

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Moonlight wins the Oscar for Best Picture after a shocking mix-up

Emma Stone wins the Best Actress Oscar for La La Land

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La La Land’s Damien Chazelle wins the Oscar for Best Director

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Watch Jimmy Kimmel troll Donald Trump on Twitter from the Oscars stage

The Jungle Book wins the Oscar for Best Visual Effects

Viola Davis’ acceptance speech is the Oscars at its best

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Iranian Oscar-winner Asghar Farhadi: ‘my absence is out of respect for the people of my country’

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Oscars 2017: how to watch the Academy Awards online

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