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Kirk Douglas was born Issur Danielovitch on December 9, 1916, in Amsterdam, New York. His parents were Russian Jewish immigrants recently arrived in the United States, looking for a better life. His father Herschel (also known as Harry) worked as a ragman, an occupation immortalized in the title of Kirk’s best-selling 1988 autobiography,The Ragman’s Son. Kirk would later name his independent film production company after his mother, Bryna.

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The 88th Academy Awards ceremony honored the best films of 2015 on February 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California televised live by ABC Network and hosted by Chris Rock. While the show spotlighted Hollywood's diversity problem, the awards were fairly predictable — save a few nice surprises!

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The 2016 Oscars have come to an end, with "Spotlight" earning the top prize. "The Revenant's" Alejandro G. Iñárritu won in the directing category for the second year in a row, after taking home the prize last year for "Birdman." Leonardo DiCaprio picked up his first Academy Award in the lead acting category for "The Revenant," while the lead actress trophy went to Brie Larson for her work in "Room." "Mad Max: Fury Road," also a best picture nominee, picked up six awards. The other films nominated for best picture were "The Big Short," "Bridge of Spies," "Brooklyn," "The Martian," "Room" and "Spotlight."  Following is a list of winners and nominees:

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The musical Hamilton earned a record 16 nominations for the 70th Annual Antoinette Perry Awards, topping an historic Broadway season that told a diverse array of stories about women and minorities. Hamilton's total topped previous record-holders The Producers and Billy Elliott, which earned 15 each.

Ricky Gervais hosted "The 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards," on Sunday, January 10, 2016, from the Beverly Hilton Hotel and was aired by NBC Network.  The ceremony serves as the official kickoff to awards season and has been considered as the barometer for the Academy Awards.

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The Revenant sweeps winners board at Golden Globes with nearly every major award including Best Actor for Leonardo DiCaprio as well as Best Picture Drama and Best Director which were received by Alejandro G Inarritu for this outstanding film.  Jennifer Lawrence took Best Actress In A Comedy or Musical for "Joy"Brie Larson was named Best Actress in a Drama for "Room"Matt Damon won Best Actor in Comedy or Musical for "The Martian", which also was named Best Comedy Or Musical Film; Sylvester Stallone took Best Supporting Actor for "Creed"Kate Winslet won Best Supporting Actress in a film for "Steve Jobs"Jon Hamm won for the second time for Best Actor in a TV Drama for "Mad Men"Lady Gaga named Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Limited Series for "American Horror Story: Hotel"Taraji P Henson won Best Actress in a TV Drama for "Empire"Gael Garcia Bernal named Best Actor in a TV Series Drama for "Mozart In The Jungle" and; Tom Hanks presented Denzel Washington with the Cecil B. DeMille Award.