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Join us: Second-generation types liveblog the Oscars



Academy Awards statuette replicas at a Universal Studios gift shop in Singapore, December 2010
Academy Awards statuette replicas at a Universal Studios gift shop in Singapore, December 2010
Photo by Adarsh Upadhyay/Flickr (Creative Commons)

It's true. Please join KPCC's OnCentral blog editor Kim Bui and me Sunday night as we reveal and celebrate Oscar's immigrant past and present. We'll throw out some trivia (which best actor nominee once had to pay a bribe while visiting a relative in Poland?).

We'll also be keeping score to see how many Oscar points go to the players who have relatively recent immigrant roots - and who these players are. It may well be what many have called "the whitest Oscars" in a decade, but will the nominees who are children and grandchildren of immigrants represent?

Join us and find out. We'll be going live at 5 p.m. Sign up below for an e-mail reminder.

UPDATE: And here's the point system we'll be using for anyone who wants to keep a tally. It's not scientific - hey, we're all descended from immigrants - but it shows us that even this year, there's more diversity to the Oscars than meets the eye.

3 = immigrant
2.5 = mixed race
2 = claims ethnic roots
1.5 = American-born dual national, foreign parents
1 = honorary point, just for being from somewhere else
.5 = honorary half-point, just for being an American born somewhere else

We'll be keeping score as we go along.