Mar. 28, 2023 - 12:47 pm
The Oscars are changing. Among 2023’s nominees were a historically popular spectacle ("Avatar: The Way of Water"); an all-time great acting performance ("Tar"); a vulnerable, autobiographical work by a venerated master ("The Fabelmans"); an Irish fable that is hilarious, heartbreaking and violent...
Mar. 31, 2022 - 2:29 pm
Well, that's one way to get people watching the Oscars again.
The cultural importance of the Academy Awards had waned considerably in recent years, but then Will Smith went and slapped it right back into relevancy! Unfortunately. The most shocking moment in the history of the show (and one of the ...
Feb. 13, 2020 - 2:27 pm
Sometimes, the Academy gets it right.
The triumph of Bong Joon-Ho’s masterpiece, Parasite, at the 92nd Academy Awards was thrilling, gratifying, and – frankly – surprising. The joke about the Oscars is that rarely does the year's best picture win Best Picture. This is why I wrote a blog last year...
Jan. 27, 2020 - 5:34 pm
In the grand 91-year long tradition of the Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, there has always been at least one category at which moviegoers and critics are shocked by a lack of nomination. Unfortunately, the final choice is not up to us as an audience, but rather to the the Academy. So...
Feb. 20, 2019 - 10:27 am
Confession: For someone who “doesn’t care about the Oscars,” I actually do care about the Oscars. They serve as a useful snapshot of a given year in film history. What we as moviegoers value often differs from what Academy voters value. Not only that, but what Academy voters value tends to change...
Feb. 26, 2018 - 3:42 pm
After the upcoming 90th Academy Awards ceremony on March 4, the front-runner for Best Supporting Actor might very well be introduced thereafter as “Oscar winner, Sam Rockwell.”
If that moniker doesn’t ring a bell, don’t be alarmed; though Mr. Rockwell is a prolific performer who made his film...
Mar. 08, 2013 - 2:59 pm
And the award goes to...Argo?
Though it was the number one choice by the majority of the 6,000 Academy members, I was disappointed. I was sure that Lincoln would win, or at least I hoped it would. So I did some research, wanting to get a better understanding of what I missed. I had seen Argo. In...