Archive for tag: Academy Awards

Oscar Predictions

20 February, 2015 (09:05) | by Robert Horton, Essays | By: Robert Horton

Last year it seemed so easy: 12 Years a Slave was the pre-ordained Best Picture winner, Matthew McConaughey and Cate Blanchett had acting awards locked up, and nobody was going to deny Frozen in the animation category. Well, the 87th annual Oscar race has been a little more fun. Even though certain movies have been […]

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Oscar Upsets

18 February, 2015 (08:30) | by Richard T. Jameson, Commentary, Essays | By: Richard T. Jameson

Set out to write about Academy Award upsets and right away the ground starts shifting under your feet. Oh, some neck-snappers we all remember—like Jack Nicholson coming out to present the award for best picture of 2005, opening the envelope, and saying, “Whoa.” Moments when the title of the movie everybody figured to win suddenly […]

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The ‘Alt’ Oscars: The Silent Years

16 February, 2015 (16:30) | by Sean Axmaker, Commentary, Silent Cinema | By: Sean Axmaker

The Academy Awards were born in 1927, the brainchild of MGM’s Louis B. Mayer, a studio head whose original idea for an organization to negotiate labor disputes and industry conflicts evolved into the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. The awards themselves were an afterthought and initially more public relations gimmick than egalitarian celebration […]

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Get your Oscar flick fix without leaving the house

16 February, 2014 (10:08) | Blu-ray, by Sean Axmaker, DVD, lists | By: Sean Axmaker

By the time the Oscars air on March 2, most moviegoers will not have been able to get to theaters to see all the nominees. But thanks to the era of DVD, Blu-ray, streaming video and movies on demand, those who really want to cram for Hollywood’s big night can catch up on a bunch […]

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Oscar night: halfway measures

27 February, 2013 (14:46) | by Richard T. Jameson, Essays | By: Richard T. Jameson

For an Oscar year in which several big awards were foregone conclusions, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences soiree this past Sunday included its share of surprises. It also featured an equable, perhaps accidental, distribution of the prizes among a range of movies. When we consider how set the Hollywood community appeared to […]

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Oscar perspective

27 February, 2013 (10:36) | by Richard T. Jameson, Essays | By: Richard T. Jameson

[originally published on Straight Shooting] Best Pictures ‘Argo’ is better than The Broadway Melody, Cimarron, Cavalcade, The Great Ziegfeld, Gentleman’s Agreement, The Greatest Show on Earth, Around the World in 80 Days, The Sound of Music, The Sting, Rocky, Gandhi, Driving Miss Daisy, Braveheart, A Beautiful Mind, Chicago, Slumdog Millionaire Best Pictures ‘Argo’ can orbit […]

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Oscar shows us its boobs: MacFarlane & Co.

25 February, 2013 (23:53) | by Sheila Benson, Essays | By: Sheila Benson

God love Tom Shales and this Tweet last night:  “For the first time ever the Oscar show is worse than the Red Carpet crap that preceded it.” For anyone who does not regularly rejoice in the work of the  former Washington Post TV critic and Pulitzer Prize winner, he blogs here.   For fear of suddenly […]

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Oscar dark thirty

20 February, 2013 (14:51) | by Richard T. Jameson, Essays | By: Richard T. Jameson

Argo, the movie inspired by the 1979 Iran hostage crisis, is going to win the Academy Award as best picture of 2012. Go ahead, place that bet in your office Oscar pool, but don’t expect to reap much advantage, because everybody else is just as sure that Argo is going to win. The signs are […]

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Oscar detritus and a mad Academy Award daydream

19 February, 2013 (16:54) | by Sheila Benson, Essays | By: Sheila Benson

Waded through many double-page newspaper ads lately? Checked any late-night talk shows? With Academy balloting closing today  it’s last ditch stand time for nominees, who’ve suddenly popped up on every flat surface to remind Academy voters of their existence. It’s not just the ballots… although it IS, of course. But also, all those end-of-the-year movies […]

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Oscars oversights

16 January, 2013 (18:32) | by Richard T. Jameson, Essays | By: Richard T. Jameson

Everybody gets to gripe about the Academy Awards. Sometimes it’s a matter of “How could you nominate that mess for anything but oblivion?” Sometimes it’s disbelief at a great performance or great camerawork being passed over to reward something not-necessarily-bad but not nearly as good. Then there are the compensation awards — giving somebody an […]

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Oscar Snubs 2013

10 January, 2013 (17:36) | by Sean Axmaker | By: Sean Axmaker

There is always such a feeling of inevitability by the time the Oscar nominations roll around. Even moved back to early January, it arrives after weeks of Top Ten lists, an unending array of critics awards, and predictions from every pundit with a blog. At least they beat the Golden Globe Awards this year, but […]

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And the Oscar goes to … who, us?!

3 March, 2012 (05:24) | by Richard T. Jameson, Commentary | By: Richard T. Jameson

Yes, we’re past the point when anything more needs to be said about the 84th Oscars, and yet I’ve seen no mention of the most wackily wonderful moment of the evening. It afforded a look inside Academy ritual, and an instance of late-blooming justice being done against considerable odds. So please indulge one last Oscar […]

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A Night Swung Between Two Oscars

29 February, 2012 (17:36) | by Sheila Benson | By: Sheila Benson

The secret of having a fine night watching the Academy Awards is having a horse in the race, and I had two: Meryl Streep, whom I couldn’t bear to see lose again, not after that performance, and Undefeated, a documentary longshot about high school football players in North Memphis,Tennessee, that didn’t stand a chance in a field that […]

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The Seattle Cinema Scene: Noir City 2012 and Oscar Nominees in the Theaters

23 February, 2012 (20:34) | by Sean Axmaker, screenings | By: Sean Axmaker

Noir City Seattle, a shorter travelling version of San Francisco’s Noir City festival featuring archival and restored 35mm prints of noir classics and rarities, begins its seven day run of double feature screenings at the Uptown: the first year to screen at SIFF Cinema’s new venue. The series kicks off with Thieves’ Highway (1949), directed […]

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In shock over the Academy’s stats? Not so much.

22 February, 2012 (04:31) | by Sheila Benson, Essays | By: Sheila Benson

So, after an 8-month effort of digging, cross-referencing, and prying the news out of agents and publicists that their clients are in the prestigious Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Los Angeles Times released its bombshell Sunday. Academy members are: 94% white 77% male 54% over 60 years old Board members, reportedly surprised by the […]

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