Did those who were not nominated get snubbed? NO. For God's sake, no! I can think of a whole slew of incredible work in every field of the arts that is so deserving of award recognition and didn't/won't get it for one reason or another, and that does not diminish the quality of the work.
It should not escape notice that a handful of the world leaders who were at the march advocating freedom of speech do not uphold this right in their own countries, much less promote it. It made me think of an Oscar-worthy performance, ending when the credits rolled and everyone went home.
How does a film lauded for its greatness and harbors a nomination in the best picture category completely miss out for everything else except a song that plays as the credits roll?
No matter who wins on Oscar night, the 2015 Academy Awards will be remembered for the stunning lack of diversity in its nominees that spawned the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite.
Immediately after hosts Fey and Poehler did their Bill Cosby routine -- their most talked-about bit of the night -- comedian Barry Sobel's Facebook page lit up with dozens of folks posting that the duo did his routine, almost verbatim.
According to a Blacademy spokesperson, "It's not that white actors weren't good enough ... It's just that there were a lot of great performances by black actors this year. In fact, some very good black actors weren't even nominated. That's how you know it's not a race issue."
One could argue that this isn't so much the fault of the academy, as it is the fault of Hollywood, which has actually become less balanced among the genders over the last several years.
On January 15th, The Theory of Everything earned 5 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. The film tells the extraordinary story of renown...
Thursday morning was a wonderful and terrible morning for Hollywood. Some filmmakers got the once-in-a-lifetime thrill of hearing their names called as Oscar nominees (or, if you're Meryl Streep, 19-times-in-a-lifetime). Others were left empty-handed.
This awards season, why watch all the Oscar contenders when you can watch just one movie, one movie which is every movie? And why watch that one movie when you can just watch its trailer, a trailer which is a movie?
This award is unique by giving general moviegoers (not just industry professionals) the opportunity to vote for the best blockbuster film (among the top 10 box office movies), based upon each blockbuster's artistic quality (not simply your favorite).
My greatest concern with the story told in the movie Selma is that it presents the final march from Selma to the Alabama state capital in Montgomery and the Voting Rights Act as a triumphant conclusion to the African American Civil Rights Movement. But history is much more complicated.
To reduce Clooney's to a savior figure not only infantilizes her work and the work of all human rights lawyers, but also boils her multifaceted and controversial career choices down to simplistic idealism, which is hardly a way to make a living, and certainly not to make a successful legal career.
The Grammys are upon us. As I ponder the nominees in the category of "Song of the Year" on my Recording Academy voting ballot I'm happy to report that all five compositions were written by no more than three songwriters. Why does this make me smile?
Figurative artist Zhenya Gershman known for her expressive paintings, was invited to create a special portrait of Bob Dylan, the GRAMMY 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year.
If we accept that the award winners function -- at least in part -- as indicators of issues society currently has on its collective radar, it's interesting to analyze what they might mean in the context of a broader cultural conversation.