It's Hollywood's biggest weekend. The 87th Academy Awards takes place on Sunday, February 22, 2015. The event attracts more stars to Los Angeles than any other award show. Actors, musicians celebrities of all kinds (even reality personalities) have converged on LA to edge their way into popular annual Oscar® events.
I went down to Texas to meet Chris in 2010. I spent the weekend hunting with him and his son, getting to know his family a little bit, meeting his wife, and watching him with his kids. I was watching this marriage, which on many ways was on a heal, reeling from this war that they had endured together, as well as the book, put together by Jim DeFelice, which had been dictated after that.
While the annual era of hysteria is upon us here in Hollywood -- the Oscars! -- there's another one that'll last long after the Academy's fanfare has died down.
Today, the Oscar race has splinted with many of the top categories still open-ended. If you want to know the winners, search your soul and wait until Sunday. If you want to know my informed predictions? Proceed...
Great storytelling -- whether it's a new play, a television spot or a speech -- is all about creating an emotional connection with the audience. Storytelling is elevated by great writers and great storytellers.
Last year, I was a first-time nominee for my short documentary, Facing Fear. When the big moment came and I didn't get called to the stage, my sons were almost in tears. When we arrived back home, the boys gave me a huge comforting embrace that put a final coda on the whole experience for me... or at least so I thought.
The Academy recognizes many different areas and not just the actors. From "Best Sound" to "Best Costumes" these technical awards are given to the hardworking members of the film industry. However, there is still a group of hardworking men and women left out of the big show despite their contributions to the film world.
Warning: This parody contains graphic depictions of celebrities giving tongue baths to each other. Parental guidance and a non-disclosure agreement are suggested.
When she's handed her trophy, she'll be speaking directly to hundreds of millions of people around the world. During those two minutes, Moore has a chance to be the voice for more than 44 million people living with Alzheimer's.
In this "based on a true story" film, while we are not given a great deal of new information, we are given an important new perspective on the moments leading up to the fifty mile march from Selma to Montgomery. This is precisely why the arts remain so vital, because of the way artists sort things out for us, each in their own unique way.
This year, many people are upset that Ava DuVernay, director of Selma, was snubbed, calling it racism... but the film itself was nominated. Is it racist to nominate the film but not the director? The bigger question is, does racism play a part in determining who gets nominated and who doesn't?
What would happen, do you think, if we unleashed our most creative selves as we're considering what action to take to right the wrongs in this world?
Bilge Ebiri opens his article, "Oscar Films and the Prison of Historical Accuracy," saying, "You know it's Oscar season when the historical-accuracy hit squads show up." The genealogist in me bristles.
A record 83 nations entered films in the Foreign Language category this year. I saw all 83 entries. Before proceeding to my comments about the five nominees and several non-nominees that particularly impressed me, I'd like to make a few general comments.
For several days now, I've been struggling to understand why I'm so out of the loop on this one. It's not because I don't like experimental films or Richard Linklater. I didn't like Boyhood because it wasted my time with mostly unlikable characters, generally bad storytelling, and a whole lot of nothing.