(Naomi Watts at Bulgari's "Decades of Glamour" event. Courtesy of Getty Images) "The Bulgari party had everything: music seemingly ripped from my c...
The cry meter is simple, actually. When I have two or more choices that seem to be weighted rationally and technically the same, I choose in favor of the one that elicited a stronger emotional response from me. Basically, I pick the one that made me cry more.
Regardless of who takes home Oscar gold on March 2nd, movie studios will win as audiences flock to see the nominated films starring and celebrating the 50+ demographic.
Warning: This parody contains frank language and images of Shia LaBeouf. Parental guidance is suggested.
Who's taking home this year's Best Picture Oscar? In this quick segment, we look at the best predictors of who will win Best Picture, to give you a...
If anything, the disconnect between the studios and quality films is more pronounced now than it's ever been. Hollywood's solution? Open up more slots in the best-picture category, in hopes of tricking Oscar voters into nominating some box-office hits as well as the arthouse fare that seems to dominate the awards.
The Best Picture rarely tells us what the best picture is. But it very often gives us a valuable glimpse into what our society is going through at the time of the award. I thought I'd take a stab at describing what a win for each contender would say about our current society.
As Sunday's date for this year's Academy Awards approaches, and with it the growing suspense over who will win what, Nick Clooney follows from his Augusta, Ky., home (near Cincinnati) with special interest.
This year the Best Picture category gave me a lot of regional things to work with.
Oscar speeches and spirituality? Confession is good for the soul. At the annual awards, five little words set my teeth on edge, "And I want to thank," followed by the long, obligatory list of industry insiders. Just once I'd love to see someone get real about gratitude.
In however small a way, we might have influenced the history of a nation for the better right there. How many times do you get to do that in a screenwriting career?
It's Oscar-time, when the rest of the the world longs for life in Southern California. You can explore all the riches of life here before you settle in for the big show -- take in some inventive theater, see a world-class painting before it leaves town and travel the exotic Silk Road with your family.
Here are 21 Oscar 'firsts' you probably didn't know about.
A record 75 countries entered the foreign language category this year, and a record 16 submitted films directed by women. I saw 70 of the 75 entries. Here are my comments on the five nominees, as well some non-nominees that I consider noteworthy.
Here it is, a full nine course feast, with each course inspired by one of the 2014 Academy Awards Best Picture nominees.