Senior members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and members of its Public Relations Branch have reason to be concerned that the Acad...
Jiri Menzel is an Oscar-winning director and a theatre director. Menzel is not only a director, however he is also an actor and screenwriter. He has directed 28 films, written 20 screenplays, and starred in 67 titles. He has also been a member of the jury at the Moscow and Berlin International Film Festivals.
Straight Outta Compton was one of the best movies last year. However, it did not receive a nomination for Best Picture -- and that snub is among many this season sparking the color controversy for the most coveted prize in show business: The Oscar.
I truly believe that film is the literature of this century. It pulls together all of the arts -- the spoken word, writing, music, dance, painting, photography and more -- to deliver stories that can have emotional impact across generations and continents, language notwithstanding. The Academy Award-nominated film "Spotlight" explores one of the most horrific crimes of our time -- the physical and spiritual abuse of thousands of children by priests of the Catholic Church. We know how the story ends. We know that the reporters from The Boston Globe won a Pulitzer for their investigative efforts. Yet the film packs a wallop audiences simply don't anticipate. Why?
Changing the Academy Awards nomination process is like adding a new coat of paint to a house with termites nibbling at the foundation. It looks pretty on the outside, but you're not addressing the crumbling infrastructure.
Let's face it, in its 88 years, there are instances where actors were awarded Oscars not because they were truly the category's strongest, but because they were the most popular, the most sentimental, played the studio politics game with the most savvy, etc. All wrong reasons.
Audiences have embraced these shows, these characters, and these actors. The proof that stories about people of color are compelling and captivating enough to interest the masses is plain to see. It's time that movie industry executives open their eyes.
As I do each year, I'm putting together my "Forgotscars" -- a list of additional nominees that won't get any gold but deserve at least a well-intentioned post by this guy (points to self) as a way of saying "thanks."
Oscar nominations will be announced tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. ET, and we can't help but think Sage users have predicted the future once again. After watching who won Golden Globes last week, we have a pretty good idea of who will get nominated for Oscars.
Ben Zauzmer (@BensOscarMath) uses math to predict and write about the Oscars. He recently graduated from Harvard with a degree in applied math, and he...
I used to be obsessed with movies -- I arguably still am, though it's impossible to get to the multiplexes when you have two small kids. That said, ...
What film will win the Best Picture Oscar this year? Will it be the one with the greatest production accomplishment? Will it be the one that takes you deep inside a character's subjective world-view and makes you see life from his limited perspective?
Some years were quieter celebrations, but just as ceremonial. Even watching them on my own, I bowed to the sense of occasion. I lined up my time-honored snacks, burrowed under my favorite quilt and glued myself to the proceedings, shouting at the screen the entire time.
Whoever wins the Oscars during the 87th Oscar Awards broadcast on February 22nd, one thing is certain -- the Oscar brand is alive and well.
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.
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.