While there's an Oscar for just about everything movie-related, we couldn't help but notice that the Best Cinematic Cocktail category still hasn't made the Academy's cut.
An unusual number of films nominated for Oscars this year deal with real people, real histories, and real dilemmas. Artists brought the tools of big screen virtuosity, humor, beauty and sometimes brutality to images fished from the real world. At the same time, critics and members of the casual public asked that filmmakers be guardians of fact and responsible for the impact of their fiction. Interestingly, this movement dovetailed into calls for Hollywood to speak up about its role in gun violence. That artists are called to be more responsible and "true" is a tip of hat to their power. At this moment, the arts revealed our national politics, our ills and our triumphs. Could arts do yet more to influence our politics?
Call it Oscars Armageddon -- our final, fiercest battle of derby season. HuffPost editors Michael Hogan and Chris Rosen and I have clashed over predictions often during the previous months, but no one is vanquished -- yet.
Here are some more digestible categories. We're calling them the Fauxscars, and we're hoping that the phrase "Fauxscar Bait" catches. We're looking forward to you explaining that expression to Helen Mirren.
We can hope our favorite movie will come away with the big prize, but in the long run, some of the best pictures ever made did not receive Best Picture Oscars.
Sometimes the success of a great film relies on the best pairing of idea and director. The same goes for business. It's part of the role of the studio executive and the VC to ensure that the right leader is in place to execute the right idea smoothly, on budget, and on time.
Barbra Queens like myself obsess over Barbra's every mundane coming and going, so you can imagine the hysterical level of excitement and anxiety among our ranks as we anticipate her performance at the Oscars this Sunday night.
My hope is that Zero Dark Thirty wins the best picture crown. Ironically, that was the film I did not want to see. I was afraid.
It's the most wonderful time of the year... and I'm not talking the Andy Williams kind. I LOVE the Oscars.
What is social media opinion about the Best Picture nominees? In other words, which film would win the Oscar Award for Best Picture if Twitter had a vote?
It is an actor's job to enter the world of make believe and then in turn to make us believe. But I think we have to consider that a commitment to diversity in casting, especially when the role actually calls for a minority, will both enrich and add integrity to the mainstream American film experience.
Great stories make us feel as though we are not alone, and these stories offer us the opportunity to enter into stories of great suffering -- and to cultivate the fervent belief that suffering will somehow, someday, pass.
As we gear up for the Oscars at my Hollywood HQ, I took some time to reflect on the stars and statements that have made a lasting impression on the red carpet already this year.
It's awards season. Remember when you couldn't turn on an awards show and not see people wearing red ribbons? Well, David France's Oscar-nominated documentary How to Survive a Plague has brought AIDS back to the awards shows.
Can networking help us predict the contents of the envelopes? Let's base our algorithm on the assumption that it helps to have connections in Hollywood. More specifically, let's assume that better-connected actors will fare better in the final tally.
"The envelope please" had become synonymous with the Academy Awards, yet there had never been a specially designed envelope and card to announce the Oscar recipients in a manner befitting of this pinnacle moment.