Normally, I have little patience with people who criticize the Academy Awards. It's show biz. It's hype. It's glitz layered with more glitz. Don't take it so seriously. But this year's Oscars put me in such a rotten mood, I was forced to bring out the long knives.
It's been said that the Academy Awards are the "Super Bowl for Women," at least when it comes to marketing.
'The release date of a film definitely closely aligns with a film's chances of winning the Oscar for Best Picture. The later in the year a film is released -- the closer the film's release corresponds to the start of Oscar voting -- the better the film's chances of winning the Oscar.'
Tonight is one of Hollywood's biggest nights. Academy Awards royalty will be crowned, but perhaps just as important, footprints of style success will be left on the red carpet.
This was a week of expansion and contraction. Equal rights were allowed to continue expanding in Arizona, where Governor Jan Brewer vetoed an anti-gay bill masquerading as a "religious freedom" bill, and in Texas, where a federal judge ruled the state's gay marriage ban unconstitutional. Meanwhile, the Treasury Department announced that the deficit had shrunk to its smallest level since 2008 -- although the victory here is less clear, since the byproduct of deficit cutting in the middle of an ongoing recession has been prolonged unemployment and slow growth. The idea that government spending should contract at the same time the overall economy does is an American Hustle not worthy of an award. More entertaining will be seeing whether the cinematic American Hustle will triumph tonight -- or whether the Best Picture Oscar will go to fellow front-runners Gravity and 12 Years a Slave. My own prediction for a big win: Ellen.
This year marks the 60th Anniversary of On the Waterfront, the winner of the Best Picture Oscar for 1954. In honor of this weekend's Oscars, we're taking a look at what still makes this film such a timeless classic.
The nominated actresses did not receive Oscar nods or the movie role for which they are nominated by wearing designer dresses. They received their accolades because of their talent, their hard work and their tenacity to keep fighting for their space.
The first Oscars ceremony was held in the Blossom Room at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on May 16, 1929. Back then, the awards were presented before 270 people who paid $5 each for tickets. There was no suspense factor, because the winners had been announced three months before.
Sunday, March 2 the Oscars -- the other Super Bowl -- will be televised. Why would you need a reason to watch other than the delicious glitter, pomp and excitement of it all? But if you do need a reason, here are 12.
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It seems to me that this tendency to excuse libertine excesses by talented people inverts our moral hierarchy, since it basically says that those whom we acclaim as best are excused for acting the worst.
Life in the Boomer Lane doesn't know about you, but she is pretty darn excited about the impending Academy Awards Spectacle on Sunday. It marks the 39th anniversary of the year that LBL spent watching the 47th Annual Academy Awards, pacing up and down in her living room, in front of the TV, being in labor
Analyzing Oscar voting is tricky, because the Academy doesn't release actual vote totals. As a result, any investigation into how an Oscar election played out can only be based on the announced winners and anecdotal evidence of what voters were thinking.
Hollywood movies are notoriously good at reducing complex problems to isolated, emotional experiences. The happy endings of films on racial themes reflect Americans' collective investment in concluding a conversation that has barely begun.
Fear not, our intrepid team spent countless hours watching movies last year, to bring you the best of the year's movies for change.