Back Row Thoughts – Digging for Oscar Gold

I see as many movies as I can over the course of a calendar year, but it's an all but impossible task to see everything that might be considered for the Academy Awards. This was especially true for 2019, as I had to track down two International Feature nominees that hadn't been released stateside by … Continue reading Back Row Thoughts – Digging for Oscar Gold

Back Row Thoughts: I Bought a Razzie Vote!

The Oscar nominations were announced today, and I'm chomping at the bit for my annual blitz. But strangely, one set of nominees has been missing from this year's awards cycle, that of the Golden Raspberries, or Razzies, "celebrating" the year's worst achievements in film with a spray-painted statue worth just under $5. Normally, the Razzie … Continue reading Back Row Thoughts: I Bought a Razzie Vote!

Back Row Thoughts – The 2019 Doc Feature Shortlist

Oscar nominations are just over a day away, and when they come down on Monday morning, five filmmakers are going to get the thrill of a lifetime, as their movie will be up for the Documentary Feature prize. Late last month, the Academy narrowed over 190 submissions down to a lucky 15, which were then … Continue reading Back Row Thoughts – The 2019 Doc Feature Shortlist

Back Row Thoughts: The Good and the Bad in the Blitzing

This has been the quickest Oscar Blitz in the short history of me trying to pull this off. I'll almost certainly never complete the entire ceremony before nominations come out, but this year was about as close as you can get. Apart from the three short film categories, which were released as bloc screenings on … Continue reading Back Row Thoughts: The Good and the Bad in the Blitzing

Back Row Thoughts – Achievement Unlocked!

Well folks, I finally did it. As of Monday I have completed the Documentary Feature shortlist. No matter which five films are nominated next Tuesday, I will have seen and processed them. It turns out that the reason I could see them all was through an Academy program called "Oscars Spotlight: Documentaries." It's a new … Continue reading Back Row Thoughts – Achievement Unlocked!