A year ago today, Parasite shocked the world by winning the Academy Award for Best Picture. For a lot of film lovers out there, that was the last pleasant memory before the world went to Hell. Today, in the slimmest sign of a return to normalcy, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced … Continue reading The First Cuts – 93rd Oscars Shortlists Announced!
Yesterday we got the Golden Globe nominations, and the list of snubs in favor of poppy bullshit is so large that my gag reflex is only just now recovering. The next stage of Awards Season concerns the major trade guilds and specialty fields. That stage began today with the announcement of the Screen Actors Guild … Continue reading Acting! Genius! – 27th Screen Actors Guild Nominations
For the purposes of legal protection, I will say upfront that I can't prove that the 90+ members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association are bribed for their votes at the Golden Globes. It is merely an opinion, mostly presented tongue-in-cheek, based on the history of truly baffling nominations and awards that repeatedly smack of … Continue reading Here’s Some Money, Please Validate Me! – 78th Golden Globe Nominees Announced
Damn, this has been a busy week so far, and it's only Thursday. Awards Season got itself into full swing basically overnight, and already I'm doing my best to keep up. For example, over the last 48 hours I've been trying to get a handle on foreign films in anticipation of the Academy's announcement of … Continue reading Spirit Fingers, Everyone! – 36th Independent Spirit Nominations
I was starting to get a little antsy waiting for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to start announcing the submissions for this year's Oscars. I know everything got pushed back by two months, but we're less than two weeks from the shortlist announcements, and thus far we haven't seen a whit of … Continue reading I Love it When You Submit – 93rd Oscars Specialty Feature Submissions!
As I mentioned yesterday in my 2020 recap, the upcoming Oscar Blitz will likely be the most difficult I've ever attempted, mostly because the pandemic has introduced a host of variables about accessibility of nominees, particularly in the specialty categories. The deadline for submitting was on December 1, and as of yet there's been no … Continue reading Overtaking Parasite – 93rd Oscars International Feature Submissions
Happy Birthday to Blog! Happy Birthday to Blog! This is in the public domain now, so fuck off with royalties! I know that doesn't rhyme, but I don't care. Three years ago today, I officially posted my first entry to this lovely little blog, and in the time since, it has brought me a great … Continue reading The Magic Number
It's amazing to me that one of the few good things to happen this year is the complete overhaul of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to finally address the myriad issues that have been raised for the past decade. All it took was a massive expansion of membership, anger over a whitewashed … Continue reading #OscarsNOWhite – Academy Unveils Representation Standards
Score another victory for the coronavirus. Less than a week after announcing changes to the Oscar process starting next year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has had its hand forced and put out a statement today noting that next year's Oscars will be pushed back by two months. In addition, the entire … Continue reading Push it Back, Push it Back, WAAAAAAAY BACK! – 93rd Oscars Rescheduled
The last three weeks have seen seismic changes in the way we as a society view instances of race, justice, and privilege. One of those avenues is in the form of reevaluating content. Celebrities have been asked to become more vocal about their humanitarian causes, while others have been criticized for myopic beliefs. HBO Max … Continue reading More Voices, More Choices – Academy Announces New Inclusion Initiatives