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
Let's not mince words. This pandemic sucks donkey balls. Over the last few weeks I've dealt with major family issues and medical emergencies, lost two jobs (temporarily), and returned to bachelorhood. What I wouldn't give to be able to go see a movie right now. However, I am not an idiot or an asshole, and … Continue reading Yes, Virginia, There Will Be An Oscars – 93rd Academy Awards Rules Announced!
Okay, I've had a well-earned nap, and 24 hours to process everything I saw last night. The 92nd Academy Awards were beyond anything I could have expected, and now that it's all over, I have a few final thoughts. Apart from the Razzie Awards (which you can help determine, because I bought a vote!), this … Continue reading Oscar Gold 2020 – Postmortem
We come to the moment at last! After weeks of scrambling, search, reviewing, analyzing, and occasionally shitting on a slew of potential winners and nominees, it's finally time for the Academy Awards! And right here is where you can join me for live commentary and reactions. I'll be updating this blog in real time, basically … Continue reading Oscar Gold 2020 – Live Diary
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
It's been a long Blitz, getting from there to here. There being the nominations and here being the annual official prediction blog! We're just over 48 hours away from handing out the hardware, and while I've spent the last 24 days giving my opinions on who should win, it's time to put my proverbial money in … Continue reading Oscar Gold 2020 – Who Will Win?
We come to it at last. Twenty-four days straight, no breaks, one category after another. And now, there's just one more to go, the big one, Best Picture. Now, because I cannot just let things be easy, I have a completely convoluted process for determining my rankings in this field. This is for two reasons. … Continue reading Oscar Gold 2020 – Best Picture
For the penultimate entry in this year's Blitz, it's somewhat appropriate that we look at Live Action Short. Tomorrow will be Best Picture, so why not precede it with Best Picture... Under 40 Minutes? Looking back at my archives, it appears I did this last year, too. Gee, I hope I don't end up repeating … Continue reading Oscar Gold 2020 – Live Action Short