Every year I strive to see all nominees in all categories. This year, that lofty goal was long in doubt, due to the one category that does not require films to be screened locally at all, the newly renamed International Feature. Most films submitted to the Academy have a fairly standard keystone eligibility rule, and … Continue reading Oscar Gold 2020 – International Feature
I know I've declared the unofficial opening of awards season with a few reviews and previews over the last month, but now we can actually say that the competition for next year's Oscars has truly begun. This week, the Academy released the official list of 93 countries that have submitted an entry for Best International … Continue reading Don’t Call it “Foreign!” – International Feature Film Submissions Announced!
Just like the Documentary branch of the Academy seems to have a seething vendetta against films that engage with mass audiences, so to do the Foreign Language voters seem to have an innate bias against one particular country. South Korea has been submitting off and on in this category since 1962, with 30 films put … Continue reading Oscar Gold 2019 – Foreign Language
For the first time ever, the Academy has revealed the shortlists for nine different categories all at the same time. Typically, this process is doled out over a few weeks to give each category a moment in the spotlight, but for our purposes, it's way more convenient. As ever, I will link to whatever reviews … Continue reading Short and Sweet: 91st Academy Awards Shortlists Announced!
Today is Veterans' Day (or Remembrance/Armistice Day if you're not in the U.S.), otherwise known as 11/11 (make a wish!). And you may think it's waaaaaaay too early for coverage of next year's Academy Awards. And you would be right. But I don't care. It's never too early to get started on the Blitz! If … Continue reading Oscar Gold 2019 – First Submissions Announced!
Year in and year out, this is the hardest category to track down. That's because of the eligibility cycle and rules that govern this category, which differ from the rest of the field. Right off the bat, there's no requirement that the films be publicly screened in the United States. Eligible films must be in … Continue reading Oscar Gold 2018 – Foreign Language