Adding to the already long list of confusing and nonsensical plans for handing out the little statues from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, it was announced today that documentaries would be considered for Oscar nomination only if they had been reviewed in The New York Times or The LA Times beforehand.
This may not be as terribly insane as it seems. (Though it does seem pretty random, not to mention biased: giving an outside organization the power to wield a nomination verdict conclusively is actually unheard of.) Despite the rise of DIY film making and festival showcases, it’s true that both Times do an admirable job reviewing most documentaries of note–one could make an argument that The New York Times actually skews towards the more esoteric form of film-making because traditionally documentaries have been considered “high-brow” films.
So this shouldn’t be a problem, right?
Red was the dominant color at the 83rd Academy Awards, and by the end of three hours and 45 minutes, I was seeing plenty of it. If this was the year when some brain-dead jerk who never heard of the term “moving pictures” decided to move into the age of cyberspace, all I can say Read More
Today, Academy Awards co-host James Franco broke his silence on one of the most sought-after pieces of information this Oscar season, a bit of gossip that eludes the ears of even the most well-connected of industry vets: where’s the after party going to be?
Now we have a lead. People has some Franco-given Read More
The producers of the 83rd Academy Awards broke from tradition when they chose two fresh-faced actors as hosts, breaking the tradition of hiring over-the-hill comedians.
So how will James Franco and Anne Hathaway fare? ABC gives us the first glimpse in a TV spot that shows the duo “rigorously preparing for every possible Oscar Read More
No Strings Attached isn’t just another bad Ashton Kutcher movie (though, wow, is it that). It’s a movie that “could destroy everything” for would-be Oscar winner Natalie Portman, says Rex Reed. Whether or not Portman’s march to the podium is interrupted, there’s a long tradition of Best Actresses immediately following up their Oscar roles Read More
The Academy has spoken! Oscar nominations were announced this morning, and there are few true surprises. Quick points: if The Social Network sweeps, maybe Trent Reznor will grab a statuette for his soundtrack? If Exit Through The Gift Shop grabs the award for best documentary, will Banksy waltz on stage to collect his winnings? The Read More
Meet your hosts for the 2011 Academy Awards: James Franco and Anne Hathaway. Ever heard of these young upstarts?
James Franco is a Yale graduate student who moonlights in film. He can currently be seen in “127 Hours” cutting his own arm off with a tiny knife, and enjoys Denis Johnson stories. Read More
In August, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced it would be bestowing an honorary award upon Jean-Luc Godard. On the surface this makes perfect sense: more than anyone else, Godard is responsible for the French New Wave movement, one of the 20th century’s most enduring artistic movements — in film or Read More
Jean-Luc Godard—French New Wave pioneer and filmmaker nonpareil—is set to be among those receiving an honorary Oscar this year, but chances are he would not like to thank the Academy. This can’t be much of a shock: the man whose unstoppable brand of cinema was fêted at Film Forum earlier this summer is known to be a Read More
The most striking thing about this year’s Oscars, other than that a female director finally won? The guys’ hair. There was George Clooney, whose longish (for him) do had a distinctly feathered quality in the front. Then there was James Cameron, whose soft, elongated bowl cut channeled ABBA, and was possibly blow-dried. But Mark Boal, Read More