Final Day of Oscar Voting – Dear Academy, Hear My Plea!

In our ongoing tradition of throwing ourselves at the mercy of 6,000 Oscar who don’t care about us, here is your chance to beg. Send your plea out into the ether in hopes that someone, somewhere hears. Insert comment about why none of this really matters THAT MUCH and how...
Posted On 25 Feb 2014

The Case for Martin Scorsese

It’s difficult for many of us to be unbiased when it comes to Martin Scorsese. Very likely he could direct a remake of When Harry Met Sally and I’d think it was the greatest thing since Taxi Driver. But even given all of that bias, and all the ways I love The Wolf of Wall Street...
Posted On 24 Feb 2014

Final Lap – The Academy Awards, Race, and the Split Vote

You’ll be happy that — barring the expected catastrophe that might occur next Sunday — this is very likely my last piece on Race and the Academy, until 50 years from now when the next film written, directed and starring black people is up for Best Picture. By...
Posted On 24 Feb 2014

Fandor Does Best Actor

Running down the performances, gives percentages of screen time.
Posted On 24 Feb 2014

Full Presenters List at 86th Oscar, or More Importantly, is Angelina Going to be There?

Of this list, I’m trying to imagine who will be given the honor of handing out Best Picture.  If it were me, I don’t think I could put anyone above Sidney Poitier.  But I suppose you never know. Remember when Barbra came out to give Best Director to Kathryn Bigelow?...
Posted On 24 Feb 2014