Dear Kim Novak: I’m Sorry You Woke up to the Internet

A friend of mine used to call life “a bucket of shit with the handles on the insides.” I’m going to appropriate that now to the internet, thanks in large part to the disease of accepted bullying that happens every second of every day here — our formerly...
Posted On 05 Mar 2014

The State of the Race: Can the Oscars Change Hollywood? (And Thank You)

Now that the bright, beautiful Lupita Nyong’o has arrived, what will become of her fate in Hollywood? We all know the statistics. We know what kinds of movies mostly get made. I wonder if it’s too much to ask that one actress inspire the five white guys in suits to...
Posted On 03 Mar 2014

Your favorite Oscar moment, 2014

Share your favorite Oscar moment. So many for me last night I won’t even try to rank them. Here, just a few highlights: Lupita. Just everything about Lupita. When Brad leaned over to kiss Angelina on the head after the clip of her winning the Humanitarian Oscar. When John...
Posted On 03 Mar 2014

Oscar acceptance speeches

So many amazing speeches last night. Clips after the cut.
Posted On 02 Mar 2014

12 Years a Slave wins Best Picture, Gravity wins Best Director at 86th Academy Awards

Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers...
Posted On 02 Mar 2014

AwardsDaily Oscar Day Oscar Guide

Enter our contest, if you haven’t already.   Our BIG BAD PREDICTIONS CHART – special thanks to Marshall Flores for helping out with that.   Must-read: Finding the real Patsey from 12 Years a Slave Add your predictions for 3 major upsets, if you haven’t already....
Posted On 02 Mar 2014

Another Academy Member Admits to not Watching 12 Years a Slave

This member abstained from voting in the animated branch because she did not see all of the nominees but could not do the same for Best Picture. Moreover, did she watch The Act of Killing? There was no film harder to watch than that one. She sat through Wolf of Wall Street,...
Posted On 02 Mar 2014

Will the Spirit Awards Outshine Oscar?

Rain and wind soaked the proceedings at yesterday’s Spirit Awards, held inside a tent right on the beach. Massive, folding waves twisted themselves around before pounding the shoreline. For the first time in my 15 years on the Oscar beat I was covering the Independent...
Posted On 02 Mar 2014

Critics Divided on Which Film Should win the Best Picture Oscar Sunday

Erik Kohn on what the potential loss for 12 Years a Slave might be: Whether or not the Oscars exist to acknowledge first-rate cinema or first-rate campaigns, this one deserves to go all the way. If it doesn’t win, the Academy has collectively — if not consciously — rejected...
Posted On 28 Feb 2014