Oscar Voters Spilling the Beans

It’s never a pretty picture to look inside the mind of your average Oscar voter, especially those who have nothing better to do than blab about their choices.  Back when I first started covering the Oscar race it was considered a rookie move to post or advertise what one...
Posted On 23 Feb 2014

Challenging Movies Make Voters Nervous, but If they Can’t Take the Heat…

One of the hardest parts of Oscar watching is the inevitable truths that come out every year about the behavior of Academy voters, who are more like your average movie-goer than they are like film critics. A friend of mine said, after seeing 12 Years a Slave, that if the Academy...
Posted On 14 Oct 2013

Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot

Scott Feinberg went and hung out with a prickly director who gave him his honest picks in the various categories. You can tell 2012 is a very strong year because everyone’s “should wins” are all over the place. One thing I can say with a certainty is that I feel...
Posted On 20 Feb 2013

Jimmy Fallon in talks to host 2013 Oscars; ABC not happy

Jimmy Fallon, freshest of late late night talk show hosts, is in talks to host the 85th Academy Awards. ABC is reportedly raising objections because Fallon has the audacity to be brilliant on a program not owned by ABC. The network has no authority in choice of Oscar host so what...
Posted On 02 Aug 2012

What’s the Sudden Close Relationship Between Deadline and the Motion Picture Academy?

I have no beef against Nikki Finke, like many do. In fact, I’ve always admired her throughout the years for her tenacity and fortitude forging a path in a mostly male dominated industry. But something went a little funny when I started seeing more and more news breaks...
Posted On 09 Dec 2011

Mark Harris: “Why the Academy Should Fire Brett Ratner”

Thanks to this essay by Mark Harris at Grantland.com. I feel a lot less like a fuming hothead for suggesting earlier that Brett Ratner’s behavior shouldn’t be pardoned. …at a Los Angeles Q&A after a screening of Tower Heist, the film’s director Brett Ratner...
Posted On 07 Nov 2011

Mark Harris: "Why the Academy Should Fire Brett Ratner"

Thanks to this essay by Mark Harris at Grantland.com. I feel a lot less like a fuming hothead for suggesting earlier that Brett Ratner’s behavior shouldn’t be pardoned. …at a Los Angeles Q&A after a screening of Tower Heist, the film’s director Brett Ratner...
Posted On 07 Nov 2011

Oscar Producer Brett Ratner: “Rehearsing is for fags!”

I sincerely believe the Academy needs to fire Brett Ratner. Last week, Brett Ratner told the world that yes, he did “bang” Olivia Munn, but it was “before she was Asian” (an admission he made not while under questioning by Howard Stern but as a guest on a...
Posted On 07 Nov 2011

Oscar Producer Brett Ratner: "Rehearsing is for fags!"

I sincerely believe the Academy needs to fire Brett Ratner. Last week, Brett Ratner told the world that yes, he did “bang” Olivia Munn, but it was “before she was Asian” (an admission he made not while under questioning by Howard Stern but as a guest on a...
Posted On 07 Nov 2011

Mark Harris on Three Dumb Oscar Rules that Need to Change

  Like a snake eating its own tail, Mark Harris, over at Grantland, suggests that as we wait out the lull (read: as we wait for the Big Oscar Movies to drop), perhaps it’s time to scrutinize the group we love to hate: So while we wait, perhaps it’s time to turn to the...
Posted On 17 Oct 2011
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