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

The Unbearable Stillness of Being a Slave

(SPOILERS) Another generation had its unbearable lightness. In 12 Years a Slave, we repeatedly bear witness to an unbearable stillness. A few times, it’s a tableau of a group of slaves seen from the waist up, ostensibly awaiting instructions. Another few times, it’s a close shot...

Excuse Me While I Whip This Out: Best Picture in the Time of Obama

Deadline’s Pete Hammond writes, I think, an interesting, well-examined look at Fox Searchlight’s billboard with the message “It’s time” written on it. This has become its own whisper campaign of sorts — Matt Drudge linked to it, very likely...
Posted On 20 Feb 2014

Oscar Voting for Dummies – Best Picture

We here at Awards Daily plan to walk the voters through this painful process of having to make a choice – and the even more painful truth that they have never, will never see all of the movies. Not to worry. AwardsDaily is here to help. We shall do our best to provide you...
Posted On 18 Feb 2014

The State of the Race: Hope is the Thing with Feathers

“I find I’m so excited, I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it’s the excitement only a free man can feel, a free man at the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain. I hope I can make it across the border. I hope to see my...
Posted On 17 Feb 2014

BAFTA speeches

Seems this year the complaints about the BAFTA’s outdated 2-hour delay between actual event and edited broadcast have grown louder than ever, so maybe one of these years before long the ceremony will be broadcast live. Until then, the clips after the cut could be the first...
Posted On 17 Feb 2014

12 Years a Slave wins Best Picture at 2014 BAFTA Awards. Alfonso Cuaron, Best Director.

Best Picture – 12 Years a Slave Best Director – Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity Best Actor – Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave Best Actress – Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine Best Supporting Actor – Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips Best Supporting Actress –...
Posted On 16 Feb 2014

Five Ways the BAFTA can Throw the Oscar Race

The BAFTA awards will be announced tomorrow morning. They will be trickling out on Twitter and won’t be shown on the BBC until two hours later. That might not be the best way to attract viewers but hey. All eyes will be on BAFTA winners to get a clue about this year’s...
Posted On 15 Feb 2014

The Case for: Alfonso Cuaron

[This is not an advertorial - all five Best Director contenders will be featured] Alfonso Cuarón was born in Mexico City. His father, Alfredo Cuarón, was a nuclear physicist who, according to Wikipedia, “worked for the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy...
Posted On 15 Feb 2014