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Best Films with Zero Oscar Nominations

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My Facebook friend (#humblebrag) and one of my favorite film directors Rod Lurie recently posted the following status update: [Redacted, how much he loved Joe Carnahan's film The Grey] “If I had been a critic when that film came out I would have pounded the Academy into submission. I swear I would have. Indeed, without hyperbole, it’s the greatest American film ever made that doesn’t have a single Oscar nomination….

An honor to be nominated? Peter O'Toole says, No.

An honor to be nominated? Peter O'Toole says, No.

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Yes, the trailer is awful but, trust me, The Stunt Man — released on Blu-ray tomorrow — is worth a look. See it mainly to relish one of Peter O’Toole’s finest and funniest performances. Dave Itzkoff at the NYTimes talks to O’Toole about the movie got an earful about the Oscars. Q. You were, of course, nominated for an Academy Award for this performance. Did you think you might win…

Learning Oscar history off the Tee-Vee news

Learning Oscar history off the Tee-Vee news

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True or False: “Peter Guber has earned 50 Oscar nominations” (Answer: Number of Oscar nominations earned by Peter Guber)

83rd annual Oscars to revisit 1970 template?

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(Which of these filmmakers actually won the Oscar they’re posing with?) As already reported tonight, the Academy is discarding the lovely heartfelt tributes to each of the lead acting nominees in an effort to eliminate any genuine flavor from the broadcast, boiling it down to the slick chemical consistency of low-fat sugar-free pudding. Producer Bruce Cohen says, “we found a version of that, without using the five people on stage,…

EW Names Ten Best Pictures that Should Have Lost

EW Names Ten Best Pictures that Should Have Lost

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Owen Gleiberman and Lisa Scharzbaum have assembled ten examples of¬†Oscar’s Best picture where the AMPAS awarded the wrong film — by wrong, we have to assume several factors at play: the undeniable “epic,” the sweepie sweeps and heart vs. other bodily organs. ¬†But other factors: money made at the box office, unification of “the people” who really really liked that movie once, celebrating a director whose time has come, and/or…