20th Anniversary Academy Screening of The Shawshank Redemption
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20th Anniversary Academy Screening of The Shawshank Redemption

LOS ANGELES, CA – A 20th anniversary screening of “The Shawshank Redemption”; restorations of Mary…

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Oscar Flashback: Variety calls Vertigo “Prime but Uneven” Hitchcock
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Oscar Flashback: Variety calls Vertigo “Prime but Uneven” Hitchcock

Considered the greatest film of all time Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece Vertigo was not taken very…

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Do the Right Thing Gets a Doc for 25th Anniversary
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Do the Right Thing Gets a Doc for 25th Anniversary

Apple Beats has made and released a documentary Do the Right Thing 25 Anniversary: A…

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Best Films with Zero Oscar Nominations
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Best Films with Zero Oscar Nominations

My Facebook friend (#humblebrag) and one of my favorite film directors Rod Lurie recently posted…

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Oscar Flashback: 1939, Gone with the Wind
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Oscar Flashback: 1939, Gone with the Wind

There are just a few years that will always be remembered in Oscar history, either…

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Oscar Flashback: Could The Pianist vs Chicago Repeat?
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Oscar Flashback: Could The Pianist vs Chicago Repeat?

Whenever a film comes along that seems “difficult” for Academy voters, but also one as…

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Oscar Flashback: Woody Allen, Blue Jasmine and A Streetcar Named Desire
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Oscar Flashback: Woody Allen, Blue Jasmine and A Streetcar Named Desire

Now that Blue Jasmine has opened with the best premiere numbers of Woody Allen’s career,…

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Dustin Hoffman on Brainwashing and Invisible Women
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Dustin Hoffman on Brainwashing and Invisible Women

“Good day, Dr. Brewster. I said good day sir.” Dustin Hoffman as Tootsie is easily…

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Jaws on the 4th and Other Beautiful Things
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Jaws on the 4th and Other Beautiful Things

Over at the Film Experience, Nat has written up an appreciation of George Lucas’ American…

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Oscar Flashback: Why is Leonardo DiCaprio’s Work Ignored by the Academy?
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Oscar Flashback: Why is Leonardo DiCaprio’s Work Ignored by the Academy?

Leonardo DiCaprio is heading into his fifth collaboration with Martin Scorsese with The Wolf of…

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Oscar Flashback: When the Gatekeepers are Wrong
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Oscar Flashback: When the Gatekeepers are Wrong

We Oscarwatchers put a lot of faith in the gatekeepers — those bloggers and critics…

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All Hell Broke Loose on Steel Magnolia’s Set
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All Hell Broke Loose on Steel Magnolia’s Set

File this one under “truth is stranger than fiction.”  You hear rumors throughout the years…

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Speaking of Romeo and Juliet…
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Speaking of Romeo and Juliet…

I don’t think any actors have ever captured it better than Gwyneth Paltrow and Joe…

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Oscar Flashback – Siskel and Ebert do 1978 Predictions
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Oscar Flashback – Siskel and Ebert do 1978 Predictions

Ah, the good old days when the Oscars were still a mystery. Siskel gets Best…

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45 Years Later, the Von Trapp Family
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45 Years Later, the Von Trapp Family

This was posted on Facebook from a group called Memories are Made of This.  There…

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Oscar Flashback: It Never Could Have Won Today
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Oscar Flashback: It Never Could Have Won Today

Something has happened to Academy voters. Is it really true that they’ve all just aged…

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Oscar Flashback – 12 Nominations
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Oscar Flashback – 12 Nominations

Right now, Scott Feinberg over at Hollywood Reporter, has Lincoln winning four Oscars: Best Picture,…

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Oscar Flashback – The Freak Years
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Oscar Flashback – The Freak Years

We as Oscar pundits invest so much of our time into the Oscar race, nearly…

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Oscar Flashback: Roger Deakins Headed for 10th Oscar Nomination, Zero Wins
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Oscar Flashback: Roger Deakins Headed for 10th Oscar Nomination, Zero Wins

All props to In Contention‘s astute Oscar pundit (I’m sure he’ll hate that description) Kris…

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Great Leaders, Politics and Hollywood
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Great Leaders, Politics and Hollywood

The shades of US presidents, real and imagined, have always weaved in and out of…

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