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Fandor's "Alternative History" of the Academy Awards
20th Anniversary Academy Screening of The Shawshank Redemption
October 20th, 2014
LOS ANGELES, CA – A 20th anniversary screening of “The Shawshank Redemption”; restorations of Mary Pickford’s “Little Annie Rooney” and Charlie Chaplin’s...
Oscar Flashback: Variety calls Vertigo "Prime but Uneven" Hitchcock
October 7th, 2014
Considered the greatest film of all time Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece Vertigo was not taken very seriously at all when it first came out in 1958. Had we been covering...
Do the Right Thing Gets a Doc for 25th Anniversary
August 15th, 2014
Apple Beats has made and released a documentary Do the Right Thing 25 Anniversary: A Beats Music Experience which ends with a block party featuring Dave Chappelle,...
Best Films with Zero Oscar Nominations
June 13th, 2014
My Facebook friend (#humblebrag) and one of my favorite film directors Rod Lurie recently posted the following status update: "If I had been a critic when that film...
Oscar Flashback: 1939, Gone with the Wind
January 21st, 2014
There are just a few years that will always be remembered in Oscar history, either because one film so thoroughly dominated those awards, or because another film...
Oscar Flashback: Could The Pianist vs Chicago Repeat?
October 31st, 2013
Whenever a film comes along that seems "difficult" for Academy voters, but also one as highly praised as Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave, inevitably people start...
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, the film will be seriously considered for several Oscar nominations - Best Actress for sure, if not Best...
Dustin Hoffman on Brainwashing and Invisible Women
July 7th, 2013
"Good day, Dr. Brewster. I said good day sir." Dustin Hoffman as Tootsie is easily one of the best performances ever by any actor. Hoffman was annoyingly, famously...
Jaws on the 4th and Other Beautiful Things
July 4th, 2013
Over at the Film Experience, Nat has written up an appreciation of George Lucas' American Graffiti. That's his 4th of July pick. Ours is the other history-making...
Oscar Flashback: Why is Leonardo DiCaprio's Work Ignored by the Academy?
June 18th, 2013
Leonardo DiCaprio is heading into his fifth collaboration with Martin Scorsese with The Wolf of Wall Street this November. He is Scorsese's Jimmy Stewart -- a...
Oscar Flashback: When the Gatekeepers are Wrong
June 15th, 2013
We Oscarwatchers put a lot of faith in the gatekeepers -- those bloggers and critics who see movies first, review them, assess their merits, and assign them into...
All Hell Broke Loose on Steel Magnolia's Set
April 26th, 2013
File this one under "truth is stranger than fiction." You hear rumors throughout the years about famous people on movie sets. How do you know what to believe? But...
Speaking of Romeo and Juliet...
I don't think any actors have ever captured it better than Gwyneth Paltrow and Joe Fiennes. ...
Oscar Flashback - Siskel and Ebert do 1978 Predictions
Ah, the good old days when the Oscars were still a mystery. Siskel gets Best Actor right. Part two after the jump. ...
45 Years Later, the Von Trapp Family
This was posted on Facebook from a group called Memories are Made of This. There are good Oscar Best Picture winners, bad Oscar Best Picture winners and most of the winners that are somewhere...
Oscar Flashback: It Never Could Have Won Today
March 7th, 2013
Something has happened to Academy voters. Is it really true that they've all just aged out to the point where they really can't tolerate any loud noises? The truth is...
Oscar Flashback - 12 Nominations
January 21st, 2013
Right now, Scott Feinberg over at Hollywood Reporter, has Lincoln winning four Oscars: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay. If it...
Oscar Flashback - The Freak Years
January 16th, 2013
We as Oscar pundits invest so much of our time into the Oscar race, nearly a whole year, that the narrative we have planned out tends to want prominence in our minds...
Oscar Flashback: Roger Deakins Headed for 10th Oscar Nomination, Zero Wins
November 9th, 2012
All props to In Contention's astute Oscar pundit (I'm sure he'll hate that description) Kris Tapley for pointing out that of Skyfall's potential nominations --...
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