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 in between.  But I’m fairly sure the Sound of Music was deserving for its top...
Posted On 21 Mar 2013

Oscar Flashback: It Never Could Have Won Today

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 that you can’t really say “The Academy” anymore because there isn’t such a...
Posted On 07 Mar 2013

Oscar Flashback – 12 Nominations

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 wins those four it shows broad support but it will share the record with the King’s Speech for lowest Oscars won...
Posted On 21 Jan 2013

Oscar Flashback – The Freak Years

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 even when the stats are against it. In the 14 years I’ve been covering this race it always comes to this...
Posted On 16 Jan 2013

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 Tapley  for pointing out that of Skyfall’s potential nominations — Sound, Sound Editing — Cinematography is certainly among them. Best Supporting Actor...
Posted On 09 Nov 2012

Great Leaders, Politics and Hollywood

The shades of US presidents, real and imagined, have always weaved in and out of Hollywood films. This year, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln might be the best film ever about a US president, and Argo depicts one of President Carter’s hidden secrets that might have rescued...
Posted On 06 Nov 2012

Oscar Flashback – Harris Savides

It was horrifying news to wake up this morning and find out that the great Harris Savides had died. Though he leaves behind quite a legacy, his best being his work on David Fincher’s Zodiac, but also The Game but also his work with Sofia Coppola.  None of the obits,...
Posted On 11 Oct 2012

[Guest Post] Oscar Year by Year: 1987 and The Princes Bride

1987 wasn’t a great year for movies, what with these 5 nominees in the running for Best Picture – THE LAST EMPEROR”, “Broadcast News”, “Fatal Attraction”, “Hope and Glory”, “Moonstruck”. Not a bad bunch of films but none of...

Oscar Flashback – Driving Miss Daisy and Do the Right Thing

It’s really hard, isn’t it, to defend, spend time on, invest any emotion on an institution that could continually, and repeatedly, up to and including this year, make such ridiculous choices when the better films are staring them right in the face. Blame the public...
Posted On 26 Jan 2012

Oscar Flashback: The 100m $ Baby and The Dismal Tide

  “You gotta trust me on this one thing.  You need a lot of drinks.” “To break the ice?” “To kill the bug that’s crawled up your ass.”  — Terms of Endearment, one of the best Best Pictures. The day after Christmas we look at...
Posted On 26 Dec 2011