Oscar Podcast Preview: 2004 – The Last Game Changer, Million Dollar Baby

The interesting thing about 2004 is that two things happened that year. The first, the Academy had changed the date for the Oscars to being one month earlier. Ten years later we see that no film can really win Best Picture as a late game entry. The last one to do this was Clint...
Posted On 14 Apr 2014

Oscar Podcast Preview: 2002, Chicago Barely Beats The Pianist

Now that this year’s Oscar season has been put to bed we’re going to be relaunching our Oscar Podcast, finishing out the 2000s. This upcoming episode will be taking a long look at 2002. That was the year Daniel Day Lewis and Jack Nicholson both lost their expected...
Posted On 20 Mar 2014

Oscar Podcast Preview – Gladiator beats Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Traffic

2000 was the year Gladiator became the film to beat.   While some of us were holding out hope that Ang Lee’s wire-fu masterpiece, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon would have won – it was a foreign language film and those never win. Crowding in close was Steven...
Posted On 15 Nov 2013

Oscar Podcast Preview 1999 — American Beauty beats a dozen better movies

After feeling the sting of Oscar defeat the year before when Saving Private Ryan was outflanked by Miramax and Shakespeare in Love, Dreamworks rallied in 1999 to end the millennium with a victory in 5 top categories for American Beauty. Despite Harvey Weinstein’s aggressive...
Posted On 10 Nov 2013

Oscar Podcast Preview – 1997, Titanic beats As Good as it Gets, LA Confidential

The year began with one film sweeping the critics awards. LA Confidential was the film that won Boston, the Critics Choice, Los Angeles, National Board of Review, National Society of Film Critics, New York, and the WGA. But it did not win the DGA (Cameron, Titanic) and it...
Posted On 24 Oct 2013