Oscar Podcast Preview: 2005 – Oscar’s Unforgettable Year, Brokeback Mountain Loses to Crash

The morning after Brokeback Mountain lost I got an email from a reader, a very young reader in a foreign country, who told me that he would have killed himself that night had he not found Oscarwatch. The reason was mainly that he’d found a place where people were bitching...
Posted On 20 Apr 2014

Oscar Podcast Preview – Return of the King Clean Sweeps

2003 was the year Peter Jackson, and his collaborators, finally collected gold on their Middle Earth trilogy. Return of the King was the grand slam, filling the bases and bring it all home. It won all of the 11 Oscars it was nominated for. The bigger fan you were of the films the...
Posted On 04 Apr 2014

Oscar Podcast Preview 2001 – A Beautiful Mind and Halle and Denzel

2001 will always be remembered as the year the first black actress won in the lead category. It wasn’t just that, though. Both Halle Berry and Denzel Washington won that night. ┬áHere we are, an unbelievable twelve years later and no black actress has come close, save Viola...
Posted On 14 Dec 2013

Oscar Podcast Preview — 1998 Shakespeare in Love beats Saving Private Ryan

It was a dramatic Oscar year, one where Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan was expected to take the big prize. Spielberg had won the DGA, after all, and would go on to win Best Director. But there were some rumblings afoot that Shakespeare in Love, the film that was...
Posted On 02 Nov 2013

Oscar Podcast Preview – 1994

The Shawkshank Redemption might be the best film that never won Best Picture, or very nearly that. But nothing was going to beat Forrest Gump that year, not even Pulp Fiction. 1994 seems to be a memorable year for many film fans because of those two movies specifically. Both are...
Posted On 05 Oct 2013