Academy Originals

I’m not sure what this is ultimately going to turn out to be but for now it’s being teased by the Academy as something coming up. Documentaries? Profiles?
Posted On 10 Apr 2014

Another Academy Member Admits to not Watching 12 Years a Slave

This member abstained from voting in the animated branch because she did not see all of the nominees but could not do the same for Best Picture. Moreover, did she watch The Act of Killing? There was no film harder to watch than that one. She sat through Wolf of Wall Street,...
Posted On 02 Mar 2014

Voters Afraid to Watch 12 Years, Truth Emerges at Oscar Panel

Earlier today I was invited to attend the Vanity Fair Oscar blogger panel at WeWork, Hollywood, a very comfortable social workspace where, for a monthly fee, you can sit and wi-fi. Free food and drink. You’ve likely seen some of these places pop up around big cities –...
Posted On 25 Feb 2014

We Vote with Our Hearts, Admits Academy Member

For once, a non-embarrassing interview with an Academy member, a good get by Tomris Laffly.  You should read the whole thing (The Great Beauty seems destined to win Foreign), but here’s an interesting bit: I am starting to think this “anywhere’s between 5 to 10 best picture...
Posted On 25 Feb 2014

Did the Oscars Ruin the Oscars?

Mark Harris makes a pretty good case for why the Academy’s decision to expand the Best Picture race from five to ten, then from five to an indiscriminate number (so far, nine for three years in a row, probably always will be nine) has squeezed out diversity in the various...
Posted On 21 Jan 2014

What’s the Sudden Close Relationship Between Deadline and the Motion Picture Academy?

I have no beef against Nikki Finke, like many do. In fact, I’ve always admired her throughout the years for her tenacity and fortitude forging a path in a mostly male dominated industry. But something went a little funny when I started seeing more and more news breaks...
Posted On 09 Dec 2011

Academy to Honor Vanessa Redgrave

This is quite an unusual move, I’d say.  The AMPAS just sent out a release that it plans to honor Vanessa Redgrave in London: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will celebrate the career of Oscar®-winner Vanessa Redgrave with its first-ever European tribute to...
Posted On 04 Nov 2011

Electronic Voting for Oscar

The Academy members will now have the opportunity to vote electronically, Nikki Finke just confirmed.  I’m not sure what this means exactly – but one assumes they mean online voting? As Mark Zuckerberg would say, “let the hacking begin.”  Just kidding...
Posted On 23 May 2011

Climate Change & Mayan Doomsday Fears Jolt Oscars into January?

Deadline tonight breaks a bizarre report that the Academy Board of Governors apparently discussed cramming the entire awards season into a densely packed carry-on bag. I hope they also tossed around the idea of changing the name from Oscar Night to Oscar Nightmare: …the...
Posted On 22 Jun 2010

AMPAS Says Sorry About Farrah – Too Little Too Late

Yeah, there is just no good reason why the AMPAS decided to omit Farrah from its tribute to the celebrities who had died this year — and for that matter, Bea Arthur. ¬†CNN reports that¬†the Academy’s Bruce Davis, who was responsible for the “in memoriam”...
Posted On 10 Mar 2010