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