And the Winner Is Doc on TCM Tonight

The Academy has just posted this reminder that And the Winner Is will show tonight on TCM. Here is how they describe it: TCM presents the premiere of “And the Oscar Goes To…” (2014), a new documentary tracing the history of the Academy Awards. Airing Saturday...
Posted On 01 Feb 2014

Oscars Opening in 1967 and Other Interesting Videos

I don’t know about you but I’ve been having way too much fun poring over the videos the Academy has put up online. For instance, here is 1967 – all of the Redgraves are in attendance. Lady Redgrave. Lynn and Vanessa. Ronald Reagan too. The camera identifies...
Posted On 31 Jan 2014

The Academy Posts Martin Luther King Pic

On Facebook and Twitter today, the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences posted this photo: A potent reminder during awards season.
Posted On 20 Jan 2014

Academy Conversations on YouTube

Spike Jonze on Her: American Hustle:
Posted On 06 Jan 2014

Foreign Language Short List

Belgium, “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” Felix van Groeningen, director; Bosnia and Herzegovina, “An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker,” Danis Tanovic, director; Cambodia, “The Missing Picture,” Rithy Panh, director; Denmark, “The...
Posted On 20 Dec 2013

Oscars by the Numbers

Steve Pond over at The Wrap has done a handy cheat sheet to figure out how many votes per branch in the Academy a film needs to reach the “magic number.” In total, a film only needs about 300 number one votes to be nominated for Best Picture.  Read Pond’s piece,...
Posted On 17 Dec 2013

The Academy gets a new logo

A little touch of Illuminati for the Oscar’s new triangular spotlight logo.   I’m hearing a visual echo of other things too…
Posted On 17 Dec 2013

Makeup and Hairstyling Short List

American Hustle Dallas Buyers Club The Great Gatsby Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters The Hunger Games Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa The Lone Ranger
Posted On 14 Dec 2013

Challenging Movies Make Voters Nervous, but If they Can’t Take the Heat…

One of the hardest parts of Oscar watching is the inevitable truths that come out every year about the behavior of Academy voters, who are more like your average movie-goer than they are like film critics. A friend of mine said, after seeing 12 Years a Slave, that if the Academy...
Posted On 14 Oct 2013

8 Doc Shorts Make Shortlist

Eight documentary shorts of which five will be selected – and they are: “CaveDigger,” Karoffilms “Facing Fear,” Jason Cohen Productions, LLC “Jujitsu-ing Reality,” Sobini Films “Karama Has No Walls,” Hot Spot Films “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life,” Reed...
Posted On 10 Oct 2013