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Oscar Flashback: 1939, Gone with the Wind

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There are just a few years that will always be remembered in Oscar history, either because one film so thoroughly dominated those awards, or because another film didn’t.   Gone with the Wind was the kind of film that Oscar seemed to be made for.  That film swept the Oscars 75 years ago. In many ways, Gone with the Wind is such a great film. The central role of Scarlett…

It’s a Wonderful Life Sequel in the Works

It’s a Wonderful Life Sequel in the Works

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It’s a Wonderful Life is about reflecting on a perceived failed life. None of George Bailey’s imagined dreams came true. But it took an angel named Clarence to make him realize how wonderful his life had really been. It needs no update, no reboot, no sequel. It is perfect. Here is the plan: The sequel, titled “It’s A Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story,” is being financed by Allen…

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Oscar Flashback: Could The Pianist vs Chicago Repeat?

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Whenever a film comes along that seems “difficult” for Academy voters, but also one as highly praised as Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, inevitably people start talking about a potential Best Picture / Best Director split. We know the split. We’ve been anticipating another Picture/Director split since it last happened in 2005, with Brokeback Mountain and Crash. Last year’s split was forced at the nominations stage and therefore can’t…

Speaking of Romeo and Juliet…

Speaking of Romeo and Juliet…

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I don’t think any actors have ever captured it better than Gwyneth Paltrow and Joe Fiennes.

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Oscar Flashback: It Never Could Have Won Today

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Something has happened to Academy voters. Is it really true that they’ve all just aged out to the point where they really can’t tolerate any loud noises? The truth is that you can’t really say “The Academy” anymore because there isn’t such a thing. The guilds now decide what wins Best Picture, but more specifically the Producers Guild. In scheduling their awards earlier than the Directors Guild, the PGA has…

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Oscar Flashback – 12 Nominations

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Right now, Scott Feinberg over at Hollywood Reporter, has Lincoln winning four Oscars: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay. If it wins those four it shows broad support but it will share the record with the King’s Speech for lowest Oscars won with 12 nominations. But it makes sense in year where there are more than five nominees. How many Oscars a film wins depends on…

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Oscar Flashback – The Freak Years

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We as Oscar pundits invest so much of our time into the Oscar race, nearly a whole year, that the narrative we have planned out tends to want prominence in our minds even when the stats are against it. In the 14 years I’ve been covering this race it always comes to this point in the year where we start to drag out the freak years, the one-offs, the anomalies…

Guest Post: Oscar Treasures: 1988 and Die Hard

Guest Post: Oscar Treasures: 1988 and Die Hard

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by Jordan Ruimy Continuing on with my weekly column, we arrive at 1988. The nominees for best picture were “RAIN MAN”, “The Accidental Tourist”, “Dangerous Liaisons”, “Mississippi Burning” and “Working Girl” – 5 excellent, well deserved choices. I’d –however- substitute “Working Girl” and “Dangerous Liaisons” for darker, more memorable fare such as Martin Scorsese’s “The Last Temptation Of Christ”, Pedro Almodovar’s tasty “Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown”,…

Oscar Flashback – Driving Miss Daisy and Do the Right Thing

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It’s really hard, isn’t it, to defend, spend time on, invest any emotion on an institution that could continually, and repeatedly, up to and including this year, make such ridiculous choices when the better films are staring them right in the face. Blame the public too, blame the critics especially, and blame our human experience, which seems to like narratives separate. For all of our liberal talk, Hollywood has still…

Oscar Flashback: The 100m $ Baby and The Dismal Tide

Oscar Flashback: The 100m $ Baby and The Dismal Tide

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  “You gotta trust me on this one thing.  You need a lot of drinks.” “To break the ice?” “To kill the bug that’s crawled up your ass.”  — Terms of Endearment, one of the best Best Pictures. The day after Christmas we look at the box office to try to figure out how the weekend that has been traditionally reserved for Oscar movies has fared so far.  The first…