Oscar Flashback

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A reader sent in the following email after a twitter exchange between Ryan and me: I’m always intrigued by your take on socially-aware filmgoing vs. needlessly tearing a film apart to create controversy. You tweeted earlier about how critics would ...
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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 ...

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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 ...
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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 ...

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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...
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While audiences and film fans are open to other possibilities, the generally held opinion is that the Academy voters are big softies in the final analysis. They’re spoken about like the old relatives you’ll be inviting to Thanksgiving — condescended ...

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One thing that’s important to note about the Oscar race for Best Actress — and Best Actor too, come to that — is that much of the time being in a Best Picture contender makes all the difference. With ten ...

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It isn’t often that a love story wins Best Picture. By my count, loosely including films that are really about something else, like the Civil War or the sinking of an unsinkable ship, there have been only 16 winners in ...

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The idea that Academy members are prudes is deeply rooted in their voting history. The way most people talk about the Academy is that they “will never go for that” or they can’t really handle anything except the most traditional, ...

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One of the best things about the two prominent film critics at the New York Times, AO Scott and Manohla Dargis, isn’t necessarily their take on new releases, although that’s certainly valuable, though often frustrating — and I don’t think ...

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In anticipation of tonight’s HBO premiere of Toddy Hayne’s Mildred Pierce, here’s a look back at my favorite Haynes masterpiece to date — his voluptuous Sirkian swoon, Far From Heaven. My personal choice for Best Actress of 2002, Julianne Moore, ...

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Reader Marshall Flores has done the research and delivers the stats.¬† Director wins. That doesn’t mean the same will play out this year, of course.¬† It just means that when you hear people say “the film with the most nominations ...
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Movie Videos & Movie Scenes at MOVIECLIPS.com Since many of you readers have commented here and on Twitter that 2010 could be a repeat of 1976. I thought it might be fun to take a look back at that pivotal ...

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I was taken aback when I saw the poster for the Flipped, the new Rob Reiner film out this Friday. ¬†The weird thing about it was that Rob Reiner’s name was nowhere to be found. ¬†The poster just said, “from ...

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