Oscar Flashback: 1939, Gone with the Wind

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...
Posted On 21 Jan 2014

It’s a Wonderful Life Sequel in the Works

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...
Posted On 18 Nov 2013

Oscar Flashback: Could The Pianist vs Chicago Repeat?

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...
Posted On 31 Oct 2013

Speaking of Romeo and Juliet…

I don’t think any actors have ever captured it better than Gwyneth Paltrow and Joe Fiennes.
Posted On 13 Apr 2013

Oscar Flashback: It Never Could Have Won Today

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...
Posted On 07 Mar 2013

Oscar Flashback – 12 Nominations

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...
Posted On 21 Jan 2013

Oscar Flashback – The Freak Years

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...
Posted On 16 Jan 2013

Guest Post: Oscar Treasures: 1988 and Die Hard

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...

Oscar Flashback – Driving Miss Daisy and Do the Right Thing

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...
Posted On 26 Jan 2012

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

  “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...
Posted On 26 Dec 2011