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Ryan, Craig and I discuss the 6th annual Academy Awards, hosted by Will Rogers and held in March of 1933. It was the longest span of time between Oscar ceremonies — almost a year and a half — in order ...
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Podcast: Play in new window | Download Craig Kennedy, Ryan Adams and I discuss 1933 and the 5th Annual Academy Awards. They weren’t as exciting as the previous year or the following year but it was the first ceremony to ...
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Podcast: Play in new window | Download Ryan Adams, Craig Kennedy and I brought back the historical Academy Awards podcasts to revisit 1929/1930, the year when the Academy was pressured to change their voting from a select committee who picked ...
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Podcast: Play in new window | Download We finally pulled it together for an updated podcast, mostly talking about Cannes and the impact of Mad Max: Fury Road on the Oscar race. You can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes ...
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“In the beginning, there was Louis B. Mayer. And he looked over the kingdom of Hollywood and its glory and said, “This is good.” And then he saw stirrings of unionism among studios craftsman and he said, “This stinks.” – ...
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Some movies are symphonies. The Godfather comes to mind. Some movies are jazz. John Coltrane or Miles Davis. Goodfellas and Taxi Driver. Sometimes a movie is so quiet and intense it brings no music to mind. The Coen’s No Country ...
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We finally got around to it – head on over here to listen to Parts One and Two with Craig Kennedy and Ryan Adams. We talk Boyhood and The Congress on Part One and then the year 2009 on Part ...
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The year was 2008. I will forever remember it as the year the Oscar race finally broke the NY Times’ David Carr, who watched the whole season buckle under a can’t-lose frontrunner. It happens sometimes. You have years where a ...
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“He’s a psychopathic killer but so what.” “You seem like a man who wouldn’t want to waste a chair.” “If the road you followed has led you to this, of what use was the road?” “The coin ain’t got no ...
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In anticipation of the 2006 flashback podcast, Ben Zuk has written in ruminating on that year. Zuk says that he often makes “alternative Oscars” lists and decided to share his from 2006: I’ve nominated ten films from 2006 in order ...
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The morning after Brokeback Mountain lost I got an email from a reader, a very young reader in a foreign country, who told me that he would have killed himself that night had he not found Oscarwatch. The reason was ...
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The interesting thing about 2004 is that two things happened that year. The first, the Academy had changed the date for the Oscars to being one month earlier. Ten years later we see that no film can really win Best ...
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2003 was the year Peter Jackson, and his collaborators, finally collected gold on their Middle Earth trilogy. Return of the King was the grand slam, filling the bases and bring it all home. It won all of the 11 Oscars ...
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Now that this year’s Oscar season has been put to bed we’re going to be relaunching our Oscar Podcast, finishing out the 2000s. This upcoming episode will be taking a long look at 2002. That was the year Daniel Day ...
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2001 will always be remembered as the year the first black actress won in the lead category. It wasn’t just that, though. Both Halle Berry and Denzel Washington won that night.  Here we are, an unbelievable twelve years later and ...
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2000 was the year Gladiator became the film to beat.   While some of us were holding out hope that Ang Lee’s wire-fu masterpiece, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon would have won – it was a foreign language film and those ...

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After feeling the sting of Oscar defeat the year before when Saving Private Ryan was outflanked by Miramax and Shakespeare in Love, Dreamworks rallied in 1999 to end the millennium with a victory in 5 top categories for American Beauty. ...

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It was a dramatic Oscar year, one where Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan was expected to take the big prize. Spielberg had won the DGA, after all, and would go on to win Best Director. But there were some rumblings ...
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The year began with one film sweeping the critics awards. LA Confidential was the film that won Boston, the Critics Choice, Los Angeles, National Board of Review, National Society of Film Critics, New York, and the WGA. But it did ...

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The weeks are flying by as we comb through Oscar’s past. This weekend we’ll be diving in 1996, not a great year overall for film. To me it’s known as the Fargo year, though the big winner was The English ...

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