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Oscar Flashback

Best Films with Zero Oscar Nominations

My Facebook friend (#humblebrag) and one of my favorite film directors Rod Lurie recently posted the following status update: "If I had been a critic when that film came out I would have pounded the Academy into submission. I swear I…

45 Years Later, the Von Trapp Family

This was posted on Facebook from a group called Memories are Made of This.  There are good Oscar Best Picture winners, bad Oscar Best Picture winners and most of the winners that are somewhere in between.  But I'm fairly sure the Sound…

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…

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…

Great Leaders, Politics and Hollywood

The shades of US presidents, real and imagined, have always weaved in and out of Hollywood films. This year, Steven Spielberg's Lincoln might be the best film ever about a US president, and Argo depicts one of President Carter's hidden…

Oscar Flashback – Harris Savides

It was horrifying news to wake up this morning and find out that the great Harris Savides had died. Though he leaves behind quite a legacy, his best being his work on David Fincher's Zodiac, but also The Game but also his work with Sofia…