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Sasha Stone

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Sasha Stone founded the site Oscarwatch.com in 1999 with a modem and a computer and a one year-old baby. The site was changed to AwardsDaily.com in 2006 after Stone was sued by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences. She graduated from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and attended Columbia Graduate Film School briefly before dropping out and returning to Los Angeles. She has written for Variety, the Hollywood Reporter, The Wrap, Women’s Media Center. Stone pioneered Oscar blogging as its known today, for better or worse, and was among the first to found an independent site that competed with the trades.

Before Stone began blogging about the Oscars, no black actress has ever won lead, no woman had ever won Best Director and no film with all black cast had won Best Picture. In the past 17 years, the Oscar race has seen each of these benchmarks – which Stone counts as an accomplishment to what otherwise might be considered time wasted. To Stone, the Oscar race only matters if it matters and most of the time it doesn’t matter.

In addition to writing about the Oscars, Stone is working on a novel, an Oscar memoir, and a podcast. She also writes about politics on Medium, and was in the top 10% of most read during the 2016 election season. Stone won third place in the Samuel Goldwyn Writing Competition while at UCLA and has a wikipedia.

Stone has no idea where the road leads, but hopefully Bob Dylan or the Talking Heads will be playing when she gets there.

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