Oscarwatching 101: Part Two – Blogs and the Making of an Oscar Contender

I was here when it all began. Not just the blogs and websites that cover the Oscars, but the way media and information have evolved from traditional print to online, from opinion and eventually to advocacy. Much of the coverage you see online with regard to the Oscar race is advocacy. It is either obvious advocacy (sites explicitly pushing contenders) or it's veiled advocacy (sites that have a pretense of objectivity but push contenders nonetheless). Even now, you can see advocacy at work if you know the site you're visiting and you know what their biases are. Even those who really try not advocate...

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Franco Zeffirelli: Master of Language and Emotion

Franco Zeffirelli’s career encompassed nearly 60 years of directing features, television movies, operas, and shorts. While the Italian-born filmmaker met with success on many fronts, he’s mostly associated with his three Shakespeare features, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, and Hamlet. So distinctive were his takes on Shakespeare that I always thought his versions should have been titled “Zeffirelli’s...” Having an unerring ear for the bard’s dialogue, his productions were both reverent and transgressive. Zeffirelli had nearly ten years in filmmaking before his first big success: The Taming of the Shrew (1967) starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. His largely forgotten first...

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**2019 winners**

Best Picture
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
The Report
The Farewell

Best Actor

Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Antonio Banderas, Pain & Glory
Willem Dafoe, The Lighthouse
Taron Egerton, Rocketman
Adam Driver, The Report

Best Actress

Lupita Nyong'o, Us
Julianne Moore, Gloria Bell
Mary Kay Place, Diane
Awkwafina, The Farewell
Alfre Woodard, Clemency

Best Supporting Actor

Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Supporting Actress

Elisabeth Moss, Us
Annette Bening, The Report

Best Director

Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Jordan Peele, Us
Lulu Wang, The Farewell
Scott Z Burns, The Report

Original Screenplay

Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Lulu Wang, The Farewell
Scott Z Burns, The Report

Adapted Screenplay



Once Upon a Time in Hollywood


Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Production Design

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Sound Mixing

Sound Editing

Captain Marvel

Costume Design

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Visual Effects

Avengers: Endgame
Captain Marvel

Original Score


Original Song

Makeup and Hair

Animated Feature


Documentary Feature

Rolling Thunder Revue

Foreign Language Feature

Live Action Short


Documentary Short

Animated Short

Release Calendar


Ophelia (June 28)
Yesterday (June 28)


The Farewell (July 12)
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (July 28)
Skin (July 28)

Blinded by the Light (Aug 14)
Where'd You Go Bernadette?(Aug 16)


The Goldfinch, WB(Sept. 13)
The Kitchen, New Line(Sept 20)
Downton Abbey, Focus (Sept 20)
Ad Astra, Fox (Sept 20)


The Current War (Oct 4)
Pain & Glory, Sony Pics Classics (Oct 4)
The Woman in the Window Fox (Oct 4)
Parasite, Neon (Oct 11)
Jojo Rabbit, Fox Searchlight (Oct 18)
Torrance, WB (Oct 18)
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Sony (Oct 18)


Harriet, Focus (Nov 1)
Doctor Sleep, WB, (Nov 8)
Honey Boy, Amazon (Nov 8)
Ford V. Ferarri, Fox (Nov 15)
The Good Liar, New Line (Nov 15)


Fair and Balanced, Lionsgate, (Dec 20)
Cats, Universal, (Dec 20)
1917, Universal (Dec 25)
Little Women, Sony (Dec 25)
The Force, Fox (Dec 31)


The Irishman
The Laundromat




Film Festivals