In looking over Oscar history, it seems clear that in the era of the expanded Best Picture ballot, most of the acting winners will come from Best Picture nominees, but especially Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor. Actors have the most influence over what wins Best Picture because the acting branch is so much bigger than any other branch. The acting categories are decided...Read more
Last year's Best Picture winner, Nomadland, ran counter to almost everything we know about the Best Picture race. Anyone paying more objective attention, however, knew Nomadland had it in the bag as early as its debut in Venice. This was due to what happened in 2020, in the post #MeToo, Black Lives Matter, and Times Up era that had Hollywood upending itself to revolutionize what was already a progressive and inclusive awards industry. If you've been watching the Oscar race long enough, you know about the "just waiting for" dynamic. And Nomadland's win was a "just waiting for" scenario playing...
Melvin Van Peebles is the multi-hyphenate who put other multi-hyphenates to shame. Over the course of a career that touched six different decades, Van Peebles plied his many trades in the fields of film, music, stage, and literature. He was an uncommonly gifted man at a time when being uncommonly gifted might have born more fruit had he not been a black man. Throughout his life, he often struggled to bring projects to fruition due to a lack of financial backing that can be explained in another way, quite simply, as racism. That being said, while Van Peebles output may...
The Montclair Film Festival has announced the complete lineup for their 2021 edition, including the Fiction Feature & Documentary Film Competition slates. Maggie Gyllenhaal will receive the Breakthrough Director & Writer Award for her debut The Lost Daughter, which we were able to get a peek at in Telluride. Gyllenhaal will also join Stephen Colbert in Conversation as part of the festival's Storytellers Series, presented by Audible. The festival is celebrating their 10th year with an incredible slate of films and runs October 21-30, 2021. For information about Montclair Film, visit www.MontclairFilm.org. See the official release below. SEPTEMBER 24, MONTCLAIR,...
Watching the Emmys was a surreal experience for me. Though many here at AD write about the Emmys I don't pay as much attention to them as I do the Oscars. I was watching them as an outsider who isn't all that familiar with most of the nominees, save for a few here or there. Despite the fact that streaming has made many of the shows readily available, I just hadn't watched them. But like many others, I was eager for things to go back to "normal." But almost immediately, I became aware of that thing that hovers over almost...
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