Wistful, Epic ROMA Named Best Film By New York Film Critics Circle (AWARDS 2018)

For the first time in its history, Netflix is officially on the board as a major Oscar contender. Their 1970s Mexico-set Spanish language drama Roma -- from Academy Award-winning director Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity) -- was named Best Film of 2018 by the New York Film Critics Circle. Cuarón also won for Best Director and Best Cinematography; [...]

Film Writers Offer Alternatives To Oscar Changes, But Are They Better? (AWARDS/ANALYSIS)

You can have prestige or you can have popularity, but you can’t have both. That’s the conclusion I come to when reading some of the think-piece alternatives to recent changes made by the Academy to the Oscars ceremony. Many of them are reflected in this worthwhile piece by IndieWire’s Tom Brueggemann, “How To Make The [...]

Oscars’ “Popular Film” Nominees Likely Among Best Reviewed Films Of The Year (ANALYSIS)

In the wake of the changes to the Oscars telecast, the most controversial addition has been the new category “Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film”. Dubbed “The Popcorn Oscar”, it exists as a crass ploy for ratings that many fear will sacrifice the prestige of the award for the sake of (hopefully, maybe) more viewers. To [...]

Big Changes Coming To Oscars Telecast: What They Are, And What It All Means (ANALYSIS)

The Oscars have officially gotten desperate, and it’s not a good look. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences – the producers of the Academy Awards, with a membership of Hollywood’s elite – has made some big changes to their annual telecast (although it was the Governor's Board of 57 people, not the full [...]

Oscar Winner For Live Action Short Is A Moving, Must-See Portrait: Full Film Here (VIDEO)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09M3C4VD1Fg Don’t get sidetracked by the confusing, too-clever-for-its-own-good title. The winner of the 2017 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short is a deeply moving human portrait. (Watch the full 40-minute movie above.) Mindy Alper is a 56-year-old woman who has suffered from phobias her entire life. As a child, depression, anxiety, and social triggers were compounded by [...]