February 27, 2012
Picture: The Artist , Thomas Langmann, producer Actor: Jean Dujardin, The Artist Actress: Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady Director: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, The Help Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners Cinematography: Hugo , Robert Richardson Art Direction: Hugo , Dante Ferretti (production...
March 23, 1999 |
An hour into the Oscar telecast Sunday night, with only four of 26 statuettes distributed, you could hear remote controls across America click off the tube. An IRS 1040 form would have made livelier TV than the 71st annual Academy Awards, a barrage of tributes to dead cowboys and real-life heroes memorialized on celluloid. In a room containing Gwyneth Paltrow, Whoopi Goldberg and Steven Spielberg, why import Sen. John Glenn and Gen. Colin Powell for glamor? If brevity is the soul of wit, then these Academy Awards were positively soulless.
March 23, 1986 |
It was 1942, and one of the nominees for an Academy Award had refused to show up at the Biltmore Hotel. "He did not want to be humiliated," his wife later explained. "He thought he'd get mad and do something drastic when he didn't win. " The writer was Herman Mankiewicz and the film was one you may have heard of - Citizen Kane. He won the award for screenwriting, but his misgivings at participating in the ritual of the Oscars were well founded. Mankiewicz could argue on the evidence and many precedents that little justice could be expected from the Academy voters, and predict that someone would make a fool of himself.
March 28, 1994 |
I'll tell you, it's hell getting old. I not only can't stay up for World Series games any more, I can't make it through the Academy Awards. I start out bright as a People magazine subscriber, but as the evening wears on, things start running together, and I begin to doze off. And in the doze, I dream. I dream up my own Oscar ceremonies, awards to real world people engaged in real world dramas. For example, here are the Oscars I gave out the other night, while the Motion Picture Academy was discovering (Surprise!
February 27, 2016 |
There couldn't be a better or a worse time for Chris Rock to be hosting the Oscars. The timing is good for ABC. The network has made diversity part of its brand, with shows like Scandal , Black-ish , How to Get Away With Murder , American Crime, and Fresh Off the Boat . This month, it promoted Channing Dungey to entertainment president, making her the first African American to head a major broadcast network. Airing an Academy Awards show where, for the second year in a row, all the acting nominees are white?
March 2, 2015 |
A HOST of this year's "Richardson Dilworth Award" ceremony likened the event to the Academy Awards. By that measure, the city's version was far more entertaining and a lot less boring. The hour-long awards presentation, held at City Hall on Friday, was chock full of genuine laughs, tears, surprises - and even a little love story. And when each nominee learned they had won, their reaction wasn't all, "Blah, blah, blah . . . I'd like to thank the Academy. " The acceptance was pure Philly: "Get outta here!
March 31, 1987 |
You may find it a bit hairy to recall who won Academy Awards last year. But hostess Jane Fonda's daring new coiffure may come to mind. The shoulder-length wispy style caused waves in the fashion world; women still trickle into the Barron Hair Studio in Studio City, the place responsible for the look of Fonda's locks, and ask for her style. For Los Angeles hair stylists, the anticipation of last night's awards show practically made hair rise with excitement. Which hairdo would cause the biggest stir?
March 31, 1987 |
Those who watched CBS's NCAA basketball championship last night instead of ABC's Oscar telecast didn't know what they were missing - until they tuned to the Hollywood ceremony at 10 p.m., when the game ended. Then they soon discovered what loyal Oscar viewers already knew: They were missing nothing. Last night's Oscar telecast was more boring than a Southfork oil drill. Many opportunities for drama were robbed, most opportunities for comedy were mishandled, and any chance of pace or excitement was doomed from the start when Telly Savalas, Dom DeLuise and Pat Morita bleated the opening number.
March 22, 1998 |
It was the the most expensive picture in the history of movies, and the delays and staggering logistical problems that beset its production were eagerly publicized in the media. But the studio that gambled everything on the epic film reaped a huge reward as it became a worldwide blockbuster. Titanic in 1997? No, Ben-Hur in 1959. Ben-Hur went on to win a dozen Oscar nominations and an unprecedented 11 statuettes, a record of suitably biblical proportions that stands to this day. But will it still stand after tomorrow night?
March 30, 1992 |
In 1988, a couple of months before she won her best-actress Oscar for The Accused, Jodie Foster mused on her first trip to the Academy Awards. She was 13, and a supporting-actress nominee for Taxi Driver. "The Oscars are like a party, in a way, and it is a great honor to be recognized by your peers," said Foster, nominated this year for her turn in The Silence of the Lambs. "But actually, I think the only thing you remember afterward is who wore what. " How true. In bygone decades, when the fashions of the moment were hideous to begin with, attendees seemed to compete for the tackiest-outfit Oscar.