February 22, 2004 |
As the last week builds up to this year's Academy Awards, I pause to ask one, perhaps impertinent, question about the best-actress category: Why does it exist? After all, there will be no award next Sunday for the best screenplay by a woman. Sofia Coppola wasn't nominated as best female director. There's no award for a best picture by a woman producer. Why are there separate acting awards divided by gender? There doesn't appear to be anything about acting skill that is gender-specific.
October 6, 2010 |
LOS ANGELES - Organizers of the Academy Awards are ironing out the logistics of moving the ceremony up to late January or early February in 2012, and that could mean that Oscar voters may be watching contending films - and voting for the winners - on their laptops. Next year's ceremony will be held Feb. 27, but an earlier date could allow the academy to steal back some of the thunder from other award shows and boost TV ratings. But any date switch - which has yet to be approved by the academy - has been complicated by the National Football League, which is considering adding two games to its schedule.
March 27, 1991 |
Billy Crystal arrived on a horse and Kevin Costner's Dances With Wolves rode off with seven Oscars. But the 63d edition of the Academy Awards turned out to be more than the night when a western turned a chuckwagon into a bandwagon. Long after the dust from Costner's stampede has settled, and the grumblings have subsided that his splendid achievement beat a film of more enduring greatness (GoodFellas), Monday evening will be remembered for a paradox. Although Dances With Wolves was honored for singlehandedly reviving a Hollywood genre that stretches back to the days of the flickering nickelodeon, several of the acting awards marked a departure from the usual conservative voting patterns.
March 26, 1990 |
When the winners lug their Oscars home this year, more than a few of the golden statues will have to clear U.S. Customs. This figures to be the year for a friendly foreign invasion at the Academy Awards (tonight at 9 p.m. on Channel 6). The reason is simple: global heartwarming. Images of a dissolving iron curtain have created a genial, we-are-the-world emotion that almost certainly has been noted in trend-sensitive Hollywood. If the Academy Awards follow suit, and it's a good bet they will, the result will be foreign ownership of something more portable than our real estate - our Oscars.
March 29, 1993 |
QUOTE "As much as I love the Oscar night pageantry, it's a silly bingo game. " - Jodie Foster, best-actess winner, 1988 and 1991. FOLKS! DIS IS THE REAL OSCARS! "I saw it as a perfect symbol of the picture business: a powerful athletic body clutching a gleaming sword with half of his head, that part which held his brains, completely sliced off. " - Frances Marion, MGM screenwriter, 1934. Personally, we think Frances was on to something when she made her sassy comments about Oscar, known as the statuette with no limitations when it comes to the Academy Awards' bouts of bad taste, long-winded speeches and tear- stained cheeks.
March 20, 1989 |
This is the toughest year in recent memory for predicting the winners of the major Academy Awards. There isn't a film this year - like last year's "The Last Emperor" - that is certain to sweep. True, "Rain Man" leads all films with eight nominations and it is a stunning, $100-million box-office success. But it is an intimate film that won't win many technical awards. Long odds, however, can't stop me. Here are my predictions - not preferences - for the 61st annual Academy Awards, to be announced March 29. BEST PICTURE: "Rain Man" will win here.
December 5, 2013 |
SOMEONE in Barbara Walters ' camp needs to look up the word "fascinating. " What could be her final show presenting the "10 Most Fascinating People" of the year is seriously lacking in the fascination factor. Two stars from "Duck Dynasty"? Daffy Duck is more fascinating. Prince George ? He's a baby. Not fascinating. Except to his parents. Robin Roberts ? Anyone whom you can spend every morning with is good company, but not that fascinating. Edward Snowden ?
March 4, 2014 |
12 Years a Slave , the tough, true tale of a free black man abducted and sold into slavery in the 1840s South and a film that fearlessly explores the horrors of what has been termed America's Holocaust, won three Oscars, including the ultimate prize, best picture, at the 86th Academy Awards ceremony Sunday night. But it was Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity , the five-years-in-the-making 3D space saga starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts helplessly ricocheting around in Earth's orbit, that landed the most Oscars of the night - seven - sweeping the technical awards and claiming the director, cinematography, editing and original score prizes, too. Cuarón won his first Oscar in the editing department (with co-editor Mark Sanger)
February 8, 2004 |
She went through a world of pain during her drug-and-alcohol-fueled transition from child actor to grown-up starlet, but Drew Barrymore has landed on top. So much so that the Charlie's Angels star has gotten herself big-time recognition from the United Nations. On Thursday, the New York-based international body awarded Barrymore a Dove of Peace pin, making her a member of Artists for the U.N., an initiative of Global Vision for Peace founded at the start of the Iraq war. The Dove of Peace pin has replaced the red ribbon (for support of AIDS victims)
December 29, 1993 |
CBS president Howard Stringer said it best: "It's the only time culture sneaks onto prime time. " He was referring to the annual Kennedy Center Honors, which will be broadcast tonight on his network. Walter Cronkite hosts the two-hour gala, taped Dec. 5 at the Kennedy Center's Opera House in Washington. The 1993 laureates are a stellar group indeed: gospel legend Marion Williams (who makes her home in Philadelphia), retired late night television host Johnny Carson, composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim, conductor Sir Georg Solti and dancer-choreographer Arthur Mitchell.