February 28, 2014 |
DON'T THINK OF it as a telecast. The Oscars are never just a telecast. Think of it as a fashion show, a stand-up set and a concert, with a healthy dose of Hollywood pomposity coating the entire proceedings. I don't take the Academy Awards all that seriously. But I love them anyway. It's cliche to call the Oscars the Super Bowl for the pop culture-obsessed set, but I watch the December movies and follow smaller awards shows as if they are the playoffs, setting up for the big game that will occur this Sunday on ABC. My Oscars day starts several hours before the show begins and involves a lot of alcohol.
June 30, 1988 |
NFL Films has branched out quite a bit in its 26 years. The folks who created the Football Follies have tackled a variety of art forms - including rock videos and a documentary on moon flight - and they made it look easy. Tonight, NFL Films takes on a new challenge: a live awards show patterned after the Oscars. The black-tie affair will be held at the WHYY-TV studios in Independence Mall with the nominees and presenters arriving - by limousine, of course - at 7:30 p.m. It is called the first annual NFL Filmstar Awards, with tickets selling for $100 and proceeds going to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
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.
January 16, 2015 |
Paltrow approves Garner Gwyneth Paltrow thinks her ex-bf Ben Affleck has found the perfect mate in Jennifer Garner . Gwyn on Wednesday told Howard Stern that when Ben was younger, he couldn't handle anyone more sophisticated than a Scores stripper. But he's grown. "He's settled down and his wife is awesome," said GP of JG, who wed BA in 2005. "Not only is she beautiful but she's so warm, she cooks, and she's so into her kids and she's great. She's hilarious.
February 23, 2015 |
Birdman or Boyhood ? A breakneck backstage commotion about art and ego that seems to fly by in a flash? Or a loping survey of life's small moments filmed over 12 years with a cast that grows older before our eyes? As audiences settle down to watch the 87th Academy Awards on Sunday night (and pick apart the sartorial choices), the Hollywood pundits and progn -oscar -ators have pretty much decreed: The best-picture race is between Alejandro G. Iñárritu's Birdman , with nine nominations, and Richard Linklater's Boyhood , with six. I'm OK with that.
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.