January 26, 2011
TODAY, OSCAR snubees are wondering what they have to do to get a nomination. Cut off an arm? Possibly. It worked for James Franco in "127 Hours," for "True Grit," and for "Winter's Bone. " All of these limb-rending epics scored nominations for cast and crew yesterday, while other folks went home . . . empty-handed. Like Chris Nolan. His hit "Inception" scored nine nominations, second only to "True Grit" (10) and "The King's Speech" (12), but he was again shut out in the race for best director (shades of "The Dark Knight")
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 8, 2010
Actor: Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart Actress: Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side Documentary short: "Music by Prudence" Animated short: "Logorama" Live action short: "The New Tenants"
February 24, 2009 |
IT'S THE DAY after the Oscars in economic-crisis America. Mind if we warm our cold fingers a little longer in that Swarovski-crystal glow? Scanning the post-show reviews, producers Bill Condon and Laurence Mark scored well. With congenial song-and-dance hunk Hugh Jackman in the host-seat, the Oscars had more sizzle and less snipe - or, as Jackman promised Barbara Walters during her pre-show special, "a little more show and a little less biz. " Having previous winners laud nominees in specific categories got good reviews.
February 20, 2009 |
So the door slammed shut on The Dark Knight. James Franco wasn't nominated for Milk - or for his stoner dealer dude in Pineapple Express. Bruce Springsteen's "The Wrestler" - how did that not get a best-song slot? (Hey, there are still two slots open - it's not too late!) And Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky), Kristin Scott Thomas (I've Loved You So Long) and Michelle Williams (Wendy and Lucy) - they wuz robbed. Get over it. The 81st Academy Awards ceremony is two days away - Sunday, 8 p.m., 6ABC - and while there are slights, omissions, and head-scratchers, there is still much to celebrate.
February 20, 2009 |
Are you an Oscarologist? If you answer correctly eight or more of these questions, consider yourself a grad of the college of Academy knowledge. 1. The Oscar winner who is the child and grandchild of Oscar winners: (a) Michael Douglas (b) Jane Fonda (c) Gwyneth Paltrow (d) Sofia Coppola 2. The Academy Award winner who can boast that Mom and Dad are also winners: (a) Robert Downey, Jr. (b) Angelina Jolie (c) Liza Minnelli (d) Anjelica Huston 3. The first Academy Awards ceremony was held at: (a)
February 14, 2008
The Inquirer's movie critics, Steven Rea and Carrie Rickey, are spending the week before the Feb. 24 Academy Awards predicting the winners of the races. On Friday, they agreed that Ruby Dee ( American Gangster ) was the likely winner of the best supporting actress trophy. Today, they take up best supporting actor. Bardem, the Spanish actor best known here for Before Night Falls , is pretty great, too, with that impassive face like an Easter Island statue. And, Lordy, Wilkinson plays the raving, lucid born-again moral lawyer like he was in an Arthur Miller play.
January 23, 2008 |
Merciless killings in 1980s West Texas. Merciless greed in turn-of-the-20th-century California. Corporate deception and law-biz ethics gone haywire in contemporary New York. Thwarted love and twisted lies in World War II Britain. And, oh yeah, a pregnant 16-year-old getting on with her life, her homework, and her hipster bons mots in modern-day suburbia. There you have the 2008 Academy Award best-picture nominees: No Country for Old Men, There Will Be Blood, Michael Clayton, Atonement and Juno.
January 24, 2007 |
It's the year Oscar embraced diversity. The big surprise in yesterday's roundup of nominees for the 79th Academy Awards was the exclusion of Dreamgirls from the best-picture competition, despite leading the field with eight nominations. It's the first time in Oscar history that the movie with the most nominations hasn't been a best-picture contender. But the big trends were globalization and diversity. Of the 20 acting nominees, five are black, two are Latina and one is Japanese.
March 10, 2006
WHAT DEAL was cut for the prestigious Academy Awards to bestow art status with an Oscar for best song on the simple-minded "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp"? Everybody got so upset about the low-class "wardrobe malfunction" by Janet Jackson, but awarding an Oscar for a song on such a topic by no-talent performers lacking any grace is no problem. All the great songwriters - Gershwin, Bernstein, Cohan, Cole Porter, Rogers and Hart - must be spinning in their graves. They had class.