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The Oscars:
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Winning an Oscar is considered to be the highest achievement in show business.

Each January, movie-goers, film buffs, and critics turn their attention to the Academy Awards after the year's best movies, performances, and film production have been nominated.

Millions will watch as cinematic history is made when they tune into the lavish awards ceremony that's broadcast in February.

Get ready for your "night at the Oscars" as Patheos Entertainment writers weigh in on the who, what, and why of this year's big event.


Recent Perspectives on the Academy Awards

The Willful Ignorance of Privilege: From Oscar to Trump

The Willful Ignorance of Privilege: From Oscar to Trump

Erin Wathen

Chris Rock did some truth-telling at the Oscars re: the racism of Hollywood.

"Spotlight:" Oscar Gets It Right

Chris Williams

And then, Spotlight won.

"Spotlight" on Children

Adam Ericksen

Spotlight also wins praise from us at Teaching Nonviolent Atonement because of its extraordinary insights into the phenomenon of scapegoating.

Films That Explored Religious Abuses Won Big at the Oscars

Films That Explored Religious Abuses Won Big at the Oscars

Hemant Mehta

A couple of films exposed practices within certain religious communities.

Chris Rock for President

Chris Rock for President

Frank Schaeffer

The commonsense, dignity and compassion– not to mention brilliant humor that Chris Rock brought to his Oscar opening will go down in history.

Award Shows: Hollywood's Favorite Pulpit

Award Shows: Hollywood's Favorite Pulpit

Monique Ocampo

A quick look at all the post-Oscar news showed how little I actually missed.

Stacey Dash's Oscar Cameo and Hollywood's Diversity Problem

Stacey Dash's Oscar Cameo and Hollywood's Diversity Problem

Nancy French

"That was awkward." That was the Twitter sentiment when Dash walked on as the new "Academy Director of Diversity Outreach." This is what really happened.

Who Is Stacey Dash? Why Is She on the #Oscar Stage?

Who Is Stacey Dash? Why Is She on the #Oscar Stage?

Stacey Dash

The truth behind the joke at the Oscars.

Yes, the Oscars Are Still So White. But Let's Not Boycott

Yes, the Oscars Are Still So White. But Let's Not Boycott

Paul Asay

How can you straighten something that's inherently—and by design—crooked?

"Spotlight:" Investigative Journalists in an Era of Clickbait

Rebecca Florence Miller

My biggest takeaway was Spotlight's focus on the importance of depth in our journalism today.

Reviews for the Best Picture Nominees

"The Big Short:" the Rest of the Story

C. R. Wiley

Don't let anyone fool you, lots of people saw what was coming. The problem wasn't information, the problem was psychology.

A Slow Shuffle Across the

A Slow Shuffle Across the "Bridge of Spies"

Andrew Spitznas

A good not great Spielberg film, this Cold War tale is hamstrung by pacing issues, predictability, and a sermonizing script.

"Brooklyn:" A Drama of Discernment

A. G. Harmon

Eilis is not a sad case who finds her way to prosperity, but a case who finds herself with the option of two lives, each as wonderful and appealing as the other.

Mad Max and the Furious Road to Redemption

Mad Max and the Furious Road to Redemption

Paul Asay

Maybe it's not so surprising that religion and faith are important thematic elements in Mad Max: Fury Road.

The Frontier Spirit of

The Frontier Spirit of "The Martian"

Dylan Pahman

The Martian offers viewers a taste of that same enchantment of endless possibility, despite all our limitations, that confronted the early settlers when their eyes first beheld the shores of New England.

"The Revenant:" Revenge As the Ultimate Dystopian Fantasy

David R. Henson

My only hope after having seen this film is that the viewer will understand better the complete emptiness that comes with exacting revenge.

"Room:" My Best Picture Choice

Josh Wartel

If Room offers us any consolation, it is that love shines even brighter in contrast to the darkness of adulthood than the bright blue skies of childhood.

"Spotlight:" A Damnation Wreaked On Ourselves

Sara Amis

While damaged people inflict damage on others, their scope would be limited without the web of ordinary, go-along-to-get-along, protectors and accomplices.

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"Spotlight" and Sexual Abuse Across Faith Communities

Dilshad Ali

It's heartbreaking to watch a movie like Spotlight and see the same pattern repeating itself—across time and space, across faiths.

"Creed:" Helping the Lost & Lonely Find Their Way

Tony Rossi

Creed is about the relationships that make us who we are, the battles we all endure, and the virtues that propel us forward in life.

"Creed:" Helping the Lost & Lonely Find Their Way

Tony Rossi

Creed is about the relationships that make us who we are, the battles we all endure, and the virtues that propel us forward in life.

"The Revenant:" Looking for a Holier Ghost

Paul Asay

In the terrible, beautiful world of The Revenant, God seems nowhere and everywhere.

The Oscar-Nominated Short Films

The Oscar-Nominated Short Films

Peter T. Chattaway

One of the best things about the Academy Awards is the way they can shine a light on films and filmmakers who would otherwise not get much attention.

#OscarsSoWhite: Is It Really an Issue?

#OscarsSoWhite: Is It Really an Issue?

Monique Ocampo

It's not like the Oscars have never considered films with diversity before. So my first question is "Is this proof of an issue or projecting?"

4 Thoughts on an All-White Oscar Slate

4 Thoughts on an All-White Oscar Slate

Jane the Actuary

The Oscar nominations have been published, and, again, this has produced outrage on behalf of non-white hopefuls.

Oscar Winners Slipping at the Box Office

Oscar Winners Slipping at the Box Office

Peter T. Chattaway

I'm thinking smaller films winning Best Picture is the new normal for now.

Here's What the Oscars Have to Say About Faith

Here's What the Oscars Have to Say About Faith

Paul Asay

The Oscar nominations came out this morning. And religion, believe it or not, was everywhere.

Every Platform an Altar

Every Platform an Altar

The High Calling

When that plucky Jennifer Lawrence kid in her festooning white gown trips trying to get up on that platform to get her Oscar, the world falls in love a bit more.