Academy Awards fiasco

Hollywood was feeling good.  The Academy Awards show featured continual Trump-bashing and the “Oscars So White” controversy was put to rest, with black people well-represented in all categories and winning lots of awards.

But at the grand finale, the announcement of the climactic “Best Picture” award, presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced that the winner was La La Land.  But they had been given the wrong envelope!  The La La Land producers were giving their speeches, until they were interrupted with the news that it was all a mistake.  Moonlight, the coming of age film about a young gay black man, was really the winner!  Pandemonium!


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Oscar nominations

The Academy Award nominations have  been announced, and they are already proving controversial.  For example, how could The Lego Movie not get nominated for best animated feature?  “Everything Is Awesome” from that movie did get nominated for best song, but you do not want that earworm to win, lest it drive the population further into madness.

I’ve seen only a few of these (which is one of the complaints, that many of these are obscure art house type films, rather than ones the general public is familiar with).  (But how is American Sniper, which has just come out?)  Do you see any other problems with the list?  See it after the jump.  What would be your nominations? [Read more…]

Oscar winner sees “faith-based bigotry”

A Hollywood heavyweight weighs in on the “Alone Yet Not Alone” controversy.  From the Hollywood Reporter:

Gerald Molen, an Oscar-winning producer of Schindler’s List, is accusing the Academy of discriminating against a religious movie in revoking its nomination in the best song category. [Read more…]

The Academy Awards

In light of the above post, we should take the opportunity to discuss the Academy Awards that will be given out Sunday night.  As someone who goes to the movies far more than the 3 times per year that is considered a large number, I actually think that this year has a stronger field than usual.  Who do you think will win, and (what is not at all the same question) who do you think should win?  (I list the major nominations after the break.) [Read more…]

The Academy Awards

Sunday is Oscar night, and for the first time in ever-so-long, I am up with quite a few of the movies that are up for awards.  My recommendation and prediction:  Give all of the major awards to The King’s Speech. If there are any statues left over, give them to True Grit.

What films are you pulling for?    Give your predictions of the winners.

Oscar – The official 2011 site for the 83rd Academy Awards.

“Hurt Locker” beats “Avatar”

“Hurt Locker,” the intense thriller about an American bomb squad in Iraq–a low budget film with a tiny audience–beat the 3-D anti-military environmentalist blockbuster “Avatar” in the Academy Awards.   “Avatar” won the cinematography and art direction, as was proper, but “Hurt Locker” won best picture and best director (to Kathy Bigelow, ex-wife of “Avatar’s” James Cameron), among others.

Sandra Bullock won best actress for the pro-Christian “The Blind Side.”   “Precious,” the heart-rending depiction of an abused, neglected, overweight African-American child took a number of awards.  On the whole, it was a good night for positive movies.

I didn’t think “Avatar” would win much, despite the record money it is making.  Actors make up a big percentage of the Academy voters, and they, on the whole, are scared of the prospect of being replaced with computer-animations.  (Yes, I know there were actors somewhere behind the elongated blue aliens, but it isn’t the same as old-school acting.)

Full list of Oscar winners – NYPOST.com.