My stance on foreign cinema

Posted by · 12:01 pm · July 4th, 2009

On Independence Day, no less… There seems to a huge misconception on the site that I dislike foreign language films and know little about them. While it is no secret I love American cinema and praise it frequently, I do indeed believe great films are made around the globe, and try to see every one […]

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Counting to ten

Posted by · 9:17 am · July 2nd, 2009

Since the Academy announced the new ten-lane track for the Best Picture race, any number of bloggers have projected which extra films might have made the cut under this format in the last few years, a process that, for many, retrospectively hands hypothetical nods to everything from “Doubt” to “Memoirs of a Geisha” to “My […]

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11/27 Oscarweb Round-up — THANKSGIVING EDITION

Posted by · 5:59 am · November 27th, 2008

• EW rounds up eight memorable Thanksgivings at the movies. “The Ice Storm” wins for me. No contest. [Entertainment Weekly] • Anne Thompson on the indies hoping to score in the acting races. [Variety] • Dave Karger lays out the Oscar prospects for “Milk” and “Australia.” [Entertainment Weekly] • Todd Martens reports on some alternative […]

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Why does the Academy fear controversy?

Posted by · 10:52 am · November 12th, 2008

In 1969, the Academy saw fit to give “Midnight Cowboy” the award for Best Picture — a first ever for an X-rated film.  Some saw the moment as a bellwether signaling a new dawn for the group, that they were developing a growing acceptance for the films that would start coming at them around this […]

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