New AMPAS invitees include Sorkin, Hooper… and Beyoncé

Posted by · 5:17 pm · June 17th, 2011

The annual announcement of the new members invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences — the latest batch of industry pros we get to blame for next year’s Oscar results — is a moment that always prompts as much satisfied head-nodding as bewildered head-scratching. The latter action isn’t always in response […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Sun came up

Posted by · 9:11 am · February 28th, 2011

Steven Spielberg couldn’t have put it more concisely during his presentation of the Best Picture category last night.  To paraphrase, he noted that whichever films did not happen to win Best Picture this year would join the ranks of numerous classics of the medium. Was it preemptive damage control?  I hope not.  Why be apologetic?  […]

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Livin’ the dream

Posted by · 11:37 am · February 17th, 2011

As a nice break from the cynicism of Oscar season, I’ve been following “God of Love” director Luke Matheny on Twitter and delighting in his head-in-the-clouds, it’s-all-happening ride.  At his blog he’s been posting some nice candids from the Nominees Luncheon.  Godspeed to him, however the short film race turns out.

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‘God of Love’ director’s top eight for a date

Posted by · 9:45 am · February 14th, 2011

Whether or not Luke Matheny’s “God of Love” nabs the Oscar for Best Live Action Short is still to be seen.  It sure has its share of champions but it’s rare for a winner of the Student Academy Award to also take the big prize.  Nevertheless, there’s clearly a publicity push in motion, witnessed by […]

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OSCAR GUIDE: Best Short Film (Live Action)

Posted by · 10:56 am · February 2nd, 2011

As noted yesterday, Magnolia Pictures and Shorts International will be releasing the Oscar-nominated short films this year on February 11. It’s the third year running and it is a great little program. And in the case of this category, it could provide an early glimpse at tomorrow’s star talent. Recent winners of the Best Short […]

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