LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 1967 and 1968

Posted by · 11:25 pm · August 18th, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. The civil rights struggle raged through America in the late 60’s and the issue found its way to Oscar’s front door in 1967 with “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.” Neither has the lasting impact of fellow nominees “Bonnie and Clyde” but we can’t expect the Academy […]

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Oscar might go for “Button”

Posted by · 8:29 am · February 5th, 2009

There is no good reason for me to think this, of course.  Call it a gut feeling, but I have a sneaking feeling the Academy might ignore “Slumdog Millionaire,” despite its countless awards, and go for homegrown studio product this year.  Let’s face it, the Academy has proven they march to their own drummer over […]

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Mood swings

Posted by · 5:54 pm · January 20th, 2009

I’m having a hard time deciphering Peter Bart’s point in his cryptic new blog post, in which he reflects on the Academy’s malleable taste, and how quickly it can shift. As his primary case study, he cites the bizarre contrast between two back-to-back Best Picture winners, wholesome musical “Oliver!” and X-rated, gay-tinged drama “Midnight Cowboy” […]

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