LIFE WITHOUT OSCAR: 1959 and 1960

Posted by · 2:40 pm · July 14th, 2010

Catch up with the idea behind this series here. The epics kept rolling at the turn of the decade with “Ben-Hur” taking the 1959 Best Picture prize, picking up a record 11 wins in the process, yet to be eclipsed but matched twice by “Titanic” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the […]

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Pump the brakes

Posted by · 10:27 pm · February 9th, 2010

I was giving this LA Times photo gallery the benefit of the doubt until it tried to convince me that “Up” is in any way a “Best Picture mirror” to “Around the World in 80 Days,” or “A Serious Man” to “The Apartment.”

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More on Reitman/Wilder

Posted by · 2:58 pm · September 7th, 2009

Friday I posted a piece asking whether Jason Reitman might be on track to becoming the new Billy Wilder (an idea first put forth by USA Today writer Anthony Breznican).  The notion was met with some wicked vitriol from those who felt it a silly comparison or, at the very least, too soon to discuss. […]

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