Category Archives: Oscars

A place to find all news, articles, nominations, winners, coverage and analysis on the Oscars.

Now and Then: Before They Were Oscar Nominees (Video)

NowThenCollageMany of this year’s acting nominees have had long and full careers before this year’s nominations. Not all their early choices were particularly sound, but some of this year’s nominees have been paying their dues for decades.

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Reviewing the 2018 Oscar-Nominated Live Action Shorts

LiveActionShorts2018CollageDeKalb Elementary, The Eleven O’Clock, My Nephew Emmett, The Silent Child and Watu Woke (All of Us) are all good, but which one is likely to win the Oscar in this extremely tough category?

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Views are Changing Towards “Oscar Fodder” Yet Some Actors, Filmmakers Still Can’t Catch a Break

GyllenhaalHanksOScarsAre this year’s unconventional nominees meant to stir things up from the norm or is there actual bias against certain actors and filmmakers because they’re such obvious choices?

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Reviewing the 2018 Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts

OscarAnimatedShortsOur first series of brief reviews of the Oscar-nominated shorts currently playing in 200 theaters across the country before Oscar night on March 4.

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Oscar Politics: How Important Social Issues Might Affect Best Picture and Other Categories

OscarPoliticsExamining the upcoming Oscar race and the socio-poligical implications of some of the Best Picture nominees and how their relevance to what’s happening in the world might give them an advantage.

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Oscar Videos Explaining Craft Categories are Star Studded (Videos)

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The videos each feature wonderfully talented actresses including Gal Gadot, Rosario Dawson, and Salma Hayek.

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2018 Academy Awards: The Full List of Nominations for the 90th Oscars

JenkinsHawkinsShapeOfWater1Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water led the nominations with 13 including for Best Picture, Director, Screenplay and three acting nominations.

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5 Burning Questions About Tomorrow’s Oscar Nominations, Plus Our Wild and Crazy Predictions

Oscar Nom QuadWill Greta Gerwig crack the Best Director field for Lady Bird, or does Jordan Peele stand a better chance for Get Out? Come back in just a few more hours and find out!

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What’s a Foreign Language Oscar Really Worth?

thesquareExamining what some of the Oscar-winning filmmakers went on to do after winning the Oscar in the foreign language category.

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Why the Academy Should Reduce the Best Picture Nominees Back Down to Five

Ocsars900507Looking at a few reasons why the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences can cut back on the Best Picture nominees to make the main Oscar race seem that much more special.

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The Oscar Map #2: “Lady Bird” Comes On Strong, But “The Post” Is Still the Movie to Beat Thanks to Meryl Streep

Unfairly or not, Ridley Scott’s “All the Money in the World” is now doomed as far as awards go in the wake of the Kevin Spacey scandal.

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A Record 92 Countries Submit Films for the Oscar Foreign Language Race

oscarforeignlanguageTNAngelina Jolie and Michael Haneke are two of the more high-profile filmmakers among the 92 whose films were submitted, which will have to be culled down to a shortlist of nine with the final five nominees announced in January.

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The Oscar Map #1: Will Netflix Land Its First Best Picture Nod With “Mudbound,” This Year’s Most Diverse Contender?

2017 Oscar Map #1Last year’s crop of acting nominees featured seven performers of color, but expect a regression on the diversity front this year even though Denzel Washington seems like a shoo-in for Roman Israel, Esq.

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“Meet the Movie Press”: Awards Season Kicks Off With This Oscar-Centric Episode Co-Hosted by Jeffrey Wells (Video)

Meet the Movie Press Jeffrey WellsThe samurai poet of Hollywood Elsewhere joins me to discuss the box office prospects of Stephen King’s It and the merits of Richard Rushfield’s industry newsletter The Ankler.

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“Apes” Star Andy Serkis Proves Motion-Capture Actors Deserve Awards Love Too

Andy Serkis Apes OscarMo-cap work demands more of actors emotionally, physically and mentally, because they are using their imagination to create the environment, establish relationships and set the scene. The visual effects exist to serve the physical performance, not “enhance” it, writes John Rocha.

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Chris Pratt, Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth Join Chris Pine In… The Academy

Chris Trio Joins AcademyWith actors like Dwayne Johnson, Simon Pegg and Riz Ahmed joining the club, plus directors Jordan Peele and Joss Whedon and longtime publicist Bumble Ward, the Academy definitely got a lot cooler today.

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Academy President Says Two PwC Accountants Responsible for Best Picture Snafu Will Never Return to the Oscars

Oscar Accountants Martha Ruiz and Brian CullinanBrian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz will be watching next year’s ceremony from their living rooms after this year’s epic gaffe, though it’s unclear why Ruiz is being punished for Cullinan’s mistake.

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“Moonlight” Breaks the Mold of an Academy Award Winner

moonlight-oscars-excerpt The Academy Awards’ Best Picture gaffe turned out to be the trending topic of the evening, but the real story isn’t this embarrassing moment in Oscars history (although it did make for great television). The real story is that Moonlight won.

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Envelopegate: PricewaterhouseCoopers Falls On Its Sword Following “La La Land” Blunder at Oscars

OscarsAccounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers released a statement regarding the incident at last night’s Academy Awards that led to La La Land being announced as the winner of Best Picture.

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Oscars 2017 Review: Kimmel Slays Trump, Matt Damon During Politically Lite Ceremony with a Surprise Ending

kimmel-excerptThe 89th annual Academy Awards will not be remembered for Jimmy Kimmel’s hosting duties, a extravagant music number, a political rant, or the treats that parachuted from the sky, but for the twist ending when La La Land was named Best Picture when the winner was really Moonlight. Other than that, the evening sailed along smoothly with award show-brand jokes, bits, and boiler-plate acceptance speeches.

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What’s Next for This Year’s Oscar Nominees, From Meryl to Mahershala

mahershala-ali-excerpt Which two Oscar nominees are working with Guillermo del Toro on The Shape of Water? The same duo who have their eye on high-profile TV projects in 2017.

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“Moonlight” Wins Best Picture Following “La La Land” Gaffe at Oscars

Oscars Warren Beatty La La Land MistakeThis may have been the craziest Oscars of all-time! We can’t even believe what we just saw. Upset of the Century?

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Oscars 2017: The Complete List of Winners (LIVE UPDATES)

kimmel-oscars-excerptThe 89th Annual Academy Awards have come and gone! As expected, Jimmy Kimmel constantly poked fun at Matt Damon through the evening and brought his brand of humor. As for the winners, predicted favorites nabbed trophies while one unexpected surprise happened at the very end of the ceremony.

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Fake Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot: Do Voters Even Watch These Movies? (Humor)

Mean GirlsIt’s that time of year, folks! Days before the Academy Awards, we talked to actual Oscar voters to hear how poorly they’ve done their jobs. This year was no exception.

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2017 Academy Awards: Who Will Win and Who Should Win

Hell or High Water ExcerptWith the diversity and caliber of this year’s crop of Oscar nominees, it’s hard to choose one to reign over its competitors. However, we’ve taken on that daunting task to pick what we think are the best of the best and who should go home with that coveted golden statuette at the end of the night, as well as which ones probably will.

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Honest Trailer for the Oscars Recruits “Donald Trump” for “Starring” Voice Over (Video)

Honest Trailers 2017 OscarsWhich Best Picture nominee does our Twitter-happy President call “sad?” How about all of them!

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How To Watch All the Academy Award-Nominated Short Films

piper-excerptEach year, the Academy Awards tends to put a huge focus on the feature films nominated for Best Picture, but there are other films that deserve your attention — particularly the short films. And if you haven’t seen any of the shorts (and you should before the Oscars on February 26), here is a helpful guide on where you can watch them.

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Your Complete Guide to the 2017 Oscars Parties and Events

Jimmy Kimmel ExcerptUpdated 2.22: Jimmy Kimmel Live! host is set to present the Oscars to some of the brightest stars in the industry on February 26, but before that night arrives, as well as the day of, there are going to be glamorous and star-filled parties and events to celebrate the big night. Here at the Tracking Board, we have all information on the pre-parties, after-parties, and more.

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The Tracking Board’s 2017 Oscar Pool

Oscars ExcerptUpdated with winner! Once again we’re crowning one winner of the Tracking Board’s Annual Oscar Pool and award them with an exclusive prize package! Enter by February 25 for your chance to win!

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The Academy’s Animation Conundrum

Kubo ExcerptIt’s time for animated films to be allowed onto the Oscar playing field and for bodies like the Academy, which are meant to recognize and award excellence in filmmaking, to give them more consideration beyond simply their designated Best Animated Feature category.

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