Not-Oscars 2017

Welcome to another Not-Oscars, where I call out the year’s best craft and performances, including plenty of good work that was not nominated by the Academy. In many years, this list feels pressing to correct some of the Academy’s egregious blunders. This year, I’m pretty happy with the crop of nominees in every category.

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Top Ten Films: 2010

As a film school graduate, Iā€™m afraid I have an obligation to take entertainment way too seriously. That’s why, when awards season rolls around, I can’t help but partake in the senseless, arbitrary, and totally nerdy critic’s pastime of ranking all the films I saw and compiling a Top Ten List. And since 2011’s award […]

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The Not-Oscars 2010

(Originally posted over at Fabulous Apple. In preparation for this year’s “Not-Oscars,” here’s what I said about last year…) We all know the Oscars don’t always get it right. Of course, “right” is a matter of opinion ā€” but with some perspective, there are a few awards and nominations we collectively agree did not go […]

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Hoover Damned: ‘J. Edgar’ Sheds Light On A Closetful Of Skeletons

Want an Academy Award? It’s no secret ā€” playing a real person is the surest way to find Oscar gold. Just ask Colin Firth, Sandra Bullock, Sean Penn, Helen Mirren, Reese Witherspoon, Charlize Theron, Forest Whitaker, Nicole Kidman, Jamie Foxx, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Marion Cotillard. (And that’s only from Best Actor/Actress categories in the […]

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