No Gold For Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple

At the very beginning of 1985’s The Color Purple, there is an affecting scene where a woman gives birth. While shooting that very scene (the film had the clandestine title Moonsong during production), a certain actress, Amy Irving, was about to go into labor herself – incidentally this would be Max, the first child of […]

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What Makes A Film Considered Important Enough To Win The Best Picture Oscar?

When it comes to predicting what will win Best Picture, it typically comes down to what film feels important. It can be a film that tackles important subject matter like Spotlight which is about heroic journalists taking down pedophile priests, or 12 Years A Slave which is a harrowing depiction of slavery and racism. Also, it could be a film that Hollywood feels is important to […]

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100 Not Nominated For Oscars – Part 20

So there we have it. 100 not nominated for Oscars. And, honestly, we could easily do a hundred more of these absentees. The final five, then, are some of my own absolute favorites that somehow did not have their names called out come the announcement of the Academy Award nominations. A huge, huge thanks to […]

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100 Not Nominated For Oscars – Part 19

It is common law for many, many popular films, those loved by the moving-going public, and even professional film critics, to not make it big with the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts, and Sciences. If at all. Fine screenplays by super-established brothers, huge successes outside of the live action format, even one of the filmmaking […]

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Reading, Writing, Arithmetic #35; Or 100 Not Nominated For Oscars – Part 18

Merging my recommended links chunks with the ongoing Oscar snubbery series seemed like a great idea – there is after all so much content on the many, many none-nominated folk in the Academy Awards history out there. None of the following five then are written by me or any of my contributors, but definitely worth your […]

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100 Not Nominated For Oscars – Part 17

It is not fair to say that because A Beautiful Mind won Picture and Director, that the Academy were just not into darker movies. True, this has the true story, the sensible direction, and redemption. But the subject matter was deep, emotional, and powerful. The other nominees were a murder mystery, a drama about grief, […]

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100 Not Nominated For Oscars – Part 16

The front-runners heading into the final straight of the 1995 Oscar race seemed to be Sense and Sensibility and Apollo 13. That was until the Oscar nominations were announced, Ang Lee and DGA winner Ron Howard were remarkably absent from the Best Director list. Tim Robbins (Dead Man Walking) and Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas) […]

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100 Not Nominated For Oscars – Part 15

Sometimes greatness in movies miss the boat with the Academy Awards. Or rather, those that vote. Be it a highly acclaimed documentary, an iconic Italian classic from the sixties, a much loved road movie, an accomplished actress seemingly stuck in the up-and-coming zone, or even a fuck you screenplay from a renowned fuck you writer. […]

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100 Not Nominated For Oscars – Part 14

1996. When the Coen brothers realized the Academy liked them, they really liked them. Kind of. In the end they liked big, romantic, sorrowful, war-time epics. A beautiful painting. The liked The English Patient. It was good, but it was not nine Oscars good. And it was not Fargo good. In other news, Geoffrey Rush and Frances McDormand won […]

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100 Not Nominated For Oscars – Part 13

2008 was another peculiar Oscar year, and literally a game-changer it would turn out wit regards to the way Best Picture would go thereafter. Slumdog Millionaire was a great story and great movie, but whether or not it deemed the domination of eight Oscar wins is a debate. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button had the most […]

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100 Not Nominated For Oscars – Part 12

Perspectives of the Oscar race clearly differ from year-to-year, person-to-person, trends and momentum can mean everything, they can mean nothing. Franchises can be misrepresented by nomination and / or wins tallies. Films outside the English language can be lavished but not considered for the top prize. Popular actors or actresses with multiple nods over the […]

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100 Not Nominated For Oscars – Part 11

Remembering the day after the night before in 2015 when it was Birdhood versus Boyman, but there will be no talk of the twelve year project or the corridor tracking shots here today. It is both apt and ironic that CitizenFour won gold, because it had a famous journalist carrying the conspiracy through the media, just […]

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100 Not Nominated For Oscars – Part 10

Just before Barbara Streisand announced Clint Eastwood as Best Director for 1992 she said commented that the award was not for a man director, or a woman director, but the best director. There mus have been some sour grapes here, given her absence in the previous year’s Best Director line-up. My own chip on the shoulder this […]

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100 Not Nominated For Oscars – Part 9

So with a worthy entry here overshadowed by her co-star, I remember 2012 the year of Oscar contender movies like Hyde Park on Hudson, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Magic Mike. You can see where I am going already with this. Yes, none of them managed a single nomination between them. Ben Affleck […]

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For Your Consideration: Beach Rats, Best Cinematography, Helene Louvart

What makes great cinematography? Is it colorful lighting? Is it long tracking shots? Well, while those things do help create a visually intriguing experience, what ultimately makes great cinematography is its ability to act as a form of storytelling. It is up to the camera to try and translate the words that aren’t written in […]

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100 Not Nominated For Oscars – Part 8

So with all the movies released in the year 2013 it came down to two apparently. The Picture / Director split at the Oscar was on the cards for a long time in my eyes. The third wheel thought it was as good as those, but thankfully, in spite of it being lavished with acting […]

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AwardsDaily Podcast Takes Us On An Oscarwatching Nostalgia Trip

Sasha Stone – Oscarwatch is a great site to have around when I cannot make it to the show…brilliant! That piece of gratifying text is pulled directly, font, color and all, from one of my very first websites from around 2000. Though I can’t really call it a website, more a self-build pile of dogshit hosted […]

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100 Not Nominated For Oscars – Part 7

So I’m going to go out on my own this one time only, and want to just salute the year of 2007 for Part 7. Apt. This was very much more like it regarding the quality of movies on offer at the Academy Awards. It’s like they were waking up, finally. An Oscar race is […]

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100 Not Nominated For Oscars – Part 6

Dances With Wolves was the runaway winner on the night of the 63rd Oscars, a sweeping epic, and hard to argue about many of the awards it took that night. Though many will debate that Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas not taking the big award was quite frankly criminal. A mere 20 year later The King’s Speech became […]

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100 Not Nominated For Oscars – Part 5

Two perfectly pleasant and accomplished movies, with a taste of France and the movies, went head to head in 2012. But we are not going to talk about either of those today. Two gorgeously shot movies, that had opinions stretched either end of a see-saw, also scraped Best Picture nods. We won’t be talking about […]

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