Masterpiece: Milos Forman’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Milos Forman

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest opens and closes with a tranquil setting, open land at near-dark, mountains, that stirring Jack Nitzsche score – emotively both experiences are very different. The brave, sensitive subject matter on show here is still tricky to handle, even today (over forty years on), but the director Milos Forman just […]

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Scorsese and the Oscars: So Many People Have Been Wishing This For Me (2004 – 2016)

Following the complete shutout for The Gangs of New York two years prior there may have been a touch of Academy guilt attached to the potential lavishing of Martin Scorsese’s latest venture – The Aviator. Add to that, of course, the fact this phenomenal film director had yet to receive a single Academy Award for directing. […]

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Scorsese and the Oscars: Actors’ Wins, For and Against (1973 – 1991)

Heading into the 1973 Oscars, up-and-coming actor Robert De Niro was hotly fancied for a Best Supporting Actor nomination. And he had two very good chances, one with John Hancock’s baseball drama Bang the Drum Slowly, and another in a small New York picture called Mean Streets – directed by Martin Scorsese. Come nominations morning […]

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The Weight Of The Irish – Martin Scorsese’s The Departed

In the early months of 2007 Martin Scorsese’s name was called, winning for the first time in his storied career the Academy Award for Best Director. The film that he won for, The Departed, is an epic and violent saga involving the state police in Boston and the Irish gang they pursue throughout the city. […]

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Filmotomy Oscars Quiz Results

I do believe the gold dust has just about settled on this year’s riveting awards season. That might be my cue then to announce the results of the Filmotomy Oscar Quiz before you all forget what the Academy Awards are. Sure. Here are those quiz answers. Who said “It’s ironic I won for directing, but […]

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Why The Shape of Water is​ the Oscars Best Picture of 2017

Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water is a beautiful tale of love conquering all. The plot is relatively simple; a fairytale for troubled times set in a troubled time, a down-trodden voiceless woman falls in love with a creature feared and misunderstood by all. Although the film has a standard narrative, it is full of complex and […]

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The 90th Academy Awards Showed Signs Of Moving Forward And Backwards

How do I explain how the 90th Academy Awards went? Well, for the most part, every award went according to plan which made the ceremony rather predictable. Also, the musical performances were slightly underwhelming due to how short they were. But the way that they honored acting legends like Eva Marie Saint and Rita Moreno […]

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90th Academy Awards Winners – A Predictable End to a Turbulent Season

The 90th Academy Awards are all done and dusted. Oh how far we have all come. Here are the winners in case you were on Mars. BEST PICTURE CALL ME BY YOUR NAME DARKEST HOUR DUNKIRK GET OUT LADY BIRD PHANTOM THREAD THE POST THE SHAPE OF WATER THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI ACTOR IN […]

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Filmotomy Team Oscar Predictions

Yes, it is almost time to watch film actors, directors, producers, and writers award the newest minted Oscar winners to their colleagues and friends. Sunday will be the 90th Academy Awards, and unlike last year, there is now a whole team of us at Filmotomy who have made Oscar predictions for Sunday’s show. Listed below […]

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Oscar Rant – Building a Better Mousetrap

Oscar is a snapshot in time, a prom queen, the MVP of a game. It’s borderline idol worship by those in pursuit of “winning”, a validation that our tastes are in sync for some, a betting competition for many, and a glammed-up sideshow of camp for the rest of us.

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An Epic Oscars Argument For The English Patient

The battle of the Oscars an astonishing 21 years ago might tell us just how much the awards race has changed. I mean, heading into the race it looked like three of the favorites to land Best Picture nominations were also displaying extremely strong Best Actress contenders. Two would make it come nominations morning. A […]

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First Slate of Presenters for the 90th Oscars Announced

Producers of this year’s Academy Awards announced the first batch of presenters for the 90th Oscars ceremony. The presenters include last year’s winners for acting Mahershala Ali, Viola Davis, and Emma Stone. I’ll stick my neck out and assume they’ll be announcing Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Actor respectively. The Best Actress award may […]

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Original Screenplay Feud: Get Out v. Three Billboards

While those of us Oscar predictors are scrambling our brains trying to figure out what will win Best Picture, another category that we still can’t wrap our heads around is Best Original Screenplay. What makes this category so crazy is that it’ll either be an indicator as to what wins Best Picture or it’ll be […]

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#Academyaresnobs – Why has The Florida Project Been Snubbed?

And why does the Academy have such an issue with films featuring the lower working class like The Florida Project? Seeing the character of Moonee (Brooklynn Prince) and her mother Halley (Bria Vinaite) trying to survive in pastel coloured world of Sean Baker’s excellent The Florida Project, brought back a lot of memories of my own […]

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Why Didn’t Oscar Call Armie Hammer By HIS Name?

While Armie Hammer’s breakthrough with The Social Network as the Winklevoss twins is a demonstration of his acting prowess thanks to his ability to nail the whip crack dialogue of Aaron Sorkin and his ability to convincingly act opposite himself, Hollywood chose to capitalize on his breakthrough by casting him in roles that are based […]

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The Filmotomy Oscars Quiz 2018

It’s that time of year again. That no man’s land between the Academy Awards nominations and the announcement of the winners. So I thought why not throw an Oscar quiz out there to keep you all entertained. Certainly not as tricky as last year’s. Just 30 questions. With multiple choice too. Deadline is midnight Friday […]

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Gary Oldman Leads The Line In Darkest Hour

The feeling that can best describe the 124 minute experience of Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour is uneven. Carried almost entirely by a tour de force performance from Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour is the backstory of Winston Churchill’s ascension to Prime Minister during World War 2. Oldman, who will most likely win Best Actor for his […]

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Survival of the Finest: Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk

Dunkirk

Shortly before I embarked on my first screening of Christopher Nolanʼs latest motion picture Dunkirk back in July of 2017, I filled my face with a gourmet hot dog. Now, it is said that hot dogs such as those are meant to be huge, enjoyed in their full capacity. What we ideally don’t want is to […]

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Consider A Fantastic Woman For Best Foreign Language Film

One main narrative surrounding this year’s Oscar race is how it has been the year of the woman. Our Best Picture frontrunners are Lady Bird, The Shape Of Water, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. And the Oscar snubbed In The Fade starring Diane Kruger picked up Best Foreign Language Film at both the Critic’s […]

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ELIO, OSCAR… OSCAR, ELIO

Status in the industry, body of work, relevance and “importance” of the character, and, ultimately, how the Academy wants to be viewed, all come into play. All are understandable, with one exception – that is the reverse ageism that exists specifically targeted at male actors. Unlike the other three acting categories, there is not a single portrayal of a character under 30 in Oscar’s Best Lead Actor lexicon.

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