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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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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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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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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#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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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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Survival of the Finest: Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk

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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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A Look Back At The First Ever Oscars Ceremony

The 90th Oscars ceremony is quickly approaching us. Now such a major part of the film industry that it is almost hard to believe that 90 years have past since the first ceremony. And so much has changed. The very first Oscars took place on 16th May 1929, with less than three hundred guests turning up. The presentation […]

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Academy Awards Nominations: Greta Gerwig Joins The Oscars History Makers

The Shape of Water joins films like From Here to Eternity, Gone with the Wind, with an Academy Awards Nominations tally of 13. Steven Spielberg directs yet another Best Picture nominee with The Post. Women land deserved nods. Tatiana S. Riegel for Film Editing on I, Tonya. Rachel Morrison, for Mudbound, the first woman shortlisted […]

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Watch The 2018 Oscar Nominations Live

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The Oscars are coming. It’s hard to believe the months and months of squabbles, list-changing, discussions, movie-watching, podcast-listening, Tweeting, blogging, and all the headaches and joy – and everything in between. And it all comes down to this. The Academy Awards nominations are announced today (8:22 EST; 5:22 PST; 13:22 GMT), and you can watch […]

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Oscars Time: Potential Academy Awards Nominations Sneakers and Snubs

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Over on Twitter, a dear film friend Emi (@shruburbia) said “film twitter and the award circles have all ignored Roman J. Israel like it never happened”. Adding that she thought Denzel Washington will sneak in for Best Actor when the Oscar nominations are announced on Tuesday. Washington was of course nominated at the Screen Actors […]

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Oscars: When Reality Diddles the Dream Factory

The most appropriate metaphor for the Oscar race is probably the image of a cattle drive, with PR staff working overtime to herd as many voters as possible into one’s own corral. What is the most effective strategy for this? Concentrating on the perception that one’s vote does not necessarily reflect what is best in film, but what best represents the collective self-image of AMPAS voters from selections of a particular season.

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For Your Consideration: Benny Safdie, Best Supporting Actor, Good Time

Connie Nikas: You’re incredible, do you understand? Nick Nikas: Yeah. Good Time has a run time of 101 minutes, it’s a non-stop thrill ride which barely stops to catch its breath. Although the main character Connie (Robert Pattinson) dominates the screen and gives a strong performance, it is Benny Safdie as Connie’s mentally disabled brother who really […]

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Dear Oscar: Time to Stop the Squabbling & Invite Streaming to the Party

Evolution isn’t easy – just ask the dodo – but streaming productions are here to stay. They will grow in popularity. People will watch them and identify with the stories they tell. If AMPAS will not reach out and include them, I suggest they re-qualify the title of the big prize to be “Best Picture Made by a White Man Shown in a Public Building that Sells Popcorn”.

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For Your Consideration: A Best Supporting Actress Trio, Get Out

Understandably, Daniel Kaluuya is the one actor from Get Out heaping most of the awards traction. The film is up for Best Picture and he is the film’s center. However, the film has another secret weapon that makes it effective: Its women. While they may not be a focal point in the storyline, the three main actresses use […]

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