Can 2017’s Blockbusters Get Oscar-Nominated?

By Daniel Smith-Rowsey Ah, blockbusters. For us discriminating film fans, they’re a bit like that fashionable cousin at the family reunion that just won’t shut up. We love them and we hate them, but how to contextualize them with the rest of our lives? Some of us go out of our way to praise them […]

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Woo L.A. Podcast – Live Not At The Oscars

Hey everyone, Robin, Joel, Ryan, and I enjoyed doing the special podcast so much that we wanted to do another one during the Oscars. We Skyped for over 6 hours, and I decided to try something and cut it down to just under 2 hours (including the intro and outro song). Jonathan Holmes and my […]

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100 Performances Oscars Forgot – 20/20

RE-POST – Originally Published September 2015. And now, the end is near, and so we face the final cinematic curtain. My film friends, I’ll say it clear, we stated our case for Oscar snubs, of which I’m certain. Regrets, hell yeah, we have a few, the Academy would argue there are too few to mention. […]

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100 Performances Oscars Forgot – 19/20

RE-POST – Originally Published September 2015. So we reach the penultimate 5 of actors and actresses who were not nomination for an Oscar, and feel they should have. You’ve come this far, you may as well crack on til the end now. Jessica Chastain for A Most Violent Year (2014) – – – Robin Write […]

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100 Performances Oscars Forgot – 18/20

RE-POST – Originally Published September 2015. Here you’ll find a couple of French, a couple of Greeks, not to mention a Dane, and a Norwegian. Your thoughts are always welcome in the comments section below.  Aggeliki Papoulia / Mary Tsoni for Dogtooth (2010) – – – Robin Write @WriteoutofLA Yorgos Lanthimos’s surreal Dogtooth is a bit like […]

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100 Performances Oscars Forgot – 17/20

RE-POST – Originally Published September 2015. So we reach the penultimate part of the Oscar Missables. A pleasantly mixed bag too, with a few out-there options as well as some that were pretty obvious – to us not voting that is. The Queen of Oscar Nominations also shows up here – so no, she was not […]

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100 Performances Oscars Forgot – 16/20

RE-POST – Originally Published September 2015. This 5 features, in my opinion, one of the finest pieces of acting by a child I have ever seen – and the odds are most of you have sadly not even heard of the movie. Until now. Christian Bale for American Psycho (1999) – – – Tim J. […]

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100 Performances Oscars Forgot – 15/20

RE-POST – Originally Published September 2015. Some truly crazed and murderous men acting their socks off here – and one man just trying to stay alive. Not one made the short-list come Oscar time. Part 15 of our list of 100 Academy Award Absentees also includes some terrific work by the female branch, their range […]

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100 Performances Oscars Forgot – 14/20

RE-POST – Originally Published September 2015. Sorry Albert Brooks you are outnumbered here by feisty, fierce women. Jennifer Jason Leigh for The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) – – – Robin Write @WriteoutofLA Jennifer Jason Leigh has hardly been synonymous with an Oscar contender in her moderately successful film career. That reputation is misleading if you look […]

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100 Performances Oscars Forgot – 13/20

RE-POST – Originally Published September 2015. Here are 5 more acting performances not nominated for an Oscar. And might I add even further gratitude to those writing for me at the moment, your enthusiasm and talent is highly appreciated. Bryce Dallas Howard for The Village (2004) – – – Robin Write @WriteoutofLA With The Village continuing […]

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Oscars: If I Picked The Winners

Today is the last day for the Oscar voters to fill out their ballots, and I think it’s time to decide what I would vote for if I was filling out an Oscar ballot. These are not the same exact picks that I said on the podcast. Those are purely what I want to see […]

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100 Performances Oscars Forgot – 12/20

RE-POST – Originally Published September 2015. Another influx of Brits coming up. Including one we don’t often see on screen as the actor, but rather the creature he portrays – which ought to be a talking point about how the Academy intend to honor such performances. Gary Oldman for Sid and Nancy (1986) – – […]

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100 Performances Oscars Forgot – 11/20

RE-POST – Originally Published September 2015. As we leap forth into the final half of our 100 Performances Oscar Forgot series I decided to reshuffle the running order a little bit to squeeze in an entire section of British talent into one section. Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences, we thought you loved the […]

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100 Performances Oscars Forgot – 10/20

RE-POST – Originally Published September 2015. Another miserable lot to wet your awards season appetite. Not that I am grumbling, mind, it’s hard to argue with any of the next 5 terrific performances. Berenice Bejo for The Past (2013) – – – Robin Write @WriteoutofLA Here we go again with the actresses of 2013. I […]

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100 Performances Oscars Forgot – 9/20

RE-POST – Originally Published September 2015. As that satisfying feeling washed over me editing this very piece, and was about to send it out into the world I noticed the theme of sheer misery running through the images chosen (the order of the 100 is pretty random) – don’t let that visual lack of joy […]

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Woo L.A. Podcast – Oscar Picks With Al Al Land

I’d been thinking for a long time about doing a podcast, and Robin and I have talked more specifically about doing one. The idea and opportunity came up to send out the call to those who might be interested, and I’m very happy with who decided to agree to join in with this specific recording. […]

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100 Performances Oscars Forgot – 8/20

RE-POST – Originally Published September 2015. Some of these went on to be nominated for other roles, a couple would even win Oscars, but that makes these 5 no less relevant or important. As always please chip in with your own in the comments. Mark Ruffalo for You Can Count on Me (2000) – – […]

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100 Performances Oscars Forgot – 7/20

RE-POST – Originally Published September 2015. Welcome to Part 7 of the 100 Performances Oscar Forgot. We like to believe they simply forgot as some these performances not honored with Academy Award nominations are bordering on criminal activity. Feel free to comment in the section below – it helps to get it off your chest. […]

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100 Performances Oscars Forgot – 6/20

RE-POST – Originally Published September 2015. Okay so as you have likely already noticed, there will be some of the choices including two performances. Not really cheating, sometimes it is just appropriate to group them. As we do for the first of the next 5 here: Fred MacMurray / Edward G. Robinson for Double Indemnity […]

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100 Performances Oscars Forgot – 5/20

RE-POST – Originally Published September 2015. There’s a definite, and I assure you non-deliberate, theme of foreign-language and varying comedic performances in the fifth part of our delve into highlighting Oscar omissions. Take a look.  Jeanne Moreau for Jules et Jim (1962) – – – Robin Write @WriteoutofLA You can still see the rules of the […]

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