Oscar Wins That Actually Made Us Happy

Posted by Scott Weinberg on February 26, 2012

Jokes aside, I haven't missed an Oscar broadcast since I knew what the phrase meant, and while I often come off as blustery blowhard, the simple truth is that I love the movies -- and when the movies that hit me in a personal way get some global attention, that just makes me happy for a few minutes. Nobody knows why, really, but if you can root for game show contestants and reality TV stooges, than I can have a small rooting interest in the fine people who make high-end films. So here's... More

The Conversation: Last Minute Predictions, Expectations and Recommendations for the 2012 Academy Awards

Posted by Christopher Campbell on February 24, 2012

The 2012 Academy Awards haven't happened yet? Must they really take place or can we just pretend we've already watched Billy Crystal do his familiar Oscar host schtick and witnessed the first silent Best Picture since the inaugural event and the first French Best Picture since ever? Everyone expects The Artist to win everything, including the awards it's not up for, whether they're happy or angry or indifferent about such an outcome. It was tiresome just... More

Watch: Admiral General Aladeen (aka Sacha Baron Cohen) Responds to the Academy After Being Banned from the Oscars

Posted by Erik Davis on February 24, 2012

Earlier this week those intelligent little rascals in the Paramount marketing department managed to cause a bit of a hubbub surrounding their upcoming Sacha Baron Cohen comedy The Dictator after the Academy turned down their request to have Cohen walk the Oscars red carpet in full costume as his dictator character, Admiral General Aladeen. Naturally the story was spun to make it look like Cohen was banned from the Oscars, and you know as well as we do that once the word "banned" enters... More

The Awards Line: We Help Finalize Your Oscar Pool with Our Last Round of Predictions

Posted by Erik Childress on February 24, 2012

So we arrive at the moment of truth. Five months worth of speculating about who's going to be nominated and then who is going to win it all has come down to this Sunday. Has the race changed enough to really shake-up expectations anywhere? Will any of us have the guts to pull the trigger on a surprise victory and risk looking like a fool? While people will be having fun at their Oscar pools double-checking precisely what cinematography means, the Oscar bloggers and awards "experts"... More

Doc Talk: Do the Oscars Still Matter?

Posted by Christopher Campbell on February 23, 2012

Once again, as we near closer to another Academy Awards ceremony, people are asking the same old question: do the Oscars still matter? It’s a silly question by itself, because we must consider whether they’ve ever mattered, and if so to what extent. To address the debate in full would take a lot of thought and a tremendous amount of words. Fortunately for my sanity this column is specific to documentaries -- not that focusing on the Academy’s treatment of nonfiction films is... More

'The Help' Is Tops in Our Fourth Annual Fandango Fan Choice Awards

Posted by Cwalton on February 23, 2012

It might be a bit of a surprise to casual Fandango fans, who've bought up tickets en masse to the Twilight and Harry Potter franchises over the years, but in all honesty, it's also kind of refreshing to reveal that in our survey this year of tens of thousands of Fandango moviegoers, the clear winner for the Fandango Fan Choice Award, with a whopping 27% of the vote is The Help. And maybe it shouldn't be too much of a surprise. The Help was a big winner at the 2011 box office, and it's picked up... More

Short Rounds: Want to Win Your Oscar Betting Pool but Don't Know the Shorts? We've Got You Covered

Posted by Daniel Walber on February 23, 2012

Best Live-Action Short Over the past few years the nominees in this category have become almost comically predictable. That’s not to say they aren’t good films, and a work of brilliance has now and again snuck in (2006’s Six Shooter comes to mind). Rather, it’s the overall trends that get me laughing. Since the 79th Academy Awards in 2007 there have been five Northern European comedies, three consecutive smart New York City flicks, and sixteen films featuring kids. That’s... More

Dialogue: 'Bullhead' Director Michael Roskam on Needing a Good Crime Scene and a Good Tragedy

Posted by Todd Gilchrist on February 23, 2012

On the eve of this year’s Oscar ceremony, and as Bullhead slowly expands into theaters across the country via distributor Drafthouse Pictures, Movies caught up with Roskam via telephone to talk about his development of the film. In addition to discussing his creative process, he talked about the film’s philosophical and thematic underpinnings, and offered a few insights on how he wants to proceed after this film finishes its theatrical run. Just to get started, talk about... More

Oscar Auction Offers Up 15 Statuettes for Film Lovers with Money to Spare

Posted by Mike Bracken on February 22, 2012

15 Oscar statues will be up for auction in Los Angeles next week, just days after this year’s Academy Awards are handed out on February 26th. Los Angeles-based auctioneer Nate D. Sanders will sell off the highly-coveted statuettes in what is being called the largest auction of Oscar gold in movie history. The stash of awards for sale include some pretty nifty pieces – Herman Mankiewicz’s Best Screenplay award for Citizen Kane, the 1933 Best Picture Oscar for Cavalcade, Gregg... More

Movie Pairings: Who To Watch (and Not Watch) The Best Picture Nominees With

Posted by Joe Piccirillo on February 21, 2012

“Movies are where dreams come to life!” says a character in Martin Scorsese’s Hugo.  True, but they also can be used to distract people while you steal their wallets/virginity.  It’s Oscar season again.  That time of year when Hollywood gathers to bestow awards upon great artists and to celebrate itself while we watch from our couches and forget, however briefly, about our troubles.  Film is important – at its worst, it can simply provide an... More

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