The 2017 Oscars: Why a Shareable Ceremony Doesn’t Work

No question, the 89th Academy Awards will always be remembered for #EnvelopeGate, the Best Picture flub heard round the world. It’s an awards show’s ultimate nightmare–made even worse given that it happened in the social media age, when the error would be replayed, examined in close detail, and shouted to the world AS IT WAS … More The 2017 Oscars: Why a Shareable Ceremony Doesn’t Work

Ranking Every Best Supporting Actor Oscar Winner of the 1970s

The Best Actor category in the 1970s is full of larger than life performances that commanded your attention. Perhaps in an attempt to balance that out, the Supporting Actor category went in the opposite direction, tending to honor more thoughtful and quiet performances. Understated is the key word here. Once again, it behooves me to … More Ranking Every Best Supporting Actor Oscar Winner of the 1970s

Ranking Every Best Picture Oscar Winner of the 1970s

The 70s are often regarded as the best decade of filmmaking. Cinema was in a rapid state of flux: the old studio system had died and Hollywood hadn’t quite figured out how to go on without it. A lot of riskier fare got made because for the moment the rulebook didn’t exist. All that would change … More Ranking Every Best Picture Oscar Winner of the 1970s