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

Ranking the Best Actress Oscar Winners of the 1980s

It finally happened: a decade of Best Actress performances is just as tough to call as the Best Actor race. Well done, ladies. Choosing the top five was painful. The top spot was never in doubt, if I’m being honest, but let’s give it up for a decade of great performances–many of them portraying tough, … More Ranking the Best Actress Oscar Winners of the 1980s

Ranking Every Best Supporting Actor Oscar Winner of the 1980s

We’ve had some weak decades of supporting performances, but that is definitely not the case here. The top eight performances are remarkably strong in their own ways, which made this a hard decade to judge ultimately. Still, judging is what we do, so it had to be done. Once again, I’ll comment on snubs or … More Ranking Every Best Supporting Actor Oscar Winner of the 1980s

Every Best Supporting Actress Oscar Winner of the 1980s Listed and Ranked

Unfortunately, a lot of this decade is particularly weak for Supporting Actresses. I guess the law of balance felt it needed to account for the unusually strong Best Actress field. Oh well. As usual, I will reference snubs when appropriate, but whether or not an actress deserved the win cannot impact the ranking in and … More Every Best Supporting Actress Oscar Winner of the 1980s Listed and Ranked

Ranking Every Best Picture Oscar Winner of the 1980s

The 1980s are a decade that is just begging to be judged, so let’s get to it. The 1970s were packed with groundbreaking cinema but by the 80s studios began to backtrack into safer choices, and the Academy followed suit, tending to select prestige pics (movies that were tailor-made to appeal to Academy voters)¬†over anything … More Ranking Every Best Picture Oscar Winner of the 1980s

Every Best Actress Oscar Winner of the 1990s Listed and Ranked

The Best Supporting Actress of the 1990’s race was mostly a wash, so it’s nice to see things get more competitive in the lead actress category. As usual, I will comment on who I think should have won in each year, but whether or not someone deserved their win can’t have an effect on their … More Every Best Actress Oscar Winner of the 1990s Listed and Ranked