The Catch-22 of Oscar Hosts

Until yesterday, the 91st Academy Awards did not officially have a host. The announcement that Kevin Hart will assume the role came exceptionally late compared to other years–perhaps indicative of the conundrum which was the focus of a¬†Hollywood Reporter¬†piece published yesterday (before the announcement was made) entitled “Why Oscar Host Has Become the Least Wanted … More The Catch-22 of Oscar Hosts

Life as a Work in Progress: In Pieces, by Sally Field

Celebrity memoirs always give me pause because the ones I’ve read tend to feel as though they have a thick coat of veneer. They’re always conscious of their image, so what they present in the memoir feels calculated or even whitewashed. As such, reading a celebrity memoir usually feels like an exercise in futility: by … More Life as a Work in Progress: In Pieces, by Sally Field

Every Best Actress Oscar Winner of the 1960s Listed and Ranked

The performances by actresses in the 1960s are so strong that there was a tie in 1968. What a thrilling group! This is perhaps the strongest list yet, and seeing some of the performances score low feels wrong somehow. If only there were more decades like this. It behooves me to remind you that although … More Every Best Actress Oscar Winner of the 1960s Listed and Ranked

Ranking Every Best Actor Oscar Winner of the 1960s

There are great performances by leading actors in the 1960s, but oddly enough the strongest performers didn’t actually win. If you’ve been following along you know that can’t factor into the ranking here, but looking at the list of what might have been at the bottom is very revealing: the top four on that list … More Ranking Every Best Actor Oscar Winner of the 1960s

Ranking Every Best Original Song Oscar Winner of the 1960s

If you ask AFI, the 1960s had some of the top movie songs of all time. I… don’t always agree. The high points are definitely up there, though. 10. “Talk to the Animals,” Doctor Dolittle (1967) Not only is the song silly in the extreme, but because of Rex Harrison’s limited vocal range, he speaks it … More Ranking Every Best Original Song Oscar Winner of the 1960s

Ranking Every Best Original Song Oscar Winner of the 1970s

The 80s and 90s were filled with Best Original Song winners that were both iconic and wildly popular, and while the 1970s had some songs that fit that bill most of them haven’t aged well. In fact, a large percentage of them are extremely saccharine. So take some insulin and let’s dive in. 10. “Evergreen,” A Star … More Ranking Every Best Original Song Oscar Winner of the 1970s

Ranking Every Best Original Song Oscar Winner of the 1980s

Best Original Songs had enjoyed success on the radio before the 1980s, but this is where the floodgates opened and popular stars on the music scene made their presence known, creating greater synergy between the two forms of entertainment. As a result, almost every song on this list is easily recognizable–even thirty-odd years later. 10. … More Ranking Every Best Original Song Oscar Winner of the 1980s