Aside from the Oscar nominations themselves, the most important development in the Oscar race this week was, of course, the Eddie nominations, from the American Cinema Editors.
Wait, what about the Golden Globes? The Critics’ Choice Awards? The BAFTA nominations for the British Academy Awards? Aren’t they big deals?
Nope, not this year, not when it comes to their value as tools to predict who’ll win Oscars.
The Academy’s decision this year to… Continue reading Oscars 2013: Which Precursor Prizes Matter?
In the last 24 hours, two broadcast nets yanked three new series off the air –ABC’s 666 Park Avenue and Last Resort, and CBS’ Partners. Though low ratings typically justify the premature deaths, that’s little consolation to viewers who connected early to the programs (or in this case, at least one of them).… Continue reading Canceled shows: Does your outrage matter?
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… Continue reading Doc Talk: Do the Oscars Still Matter?
Awhile back, to the woeful delight of the Internet, Brad Pitt dropped a career bomb — that he maybe could be quitting acting in a mere three years (!) — focus on producing and being a father to a caravan of children.
Now, after the release of Angelina Jolie’s (notoriously tumultuous) directorial debut “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” Pitt’s partner may be looking to bow out from acting, too.
“I… Continue reading Angelina Jolie May Quit Acting If She Can't 'Find Roles That Matter'
Pauline Kael is having a moment. The legendary New Yorker movie critic is the focus of three new books — an anthology of her work, a biography, and a memoir by one of her disciples — and the topic of debate among fellow movie critics and pundits at film festival panels. Not bad for a woman who passed away 10 years ago and… Continue reading Who Was Pauline Kael and Why Does She Still Matter?