Awesome News: The Oscars set new mandate for inclusion in Best Picture nominees

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The Oscars have had a diversity problem for roughly forever, a trend brought to the forefront in 2016 with the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. Recent years have seen some tremendous changes in the way we view film and television and an increase in diversity of stories and storytellers, but we still have years where a film like Green Book (a movie about racism made by and for white people) wins best picture when far more powerful films like Blackkklansman and Black Panther were on the ballot.

The Academy has now announced some steps to try to rectify this situation, which will be rolled out in 2022 and take full effect in 2024. Let’s take a closer look.

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92nd Academy Award Nominations are here to elate and disappoint you

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That’s right folks, the invitees to the big dance have been announced. Has the Academy finally learned from its past and expanded its focus to be more inclusive for people of colour? Turns out they didn’t! Did they recognize more women in the best director category? Also a no!

I love the Oscars because I am a weirdo and, honestly, this is kind of business as usual. There are a bunch of really awesome artists being recognized, but also there is some pan-fried bullshit going on here, too.

Let’s take a look at the categories and add some pithy commentary.

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Matt’s 2018 Oscar Thoughts and Predictions

It’s time for the 90th Annual Academy Awards tonight and that means that Simon and I will be live blogging the show! As always I’m publishing my guesses and thoughts now so that they are on the record ahead of time so that I can be held accountable for my guesses. Usually I have some pretty strong ideas of what’s going to happen but this year everything feels a bit up in the air.

Last years show was a bit bonkers what with the Best Picture mix up so the show is pretty certain to be a little less exciting at least. In any event let’s get right to my thoughts on the categories.

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89th Academy Awards Liveblog!

Greetings all! Tonight is the night of the 89th Annual Academy Awards and for the sixth year we will be live blogging the night! We’ll be posting some updates to twitter but the bulk of it will be right here.

We’ll be updating the winners below, and here are Matt’s predictions.

The show starts in 40 minutes, we’ll see you then!

The Winners:

  • Best Picture: Moonlight La La Land
  • Best Director: Damien Chazelle for Moonlight.
  • Best Actor: Casey Affleck in Manchester by the Sea
  • Best Actress: Emma Stone in La La Land
  • Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali in Moonlight
  • Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis in Fences
  • Best Adapted Screenplay: Barry Jenkins & Tarell Alvin McRaney for Moonlight
  • Best Original Screenplay: Kenneth Lonergan for Manchester by the Sea
  • Best Foreign Language Film: The Salesman (Iran)
  • Best Animated Feature: Zootopia
  • Best Animated Short: Piper
  • Best Documentary Feature: O.J.: Made In America
  • Best Documentary Short: The White Helmets
  • Best Live Action Short: Sing
  • Best Cinematography: La La Land
  • Best Film Editing: Hacksaw Ridge
  • Best Makeup & Hairstyling: Suicide Squad
  • Best Costume Design: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Best Production Design: La La Land
  • Best Original Song: City of Stars from La La Land
  • Best Original Score: Justin Hurwitz for La La Land
  • Best Sound Mixing: Hacksaw Ridge
  • Best Sound Editing: Arrival
  • Best Visual Effects: The Jungle Book

Matt’s 2017 Oscar Thoughts and Predictions

The Academy Awards are upon us once again. It’s easy to be cynical about the Oscars, whether it’s because your favourite films never win or because of the endless campaigning, or because it’s, or because of the whole “rich people giving each other statues” thing, but I still kinda like them.

This year the nominees are mostly good, so here they all are along with some thoughts, opinions, and a prediction or two.

The Oscars are being held on the 26th of February. Join us on the day for our 6th annual liveblog of the ceremony!

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2016 Academy Awards Liveblog

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Is the 88th Annual Academy Awards, and the 5th Annual Awesome Friday Oscars Liveblog! Newer updates are at the top!

Winners so Far: (y or n for my predictions)

  • Best Original Screenplay: Spotlight (y)
  • Best Adapted Screenplay: The Big Short (y)
  • Best Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander (n)
  • Best Costume Design: Mad Max (n)
  • Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Mad Max (y)
  • Best Production Design: Mad Max (y)
  • Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki (y)
  • Best Editing: Mad Max (y)
  • Best Sound Editing: Mad Max (y)
  • Best Sound Mixing: Mad Max (y)
  • Best Visual Effects: Ex Machina (n)
  • Best Animated Short: Bear Story (-)
  • Best Animated Feature: Inside Out (y)
  • Best Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance (n)
  • Best Documentary Short: A Girl in the River (-)
  • Best Documentary Feature: Amy (y)
  • Best Live Action Short: Stutterer (-)
  • Best Foreign Language Film: Son of Saul (-)
  • Best Original Score: Ennio Morricone (y)
  • Best Original Song: The Writing’s On The Wall (n)
  • Best Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu (y)
  • Best Actress: Brie Larson (y)
  • Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio (y)
  • Best Picture: Spotlight (n)

INCOMING: The Annual Awesome Friday Oscars Liveblog Starts Soon

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It’s been a slow start to 2015 for all of us. That changes today. Here comes the 2015 Oscars or, as Matt so eloquently refers to it, rich people giving their friends golden statues. And we’ll be there every step of the way.

The main show starts at 5:30pm PT, and we’ll start wittering away from twenty minutes or so beforehand on the site liveblog. As you can image from Matt’s reaction to the nominations, it’s likely to be a rather sarcastic affair that is sure to reference the absence of The Lego Movie roughly 2,428 times. Join us and join in!

Kat’s going to be giving her own spin on the event on her Twitter, and Matt and I will more than likely be posting to the Awesome Friday Twitter too, so you have many options for your Oscars viewing pleasure.

See you soon!

The 2015 Oscar Nominations (Or The Year I Fall Out Of Love With The Oscars)

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This morning the nominations for the 87th Annual Academy Awards wre announced and boy howdy were they ever bull-fucking-shit. You can take to my twitter stream to see some of my immediate reactions but basically the nominations don’t make a lot of sense to me.

Selma, a movie that is critically acclaimed and features an amazing performance by David Oyelowo and fantastic direction by director Ava DuVernay was nominated for best picture and best song, but literally nothing else.

The Lego Movie was left out of the best Animated Feature race, but Big Hero 6 made it in.

The Academy can nominate as many as ten films for best picture but nly nominated 8. They included The Imitation Game, and The Theory of Everything, (which are both fine, but not great) but left out Gone Girl, Nightcrawler, The Lego Movie, and tons of others.

Tilda Swinton, who had three amazing performances this year, didn’t get nominated. Bradley Cooper is nominated for the third year in a row despite being in a film that as far as I can tell is a bore. Someone must really like him.

All 20 acting nominees are white. 7 of the 8 best picture nominees are about white male heroes. That’s bad even by the standards of the old mens “we hate change” club that is the Academy.

I could go on but I won’t. I will say that there are some good things happening. JK Simmons is nominated! Wes Anderson has his first ever Best Director nod! I’ve always liked the oscars and I’ve enjoyed live blogging the ceremony the last few years but this years nominees are all… “safe”. Which is a real shame. This might be the year I finally fall out of love with the Oscars.

Hit the jump to see the full list but despair as the good is far outweighed by the bad.

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