Academy Awards

The Oscar-Nominated Movies You Can Watch Right Now

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We’re just weeks away from the 88th Academy Awards, set to air on Sunday, February 28 at 8:30PM EST. The controversy about diversity amongst nominees and Hollywood in general has dominated the 2016 awards season, and we’re looking forward to hearing what Oscars host Chris Rock will have to say about the issue, amongst other things. In the meantime, play catch up with all the movies you missed this year. Refer to our handy list to see what’s available to stream online right now. We’ve also included updates on non-streamable films. Find a cozy spot and get watching. Feel free to cast your predictions for winners in the comments.
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Golden Globes: Shots Fired in the Very Serious Fight Against “Category Fraud”

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This morning, a small battle was won in the single most inconsequential war in American culture. The battleground was the nominations announcement for the Golden Globes, the annual award ceremony for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association — an organization that, despite their comically small membership (“about 90 members”) and history of totally goofy nominations, has attained a reputation as some kind of bellwether for the Academy Awards. And the war that’s being waged concerns the scourge of (sit down for this, cover your children’s ears, etc.) “category fraud.”
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Harvey Weinstein Is Dead Right: “Awards Season” Is Hurting Smart Films for Adults

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Harvey Weinstein is multitalented: he co-founded Miramax and The Weinstein Company, executive-produced Pulp Fiction, Scream, and Good Will Hunting, produced Broadway shows, and carved out a niche as one of the film industry’s most colorful personalities. But what he really wanted to do was write, apparently, and yesterday, he penned a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter about awards season — a subject he’s no slouch on.
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Spike Lee’s Timely Diversity Comments Deserve Better Than an Honorary Oscars Ceremony No One Got to See

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Last weekend, Spike Lee finally got an Oscar. Sure, it followed his losses for Best Original Screenplay for Do the Right Thing and Best Documentary for 4 Little Girls (to say nothing of the trophies he deserved and wasn’t even nominated for, for Malcolm X and 25th Hour and so many more); it was an Honorary Award, presented to the filmmaker in recognition of his full body of work. And while it doesn’t negate his previous slights, what the hell, it’s also the only Oscar they gave Hawks, Altman, or Lumet, so he’s in good company. The difference, however, is that we got to see those iconic filmmakers receive their only Academy Award — and that’s no longer the case, which is particularly galling considering the importance of what Lee chose to tell his movie-making peers.
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The 10 Weirdest Best Picture Nominees in Oscar History

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Just in time for Oscar weekend, Vulture has a fascinating examination of this year’s crop of nominees, and how exactly they fit it into our notion of what an “Oscar movie” is. And you probably wouldn’t be surprised to hear that, like everything else in the movie biz, there’s a formula at work here: “movies with some combination of the four top genre categories — biography, drama, history, and war — have always gotten the most nominations, but over time they’ve slowly been crowding out everything else.” But, it must be noted, it wasn’t always so — in fact, a perusal of the Academy Award nominations for Best Picture makes it clear that the increasing dominance of biopics about troubled geniuses is a stark contrast to an organization that used to be just as comfortable nominating musicals, Westerns, thrillers, and even comedies for the night’s biggest prize. Yet even when taking that changeover into account, there are still a few Best Picture nominees that stick out, either as just plain odd on their own terms or for the fact that they’re unthinkable as serious Oscar contenders now.
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Flavorwire’s 2015 Oscar Picks and Predictions

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Sunday night is the big night! The night when Hollywood’s brightest star shine! When everyone puts on their coolest tux and their hottest gown and trips the light fantastic! The night — ah, to hell with it. Yes, we’re finally creeping up on Oscar night, and some of us are just plain wheezing to the finish line. But let’s not overlook the fact that these nominees, while betraying a couple of irritating blind spots, also spotlight some really excellent films — and while a couple of the races have been locked for months, there are at least a couple of key nail-biters that should make Sunday’s ceremony a bit more suspenseful than usual. And thus, we present our annual look at the nominees: who we think is going to win and who would win, were your film editor the sole …Read More