Academy Awards

Get to Know the 2014 Oscar-Nominated Short Films

When it comes to awards season, the short film categories often get overlooked in favor of their flashier, star-studded brethren. However, many filmmakers and actors started their careers in short films, and some of the most compelling movies are mere minutes long. The Oscars just announced the nominees for its 86th awards show. We took this opportunity to highlight the 15 short films that made the cut. Become familiar with these wonderful works in the documentary, animated, and live action shorts categories, below. … Read More

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Let’s Ban Oscar Talk Until Thanksgiving

Last weekend, across the globe, the simultaneous openings of the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado and the Venice Film Festival in Italy were like a starter pistol, kicking off the fall movie season with premieres of highly buzzed films like Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners, the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis, J.C. Chandor’s All Is Lost, and Steven McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave. That last title in particular got film critics, awards bloggers, and tweeting moviegoers tossing around the “O-word”: Oscar. And here we go. Welcome to the worst thing about the fall movie season: relentless Oscar chatter. … Read More

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12 Movies You Won’t Believe Are Oscar Winners

The original 1968 film version of The Producers makes its Blu-ray debut this week, and it’s as funny, outrageous, and tasteless as it was 45 years ago. But while we all know it was Mel Brooks’ feature filmmaking debut and the basis for the Broadway smash, most have forgotten that it also won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay — a shockingly contrary prize from a body that doesn’t tend to hand out statues to comedies, and has thus created a general perception of an “Oscar movie” (i.e., serious drama, preferably with a message of stern social commentary; a period setting and/or a physically or mentally challenged character never hurts). But here are a few movies that fly in the face of that… Read More

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