Oscars

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE ACADEMY: RE – MARTIN SCORSESE

January 19, 2019 DEAR ACADEMY MEMBERS: Through your history you have awarded Best Director more than 90 times. During that time great filmmakers such as Howard Hawks, Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, and Stanley Kubrick, while nominated, never won a competitive Oscar. In 2006, after multiple nominations, Martin Scorsese finally won an Academy Award for his…

OSCAR NOMINATIONS SURPRISES, SNUBS? SURPRISINGLY FREE OF THEM THIS YEAR…

By John H. Foote Though I am sure there are those griping that Greta Gerwig was shut out of the Best Director category, screaming anti-female, the truth is there were six or seven better achievements in direction than hers on Little Women, and it was reflected in the nominations. Women have stated for a number…

2020 OSCAR NOMINATIONS

By Nick Maylor This morning the Academy announced the nominees for the 92nd Academy Awards. They are… Best picture “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” “The Irishman” “Parasite” “1917” “Marriage Story” “Jojo Rabbit” “Joker” “Little Women” “Ford v Ferrari” Best actress in a leading role Renée Zellweger, “Judy” Charlize Theron, “Bombshell” Scarlett Johansson, “Marriage Story”…

NO WOMEN DIRECTING NOMINEES? GOOD FILMS, BUT NOT GOOD ENOUGH

By John H. Foote Why all the screaming that no female directors were among the nominees for Best Director at the Golden Globes this year? Frankly, their films were good, but not good enough. When Penny Marshall was overlooked for a Best Director nomination in 1990 for her powerful medical film Awakenings, no one said…

Great Performances: TARON EGERTON in ROCKETMAN (2019)

By Nick Maylor As the end of the year approaches and Oscar nominations are right around the corner, I cannot help this unpleasant premonition I am having: Taron Egerton will likely be snubbed for a Best Actor Oscar nomination. As we’ve discussed, the competition for the Best Actor statue is some of the stiffest in…

RICHARD JEWELL JUMPS INTO OSCAR RACE

By John H. Foote On May 31, next year Clint Eastwood, two-time Academy Award winning Director, two-time Academy Award winning producer, two-time DGA winner and twice nominated for Best Actor turns 90. 90! His new film Richard Jewell is another superbly crafted example of cinematic storytelling, which Eastwood mastered four decades ago. And once again…