Awards

JOHN’S IN STONE, UNCHANGING ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATION PREDICTIONS

By John H. Foote On March 15, the Academy Award nominations will begin the countdown to the biggest night of the year in Hollywood. Wildly late, and leaned down due to the pandemic, this year’s Oscars are going to be the strangest on record. So many films, major works set for release last year, were…

MAJOR ACADEMY AWARD SNUBS PART III: THE NINETIES

By John H. Foote By the end of the nineties audiences would know precisely what the following things and people were: CGI, Jurassic Park, the American western, Apollo 13, Dances with Wolves, Woody and Buzz, Quentin Tarantino, Jim Carrey, Paul Thomas Anderson, M. Night Shymalan, Truman Burbank, Tyler Durden, John Travolta, Hannibal Lector and Clarice…

MAJOR ACADEMY AWARDS SNUBS PART II: THE EIGHTIES

By John H. Foote In a decade when artistic films seemed to disappear after the debacle of Michael Cimino’s Heaven’s Gate (1980), studios took back control over the filmmakers and ruled the day. Great films were less frequent, which hampered the industry and ended the director’s era, so exciting in the seventies. Obviously there were…

MAJOR ACADEMY AWARD SNUBS PART I: THE SEVENTIES

By John H. Foote They happen, each and every year. There are films, performances, direction, writing, cinematography, or many crafts ignored for their obvious artistry. Who knows why it happens, but it does, without fail, each year. In this first of five pieces, I explore the greatest decade in film history, the seventies and the…

FILM 2020 – ACADEMY CONTENDERS REFLECTING THE TIMES?

By John H. Foote Films are often thought to be a purely escapist art form when in fact some of the greatest films ever made both comment and educate on historical and modern happenings, often bringing fresh light to a difficult subject. The Battleship Potemkin (1921), a masterpiece of the Russian cinema, is generally regarded as…