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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…

JOHN’S CONFIDENT, FINAL, IN STONE, UNCHANGING ACADEMY AWARDS PREDICTIONS

By John H. Foote In one week at 5:30 am Pacific time, 8:30 am here, January 13, 2020,  the nominations for this year’s Academy Awards will be announced. One week until we know which films, performances and achievements will be vying for the best of 2019. The year was rather extraordinary, with Netflix leaping into…