The next Academy Awards ceremony isn't until February 2019, but that hasn't stopped people furiously speculating on which movie will scoop the Best Picture award.That might be because this year’s lineup of potential winners feels particularly strong. Movies being touted as potential Oscar bait include Black Panther, the box office smash which introduced the first black Marvel movie franchise; A Star is Born, the Lady Gaga vehicle which became a surprise fan hit; and Roma, a black-and-white tale of 1970s Mexico from acclaimed director Alfonso Cuarón.Green Book, starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen as a pianist and his taxi driver, is another hotly-tipped movie vying for gold. Can You Ever Forgive Me?, the story of real-life forger Lee Israel, also looks to be a contender.As usual, these movies are all radically different—it’s hard to envy a panel that has to compare an epic fantasy movie to a low-key, personal tale of a Mexican housekeeper, and decide … [Read more...] about The Worst (and Best) Oscar Best Picture Winners of the Past 50 Years
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One week before the 89th Academy Awards ceremony was set to take place in Hollywood on Sunday night, Feb. 26, a full-page ad appeared in the New York Times arts section on Feb. 17 listing Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin as one of “21 voices on why Lion is the Best Picture of the Year.” The ad includes a quote from Griffin praising “Lion,” a highly acclaimed film about an adopted child from India who, as a young adult, searches for his biological family and self-identity. The film doesn’t have any LGBT-related content or storyline. “Lion is a profoundly beautiful testament to the power of finding and understanding your identity,” the ad quotes Griffin as saying. “People from all backgrounds and all walks of life will be moved by this universal story.” The ad identifies Griffin as “president of the Human Rights Campaign, the largest national LGBT organization.” The Feb. 17 ad and a smaller follow-up ad in the … [Read more...] about HRC prefers ‘Lion’ over ‘Moonlight’ for Best Picture?
The New York Observer called it “a loopy, lunkheaded load of drivel.” Vulture thought it was a “complacent movie, too comfortable with itself to generate real dramatic tension.” Although many other reviewers thought Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy romance The Shape of Water was excellent, it was by no means a universal hit with either critics or audiences. Yet it still scooped the Best Picture statuette at the 2018 Academy Awards, beating better-reviewed movies like Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird and Jordan Peele’s Get Out. The Times opined that the film’s success proves that “the award-givers get it wrong… It’s what they do. Support a big, sloppy, malformed cinematic sedative instead of championing genius, innovation and rigor.” It’s certainly not the first time the Best Picture award has caused controversy among critics. Since the first Oscar ceremony in 1939, the Academy has been given the thankless task … [Read more...] about All the Best Picture Oscar Winners Ranked, According to Critics
This 2009 sports film, starring Sandra Bullock and Quinton Aaron, was nominated for two Academy Awards. Bullock won for Best Actress. The film's nomination for Best Picture came as a surprise, the result of an expansion of the category from five nominees to 10 following criticism that popular films like "The Dark Knight" and "Wall-E" had been shut out of voting. With more criticism over the "padded" category, the Academy subsequently stiffened their balloting requirements for earning a nomination. … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Worst recent movies ever nominated for a Best Picture Oscar”And the envelope, please …””Hacksaw Ridge” (Metascore: 71)”Good Will Hunting” (Metascore: 70)”The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Metascore: 70)”Crash” (Metascore: 69)”Babel” (Metascore: 69)”Braveheart” (Metascore: 68)”Gladiator” (Metascore: 67)”Finding Neverland” (Metascore: 67)”Fatal Attraction” (Metascore: 67)”As Good As It Gets” (Metascore: 67)”Moulin Rouge!” (Metascore: 66)”Rain Man” (Metascore: 65)”The Prince of Tides” (Metascore: 65)”Mississippi Burning” (Metascore: 65)”The Sixth Sense” (Metascore: 64)”Chocolat” (Metascore: 64)”Les Miserables” (Metascore: 63)”The Help” (Metascore: 62)”A Few Good Men” (Metascore: 62)”The Green Mile” (Metascore: 61)”The Godfather Part III” (Metascore: 60)”Scent of a Woman” (Metascore: 59)”Life Is Beautiful” (Metascore: 59)”The Reader” (Metascore: 58)”Field of Dreams” (Metascore: 57)”The Blind Side” (Metascore: 53)”The Accidental Tourist” (Metascore: 53)”Ghost” (Metascore: 52)”Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” (Metascore: 46)
Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve been seeing so many “For Your Consideration” Oscar ads here and there it seems like this has been going on for months. But no, the award nominations were just announced: "The King's Speech," a British drama detailing the efforts of wartime monarch King George VI to overcome a fierce stammer, led the Oscar field on Tuesday with 12 nominations. "True Grit," a Western remake about a young girl's brave quest to track down her father's killer, followed with 10 nominations. The sci-fi thriller "Inception" and the Facebook drama "The Social Network" received eight nominations each. All four will vie for the coveted best picture Oscar, alongside "Black Swan," "The Fighter," "The Kids Are All Right," "127 Hours," "Toy Story 3" and "Winter's Bone." The last four probably don’t have a chance. “Swan” is too weird. “Kids” is too light. “127 Hours,” you’ll have to admit, … [Read more...] about Predicting the Oscar winners: Best Picture