The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) is inviting 398 artists and executives into the long-running organization. New invitees are among those who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to motion pictures.“The Academy is proud to welcome these artists and professionals into our membership. They represent extraordinary global talent across cinematic disciplines and have made a vital impact on the arts and sciences of motion pictures and on movie fans worldwide,” said Academy…"The Academy Invites 398 To Membership Roster – Oscars Watch"
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have set new theatrical release standards for Best Picture contenders at the Oscars. These new standards will not take effect until 97th Oscars. In short, all films being released in 2024 and looking to compete for Best Picture will have to have a dedicated theatrical release. Movies being released in previous years would only need a minimum of seven days in at least one designated theatrical market…"Academy Awards Requires Expanded Theatrical Run For Best Picture Contenders – Oscars Watch"
Actor Richard Dreyfuss is not a fan of the recently adopted diversity standards of Best Picture nominees at the Oscars. In short, the Oscar-winning actor, who won for The Goodbye Girl, said that the new standards make him vomit. Dreyfuss has been making the rounds with the recent release of Sweetwater in theaters. For an actor starring in a film about the first Black basketball player to sign an NBA and later be inducted into…"Richard Dreyfuss Slams Oscars Diversity Standards"
We’re two weeks out from Oscar Sunday and Solzy at the Movies is back with a new Oscars Watch column following the SAG and PGA Awards. If there’s one thing that the PGA Awards and SAG Awards have shown us, Everything Everywhere All At Once is unstoppable. Of course, I’ve been very open about my one problem with the film. In any event, there’s no denying how original the film is and what it means…"Oscars Watch: What Do SAG and PGA Awards Mean?"
Oscars Watch is back as the road continues with both the DGA Awards and the EE BAFTA Awards taking place over the weekend. First, let’s take a look at the DGAs. All eyes were on both the Daniels and Steven Spielberg going into the weekend. Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert ended up repeating their win for Best Director after last month’s Critics Choice Awards. The Academy has been diversifying quite a bit in recent years.…"2023 DGA and BAFTAs Analysis – Oscars Watch"
Jimmy Kimmel, who last hosted in 2017 and 2018, has been selected to host the 95th Academy Awards ceremony in March. Kimmel’s first Oscar stint wasn’t without controversy. However, it wasn’t so much because of him but Oscar presenters Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty. That was the ceremony in which Moonlight won Best Picture but Faye Dunaway picked up the wrong envelope (Emma Stone, Best Actress) and announced La La Land instead. This past year…"Jimmy Kimmel To Host 95th Academy Awards – Oscars Watch"
As awards season kicks into full gear, the Academy has declared Apollo 10 1/2 ineligible for its Best Animated Feature category. The news comes by way of IndieWire and features filmmaker Richard Linklater’s letter to the Academy. Linklater is in the right for speaking out because rotoscoping is a legitimate form of animation. The Academy is penalizing his film at a time when so many films are using CGI to animate their films. Nothing against…"Apollo 10 1/2 Ineligible for Best Animated Feature – Oscars Watch"
With the launch of Venice, Telluride and Toronto, awards season is officially upon us in the newest Oscars Watch column. I’m not attending Venice or Telluride but I will be on the ground during the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival. Judging by their pedigrees, a number of films have an opportunity to break out as a Best Picture contender. Nobody wants to enter the fest season with a highly anticipated film and end up turning…"Oscars Watch: Awards Season Is Upon Us"
On paper, Amsterdam has the right pedigree to be a serious Oscar contender but the film has a David O. Russell problem. Amsterdam is described as “a fascinating and richly intricate tale that brilliantly weaves historical fact with fiction for a timely, cinematic experience.” It is a “crime epic about three close friends who find themselves at the center of one of the most shocking secret plots in American history.” 20th Century Studios released both…"Amsterdam Has A David O. Russell Problem – Oscars Watch"
Solzy at the Movies presents predictions for the 94th Oscars as the Academy Awards will be aired tonight on ABC, for better or worse. If you are participating in any pools, please be advised that the Oscars will start being announced during the red carpet. Make sure to follow the social media channels because the Oscars will announce them on social media well before the live telecast begins. It is one of the worst mistakes…"94th Academy Awards Predictions – Oscars Watch"