95th Academy Awards: The Oscar Nominations

With under two months to go until Oscar Sunday, the Academy has announced the nominations for the 95th Academy Awards ceremony. Academy members from each of the 17 branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories – actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors, etc.  In the Animated Feature Film and International Feature Film categories, nominees are selected by a vote of multi-branch screening committees.  All voting members are eligible to select…

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Oscars Shortlists Announced for 10 Categories

The 95th Oscars might not be until March but the Academy of Motion Picture sciences announced shortlists for 10 categories. We’re closer to knowing who will make up the nominees of the 95th Academy Awards in the following categories: Documentary Feature Film Documentary Short Film International Feature Film Makeup and Hairstyling Music (Original Score) Music (Original Song) Animated Short Film Live Action Short Film Sound Visual Effects I’m making a quick update to express my…

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Jimmy Kimmel To Host 95th Academy Awards – 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…

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Apollo 10 1/2 Ineligible for Best Animated Feature – 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…

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Oscars Watch: Awards Season Is Upon Us

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…

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Amsterdam Has A David O. Russell Problem – Oscars Watch

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…

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CODA Makes History at Oscars, Bob Saget Snubbed

CODA became the little film that could and went from Sundance darling to Oscar-winning Best Picture of the Year in over a year. In winning Best Picture, the Sundance award winner also became the first streaming movie to take Best Picture of the Year. Remember when Steven Spielberg said streaming movies shouldn’t win or something like that? I’d say that the Academy just proved him wrong. Netflix had Best Picture nominees in recent years with…

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94th Oscars: The Winners (Live Updates)

The 94th Oscars are here and make their return for the first time in two years to an in-person ceremony at the Dolby Theatre. In a perfect world, I’d start publishing updates in about an hour from now. However, the powers that be are screwing up the broadcast by treating eight categories like crap. We will not let them forget this disaster. It will not do anything to increase viewership. If anything, it is causing…

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94th Academy Awards Predictions – 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…

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CODA Is Peaking At The Right Time – Oscars Watch

While the traditional Oscar rules do not bode well for the film, CODA is starting to peak at exactly the right time ahead of the Oscars. The film critics have spoken and now the guilds are having their say in the matter. Both SAG and PGA gave the film’s awards campaign the biggest boost that it could get. The fact that CODA won WGA is potentially good news. What we need to factor here is…

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