In December 2001, Christian Longo murdered his wife and three children, then went on the run, using “Michael Finkel” as an alias. Finkel wasn’t a fictional alias along the lines of Deep Throat or O’Henry. No, Michael Finkel was a real person, a disgraced New York Times reporter. True Story begs the question, “Why?”
As the 2014 Oscar season comes to an end, as Richard Linklater’s Boyhood has solidified its 12-year timeframe in cinematic history in just a few months’ time. I wrote that last sentence on Jan. 14, but as we all know, a different story unfolded on Oscar Night. Birdman ended up
Ah, the Golden Globes. Thanks to their open bar, the drunken antics of Hollywood’s finest make the Globes far and away the most entertaining awards show celebrating film, even eclipsing the MTV Movie Awards. The 72nd and final (at least according to co-shots Tina Fey and Amy Poehler) came with
Well, the holiday season has come and gone; we’re still dealing with that pesky Selma controversy, though. Voting for the 2014 Oscar nominations began on Dec. 29 and will close Thursday, Jan. 8. In other words, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’s (BAFTA) nominations, Golden Globe winners, and
Last time I checked in, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave had just taken best picture, best supporting actress for Lupita Nyong’o, and best adapted screenplay for John Ridley. Of course, quite a bit has changed since then; it’s time to look ahead to this year’s Oscars, but not without
AMERICAN HUSTLE and GRAVITY lead the Oscar nominations. 12 YEARS A SLAVE close behind. And what’s ALONE YET NOT ALONE?
Awards, Fests, and Campaigns Disney will push Saving Mr. Banks, which had a great stateside debut at the AFI Fest, as a drama at the Golden Globes. Most of us thought the film, which examines Walt Disney and P.L. Travers’ disagreements about 1964’s Mary Poppins, would contend in the musical
We Oscar obsessives discuss the Academy Awards throughout the year, but the Toronto International Film Festival kicks off what we refer to as the Oscar season – and with good reason, as we have lots of ground to cover this week. Bill Condon’s The Fifth Estate kicked off the fest with
The Oscar race won’t really begin for another few weeks, but given some recent developments – an infamous name change being among them – I figured I’d go ahead and resume Oscar Watching. Even before the Toronto International Film Festival kicks into gear, I’ve had to revise quite a few
With another year in which the best film of the years did not win the Academy Award as Best Picture, I spent some time wondering, endlessly what the Academy Award for Best Picture should stand for, what should it mean? It is after all the most important film award in
By John H. Foote Who else might have been deserving? In the history of the Academy Awards, since 1927, no single actor has managed to win three Academy Awards for Best Actor. Nine have won twice, while Jack Nicholson has won twice for Best Actor and once for Best Supporting
Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone unveiled the Oscar nominations last Thursday. MacFarlane will also host the ceremony, which takes place on Feb. 24, but with several major organizations still doling out nods and wins, the Oscar race is far from over since voters have until Feb. 19 to turn in
The Academy has a long list to choose from for this year’s Best Original Song. There are over 75 potential nominees according to Rolling Stone (via Pitchfork). The list includes such acts as Arcade Fire, Fiona Apple, the Black Keys, Karen O, Rick Ross, Adele, and more.
I had the chance to see Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or-winning Amour (Love) over the weekend. It also played the AFI Fest – and we’ll be talking about that in a bit – but I saw it here on the East Coast. The French-language aspect might hinder its chances at Oscar