Tag: Oscars

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My Best Picture: Joker

I am not a fan of superhero movies but I am an activist for Todd Phillips’ Joker. As one of the frontrunners this year, it is the most well-written, well-acted and experimental choice from the major film companies. Joaquin Phoenix showed a role few could properly pull off, the tortured psychotic left out of whacky…

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Oscar Bait: The Death of Cinema?

The Academy Awards, or more simply known as Oscars, were first awarded in 1929, and now their 91st annual ceremony is right around the corner. Awards are given out for the year’s best film, acting, directing, writing, editing, cinematography… and the list goes on. Despite the Academy’s “dedication” to the filmmaking art, the real cultural…

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And the Oscar goes to…

The 90th Academy Awards ceremony always promised to be a challenge. Since the last Academy Awards ceremony, the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the birth of the #metoo movement rocked Hollywood, alienating many film fans from the institute that previously represented quality and respectability in film. Jimmy Kimmel returned to host the event after a debut…

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And the nominations are…

Lady Bird “‘I just want you to be the very best version of yourself that you can be.’ This line, spoken to the titular Lady Bird by her mother, serves to sum up the message of the film. A classic coming-of-age comedy, filled with writer/director Greta Gerwig’s characteristic wit and honesty, Lady Bird traces the…

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#OscarsSoWhite

By now, the situation regarding the lack of diversity in the 2016 Academy Award nominations is no secret. The main individual categories, including Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Supporting Actor, have only white nominees. As well as this, the films nominated for Best Picture all have a predominantly white cast. An…

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In the spotlight

Awards season has well and truly descended upon us; the rich and famous are out in storm, dressed in their best designer suits and gowns, honouring the critically acclaimed films of the year. While some of the awards this year seem to have fairly predictable outcomes, others are proving to be a fairly open contest….

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Oscars 2015: Bored of Biopics?

The Academy Awards: ‘an annual American awards ceremony honouring cinematic achievements in the film industry’, or at least that’s what Wikipedia says. However, aside from John Travolta’s face-touching, Neil Patrick Harris in his tighty whities and a few stirring speeches, the Oscars were actually a very bland affair. Nearly three hours of America patting itself…

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