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Emancipation nation: What “Lincoln” says about Prop 8

March 26, 2013
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Emancipation nation: What “Lincoln” says about Prop 8

I’m sure I’m not the only one to have noticed how wickedly appropriate it is for Lincoln to come out on DVD and Blu-ray the same day the Supreme Court considers Proposition 8. The irony could be grasped quite easily at The Howard University School of Law, whose amicus brief against Prop 8 pointed out...
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Sunday Film News Roundup — February 24th, 2013

February 24, 2013
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Sunday Film News Roundup — February 24th, 2013

So tonight is the big night. The official end to the 2012 movie season, which, most likely, will honor the middle ground of an otherwise fantastic movie year (except DDL and whoever wins the animated categories). We’ve all made our picks of who we think should win versus who we think will win, and...
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OW Oscarama — The Envelope Please…: Best Picture (with Special Guest Blogger!)

February 22, 2013
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OW Oscarama — The Envelope Please…: Best Picture (with Special Guest Blogger!)

And so, here we are. Down to the last category, the biggest category of them all. All of the Oscar prognosticators and armchair opinionators will tell you that it’s a mortal lock for Argo to become the latest in a long line of safe, boring Best Picture winners. Because of a couple of votes...
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OW Oscarama — Wait… No One Played a Nazi?: Best Actress (and Actor)

February 22, 2013
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OW Oscarama — Wait… No One Played a Nazi?: Best Actress (and Actor)

So here’s the deal: we’re in the homestretch of this thing now and I decided to skip Best Actor. There is no suspense to the category. We all know Daniel Day Lewis will win. We all know Daniel Day Lewis should win. And he will. There is no point in talking about it because...
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OW Oscarama — Hey, Have You Guys Seen Ben or Kathryn?: Best Director

February 21, 2013
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OW Oscarama — Hey, Have You Guys Seen Ben or Kathryn?: Best Director

When the nominations were finally announced and broken down it became clear that the two biggest snubs of the year were contained in one category. Both Argo and Zero Dark Thirty were shut out of the category, which counts as huge snubs for their directors, Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow. The issue, I think,...
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OW Oscarama — I Could Totally Have Written One of These: Best Adapted Screenplay

February 20, 2013
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OW Oscarama — I Could Totally Have Written One of These: Best Adapted Screenplay

When the WGA East & West were having their joint-separate awards over the weekend, there was initially some confusion about who won. The WGA East had started announcing awards way ahead of the WGA West and when word filtered through from New York that Chris Terrio had won for Argo, Tony Kushner happened to...
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OW Oscarama — I Need More Lens Flares!: Best Cinematography

February 20, 2013
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OW Oscarama — I Need More Lens Flares!: Best Cinematography

Cinematography is one of the more confusing categories that are granted awards. It’s not always clear who shot what or why an image looks good.  Images look good for a variety of reasons, and most of those reasons have to do with production design, costuming and blocking. It’s hard to separate that out sometimes...
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OW Oscarama — Argo-eff-yourself: Best Supporting Actor

February 18, 2013
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OW Oscarama — Argo-eff-yourself: Best Supporting Actor

Unlike the Best Supporting Actress category, Best Supporting Actor is slightly a lifetime achievement category this year. All of the actors aside from Christoph Waltz has been around forever, and all of them have previously won an Oscar. That makes it hard to handicap though. I’m going to break it down differently than Best...
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OW Oscarama — I Dreamed a Dream of Crabby Snacks and Homemades: Best Supporting Actress

February 18, 2013
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OW Oscarama — I Dreamed a Dream of Crabby Snacks and Homemades: Best Supporting Actress

For the third year in a row, we begin the Monday before the Oscars with our picks. Nuts to the Academy — they always manage to get it so wrong (Crash? The King’s Speech? Jeez, guys…) and it’s possible they’re going to get it wrong again this year if the the guild awards are...
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