Tag Archives: Academy Awards

March 14

New on Blu-ray: Fences

Nominated for four Academy Awards, including Viola Davis’s win for Best Supporting Actress, Denzel Washington’s directorial effort Fence arrives on Blu-ray and Digital HD combo today courtesy of Paramount Home Media Distribution. Adapted from August Wilson’s renowned play of the same name, the film is an intimate look at a family unraveling at the hands […]

February 23

Talking Oscar Predictions on the LAMBcast

We are only a few days away from the movie industry’s biggest night! To help you fill out those last minute Oscar pool ballots, I stopped by the LAMBcast podcast to discuss my predictions for who will be taking home golden statues on Sunday night. Listen to the episode and let us know if you […]

February 19

NFB Streams Oscar-nominated Blind Vaysha Free of Charge

As the Academy Awards approach, Canadians will be able to watch Theodore Ushev’s Oscar-nominated National Film Board of Canada (NFB) animated short Blind Vaysha free of charge at NFB.ca―starting February 19 right up to the Academy Awards on February 26―and then tune in to see if Canada takes home the Oscar. It’s the first Academy […]

February 11

Oscars: A Documentary Race for the Ages

Will La La Land dance its way to the Best Picture win? Does Moonlight or Manchester by the Sea have enough momentum to sway voters? Can Hidden Figures or Fences pull a Super Bowl level come from behind upset? As film lovers and pundits engage in debates comparing the merits of the various Academy Award […]

January 24

The 89th Academy Awards Nominees

The 89th Academy Awards nominations were announced this morning! What are your thoughts on the nominees? Which ones surprised you? How many of the nominated films have you seen? Most pleasant surprise for me was seeing the wonderful Blind Vaysha get nominated in the animated short category. You can find the full list of nominees […]

January 22

The End of #OscarsSoWhite? Not So Fast.

On Tuesday the Academy Awards will be announcing this year’s nominees vying for the iconic golden statues in various categories. In the past, the lead up to the announcement was a time of speculation and excitement for cinephiles worldwide. This year, however, feels different. The escapist fanfare that the Oscar nominations once provided has been […]

January 04

Moonlight Wins Big at Online Film Critics Society Awards

Moonlight was the big winner of the Online Film Critics Society’s annual awards announced yesterday. Barry Jenkins’ drama walked away with a leading four wins including Best Picture and sweeping the Supporting Acting categories. Tied with Moonlight with seven nominations, La La Land took home two awards for Best Cinematography and Best Editing. Casey Affleck […]

January 23

Shorts Spotlight: Wild Life

The fifth season of Shorts That Are Not Pants screening series kicked off with a bang earlier this month. While I have sung its praise before, and have even purchased a yearly subscription to series for the past few years, I highly recommend that those in the Toronto area, or those visiting the city, make […]

January 14

The 88th Academy Awards Nominations Include Some Surprises

The 88th Academy Awards nominations were announced this morning! What are your thoughts on the nominees? Which ones surprised you? How many of the nominated films do you still need to see? The biggest surprise for me, and it was a pleasant one, was Theeb getting nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film category. Also […]

December 14

Mad Max Tops Online Film Critics Society Awards

Mad Max: Fury Road won Best Picture from the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), which myself and fellow site contributor Daniel Lackey are members of, as the group celebrated its 19th awards. Starring Tom Hardy as the title character alongside OFCS nominee Charlize Theron, Mad Max: Fury Road is about a post-apocalyptic world where water […]

September 24

The Burden of Anticipation

“It would have been appreciated a lot more had it not won the Palme d’Or” is a phrase I found my saying a lot when talking about Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) last week. Audiard’s film works well for the small character study it is, unfortunately many people I spoke […]

July 24

The Nominee: Naomi Watts

Naomi Watts’ filmography is one of great variety.  Since she wowed critics and audiences alike in her role in David Lynch’s psychological thriller, Mulholland Drive, she has appeared in several films, all very different from the other. Mulholland Drive launched Watts’ career, bringing her out from under the radar and into the consciousness of filmmakers […]

July 09

The Nominee: Meryl Streep

Considered by many to be the greatest actress of this generation, Meryl Streep has made over 50 films.  Her filmography is incredibly diverse including roles as a real-life union activist, a drug addict, a demanding magazine editor, a nun, and Julia Child, just to name a few. Streep has achieved greater commercial and critical success […]

June 18

Talking 2004 Oscars on The Dew Over

As I mentioned on Twitter the other day, the latest episode of The Dew Over has dropped and yours truly is one of the panelist. Though the show has moved to a monthly format, it still has all the wonderful Oscar related discussions that has made the show a hit. In this episode the panel […]

March 06

The Nominee: Bradley Cooper

I was a big fan of the television show Alias.  Jennifer Garner kicked serious ass as a secret agent and I wasn’t surprised to see her segue into making more movies after the series ended.  What I didn’t expect was the actor who played Will Tippen, her sweet and somewhat nerdy best friend on the […]

February 21

Diversity and the Academy Awards

As anticipation for the 87th Academy Awards is nearing its fever pitch, Keith, the founder of the site Keith & the Movies, decided to look at one of the hot button issues to emerge from this year’s Oscar race: the lack of racial diversity in the nominations. In the latest edition of his “Movie Bloggers […]

February 05

The Nominee: J.K. Simmons

There are actors who have been making movies for a long time and have over 100 acting credits to their name, yet they’re relative unknowns to most movie watchers.  Their faces aren’t synonymous with their real names, but rather with the characters they’ve played: “Isn’t that the guy who played Juno’s dad in Juno?” Often […]

February 02

The Nominee: Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman was one of our finest actors.  It’s strange to say that he was one of our finest; it’s strange to have to write about him in the past tense.  One of the first thoughts I had after hearing about his untimely death was that there will be a notable absence in any […]

January 26

Talking 2000 Oscars on The Dew Over

Nominated for a whopping 12 Academy Awards, Ridley Scott’s Gladiator was a force to be reckoned with at the 2000 Oscars. Was the action film truly the top film of the year? Or did director Steven Soderbergh merely knock himself out of the equation by having two films (Traffic and Erin Brockovich) in the running […]

January 21

The Nominee: Benedict Cumberbatch

With awards season well underway, I thought it would be fun to write about the careers of award nominated actors and actresses, past and present, in a new feature called “The Nominee.”   And the first feature goes to: Benedict Cumberbatch. I have to admit that before The Fifth Estate, I hadn’t heard much about Benedict […]