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Edward Norton Speaks Out About Oscar Campaigns

posted by Nell Minow

Awards are big money, a huge influence on ticket-buyers. And that means studios spend big money to try to get them. Three-time Oscar nominee Edward Norton spoke out about the abuses of the system in an Indiewire interview. Not to […]

Oscars 2015 — Highlights and Low Points, Plus All the Winners

posted by Nell Minow

It’s kind of unfair that Neil Patrick Harris is so good at so many things, but it sure does make him the ideal Oscar host. Showing the same grace, wit, charm, and star power he brought to the Tony and […]

Julianne Moore and Patricia Arquette — Why We’re Rooting for them on Oscar Night

posted by Nell Minow

No one is smarter about actors and Oscars than Susan Wloszczyna, and I was honored to be included in her latest Big O piece about front-runners Julianne Moore and Patricia Arquette, and why wins for the two of them will […]

Why the Oscar Almost Always Goes to the Wrong Song

posted by Nell Minow

The rules governing which songs are eligible for the Oscar are out of date and out of whack. Okay, it’s fine with me if “Everything is Awesome” from “The LEGO Movie” wins this year, first because I love the song […]

Oscar Nominations 2015: Surprises, Disappointments, Predictions

posted by Nell Minow

This year’s Oscar nominations are out!  Most of the expected nominees made it, but there were some surprises and disappointments, especially the omission of the Roger Ebert documentary “Life Itself” and the animated mega-hit “The LEGO Movie,” both of which […]

Susan Wloszczyna on the Prospects for Women at the Oscars

posted by Nell Minow

My friend and fellow critic Susan Wloszczyna is covering the run-up to the Oscars for Women and Hollywood, and I particularly appreciated her thoughtful essay on the prospects for women nominees this year. Noting that only one woman has ever […]

Watch the Oscar-Winning Animated Short Film: Mr. Hublot

posted by Nell Minow

In this charming story, a man finds his life transformed by a robot pet.

Trailer: The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life

posted by Nell Minow

One of the most touching moments of the Oscars was the award for a documentary short called “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life.”  It is the story of Alice Herz-Sommer, the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor, who died […]

Oscars 2014: Best and Worst Moments and List of Winners

posted by Nell Minow

Highlights of the Oscar award show: Ellen DeGeneres was a great host, funny and irreverent but respectful of the event and the fans.  The photo that brought down Twitter was a hoot.  But the pizza thing was not so great. […]

Do the Oscars Overlook Movies About Young People?

posted by Nell Minow

My friend John Hanlon has a thoughtful piece on CNN.com about the way the Oscars and other movie awards overlook stories about young people and performances by actors in their teens and twenties. It’s unfortunate but undeniable that award shows […]

Vote for Your Oscar Favorites on Rotten Tomatoes

posted by Nell Minow

You can vote for your own Oscar favorites on Rotten Tomatoes. And you can see how your pick compare with fans across the country.

Rogerebert.com Writers Salute Oscar Favorites

posted by Nell Minow

My friends at Rogerebert.com wrote brief essays paying tribute to the Oscar nominees selected as the favorites by visitors to the site, continuing Roger’s beloved “If We Picked the Winners” tradition.

Faith-Based Oscar Disqualified Song Creates Controversy

posted by Nell Minow

For the first time ever, the Motion Picture Academy has disqualified a nominee for ethical reasons.  The nomination of “Alone Yet Not Alone” as best song came as a surprise.  Most people had not heard of the song or the […]

And the Oscar Will Go To….Oscar Nominations 2014

posted by Nell Minow

This year’s Oscar nominees were announced this morning. I’m sorry to see “Inside LLewyn Davis,” “The Butler,” “Fruitvale Station,” “Saving Mr. Banks” and “Enough Said” overlooked and I really wanted to see Scarlett Johansson get a nomination for “Her,” but […]

Trailer: 2014 Oscars with Ellen DeGeneres

posted by Nell Minow

My Thoughts on the Oscars — The Good, The Bad, and the Hair!

posted by Nell Minow

Did you watch the Oscars?  I did, and here’s what I thought.   1. Best Picture: “Argo.” 2. Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln.” 3. Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook.”4. Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained.” 5. Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, […]

Behind the Ballot: How the Oscar Voting Happens

posted by Nell Minow

For some insight on how the Academy members vote for the Oscars, check out these behind-the-scenes insights.   Watch the Oscars two weeks from tonight at 7 pm (Eastern) on ABC.

Oscar Roundtable: Best Actor

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Thelma Adams for including me in her Oscar Roundtable.  We began with a discussion of Best Actor nominees — who will win, who should win, and who was left out.  I was sorry that John Hawkes’ performance […]

Smile of the Week: Disney’s Oscar-Nominated “Paperman”

posted by Nell Minow

Disney’s Oscar-nominated short is one of the best movie romances of 2012.  It appeared in theaters before the feature “Wreck-It Ralph.”  The music is by “Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s” Christophe Beck and it was produced and directed by John Kahrs.

My Gallery on the Oscars is Up!

posted by Nell Minow

Take a look at my Gallery on the Oscars to see my thoughts on the best and worst of last night’s broadcast, and let me know what you thought!

And the Oscars Go To…..

posted by Nell Minow

There were no big surprises but there were many touching and inspiring moments in the midst of the glamour at the Oscar ceremony.  Billy Crystal returned for the ninth time as the modern era’s most adept host, making gentle fun […]

Happy Oscar Day!

posted by Nell Minow

Slate Analyzes Oscar Acceptance Speeches

posted by Nell Minow

The dresses and the acceptance speeches are often more hotly debated than the awards on Oscar night.  Everyone remembers Sally Fields’ famous, “You like me!” speech and Cuba Gooding, Jr.’s impetuous, “I love you!” Jack Palance did one-handed push-ups.  Adrian […]

Best Actress Roundtable: The Critics Debate

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Thelma Adams for including me in her critics roundtable discussion of this year’s Best Actress Oscar nominees.  I found the debate fascinating!

My New Gallery on the Oscar Nominations — Biggest Surprises and Closest Races

posted by Nell Minow

Check out my new gallery about the Oscar nominations!

Billy Crystal’s Been Off the Grid — Oscar Ad

posted by Nell Minow

And the Oscar Goes To…….

posted by Nell Minow

* Best Picture – The King’s Speech * Best Director – Tom Hooper for The King’s Speech * Best Actor – Colin Firth for The King’s Speech * Best Actress – Natalie Portman for Black Swan * Best Supporting Actor […]

PS 22 Goes to the Oscars!

posted by Nell Minow

I am so happy that the wonderful chorus of PS 22 will be performing on tomorrow night’s Oscars! Here you can see them get the news.

‘Mominees’ to Tweet the Oscars

posted by Nell Minow

How could I, as the Movie Mom, not love the idea of having the Oscar nominees’ mothers involved in the awards ceremony? The producers of the show have announced that they will have video comments from the mothers about their […]

Turner Classic Movies Salutes the Oscars

posted by Nell Minow

Every year, Turner Classic Movies salutes the Oscars with a month full of classics and rarely-seen gems that were nominated for or won Oscars, not just for the acting and directing awards but for costume design, cinematography, and more. Today […]

Oscar Nominations!

posted by Nell Minow

The nominations are out! Start your prediction calculations. Actor in a Leading Role * Javier Bardem in “Biutiful” * Jeff Bridges in “True Grit” * Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network” * Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech” * James […]

Beat Ebert’s Oscar Predictions and Win $100,000!

posted by Nell Minow

Ebert Presents, the Chicago Sun-Times and MUBI.com are challenging movie fans and odds-makers everywhere to out-guess Roger Ebert in predicting the winners of this year’s Oscars. The prize is an amazing $100,000. And entrants have one big advantage over Ebert. […]

2011 Oscar Hosts Revealed!

posted by Nell Minow

Hosting the Oscars is one of the highest-pressure jobs in show business. It is also one of the most thankless. Hosting the show requires months of preparation and the ability to ad lib on the spot. We expect Oscar hosts […]

Cracked’s Parody of Oscar-Bait Trailers

posted by Nell Minow

A Trailer for Every Academy Award Winning Movie Ever — powered by Cracked.com

Interview with the Oscar-nominated screenwriters

posted by Nell Minow

Creative Screenwriting Magazine has a terrific audio interview with many of the Oscar-nominated screenwriters — well worth listening to.

What Does the Sound Editor Do?

posted by Nell Minow

The Oscars are about more than office pools, fashion, and celebrities. It’s also a chance to learn more about that most collaborative of art forms, the movies. It took more than 3000 people to make “Avatar,” and only a couple […]

Oscar Classics for Families

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks very much to the Chicago Tribune for asking me which Oscar-winning classics I’d recommend to families. “It’s never too early to teach children what is possible in terms of quality of performance, writing, direction and cinematography,” says Nell Minow, […]

Oscar’s Only Three-Generation Family

posted by Nell Minow

Can you name the only family with three generations of Oscars? To make it even cosier, the grandparent and grandchild both won their Oscars for movies directed by the man in the middle, the son of one and the father […]

Oscar Thoughts from Three Top Critics

posted by Nell Minow

Jeannette Catsoulis tells us the Oscars should embrace the lowbrow in Las Vegas CityLife: [S]tudios spend all year milking dollars from young people only to turn around at Oscar time, overcome with shame and a newly minted commitment to quality, […]

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