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(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, and opinionated about something that makes us very happy…or fills us with indescribable rage. In this edition: why a new Oscar rule for Best Animated Film sets a frustrating precedent for the industry)

Last Friday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (or, as we all know them, the Oscars) announced a couple of new rules, one of which may have an enormous impact on the future of Best Animated Feature nominees.

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One of the biggest film-related arguments of the past year was whether or not Ezra Edelman’s superlative documentary O.J.: Made in America should have been eligible for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. There were passionate advocates on both sides, and the nearly eight-hour doc ended up winning the Oscar. But it seems like that argument may only happen once, because the Academy has just adopted a new rule that means multi-part documentaries can’t win Oscars in the future.
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2017 oscars mistake

After this year’s 89th Academy Awards aired last month, all anyone could talk about was the unprecedented mistake that happened when the wrong Best Picture winner was announced live on the air. After presenter Warren Beatty was confused by the award envelope he was given to read, La La Land was mistakenly announced as the winner when Moonlight was supposed to be rewarded with the honor. Thankfully, the mistake was fixed on the air and Moonlight received their prize.

Following this huge gaffe, everyone was wondering what led to such a mishap. The official answer was that the wrong envelope was handed out to the presenters, and while that’s where the mistake originated, there’s a way this could potentially be avoided if superior typography work on the Oscar winner envelopes was used instead.

Find out how Oscar winner envelopes typography can be improved after the jump. Read More »

Academy Awards Diversity Nominations Numbers

Despite the snafu in announcing this year’s winner for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, the fact that Moonlight came out on top after La La Land dominated the awards circuit all season is a big deal. It shows that Oscar voters may finally be embracing diversity in a big way, and not in a way that’s pandering to minorities. They’re just finally starting to recognize more bold and diverse movies, filmmakers, actors and more. But they have a long way to go.

For the 89th Academy Awards, there were 27 total minority nominations. That’s fantastic, but the fact is that there is still a of work to be done. A new video essay takes a look at the stark contrast in numbers between white nominees and minority nominees, and it should come as no surprise that one is favored far more often.

Watch the video essay on Academy Awards diversity nominations numbers below. Read More »

oscars winners and losers

Predicting the Oscars is like predicting the weather. You can look at the charts and determine the general course of the storm, but it’s impossible to tell if the wind is going to knock a tree through your living room window. Last night’s ceremony was peak Oscars. Everything went exactly how it was supposed to go before finding time to also uproot the oak in your front yard and cave-in one of walls with it.

So let’s talk about the winners and losers of this year’s Academy Awards. Not the actual winners, the people who went home with potentially life-changing statuettes, but the people who walked away from that ceremony looking like a million bucks and those who…didn’t. And while we’re talking about winners, we have also have the results from our /Film Oscar prediction contest!

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2017 oscars mistake

UPDATE: PwC has issued a statement about this whole ordeal, which we have added to the original post below.

The answer to that question proposed in the headline is yes, we did just witness the craziest Oscar moment in our lifetimes. It goes beyond that, though. The question we should really be asking is “Is this the craziest Oscar moment of all time?” And the answer to that question is also…yes.

The final moments of the 89th Annual Academy Awards will forever be a footnote of gonzo trivia stored in the minds of movie fans all over the world. It was the time that the wrong movie was announced for Best Picture, only for everyone to learn the truth in the middle of an acceptance speech. It was an embarrassing and nightmarish moment, handled with surprising dignity by all involved. Even though millions of people saw it happen, it’s still hard to believe.

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2017 Oscars Highlights

If you missed the 89th Academy Awards last night, you missed out on the live broadcast insanity of the Best Picture debacle that saw La La Land announced as the winner, only to have the correction made much later than it should have been to rightfully give the award to Moonlight instead. It was undoubtedly one of the craziest (if not the craziest) moments in the entire history of the Oscars.

Besides that frustrating misstep during the Academy Awards telecast, there was still some fun to be had, thanks to the hilarious antics of host Jimmy Kimmel. The comedian brought his trademark edgy humor to the monologue, had a session of Academy Awards-themed Mean Tweets, and surprised a bunch of Hollywood tourists in an awesome way. Watch all the hilarious 2017 Oscars highlights after the jump. Read More »

2017 Oscar winners

All that planning and campaigning and prognosticating, all that prayer and sweat and blood — they’ve all been leading up to this. Tonight, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents the 89th Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. As usual, there are plenty of smug know-it-alls out there who think they know exactly how this is all going to shake out; as always, you can count on there being a few surprises thrown into the mix.

We’ll be updating live as the results are announced, so follow along with our 2017 Oscar winners live-blog below.  Read More »

Oscars Voting Process

No matter what movie wins Best Picture each year, there will always be disagreements among filmmakers, critics and audiences as to which film truly deserved the top honor from the Academy Awards. However, in recent years it seems that the Oscars voting process has favored movies that are less bold than some of the nominees they’re up against, and there’s a logical explanation as to why that’s been happening.

Learn about the Oscars voting process after the jump. Read More »

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Seth Meyers Oscar bait

Seth Meyers may not be an Academy Awards contender this year, but he knows exactly what it takes to become one. The Late Night host has unveiled the (parody) trailer for his new (non-existent) movie, simply called Oscar Bait and billed as “the most blatant attempt to win an Oscar since The King’s Speech.” Honestly, it’s refreshing to see a movie be so willing to just admit what it is.

As the title suggests, it’s “a film that’s not afraid to pander to your emotions.” Mostly by hitting on all the stereotypical hallmarks of the Academy’s favorite films, like racial tension, latent homosexuality, “a man staring at trains,” a rare disease, a Carol reference, and lots of crying. So much crying. Like full-on, snot-nosed ugly-crying. Watch the Seth Meyers Oscar bait video below.  Read More »