10 Great Best Picture Nominees That Should Have Won

Best Picture Nominees That Should Have Won

On Sunday, March 4, 2018, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be holding its 90th ceremony. The Oscars are the Super Bowl for cinephiles. Though the true relevance of the ceremony is often questioned, it still carries prestige as the pre-eminent film awards event.

Looking back through nine decades worth of Best Picture nominees, it’s clear there were a number of years where two or more iconic films were up against each other. 1994, for instance, featured an especially sticky three-way grudge match between Forrest Gump, Pulp Fiction, and The Shawshank Redemption (Gump’s gotta go, but Shawshank? Never.) There are other years, however, where one nominated title pops up as a clear cut above the rest, and the fact that it did not win seems like an egregious miscarriage of movie justice. 

You can’t always fault the Academy for its short-sightedness. Time has a way of showing what really matters.

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uk skins cast

Don’t underestimate those soapy teen shows. Because in 10 years, they may produce the era’s most promising Oscar-nominated actors.

Take Skins, for example. No, not the middling U.S. remake of the series that aired on MTV, but the original U.K. version which aired on E4 from 2007 through 2013. It was a grimy teen drama that inspired controversy with each of its drug-fueled, sexually charge storylines. But it also delved into deeper issues of mental illness, dysfunctional families, bullying, and suicide. While that makes Skins sound like no more than a British version of the teenage soap Degrassi — or worse, a sexy after-school special — the series never became too cloying. And that’s because of its stellar cast.

A cast that includes two Oscar nominees, an X-Men superhero, a YA dystopia star, and two Game of Thrones actors. We probably haven’t seen such a latent pool of talent since Freaks and Geeks.

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the simpsons showrunner interview

Somehow, in 29 years of The Simpsons, I still have not run out of things to ask showrunner Al Jean. And this year, there have been some pretty monumental changes to address. Longtime composer Alf Clausen ended his run with season 28. The Disney acquisition of 20th Century Fox makesThe Simpsons now a Disney-produced show, even as their network, Fox, remains separate.

I caught up with Jean at the Fox party for the Television Critics Association. In addition to the big news, we also went over some specific risque lines and cameos from fan favorites Leon Kompowski and the Pin Pals. The Simpsons airs Sunday nights on Fox.

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Jabba's Sail Barge Playset - Hasbro HasLab

Hasbro is one of the biggest toy companies in the world, creating action figures, vehicles, playsets and more for franchises like Star Wars, Marvel, Transformers, G.I. Joe and much more. They deliver some of the most affordable and cool toys out there, but they know that fans want more, and they’re trying to give it to them.

At Toy Fair 2018 this past weekend (check out our round-up of the coolest toys from movies and TV), Hasbro announced a new initiative called HasLab, a crowdsourcing platform that hopes to put dream products into the hands of fans. Just like projects on Kickstarter or Indiegogo, fans can support a limited edition toy and if the goal is met, they’ll receive the toy. HasLab is kicking things off in a big way with a big Star Wars playset from Return of the Jedi: Jabba’s Sail Barge. Read More »

The Looming tower review

Before The Looming Tower even begins, you know where it’s going to end. Yet that doesn’t make the series any less engrossing, or addictive.

Based on Lawrence Wright’s Pulitzer-winning book, The Looming Tower is the story of how we ended up here – seemingly trapped in wars with no end in sight. It is the story of the individuals who tried, and failed, to prevent the events that would ultimately lead to 9/11. And it unfolds with all the heart-pounding intensity of a potboiler thriller. The end result is something that may ultimately prove to be the first truly great new TV series of 2018.

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Toy Fair 2018 - Stranger Things 2

This past weekend, Toy Fair 2018 kicked off in New York City. Tons of new toys were shown off by a myriad of manufacturers, and that includes new action figures and collectibles from some of our favorite movies and TV shows. Here are the best reveals for new releases from Stranger Things 2, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Avengers: Infinity War, Pacific Rim: Uprising, Stephen King’s It, Black Panther, Star Wars, The Real Ghostbusters, and more. Read More »

Mondo Empire Strikes Back Poster

Mondo has unleashed a cool new Empire Strikes Back poster from artist Jock. The poster recreates a moment from the Star Wars film in which Luke Skywalker takes down an AT-AT Walker. See the Mondo Empire Strikes Back poster, and its variant, below.

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On the February 19, 2018 episode of /Film Daily, /Film senior writer Ben Pearson presents interviews with Black Panther co-writer/director Ryan Coogler and actor Andy Serkis, who plays the villainous Ulysses Klaue. Warning: very light spoilers ahead!

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Black Panther Chinese New Year Poster

Want to see concept art of Shuri with her own Black Panther suit? What did Chadwick Boseman do to help with a slam dunk at the NBA All-Star Game last weekend? Will Martin Freeman return as Agent Ross sometime in a future MCU movie? What was on Ulysses Klaue‘s mixtape he mentioned in Black Panther? How many Black Panther stories are there in this edition of Superhero Bits?  All that & more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Four Great Marvel Movie Audio Commentaries

Marvel commentaries

Marvel has been a giant machine conquering the global box-office ever since they kicked down Hollywood’s door a decade ago with Iron Man. In less than 10 years, Marvel President Kevin Feige and all involved made the Marvel logo mean something to audiences everywhere. It’s quite an extraordinary feat, one that couldn’t have been pulled off without the long, long list of great talent they’ve hired. That talent also produces some fun audio commentaries.

Marvel’s finest movies, like this weekend’s Black Panther, have struck a balance between art and commerce, and that’s a running theme throughout the commentaries for Marvel’s movies: trying to make a popcorn movie with taste, substance, and above all, character. There’s very little talk of special effects, as most of the conversations revolve around character, but maybe that’s not surprising since the Disney-owned studio has always maintained the characters are the stars of these movies. Years of work went into getting these superheroes right, which you can hear all about in some of the Marvel commentaries recommended below.

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