Next year’s Oscars will keep a later spring ceremony date and the pandemic qualifying rules of this past year. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the Oscars 2022 rules, which will allow streaming movies to qualify for Best Picture, indicating that it might be the start of permanent changes that will expand eligibility of films who hope to qualify for the awards.
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The executive producers of the Oscars made several unconventional decisions that affected last night’s broadcast of the 93rd Academy Awards, but perhaps none were as surprising as switching up the order that the awards were handed out. Chadwick Boseman was the heavy favorite to posthumously win Best Actor for his outstanding performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and Steven Soderbergh, Stacey Sher, and Jesse Collins decided to announce the Best Actor category last, which would have presumably ended the evening on a bittersweet but poignant note. But it didn’t quite work out that way: Anthony Hopkins won for his work in The Father, and since Hopkins wasn’t there to receive the award in person, the show came to an abrupt and confusing end.
Now an ABC executive has commented on the chaos of the Oscars 2021 ending, citing Soderbergh and company’s “calculated risk” of shifting the categories. Plus, he sounded off about that unexpected dance from Glenn Close and how the Oscar Trivia segment was originally supposed to be a karaoke segment. Read More »
Chloé Zhao made history twice over at the Oscar Sunday night. For her direction of exquisite Western road drama Nomadland, Zhao won the Academy Award for Best Director — making her the first Asian woman, and only the second woman ever, to win the award in the Oscars’ 93-year history. Later in the night, Nomadland won Best Picture, making it the first Best Picture winner to be entirely female-led, and the first one directed by a woman of color. But her historic wins felt muted in the U.S. press thanks to a chaotic ceremony, while they were nowhere to be seen in China’s press. Which would seem odd, since Zhao hails from China. But it seems to have been the result of CCP censorship.
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Last night, the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony ended with a surprise. Although the late Chadwick Boseman had been receiving many posthumous honors throughout awards season for his final performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, the award for Best Actor ended up going to Anthony Hopkins for his turn in The Father. Unfortunately, Hopkins wasn’t even present for the ceremony, virtually or live. But now the Silence of the Lambs star has delivered a belated acceptance speech, paying tribute to Boseman in the process. Read More »
The 93rd Academy Awards aired live on ABC on Sunday evening, rewarding the best achievements in cinema from the past year, and what a strange year it was. Although the coronavirus pandemic certainly made the year in film much less exciting, mostly because movie theaters were closed for a large chunk of it, there were still plenty of phenomenal films that deserved our attention. But which ones impressed the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences the most?
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Even though the coronavirus pandemic kept movie theaters closed for most of 2020, nothing can stop Hollywood from rewarding itself with the 93rd Academy Awards. Initially, it seemed as if the line-up of potential nominees would be on the weaker side. But even though awards season arrived a little later than we’re used to, that didn’t stop the heavy hitters from getting limited time in theaters and quicker releases on VOD and streaming, and it hasn’t stopped the 2021 Oscars Honest Trailer from making jokes at the expense of all the Best Picture nominees. Read More »
Awards shows weren’t exactly the most exciting programming to behold before the coronavirus pandemic came along and made them far worse. So far we’ve seen hybrid ceremonies for the Emmys and Golden Globes that have involved limited attendance and acceptance speeches on Zoom, which made for sloppy and boring entertainment. But don’t expect the same nonsense when the 2021 Oscars come around.
The 93rd Academy Awards will air on Sunday, April 25, 2021 starting at 8:00 P.M. ET, and when the cameras start rolling, producer Steven Soderbergh says viewers will quickly see that he’s taking this opportunity to significantly shake up the awards show format. The Ocean’s 11 director said, “Right out of the gate, people are going to know: ‘We’ve got to put our seatbelt on.'” Read More »
Six years after #OscarsSoWhite, the Academy Awards have finally turned the tide and delivered their most diverse slate of acting nominees in history. But that’s not the only historic statistic of the 2021 Oscars. For the first time in the Oscars’ nearly 100-year history, more than one female director has been nominated in the best director category. One of those directors, Nomadland‘s Chloé Zhao, is the first woman of color to be nominated for Best Director. But while the Asian diaspora is receiving unprecedented recognition at this year’s 93rd Academy Awards (with two nominees of Asian descent in both the directing and best actor categories!), the Oscars were still missing a lot of Black talent from behind the camera. Read More »
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The day of the Academy Awards nominations is a day of celebration for Hollywood. It’s also a day of rage and annoyance, as entertainment writers remind themselves and others that “Oscar nominations don’t mean that much.” And yet it’s also a day of surprise and joy, as those same entertainment writers remind themselves and others that “Oh yeah, occasionally the Oscar nominations really get it right!”
As is tradition around these parts, we’ve rounded up this year’s biggest Oscar surprises and snubs. Here are the nods that made us fist-pump with joy and the snubs that made us want to punch our walls.
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The nominations for the 93rd annual Academy Awards have announced, revealing which films will contend to take home little golden statuettes for one of the strangest years in cinema history. While the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on movie theaters and the film industry, you know the saying: the show must go on. And due to rules tweaks that allow for more eligibility (we’re looking at you, streaming releases), the results look unlike many other Oscar line-ups. But is that for better or worse? We’ll let you be the judge.
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