weathering with you oscars

For the first time in 22 years, Japan has selected an anime film as its best international film entry at the Oscars. Makoto Shinkai‘s romantic fantasy movie Weathering With You is the Japanese entry for best international feature film category at the 2020 Oscars, marking the first time since Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke in 1998 that Japan has thrown its weight behind an animated film for its foreign-language category contender.

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parasite oscars

Following the horrendous snubbing of Lee Chang-dong’s Burning last year, South Korea is going for round 2 in the country’s attempt to get its first-ever Oscar nomination. South Korea has submitted Parasite as its contender for the Best International Feature Film category at the 2020 Academy Awards. If Bong Joon-ho‘s black comedy earns one of the five slots, that would make it South Korea’s first-ever Oscar nomination.

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casting category

The British Academy has decided to add a casting category to the BAFTAs, the British equivalent of the Oscars. Beginning in 2020, voters will be able to weigh in on the film and TV projects they think had the best casting of the year, marking the first time that BAFTA has introduced a new category across both its film and TV sections at the same time. Now that this is in effect across the pond, is there a chance the Academy Awards follow suit and add a similar category? Read More »

jaws shark restored

You’re going to need a bigger museum exhibit for a newly restored mold of the Jaws shark. A mold of the mechanical sharks used in Steven Spielberg classic horror movie is fully restored and ready for its place at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. But don’t expect to stare into the gaping jaws of “Bruce” in person anytime soon — the Academy Museum, which was announced back in 2012, won’t be opening any time prior to the 92nd Oscars in February 2020.

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Apple Oscar Movies

Apple is getting into the original movie and TV game with their upcoming streaming service Apple TV+. And just like their chief competitor Netflix, they have their eye on Oscar gold. According to a new report, Apple hopes to release “six small-budget movies a year with an eye toward stories that could win Academy Awards.” But will this plan for Apple Oscar movies work?

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honorary oscars

With seven Academy Award nominations between them but no wins, directors David Lynch and Lina Wertmüller and actor Wes Studi are going to take home Oscars of their own after all. The Academy has announced that its Board of Governors has voted to present Lynch, Wertmüller, and Studi with Honorary Oscars, which are given “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.”

Meanwhile, actress Geena Davis is being awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Read more about all four of the new award-winners below. Read More »

2019 Oscars Winners

Earlier this year, Roma was a huge contender and winner at the Oscars. Not only did the film earn a trophy for director Alfonso Cuarón, as well as taking home the Oscar for Best Foreign Film, but it was one of the Best Picture nominees. But that didn’t sit too well with some members of The Academy, because Roma was a Netflix movie, and it barely met the eligibility requirements for being released in theaters to qualify for a potential nomination. There was even some uproar from Steven Spielberg about it, though that might have been a big misunderstanding (or some sneaky swipes from Apple).

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was said to be considering a change in the eligibility rules that would force Netflix or any other streaming service producing original movies to jump through more hoops in order to earn Oscar nominations. However, The Academy has voted on the matter, and they’ve opted not to change the rule regarding Netflix movies Oscars eligibility. In addition, they’ve announced some other key changes for other Oscar categories. Read More »

Academy Museum

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has been working on building a new museum in Los Angeles, and it’s set to open later this year. Information on how much it will cost to gain entry hasn’t been revealed yet, but thanks to a new “transformative grant” from the George Lucas Family Foundation, all children 17 years old and younger will get in for free – forever. Read More »

The Oscars May Be Host-Less Again Next Year

Oscars 2019 logo

The winners of the 2019 Oscars may have been some of the most disappointing choices, but at least no one was disappointed by the ceremony. In fact, this year’s ceremony was almost enjoyable, running briskly and without a hitch thanks to one central factor: No host. And it’s a format that the Oscars ceremony may repeat next year.

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Spielberg hates Netflix

Hey, did you know Steven Spielberg is not a fan of Netflix? You should, because he’s voiced his displeasure with the streaming service several times. It’s not so much that Spielberg thinks Netflix makes bad movies. It’s that he doesn’t approve of their release model, since Netflix tends to skip theaters entirely. In the mind of Mr. Spielberg, movies that don’t play in theaters aren’t movies at all. Not content to simply grumble to himself, Spielberg is hoping to change the Academy Awards rules so that Netflix movies can’t qualify for nominations unless they play in theaters for a certain length of time.

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