oscars cats segment

Everyone got in a good laugh about Cats during the 92nd Academy Awards ceremony Sunday night, but the Visual Effects Society had their claws out. The organization representing visual effects artists released a stern statement condemning the Oscars Cats segment, in which stars James Corden and Rebel Wilson poked fun at the Tom Hooper-directed big-budget catastrophe by dressing up as their characters from the film.

“As cast members of the motion picture Cats, nobody more than us understands the importance of good visual effects,” the stars said. Apparently not, according to VES.

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Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

After first being announced eight years ago, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will finally open this year on December 14, 2020. The news was announced during the 92nd Academy Awards last night by Tom Hanks, who is a museum trustee and co-chair of the Academy Museum campaign. If you want a sneak peek of what the museum will offer, keep reading below. Read More »

best moments of the 2020 oscars

Like every year, Sunday’s 2020 Oscars ceremony was a night of overwhelming highs and abysmal lows. But Parasite is now a four-time Oscar winner, so things are (mostly) right in the world. Because of that, we’ll only be counting down the highs of this year’s host-less Oscars ceremony, which ran the gamut of emotions from confusing, to chaotic, to cathartic. Here are our highlights of the 92nd Academy Awards.

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2020 Oscars Video Highlights - Bong Joon-ho

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, since the 92nd Academy Awards aired last night, we’re running through some 2020 Oscars video highlights. The show may not have had a host, but it had some major moments in between the little golden men being handed out. Janelle Monae opened the Oscars with a vibrant, dance-heavy musical number honoring nominess and movies snubbed by The Academy. Chris Rock and Steve Martin came as close to hosting the show as we were going to get, Idina Menzel belted a Frozen 2 tune with an assembly of international singers, and much more.

On top of the show highlights, we’ve also included some of the best acceptance speeches, included two extensive moments with Best Actor and Best Actress winners Joaquin Phoenix and Renee Zellweger, the surprise when Bong Joon-ho took home Best Director, and of course, the big moment when Parasite won Best Picture. Read More »

2020 Oscars Winners - Parasite

The 92nd Academy Awards are aired live on ABC this evening, and Parasite surprised everyone by walking away with Best Picture. But that’s not all, because Bong Joon-ho also won Best Director, the movie earned Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Film. It’s also the first foreign language film to win Best Picture in the history of the Oscars. Get the rest of the 2020 Oscars winners below. Read More »

The 92nd Academy Awards are almost upon us, and if there’s one certainty going into Oscar night, it’s that some worthy talent in some category will be overlooked in favor of a lesser talent. No nominee or winner is undeserving of recognition, but snubs are also an essential part of Oscar history and directors are not immune to them. In fact, some of the greatest directors of all time have gone their whole career without receiving a proper Best Director Oscar.

Film is fundamentally a collaborative medium, and we’re only a little over a month removed from a decade where the movie industry shifted to a more producer-controlled landscape in which IP-friendly tentpoles seemed to occupy all the best real estate. Yet the best directors, the ones with the most singular voice or vision, do tend to bolster the case for auteur theory, whereby a director can be considered a film’s primary author. With that in mind, here’s a roughly chronological look at ten great film authors eluded by the golden statuette for Best Director. With each name on this list, we’ll be seeking to answer three questions: who did they lose to (if they were ever nominated), what film or films should they have won for, and why, oh, why didn’t they ever win?

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2020 Oscar nominees artwork

We’ll all be pulling for our favorite movies to win big at the Academy Awards this weekend, but first, Shutterstock is putting the 2020 Oscar nominees for Best Picture in a whole new light in a series of pop art posters. Check them out below, along with a new Oscar illustration from artist Olly Gibbs.
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2020 oscars predictions

1917 has taken the lead in the 2020 Oscar race. The Sam Mendes-directed World War I drama is the favorite to win among betting aggregators, who released their 2020 Oscars predictions for all the major categories, including Best Picture, Best Director, and the acting nominees.

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Of all the shorts categories celebrated at the Academy Awards, the animated shorts are what you could probably consider the most popular. Everyone knows animated shorts! They play in front of your favorite Pixar and Dreamworks movies, are brief enough to capture your child’s wandering attention span, and act as a testing ground for new animation techniques and methods of storytelling, often without needing to utter a syllable. However, if there’s one thing to learn from the Academy’s nominations each year, it’s that animated shorts are not always a family affair, often hitting upon very adult themes that complement gorgeously stylized visuals. This year’s nominations are no different in their variety, though for what it’s worth, I think the family fare might have the upper hand this year.

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Netflix Best Picture Nominees

Here we go again. In what is becoming a tradition, AMC and Regal Theater chains are refusing to screen Netflix’s Best Picture nominees, because that’s just how they roll. The chains typically do a showcase of Best Picture nominees in which they bring the nominated movies back to theaters, but the two Netflix titles – The Irishman and Marriage Story – won’t be included. The same thing happened last year with Netflix’s Roma.

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