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David, Devindra, and Jeff are joined by Tasha Robinson, film and TV editor for the Verge and co-host of The Next Picture Show podcast, to dish on the good, the bad, and the green at the 2019 Oscars. The cast discuss the Netflix film High Flying Bird and then move on to an in-depth review of the third installment in the How to Train Your Dragon franchise.

Read LA Times film critic Justin Chang’s take on how Green Book is one of the worst Oscar wins and the Shadow and Act’s article on why Dr. Shirley’s family opposed the release of the film. Also read Mark Harris’s illustration of the core audience of Green Book and Sean Fennessy’s analysis on what this means for an Academy that’s desperate to reinvent itself.

To understand how films like How to Train Your Dragon dismiss strong female characters, read Tasha Robinson’s theory on “Trinity Syndrome.”

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Oscars category plans

Update: Deadline reports that the Academy will now reverse course and present all categories as part of the proper live broadcast. It seems that having the entire industry oppose their plan was a hint that this was the right thing to do. Our original story follows below.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences incurred the outrage of dozens of actors, directors, writers and producers when they announced their controversial plan to demote the winners of four categories to accepting their awards during commercial breaks of the 2019 Oscars telecast. However, these controversial Oscars category plans are apparently not quite as extreme as they sound in headlines. Perhaps in response to the fervent backlash to these plans, the Academy is clarifying that the speeches of all the winners will make it to the telecast.

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Oscar ceremony

Update: The Los Angeles Times reports that yesterday, “several prominent members of the cinematography community, including American Society of Cinematographers president Kees van Oostrum and cinematographers Hoyte van Hoytema (Dunkirk), Emmanuel Lubezki (The Revenant) and Rachel Morrison (Black Panther), requested an urgent meeting with academy chief executive Dawn Hudson to attempt to get the decision reversed.” You can read several excerpts of a scathing letter they wrote to the Academy here. Our original article follows.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is under fire as they continue to stumble their way toward the Oscars ceremony later this month. Professionals from several corners of Hollywood – directors, actors, writers, and more – are speaking out against the Academy’s decision to award the winners of four categories during commercial breaks and then broadcast a truncated recap of those awards later in the telecast.

Oscar winners Guillermo del Toro, Alfonso Cuaron, Russell Crowe, and organizations like the American Society of Cinematographers have lodged their complaints about the fact that the Oscars won’t give the proper spotlight to essential categories like cinematography and editing during the show. Read More »

female directors oscars

You can count on one hand the number of female directors who have been nominated for a Best Director Oscar in the award’s 90-year history. You can count on one finger the number of female directors who have won the Best Director prize. But despite their meager showing at awards ceremonies, female directors are thriving in the independent and film festival circuit, with films like Lynne Ramsay‘s lean thriller You Were Never Really Here winning the Cannes screenplay prize or Debra Granik‘s quietly devastating survival drama Leave No Trace earning raves at Sundance. Marielle Heller helmed the Telluride Film Festival darling Can You Ever Forgive Me, which earned a whopping three Oscar nominations for acting and screenplay.

But despite the inroads female filmmakers have made, the Best Director category found itself reverting back to the all-male status quo once again.

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Oscars 2019 logo

After weeks of back and forth nonsense with Kevin Hart, it’s finally settled: the 91st Academy Awards will not have a host. Unless, of course, the Academy changes their minds again at the last minute – but at this point, we’re only 46 days from the ceremony, and asking anyone to take such a high-profile job with so little time to prepare seems near-impossible.

A new report says the ceremony will go host-less for the first time in three decades. Learn more about what we can expect from this year’s Oscars below. Read More »

Kevin Hart Steps Down as the 2019 Oscars Host

2019 oscars host

Just a day after he was announced the official 2019 Oscars host, Kevin Hart is stepping down from the gig.

The actor-comedian was met with outcry over resurfaced anti-gay tweets and comments he had made during stand-up routines nearly 10 years ago. He then responded with a defiant Instagram response that only earned him more hostility. Rather than apologize for his comments and for his non-apology, Hart decided to step down, leaving the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in search of a new Oscars host.

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