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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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 »

How Marvel Action Figures Are Made

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, take a look at how Searching takes the thriller genre and repurposes it with a unique and mesmerizing device. Plus, find out how Hasbro makes action figures of movie stars for franchises like Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and watch as Guillermo from Jimmy Kimmel Live hangs out on the red carpet at the Oscars last weekend. Read More »

2019 Oscars Winners

The 91st Academy Awards aired live on ABC last night, and the ceremony went surprisingly smoothly without a host to lead the way. In fact, this might be the best way to do the Oscars from now on.

But you didn’t come here for chatter about the ceremony itself. You just want to know the 2019 Oscars winners, and those who came away with a trophy certainly made for some surprising moments, for better or worse. Green Book walked away with Best Picture, even though director Alfonso Cuarón won Best Director for his work on the Netflix movie Roma. But how the rest of the awards fall? Find out below. Read More »

2019 Oscars Honest Trailer

This weekend brings the 91st Academy Awards to ABC, and it’s probably going to be a complete disaster. Not only is there no host for the ceremony, but The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences pissed everyone off by cutting a few awards from the live broadcast (only to reinstate them in the show). On top of that, they’ve had a real problem figuring out how the nominees for Best Original Song were going to be performed during the ceremony too.

But the Oscars are really about rewarding the greatest achievements in film from the previous year. And if we’re going to do that properly, than we need to look at each and everyone of this year’s Best Picture nominees with a new perspective. That’s where the 2019 Oscars Honest Trailer comes into play, skewering each of the eight film nominated for Hollywood’s top prize. Which one will walk away with the trophy only to get lambasted online afterwards? Read More »

Oscars 2019 updates

After a lengthy period of tumultuous development, this year’s Academy Awards finally seem to be finding their sense of identity. All it took was an uprising from half of Hollywood and backtracking on several key decisions to get them there.

A new batch of Oscars 2019 updates has arrived thanks to an interview with the ceremony’s lead producer, Donna Gigliotti. She says the ceremony won’t meet its self-imposed three-hour limit after all, and we won’t have to endure any of those stupid “everyday people” bits that previous host Jimmy Kimmel incorporated over the past couple of years. Plus, Queen and Adam Lambert will be on stage to perform.
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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 »

Dwayne Johnson Hosting the Oscars

For the first time in 30 years, the Oscars won’t have a host this year. Comedian Kevin Hart was previously slated to act as master of ceremonies, but some controversy arose following some old jokes on Twitter, and he decided to step down. But Kevin Hart wasn’t even the first choice to host the Oscars. Instead, it was one of his Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle co-stars.

The always charismatic Dwayne Johnson recently revealed that he was the first choice to host the Oscars this year. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out. But the door isn’t closed on having The Rock host the ceremony at some point. Read More »

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2019 Oscars Luncheon

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, watch the annual Oscars luncheon gather nearly all the nominees from the 2019 Academy Awards. Plus, a video essay explores how the premise of Groundhog Day ensures that the lead character has no choice but to change, and a featurette goes behind the scenes of the making of Pixar’s new animated short Purl. Read More »