by Jen Chaney
Birdman may have been a deserving winner, but not getting to see Linklater collect either the Best Picture or Best Director Oscar feels like a real loss. At the same time, it felt like a moment out of a Linklater movie.
A split between Best Picture and Best Director at this year’s Oscars would mark the third time in a row that’s happened. And that’s a good thing.
2014’s biggest American animated film didn’t score a Best Animated Feature Oscar nomination, an omission that points to bigger problems with the category.
The Academy Award voters’ affinity for physical performances may put the star’s portrayal of Stephen Hawking over the top.
The Best Director nominations for Linklater and Anderson, a disparate pair of Texas mavericks, are a heartening reminder that sometimes, a career of artistic commitment can be rewarded.
In the last Honorable Mentions column of this awards season, a reminder that the Oscars are about more than what happened on awards night.
Our pre-Oscars coverage winds down with some thoughts on the energy-sucking necessity of forecasting the Academy Awards. Also: Some predictions on who will win on Sunday night.
Gravity may not become the first 3-D film to win Best Picture, but its place in the race, and Alfonso Cuarón’s likely Best Director win, shows how much respect the form has gained since Avatar.
On Woody Allen, the shrinking Best Original Song nomination pool, and the things that may go unsaid at this year’s Academy Awards.
Cate Blanchett has seemed like a lock to win the Best Actress Oscar pretty much since Blue Jasmine’s première. Here’s why that might not be the case.
Grantland’s Mark Harris recently sent out a call for the Best Picture nominee field to downsize. Here’s why he’s even more right than he thinks.
Despite an explosive performance in The Wolf Of Wall Street, DiCaprio will likely remain Academy Award-less.
This year’s nominees for Best Musical Or Comedy aren’t traditional comedies, which is both good and bad for movies that seek to make people laugh.
The choices film-critic circles and societies make may not greatly influence Oscar wins, but they’re never boring to follow.
A look at past winners in the Best Animated Feature Oscar category suggests that films not made expressly for kids have considerably less chance of victory.
If Bruce Dern, Robert Redford, and Margo Martindale are nominated for Oscars this year, they’ll join the elite club of Deserving Veterans, actors with long careers. But the club isn’t as big as many people imagine, and joining it hardly guarantees a win.
Proclaiming a Best Picture winner more than four months out is a dangerous game, but looking at the competition as it currently stands—a two-horse race between Gravity and 12 Years A Slave—reveals a lot about what cultural critics think Academy voters value.