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His name was Dick

Sooner Or Later is a torch song written by Broadway idol Stephen Sondheim for the 1990 film Dick Tracey, Here's it performed by Bernadette Peters for the RuPaul show in 1997. Oscar performance by Madonna. Album version. Film version .
posted by The Whelk on Apr 8, 2014 - 9 comments

 

What a fucking opening! What a fucking opening!

Behind the scenes of Cuba Gooding's 1996 Oscar acceptance speech As the director calls the shots from inside the TV truck, Cuba corpses. Cue music. And then...
posted by sweet mister on Mar 9, 2014 - 59 comments

Slates for Sarah

At the conclusion of the 'In Memoriam' segment during the Oscars Sunday, viewers may have noticed a small graphic and photo identifying Sarah Jones on screen. Not a movie star, famous director or other Hollywood luminary, Sarah was an assistant cameraperson killed in a horrific on-set train accident two weeks prior. The push to have her recognized at the Oscars was driven in part by the Facebook group 'Slates for Sarah', where hundreds of production crews across the globe have posted tribute photos mourning her loss. Her death is being investigated as negligent homicide, and has spurred 'below-the-line' crew worldwide to demand greater set safety protocols.
posted by skammer on Mar 4, 2014 - 119 comments

THANK YOU, JORN TROMOLTO!

At last night's Academy Awards, singer Adela Dazeem stunned everyone with a spectacular performance of the song "Let It Go," from the animated film "Frozen." (Both the song and the film went on to win their respective awards.) In unrelated news, you are all cordially invited to John Travolta's Big Hollywood Party.
posted by jbickers on Mar 3, 2014 - 241 comments

The 28 Rules of the Oscars Party

10. If you are throwing an Oscars party, you need to decide if it's going to be a cinema lover's party or an Oscars party. "At a cinema lover's party, people dress up and have thoughtful conversations about the nominees and the year in cinema. At an Oscars party, everyone sits in their sweatpants and trashes every single thing that happens for four hours." This was written by a WSJ sportswriter, who doesn't understand that you can do both at either type of party.
posted by Bella Donna on Feb 27, 2014 - 60 comments

Right-Wing Jesus Wants an Oscar

The 2014 Oscar nominations for best song are: Happy- Pharrell Williams (Despicable Me 2), The Moon Song- Karen O (Her), Ordinary Love- U2 (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), Let It Go- Idina Menzel (Frozen), and Alone Yet Not Alone- Joni Earekson Tada (Alone Yet Not Alone) -- wait, what? [more inside]
posted by cereselle on Jan 22, 2014 - 134 comments

The Western Lands

How the Western Was Lost (and Why it Matters)
posted by Artw on Jul 29, 2013 - 226 comments

"He breaks off, cackling."

Christopher Doyle, cinematographer for Wong Kar-Wai's most acclaimed works (and dozens of other movies), calls Life of Pi's Academy Award an "insult to cinematography" in a recent interview. He elaborated: "What a total fucking piece of shit." (Part 1 of the same interview, more informative but less entertaining) [NSFW film posters and language]
posted by BlackLeotardFront on Mar 14, 2013 - 47 comments

Happy Girl

"Oh, Anne! With your small head and pert nose and oversized, ready smile and glossy pixie cut and squeakily tuneful speaking voice, uttering lines like “It came true!” as you gaze at your newly won Oscar with moistened doe-eyes, wearing a powder-pink Prada gown adorned with diamonds and bows: Why are you so annoying?"
posted by vidur on Feb 28, 2013 - 140 comments

Documentary about homeless 15 year old artist wins first Oscar for a crowdfunded film

A documentary about homeless teen Inocente Izucar wins the first Oscar ever awarded to a film financed in part through Kickstarter. Link is to her personal site, with a trailer video about her life.
posted by carolinaherrera on Feb 26, 2013 - 9 comments

“We Saw Your Boobs.”

“We Saw Your Boobs.” The Academy is supposedly a trade group, and yet it devoted its opening number to degrading a good part of its membership. [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu on Feb 25, 2013 - 824 comments

It Wasn't Just Spielberg

"The members of TVTV (Top Value Television), the 1970s guerrilla video group I cofounded, were among the first to exploit the then brand-new portable video camera. We took them to big events and turned the cameras away from the spectacle and on to the people; almost no one had seen one before, and there were no rules about how to use them, or act in front of them..." Behind the Scenes With Jack Nicholson, Lily Tomlin and Michael Douglas at the 1976 Academy Awards.
posted by timsteil on Feb 24, 2013 - 9 comments

Red Carpet, Green Screen

Without visual effects the average blockbuster movie would look like this. However as Hollywood comes under financial pressure they are putting the squeeze on the VFX industry that they rely on, who are in turn passing the pressure onto workers. Now VFX workers are organizing a protest in time for the Oscars, which will be celebrating visual effects as the companies responsible for them close down. [more inside]
posted by Artw on Feb 24, 2013 - 73 comments

In fact-based films, how much fiction is OK?

With the "true story" films Argo, Lincoln, and Zero Dark Thirty having been nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, discussion has risen about storytelling accuracy: "Does the audience deserve the truth, the whole truth and nothing but? Surely not, but just how much fiction is OK?"
posted by The Girl Who Ate Boston on Feb 20, 2013 - 160 comments

"Never trust a man in a caftan."

'I Was Rob Lowe's Snow White': The Untold Story of Oscar's Nightmare Opening "Once upon a time -- March 29, 1989, to be exact -- a 22-year-old aspiring actress named Eileen Bowman thought that all her dreams were about to come true. She was very wrong." (the 61st Annual Academy Awards previously on MetaFilter)
posted by MCMikeNamara on Feb 20, 2013 - 95 comments

Silent No More: Women In The Military Speak Out Against Sex Crimes

Sexual Assault In The U.S. Military is the focus of a serious contender for Best Documentary Feature at this year's Academy Awards. The Invisible War is a groundbreaking investigative doc that sheds light on the under-reported epidemic of sexual abuse against female members of the military, as well as the lack of punitive action in these crimes: of the 8 percent of sexual assault cases that are prosecuted in the military, only 2 percent result in convictions. A female soldier in a combat zone is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire.

By official estimates from The Department of Defense, 19,000 violent sexual crimes occurred in the military in 2011 alone. Sexual assault is grossly under-reported in the military. In 2011, 3,191 assaults were reported when its likely that somewhere between 19,000 and 22,000 assaults occurred. The women in the film speak about the physical and mental abuse they underwent while serving in the military - and about the the lawsuit they joined and the verdict in which their experiences were labeled "occupational hazards". The film is already garnering much attention, especially as front-running Oscar Nominee - and lawmakers are taking notice. [more inside]
posted by fantodstic on Feb 19, 2013 - 46 comments

And the winner was...

Check out the official 85 Years of Oscar poster, commemorating every Best Picture winner for the last 85 years.
posted by crossoverman on Feb 11, 2013 - 40 comments

(First) Man's (First) Best Friend

"Adam and Dog" is a beautiful animated short by Disney artist and animator Minkyu Lee (features some nonsexual nudity). [more inside]
posted by brieche on Feb 10, 2013 - 15 comments

Respect must be paid

Since March 21, 1994, when the first regular obituary segment was dropped into an Academy Awards show, a spot on the yearly scroll of recently deceased movie luminaries has become one of the evening’s most hotly contested honors. And as in most Oscar races it is the focus of sometimes ferocious campaigning.
posted by Chrysostom on Feb 9, 2013 - 16 comments

Sock Monkey Oscar Contest 2013

Oscar Contest 2013 [via mefi projects] web-goddess has posted her eleventh Oscar Contest. This year's prize is an unprecendented FOUR Avenger Monkeys: Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, and Incredible Hulk. Last year's prize: The Monkey with the Dragon Tattoo. More handmade sock monkeys in the project link.
posted by artychoke on Feb 5, 2013 - 13 comments

"I did it all in one take!"

For Your Consideration - Anne Hathaway (Emma Fitzpatrick) reminds the Academy to think of her on Oscar night via the magic of song.
posted by The Whelk on Feb 5, 2013 - 83 comments

Love and a gross misuse of office resources in mid-century New York City

Disney's Oscar-nominated animated short Paperman has just been made available for your viewing delight on the official Walt Disney Animation Studios YouTube channel! [more inside]
posted by brieche on Jan 30, 2013 - 85 comments

Roger Deakins, Perpetual Nominee

Bond film Skyfall has been nominated for its first Academy Awards since 1982. Skyfall was nominated for original score, sound mixing, sound editing, original song, and cinematography. It is also cinematographer Roger Deakins' tenth nomination without a win. [more inside]
posted by troika on Jan 10, 2013 - 48 comments

Better late than never...

Guy impersonates every best supporting actress winner ever
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Apr 6, 2012 - 33 comments

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (SLYT)

This film Was nominated (and won) the Oscar for best animated short feature. If you love books and words then this silent 15 minute piece is worth your time. Here is the backstory.
posted by Michael_H on Apr 3, 2012 - 27 comments

Who made it, the shark?

Steven Spielberg watches 1976 Oscar nominations
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Mar 1, 2012 - 80 comments

Hollywood Babylon ... and on and on and on

I Went to the Pre-Oscar Celebrity Gifting Suites and All I Got Was This Sense of Disgust [more inside]
posted by philip-random on Feb 26, 2012 - 70 comments

Fame in Eight and a Half Pounds of Britannium, Copper, Nickel, Silver, and 24 Carat Gold

Since 1983, Chicago's R.S. Owens & Company has been making one of the world’s most famous awards: The Oscar.
posted by quin on Feb 26, 2012 - 7 comments

It's an honor just to be...you gave it to HER?!

Reaction shots of losing (and winning) an Academy Award. In .gif form.
posted by graventy on Feb 25, 2012 - 40 comments

Never Too Early

Never Too Early Movie Predictions: "Quite possibly the earliest Oscar predictions on the web. Predictions are currently being made through 2017!"
posted by Iridic on Feb 23, 2012 - 15 comments

Staying out of the whole "good-and-bad-drama"

Tonight Frontline aired the documentary film "The Interrupters", the video is available on Frontline's website. On WTTW, Chicago's major PBS affiliate, a special "Chicago Tonight" followed the presentation. It featured a panel discussion with Violence Interrupters Ameena Matthews, Eddie Bocanegra, and Cobe Williams, an interview with the filmakers and an interview with former Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis and CeaseFire Director Tio Hardiman. [more inside]
posted by IvoShandor on Feb 14, 2012 - 18 comments

Being a Maid

James McBride talks about The Help, Hattie McDaniel, why black women are still winning awards for playing maids, how black culture is appropriated and represented, and whether marginalized groups in America all serve the purpose of "cultural maids". [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats on Jan 30, 2012 - 59 comments

White People Solve Racism

If 2012's Oscar-nominated movie posters told the truth
posted by Artw on Jan 25, 2012 - 243 comments

It's called 'A Salute to All Nations, But Mostly America'

Why the Muppets Need to Host the Oscars.
posted by veedubya on Nov 10, 2011 - 76 comments

Note to self: invest in a deadbolt.

When Brandon left for camp, his last words were, "stay out of my room!" Unfortunately for Brandon, he has the meanest most awesome family in the entire world. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Aug 15, 2011 - 577 comments

Oscar acceptance speech for "Inside Job"

In his Oscar acceptance speech, documentary filmmaker Charles Ferguson reminded viewers worldwide that "not a single financial executive has gone to jail" for the fraud that created the 2008 financial meltdown. His film Inside Job (on Netflix DVD) explains, among other things, that the crisis was avoidable. See also the Inside Job trailer and a subsequent followup video in which Ferguson says that many sources "mysteriously backed out" before being filmed. He also spoke at MIT in January.
posted by mark7570 on Mar 2, 2011 - 55 comments

Oscar Nominated Screenplay PDFs

A number of the 2011 Oscar nominated screenplays are here as PDFs. The site also has a archives of Coen Brothers and Charlie Kaufman scripts.
posted by dobbs on Feb 24, 2011 - 4 comments

Hollywood puts out some of the best trash I've ever seen.

Oscar The Grouch picks the Oscars. (1m28s)
posted by hippybear on Feb 24, 2011 - 5 comments

The film Dogtooth

Dogtooth is an Oscar nominated Greek film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. Reviews have noted its uncomfortable blend of family, insanity, sex, and power. In interviews, the director touches on his thoughts behind the film and its creation. (1, 2, 3)
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Feb 9, 2011 - 45 comments

Based on a True Story

The King's Speech is an extremely well-made film with a seductive human interest plot, very prettily calculated to appeal to the smarter filmgoer and the latent Anglophile. But it perpetrates a gross falsification of history. - Christopher Hitchens on the historical revisionism of The King's Speech. The LA times suggests that this, along with the History Channel digging up footage of King George VI not really stuttering all that badly at all, might be the beginning of a backlash against the film, which has been gaining Oscar momentum since it's SAG Award wins. With The Social Network, 127 Hours and The Fighter also having a basis in reality, is today's film making too hung up on the "true" story?
posted by Artw on Feb 1, 2011 - 127 comments

Kodak theater - whites only?

Oscars take a pass on people of color. [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog on Jan 26, 2011 - 193 comments

Sprinkling stardust

Neil Gaiman on what it's like to be invisible at the Oscars
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Mar 26, 2010 - 92 comments

Can Oscar protect dolphins?

"The Cove", about the annual dolphins slaughter in Taiji, Japan, won the Academy Award for Best Documentary. However, the movie has only been screened once in Japan, during the Tokyo International Film Festival in October. Reaction from the town is a combination of "We're not doing anything wrong" and "It's none of your business what we do" with the added refrain of "We're protecting our cultural traditions" which is already familiar to anti-whaling activists and the like. Due to a media blackout, most Japanese people don't even know the hunt happens, but will the movie's increasingly high profile (It's even becoming a TV show) and the negative publicity force a change? More details on the making and content of the movie. [more inside]
posted by donkeymon on Mar 9, 2010 - 91 comments

“It’s not his turn.”

The Red Carpet Campaign: Inside the singular hysteria of the Academy Awards race.
posted by rollbiz on Mar 7, 2010 - 21 comments

Overhead, without any fuss, the stars were going out

With only three of the ten nominated best pictures in this years Oscars having big name leads and last year's top five earners in the film business being directors, is this the end of the big name, big earning, Hollywood star actor?
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Mar 6, 2010 - 61 comments

In which Avatar puts the omnomnom in nominee.

The Oscar nominees are in... and Avatar seems to be up for practically everything, except for anything having to do with great acting. But let's focus where the MeFi fun is... animated short films! Sneak a SLYT peek at "Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty", "French Roast", "The Lady & The Reaper", "Logorama", and Nick Park's latest Wallace & Gromit, A Matter of Loaf & Death".
posted by markkraft on Feb 2, 2010 - 101 comments

FADE IN: INT. THE BLUE -- DAY

PDF screenplays of most of the scripts that will probably pick up Oscar nods this year. And the Public Enemies and Funny People scripts, too.
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Dec 11, 2009 - 3 comments

I'd like to thank the Academy ... seriously

25 things the Academy did right in Zeroes [more inside]
posted by philip-random on Nov 19, 2009 - 60 comments

Preceded by silence... followed by more silence

When Resul Pookutty won the Oscar for Sound Mixing last weekend, it's probably the first time an Oscar acceptance speech, or really any U.S. network television broadcast, has mentioned the "primordial syllable," Om, which is very important to Hindus, Jains, and Buddhists.
posted by aught on Feb 24, 2009 - 16 comments

Colbert predicts the Oscars

Once again, Stephen Colbert predicted the winners in all of major Academy Award categories ten days in advance, using an unconventional methodology. Well kinda... there was one category where he waffled.
posted by twoleftfeet on Feb 22, 2009 - 63 comments

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