Behold the five Oscar-nominated Supporting Actresses of 1973
: a "bitchin' babe" (Candy Clark), a pint-sized con-artist (Tatum O'Neal), a possessed teenager (Linda Blair), a selfish carnival dancer (Madeline Kahn), and a vinegary New York institution (Sylvia Sidney). A roundtable discussion at The Film Experience
. [more inside]
In the mid-1940s, surrealist artist Salvador Dali
began collaborating with Walt Disney
on a short film. The idea was fully storyboarded and an 18 second test animation was completed by Disney animator John Hench
. Soon after, the idea was shelved
due to a changing of focus with Disney Feature Animation.
Almost 60 years later, Walt's nephew Roy E. Disney (with consultation from the now 95-year old Hench) spearheaded an effort to finish the film. In 2003, the finished product, "Destino"
, premiered. [more inside]
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...
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
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
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.
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]
"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?
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.
“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]
"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.
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]
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?"
'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
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]
Check out the official 85 Years of Oscar
poster, commemorating every Best Picture winner for the last 85 years.
"Adam and Dog"
is a beautiful animated short by Disney artist and animator Minkyu Lee (features some nonsexual nudity). [more inside]
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
Oscar Contest 2013
[via mefi projects
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
For Your Consideration
- Anne Hathaway (Emma Fitzpatrick) reminds the Academy to think of her on Oscar night via the magic of song.
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]
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]
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.
Since 1983, Chicago's R.S. Owens & Company has been making
one of the world’s most famous awards
: The Oscar
of losing (and winning) an Academy Award. In .gif form.
Never Too Early Movie Predictions
: "Quite possibly the earliest Oscar predictions on the web. Predictions are currently being made through 2017
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]
When Brandon left for camp
, his last words were, "stay out of my room!" Unfortunately for Brandon, he has the
most awesome family in the entire world. [more inside]
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
A number of the 2011 Oscar nominated screenplays are here
as PDFs. The site also has a archives of Coen Brothers
and Charlie Kaufman
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
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?
Neil Gaiman on what it's like to be invisible
at the Oscars
, 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]
The Red Carpet Campaign:
Inside the singular hysteria of the Academy Awards
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
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"
of most of the scripts that will probably pick up Oscar nods this year. And the Public Enemies and Funny People scripts, too.