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Opening Up the Oscars: The Awkward Politics of the Academy Awards

Opening Up the Oscars: The Awkward Politics of the Academy Awards

By Josh Petersen

March 7, 2018

Coming in to this year’s Academy Awards, one question loomed large: how will the ceremony respond to a year of turbulent political change both in Hollywood and Washington? The answer: rather awkwardly. Even in Jimmy Kimmel’s funny opening monologue, the correct response to the Weinstein scandal and...

Events Calendar: March 5

By Josh Petersen

March 5, 2018

SOMe Festival At the third annual School of Music Ensemble (SOMe) Festival, many of the University of Utah’s most talented student musicians will take the stage to share a wide variety of musical works including classical, jazz, Broadway and original compositions. Different groups of student musici...

Opening Up the Oscars: What Will and Should Win

Opening Up the Oscars: What Will and Should Win

By Josh Petersen

March 3, 2018

There are many unknowns at the Academy Awards, which will be presented tomorrow night. How will the ceremony respond to the storm of controversy surrounding the White House and sexual harassment in the workplace? How many women and people of color will get the chance to take the stage? Will Jimmy Kimmel,...

Opening Up the Oscars: “Lady Bird”

Opening Up the Oscars: “Lady Bird”

By Josh Petersen

March 3, 2018

Is “Lady Bird” too girly to win Best Picture? For a while, it seemed like “Lady Bird” had a good chance. The critical reviews were rapturous and the narrative behind the film was easy to cheer for. The film’s director Greta Gerwig had spent more than a decade acting in and occasionally writing...

Opening Up the Oscars: “Get Out”

Opening Up the Oscars: “Get Out”

By Josh Petersen

February 27, 2018

No film this year has quite captured the zeitgeist of how it felt to be living in 2017 like “Get Out.” The film was certainly one of the year’s biggest surprises: released unceremoniously in February, “Get Out” turned a small budget into $255 million at the box office. It quickly became clear...

Opening Up the Oscars: “Phantom Thread”

Opening Up the Oscars: “Phantom Thread”

By Josh Petersen

February 26, 2018

In one pivotal scene of “Phantom Thread,” a beguiling and clever new film from writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson, a character asks, “What precisely is the nature of my game?” In the context of the film, this question is equal parts a threat, a tease and a genuine inquiry. It also feels like...

Opening Up the Oscars: “Dunkirk”

By Josh Petersen

February 21, 2018

In the invigorating, infuriating and fascinating film “Dunkirk,” director Christopher Nolan seems to break a cardinal rule of storytelling: the characters are nearly impossible to tell apart. At the beginning of the film, this seems to be an annoying error, but by the end it becomes both a “Where’s...

Opening Up the Oscars: “Call Me By Your Name”

Opening Up the Oscars: “Call Me By Your Name”

By Josh Petersen

February 18, 2018

In tracking the ways public perception of LGBT issues have changed over the past few decades, one could do worse than looking at the history of the Academy Awards. With a few notable exceptions, LGBT representation in Best Picture nominees was rare and mainstream cinema, either through lack of effort...

U of U to Present National Premiere of “The Beautiful Game”

U of U to Present National Premiere of “The Beautiful Game”

By Josh Petersen

February 14, 2018

The University of Utah Department of Theatre is continuing their 2017-2018 season with the opportunity to present the United States premiere of “The Beautiful Game.” The musical, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics and book by Ben Elton, premiered on West End in 2000 but has never seen an...

Opening Up the Oscars: “The Shape of Water”

Opening Up the Oscars: “The Shape of Water”

By Josh Petersen

February 14, 2018

Warning: This review contains spoilers for “The Shape of Water.” In the surprising, sublime film “The Shape of Water,” every moment is rife with contradiction. This is a movie that looks like a thriller, but feels like a romance. This is a movie in which a Mexican-born filmmaker comme...

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