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Opening Up the Oscars: ‘The Favourite’ Offers a Genuinely Original Twist on British History

Opening Up the Oscars: ‘The Favourite’ Offers a Genuinely Original Twist on British History

By Josh Petersen

February 23, 2019

  Somewhere deep in its twisted DNA, beneath the violence and cynicism and pitch-black humor, Yorgos Lanthimos’ film, “The Favourite,” is a rags-to-riches story in the vein of Cinderella and Cardi B. In the early 1700s, the down-on-her-luck Abigail Hill (Emma Stone) begins work at the palace...

Opening Up the Oscars: ‘A Star is Born’ Brings the Classic Romance to a New Generation

Opening Up the Oscars: ‘A Star is Born’ Brings the Classic Romance to a New Generation

By Marshall Falkner

February 23, 2019

  Warning: This review contains spoilers for "A Star is Born."  "A Star is Born," directed by Bradley Cooper, has been nominated for a number of Oscars, including Best Picture, Lead Actor (Bradley Cooper), Lead Actress (Lady Gaga), Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography and Original Song (for "Sh...

Opening Up the Oscars: Spidey-Senses Predict that ‘Spider-Verse’ Will Take the Gold

Opening Up the Oscars: Spidey-Senses Predict that ‘Spider-Verse’ Will Take the Gold

By Alison Myers

February 8, 2019

  If you’re anything like me, then the idea of seeing "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" only began to have some appeal after learning that John Mulaney played a part as "Peter Porker." Of all Marvel characters, Spider-Man has probably been the one most beaten like a dead horse. Between the...

Opening Up the Oscars: ‘Vice’

Opening Up the Oscars: ‘Vice’

By Yixin Song

February 6, 2019

  It was not until the moment in the film that Liz Cheney announced her shift of position on same-sex marriage that "Vice" finally struck me as an intimate record of a personal transformation. “Vice,” a film by director Adam McKay, whose works include “The Big Short” and “Anchorman,”...

Opening Up the Oscars: Nominations Snubs and Surprises

Opening Up the Oscars: Nominations Snubs and Surprises

By Palak Jayswal

January 24, 2019

  The 2019 Oscar Nominations were announced by hosts Kumail Nanijiani and Tracee Ellis Ross on Tuesday morning at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. While the range of films nominated may be widespread, there were quite a few snubs and surprises in various categories this year — especi...

“Green Book” Continues Old Tropes and Tired Racial Narratives

“Green Book” Continues Old Tropes and Tired Racial Narratives

By Josh Petersen

November 20, 2018

  The Academy Award season is officially upon us, which means that it’s time for an Oscar-friendly historical drama about race relations. Most recent years have one: “Hidden Figures” in 2016 or “The Help” in 2011 or “The Blind Side” in 2009. You probably know the drill. The film...

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