Elizabeth Quinn makes a case for films absent from the latest batch of Oscar nominations.
Alina McGregor explores the bias behind the lack of female nominations for Best Director at the 2020 Oscars.
Last month, a Guardian article pointed out an interesting trend among Oscar-winning actors and actresses in the past decade or so – they’re getting older. In the 2000s, best actresses had an average age of 36, which then went up to 41 from 2010 onwards. Best actors have also seen a slight increase in the […]
In the past few weeks, the debate around political correctness has once again been brought into the spotlight. This follows the news of Kevin Hart stepping down from hosting the Oscars after the backlash against past homophobic tweets, and of radio stations banning the Christmas song, ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’, citing its problematic lyrics in […]
“These four men and Greta Gerwig created their own masterpieces this year” were Emma Stone’s words as she introduced this year’s nominations for the Best Director Oscar. The statement was met with cheers and applause from the audience as the Academy was called out for their poor form in gender representation. Gerwig, the woman behind Lady […]
With the advent of streaming services, the Academy’s reliance on cinema-screenings for awards qualification faces a crisis of legitimacy. It’s a bizarre kind of crisis: not so much a new problem, as a glaring indicator of an old one. The Oscars have long relied on artificiality to create their mystique; the requirement of these screenings […]
When Deadpool came out, it received near-universal praise. Critics were satisfied and fans loved it, and this was reflected in the enormous sums of money it accrued at the box office. Deadpool was a fresh experience, a perfectly postmodern subversion of the comic book genre. This has led many to ponder how well the film will fare in the […]
Sunday 28th February marked a special moment in history that you have probably heard of… That’s right, Leonardo DiCaprio – aka King of the World – won his first Oscar. To celebrate his success, and to pretty much binge on pretty viewing, I have searched and found the best of Leo that the DVD library […]
Sunday 28 February marked the 88th Academy Awards ceremony, which took place in Los Angeles, USA. The heavily publicised awards ceremony saw a whole host of stars compete for the coveted golden man: whilst some stars finally achieved the recognition they have (arguably) long deserved, others were left sorely disappointed as some shock wins were […]
It wouldn’t be unreasonable to approach director and producer Jay Roach’s latest feature film with caution. With slapstick parody (The Austin Powers series) and commercially successfully comedies (Meet the Parents; Meet the Fockers; Little Fockers) to his name, his ability to direct a historical biopic is questionable. What right does a man renowned for cheap-and-cheerful […]