Top 10: Great Foreign Language Performances Overlooked by Oscar

In the wake of #OscarsSoWhite, the headlines coming out of this year’s Oscar nominations were inevitably going to focus on the prevalence – or lack thereof – of persons of color. There was therefore much to celebrate when this year’s nominations featured an unusually diverse slate. Particularly in the acting categories, it was a pleasant […]

Overdue: Kevin O’Connell Hopes to Get Lucky With 21st Oscar Nomination

Normally, the number 21 is associated with a celebratory rite of passage into legal adulthood. For veteran sound mixer Kevin O’Connell, 21 represents the number of times he’s been nominated for an Oscar without a win. O’Connell’s incredible craftsmanship has ridden tangentially with the evolution of sound technology. Typically films that highlight such breakthroughs are ones […]

Can ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ Beat ‘Zootopia’ in Animated Feature?

There was quite a bit of shock when “Kubo and the Two Strings” nabbed the second visual effects Oscar nomination for an animated film, the first since “Nightmare Before Christmas” in 1993. Only “Moana” and “Kubo and the Two Strings” were mentioned elsewhere in addition to the Animated Feature category. Best Animated Feature frontrunner, “Zootopia,” on […]

The Revolution Will Be Televised: 10 TV Shows to #StayWoke in 2017

One of the many great things about television is its ability and more importantly, its willingness, to quickly address current social and political issues. In recent years, shows like “Scandal” and “Black-ish” for example, stepped out of their usual comfort zone to deliver powerful episodes that spoke to the zeitgeist. The former tackled police brutality […]

Mica Levi, The Oscars’ Stocatto Relationship With Female Composers

  The Academy Awards have been under scrutiny the last few years for its paucity of diversity – particularly in the acting categories. Online movements such as #OscarsSoWhite have become trending debates that discuss the lack of opportunity for actors of color to receive nominations, a phenomenon which is better understood as being indicative of […]

Oscars: Can ‘Moonlight’ Pull Off a Best Picture Upset?

It seems that nothing can stop the speeding train of Hollywood musical joy that is Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land.” A record-tying 14 Oscar nominations and seven record-winning Golden Globe wins carries insurmountable weight going into the 89th Academy Awards. But where there is the impossible, there is history. From “Gravity” to “Mad Max: Fury Road,” […]