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One of the reasons so many actors’ careers seem like disappointments after winning an Oscar is that the award often bumps them into another pay grade, and suddenly character actors or former B-listers are receiving offers just as lucratively terrible as the biggest names in town. This goes double for women—or is it half? Great, mainstream roles for women over a certain age are still so rare, even with an Oscar, that a fair...
My clock says 1:20 AM. By all means, I should be quite tired. Instead, I'm running on pure adrenaline because I just witnessed one of the most bonkers moments in the history of live broadcast television. Let's backtrack. The 89th Academy Awards, whether you agreed with the winners or not, were going fairly smoothly. And then, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, Hollywood’s original Bonnie and Clyde, came out to announce the most important award of the...
Hey, the Oscars fixed diversity this year! Just kidding; the very breakthroughs I’m sure will psyche up a lot of Academy members with the usual self-importance are exactly why the awards process and the industry it represents can still be pretty galling (for example: the first black cinematographer nominated for an Oscar! Happening now! In 2017!). But because 2016 had a lot of good movies to choose from, there are also plenty of good...
Note: As Moonlight continues to gain traction and awards buzz ahead of its nationwide release November 4, check out our Q+A from #NYFF with director Barry Jenkins After opening last week in just four theaters in New York and Los Angeles, Moonlight has been making massive waves in the film industry. Not only is the movie tremendous—perhaps the year's best, argues A.O. Scott, in The New York Times—but it's got audiences wildly excited as well, scoring $103,685 per theater...

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