Faces Places Agnes Varda documentary

The 15 films up for the Best Documentary Oscar, and a few they missed

When we were young, we used to have Oscar contests just like the kids do today. This was before the internet, and there were no websites which would simply tell you what to pick for Animated Short or Costume Design. You needed some other methods for choosing winners in categories you knew absolutely nothing about.…

By Jonathan Eig
beasts of no nation academy awards

Which 2016 films would have won Academy Awards in 1929?

I tried. They’ll never know how hard I tried. I tried my very best not to write anything remotely related to this year’s Oscars. For god’s sake, I’m sixty pages into a new screenplay. I have minor dental surgery coming up. We have fruit flies. It’s not like I don’t have other things to do.…

By Jonathan Eig
Damien Chazelle's Whiplash

Forget the Oscars: Here are 2014’s Best Films and Performances

Show of hands, how many of you have seen Cavalo Dinheiiro? Maybe you know it is as Horse Money. The Portuguese documentary from director Pedro Costa tied for third in the 2014 Sight & Sound critics poll, making it the highest-ranking documentary on this respected list. Didn’t catch it? How about Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to…

By Jonathan Eig
The Lives of Others

Oscars, Schmoscars: Why I’m Boycotting This Show on TV in 2015

I refuse to watch the Academy Awards next year. That’s right. I’m unofficially boycotting it. When it comes on TV, I’m gonna change the channel. Maybe watch Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994). Or a cooking show. Just not the annual debacle that is the Oscars. Why am I so adamant? Well, I’ll tell ya.…

By Simon Hardy Butler