The Queen is Dead. Long live the Queen.

March 9, 2010

I left the business of reviewing films a bit late this year, and so today, one day after the Academy Awards, reviews are still coming – watch this space. A review of Nine was actually contributed before the show yesterday (thanks Rocksgowhoosh!) but I didn’t get to it until today…

Anyway, under the guise of better-late-than-never…

You are the butter to my bread, you are the breath to my life.

March 7, 2010

New review of Julie & Julia:

“Climbing the mountain of conflict”? You sounded like a Nazi Julie Andrews!

March 7, 2010

New review: In the Loop

And Away!

March 7, 2010

New review of Up.

You Might Think I’m…

March 6, 2010

… crazy? New review of Crazy Heart.

Fast and Furious

March 6, 2010

T-minus one day to showtime and reviews are lagging. It’s gonna get hot today…

New reviews for Inglourious Basterds and Up in the Air (thanks, Mark and Rocksgowhoosh!)

First reviews

February 20, 2010

Added reviews today for the horrific rape-movie “An Education“, and the mediocre film “The Princess and the Frog

And We’re Off

February 20, 2010

February 19, 2010. Have announced that the party will be dark this year (sniff), but we’ll be back, badder, blacker and whiter next year. Frantic movie watching and blogging has commenced however – party or no party, the blog must go on!

To kick things off, here is a film the Academy somehow overlooked! The Executive Producer is unhappy…

And the Winner Is…

September 1, 2009

New rules for selecting Best Picture and Best Original Song.

Best Picture voting just got complicated. Earlier this year, the Academy announced that the number of Best Picture nominees will be increased from 5 to 10. Now the selection process changed as well. Worried that 10 nominees could result in a Best Picture winner that received  just slightly more than 580 votes out of the potential voting pool of 5,800 members, the Academy is introducing a “preferential voting” system.

Here’s how it works.

Voters will be asked to rank nominees in order of preference from 1 to 10.

“Instead of just marking an ‘X’ to indicate which one picture they believe to be the best, members will indicate their second, third and further preferences as well,” Academy President Tom Sherak said. “PricewaterhouseCoopers will then be able to establish the Best Picture recipient with the strongest support of a majority of our electorate.”

The new system for tallying vote for best picture is the same system that the Academy currently uses in its nominating process, and it was also used from 1934 through 1945 for Best Picture selection.

That’s not the only change: Best Original Song is in the crosshairs as well. Using the same preferential voting system, a minimum threshold has been set to have any nominations at all. From the press release:

The governors approved the Music Branch Executive Committee recommendation that if no song achieves a minimum average score of 8.25 in the nominations voting, there be no original song nominees and thus no Oscar presented for the category. If only one song achieves the required minimum, it and the song with the next highest score will be deemed the nominees. If two or more songs achieve the minimum score, they will be the nominees though no more than five nominees can be selected. Previously, the rules dictated that there be no more than five but no fewer than three nominees in the category.

Why make this change? According to an article on the BBC website,

“We’re trying to improve the quality,” said composer Bruce Broughton, head of the Academy’s music branch.

He added the move would make entries “as good as possible”.

“There’s been a lot of talk about the songs in films, the lack of memorability compared to songs in the past, the almost forgettability of some of them” said Mr Broughton.

I’m not sure what I think about this. The winning tunes from the last few years, at least, seemed reasonable to me, although I agree that the other nominees were not memorable (e.g., see this wikipedia page for a list).

The Best Picture change will make the Oscar pool more interesting, if nothing else.

And then there were ten

June 25, 2009

Big news today: the Academy announced the number of Best Picture nominees will be increased from 5 to 10! See the press release on the website.

This actually isn’t as heretical as it may sound. Until 1943, the number of nominees for Best Picture varied, with Casablanca winning over nine other films at the 16th Academy Awards.

For me, it means there will be even more movies to see in that brief interlude between the announcement of the nominations, and the ceremony itself. For this reason, and many others, this humble scribe would love to see the ceremony move back to late March or early April.

But that’s a topic for another time. In the interim, here’s hoping for a perfect “10” this year.