Awards Season, Reviews / 26.01.2018

In 1981, the 53rd Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. Honouring the films released between January 1, 1980, and December 31, 1980, the awards were held on March 31. The ceremony was originally scheduled for March 30, but, for the second time in Oscar history, was delayed, due to an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan. This may explain the ceremony receiving the lowest ratings since the telecasts of the show began, as viewers were glued to other networks for news...

Awards Season, Reviews / 25.01.2018

In 1980, the 52nd Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. Honouring the films released between January 1, 1979, and December 31, 1979, the awards were held on April 14. The ceremony was once again hosted by Johnny Carson. At only 8-years-old, Justin Henry made history with his nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Kramer vs. Kramer. Henry became the youngest ever nominee in any competitive category. It's a record he still holds to this day. Henry was beaten by...

Awards Season, Reviews / 24.01.2018

In 1979, the 51st Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. Honouring the films released between January 1, 1978, and December 31, 1978, the awards were held on April 9. The ceremony was hosted by beloved comedian and talk show host Johnny Carson for the first time. Carson would host the awards for the next three consecutive years. Hollywood legend John Wayne made his final ever public appearance to present the final award for Best Picture. Wayne would succumb to his battle with stomach...

Awards Season / 24.01.2018

Surprises aplenty with this year's Academy Award nominations. While a whole host of nominations went according to plan, there were far more shocks than usual. On the plus side, the majority of these surprises are wonderful, meaning there is far more to celebrate this year than be disappointed by. That makes the unavoidable heart breaks (The Florida Project, sob!) somewhat manageable. So it's time to break down the good, the bad, and the ugly of the 90th Academy Award nominations. THE GOOD As expected, our potential new frontrunner The Shape...

Awards Season / 23.01.2018

I've said it before of the film industry, and I'll say it again - nobody knows anything. And, in the craziest awards season we've seen in years, that rings especially true when attempting to predict the Academy Award nominations. Nobody really knows how this year is going to play out. Every single category is wildly unpredictable, even more so than usual. That being said, we Oscar prognosticators like to foolishly believe we can somehow read the tea leaves of the precursor season, and decipher how the Academy will...

Awards Season, Reviews / 23.01.2018

In 1978, the 50th Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. Honouring the films released between January 1, 1977, and December 31, 1977, the awards were held on April 3. The ceremony was hosted by Bob Hope for the 19th and final time. An unfortunate new record was set by The Turning Point. The film received 11 nominations and walked away empty-handed, which beat the previous record of nine set by Peyton Place and The Little Foxes. This record would be matched by The...

Awards Season, Reviews / 22.01.2018

In 1977, the 49th Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. Honouring the films released between January 1, 1976, and December 31, 1976, the awards were held on March 28. The ceremony was hosted by Richard Pryor, Ellen Burstyn, Jane Fonda and Warren Beatty. For the first time in Academy Awards history, a female director was nominated for Best Director, with Italian-born Lina Wertmüller nominated for her film Seven Beauties. To date, only three additional women have been nominated in this category. Network received 10 nominations, including a staggering five...

Awards Season / 22.01.2018

It's time to hear what the actors have to say about this year's awards race, and it could be the turning point, for many different reasons. The Screen Actors Guild Awards are often the most accurate precursor awards for the acting categories. But, every now and then, they go off on their own tangent, like we saw last year with Denzel Washington taking home Best Actor, but losing to Casey Affleck at the Oscars. The actors ultimately make up the largest group of Academy voters, so their opinion is...