Buried behind the obvious COVID-19 headline that streaming movies (should studios actually end up deciding to open up the firehose) are eligible next year is another big-ish deal. Namely, finally there's only one god-damned sound award!
(Also, some more shuffling around of who gets to vote on best international feature nominations.)
― Vegemite Is My Grrl (Eric H.), Wednesday, 29 April 2020 14:31 (eight months ago) link
we can all judge sound on our laptops (those of us who don't get screeners)
― brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 29 April 2020 14:53 (eight months ago) link
Monday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that it’s moving the presentation of next year’s Oscars to April 25 and extending the awards eligibility period to February 28, a decision that’s come in for some severe criticism.
Guy Lodge, a critic for Variety and the Guardian, calls the move “idiotic. New films are being released constantly, many of them good, and many voters have nothing but time on their hands to watch them. Dig deeper.” Carlos Aguilar, a contributor to the Los Angeles Times and TheWrap, agrees: “Plenty of great eligible movies have already been released this year and more are still on the way,” he’s tweeted. “Rather than cater to the studios, maybe celebrate films you would often overlook in a typical year?”
Vulture’s Bilge Ebiri expands on this argument, noting how easy it is for him right now, just halfway through 2020, to list ten viable contenders for best picture, including Kelly Reichardt’s First Cow, Eliza Hittman’s Never Rarely Sometimes Always, and Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods. “The Academy’s decision seems, in some ways, like a slap in the face to those films, as if the Oscars were saying to them that even though they’re technically eligible, they should sit back and wait for the big boys to come out and grab their trophies,” writes Ebiri. “An Oscars built around smaller releases that are nevertheless great movies might actually serve as a necessary reset for AMPAS, and return the awards back to what they should be about in the first place: honoring excellence.”
― brooklyn suicide cult (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 20 June 2020 12:23 (seven months ago) link
On Dec. 22, the Academy uploaded a robust 93 documentaries for its branch members, bringing the total number of eligible features to 215, a record-breaking number that already surpasses the 2017 record of 170.
― the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 12 January 2021 22:00 (one week ago) link