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The 89th Academy Awards: Another year of gains and snubs

Eric Anderson, A&E Editor

January 26, 2017

The official nominations for the 89th Academy Awards ceremony were announced on Tuesday, Jan. 24, and, much in the vein of past ceremonies, featured some welcome improvements from years past while also maintaining or establishing some troublesome trends. Nine films were nominated for the coveted Best ...

Academy Awards display Hollywood patriarchy

Hillary Smith

February 26, 2015

When this year's Oscar nominations arrived, I –– like many others –– was disgusted by the complete shut-out of actors of color and female writers and directors. Excluding the designated female actress categories, the nominees are literally all white men. Haven't we had enough of this white pa...

Back to School, Back to Movies: Fall Movie Preview

Back to School, Back to Movies: Fall Movie Preview

Nathan Fisher

September 11, 2014

Illustration by Lya Hernandez. For the past three years at Whitman (I feel old), I have used my weekly trip to the movie theater to keep me sane. This semester, with my film thesis, oral exams and math written exams looming, the movie industry better offer some high-octane escapisms to keep me fr...

Fierce Competition Predicted for Oscars

Fierce Competition Predicted for Oscars

Nathan Fisher

February 27, 2014

Move aside "Downton Abbey" and "Good Wife," because the Oscars are on Sunday, March 2. That's right, the golden phallus, the Academy Award of Merit, dubbed the Oscars, will be awarded to the top dogs in the film industry. This year's competition was fierce, and it showcased a plethora of standout movies....

Is the (lack of) early Oscar buzz worrisome?

Becquer Medak-Seguin

December 2, 2009

So far, the Hollywood Oscar loonies have kept their mouths shut. By the Academy's standard, few, if any, films released this year have been Oscar-worthy. The Academy's standard (at least for Best Picture) is supported by four requirements, out of which three must be met: Big Director, Big Actor(s...

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