Academy Awards

All 16 Best Animated Feature Oscar Winners From The 21st Century Ranked From Worst To Best

By Ian Flanagan

Since its inclusion in the Academy Awards in 2001, the category for Best Animated Feature has been celebrating animation of all variations in the 21st century. Before Shrek was made the first winner, the only animated film to receive Oscar recognition was 1991’s Beauty and the Beast.

With only 16 winners to date, there hasn’t been time for much else than Pixar’s utter domination, with a handful of notable exceptions in the mix. With the 2018 Oscars fast approaching, it looks like the Disney/Pixar brand may have yet another year in the bag – which would make 9 in total – by way of Coco. And with the Incredibles 2 on the summer calendar horizon, it’s unlikely the studio’s success streak will change any time soon.

Often including acceptable populist fare and a couple of independent and foreign entries, the Academy Awards has largely and thankfully shone the spotlight on quality films only, with the occasional Boss Baby thrown in the mix. Best of all, the Oscar for Best Animated Feature has gone to a good movie practically every year – a rare bit of consistent justice within the clutter of Hollywood politics.

16. Frozen

Frozen (2013)

The weakest winner to come forth by far, Frozen was Disney’s attempt to rewrite their now-dated princess stories for a new generation. But by the end of the film they end up complicating their tweaked formula too far past nostalgic simplicity into muddled confusion.

Olaf may be the only element worth the movie’s insane popularity, but one loveable supporting character can’t maintain an entire fairy tale. Frozen 2, due by the end of 2019, will no doubt make a billion and change and prompt a third film. But what’s the point when there’s nothing about sister → continue…

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5 Reasons Why “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” Should Win Best Picture This Year

By Conor Lochrie

The Oscar ceremony is less than a month away now and the race is relatively open. Martin McDonagh’s ‘Three Billboards’ won big at the Golden Globes, pushing it to be many people’s favourite to triumph at the Oscars too.

Strong competition comes from auteur Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Phantom Thread’ and Jordan Peele’s astonishing debut feature ‘Get Out; it’s a diverse and creative field this year, for which the Academy should be commended.

Despite coming under scrutiny since garnering its recent acclaim, ‘Three Billboards’ should still emerge as the winner of Best Picture on Oscar night: no competing film can match its potent mix of daring, complexity, and audacity.

His second feature film set in the U.S.A, ‘Three Billboards’ is a damning, blistering story of justice and morality in small-town America. After her daughter, Angela, is killed, Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) puts up 3 roadside billboards reading “Still No Arrests?”, “How Come, Chief Willoughby?”, and “Raped While Dying”.

These, naturally, soon get attention from the people of Ebbing as Mildred seeks some redemption and justice for what happened to her daughter from the policemen who haven’t yet found Angela’s killer. It’s a bold drama, a reflection on America as it is, and it’s a timely piece.

Through its powerful characters and stinging narrative, ‘Three Billboards’ will continue to resonate for a long time after 2017. This list will look at 5 reasons why McDonagh’s film is deserving of winning the Best Picture Oscar when the time finally comes.

1. Frances McDormand’s Central Performance

It appears very likely that Frances McDormand will triumph at this year’s Academy Awards, which would become her 2nd win, her last being for the Coen Brothers’ ‘Fargo’ in 1996.

An interesting circularity can be drawn between the two: her cheerful, Minnesotan cop Marge Gunderson was → continue…

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10 Great Movie Directors Who Haven’t Made a Film For a Long Time

By Vitor Guima

Leos Carax

There are many great directors who sometimes spend a few years without making a film and, as fans, we can only hope that they start working on a new project soon.

With that in mind, here is a selection of 10 great filmmakers who haven’t made a movie in awhile. With projects in pre-production or not having anything on the horizon, here are 10 directors who have not released any feature films in recent years.

As always, many things interfere in the choice of the names that figure on this list, but the main factors are memory and personal preferences. If you think any other directors who did not make a movie for some time should be on this list, please leave their names as a recommendation in the comments section below.

So, here are 10 great directors who haven’t made a movie in awhile:

10. Milos Forman

best Milos Forman films

Director Milos Forman is a filmmaker responsible for amazing movies such as “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975), “Hair” (1979) and “Amadeus” (1984).

Now at 85 years old, the filmmaker, who was born in Czechoslovakia on February 18, 1932, started his film career in his country, being one of the most outstanding directors of the Czechoslovak New Wave.

In the U.S., Forman directed great films in the 70s, 80s and 90s, such as the aforementioned “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Hair” and “Amadeus,” and others such as “The People vs. Larry Flynt” (1996), “Man on the Moon” (1999) and “Goya’s Ghosts” (2006).

Through the years, with amazing films, Forman has won Academy Awards, Golden Globes, a Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. Also, Forman is one of the most important directors of both the Czechoslovak New Wave and the → continue…

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The 10 Biggest Snubs and Surprises of The 2018 Oscar Nominations

By Mike Gray

Although there are a number of awards ceremonies each year for films, the one that gets everybody talking is the Academy Awards—the gold standard of film awards. And each year, just as many deserving films receive nominations for their achievements, both technical and performance-wise, there are also plenty of surprises and snubs that get online outlets talking and film critics producing articles about what was ignored and how some films got any nominations at all.

This is yet another one of those: here are the 10 most surprising nominations (or lack thereof) and snubs in this year’s Oscar nominations.

Snubs

1. James Franco wasn’t nominated for Best Actor for The Disaster Artist

From his idiosyncratic body of work that oscillates between good (Pineapple Express, This Is The End) and abysmal (The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying), with his directorial efforts comprising much of the latter, James Franco has become a divisive figure in the entertainment world.

Having built a public reputation for his hyperkinetic activities in the art world and of cultivating a strange public persona, Franco surprisingly delivered a mainstream film this year in the adaptation of Greg Sestero’s book The Disaster Artist, his first-hand account of making the cult film The Room and his relationship with its unfathomably odd director, Tommy Wiseau. Helming the production and playing Wiseau himself, Franco received some of the best reviews of his career and delivered surely his most successful directorial effort.

It seemed as if Franco was a shoe-in for multiple nominations—until a number of allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced. Suddenly, the Oscar buzz around Franco disappeared, replaced by serious discussion of his potential numerous offenses.

Similarly, his film was nominated for only Best Adapted Screenplay (of which he wasn’t involved) and made sure Franco wouldn’t be present → continue…

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