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Surprises and Reactions from the 2017 Academy Awards

There is an elephant in this room, which we can still see as we move on toward the door. This is no more a riddle than what occurred in the final moments of the 2017 Academy Awards ceremony. There were plenty of shocks and surprises from the 89th Annual Oscars.

Let’s get the elephant out of the way so we can talk about the mice.

 

Something Won Best Picture

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Call it alternative facts. Call it a publicity scheme. Call it a conspiracy that goes all the way to the top! In the end, Continue reading Surprises and Reactions from the 2017 Academy Awards

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An Immediate yet Hopefully Cogent Reaction to the Wildest Oscar Ending of All Time

Update: In a post-show interview, Emma Stone claimed to have been holding her Best Actress card “that whole time” during the Best Picture segment of the show. Additionally, there are reportedly always two sets of Oscar-winner announcement cards for every category at every show. So maybe this is a conspiracy…or that PA f***d up real bad.

Conspiracy theories are borne out of moments of indescribable confusion. And a new one was created tonight at the 89th Annual Academy Awards ceremony, where, for the briefest of moments, La La Land won Best Picture.

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The event played out like this. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the great Bonnie & Clyde, Bonnie and Clyde themselves Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway took the stage to award the most coveted award in Hollywood cinema: The Best Picture Oscar. Beatty opened the card, went to the mic, then Continue reading An Immediate yet Hopefully Cogent Reaction to the Wildest Oscar Ending of All Time

What to Expect from the 2017 Academy Awards

The 2017 Oscars are mere minutes away. This is the movie nerd Super Bowl. A wonderful night where the Hollywood elite pat each other on the back and make pointed political statements that somebody will be Tweeting about tomorrow.

Here are some things to keep in mind while you watch. Continue reading What to Expect from the 2017 Academy Awards

4.1 Miles (2016) Short Film Review

Over recent years, a massive influx of refugees trying to cross the water boundary between Turkey and Greece has caused chaos for the Coast Guard. They pull in hundreds of people per day. But they cannot possibly take everyone.

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Life on these waters are depicted as harrowing. People are separated from their families. People slip into the water and drown. And all the while the Coast Guard Continue reading 4.1 Miles (2016) Short Film Review

The White Helmets (2016) Short Film Review

In Aleppo, Syria, air strikes are a daily occurrence. The city relies on a volunteer group called the White Helmets who act as first responders on the ground after these attacks.

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The Netflix original documentary short film The White Helmets follows members of this organization. Through a mix of Continue reading The White Helmets (2016) Short Film Review

Academy Awards Predictions 2017 – Best Documentary Short Film

Ah, the plight of the documentary short subject! One theater in my state decided to air these five nominees, and they only chose one showtime: 11:15 am on Saturday and Sunday.

Let’s just say I couldn’t make it.

Luckily a few of these films are available on online platforms. Extremis and The White Helmets are available on Netflix. Joe’s Violin is available through the New Yorker here. With a handful of the five under my belt, let’s try and figure this category out.

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Best Documentary Short Film:

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