Sunday, March 5, 2017

Best Song: "City of Stars" (2016)

Scene from La La Land
Welcome to Best Song, a new weekly column released on Sunday dedicated to chronicling the Best Original Song category over the course of its many decades. The goal is to listen to and critique every song that has ever been nominated in the category as well as find the Best Best Song and the Best Loser. By the end, we'll have a comprehensive list of this music category and will hopefully have a better understanding not only of the evolution, but what it takes to receive a nomination here. It may seem easy now, but wait until the bad years.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

A Play By Play of That Best Picture Accident

It's a moment that nobody can forget. At the end of this year's Oscars ceremony, it looked like La La Land won Best Picture. With everyone doing the ritual speeches, a commotion formed behind them. As a producer ran forward, he announced that there had been a mistake. The film that everyone predicted to have won didn't win at all. In fact, it was Moonlight. Not only was it the moment of the evening, but it was the moment that recap coverage has loved to focus on. So, what exactly did happen? To the best of my ability, I have pieced together the story based on interviews that have come out in the days since, hopefully painting a full picture of the most eventful 10 minutes of Oscar history to happen this century - or at least since Crash won Best Picture over Brokeback Mountain.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Was Jimmy Kimmel a Good Oscar Host?

Jimmy Kimmel
Now that the ceremony has passed and the tension of what will win has been resolved, there is one issue that needs to be answered: was Jimmy Kimmel a good host? It's the most interpretive question for one of Hollywood's most thankless job. An Oscar host almost solely exists to keep a show moving. The best can add their own bit of personality into the mix, but it's a job meant to honor others, As a whole, there is a couple benefits that make Kimmel stand out: he's probably interviewed everyone in the audience on his late night talk show across the street. He has gained a routine over the years to know how to do live events. Even during the night's most disastrous moment, he managed to keep things breezy. Is he a good Oscar host? Most definitely. In fact, he might secretly be one of the best.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Why "Moonlight" Winning Best Picture is a Big Deal

By all accounts, the 89th annual Academy Awards ceremony was going according to plan. Over the course of the evening through 24 categories, the nominees who had won almost every preliminary got up and gave acceptance speeches. There was nothing new. There rarely is when it comes to the Oscars. Viola Davis won. Emma Stone won It was a predictable even. That is, until the last category was announced. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced La La Land, which was predicted to sweep the entire ceremony. Moments later, it was revealed that there was a mistake and that Moonlight actually won. While this is a moment that will be analyzed for decades to come, it should also be seen as a ceremonious moment that hopefully marks a change in the Academy Awards. Hopefully, this is the moment where things become more inclusive.