Awards Season

Glenn Close’s ‘Da Butt’ Oscar Moment Was Clearly the Work of Questlove

Glenn Close’s ‘Da Butt’ Oscar Moment Was Clearly the Work of Questlove

From Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power” drowning out an announcer to Rita Moreno walking on to the theme of “The Electric Company,” the ’70s childrens’ TV show in which she starred, there was never any question who was behind the ones and twos at the Oscars on Sunday night: Questlove, Roots co-founder and drummer, musical director of both the Oscars and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” director of the forthcoming “Summer of Soul” documentary and a walking music encyclopedia. ...

Minari’s about the American Dream. Why did the Golden Globes label it a foreign language film?

Minari’s about the American Dream. Why did the Golden Globes label it a foreign language film?

“Minari” follows a Korean-American family trying to achieve the American Dream in the 1980s. Jacob and Monica Yi move their family from California to Arkansas, where Jacob hopes to grow Korean produce for vendors in Dallas. The critically acclaimed film is directed by an American director, produced by an American production company, and features an American as its lead actor, yet it was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes instead of Best Picture. Why? Because it’s ...

Two First-Time Directors Put a Spotlight on Black Life in L.A. Now They’re Oscar Nominees

Two First-Time Directors Put a Spotlight on Black Life in L.A. Now They’re Oscar Nominees

Los Angeles natives Travon Free and Kris Bowers have more in common than their hometown. The first-time directors both received Oscar nominations last month for their short films, which are currently streaming and boast name-brand support from the filmmaking and black communities. Free’s “Two Distant Strangers” (on Netflix), co-directed with Martin Desmond Roe, is a narrative short that sees its subject (played by rapper Joey Badass) being killed again and again by the same malevolent police officer in a fatalistic ...

Will Streaming Services Continue to Dominate Awards Season When the Pandemic Is Over?

Will Streaming Services Continue to Dominate Awards Season When the Pandemic Is Over?

The pandemic had everyone forced into their homes last year. Suddenly, our home became the office, the restaurant, and the movie theater. Thanks to the rise of streaming services and the lack of open theaters, watching a movie is easier and cheaper than paying the price of a movie ticket – and the snacks are better too. Last year, while theaters across the country were closed, Warner Bros. shocked the entertainment industry by announcing that their 2021 movie slate would ...