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The South Korean film Parasite made Oscar history in several ways on Sunday, winning four of the six Academy Award categories in which it was nominated. Parasite was the underdog movie of this year’s Oscars race, and its groundbreaking showing is all the more impressive when you look at the eight other Best Picture nominees, all of them mainstream films with bigger studios campaigning for them than Parasite, which was released domestically by indie distributor NEON.

Netflix reportedly spent “at least $ 70 million” to promote their eight films in the race, with the streaming giant going into the night with a total of 24 nominations. And yet, in the end Netflix won only two — Marriage Story’s Laura Dern took home Best Supporting Actress and American Factory nabbed Best Documentary — with its most heavily promoted contender, Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, completely shut out. So why was this Parasite’s year and why did Netflix come up short?

“In the end you cannot buy an Oscar nomination and when you try the Academy tends to resent it,” Richard Rushfield, veteran entertainment journalist and writer of The Ankler newsletter told IGN. “It’s been, for a long time now, when you have these films that ‘the establishment’ sort of declares in unison, ‘this has to win, you have to give this all the prizes,’ that the membership says, ‘Well, no we don’t.’ And [The Irishman] just has this force of not only [a 96%] Rotten Tomatoes score, but the biggest budget ever put behind a awards campaign for it, and this platinum-coated team … It just felt like this giant behemoth being forced down on people. And I don’t think the Academy members like it, and it’s not a good story to tell [as an institution].”

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And few “good stories” about a Best Picture winner are more appealing to Oscar voters than that of the underdog film, which Parasite certainly was heading into the 92nd Academy Awards. “Parasite’s win came after a combination of momentum, word-of-mouth, and sheer fandom. It was always a film celebrated for how different it was, and how risky it was in the way it balanced all of these different tones,” said Erik Davis, managing editor of Fandango. “Make no mistake, this film winning Best Picture was one of the great moments in Oscar history. It’s a moment long overdue and one audiences have been waiting for. It’s the kind of win that tells the rest of the world that any film, big or small, from America or abroad, can win Best Picture. That’s an important message to send to the next generation of filmmakers: you can make it here, too.”

That’s a sentiment echoed by Rushfield: “In the end it’s always about the film. It was having a movie that people really liked that sort of snuck up by surprise on people because it wasn’t this goliath like The Irishman, that demanded that everybody fall in line behind it.”

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IndieWire Editor-at-Large Anne Thompson suggested that the biggest obstacle against Netflix was the streamer’s own end game – which was to draw more subscribers to the streaming service. Despite opening their films “really effectively” and winning rave reviews on the film festival scene, Thompson believes “they wanted to use all of that attention to drive more people to watch the films on Netflix. That is their goal, and all of this Oscar attention achieved that goal whether they win or not. I would argue that if they were in movie theaters, which is, by the way, not their business trying to make these films into box office successes, they could have held onto more momentum all the way across the finish line.”

It’s also possible The Irishman lost the old-fashioned way: something better came along to vote for. “Parasite and 1917 are what happened to The Irishman,” said Davis of the incredibly competitive awards season that saw the frontrunner constantly changing. “Both films debuted in theaters to wide acclaim after momentum for Scorsese’s film had evened out. Perhaps a late surge by those two films are what put a damper in Irishman’s chances in the long run.”

Here’s why IGN named Parasite the best movie of 2019:

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Thompson said she had observed the goodwill on the part of Academy members towards Parasite building over awards season, especially when director Bong Joon-ho and his cast spent time in Hollywood campaigning for the film and winning Oscar voters over on a personal basis. “It was like Moonlight, he way that they wanted to root for this movie. The way they cared about it, were invested in it,” Thompson said, adding that her fellow Oscar ceremony attendees went wild every time the film won.

For more on the 92nd Academy Awards, check out the complete winners list, learn why Joker was never going to win Best Picture, and discover who Parasite director Bong Joon-ho is tied with for Oscars wins in a single ceremony.

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Oscars 2020: Netflix Only Wins Two Academy Awards

While this year’s Academy Awards ceremony is notable for showering Parasite and director Bong Joon-ho in awards, and for giving Joaquin Phoenix a long overdue Best Actor Oscar, not every film was so fortunate. Looking at the lineup of Oscar winners, one consistent theme emerges – Netflix didn’t fare so well this year.

In fact, though Netflix-distributed films earned a total of 24 nominations in various categories, only two of those nominations actually resulted in winners – Laura Dern for Best Supporting Actress and American Factory for Best Feature Documentary. Here’s a closer look at where Netflix came up short.

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The Irishman Shut Out

The Irishman was easily Netflix’s biggest awards contender coming into the ceremony, with the Martin Scorsese-directed crime drama earning no fewer than ten Academy Award nominations. Those nominations included Best Picture, Best Director and two separate Best Supporting Actor noms for Al Pacino and Joe Pesci. While the Academy has been notoriously stingy about doling out Oscars to Scorsese films – Scorsese himself didn’t take home a Best Director Oscar until 2006’s The Departed – it seemed like a safe bet The Irishman would receive some amount of recognition this year, if only in celebration of Scorsese’s long, storied career.

Instead, The Irishman was completely shut out of the awards, even in the Best Supporting Actor category. The Academy has been slow to recognize Netflix and other streaming services as legitimate competitors to the traditional Hollywood studios. The friction between Netflix and theater chains about the length of The Irishman’s exclusive theatrical window may not have helped, either.

Marriage Story’s Lone Win

After The Irishman, Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story was Netflix’s best chance at boosting its Oscar pedigree. And it did come through thanks to Laura Dern winning Best Supporting Actress, but after that early victory, Marriage Story was completely forgotten. While the film was always seen as a long shot for Best Picture, both Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson were considered strong contenders to win Best Actor and Best Actress, respectively. We suppose it never pays to go up against the Joker.

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Other Netflix Shut-Outs

Apart from Dern’s Oscar and American Factory’s Best Feature Documentary win, it wasn’t a great night for Netflix at the Academy Awards. The Two Popes was nominated in three categories – Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay – but lost in all three. Nor did Klaus manage to stop Toy Story 4 from bringing home yet another Best Animated Feature Film award for Pixar.

In general, Netflix’s performance in 2020 is a far cry from its 2019 successes. Netflix may have had fewer nominations last year (15), but it won more awards. The streaming service got a huge boost from Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma, which won Oscars for Best Director, Best Foreign Language Film and Best Cinematography. We’ll see if Netflix is able to bounce back in 2021.

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The Complete List of 2020 Oscars Winners

Awards season has come to an end with the 2020 Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 9.
The 92nd Academy Awards — which coincides with New York Fashion Week fall 2020 — are celebrating the year’s buzziest films. Todd Phillips’ “Joker” is leading the pack with 11 total nominations, including for best picture, best director and best actor for Joaquin Phoenix. Netflix also solidified its running in the Oscars race with 24 nominations, mainly for its projects “Marriage Story” and “The Irishman.”
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Read on for a complete list of the 2020 Oscar winners, updated live as each category is announced.
Best Picture:
WINNER: “Parasite”
“Ford v Ferrari”
“The Irishman”
“Jojo Rabbit”
“Joker”
“Little Women”
“Marriage Story”
“1917”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
Best Actor:
WINNER: Joaquin Phoenix – “Joker”
Antonio Banderes – “Pain and Glory”
Leonardo DiCaprio – “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
Adam Driver – “Marriage Story”
Jonathan Pryce – “The Two Popes”
Best Actress:
WINNER: Renée Zellweger – “Judy”
Cynthia Erivo – “Harriet”
Scarlett Johansson – “Marriage Story”
Saoirse Ronan – “Little Women”
Charlize Theron – “Bombshell”
Best Supporting Actor:
WINNER: Brad Pitt – “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
Tom Hanks – “A Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood”
Anthony Hopkins – ” The Two Popes”
Al Pacino – “The Irishman”
Joe Pesci – “The Irishman”
Best Supporting Actress:
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Natalie Portman is using her 2020 Oscars red-carpet moment to make a statement.
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Natalie Portman embroidered her Dior cape with all of the female directors who weren't nominated for #Oscars. Check out her explanation here. pic.twitter.com/kyyo2wVMZf
— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) February 10, 2020

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Awards season is in its final lap, with the 2020 Oscars serving as the official end on Feb. 9.
The 92nd Academy Awards — which coincides with New York Fashion Week fall 2020 — is celebrating the year’s buzziest films, with “Joker” racking up the most nominations with 11.
The nominees list also highlights a number of the year’s milestones, including for Netflix, which has established itself as a serious Oscars contender with 24 total nominations, and for Scarlett Johansson, who is a double nominee in the best actress and best supporting actress categories.
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When and where are the 2020 Oscars?
The 92nd annual Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, Feb. 9, starting at 8 p.m. EST. The ceremony will be held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles and will be broadcast by ABC.
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The Oscars will have no host once again.
The 92nd annual Academy Awards, which takes place on Feb. 9, will be going without a host for the second consecutive year. The Academy revealed the news today in a tweet using emojis to show that the awards ceremony will have stars, performances and surprises, but no host.

This year’s #Oscars at a glance:
✅ Stars✅ Performances✅ Surprises🚫 Host
See you Feb. 9th!
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) January 8, 2020

After weeks of controversy, the Academy made the decision to go without a host for the 2019 Oscars marking the first time it has done so in 30 years. The decision came after briefly signing comedian and actor Kevin Hart to host the show, only to have him step down from the job due to the reemergence of his homophobic tweets from years prior.
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A Fair Way to Choose Candidates for Republican Debate: Learning From the Oscars

The Republican Party is holding its first presidential debate on August 6, to be televised on Fox News. Fox has decided against inviting all 17 declared presidential candidates to the main debate, and will limit inclusion to the 10 candidates with the highest average poll rating among five recent credible (if still undefined) national polls of Republican voters. The controversy over its decisions points to a better way: lessons from how the Oscars came to be nominated with the fair representation (or “proportional representation”) form of ranked choice voting.

With seven candidates to be relegated to a pre-debate forum in the afternoon — albeit an inclusive one for which Fox recently dropped its requirement of one percent standing in the polls — there is much controversy over criteria for inclusion. Some critics like Larry Sabato call for an expanded number of participants in at least this first debate, perhaps by randomly dividing the field into two debates to be held one after the other. Others suggest new standards to establish an even smaller field of the most credible candidates.

Cutting candidates certainly is not an easy call. Of the 17 Republicans, 14 are either a current or former governors or U.S. Senators, with two of the remaining three (Donald Trump and Ben Carson) sure to make Fox’s top 10. That leaves on the sidelines six prominent Republicans who have won statewide, along with the field’s only woman (businesswoman Carly Fiorina).

I’ll set aside the question of being as inclusive as possible and focus on a fairer way for Fox to pick its ten candidates. But first, let’s acknowledge the elephant in the living room. Even though the major parties go out of their way to be inclusive in debates during their nominating process, they have colluded to block any presidential candidates other than their own from general election debates.

With a board co-chaired by two prominent major party activists, the self-appointed Commission on Presidential Debates has established an indefensible debate inclusion rule for the general election that has kept all independents and minor parties out of the debates since Ross Perot’s first presidential run in 1992. It requires candidates to have an average of 15 percent in national polls despite the Catch-22 of such candidates being likely to be relegated to second-class media status in large part to the assumption they won’t be in the debates.

Applied to this year’s Republican field, the Commission’s 15-percent threshold would leave Fox’s stage with exactly one candidate: Donald Trump. The absurdity of that outcome underscores the case for broader debate inclusion, at least in the first Commission-sponsored debates. As a start, the call by Change the Rule for a process to guarantee a third voice in the debates, deserves strong support.

Anyone who thinks the Republican debate could be effective even when including just three of the current candidates as opposed to two of them should support Change the Rule’s call for changes for general election debates.

Let’s return to Fox’s Republican debate. As a start, consider a party’s goals for debates, such as:

• See how potential nominees articulate their policy proposals and hold up under pressure.

• Allow a full airing of the diversity of perspectives within the party.

• Attract as many potential voters to watch so that the party’s eventual nominee is stronger in the general election.

• Help identify the candidate best able to represent the party and win the general election.

Applying these criteria, it’s important not to have an overly majoritarian perspective in the early debates. While the ultimate nominee should reflect true majority support among party backers, these debates are a time to hear more voices within the party, not just echoes. Allowing the party’s diversity of views to have time on the stage means that those backing those views have more reason to watch — and ultimately care about and be invested in the eventual nominee.

So that means striking some ideas based on finding which 10 candidates comes closest to reflecting majority views within the party. For example, a poll could ask each respondent to select 10 candidates, and the top 10 would go to the debate. But this “winner-take-all” approach could block out important views within the party with passionate followers — for instance, a Rand Paul or Ben Carson.

For implications for rules for debate inclusion, let’s turn to people who know something about how to attract and hold an audience: the Academy of Motion Pictures, which organizes the Oscars every year to celebrate achievement in movies. Notably, eight decades ago the Academy adopted the practice for selecting all multiple nominees in all major categories with ranked choice voting (or, in wonk talk, “the single transferable vote”). Their goal was to have a system that maximized the number of Academy voters who felt they had a stake in the outcome on Oscar night – that is, the number who helped some person or movie get nominated.

Here’s how their ranked choice voting system works when selecting more than one winner:

• Academy voters rank potential nominees in a given category in order of preference. Every voter has one vote, but ranks backups to help ensure their vote counts. For voters’, it’s literally as easy as 1-2-3.

• The share of the vote necessary to earn a nomination is determined. That threshold is the lowest share of the vote that only the winning number of candidates can achieve. When the Oscars have five nominees for Best Actor, that means it takes about 17% of the vote to be sure of winning a nomination – that’s because once five actors have 17%, there’s only 15% left for the next highest vote-getter. With 10 candidates getting to the debates, that means that 9.1% would do it.

• Right now, of course, few candidates have at least 9.1% support in the polls. The tallying process essentially simulates what happens in presidential caucuses. First, imagine if every voter were standing behind their favorite candidate. If your favorite has more than 9.1% support, then that candidate has earned in the debate, and some of you can go to your second choice. (More precisely, an equal portion of each ballot goes to the first choice for a total of 9.1%, and the remaining value of each ballot is added to the totals of the second choice.) Once all the votes have been counted for next choices, we’re now left with some winners and mostly candidates still short of the threshold. At that point, the last-place candidate is eliminated, and all that candidate’s votes are counted for the next choice on each ballot at full value. This process of distributing votes continues until 10 have been selected.

• For the Oscars, ranked choice voting means that some 83% of Oscar voters typically help elect a “candidate” in their category — best actor, best director and so on. (For Best Picture, they modified this counting process a few years ago when allowing an undefined number of movies to be nominated – still using a ranked ballot and still generally trying to make sure that as many Academy voters have a hand in nominating a process, but changing the specific counting rule.) For picking 10 candidates to debate, you’d have more than nine in ten Republicans feeling directly represented on stage, with most of the rest happy with one or more of the candidates.

For Fox, this process would mean not relying on the mathematically-questionable task of averaging five polls that will leave some candidates out due to a tiny difference that will be far less than the polls’ margin of error. Instead, they would do a single poll in which they ask respondent to rank the candidates in order of preference – asking people to rank 10 should be fine, and something most Republican voters would be ready to do at this point. We already see plenty of use of “second choice polling,” as I wrote about last week with Molly Rocket. This poll would be a time to push poll respondents to think more about the candidates in a survey that was focused only on the task of identifying candidates for the debate.

This same ranked choice process could be used as debates proceed. If they decide to narrow who’s on stage after Iowa and New Hampshire, for example, they could have Republicans living in states holding the next contests to use ranked choice voting to five debates, for example, and later on reduce the field to three or even two.

Going forward, Republicans would also be wise to use a ranked choice voting ballot in each primary and caucus to determine that contest’s real winner. Guides to parliamentary procedure like Robert’s Rules of Order recommend ranked choice voting when people can’t vote repeatedly in person, and hundreds of significant organizations do so –including nearly every political party in Canada and the United Kingdom, such as the Labor Party’s leadership contest right now. That is, when you establish your number of winners as one, it takes getting a majority of the vote in the final “instant runoff” round of counting to win. If maintaining his frontrunner status in polls, for example, Donald Trump would need to show he wins one-on-one against his toughest opponent.

That’s what the Oscars have been doing for Best Picture ever since they allowed up to 10 nominations. Instructively, they still allow a “plurality vote” when there are only five nominees in categories because it can make for good television- e.g., the “upsets” that keep people watching are almost always by a person or movie that is benefiting from a split in the majority. For Best Picture, however, the Academy decided it was more important to get the outcome right. That same calculus should govern how we vote for president, starting with large field nomination contests.

There’s probably not time for Fox to change its rules for August 6, but let’s hope organizers of upcoming debates find a better way to determine who’s on stage. Ranked choice voting would be a good place to start.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Oscar movies this year may be small, but they’re packing a lot of drama.

When the 87th Academy Awards kick off Sunday night at 8:30 EST, the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles will be buzzing with something the Oscars haven’t always had in recent years: genuine intrigue at who the night’s biggest winners will be.

The Oscars may also have another sight unusual to Southern California: rain. Light afternoon showers are expected, which could dampen red-carpet arrivals (though the carpet itself is under a glass tent).

With a co-leading nine nominations, Alejandro Inarritu’s backstage comedy “Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” flies in with the strongest wind at its back. It topped the acting, directing and producing guild awards, which are often strong predictors of what the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences will vote for.

“Birdman” also won best feature at Saturday’s Independent Film Spirit Awards, further boosting its momentum. At the pre-Oscars beachside bash, star Michael Keaton, who won best actor, proclaimed the film “bold cinema” and “a game changer,” a judgment shared by many in Hollywood who no doubt recognize something in Keaton’s character’s out-of-control ego.

But the coronation of “Birdman” is far from assured. Many believe the landmark of Richard Linklater 12-years-in-the-making “Boyhood” will ultimately prove irresistible to academy members. Best director also appears to be a toss-up between Inarritu and Linklater.

Three of the acting winners — Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”), J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash”) and Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood”) — are virtual locks going into Sunday’s show, but best actor will be a nail biter. It could be the young British star Eddie Redmayne for his technically nuanced performance as Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything,” or it could be Keaton’s career-topper in “Birdman,” as an actor trying to flee his superhero past.

But whether suspense will be enough to pull viewers to the telecast on ABC remains to be seen. Host Neil Patrick Harris will hope to continue the recent ratings upswing for the Oscars, which last year drew 43 million viewers, making it the most-watched entertainment telecast in a decade.

This year’s crop of nominees, however, is notably light on box-office smashes. Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” (six nominations including best picture) is the only best-picture candidate to gross more than $ 100 million domestically. (A runaway hit, it recently surpassed $ 300 million.)

Possibly worse for the Oscars is that the lack of diversity in the nominees this year (all 20 nominated actors are white) turned off many potential viewers and led some to call for a boycott of the broadcast. Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are likely to aim for a telecast more inclusive than the nominees.

Planned performers include Lady Gaga, Jack Black, Jennifer Hudson and Anna Kendrick, as well as Oscar-nominated original songs: Common and John Legend (“Glory” from “Selma”), Maroon 5 (“Lost Stars” from “Begin Again”), Tim McGraw (“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from “Glen Campbell . I’ll Be Me”), Rita Ora (“Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights”) and Tegan and Sara with the Lonely Island (“Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie”).

Oprah Winfrey (a co-star in “Selma”) will be among the presenters, as will Eddie Murphy, Chris Pratt, Kevin Hart, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Scarlett Johansson, Cate Blanchett, Channing Tatum and John Travolta.

Increasingly, ratings are driven by moments that spark social media frenzy, like when Travolta famously mispronounced the name of singer Idina Menzel as “Adele Dazeem” at last year’s show. Sunday night, he gets a chance for redemption.

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Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne and other white people kindly welcome you to the whitest Oscars since 1998. Yes, unfortunately, you read that right: Without a nod for David Oyelowo announced this morning (see white person Brad Pitt for help on that pronunciation) 2015 will be the worst year for diversity in Hollywood since the 70th annual ceremony.

This is especially troubling when you consider that last year’s Oscars was a banner year with a Best Supporting Actress award for Lupita Nyong’o (and Steve McQueen taking home the Best Picture title). As Chris Rock can tell you, there are still far too few people of color in the industry, but at least one non-white person has been nominated each year in the four acting categories since the last whitest Oscars ever nearly two decades ago. Here’s the whole list:





































































2014 Lupita Nyong’o, Barkhad Abdi and Chiwetel Ejiofor
2013 Denzel Washington and Quevenzhane Wallis
2012 Demian Bichir, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer
2011 Javier Bardem
2010 Gabourey Sidibe, Monique, Penelope Cruz, Morgan Freeman and Hailee Steinfeld
2009 Taraji P. Henson
2008 Ruby Dee and Javier Bardem
2007 Forest Whitaker, Will Smith, Djimon Honsou, Penelope Cruz, Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Hudson, Adriana Barraza and Rinko Kikuchi
2006 Terrence Howard
2005 Jamie Foxx, Don Cheadle, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Sophie Okonedo, Morgan Freeman and Jamie Foxx
2004 Djimon Honsou, Ken Watanabe, Benicio del Toro, Shohreh Aghdashloo and Keisha Castle-Hughes
2003 Salma Hayek and Queen Latifah
2002 Denzel Washington, Will Smith, Halle berry and Ben Kingsley
2001 Javier Bardem and Benicio del Toro
2000 Denzel Washington, Michael Clarke Duncan
1999 Fernanda Montenegro
1998 … no one

Predictions that this would be a particularly pale year sprung up after the Gold Derby predictions were posted as a preemptive warning for what we could expect from the “overwhelmingly white” group of males that comprises the Academy.

#OscarNoms No female directors, screenwriters, or cinematographers. No actors of color. #diversity,” CNN’s David Daniel tweeted after the nominations were announced.

If there’s a lesson to be learned here it’s that we have a long way to go before we can truly talk about progress being made. Also: this sucks.
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One Of These 21 Movies Will Probably Win Best Picture At The 2015 Oscars

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Welcome to For Your Consideration, HuffPost Entertainment’s breakdown of all things Oscar. Between now and Feb. 22, 2015, entertainment managing editor Christopher Rosen and entertainment editor Matthew Jacobs will pore over awards season and discuss which films will make the most noise at the 87th annual Academy Awards.

The finish line is here. We are two weeks away from the Oscar nominations, which means studios need to put any last-minute campaigning into overdrive. With voting having already opened (see our dream ballots here), it stands to reason that the state of the race has more or less been determined. Still, we hope to see plenty of surprises when the nominations arive on Jan. 15, especially in the Best Picture field, where the number of nominees remains a question mark. (Since a 2011 rule change, the Academy Awards can nominate anywhere between five and 10 films for Best Picture.) There’s arguably still no clear front-runner, but five movies (“Selma,” “Boyhood,” “The Imitation Game,” “Birdman” and “The Theory of Everything”) seem like guarantees, with ample contenders trying to edge their way into the remaining slots. Here are the 21 movies competing in the marathon:


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Correspondent’s Weekend DC: The East Coast’s Answer to the Oscars?

Washington DC’s biggest fashion draw other than an inauguration just happened, and the fashion crowd jumped on it. It has been hashtagged “nerd prom” and gained momentum for branding of what was once a media gathering into a celebrity and fashion focus. The Acela from New York to DC was a cattle car of garment bag toting PR reps as personalities and brands started pushing their way into this celebration of the intelligentsia. The mad rush to be a part of the weekend seemed to contradict the origins but what is now being toted as the “Oscar’s of the East Coast” is more or less press for the press. From a fashion perspective there seemed to be three distinct categories: Hollywood being responsible, political players that have style and the DC hometown crowd.

Hollywood being responsible are the personalities who are showing an awareness to the power of DC. This weekend is a chance to get shown around like a bit of a trophy but at the same time raise awareness for causes close to their heart. They tend to be dressed in their own clothes or if they are being gifted by a brand then the choices are conservative. Unlike Los Angeles, DC tends to shun the overproduced facial features of Hollywood or a Real Housewife. To witness an aging starlet try to convince political and publishing titans of her agenda through a pair of lips that resemble a piece of bologna curling in a frying pan is a bit like watching a mime in an invisible box. DC is the place to talk about political and social platforms, and it is a bit distracting to see a subsection of this group teetering around in their Louboutin platforms. I was recently made an honorary woman by some friends and in that group there is no bashing other women so I want to make an effort to celebrate the women who do it right in DC. There are some Hollywood attendees that balance the glamour while staying respectful of the proceedings such as Rosario Dawson, Frieda Pinto, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Kerry Washington. These women are absolutely stunning and breathtaking in person while being approachable.

Political players that have style are a tight clique in DC. This is the mean girls club, and you got to give it to them: They own this town. I am mostly writing about women here, but this is one area where you can include gay men. They are educated, they have some sort of family heritage tied to the city and they never shop in DC. It is really strange because you want to think that behind the Ice Queen is an insecure person holding up a façade of toughness, but most times she really is that mean. I personally get a kick out of this crowd because without them DC would be like an ocean without sharks. Somebody has to be the queen of the fashion food chain. Because I love this group of OCD women\gay men so much there will be no naming names here, but that does not matter because they know who they are and will still strike at me next time we meet.

The DC hometown crowd are the heart and soul of this city. They either live here or have lived here and understand understated elegance. I will admit that there are some members of this group that still live in ill-fitting shift dresses with their bra straps showing, but as I recently began to count them at a brunch I stopped and felt disgusted a little with myself. These are the women that are usually mothers on top of all the other achievements in their lengthy resume because DC and the surrounding areas are a great place to raise a family. The access to the best cultural activities and the feeling of open skies are rare for a big city so it attracts women who are extremely aware of their environment but not necessarily flashy in their personal presentation. People tend to talk to me about fashion but drop the name of a private school or charity board into this group and suddenly Lanvin means nothing. What is most admirable about this group is they tend to dress body conscious in a healthy image and do not project the feeling that they are selling out. These women have it all — and while they are photographed to the point that fashion choices have impacts on their profile both socially and career wise — you just get the impression they are NOT checking press outlets the next morning to see whether they made best dressed.

The fashion future of the White House Correspondent’s Dinner weekend will be interesting but might have reached a tipping point. The glamorous family of Obama will be a hard act to follow for the next DC power couple and at this point honestly, we get it. There will be certain personalities and brands that find this to be a market you cannot buy your way into but you must fit the profile of the audience. DC is a market where substance outweighs flash and hopefully it will stay that way. So stay tuned for the next stop that the celebrity and fashion crowd will have their eyes on : Davos Fashion Week.
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Getting Psyched to Not Remember Who Won the Oscars Next Week!

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The excitement is building, as it does every year around this time. Soon, the eyes of the world will be on the glitz and glamour that only Hollywood can provide. The 86th Academy Awards are upon us! The stars will file in on the red carpet, the fashion choices will be scrutinized and the honorees will be feted in grand style.

I can hardly wait to see it all, and then forget who won, like, a few days later.

Forgetting who won the Oscars is such a long-standing tradition that it might conceivably be called a part of the human experience. We wake up each morning, we go to work, we spend time with those we love…we can’t for the life of us remember who won the Oscars. It’s all part of the great continuum, woven into the fabric of our existence.

Sure, the celebrities themselves who win the Oscars are not likely to forget the moment they clutch that gold statuette and thank their agents and current spouses. However, it is not beyond the realm of possibility that they, too, will totally blank on who won in the categories not associated with their productions.

In this way, we, each of us, are not that different from the rich and famous people who supply our big-screen entertainment. They, too, could easily be at a party a couple of weeks from now and, when quizzed on which film was given the award for Best Adapted Screenplay, give the same vacant stare that you or I might give if asked the same question.

The only difference is that the famous person forgets who won what Academy Award because he or she is preoccupied about how to remain famous by prepping his or her next deal, whereas you and I forget because we have jobs and don’t care. These are small, inconsequential differences. The fact is that everybody, in all walks of life, has the memory of Oscar’s winners wiped from their brain pan almost immediately after the ceremony. And this year, as with every year, I am really looking forward to it.

Weirdly enough, we can all still remember the names of the teachers who made indelible impressions on us, even going back ten, twenty or thirty years. But an awards show for teachers would be pretty damn boring. They make crap money, and they have no idea how to dress.

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