UK-based historical pageants have dazzled the Academy from 1933's best picture "Cavalcade" through 1998's "Shakespeare in Love" and 2006's "The Queen," marking "The King's Speech" as tailor-made, if…
When Darren Aronofsky's terpsichorean thriller bowed at Venice, Telluride and Toronto, the most passionate praise was reserved for Natalie Portman, whose gutsy, physically demanding star turn as a…
In the first 80 years of Oscar, only one animated film had ever been nominated for best picture: 1991's "Beauty and the Beast." Then the Academy went back to considering 10 contenders, and "Up" made…
One standout performance can seize the Academy's attention, but the actorly heft of "Get Low" should plant helmer Aaron Schneider's picturesque period piece squarely in Oscar's crosshairs.
Sally Hawkins' perf as the at-first reluctant union leader Rita O'Grady will instantly remind Acad voters of Sally Field's memorable turn in "Norma Rae."
Jean-Luc Godard never courted Hollywood. Fittingly, at the height of his international renown, he ignored the siren's call by turning down a chance to direct Warren Beatty in "Bonnie and Clyde."
It's hard enough maintaining an animation franchise. Launching a new one is nearly impossible.
A successful animated brand is often the gift that keeps on giving.
Sixteen toons submitted but the branch has yet to rule on whether they all qualify. Given the category's rules, if just one falls out, the category shrinks to three nominees. The 15 entries below…
In 1978, as he stood at the podium to present the Oscar for directing, Francis Ford Coppola took a moment to talk to the incipient digital age and the "communications revolution" that was about to…
In the boutique world of film preservation, less associated with the glamour of Hollywood than with cold vaults and tedious research, Kevin Brownlow is an immense star.