A significant drop in documentary box office receipts in recent years has forced filmmakers to rethink their approach. Talking heads and voiceovers are increasingly being replaced with not only…
When the Academy's largest single voting committee, which chooses the five nominees for best foreign-language film, announced its picks last year, there was more talk about the films that didn't make…
With "Revolutionary Road," director Sam Mendes returns to the suburban milieu of quiet desperation that earned him an Oscar for "American Beauty."
With few exceptions, such as "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "Driving Miss Daisy," movie adaptations of Pulitzer Prize-winning plays more often than not invite unfavorable comparisons with their…
Everybody knows wrestling is fake, but those are real professionals throwing Mickey Rourke around the ring and real staples piercing skin in one particularly grisly fight.
On Broadway, Peter Morgan's "Frost/Nixon" seemed to be a play waiting to be fully realized on the bigscreen. Its reliance on many narrators to get out all the continent-jumping exposition has been…
No awards category resonates as closely with box office returns as visual effects. The digital revolution has redefined "spectacle" in Hollywood films, and along the way vfx honorees have reflected…
Stories that gnaw at the underbelly and injustice of race relations have a built-in soft spot among Academy voters. Call it the Stanley Kramer effect.
In 2001, when the Academy added its animated feature category, the org included a clause by which it would withdraw the award in years when fewer than eight toons were eligible to receive it.
A best animated feature trophy is great, but why stop there? That's the question on the mind of John Lasseter, who serves as a governor for the Acad's animation branch.
"Seven Pounds" reunites Will Smith with the filmmaking team behind the pic that earned him his last Oscar nomination, "The Pursuit of Happyness."