From ‘Parasite’ to Pitt, the complete 2020 Oscar winners

Parasite, Bong Joon Ho’s (who also won Best Director) twisted tale that was at the top of Reel 360’s Best Films of 2019, won top honors last night at the 92nd Academy Awards, becoming the first Foreign Language film to win the newly named International Feature Film Category and Best Picture. It was the topper … Continue reading “From ‘Parasite’ to Pitt, the complete 2020 Oscar winners”

Portal boots Oscar ad breaks for female-directed films

In 92 years of The Academy Awards, only five women have been nominated for Best Director. Only one has ever won an Oscar. And even though it’s 2020, and more women have made critically-acclaimed films than ever before, they’re still not getting their break in the Oscars. Hence, #Oscarssomale. That is about to change. At … Continue reading “Portal boots Oscar ad breaks for female-directed films”

Oscar-nominated Winstanley opens production company

With a focus on cultural authenticity, Oscar nominated Producer for Best Picture, Jojo Rabbit, Chelsea Winstanley announced the first project optioned under her newly formed company “This Too Shall Pass” entitled The Appeal.  The Appeal is the powerful story of Samoan lawyer Tiana Epati who defended Forestry Contractor and Black Power member Mac Kapene in … Continue reading “Oscar-nominated Winstanley opens production company”

‘Joker’ gets 11, Greta snubbed & other Oscar noms

The Geek was up with the other press this morning to watch the nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards which will air February 9 on ABC. What can we tell you, that you don’t know already. The highly divisive Joker, the origin story of the iconic mentally ill Batman villain, led all Oscar nominations with … Continue reading “‘Joker’ gets 11, Greta snubbed & other Oscar noms”

‘Essence’ House to launch during Oscar Week

ESSENCE, the number one media, technology and commerce company dedicated to Black women globally, has unveiled the honorees for its highly-esteemed 2020 Black Women in Hollywood Awards.  The highly coveted invitation-only Oscar-week event—spotlighting Hollywood’s most renowned and accomplished women at the forefront of the industry—will be held on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at the Beverly Wilshire … Continue reading “‘Essence’ House to launch during Oscar Week”

Taco Bell taps Oscar winner Stromberg to helm new spot

Taco Bell has always created elevated and sophisticated work for its most premium value products, and so for the return of the limited time $1 Double Stacked Tacos, the brand leaned into another surreal, magical creative concept. AOR Deutsch tapped into Oscar-winning RSA Films director and special effects artist, Robert Stromberg (known for his work … Continue reading “Taco Bell taps Oscar winner Stromberg to helm new spot”

Caroll Spinney, Big Bird & Oscar puppeteer dies

He was the man who was pulling the strings behind our childhood. Acclaimed puppeteer and actor Caroll Spinney, who breathed life into Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch for five decades, passed away Sunday at age 85. According to a report from NPR, The Sesame Workshop said Spinney had died at home in … Continue reading “Caroll Spinney, Big Bird & Oscar puppeteer dies”

Hollyshorts announces Oscar-qualifying winners

6,000 submissions, 400 official selections, and 10 days later, the HollyShorts Film Festival announced their top 36 prizes for their landmark 15th year. This past Saturday in Hollywood, three of the festival’s films officially became qualified to make a run at 2020 Oscar gold. Last year, Skin, famously went on to win the Academy Award … Continue reading “Hollyshorts announces Oscar-qualifying winners”

‘Green Book’ takes Best Picture at hostless Oscars

‘Green Book’ and Olivia Coleman surprise Oscar experts with wins in Best Picture, Original Screenplay and Best Actress. Okay, so I was wrong. Six times. But I take solace in knowing that other Oscar prognosticators were wrong too, when it came to predicting who would win Best Picture and Best Actress. On a night that … Continue reading “‘Green Book’ takes Best Picture at hostless Oscars”

Who will win the Oscars? Here are our picks

Awards season finally comes to a curious, confounding and sometimes confusing end this Sunday when the Oscars announce their winners at the Dolby Theater. This year, there is no host (may come to regret that, Kevin Hart detractors) for Hollywood’s version of The Super Bowl. And in a Black History Month where a notable number … Continue reading “Who will win the Oscars? Here are our picks”

ASC scolds Oscars for cutting category for commercials

Well, this is getting interesting. According to The Wrap, the president of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC), Kees van Oostrum, has sent a strongly worded letter to the organization’s members on Tuesday. This is in reaction to Academy president John Bailey revealing on Monday that Best Cinematography, along with the categories for Film Editing, … Continue reading “ASC scolds Oscars for cutting category for commercials”

Odds-makers place their bets on Oscar noms

For the betting population out there who expect to be on a lull between Super Bowl and March Madness, SportsBettingDime.com has something for you. The odds on the Academy Awards! According to their odds-makers, half of the six major categories are expected to be very competitive with Alfonso Cuaron (1/7) nearly a sure thing for … Continue reading “Odds-makers place their bets on Oscar noms”

‘Favourite’ and ‘Roma’ lead 91st Oscar noms

Nominations for the 91st Academy Awards were announced at dawn Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick) and Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish) unveiled the list of nominees in the 24 Oscar categories starting at 8:20 a.m. ET/5:20 a.m. PT. This year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominated eight movies out of a possible ten … Continue reading “‘Favourite’ and ‘Roma’ lead 91st Oscar noms”

Global Green’s annual pre-Oscar celebration

It wasn’t a red carpet event. Try a green carpet. But what else would you expect since Global Green, a national environmental organization headquartered in Southern California, was throwing their 15th annual Pre-Oscar gala fundraiser? And I got to meet astronaut Buzz Aldrin. In a rocket suit. Goal complete. The organization hosted its 15th annual … Continue reading “Global Green’s annual pre-Oscar celebration”

Video Wrap: Siskel Center’s Oscar night viewing party

There were a few additions to the Hollywood on State Oscar night viewing party at the Gene Siskel Film Center last night: I ventured into the celebration with staff writer Joey Filer, who wielded a camera and microphone to capture the action for a thrilling video. We asked guests to name their favorite film of … Continue reading “Video Wrap: Siskel Center’s Oscar night viewing party”