THE 2016 NOMINEES: Best Picture

Photo: Open Road Films

Photo: Open Road Films

Chris Luckett

There are just two days left until the Oscars. Have you had trouble finding time to catch up on all the nominated movies? Still want to be able to join in the Oscar conversations at work? Look no further than this six-part guide to the major categories. Today, I look at the nominees for Best Picture.

Continue reading

THE 2016 NOMINEES: Best Actress

Photo: A24/Elevation Pictures

Photo: A24/Elevation Pictures

Chris Luckett

There are just three days left until the Oscars. Have you had trouble finding time to catch up on all the nominated movies? Still want to be able to join in the Oscar conversations at work? Look no further than this six-part guide to the major categories. Today, I look at the nominees for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.

Continue reading

THE 2016 NOMINEES: Best Director

Photo: Kimberly French

Photo: Kimberly French

Chris Luckett

There’s just five days left until the Oscars. Having trouble finding time to catch up on all the nominated movies? Still want to be able to join in the Oscar conversations at work? Look no further than this six-part guide to the major category. Today, I look at the nominees for Best Director, arguably the most important award after Best Picture.
Continue reading

THE 2016 NOMINEES: Best Supporting Actress

Photo: Focus Features

Photo: Focus Features

Chris Luckett

There’s just six days left until the Oscars. Have you had trouble finding time to catch up on all the nominated movies? Still want to be able to join in the Oscar conversations at work? Look no further than this six-part guide to the major categories. Today, I look at the nominees for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.
Continue reading

OSCARS 2014: A Look at the Best Picture Nominees

Photo: Columbia Pictures

Photo: Columbia Pictures

(This is Part 5 of a five-part series looking at the Oscar nominees in the eight major categories. Click here for Part 1Part 2Part 3, or Part 4.)

Chris Luckett

Ever since the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences allowed for up to ten Best Pictures nominees in 2009, it’s made for especially interesting races. While some nominees that came as a result of the expansion never stood a real chance — Remember The Blind Side? Or The Kids are All Right? Or The Help? No? — it’s also allowed for tougher predictions and dark-horse contenders. This year’s nominees include big-budget epics, small indies, and everything in between — and, unlike in recent years, a good number of the movies stand a chance of walking away with the night’s top prize.

Continue reading

OSCARS 2014: A Look at the Directing Nominees

Photo: Paramount Pictures

Photo: Paramount Pictures

(This is Part 4 of a five-part series looking at the Oscar nominees in the eight major categories. Click here for Part 1Part 2, or Part 3.)

Chris Luckett

People sometimes confuse directors and producers or are unsure of which the important one is. Producers add input and help raise money, but the person running the whole show — telling the actors how to act, choosing how to interpret the script, deciding what the final product will be — is the director.

Usually, because of how pivotal directors are to their final products, the people who win the Oscar for Best Director also have their respective films chosen for Best Picture – last year’s victory for Argo despite Ben Affleck’s snub for Best Director being a rare exception. As such, if you want to know who’s on track to win Best Picture, keep your eyes focused on the five nominees in the race for Best Director.

Continue reading

OSCARS 2014: A Look at the Lead Performance Nominees

Photo: Paramount Pictures

Photo: Paramount Pictures

(This is Part 3 of a five-part series looking at the Oscar nominees in the eight major categories. Click here for Part 1 or Part 2.)

Chris Luckett

Ten lead performances are nominated for Academy Awards each year: five male and five female. This year’s batch includes some real heavyweights; despite two of them scoring first-time nominations, the ten actors and actresses up for Lead Performance Oscars have 38 Academy Award nominations between them.

Continue reading