…bow down

On Sunday evening, just before Best Picture hit the fan, something wonderful happened. A whole new corner of the world discovered the wonder that is Olivia Colman as she won an Oscar for “The Favourite.” If you somehow missed her acceptance speech, don’t worry, I found it for you…

…keep smiling

Today, as last night’s winners bask in their glory, I’d like to take a moment for all of those who are still, “honored just to be nominated,” but mostly Richard E. Grant. If you’ve made it through this Oscar season without encountering the infectious joy of Richard E. Grant, prepare yourself. He’s likely an actor…

…find favor

Just like that, the final stop of our Best Picture marathon has arrived, crusaders. But what a finale this is. This journey ends among royalty (and those who aspire to royal proximity) in 18th century England with “The Favourite.” In a world divided by class and defined by propriety, the adherence to certain social expectations,…

…Steal the Show

By all rights, “Bohemian Rhapsody” should not be nominated for Best Picture. The film’s director was fired with two weeks of filming remaining. It received a less than enthusiastic response from critics. Add in the fact that director Bryan Singer’s behavior on set has recently come to light (again), and this Queen biopic seemed destined…

…Follow Along

There’s something deeply personal about director Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma.” That much is very clear. This semi-autobiographical film takes place in the safe and protected world of Cuarón’s childhood. There’s nothing flashy or sensational about “Roma” or its main character, Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio), a maid for a middle class family in the Colonia Roma neighborhood of…

…dive in

To say there was pressure for this latest iteration of “A Star is Born,” would be a gross understatement. Since the project was first announced, many have wondered what in the world Bradley Cooper’s version of this story (yes, he directed and co-wrote the screenplay) would look like. When Lady Gaga was brought on board,…