Film Awards

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2013

    The Oscars Should Be More Like The Golden Globes

    The recent Golden Globes telecast was so rivetingly entertaining that the Oscars need to do exactly what they did in order to approach watchability on February 24. IMHO, they should: *Tell Seth MacFarlane that he will now have two cohosts--Tina and Amy. They were brilliantly wry and need to be ad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    Liza Didn't Think She'd Get The Oscar

    At last night's Warner Bros. Home Entertainment/TCM presentation of Cabaret at the Ziegfeld, Liza Minnelli said she thought Diana Ross was going to win the Oscar for Best Actress of 1972, for Lady Sings The Blues. "So I'd adjusted to that," she explained. "They said my name, and my father [Vincent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    Hear Me Talk Academy Awards Dish! Juicy And Fun Stuff!

    Oscar know-it-all Tom O'Neil asked me to chat with him on his site for updates on the Oscar race and how it's been morphing by the minute. But it turned out to be just a trick to get me there so he could bitchslap me for my boring predictions!

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2013

    New Hope For Ben Affleck and Argo?

    Ben Affleck was surprisingly shut out of an Oscar nomination for Best Director last week, but he's not down yet. He stunned all the experts by copping Best Picture and Best Director at last night's Golden Globes as Lincoln looked distinctly un-Presidential. (As I just noted on CNN, the only award t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2013

    I Was So Good On CNN Yesterday

    Pungent and informative and so cute I wanted to pinch my cheeks through the screen when I got home and watched it. On CNN International, I was the featured guest brought on to prognosticate about the Oscar nominations, which are coming this Thursday like a whole other Christmas morning.

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2012

    Could Nicole Kidman Get An Oscar AND A Razzie For The Same Performance?

    I discussed that in a spicy and informative webcam interview with's Tom O'Neil. I pointed out that Nicole Kidman is getting Oscar nomination buzz for her role as a human Barbie in The Paperboy, even though her perf wasn't terribly good--with the emphasis on terribly. Tom points out t ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    June 6, 2012
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    May 16, 2012

    Michael Fassbender's Penis Cost Him An Oscar Nomination

    That's the contention of this GQ profile of the actor, who was getting lots of Oscar buzz for Shame until constant focus on his privates took away from the film's golden glow. The author notes "the surreal, feverish totemization of penis size in our culture: People feel free to harp on about someo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    The Hookie Awards Are Coming! Get Out Your Credit Cards!

    Oscars, Shmoscars. The young, hip, and happening awards show is the Hookies--"the Oscars of escorting"--slated for a very steamy March 23 at Roseland.

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2012

    Oscars 2012: Best Dresses With the Meh Factor

    Dear Ladies of the Red Carpet: Where's the shock of the swan dress or the pizzazz of the goth showgirl of yesteryear? Come on, ladies, this is the Oscars, and it's 2012! Why are so many of you million dollar actresses playing the Grace Kelly card? We are fully aware that all of you can't pull off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2012

    Oscar Comes To Grand Central

    I'm going to be honest. I have a certain affinity for the Oscars, despite all of the oft-mentioned problems with the event (too long, too off-base with the films it honors). My frequent go-to procrastination technique involves searching for clips from old ceremonies on YouTube. (Billy Crystal as Gol ... More >>

  • Columns

    February 22, 2012

    Meryl Won't Win, and Other Surefire Oscar Predictions

    This is the only ballot you'll need at your viewing party

  • Film

    February 22, 2012
  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    Meryl Will Lose Again, And Other Fail-Safe Oscar Predictions

    Check out my new column, in which I detail my exclusive, highly knowledgeable takes on who will win the major categories at the Oscars this Sunday, causing them to exude a kindly glow at least through Tuesday. Not among the victorious for the kazillionth time in a row is my gal Meryl Streep. She w ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    February 22, 2012


    Murray Hill wins the Oscar for Best Host

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    Octavia Spencer: What Do We Know About Her?

    Mug shot from Comedy Central's "Halfway Home"​She's the favorite to win the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as Minny in The Help, so it's only natural we learn a little more about the woman, right? Well, she's 39, 5'2", and hails from Montgomery, Alabama. Her mother worked as a ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    This Year's Oscar Movies Are Not Big Money Makers At All! reports that of the nine Best Picture nominees, only one -- The Help -- has made over $100 million. In second and third place are Moneyball and War Horse, with over $70 million, and while everyone's too polite to say this because they love Martin Scorsese, Hugo has only made $55.9 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2011

    An Oscar For a Mute Performance? Can Happen

    A lot of oddsmakers are talking up Jean Dujardin for his silent turn in the mostly speechless The Artist. And Max Von Sydow is getting a supporting push for playing a traumatized man who communicates via facial expressions and note writing in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. But a friend of mine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    Billy Crystal, Not the Muppets, Will Be Hosting the Oscars

    ​It took a lot of imagination and thinking-outside-the-box for the Academy to come up with this year's Oscar host after Eddie Murphy said no thanks: it's Billy Crystal, who has hosted the Oscars approximately 40 times already. The number is actually eight, but still. This is a safe choice, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    Now That Eddie Murphy's Out, Should the Muppets Host the Oscars? Q&A

    ​Eddie Murphy announced that he was bowing out of hosting duties for next year's Oscars today. This came on the heels of Brett Ratner's resignation as the show's producer following an unfortunate gay slur. Oscar hosting duties are now up in the air. Who will take the reins?! Maybe the Muppet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2011

    A One-Two Punch For The Oscars

    ​ The Oscars desperately need to get some glory back after their last dismal telecast. But when they announced Eddie Murphy as a host, we all wondered, "Isn't he on a bit of a career slide? Is he really the kind of piping-hot star they need right now?" Besides, don't Eddie's hideous homophob ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    Eddie Murphy Finally Talks To The Press

    David Shankbone/Wikipedia​Ever since Eddie Murphy's 1997 good samaritan incident when he was caught generously driving a transsexual hooker home, Eddie has been reticent to talk to the print media.

  • Voice Choices

    September 7, 2011
  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Natalie Portman Outraged Over Galliano's Jew Hating

    ​ Leading up to the Oscars, the big fashion speculation was whether Natalie Portman would wear Dior, which she's under contract to promote, or Rodarte, who did the costumes for Black Swan. Well, it's a good thing she chose Rodarte, because as she walked the red carpet to the awards, the huge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    Staten Island's PS22 Chorus Were The Only Remotely Competent Performers At The Oscars

    Oh my dogg, the Oscars were terrible this year: Anyone who is not Trent Reznor, Randy Newman, or Cate Blanchett ("That's gross") is invited to take a seat. The only other entity that came out ahead: Staten Island's own PS22 Chorus, taking a break from prettying up tunes from Katy Perry, MGMT, Arie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    I Talked Oscars On CNN This Morning

    ​ And here are some saucy samplings of what I said. About Melissa Leo's F word: "It was in keeping with her character in The Fighter. And it was the only sign of life all night. It's just sad that it was the highlight of the whole telecast and you couldn't hear it! You had to read her lips! ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2011

    Runnin' Scared Liveblogs the Oscars

    These aren't blurry Facebook photos or anything.​Hey -- the Oscars are tonight. Jen Doll and I will be liveblogging it here, so read it or else. We have a lot of opinions even though we've seen four of the Best Picture nominees between us, and I'm the one who has seen those four. White wine wi ... More >>

  • Film

    February 23, 2011
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    January 31, 2011

    The Oscars Will Be More Boring Than Dirt

    ​Is there any living being alive -- even a slug -- who doesn't know by now that the same four people who've won every acting award in tarnation are going to win the Oscars too? Yes, as sure as silk, Colin Firth will be stoic, Natalie Portman will cry, Christian Bale will have bulging eyes, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2010

    Laurence Harvey: An Actress's Best Friend

    ​Thin, dry, and sexy, 1960s British actor Laurence Harvey may be best remembered as the guy who helped various actresses to Oscar glory. Something about his minimal acting and sardonic presence obviously encouraged his female costars' rise to golden heights of achievement. Harvey was the soc ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 2, 2010
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    December 22, 2009

    Performances Lost in the Awards Shuffle

    ​The Oscar nominations aren't out yet, but the Golden Globe ones were announced and all the critics' groups have declared their faves, so it's becoming clear who's being royally shafted this year. These are the best performances that I feel are sadly being pushed under a truck in favor of big ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2009

    LA, NY Film Critics Launch Award Season, Favor Hurt Locker

    ​What a relief -- the 2009 movie awards are rolling out, drawing our attention away from tedious realities and toward tinsel dreams of Oscar Night. The New York Film Critics Circle has just stepped up with The Hurt Locker for Best Picture and Best Director (Kathryn Bigelow); George Clooney (Up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2009

    Take Back an Oscar!

    ​The Academy Awards are planning all kinds of ways to jazz up and reinvent their ceremony--like making the Best Picture category include 10 entries, no doubt so G-Force can catapult to the nominees' list. But I have a great idea for rejuvenating the show. How about if every year they announce ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    July 28, 2009
  • Blogs

    April 2, 2009

    Oscar Winners Storm Broadway

    To combat the dull economy, big movie stars have taken over Broadway's stages, trophy in hand, hoping people will see them in just about anything. And they pretty much will, though some of these stars are offering way more than just reading the phone book. Their lustrous likes include:

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2009

    It's Oscar Night: The Liveblog!

    Welcome to the Village Voice's not-really-annual Oscar liveblog! Feel the electricity. Not sure if you've heard, but: This year's Academy Awards will be UNLIKE ANY YOU'VE EVER SEEN BEFORE! First of all: They've hired an architect to design the set. Money well spent. Next: Taking a page from The Mic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2009

    Oscar Nominations Announced

    The Best Picture Oscar nominees are The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon, Milk, The Reader, and Slumdog Millionaire. The other top nominations are: Best Actor: Richard Jenkins (The Visitor), Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon), Sean Penn (Milk), Brad Pitt (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), ... More >>

  • Columns

    January 14, 2009

    Which Half of Brangelina is Getting Shafted by Oscar?

    You read it here first! You'll be all chirpy and happy!

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2009

    Anne Hathaway Fix Evaporates at Golden Globes

    We weren't even going to mention the Golden Globes until we saw it on the front page of the New York Times -- who ever thought the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, once described as "100 stringers living off hors d'oeuvres," would gather such respect! -- but now we're duty-bound to mention that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2009

    Waltz with Bashir Wins National Critics' Award

    The National Society of Film Critics named Waltz With Bashir, an animated fable of the 1982 Lenanon war, its Best Film of 2008. Critics including our own J. Hoberman ("a documentary that seems only possible, not to mention bearable, as an animated feature") praised the film highly, though its chance ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2008

    Milk, Happy-Go-Lucky Top NY Film Critics Awards

    The New York Film Critics Circle has split its top four honors between two films. Milk was named Best Picture and Sean Penn's eponymous role won him the Best Actor Award; Sally Hawkins in Happy-Go-Lucky's title-describing lead took Best Actress and Mike Leigh won Best Director. A 3-1 division in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2008

    Separated At Birth?

    Well, not really, but I do feel the above Renee Zellweger (currently costarring in Appaloosa) is gradually becoming another spunky, slit-eyed Best Supporting Actress Oscar Winner, the below Jo Van Fleet. Discuss.

  • Film

    March 25, 2008

    Chapter 27

    Jared Leto kills John Lennon. Yup.

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2008

    TABLOIDED: The Oscars (and Maybe a Little Hard News)

    So, at last night's budget meeting (which, if you're watching this season of The Wire, you'd know as the meeting when editors determine what goes where in the paper), were the powers-that-be swilling coffee out of their Garfield "Mondays Suck" mugs? We think so, because that has to be the only reaso ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2008

    There Will Be Gold: Oscar Predictions Come True

    Alzheimer's is a big winner is at the Oscars! I got 19 out of 25! Correctly predicted Oscar nominations, that is! The big winners? Anyone playing an assassin, a gangster, a greedy whore, a vengeance queen, a queen period, or an Alzheimer's patient. The losers? The Simpsons Movie plus most of the pe ... More >>

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    January 15, 2008
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    March 25, 2003

    When Doves Cry

    Oscar Declares War on the War

  • NYC Life

    March 20, 2001

    Oscar Undressed

    The Starmaking Machinery Behind the Popular Gown

  • Columns

    March 21, 2000

    Oscar Wild!

    My Ongoing Love Affair With Those Twisted Awards

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