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Blogcritics On the 78th Academy Awards

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It’s that time of year. The Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild awards have come and gone. The Grammys are upon us and before you know it on March 5th the Academy will be honoring some of this year’s most critically acclaimed films.

Noticeably lacking from this year’s nominees for “Best Film” was the pervasive it factor. While Brokeback Mountain led the pack of nominations with 8 and Crash and Good Night & Good Luck followed with 6, this year’s best films, biopics, such as Cinderella Man and Walk the Line were completely snubbed.

I’m all for celebrating talent and hard work, but originality and a uniqueness of vision, I just didn’t see it in the Oscar round-up for 2005. Or better yet I didn’t feel it. And as is apparent from some of our critics’ work below, I am not alone in this sentiment:

Oscars 2006: Crashes, Cleavage, Brokebacks, and Pimps…
Would we have better luck picking the Oscar winners without seeing any of the nominated movies?
Posted to Video by Stephen V Funk on March 7, 2006 12:54 PM

Academy Awards Red Carpet: Best and Worst Dressed
These are my picks for the Best and Worst dressed of last night’s Oscar telecast. I was a bit disappointed in the fashions last night, there were a few that were stunning (Felicity, Jessica), but for the most part…
Posted to Video by Chris Evans on March 7, 2006 08:22 AM

78th Oscar Thoughts
The 78th Academy Awards were boring. Jon Stewart looked apprehensive and was a disappointment as a funny man. I expected more edge from him. Next year, maybe they can try Bill Maher. Or Robin Williams. And the Oscars had the…
Posted to Video by Triniman on March 7, 2006 08:16 AM

Oscars: Crash Climbs Over Mountain
Hollywood’s annual gala to celebrate the finest in film concluded Sunday night as the Oscars went off with little surprise, until the final award in the broadcast. Crash upset Brokeback Mountain for best picture, taking home its third Academy Award…
Posted to Video by Mike Cullinan on March 7, 2006 08:11 AM

Oscar 2006: A Final Analysis
The 78th Annual Academy Awards have been complete for just over 24 hours by now, but the effects of Sunday’s events have and will continue to resonate in my mind for a long time. All the hype, all the spectacle,…
Posted to Video by Film School Rejects on March 7, 2006 08:06 AM

Oscars, The Day After: Four Films Tie with Three Apiece
The 2005 edition of the Academy Awards has come and gone. Now is the time for all the armchair quarterbacks, or critics, to start spouting off on what the didn’t like, or what they did like. There is talk of…
Posted to Video by Chris Beaumont on March 7, 2006 07:39 AM (

ClipBlast Video Clips: The 78th Annual Academy Awards
You saw Crash win the Best Picture Oscar last night, and heard the formal acceptance speech by its producer. Now here, from CNN, is a raw video clip showing you…
Posted to Video by Barry Gold on March 6, 2006 05:42 PM

Live Blogging the Oscars
In an effort to fit in with the other great bloggers in the blogosphere I have decided to go out on a limb and bring you live updates throughout the evening. So without further ado, away we go: [9:01 pm Eastern…
Posted to Video by Film School Rejects on March 6, 2006 05:40 PM

The 2006 Academy Awards Fashion Report
The Good, The Bad, and the Really Ugly summary of the 2006 Oscar ceremonies. Some off-the-cuff fashion awards.
Posted to Video by Patfish on March 6, 2006 12:24 PM

Oscar Quotes
Pithy statements from the winners at the The 78th Annual Academy Awards.
Posted to Video by Eric Olsen on March 6, 2006 09:37 AM

Oscar Aftermath: Can I Pick ‘Em or What?
Hey, weren’t those French guys cute with their stuffed penguins?
Posted to Video by Steven Hart on March 6, 2006 08:20 AM

TV Review: The 78th Annual Academy Awards
What does it say that the Oscars ended a little over an hour ago and I’m already over them? And I actually liked a lot of the movies that were nominated this year. A few things we can…
Posted to Video by Don Baiocchi on March 6, 2006 06:53 AM (Relevance: 2)

A Crash at the Oscars
At a ceremony that celebrated numerous films instead of a lone powerhouse, Crash surprised many with the Best Picture award. It won three awards, as did Brokeback Mountain considered the favorite for Best Picture going in. Also winning three awards…
Posted to Video by Chip Ross on March 6, 2006 06:49 AM

Oscars: Thoughts On Paul Haggis
I doubt when Paul Haggis won an award at the San Francisco International Film Festival and had a dialogue with Tamara Strauss about screenwriting last May he imagined Crash would win an Oscar for best picture. …
Posted to Video by Steve Rhodes on March 6, 2006 06:47 AM

It’s Paradise Now at the Oscars
The controversial Paradise Now
Posted to Culture by jamal on March 5, 2006 11:06 PM

2005 at the Oscars: Wishes, Guesses and Snubs
I think it is unforgivable that Star Wars Episode III was not nominated in this category.
Posted to Video by Chris Beaumont on March 5, 2006 07:47 PM

The Oscars Are Here: Liveblogging The 78th Annual Academy Awards
The Oscars are here – chip in with your opinions and votes as they proceed, and later.
Posted to Video by Aaman Lamba on March 5, 2006 07:45 PM

The Rejects Pick the Oscars
This is who we think will win… Do you agree?
Posted to Video by Film School Rejects on March 5, 2006 04:32 PM

Oscar Moment: Mel Gibson to Speak in Tongues
The Maya tongue, that is. Also, NASA uncovers Maya ruins from space, and I speak with a Maya freak about his obsession.
Posted to Video by Eric Olsen on March 5, 2006 04:14 PM

At Long Last…the Oscars
Predictions, preferences, and thanking God. The final gasp for 2005 can begin Sunday night as the Oscars are handed out.
Posted to Video by Chip Ross on March 5, 2006 01:08 PM

Oscar Analysis: The Big Finale
So much can be said about all of the nominees in each category recognized this year by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, but none are more controversial or compelling as the films and directors nominated in the…
Posted to Video by Film School Rejects on March 5, 2006 11:29 AM

Oscars: The 78th Annual Academy Awards Finally Upon Us
After what seems like the most protracted build-up since the 100 Years War, the Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2005 will finally be presented tomorrow at the Kodak Theatre on the corner of Hollywood and Highland, and televised…
Posted to Video by Eric Olsen on March 4, 2006 03:03 PM

My Oscar Wish List
Sacrificing themselves to prove the motto “the rich get richer”, Oscar nominees and presenters are soon to be the recipients of gift baskets designed to fulfill their every whim, including free trips, espresso machines, jewelry, and a day with…
Posted to Video by Diane Kristine on March 4, 2006 11:29 AM

Oscar Analysis: The Gentlemen
I have to say, this is the first year in a long time in which none of the nominees for leading actor have previously been nominated in this category. Only one man on this list has ever been nominated in…
Posted to Video by Film School Rejects on March 4, 2006 12:02 AM

My Oscar Predictions for 2006
I’m legendarily bad at picking which films will win the little gold guy, but I threw in a few bucks on the office betting pool so I thought I’d share my predictions with you. The fact that I’ve only…
Posted to Video by Steven Hart on March 3, 2006 04:19 PM

Dave’s 2006 Oscar Preview: Smalll, Cheap, and Completely Under Control
Part Four of Four: It’s 1997 all over again! Without so many beanie babies.
Posted to Video by David Thomas on March 2, 2006 04:39 AM

Oscar Analysis: The Ladies
Which ladies will take home a little golden man of their own?
Posted to Video by Film School Rejects on March 1, 2006 01:00 PM

Dave’s 2006 Oscar Preview: Look at Me, I Use a Typewriter!
Part Three of Four: The bottom of the Hollywood food chain’s moment to shine.

Posted to Video by David Thomas on March 1, 2006 04:28 AM

Oscar Analysis: Cinematography
We break down the Cinematography Category!
Posted to Video by Film School Rejects on February 28, 2006 01:56 PM

2006 Oscar Predictions
Most people haven’t seen many of this year’s nominated films…including me. Will that matter in predicting the winners?
Posted to Video by Sterfish on February 28, 2006 01:16 PM

Best Picture Oscar Prediction (with one faux spoiler)
Where I predict the winner before getting played off the stage by Bill Conti’s orchestra.
Posted to Video by Tiffany Leigh on February 28, 2006 07:54 AM

How to Win an Oscar
For Best Director: Make a LOT of films and the Academy will eventually award you for your contributions to the arts, especially if you suddenly change genres or film something out of your…
Posted to Video by Film School Rejects on February 27, 2006 06:25 PM

Oscar Analysis: Best Visual Effects
War of The Worlds, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, King Kong
Posted to Video by Film School Rejects on February 27, 2006 05:41 PM

Oscar Week Is Upon Us!
by Neil M. It is an event that astounds us when we are young budding fans of film. It is a chance for Hollywood to show off its glitz and glamour. It is…
Posted to Video by Film School Rejects on February 27, 2006 01:02 PM

Oscar Nomination for Palestinian Film Paradise Now Opposed By Israeli Victim’s Father
From Desicritics, in Saudi Arabia, you may get your head chopped off and in India, you will get locked up even if you show intercourse.
Posted to Video by Aaman Lamba on February 25, 2006 04:25 AM (Relevance: 1)

Dave’s 2006 Oscar Preview: The Value of Broke Mac Mountain
Part Two of Four: Do you like songs about pimps?
Posted to Video by David Thomas on February 23, 2006 04:03 AM (Relevance: 1)

SUBJECT2DISCUSSION: DJ Radiohead Talks Oscars and More
Tuesday night, DJ Radiohead will join SUBJECT2DISCUSSION host Shaun O’Mac Daily to discuss Oscar predictions, as well as review Grammy winners and losers. Shaun O’Mac Daily’s weekly magazine webcast and podcast, SUBJECT2DISCUSSION airs every Tuesday night on LVRocks at…
Posted to Culture by Phillip Winn on February 21, 2006 10:35 AM

Dave’s 2006 Oscar Preview: Penguins vs. Quadriplegics
Part One of Four: In addition to quads vs. birds, a giant gorilla takes on a small Japanese lady, and probably loses.
Posted to Video by David Thomas on February 17, 2006 03:26 AM

Oscar Predictions For 2006
I cannot even express the excitement that brews within me over next month’s Academy Awards. In 20 days, the Academy will hand out those golden statues that get those actors crying and screaming. The fact that Jon Stewart, one…
Posted to Video by sunoftheskye on February 14, 2006 05:37 AM

Oscar Hosts Announced
For the Oscar Pre-Show, ABC has insured that there will be no gratutious hand gesturing in the vicinity of Scarlett Johansson’s cleavage. The answer? Line up a cast of hosts that’s about as riveting to watch as Heather Graham…
Posted to Video by Beth Gottfried on February 13, 2006 06:20 PM

Live Oscar Chat Today!
The LA Times will be hosting an on-line chat with Keira Knightly today at 12:30PST (3:30EST). The actress was recently nominated for a Golden Globe and an Oscar for her role in Pride & Prejudice. Next week’s chat, slated…
Posted to Video by Beth Gottfried on February 12, 2006 02:26 PM

Oscars: Penguins in Antarctica Vs. Political Vultures in Newark, N.J.
The Academy Award nominations for best documentary are an annual scandal, and this year is no exception. But the fact that Werner Herzog’s fascinating character study Grizzly Man was conspicuously absent from the list of nominees shouldn’t blind anyone…
Posted to Video by Steven Hart on February 6, 2006 07:24 AM

Hollywood Writers Honour Their Own at Writers Guild Award
Sandwiched between the Golden Globes and the Oscars, the Writers Guild Awards were announced Saturday evening at ceremonies in both Los Angeles and New York. Why are the Screen Actors Guild Awards televised but not the Writers Guild Awards? Yeah,…
Posted to Video by Diane Kristine on February 5, 2006 05:32 AM

Oscar Flips the Bird at Right-Wingers, and a Movie Review of Crash
Michael Medved and the rest of the “Hollywood Hates America” ideological bottom-feeders are going to be dining out on this year’s Academy Award nominations for years to come. Each and every Best Picture nomination is a big middle finger extended…
Posted to Video by Steven Hart on February 1, 2006 02:15 PM

Ownage! Dave Reacts to the Oscar Nods
I have proven my awards season geek mastery. Maybe I shouldn’t say that too loud.
Posted to Video by David Thomas on January 31, 2006 10:16 PM

Oscar Picks and Pans
A look at the winners and losers in this year’s Oscar nods, and who’s likely to take home the gold March 5.
Posted to Video by Nik Dirga on January 31, 2006 01:55 PM

78th Academy Awards Nominations
Brokeback Mountain rode into the sunset — er, make that sunrise per the early morning announcement — with eight Academy Award nominations, including best film, best director Ang Lee, best actor Heath Ledger, best supporting actor Jake Gyllenhaal, and…
Posted to Video by Eric Olsen on January 31, 2006 11:13 AM

Last Minute Oscar Predix: Get Ready For Some Rose Stemmin’
It’s that glorious time of year once again…
Posted to Video by Drew Feinberg on January 30, 2006 06:00 PM

Dave’s Oscar Nod Predictions: Think They’ll Like Brokeback?
The guy who does those DVD previews thinks he knows so much. Well, does he?
Posted to Video by David Thomas on January 25, 2006 02:32 AM

78th Academy Awards Trailer Unveiled
The 78th Academy Awards trailer, produced by Los Angeles-based media firm The Ant Farm, featuring memorable moments from Hollywood’s annual night of monumental self-congratulation, will be shown in more than 20,000 movie theaters…
Posted to Video by Eric Olsen on January 13, 2006 01:50 PM

Jon Stewart to Host Oscar Telecast
We learned a few weeks ago that Chris Rock would not be returning to host this year’s Oscar telecast and today the other shoe dropped: show producer Gil Cates announced comedian, author and Daily Show major-domo Jon Stewart will host…
Posted to Video by Eric Olsen on January 5, 2006 01:37 PM

Hating Halle Berry: Oscar Injustices Revealed
Memo to Academy: good black actresses have been around for years. Where are their Oscars?
Posted to Culture by Chris Evans on December 19, 2005 05:23 AM

Oscar Watch: Best ActorJoin the discussion on potential Oscar nominees
Posted to Video by Chris Evans on December 11, 2005 11:40 PM

“All Access at the Academy Awards” Photo Exhibit
Can you imagine listening only to the Academy Awards show? The seeing is almost everything: the intense concentration of the beautiful, famous and talented maneuvering around in their finery is the show’s single greatest appeal. “All…
Posted to Culture by Eric Olsen on December 2, 2005 12:35 PM

Handicapping Oscar, Part II
An early look into the top acting categories for the 2006 Academy Awards.
Posted to Video by Mike Cullinan on November 21, 2005 01:32 PM

Handicapping Oscar, Part I
Prognosticators begin making Oscar nominee lists in the summer, continuing the speculation until the morning of the announcement in February
Posted to Video by Mike Cullinan on November 11, 2005 02:24 AM

Academy Award Dates Announced
The 78th Annual Academy Awards, televised live on ABC from the Kodak Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, will be held on Sunday, March 5, 2006. The gala will start on the hour: 5 p.m. on the…
Posted to Video by Eric Olsen on July 26, 2005 03:09 PM

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  • Deon Watkins

    Documentaries are always hard to see theatrically. Has anyone seen any good docs in theaters aside from those nominated?

    I just saw a really good new doc called Favela Rising at a pre-screening at Tia Chucha’s Café in Los Angeles.

    It’s about how Afro-Brazillian hip-hop music transforms this guy’s life and sways him away from the drug army. He becomes a leader in one of Rio’s worst slums, and attempts to transform other youth’s lives with music, as well. He has quite a bit of success, though it’s an emotional roller coaster. Anybody that liked City of God or Bus 174 would love this film.

    There’s some other screenings coming up in big cities, and I heard it’s going to get a theatrical release at some point.
    I recommend it to everyone: http://www.favelarising.com

    Anybody else seen this?

  • Scott Butki

    I haven’t seen that one but I agree with the pick of Dillon as the one most deserving of this award for sup. actor.

  • The awards are too long… I knew that when during the fourth hour Jerry Lewis came out and begged for money.

    The Oitntment
    Apply daily.

  • carolina

    I agree with you , the Oscars are too long , well it would be good if Cris rock WOUlD host all the time , the year that he hosted , it was OFF THE HOOK !WELL STEWART WAS REALLY GOOD HOWEVER HE NEVER WALKED AROUND THE STAGE LIKE CRIS ROCK DID.
    DIAMOND !!!

  • Scott Butki

    Why is it important to walk the stage?

  • reggie von woic

    I think Jon did an Excellent job
    i particularly liked the mini-clips (montages?) they played–the one with the cowboys.