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2015/2016 Oscar Season

2016 Oscar Predictions: Will Win/Should Win

2016 Oscar Predictions: Will Win/Should Win

It’s time. The 88th annual Academy Awards are upon us. To be honest, I’ve been a little checked out of the race for the last few weeks. For one, I was traveling when the race finally seemed to crystallize around my least favorite Best Picture nominee in years. And I spent a lot of time […]

It’s the Pictures Podcast: Episode 1

It’s the Pictures Podcast: Episode 1

After several enjoyable stints on the John Likes Movies podcast, Max Covill and I have formally teamed up for a new podcast venture: It’s the Pictures. Our inaugural episode is a deep dive on the 2016 Oscar ceremony including predictions for all the major categories. We also briefly discussed the recent Criterion Collection flash sale, […]

How to Fix Hollywood’s Diversity Problem

How to Fix Hollywood’s Diversity Problem

This week, I had the pleasure of publishing an article for the magazine The Week. In it, I discussed the #OscarsSoWhite controversy and prescribed potential fixes for movie studios, executives, the Academy, and the press that could lead to a truly inclusive Hollywood. It was an honor to write this piece, and I’m extremely grateful […]

John Likes Movies Podcast, Episode 3: Oscar Predictions and Top 10s

John Likes Movies Podcast, Episode 3: Oscar Predictions and Top 10s

Max Covill of ImpassionedCinema.com and I devote our latest discussion to making 2016 Oscar predictions and sharing our top 10 films of 2015. For more, you can check out Max’s top 10 list and Oscar predictions. My top 20 isn’t quite ready yet, but my Oscar predictions are available here. Listen to or download the […]

2016 Oscar Predictions: Carol Comes on Strong

2016 Oscar Predictions: Carol Comes on Strong

It’s been a month since I last visited by 2016 Oscar predictions page, but as I wait around to see the last of 2015’s major contenders in The Revenant and The Hateful Eight, as well as continue to cram in screeners to finish my best of 2015 list, I thought it was a good time […]

2016 Oscar Predictions: Round One

2016 Oscar Predictions: Round One

I published my first round of 2016 Oscar predictions today. We don’t know about everything yet, but I think we’re far enough along that it’s not terribly reductive to start looking at 2015’s films through awards-colored glasses. To sum things up succinctly, I’m high on The Hateful Eight. The lack of an obvious front-runner at […]

Will the Summer of 2015 Produce Any Oscar Contenders?

Will the Summer of 2015 Produce Any Oscar Contenders?

Earlier this week, I previewed this summer’s crop of big-budget would-be blockbusters and asked the question: What will be the biggest and best movie of the 2015 summer season? Today, my attention gets turned to the smaller films—the ones that would be happy to crack $30 million at the box office—in an attempt to jumpstart […]