Oscars, the day after + Ballot competition winner!

Last night, the 88th Academy Awards ceremony was broadcast on our small screens to celebrate the year’s accomplishments on the big screen. There was a lot of controversy surrounding the Oscars this year. I do think that diversity is and always has been an enormous problem in Hollywood (in nominations, and more importantly, in work opportunities), but I still decided to tune in. For once, … Continue reading Oscars, the day after + Ballot competition winner!

Get competitive with TMP’s Oscar ballot competition!

The Motion Pictures is, by and large, a classic film blog and will always remain as such… but as those who have followed the blog for a long time will know, I do love watching modern films as well and am a total sucker for award season. I love watching the year’s nominated films, making predictions… and angrily yelling at the television when my favorites … Continue reading Get competitive with TMP’s Oscar ballot competition!

Make it a marathon: 24 hours of almost-Oscar winners of the ’30s and ’40s

In just a few days the Academy Awards will be gracing our living rooms (or maybe our living eyeballs, for those of us lucky enough to perhaps attend the ceremony or red carpet). One way to celebrate the award season, if you’re into movie marathons, is to spend your Saturday watching 24 hours of almost-Oscar winners before the awards air on Sunday! Maybe 24 hours … Continue reading Make it a marathon: 24 hours of almost-Oscar winners of the ’30s and ’40s

Oscar recollections: 15 favorite Best Picture winners

Oscar day is here! Last year I celebrated by doing a live blog of the awards, but since I now have Twitter and will most likely be joining the festivities there, I’ve decided to share a couple of retrospective lists instead. This is the last of four lists. Previously: 10 favorite Best Actor winners, 10 favorite Best Actress winners and 10 favorite Best Director winners The … Continue reading Oscar recollections: 15 favorite Best Picture winners

Oscar recollections: 10 favorite Best Director winners

The following is an alphabetical list (by first name) of my 10 favorite Best Director winners. (Only awards for direction are included this list, though many of these directors have also been nominated in other areas.) 1. Elia Kazan – Elia Kazan made a lot of great movies, both as an actor and as a director. My personal favorites are A Streetcar Named Desire and … Continue reading Oscar recollections: 10 favorite Best Director winners

Oscar recollections: 10 favorite Best Actor winners

Yesterday I shared my 10 favorite Best Actress winners, in celebration of this year’s nominations being announced. The following is a chronological list of my 10 favorite Best Actor in a Leading Role winners! 1. Lionel Barrymore – A Free Soul (4th winner) Other nominations: Madame X (Best Director) 2. Clark Gable – It Happened One Night (7th winner) Other nominations: Mutiny on the Bounty, … Continue reading Oscar recollections: 10 favorite Best Actor winners

Oscar recollections: 10 favorite Best Actress winners

Happy Oscar nominations day! I’m a total fiend for award season, so today I’ve decided to kick off a special four-part series of Oscar lists. A list of my favorite Best Actor winners will appear tomorrow, and there will be two more lists in February around the day of this year’s show. The following is a chronological list of my 10 favorite Best Actress in … Continue reading Oscar recollections: 10 favorite Best Actress winners

Van Heflin: A tribute

Say the name “Van Heflin” today and chances are, your conversation partner (unless they are a fellow old Hollywood “expert”) will have no clue who your talking about, which is the unfortunate reality when it comes to many classic stars. But in the 1940s, Van Heflin was an actor on a roll, starring in both leading roles and important character parts, even taking home an … Continue reading Van Heflin: A tribute

Live Bloggin’: The 84th Academy Awards

Most recent updates appear at the top. If you’re just joining us, read from the bottom up for a full run-down of events so far! 11:40 That’s all, folks! Thanks for watching with  me! 11:37 And BEST PICTURE goes to… The Artist! Congrats to everyone involved in that amazing film. I can’t wait to buy it on DVD. (And congrats to myself, as the final … Continue reading Live Bloggin’: The 84th Academy Awards

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Don’t let the headline mislead you: I’m not stuck in December. The most wonderful time of the year for me is not Christmas, but awards season, and the mother of all American film award ceremonies is almost upon us. Only five days until the glitz, the glam and the trophy shaped like a little man. The Oscars are like the Super Bowl, but with prettier … Continue reading It’s the most wonderful time of the year!