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I was so happy when Spotlight was named Best Picture at last week’s Academy Awards because 1) it broke the tie between my son and me, so I finally won our family Oscar pool, 2) it gave me faith in the future of movies that a good story was more highly prized than visually-focused action crap films like Mad Max: Fury Road and The Revenant, 3) it shows the importance of solid, investigative reporting, and will hopefully inspire the next generation to return to it after decades of tabloid journalism, 4) it’s a great movie. [Read more…]

partying with the short films oscar nominees by rebecca olkowski

The Stutterer

Okay, I am now seriously jealous of Rebecca Olkowski, who usually blogs at Baby Boomster. Not only did she get to attend a cocktail celebrating the gorgeous costumes of Brooklyn last week but on Oscar Eve, she partied with the nominees in the Best Short Films categories. I am never leaving town during Oscar week again!

She said she had a blast, and here’s why: [Read more…]

the theory of everything

Congratulations to Eddie Redmayne, who was named Best Actor at the Academy Awards last night. His portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything was amazing, and you can enter to win a copy of the movie, now on DVD.

my 2015 academy awards predictions!

Ellen Oscars selfie

Ellen’s amazing Oscars selfie crashed Twitter last year!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year — Oscar night!

As I mention every year, this is my favorite night of TV. I do NOT like to be disturbed while the Academy Awards are on so, although I’m very happy my sister will be here and my parents are coming over, there will be no chatting during the show! This is serious business to me. [Read more…]

two days, one night

Two Days, One Night

While the theaters around us were packed with audiences catching up on American Sniper, Whiplash and Foxcatcher, Michael and I enjoyed an almost-private screening of Two Days, One Night, the Belgian film by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, for which Marion Cotillard has been nominated for a Best Actress Oscar.

I had already watched it via a screening link before our San Diego Film Critics vote – in which we did honor her with the Best Actress award – but I wanted Michael to see the movie because her performance is astonishing and the impact of her story is quietly devastating. And I wanted to watch it on the big screen. [Read more…]

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Nightcrawler DVD

I wrote about Nightcrawler a couple of months ago, when my San Diego Film Critics Society group named it Best Picture of 2014. We honored it with a total of seven awards, and you can read my review here to find out why it deserved them all. [Read more…]

selma movie review

There are so many reasons you should see Selma, which recently received a Best Picture nomination. Read my review on Boomeon.

which will it be?

Oscar cookies

I love these cookies from Zabar’s so much, I had to give them their own post before they, um, disappeared.

I posted my Oscar predictions here,  and am convinced Best Picture will come down to these two movies.

What do you think?

Follow me live on Twitter during the awards @loisaltermark and enter to win a copy of American Hustle – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack here.

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American Hustle CD

There’s a good chance American Hustle will be named Best Picture of the Year at the Academy Awards on Sunday and, although it’s not my favorite movie of the year, it is my favorite movie soundtrack. [Read more…]