In a reminder of the old becoming the new yet once again, as you all know unless you’ve been in a cave somewhere, the black-and-white silent film THE ARTIST won three golden dudes including Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards. This film’s success makes relevant this lovely slideshow from The New Yorker of portraits of forgotten actors, such as Louise Brooks dramatically posed above, from that silent era to accompany David Denby’s piece on “the art of silent acting” in the magazine. Although I’m happy for everyone that was involved with the film and I particularly appreciated the aspirations of their intentions, I do ultimately agree with David’s review of the film:
The old adage is just as true of awards shows as it is of movies: bigger does not mean better. The Oscars might get all the press, they might have all the prestige, but that doesn’t mean they’re superior to all other movie awards. Case in point: this year, the Spirit Awards, the Oscars’ indie alternative, the Elizabeth to the Academy’s Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, honored all sorts of outstanding movies that barely even garnered a mention on the big show. Does that mean those films were inferior? Nope; it means the Oscars were. Here are five films that prove the Spirits Awards’ are better than the Oscars.
Every week there are dozens of film news stories. Every week, we read them all and bring you the five most important ones in the single most important blog post you’ll ever read (today [at this moment]). This week, we’ve got Oscar snubs, Oscar branding and some Johnny Depp/Edgar Wright gossip.
The Oscar nominations are in and, frankly, it was not Sundance’s best year at the Academy Awards. Though independent films made a very strong showing across the board, capturing some 60 total nominations, by and large Sundance alumni got lost in the shuffle. Films from the 2011 festival scored just four nominations. Et tu, Academy?