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Oscar picks: My favorite in the ‘Boyhood’ – ‘Birdman ‘ race, and why it will lose

The best picture race in the 87th Academy Awards, we are told, has come down to two movies: Boyhood, Richard Linklater’s 12-year-project to tell the story of adolescence through a cast all aging together through the course of the movie, and Birdman,  Alejandro González Iñárritu’s … Continue reading

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2015 Oscar nominations at a glance

A few quick thoughts on the Academy Award nominations, which were announced this morning: ~ The Academy revealed a longstanding bias, and no, it’s not the one you’re thinking of. The Imitation Game was a moderately reviewed movie that seemed like it … Continue reading

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TV review: An Oscars for the social media age

Recent Oscars telecasts have tried to make the ceremony big and hip: the randy comedy of Seth MacFarlane, the stoner chic of James Franco paired with the musical aesthetic of Anne Hathaway, and a throwback to the big shows of … Continue reading

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Placing my bets: 2014 Academy Awards

I’ve been in Kentucky almost 16 years now, and one thing I can tell you is I am a heckuva a lot better picking Oscar winners than picking Derby winners. I have only cashed a few tickets on the first … Continue reading

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Pros and cons: Seth MacFarlane as Oscar host

After a couple failed attempts at trying to be more hip and relevant in the choice of host, the Oscars might have just come up with something this time: Seth MacFarlane. To this point, he is best known for his … Continue reading

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Oscars 2011: Wait ’til next year

Once again this year we were told that the Academy Awards were going to be new and different and better. And we will probably hear that again next year. We can say this for the 2011 Academy Awards: They clocked … Continue reading

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‘Battlestar Galactica’ star coming to Transy

“Battlestar Galactica” star Mary McDonnell will speak at Transylvania University at 7:30 p.m. March 10. Yes, McDonnell has also been nominated for two Academy Awards, for Dances with Wolves (1990) and Passion Fish (1992). But we’re talking President Laura Roslin, … Continue reading

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Oscars: Sean Penn’s surprise win?

As Oscars surprises go, Sean Penn besting Mickey Rourke in the best actor race was not Juliet Binoche jumping ahead of Lauren Bacall in 1996 or Shakespeare in Love stunning Saving Private Ryan in 1998. But the conventional wisdom was … Continue reading

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Oscars: Despite changes, it’s still a bloated, plodding show

They told us they got it. Nothing speaks louder in television than ratings, and after years of putting on the longest, most bloated awards show out of the majors, dismal ratings (by Oscars standards) in 2008 told the Academy Awards … Continue reading

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Oscar nominee Michael Shannon

Click the play button to hear our interview with Michael Shannon talking about his career and his Oscar nomination for best supporting actor. [podcast]http://copiousnotes.bloginky.com/files/2009/02/090222shannon-podcast.mp3[/podcast] Copious Notes podcasts are available on iTunes. Click here for our story and interview with Shannon … Continue reading

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