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2019 ceremony shows that the Academy Awards are antiquated

First impressions from the Daily staff after watching the Academy Awards: “an emotional rollercoaster,” “very commercialized,” “I’m not surprised that Green Book won” and “‘Buster Scruggs’ was robbed.” Mine was not fit for print. Let’s not undersell the 2019 Oscars. There were plenty of adorable moments, from Olivia Colman’s flabbergasted speech to Spike Lee’s ecstatic…

Tales of boyhood and family in this year’s Oscar-nominated live-action short films

The collection of the 2019 Oscar-nominated live-action short films revolve around themes of youth, masculinity, family, motherhood and ultimately, as Oscar-nominated projects often do, the human experience. “Fauve,” “Detainment” and “Skin” place young boys at the center of their stories, while “Marguerite” and “Madre” feature only women on screen (“Marguerite” also being the only nominated…

Carlos Valladares’ Oscar Picks 2018

Even though the Oscars treats movies like a gambling bracket, I can’t resist the effortless urge to predict which middlebrow white elephant flick will win over the Academy this year, which unexpectedly nominated film should win and which masterpieces weren’t even considered. (And once again, a reiteration that the most magnificent moving-picture work from last…