Tag: Academy Awards

Africa Movie Academy Awards in June

The Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) is the premier event celebrating African movies, stars, and the professionals behind them. The awards were founded by Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, a producer and heavyweight in the Nigerian and African film industries. The AMAA is largely considered to the the most important African film event, sometimes referred to as the… Read More

Motion Picture Academy diversifies race and gender membership

The Academy Motion Picture Arts and Sciences logo

Film has a way of bringing people together — off screen and on. It is a medium that can be used to portray the plight, humor, and triumphs of people across all walks of life, on a wide scale. Every year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences — comprised of accomplished members of… Read More

Film Director Profile: Sofia Coppola

Being the daughter of one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, Sofia Coppola has a lot of pressure to produce good work on each outing she makes. Her family is one of the great cinematic dynasties, and since she began making features herself in 1999, Coppola has proven that she is up there with the… Read More

Film Director Profile: Kathryn Bigelow

Few female filmmakers have left a bigger mark on cinema than Kathryn Bigelow. A painter turned director, Bigelow was the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director, and has made landmark films such as “The Hurt Locker” and “Zero Dark Thirty.” Over the last thirty years, Bigelow has made several impressive films,… Read More

Movie Rental Recommendation: American Hustle

Out for rental this week is the most nominated film from the 86th Academy Awards. “American Hustle” is a comedy about greed, corruption, scandal, and the ever-lasting pursuit of the American dream.   Directed by David O. Russell, “American Hustle” concerns a couple of hustlers as they try to cheat the system in order to… Read More

Movie Rental Recommendation: Inside Llewyn Davis

By far, the most snubbed movie at this year’s Oscars was “Inside Llewyn Davis.” Although being considered one of the best movies of 2013 by many critics, it managed to receive only two nominations: the Best Sound Mixing and Best Cinematography categories.   It is a shame that the film did not receive more acclaim from… Read More

Movie Review: Frozen

An adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson story “The Snow Queen,” “Frozen” is the newest film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, and it may be the studio’s best since “Beauty and the Beast.” (Related: 2014 Oscar Predictions: Best Animated Feature Preview)   The 86th Academy Award Winner for Best Animated Feature, “Frozen”, revolves around… Read More

Film Director Profile: Jennifer Lee

Prior to 2012, Jennifer Lee was a name that just about no one knew. But now, two years later with two films and an Oscar win under her belt, this director of animation is proving that she is one of the best in the business.   Originally an English major from the University of New… Read More

Movie Rental Recommendation: The Square

Of the five nominees for Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards last Sunday, one film stood out as vastly different from the rest. Not in terms of how it was made, but in terms of how it was released.   After doing the rounds at festivals, “The Square” was given its widest release on the digital… Read More

Film Director Profile: Hayao Miyazaki

Animation is a wonderful thing. It truly unlocks the artist’s imagination and allows them to create fantastic and beautiful moving images that are not at all bound by the constraints of reality.   A few artists have understood this medium’s potential. Walt Disney was one, John Lasseter is another, but perhaps the greatest of all… Read More