This Sunday is the Academy Awards which, while increasingly tedious and irrelevant, still has a major impact on the kinds of movies that we’re able to see in theaters. Let’s at least hope no one tells an actress to eat a cheeseburger this time around.
If you’re tuning in to the broadcast, check out all our past coverage of Oscar-nominated films.
- Silver Linings Playbook: The film puts mental illness issues front and center, though it could use more nuance. Meanwhile, here’s our illustrated ode to Jennifer Lawrence’s character Tiffany.
- Flight: Denzel Washington has a solid role, but please don’t let this movie win any award, except one for “most sexism.”
- Anna Karenina: This is a fresh take on a century-old narrative about gender roles, slut-shaming, and the importance of practicing train safety.
- Zero Dark Thirty: Fingers crossed that Zero Dark Thirty wins the best picture award so that Bret Easton Ellis’s head will explode.
- The Sessions: Our Tales from the Crip blogger dug into the film’s central issue of sex surrogacy.
- Skyfall: The Academy seems to agree that the best thing about the new Bond movie is just the intro song.
- Life of Pi: A boy and a cute tiger lead the audience through a colorful, entrancing limbo. But what’s up with people of color’s stories being told only through the lens of white authors?
- Beasts of the Southern Wild: An illustrated tribute to Hushpuppy, the toughest kid in the bayou.
- How to Survive a Plague: The documentary on AIDS activism combined old and new footage to make an inspiring flick.
And big picture: Why don’t more female directors get nominated for Oscars? It comes down to money, money, money.