Ranking all the Oscar best picture years, worst to first, since the category expanded

Ranking all the Oscar best picture years, worst to first, since the category expanded

Ever since the motion picture academy super-sized the Oscars’ best picture category up from five in 2009, there has been constant complaining about how the prestige of a nomination has been diluted, almost as if there was a collective amnesia about the scores of cringe-worthy movies that have picked up the honor over the decades. … Read more

Welcome to the Oscar club, casting directors. Now, what is it you do?

Welcome to the Oscar club, casting directors. Now, what is it you do?

The film academy announced last week that casting directors, the people responsible for bringing in just the right actor for a role, will have their own awards category at the Oscars beginning in 2026. And as the group’s inclusion was a long time coming, the news was happily greeted. “There has never been a doubt … Read more

Quiet, often subtle moments could be the key to winning the Oscar for these actors

Quiet, often subtle moments could be the key to winning the Oscar for these actors

Boiling down an entire performance to one important, key scene for an actor is no easy task. Audiences might expect it’s a bombastic speech or a tearful moment of heartbreak or a rageful tantrum. But when The Envelope spoke to some of the producers and directors behind the scenes of the movies that this year … Read more

On the scene at the 2024 Oscar nominees luncheon, where stars and directors mingled

On the scene at the 2024 Oscar nominees luncheon, where stars and directors mingled

Emma Stone enjoyed a mini “La La Land” reunion with Ryan Gosling. Margot Robbie chatted with Billie and Finneas Eilish. “Barbie” director Greta Gerwig and “Oppenheimer” director Christopher Nolan — whose two films will forever be fused in the public imagination and box office history — each greeted a parade of well-wishers. And despite the … Read more

Did you know these fun facts about the Oscar nominations?

Did you know these fun facts about the Oscar nominations?

—For his participation on “Maestro,” Steven Spielberg amassed his 13th best picture nomination, a record for an individual producer. —Thanks to the epic drama “Killers of the Flower Moon,” Martin Scorsese becomes the most-nominated living film director of all time, with an amazing 10 nods. He surpasses old pal Spielberg, who now ranks second in … Read more

Oscar Rewind — 2004: It was a good year to be from the far side of the world

Oscar Rewind — 2004: It was a good year to be from the far side of the world

It was good to be from Down Under at the 76th annual Academy Awards, held Feb. 29, 2004 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood: Not only did New Zealander Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” sweep the evening with a record-tying 11 awards … but even when “LOTR” wasn’t a … Read more

Forget ‘snubs.’ The real winner in this year’s Oscar nominations is international cinema

Forget ‘snubs.’ The real winner in this year’s Oscar nominations is international cinema

February is well upon us, and it wouldn’t take a groundhog sighting on Hollywood Boulevard to know that the interminable rituals of Academy Awards season will grind on for another several weeks. We have entered what I have come to think of as the Oscars’ interregnum, that anxious, frequently tedious period between the announcement of … Read more