*Previous "We'd Like to Help the Academy" columns
Perceived reality has a habit of becoming actual reality when it comes to the Academy Awards. It was with that in mind that we decided to funnel whatever influence we may have into "We'd Like to Help the Academy," an online column launched ... More >>
We'd Like to Help the Academy is our Oscar column highlighting the outliers that should be nominated (but probably won't be).
In February of this year, the Academy gave their Best Actor award to a Frenchman whose film was both a celebration of cinema and a lamentation if its bygone days (Jean Dujar ... More >>
Ew, old people. They're so old! Especially that Billy Crystal. What is he, 105? Get off the stage! In your electric walker!
If you buy into the prevailing narrative of the post-Oscars Twitterverse, all Academy voters are elderly, with a quirky fondness for nostalgic moving pictures about moving pic ... More >>
Some people come to L.A. seeking just a sliver of Hollywood success only to toil their entire lives here waiting tables and doing low-pay work as film extras. It's a hard-luck life in this big city.
Except for these college kids, who happened to luck into the greatest movie of 2011!
We know, we kn ... More >>
Playing host and home to the Academy Awards, this town vibrates with excitement (Editor's note: Or something, depending on your thoughts re 9/11 and Hawaiian shirts, Harvey Weinstein and whether or not you, too, wanted a refund after seeing The Artist, as did some folks in Liverpool) by the end of F ... More >>
came late in life for Hollywood's Next Big Thing. Before he played
opposite Reese Witherspoon and landed a scene-stealing role in an
Academy Award-nominated film, he endured random parts in commercials, TV
shows and films -- and even performed tricks on Third Street Promenade
for pocket ... More >>
To say that only Harvey Weinstein could land a Best Picture Oscar for a silent film, as he is expected to do Sunday for The Artist, is more than just a reflection of the mogul's resurgent power of persuasion over Academy members -- it's actually true. A silent film has not taken top honors since the ... More >>
(Note: An earlier version of this post said that parking at the Getty was free after 5 p.m. It used to be free, but is actually now $10, a new policy implemented in Nov. 2011)
Are you the person who secretly doesn't put down enough cash for the check, leaving all your friends to scramble to cover i ... More >>