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Michael Keaton and co. sit around a desk in Spotlight.

‘Spotlight’ sheds light on a dark corner in a modest manner

This year’s “surprise” best picture winner is a lovingly modest feature that tells the story of one of the most important journalistic exposes in history. The story, by now a secret to no one, is of the Spotlight team of journalists at the Boston Globe that in early 2002 brought to light the full scope of the Catholic priest sex scandal. Written and directed by actor-turned-filmmaker Thomas McCarthy, Spotlight is both aided and tarnished by its primary quality: modesty. Where it would be tempting to really celebrate these investigative journalists as heroes, the film wisely takes a less celebratory approach that while setting a perfect, realistic tone, also made it feel lacking to this viewer in at least my initial viewing. Continue reading ‘Spotlight’ sheds light on a dark corner in a modest manner

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Spotlight wins best picture at the Oscars.

A quick look at how the Oscars went down

As promised, I am providing a quick overview of what happened at the Oscars, following my predictions. In part this is just a fun assessment of how I did against the supposed “professional” Oscar prognosticators. And in part this is going to be a review of the show itself and the awards dished out. The Oscars are traditionally a silly, three-hour, masturbatory industry insider celebration. This year was no exception. But this year the Oscars did provide few fun upsets throughout the night and offered a host ready to address the issue of race at the Oscars head on. Continue reading A quick look at how the Oscars went down

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The Oscars, to be awarded tonight.

Complete Guide to Predicting the Oscars

Every year I make personal predictions on at least the top eight categories at the Oscars. And on a couple of occasions I’ve written broad prediction pieces that glossed over the major awards. But I realize, to my surprise, that this is the first time I will be providing a complete list of all twenty-four categories. I will also follow up tomorrow with a list of the winners and an analysis of how I did against the experts. But the chief purpose of this post is to provide a framework for anyone with limited knowledge to watch the show with a little more context. Continue reading Complete Guide to Predicting the Oscars

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