Jeff York

The Taste of the Academy’s Animation Branch is Broadening

The Taste of the Academy’s Animation Branch is Broadening

A funny thing happened on the way to the Oscar nominations for Best Animated Feature this year. The Academy decided not to nominate the all-time biggest moneymaker in animation history. That’s right, Frozen II did not make the final five. Did that snub reflect jealousy on the part of the animation branch of voters, or […]

 Jeff York

Oscar’s 2020 Animated Shorts Forego Cuteness for Consciousness

Oscar’s 2020 Animated Shorts Forego Cuteness for Consciousness

If you’ve been following the Oscar-nominated animated shorts for the past few years, it will come as no surprise that this year’s crop of candidates includes some cute hand-drawn critters, edgy stop-motion entries from across the pond, and stories with enough pathos to tug at the hearts of old and young Academy members alike. What […]

 Christopher McKittrick

Today’s Screenwriting Oscars: It’s More About the Message Than The Writing

Today’s Screenwriting Oscars: It’s More About the Message Than The Writing

Countless screenwriters have practiced their Academy Awards acceptance speeches. Okay, we all have at some point. And the winner is…. [insert your name] While there is no question that the Oscars are an imperfect voting system for honoring the best movies of any given year, the Academy Awards still carry significant attention, acclaim, and prestige […]

 Jeff York

What Screenwriters Can Learn from the Oscar-nominated Live Action Shorts

What Screenwriters Can Learn from the Oscar-nominated Live Action Shorts

It’s a shame that the AMPAS has decided to give out the award for Best Live Action Short winner during a commercial break at the upcoming Academy Awards telecast on February 24, 2019. No artist who wins an Oscar should be denied his or her time in the sun. It’s especially egregious given that a […]