Jeff York

What This Year’s Oscar Nominations Say About the Academy

What This Year’s Oscar Nominations Say About the Academy

The Academy Award nominations for 2020 have been announced, and naturally, there are plenty of omissions that have become a topic of heated debate. That happens every year as there are always oversights and snubs. It’s wise to remember all that goes into getting an Oscar nomination – it takes the right mix of acclaim, […]

 Jeff York

The Seven Reasons Why We’re in the Golden Age of Documentaries

The Seven Reasons Why We’re in the Golden Age of Documentaries

When the Best Documentary Feature category at the 2019 Oscars is so chock full of worthy competitors that the heralded likes of Won’t You Be My Neighbor, Three Identical Strangers, Dark Money, and The Shirkers weren’t even nominated, you know documentaries have reached a golden age. Just look at the weekly releases on Netflix, HBO, […]

 Jeff York

Why “Blackkklansman” and “The Favourite” Should Win the Screenplay Oscars

Why “Blackkklansman” and “The Favourite” Should Win the Screenplay Oscars

At the Writers Guild Awards this past weekend, the winners threw the Academy Awards race into even more of a tizzy. The WGA honored underdogs Eighth Grade by Bo Burnham as its pick for Best Original Screenplay, while Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty took the prize for Best Adapted Screenplay. Green Book and Blackkklansman were […]

 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 […]