Best documentary winner 'Icarus' — last year's newsworthiest movie?
A handful of this year's big Oscars contenders tackle historical events ("Darkest Hour," "The Post") or modern social politics ("Get Out") — but few are as ripped-from-the-headlines relevant as best documentary winner "Icarus."
The film, released last April on Netflix, is a hard-hitting expose of the Russian doping program for athletes — the very scandal that kept Russia out of the Olympics.
"Now at least we know Putin didn't rig this competition," Jimmy Kimmel joked after "Icarus" won gold.
"Icarus" is the first Netflix feature to win an Oscar — a triumph for the streaming giant as it aims to raise its cachet. "Mudbound," another Netflix release, is up for four Oscars tonight.
That was a good time!
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'The Shape of Water' is your best picture winner
Guillermo del Toro's whimsical fable about a mute janitor (Sally Hawkins) who falls in love with a mutant fish-man took home the top prize at the Oscars.
Frances McDormand is better than all of us
While accepting the Best Actress trophy, Frances McDormand embodied every inch of the night's equality rhetoric by asking each and every female actor, director, cinematographer, writer, artist, etc., stand up to be acknowledged. Because here's the thing: with so much TALK about inclusion, we're still lacking action. And how do you act? By bringing those you're trying to include to the forefront.
Everyone wins an award playing Winston Churchill
Now that Gary Oldman won a Best Actor Oscar playing Winston Churchill, we should remember that this role is the ultimate in awards bait. Oldman is the first win for someone playing the prime minister, but it's worth noting that this year also saw the release of "Churchill" starring Brian Cox in the title role.
But three people have won for playing Churchill on TV, the most recent being John Lithgow in "The Crown." The other two are Albert Finney for "The Gathering Storm" in 2002 and Brendan Gleeson for Into the Storm in 2009.
Cynthia Nixon only needs to win an Oscar to finish her EGOT. Maybe someone should cast her as Churchill. It seems to work for everyone else.
Guillermo del Toro calls on us all to "erase the lines in the sand"
Mexican directors have won in four of the last five years
2014: Alfonso Cuarón, "Gravity"
2015: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, "Birdman"
2016: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, "The Revenant"
2018: Guillermo del Toro, "The Shape of Water"
A very important anniversary
Appropriately, this year's Oscars is now longer than Titanic. The winner of Best Picture 20 years ago. Bless us, everyone.
Netflix just dropped the trailer for the final season of 'House of Cards'
It’s a bit of a gutsy move considering the tone of the evening and that one of the show’s stars, Kevin Spacey, was accused of sexual misconduct.
Spacey won’t be on the new season, and the trailer makes that clear.
'Here are the four men and Greta Gerwig nominated for Best Director'
When announcing the Best Director nominees, Emma Stone described them accurately. Specifically, she referred to them as "four men and Greta Gerwig." (Truth!) And while Gerwig lost out to Guillermo Del Toro, we can at least take comfort in the fact that relaying a fact is still seen as groundbreaking.
Jordan Peele thought making 'Get Out' would be 'impossible'
A brief reminder about 'The Greatest Showman'
"The Greatest Showman," a wildly ridiculed musical about a circus, is nominated for the Best Original Song Oscar and made almost $350 million at the box office. That's about $100 million more than any movie nominated for best picture. Who's laughing now?