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The Forgotten Oscars 2013: Our annual celebration of unsung sci-fi, horror, and action films

Wherein we give the Academy a time-traveling, slo-mo bloody hatchet to the face.

By MICHAEL NEEL  |  February 22, 2013

Review: Oscar Nominated Shorts: Documentary

For this year's program of Oscar-nominated documentary shorts, it's best to bring tissues. Things can get emotional.
Brief encounters
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  February 01, 2013

Review: The Oscar Nominated Short Films: Live Action and Animated

Highlights of the live-action shorts include the beautifully direct performances by Somali refugees in "Asad," a contemporary story (with folkloric undertones) of a boy who wants to be a pirate; the del Toro–esque fantasy setting of "Death of a Shadow";

By BETSY SHERMAN  |  February 01, 2013

Django and Zero fade as Lincoln landslide looms

Had you asked a couple of weeks ago, I would have given Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained and Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty good odds at raining on Steven Spielberg's Lincoln parade. But reality has since intruded.
Oscar predictions
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 04, 2013

The Forgotten Oscars 2012: A Celebration of Unsung Sci-Fi, Horror, and Action Films

It's time to celebrate the Forgotten Oscars, where zombies sing, wood chippers cut body parts instead of lumber, and video cameras can kill.
Wherein we roll up our sleeves, get angry, and give The Academy a swift punch in the nuts
By MICHAEL NEEL  |  February 24, 2012


A Special Kid Overcomes Prejudice and Virginity!
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  February 24, 2012


Will Harvey have his way with the Oscars again?

Like Mitt Romney, the inevitable but unlovable Republican presidential nominee, The Artist looks like a sure bet for most of the top Oscars, which will be presented on February 26.
Beyond Help
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 24, 2012

Review: The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2012: Documentary

The films in this program contain some of the most powerful images to be seen on the screen this year.
Powerful images
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 10, 2012
Chlotrudis 17

Chlotrudis 17

Once again, the Chlotrudis Society's annual awards ceremony at the Brattle Theatre on Sunday made up for the numbing, disappointing spectacle of the Oscars, though...
By Peter Keough  |  March 22, 2011

Photos: The RIIFF Oscar Night at Veteran's Memorial Auditorium

Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) hosts their own Oscar Night at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium on Sunday, February 27, 2011.
Oscar Night | February 27, 2011
By CAROLYN BUBEL  |  March 04, 2011
Oscars party at the Brattle Theatre

Photos: Oscar Party at Brattle Theatre

Photos from Brattle Theatre's Oscar night pre-party fundraiser and viewing party.

By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  March 04, 2011

The Waggling and the Pfisting: Laser Orgy reviews last night’s Oscars live chat

The Waggling and the Pfisting: Laser Orgy reviews last night’s Oscars live chat

 By Derek Kouyoumjian. Click here for more photos from the Brattle's Oscars party.When you're broadcasting a universally smug, circle-pat-on-the-back session like the Academy Awards to...
By Alec Ernest  |  February 28, 2011
Podcast: Fletcher and Kyle Buchanan from talk Oscar Predictions

Podcast: Fletcher and Kyle Buchanan from talk Oscar Predictions

 DOWNLOAD:  Podcast Kyle Buchanan 2-24-11 Fletcher and's Kyle Buchanan talk about their Oscar predictions. To download podcast, right click and choose "Save Link As."
By MorningIntern  |  February 25, 2011

The Forgotten Oscars 2011

It's Oscar time again, and, as usual, the Academy is trotting out the same old bullshit.
A slew of genre films that hold a special place in our hearts -- but not in the Academy's
By MICHAEL NEEL  |  February 25, 2011

Speech impediments?

Given the change in political attitudes after the election of Barack Obama, a reactionary backlash following last year's progressive Oscars - in which Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win Best Director - might be no surprise. But who knew the A
Tom Hooper's film looks like an Oscar winner
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 25, 2011

Among the Oscar shorts, documentaries take the prize

The winter blahs are over. The first great cinema treat of 2011: the five surprisingly superb documentary shorts vying for an Academy Award, opening this Friday as "2011 Documentary Oscar Shorts" at the Coolidge Corner Theatre.
Truth is better than fiction.
By GERALD PEARY  |  February 11, 2011


Oscar nominee predictions 2011: Social anxiety

Last year's Oscar program had a celebratory feeling about it that's not always associated with the most watched ceremony in the world.
Oscar looks back, turns inward
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 21, 2011
Boston Oscahs?

Boston Oscahs?

With any luck, five of the acting Oscar nominations will go to actors playing characters with Boston accents. Maybe they should have a separate category...
By Peter Keough  |  November 19, 2010
Inside jobs: Six Oscar contenders on the inner journey

Inside jobs: Six Oscar contenders on the inner journey

America, according to a recent "Newsweek" cover story, has turned inward.The article points to Americans' disinterest in foreign policy (only 3% in a poll think...
By Peter Keough  |  November 15, 2010

Oscar predictions 2010: Locker is a lock

Except for some pipe-dream scenarios in which the 10-nominee/weighted-voting system could turn out a victory for Inglourious Basterds or some other dark horse, everyone concedes that this year's winner for Best Picture and just about every other sign
Bigelow, Bullock, and Bridges also will win gold
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 05, 2010

Review: Ajami

Set in the Arab neighborhood of the title, this Israeli nominee for the Best Foreign Language Oscar starts out like a Middle Eastern Boyz N the Hood .
This Middle Eastern Boyz N the Hood  teeters, but doesn't Crash
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 26, 2010


Rocky Mountain low

Ever since Steven Soderbergh put what was a grade-Z resort town on the film-business map with sex, lies, and videotape in 1989, the Indies and foreigners essentially hijacked the Oscars.
A little frayed, the Sundance brand endures
By HARLAN JACOBSON  |  February 12, 2010

Oscar predictions 2010

After years of shrinking audiences and low-grossing Best Picture nominees, the Academy this year is hedging its bets.
With 10 Best Picture noms, is Oscar up in the air? Our critic predicts.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 29, 2010


A special kid overcomes prejudice and virginity
Big Fat Whale
By BRIAN MCFADDEN  |  November 13, 2009

Keough sweeps Oscars

Is our Phoenix film editor good, or what? This past week, Peter Keough predicted six major Oscar categories and earlier went out on a limb and called the two short-subject winners.
Way better than average
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  February 25, 2009
MySpace, Aisha, Fletcher, WTF and The Finisher!

MySpace, Aisha, Fletcher, WTF and The Finisher!

The MySpace Music Massacre makes a comeback with some hip hop, garage and Cookie Monster M...
By Charlie  |  February 23, 2009

Loki Rourke, 1991-2009

Not to be morbid, but the Boston Society of Film Critics video below might be the last on-screen ap...
By Peter Keough  |  February 18, 2009

Oscar predictions: Liberal gilt

It's like a fairy tale for Hollywood liberals.
Oscar wants to be a Millionaire
By PETER KEOUGH  |  February 17, 2009

OSCAR PREVIEW VIDEO: Mickey Rourke and Sean Penn -- and Mickey's Dog -- thank Boston

Three Amigos: Sean Penn, Mickey Rourke, and Mickey's dog Although the Boston Society of Film Criti...
By Carly Carioli  |  February 17, 2009

Review: Last Chance Harvey

Between them, Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson have four Oscars, so it's hardly surprising to see them paired up in director Joel Hopkins's attempt at Oscar bait.
A Lifetime TV movie with better leads
By BRETT MICHEL  |  January 13, 2009