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  • OSCARS: When Hollywood gets it right & wrong

    by Phil Boatwright, posted Friday, March 02, 2018 (9 months ago)

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (BP) -- I suspect some readers may be disappointed that I've elected to pass on reviewing the Oscar telecast this year. Sorry, I prefer watching a movie over viewing Hollywood congratulate itself for the umpteenth time this awards season. I did, however, want to express my unabashed love for the cinema.

    Movies combine the essence of all the other art forms, and films have been used to both edify and entertain.

    That said, when it comes to award-giving, Hollywood doesn't always get it right. Many have been overlooked (Alfred Hitchcock never won a Best Director Oscar) while others may have gotten golden statuettes for the wrong movie. Case in point: Paul Newman deserved a Best Actor win for "The Verdict" (1982), receiving it instead for "The Color of Money" (1986). Read More

  • OSCARS: Why you should or shouldn't watch

    by Phil Boatwright, posted Tuesday, January 23, 2018 (10 months ago)

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (BP) -- It's that time of year again. The nominations for the 90th Academy Awards were announced earlier today (Jan. 23).

    Comedian Jimmy Kimmel will again host the 90th Academy Awards on ABC, March 4. The pre-show begins at 6:30 p.m. Eastern, with the awards presentation continuing into the wee small hours of the night. Arguably, there are reasons why you shouldn't support the Oscars -- but maybe there is one reason why you should. Read More

  • OSCARS: 'Excessive,' 'overdose of snarky humor'

    by Phil Boatwright, posted Monday, February 27, 2017 (one year ago)

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    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (BP) -- Despite the $200,000 gift bags each major Oscar contestant would receive and the gastronomic delight that would later be served up by Wolfgang Puck, there were some awfully grim faces on the Dolby Theater stage throughout last night's Oscar telecast.

    In addition to Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announcing the wrong film as Best Picture, dark clouds seemed to form each time President Trump's agendas were mentioned. And they came up a lot. Read More

  • OSCARS: R-rating prevalent in Oscar nominees

    by Phil Boatwright, posted Friday, January 15, 2016 (2 years ago)

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (BP) -- Recently I predicted that the majority of the films nominated this year as Oscar's best picture would be rated R. Guess what?

    I was right.

    No matter the genre, no matter the story, it appears that many in the land of make-believe equate serious subject matter with R-rated content. Because of this, most positive themes found in many motion pictures this past year are eclipsed by abusive and coarse content. ... Read More

  • Oscars display 'decaying moral standards'

    by Phil Boatwright, posted Monday, February 23, 2015 (3 years ago)

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (BP) -- I've enjoyably tuned in to the Oscar telecasts since the age of 12. The only year I didn't watch was in 2011. I was in Hawaii that award night interviewing the makers of the then upcoming "Soul Surfer." Hey, who's going to watch TV while visiting Hawaii? This year, however, I viewed the award show more out of duty than a desire to see who gets the golden boy statuette.

    I confess that I preferred the days when the Oscar telecasts were hosted by men who weren't married to other men (or walking on stage wearing only socks, shoes and underwear). When musical divas weren't plastered with tattoos. And when at least one winner looked up and thanked their Creator. Read More