Oscar Night


Oscar Nominees announced. (Photo of Oscars courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for news sites.)
Oscar Nominees announced. (Photo of Oscars courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for news sites.)


Based on all the awards ceremonies that have already taken place this year “Everything Everywhere All At Once” is expected to walk off with the most awards. But tune in any way when the 956th Academy Awards are announced March 12, 2023 for movies released in 2022 to see the gowns and tuxes, hear the best songs performed and guess the other awards.

If hosting and need trivia or want to see the list of nominees or which films and people took awards from 1929 to 2023 go to Oscars/Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The years and their winners are listed in a timeline. It’s fascinating. 

Frank B won Best Director for Dramatic Picture in 1929. (Phot courtesy of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences)

As an example, In the 1929 Oscars Frank Borzage won Best Directing for Dramatic Picture with “7th Heaven” and “Wings” took the first Oscar ever for Best Picture.

 The site also lists this year’s Dikrecting nominees as Martin Mcdonagh for “The Banshees of Inisherin,” Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (Known as the two Daniels) for “Everything Everywhere All At Once,” Steven Spielberg for “The Fabelmans,” Todd Field for “Tar” and Ruben Östlund for “Triangle of Sadness.”

No matter who wins what film makers are hoping for is full recovery at theaters so audiences are back after the Pandemic.

Jodie Jacobs



Oscars organization launches Latinx initiative


Academy Awards (Photo courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences)
Academy Awards (Photo courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences)

After the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and sciences was accused of discrimination in its Oscar awards and judges, it began several corrective initiatives.

Among them is Seen, a series starring Nick Barili, an Argentinean-American journalist, writer, producer and director.  Barili talks with influential artists and filmmakers with Latin -American and Spanish roots about barriers met and their craft.

Members of the Academy John Leguizamo, Eva Longoria and Edward James Olmos share their personal stories during the opening season. They discuss breaking down barriers in filmmaking. Watch the trailer on the Academy’s YouTube and  AcademySeen.

Stay tuned for more initiatives

Jodie Jacobs

Oscar night

Oscar poster art (courtesy of Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences)
Oscar poster art (courtesy of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences)

Well, we’ve had Golden Globes (Hollywood Foreign Press Association), Critics Choice  (see Yahoo’s Critics’ Choice Awards)Screen Actors Guild (SAGA) and BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts.)  awards.

Which brings us to next Sunday, when a couple of months later than their usual time slot, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Oscars will air.

Considering most of us have been watching more TV this past year than usual, we arguably have been more interested in television’s show and acting awards than what we’d normally see in the theaters if we could or wanted to go.

However, Oscar night has been a time to see how Hollywood dresses up, hear political statements and sometimes honor the people and films we want to see that we missed.

So maybe as theaters reopen and production companies opt to put their 2020 films on Peacock, Netflix, Hulu, HBO, apple tv or Amazon Prime Video,  we may get to see why a film or person was chosen, this year.

However the following timetable and highlights are what the Academy says Oscar Night, April 25, 2021 will be like this year.

It all starts at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT with the five nominated original songs  performed by Celeste, H.E.R., Leslie Odom, Jr., Laura Paushini, Daniel Pemberton, Molly Sanden and Diane Warren as the lead-in called “Oscars: Into the Spotlight.”

Then, Ariana DeBose (“Hamilton”) and Lil Rel Howery (“Bad Trip”), will continue will with insiders’ peaks of the night that include an appearance by DJ Tara at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.

The Oscars’ main event will be televised live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. and in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

It will be followed by “Oscars: After Dark” hosted by Colman Domingo (“Zolz”) and Andrew Rannells (“The Prom”) with interviews by film critic Elvis Mitchell and a recap of the evening.

Both specials are executive-produced by Michael Antinoro and David Chamberlin, alongside producers Collins, Sher and Soderbergh.

To allow for social distancing and following COVID protocols, the 93rd Oscars will be held at Union Station in Los Angeles, the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood and international locations via satellite.

Jodie Jacobs


Oscar nominations announced


Oscar poster courtesy of Krislam Chin for The Academy
Oscar poster courtesy of Krislam Chin for The Academy

If you watched the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice award ceremonies you likely have an idea of who and what will be on the 93rd Oscars®  list of nominees.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ nominees were announced early this morning by actor/producer Priyanka Chopra Jonas and singer/songwriter/actor Nick who  streamed live from London. For a repeat go to shows/Oscars.

The list has 23 categories ranging from actors and actresses (yes, the Academy still calls female actors, actresses) in leading and supporting roles to the best feature and short documentaries.

Here are just a few of the nominees.

Performance by an actor in a leading role has Riz Ahmed in “Sound of Metal,” Chadwick Boseman in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” Anthony Hopkins in “The Father,” Gary Oldman in “Mank” and Steven Yeun in “Minari”

Supporting role actors nominated are Sacha Baron Cohen in “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” Daniel Kaluuya in “Judas and the Black Messiah,” Leslie Odom, Jr. in “One Night in Miami.,” Paul Raci in “Sound of Metal” and Lakeith Stanfield in “Judas and the Black Messiah.”

Leading ladies nominated are Viola Davis for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” Andra Day for “The United States vs. Billie Holiday,” Vanessa Kirby for “Pieces of a Woman,” Frances McDormand for “Nomadland” and Carey Mulligan for “Promising Young Woman.”

“Actresses”  in a supporting role nominees are Maria Bakalova in “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” Glenn Close in “Hillbilly Elegy,” Olivia Colman in “The Father,” Amanda Seyfried in “Mank” and Yuh-Jung Youn in “Minari.”

For a complete list of nominees, visit official Oscars website.

The 93rd Oscars will be Sunday, April 25, 2021, at Union Station Los Angeles and the Dolby® Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood. It will be televised on ABC at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

Jodie Jacobs


Oscar night trailers and info

Photo from the 85th Oscars (Photo courtesy of the Adademy)
Photo from the 85th Oscars (Photo courtesy of the Adademy)

Of course you know the Academy Awards for the 91st Oscars are on Sunday, Feb. 24 and that the ceremony starts at 7 p.m. CT on ABC.

What you might not know is that you can watch the trailers of the best picture nominations now on you computer so you have a better idea of what all the fuss is about and maybe which one you would vote for or go to see..

There are a couple of sites that all give you a behind the scenes peek and that name the presenters.

So, here are some links to get you in the mood for Oscar night.

Most information is at Oscar go.

Trailers courtesy of the Academy:

Black Panther

Green Book

A Star is Born



Bohemian Rhapsody



Related: Chicagotheaterandarts.com/academyawards

Make some popcorn and enjoy!

Jodie Jacobs