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Academy Awards news and analysis from The Nation
December 18, 2020
‘Mank’ Recovers the Radical Roots of ‘Citizen Kane’
The biopic of writer Herman Mankiewicz recuperates the subversive politics of a cinematic masterpiece.
June 22, 2020
The World Is Finally Catching Up to Spike Lee
Do the Right Thing
Da 5 Bloods
, no American filmmaker speaks more urgently to our times.
February 10, 2020
The ‘Parasite’ Oscar Sweep Is a Triumph for South Korean Culture
Bong Joon-ho’s film about the gap between rich and poor challenges English-language dominance in the industry.
January 24, 2020
‘Parasite’ Has Opened American Eyes to South Korea’s Reality
Now we need a film to cut through US myths about the North.
February 26, 2016
What the Academy Awards Tell Us About the Value of Black Work
The Oscars aren’t just a competition for cultural value: They double as an assessment tool that helps pick the industry’s economic winners and losers.
Michael J. Brewer
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August 8, 2015
August 8, 1939: Dustin Hoffman is Born
“Is Charlie being stupidly insensitive to Raymond? Or is Tom Cruise, with his lesser talent, failing to notice that Dustin Hoffman is acting up a storm?”
June 29, 2015
June 29, 2003: Katharine Hepburn Dies
"She acquired a reputation upon the smallest of down payments and then, like the honest debtor she is, set about the unpleasant business of earning the fame she already enjoyed."
February 25, 2015
The Necessity of ‘Citizenfour’
A win for the Edward Snowden documentary is a win for democracy.
February 23, 2015
Patricia Arquette’s Equal Pay Message Needs a Drastic Rewrite
For people who truly care about this issue, there's more to do than glory in Ms. Arquette's acceptance speech.
February 11, 2015
When Hollywood Wasn’t So Male
In the early part of the twentieth century, women’s creative talent was far more widely recognized and valued in the filmmaking community.