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Diversity and Inclusivity: The Problem with Award Shows

When announcing nominations and winners, award shows like the Oscars and the Grammys have the opportunity to amplify stories and voices through their platform. These awards do not define music and films as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ but, due to the nature of their voting processes, they ultimately become popularity contests and a race for record labels and production companies to win over the most members … Continue reading Diversity and Inclusivity: The Problem with Award Shows

Politics on Screen: Parasite

Ever since it debuted at Cannes Film Festival in May 2019 and won its prestigious Palme d’Or, Parasite has been making waves. With two Baftas, four Oscars (including best picture – the first time a foreign film has ever won) and countless other accolades under its belt, it has dominated the awards circuit and catapulted writer-director Bong Joon-Ho to international fame. A much-celebrated director in his native South Korea, Bong’s work often touches upon social issues. Okja, for example, deals with environmental issues, capitalism, animal rights and corporate greed, whilst The Host explores dictatorships, governments and power, amongst other things. Continue reading Politics on Screen: Parasite

Overlooked at the Oscars

At the 91st Academy Awards, high budgeted films like A Star is Born, Bohemian Rhapsody, and Black Panther took home the majority of the Oscars. Thankfully, Alfonso Cuaron was recognised for his masterpiece Roma, taking home the award for best director, best foreign language, and best cinematography. Spike Lee also received his well overdue Oscar for best adapted screenplay for Blackkklansman. The last time Spike Lee was nominated, the … Continue reading Overlooked at the Oscars

The Oscars’ Highlights

The best and worst night in film finally arrived, with the annual Academy Awards held on the 24th of February. At its best, the Oscars are ultimately a night to celebrate the best in film, so let’s start positive. In Oscar’s history only three black women have won an award for anything other than acting, and two of them were this year, with Black Panther winning Best Costume Design and Best Production Design. In another win for black talent, Spike Lee finally got a non-honorary Oscar, and Samuel L Jackson’s reaction to announcing his name was ecstatic. Seeing the legendary director jump on the actor in celebration was a high point of the night. The academy were very strict with cutting people off after 90 seconds, but when Spike Lee tells you ‘Do not turn that motherfucking clock on’, you listen. Continue reading The Oscars’ Highlights

Review: Phantom Thread

I want to preface this review by saying that I honestly do not know how to review Phantom Thread after one sitting. This doesn’t mean that I disliked the film; in fact, I thought it was great. However, I feel after one viewing I have only digested and understood one third of what this film has to offer. Paul Thomas Anderson has set his latest … Continue reading Review: Phantom Thread

EJ Plays: Oscar Noms

LISTEN HERE It’s awards season! And whether you think they’re relevant or not, around 1.08 million people in the UK tune in to watch the Academy Awards (according to very dependable The Hollywood Reporter), with upward of 65.346 million keeping up with the Oscar winners worldwide. This EJ Plays: Oscar Noms playlist is a compilation of music from films nominated for this year’s Academy Awards. … Continue reading EJ Plays: Oscar Noms

Film Review: The Danish Girl

The Danish Girl’s overriding success is its casting, epitomised by Eddie Redmayne’s and Alicia Vikander’s Oscar nominations for leading actor and supporting actress. Redmayne and Vikander handle the compelling plot of a husband’s awakening identification as a woman, and the subsequent journey of her partaking in one of the first sex reassignment surgeries. Loosely based on the lives of Danish painters, Lili Elbe and Gerda … Continue reading Film Review: The Danish Girl