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Antihero Ricardo Cortez: Best Showcases + Oscar-Winning Cinematographer Brother

Antihero Ricardo Cortez in Symphony of Six Million, with Irene Dunne. Directed by Gregory La Cava, this 1932 family/romantic melodrama may have been one of Cortez's favorite among his own movies (see further below). Based on a morality tale by Back Street, Imitation of Life, and Humoresque author Fannie Hurst, Symphony of Six Million follows a young New Yorker (Cortez) who, after becoming a renowned – albeit more than a little untrustworthy – doctor, loses touch with his own family, including wife and foremost supporter Irene Dunne. During the talkie era, Cortez was usually seen as an antihero, such as the murder-solving gangster in The Phantom of Crestwood and the crooked gambler who partners up with justice system victim Kay […]


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Antihero Ricardo Cortez: Best Showcases + Oscar-Winning Cinematographer Brother



Eddie Redmayne, Bong Joon-ho: Academy Invites Eclectic International Talent

Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything: Academy Actors Branch invitee. Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals “who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.” According to the Academy's press release, “those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015.” In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 “our […]


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Eddie Redmayne, Bong Joon-ho: Academy Invites Eclectic International Talent



Kathryn Bigelow Movie: Best Director & Best Screenplay Front-Runners

Kathryn Bigelow: Best Director front-runner (See previous post: “Anne Hathaway Leads Best Supporting Actress Category.”) Kathryn Bigelow is the current Best Director front-runner for Zero Dark Thirty. The Best Screenplay category has four movies running neck and neck: Argo (written by Chris Terrio), Zero Dark Thirty (Mark Boal), Lincoln (Tony Kushner), and Looper (Rian Johnson). In early 2010, director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal won Academy Awards for The Hurt Locker, which also took home the Best Picture Oscar. (Image: Joel Edgerton in Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty.) [Intro: Movie Awards Season 2013.] Michael Haneke / Amour: Glaring Best Director and Best Screenplay omission The one major omission in both the Best Director and Best Screenplay categories is Best […]


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Kathryn Bigelow Movie: Best Director & Best Screenplay Front-Runners