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Here we are, 33 weeks into the Oscar season, just 19 weeks away from the new 2019 campaign cycle, and 26 weeks from the Feb. 24 Academy Awards ceremony for the films of 2018.
If the math seems dizzying, that’s because it is.
Advent - Film - Oscar—details - Academy - Motion
With the advent of the new best popular film Oscar—details of which have yet to be worked out—the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has joined the era of the Permanent Campaign. As with partisan strife, which now boils without respite between elections, the scramble for Oscars has suddenly become a year-round thing.
This year’s early favorite, Black Panther, was released by Disney and its Marvel unit on Feb. 16, more than two weeks before the last awards ceremony, on March 4. If all goes according to plan, Fox and New Regency should release their Ad Astra next Jan. 11. A science fiction thriller starring Brad Pitt, it could be a contender at the Oscar show on Feb. 9, 2020. But the Fox folks, if they play their cards right, could easily slip Pitt into the 2019 ceremony, as an early reminder that the next round of ballots are on the way.
Awards - Fatigue - Oscars - Family - Christmas
Putting aside a seemingly general awards show fatigue, the Oscars are beginning to feel like a family that leaves the Christmas decorations out all year. The reindeer and colored lights are charming in December. By March, they’re getting old.
In fact, the recent decision to move...
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