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Carter Pilcher on why Indian stories are achieving greater success internationally
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Carter Pilcher on why Indian stories are achieving greater success internationally

In an exclusive conversation with Firstpost, the Founder and CEO of Shorts TV, Carter Pilcher shares how the Indian Film Community and Film Awards bodies have started taking a greater interest in competing in the international film community in recent years.

Japanese director Ryusuke Hamaguchi reflects on his Oscar-winning feature Drive My Car, its popularity
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Japanese director Ryusuke Hamaguchi reflects on his Oscar-winning feature Drive My Car, its popularity

Drive My Car, the 3-hour-long film based on a short story by Haruki Murakami, won an Oscar last week for best international feature film

In defense of CODA: Apple TV's Best Picture winner at Oscars 2022 sang like no one's listening and made us feel heard
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In defense of CODA: Apple TV's Best Picture winner at Oscars 2022 sang like no one's listening and made us feel heard

CODA tells the underdog tale of a girl with a voice in a deaf ecosystem. That was also the story of Apple TV, and the film itself, at Oscars 2022.

Oscars 2022: Jessica Chastain's victory over Penelope Cruz, Olivia Colman shows biopics are awards bait
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Oscars 2022: Jessica Chastain's victory over Penelope Cruz, Olivia Colman shows biopics are awards bait

Jessica Chastain no doubt disappears into her role of Tammy Faye, embodying her charm, capturing her mannerisms, and giving her a strong voice. But all the gestural intensity can't make up for the character’s lack of interiority.

Oscars 2022: Relegation of technical awards to pre-taped sidelines set the tone of drama over character — long before the slap
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Oscars 2022: Relegation of technical awards to pre-taped sidelines set the tone of drama over character — long before the slap

The viewership numbers cannot possibly compensate for the character assassination of an institution that, by all accounts, has consumed itself in its pursuit of diplomacy and drama.

Oscars 2022: Classic white shirts, monochrome tailoring and a return to red — trends that dominated red carpet
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Oscars 2022: Classic white shirts, monochrome tailoring and a return to red — trends that dominated red carpet

The best looks of the Oscars 2022 night had one thing in common: They flouted the stuffy rules of ‘high-society’ dressing, marking the phasing-out of highbrow conservatism that no longer does — or at least should not — characterise the movie industry.

Oscars 2022: It's unfortunate this year will be remembered for buffoonery over strides in representation
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Oscars 2022: It's unfortunate this year will be remembered for buffoonery over strides in representation

Will Smith slapping Chris Rock on stage was the theme of the Oscars 2022 night — a cascade of microaggressions that overshadowed the progress that was witnessed during the ceremony.

Devil's Advocate | Oscars 2022: CODA's win adds to The Academy's legacy of honouring less deserving Best Picture contenders
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Devil's Advocate | Oscars 2022: CODA's win adds to The Academy's legacy of honouring less deserving Best Picture contenders

When disability (deafness in case of CODA) becomes the structure of the story rather than the fulcrum on which the narrative might pivot, it becomes hard to both morally and politically resist being trapped by its lasso of sympathy.

Oscars 2022: Jessica Chastain wins her first Academy Award for The Eyes of Tammy Faye
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Oscars 2022: Jessica Chastain wins her first Academy Award for The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Jessica Chastain won the Academy Award for best actress for The Eyes of Tammy Faye, in which she portrays the rise, fall, and redemption of televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker.

Oscars 2022: Dear Will Smith, your wife doesn't need you to protect her honour — especially through abuse
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Oscars 2022: Dear Will Smith, your wife doesn't need you to protect her honour — especially through abuse

Will Smith’s actions overshadowed his own first Oscar win, robbed Summer of Soul of its right to celebrate, and undermined his wife’s choice to give a fitting response to Chris Rock at a time, place, and manner of her bidding.

Oscars 2022: Apple TV trumps Netflix as CODA becomes first streaming title to win Best Picture
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Oscars 2022: Apple TV trumps Netflix as CODA becomes first streaming title to win Best Picture

Jane Campion's The Power of the Dog on Netflix seemed the initial frontrunner in the race but CODA emerged a favourite in the last leg of the promotions.

Oscars 2022: Will Smith wins Best Actor — moments after slapping Chris Rock on stage for joke on his wife
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Oscars 2022: Will Smith wins Best Actor — moments after slapping Chris Rock on stage for joke on his wife

Will Smith won the Best Actor award for King Richard, but that is not all he will be remembered for at the 94th Academy Awards ceremony.

Oscars 2022: Ukraine was an omnipresent motif at the ceremony with 30-second silent tribute, gold and blue ribbons
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Oscars 2022: Ukraine was an omnipresent motif at the ceremony with 30-second silent tribute, gold and blue ribbons

The balance between celebrating art while Russia’s invasion of Ukraine rages on has been a delicate one for the Oscars.

Oscars 2022: West Side Story's Ariana DeBose becomes first openly queer person of colour to win Best Supporting Actress
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Oscars 2022: West Side Story's Ariana DeBose becomes first openly queer person of colour to win Best Supporting Actress

“To anybody who has ever questioned your identity, I promise you there is a place for us," Ariana DeBose said in her Oscars 2022 acceptance speech.

Oscars 2022: Dune leads technical categories as Hans Zimmer wins Best Score in pre-taped segment
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Oscars 2022: Dune leads technical categories as Hans Zimmer wins Best Score in pre-taped segment

Though it is not favoured in the top awards, Dune — the biggest blockbuster of the 10 best-picture nominees this year — was widely expected to clean up in technical categories.

Oscars 2022: Lin-Manuel Miranda skips ceremony after wife tests positive for COVID-19
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Oscars 2022: Lin-Manuel Miranda skips ceremony after wife tests positive for COVID-19

Lin-Manuel Miranda, nominated for Best Original Song at Oscars 2022, said that even though he has tested negative himself, he will stay away from Sunday’s ceremony out of caution.

Oscars 2022 predictions: Here's a list of who will win Best Picture, Actress, Director, Actor and other honours — and who should
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Oscars 2022 predictions: Here's a list of who will win Best Picture, Actress, Director, Actor and other honours — and who should

Here is a rundown of all the main Oscars 2022 categories, with my predictions for who will win and who actually should win.

Oscars 2022: When will we stop ranting #OscarsTooMale? Here's why this year should've ended that
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Oscars 2022: When will we stop ranting #OscarsTooMale? Here's why this year should've ended that

The argument here is not necessarily a comparison between the efficiency of a male director and a female director. Instead, the ask is simple: do not overlook movies by female filmmakers in favour of an all-male lineup.

Oscars 2022: Writing With Fire co-director Sushmit Ghosh's deep dive into making of the Khabar Lahariya documentary
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Oscars 2022: Writing With Fire co-director Sushmit Ghosh's deep dive into making of the Khabar Lahariya documentary

"It was their story, but then it also became ours," says Sushmit Ghosh, who directed along with Rintu Thomas Writing With Fire, Indian documentary nominated at Oscars 2022.

Oscars 2022: Why Kristen Stewart deserves the honour — and so do most others in Spencer
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Oscars 2022: Why Kristen Stewart deserves the honour — and so do most others in Spencer

As Princess Diana, Kristen Stewart is at once glorious and tragic, reaching out and yet shutting off, hungry and anorexic, trying hard to hold on to her sense of self as her grip on everything around her gets shaky.