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Oscars Reveal Hollywood`s Vices


Hollywood used to be a place where larger-than-life celebrities possessed the intangible quality of “star power.”

However, things have changed over the course of time and have done so in a manner that appears to be as dramatic as the cinematic art itself so frequently manifests.

The entertainment industry has been thoroughly transformed by a tidal wave of new technologies. And the ever-present insecurity, of which executives who run the largest studios often speak, has caused a torrent of franchise films, sequels, and reboots to be overrepresented on the marquees of movie theaters across the country.

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Will It Be a Snub or an Honor for Clint Eastwood?

It’s that time of year again, the Oscar season, that is, and the Hollywood campaigns are in full swing.

The Academy requires a film to be released prior to the end of the year in question in order to qualify for an award, and because of this a slew of Oscar-seeking cinema is just about to hit the theaters.

Interestingly, to compete for an Academy Award, movies are also required to be up on screens for a full week within the year of consideration, which means the last chance for any would-be Oscar contender to be released is on Christmas Day.

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Early Oscar Predictions

The 86th Academy Awards voting process has begun.

Until the nominations are announced on Jan. 16, 2014, Hollywood will be holding its collective breath. Provided below is a short summary of what you might expect to hear on that date.

The all-important awards season is the most competitive in decades thanks to a flood of critic and member pleasing fare. Some of Hollywood’s biggest stars are featured in challenging roles this time around.

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Why the Academy Awards Matter

With the parade of awards shows marching across our home theater screens, the question is often raised as to whether the self-congratulatory rituals matter to folks outside the entertainment industry.

Well, in addition to the celebrity gazing, fashion ogling and winner prognosticating, the Oscars actually have a fairly strong impact on various aspects of our pop culture.

There are, of course, the usual trend effects on hairstyles, fashion, music, jewelry, sunglasses, etc., but there is also trendsetting within the film art world, art imitating art, if you will. Movies resembling Oscar winners tend to follow. Style, tone and themes repeat. Subject matter, too, can be found popping up again in a future film.

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