News Nuggets: Oscar Best Picture loss by ‘Boyhood’ is the ‘worst mistake’ in 20 years

Dan Kois declares that the rejection of “Boyhood” on Sunday as Oscar’s Best Picture was the Academy’s “worst mistake in 20 years.” He says we witnessed an “epochal travesty” when the Richard Linklater film lost, which only happens when “a true masterpiece, a movie for the ages, somehow battles its way through the mediocrity” to only lose in the end. He calls the eventual winner “Birdman” a “terrific” movie, but that we will look back to say “how did they let this happen?” Other “epochal travesty” losses over the years have been by “Citizen Kane,” “The Graduate,” “High Noon,” “Goodfellas,” “Pulp Fiction,” “Apocalypse Now,” “Raging Bull,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark, and “E.T.” Slate

In advance of the “House of Cards” third season debuting Friday on Netflix, a new guide brings you up-to-speed on all prior developments. It reminds that Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) has “squirmed” his way into being Vice President and then ultimately President by the end of last season. It then takes fans through all of the people he has either backstabbed, killed, manipulated, or blackmailed to take his new position. Huffington Post

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Oscar producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan now reveal that the “staggering” performance by Lady Gaga on Sunday was the subject of six months of hard work. The pop diva spent a portion of each day with a vocal coach to ready herself for her “The Sound of Music” tribute. She felt like a strong showing “would change the focus of her career.” Entertainment Tonight

A new photo gallery selects the top 10 fashion winners from Sunday’s Academy Awards. Their choices are Julianne Moore, Marion Cotillard, Natalie Portman, Lupita Nyong’o, Lady Gaga, Dakota Johnson, Rosamund Pike, Behati Prinsloo, Diane Kruger, and Emma StoneNew York Times

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The series finale of “Parks and Recreation” on Tuesday surges in overall viewers. The Amy Poehler comedy series wrapped its seven season run on NBC with a one-hour episode that brought in 4.2 million viewers. That was a 50% upgrade over the previous week. The finale jumped through time to show what happened to all of the characters over the next few decades. TV Line

Next year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards is moving away from a Sunday to a Saturday. SAG Awards officials have chosen January 30 for the 22nd annual event. Nominations will be announced on December 9. All four of this year’s film winners (Julianne Moore, Eddie Redmayne, Patricia Arquette, and J.K. Simmons) went on to Oscar winners soon after. The Wrap

Which subjects from this year’s Oscar ceremony “riled up” social media the most? The list includes Sean Penn‘s immigration dig at Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, the Patricia Arquette mention fo equal pay for women, suicide awareness from writer Graham Moore‘s speech, and the declaration by J.K. Simmons to call your parents. CNN

10 thoughts on “News Nuggets: Oscar Best Picture loss by ‘Boyhood’ is the ‘worst mistake’ in 20 years

  1. I’m pretty insulted that this guy is comparing “Boyhood” to all of these films at the end. Even “E.T”, which I’m not all that fond of but find a WHOLE LOT more interesting than “Boyhood” which was a struggle to stay awake through.

  2. Richard Linklater’s time-lapse “Before Trilogy” was vastly more interesting, more authentic and more worthy of the “masterwork” label than “Boyhood.”

  3. You can’t call it a mistake when you call the winner terrific. Brokeback not winning was a mistake, because, now that time has spoken, we can certify it as a masterpiece, while Crash is the same trash it was 10 years ago.

  4. The SAG awards are just like the Oscars and rewarded 2007 Incest promoters Moore and Redmayne co-stars in the disgusting film Savage Grace with top acting honors. Julianne Moore has a son in real life and made a film glorifying mother and son lovers. People actually like her work and the industry cheers it on. Moral and spiritual bankruptcy is rampant in Hollywood.

  5. Despite the controversy, Selma was too damn powerful to not be the best picture. Boyhood was brilliant and very heartfelt, but ultimately it was sunk because it had an ordinary plot about ordinary people.

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