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Big wins for ‘Parasite’ give Oscar night an emotional high

Big wins for ‘Parasite’ give Oscar night an emotional high

Associated Press

February 10, 2020

Called up to the stage again and again, Bong Joon Ho kept saying he was ready for a drink — “bloody ready.” But the Oscars weren't bloody ready to stop giving him awards. By the end, the South Korean director and his masterful social thriller “Parasite” had won best original screenplay,...

A wake-up call to enjoy cinema

A wake-up call to enjoy cinema

John Cotter, Staff Writer

February 5, 2020

Ah, to be a cinephile during the month of February.  Studios seamlessly dump their profitable yet fruitless films in wide-release this month, as the “best” films were released in the latter months of the year prior. If you’re like me and don’t feel like indulging in “Dolittle” or “Gretel...

Oscars predictions from The DePaulia’s chief film critic

Oscars predictions from The DePaulia’s chief film critic

Michael Brzezinski, Chief Film Critic

February 5, 2020

Michael Brzezinski, Chief Film Critic: Awards season is reaching its tail end with the hotly anticipated Oscars (which will take place on Sunday, February 9th @ 7 p.m. central). It’s almost a tradition at this point for there to be mass controversy over nominees and 2020 is no different. The incl...

A Q&A with DePaul cinema studies professor Paul Booth

A Q&A with DePaul cinema studies professor Paul Booth

The DePaulia Staff

February 5, 2020

How do the Oscars impact film culture and its place in the culture?  The Oscars remain the premiere institution for film awards, but they're always controversial. Obviously, one of the most important ways they impact film culture is through ticket sales – think about how many people go to see ...

And the Oscar goes to…who cares?

And the Oscar goes to…who cares?

Jonathan DeCarlo, Contributing Writer

February 3, 2020

It’s that time of year again, award show season is in full swing and everyone is clamoring to see which movies, albums, TV shows, etc. take home the coveted position of being the “best” of last year. My problem with all this hype surrounding these big shows is simple: does any of this really matter?...

REVIEW: ‘Just Mercy’ a poignant, haunting reflection of nation today

REVIEW: ‘Just Mercy’ a poignant, haunting reflection of nation today

Rebecca Rogers, Contributing Writer

January 31, 2020

Adapted from lawyer and activist Bryan Stevenson’s memoir and directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, “Just Mercy” is a timely legal drama that brings tears and anger to every viewer. It is a moving true-life story that will remind the viewer of how little progress we as a society have made since th...

Nuevas campañas surgen por falta de representación Latina en los premios Oscar

Nuevas campañas surgen por falta de representación Latina en los premios Oscar

Erika Pérez, Contributing Writer

January 29, 2020

Con los Oscars a la vuelta de la esquina, las redes sociales y los críticos de cine han llamado la atención de este año, porque en el pasado ha existido una falta de diversidad entre los nominados.  Luisela Alvaray, una profesora asociada de estudios de medios y cine en la Universidad DePaul, dice que despué...

Category cutting controversy

Category cutting controversy

Holyn Thigpen, Contributing Writer

February 25, 2019

Earlier this month, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its decision to present the awards for four major categories during the Oscars’ commercial breaks: makeup/hairstyling, live action short, cinematography and editing. In an email to Academy members, Academy president John...

Oscars Predictions

Oscars Predictions

Michael Brzezinski, Staff Writer

February 18, 2019

Who Will Win? Roma Alfonso Cuaron’s deeply personal and profoundly epic film snagged and broke the hearts of audiences and professionals alike. It also seems to be the one nominee with the least amount of bad blood so with that, I think it has a solid foot up on the other nominees.   Who Should Win? Roma o...

Oscars roundup: short films

Oscars roundup: short films

Michael Brzezinski, Staff Writer

February 4, 2019

The unsung hero of awards season is upon us. It is time for what is almost always my favorite part of the awards race and that is the Oscar Shorts programs that hundreds of theaters nationwide display for all to see, including Chicago’s own Landmark Century Centre Theatre starting Friday, Feb. 8. The t...

Nominations point to progress problems

Nominations point to progress problems

Michael Brzezinski, Staff Writer

January 28, 2019

If you are anything like me, the morning of Oscar nominations is an event in the same vein as Christmas morning. You get to wake up bright and early (7:20 a.m.) and watch usually two celebrity guests announce who will be duking it out for the next month for the big, beautiful, golden Oscar. But it was di...

The Oscars disconnect

The Oscars disconnect

By Garret Neal, Staff Writer

February 26, 2018

Ah, the Academy Awards.  The awards show where movie buffs and casual fans alike come together to find out definitively what the pinnacle of the industry was over the past year. At least according to the 7,000 or so members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences who vote. There can certainly...

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