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Joe Reid

  1. cheese
    Smile! A Complete History of the Oscar Nominee Class PhotoSince we couldn’t delight in a new group shot this year, we looked back at 36 years of classics.
  2. the gold rush
    All 56 Movies Nominated for an Oscar This Year, RankedSome might suggest our ranking of every nominated film is subjective, but we might suggest you let the truth just sink in.
  3. let’s go grandmas
    This Could Be a Groundbreaking Year for Grandmas at the OscarsEither Glenn Close or Youn Yuh-jung could make history in Best Supporting Actress for all mamaw-kind.
  4. the gold rush
    The Academy vs. Rotten Tomatoes: Remembering the Lowest-Rated Oscar NomineesHillbilly Elegy joins the ranks of the worst-rated films recognized by the Academy.
  5. onward and upward
    Hollywood’s Six Pathways from Supporting Parts to StardomHow some of the most beloved character actors became some of the most beloved leads.
  6. ooh it’s them!
    The 32 Greatest Character Actors Working TodayWe asked critics and Hollywood creators: Which supporting players make everything better?
  7. the gold rush
    A Brief History of Saturday Night Live As an Oscar Campaign StopHow Jeremy Irons, Emma Stone, and 12 more Oscar winners hit up 30 Rock en route to picking up their trophies.
  8. the gold rush
    The 2021 Oscars Ballot by the NumbersFrom Glenn Close nominations to animated sequels, we’re breaking down the math behind this year’s crop of Academy Awards hopefuls.
  9. the gold rush
    In Memoriam: The Classic Oscar Nomination MorningSorry to Priyanka and Nick, but we miss the old (boring) days.
  10. the gold rush
    A History of Child Oscar NomineesWe all want Alan Kim to get an Oscar nomination for Minari, but how likely are kids to be nominated, anyway?
  11. the gold rush
    This Is Going to Be the Most Ridiculous Best Original Song Year EverGet ready to be very puzzled by the films and songs that get nominated in the Oscars’ shakiest category.
  12. the gold rush
    How Likely Are Golden Globe Winners to Win Oscars Anyway?We crunched the numbers and did the math, and the results are in.
  13. the gold rush
    The Golden Globes Strikeouts Are a Who’s Who of Who Hasn’tsOscar winners? Yes. Tony winners? Yes. Globe winners? No.
  14. the gold rush
    For No Reason at All, Here’s the Greatest Emma Thompson Acceptance SpeechThe 2021 Globes ceremony might be a mess, but we’ll always have this ghostly moment.
  15. the gold rush
    The Golden Globe–Nominated Movie Performances That Oscar Ignored, RankedDifferent Oscar.
  16. alternate timelines
    What If Darren Aronofsky Made Batman Instead of Nolan?What happens in the mirror universe where one 30-something indie director prevails over the other? It gets dark(er).
  17. friday night movie club
    Here’s the Only Home Alone Conversation I Want to Have This Holiday SeasonIt has nothing to do with Catherine O’Hara, Donald Trump, or sequels.
  18. alternate timelines
    The Year of Movies That Never WasWhat would Hollywood have looked like in 2020 if a pandemic never happened? We were almost too afraid to ask.
  19. the gold rush
    All 53 Movies Nominated for an Oscar This Year, RankedThis ranking of 2020 Academy-anointed films is subjective and based on nothing but personal evaluation. But it is right.
  20. the gold rush
    What Happens in the Mirror Universe Where Nicole Kidman Won the 2002 Oscar?How many Academy Awards would Beyoncé have?
  21. the gold rush
    What Happens in the Mirror Universe Where Sandra Bullock Lost the 2009 Oscar?An Oscar hypothetical for the ages.
  22. the gold rush
    The 2020 Oscars, By the NumbersLooking at the math behind this year’s Academy Awards slate reveals some fascinating truths about the ballot.
  23. the gold rush
    A Brief History of Double-Nominated Actors at the OscarsScarlett Johansson, you are in very good company.
  24. the gold rush
    The Best Screenplay Oscar Race Just Got a Little InterestingEven with Quentin Tarantino ineligible for a WGA award (as always), it’s going to be a mad dash to see who gets those precious five Oscar nods.
  25. the gold rush
    Meryl Streep’s 32 Career Golden Globe Nominations, RankedAnd you thought the Academy loved her!
  26. the gold rush
    Why It’s a Wonderful Life Came Up Short at the OscarsThe 1946 Oscars saw Frank Capra’s holiday masterpiece overtaken by a film that was even more sentimentally resonant.
  27. the gold rush
    When Keri Russell Won a Golden Globe for Felicity, Awards Shows Got InterestingThe Hollywood Foreign Press Association is known for rewarding absolutely bananas television, but in 1998, the decision felt right.
  28. the gold rush
    If Taylor Swift and Cats Aren’t Winning the Best Song Oscar, Who Is?The Academy’s shortlist snub leaves the Original Song category light on star power.
  29. anniversaries
    The Death of the Middlebrow Legal ThrillerWhy the demise of a genre built on the spines of John Grisham novels makes us less interested in Oscar races.
  30. oscars 2019
    Revisiting the Longest, Strangest, Most-Popular OscarsA look back at some of the Oscars’ most memorable shows, from Snow White to Titanic’s unsinkable year, and how the ratings reflected them.
  31. oscars 2019
    Some Lessons on How Not to Become an Oscar NomineeWatching a lot of movies that don’t quite get nominated for Oscars reveals hard lessons about what not to do if you want to win awards.
  32. overnights
    Saturday Night Live Recap: In the Land of Black WomenKerry Washington’s hosting gig came at both the most opportune and most awkward time.
  33. overnights
    Saturday Night Live Recap: Look Who’s MumblingBruce Willis took us on a trip down memory lane.
  34. overnights
    Saturday Night Live Recap: Dancin’ With MollyIf you somehow had not been aware that Miley Cyrus has transformed into a twerking baby doll, this episode let you know.
  35. overnights
    Saturday Night Live Recap: Freshman OrientationTina Fey gives her blessing to the new kids.
  36. the best of tv
    This Season’s 10 Best Reality-Show Freak-outsAll the best screaming, slapping, and general insanity.
  37. overnights
    SNL Recap: Welcome Home, Ben Who-FleckAnd the final performances of Bill Hader and Fred Armisen.
  38. overnights
    Saturday Night Live Recap: She’s Still DooneeseEntirely rehashed classic characters on parade.
  39. overnights
    New Girl Recap: Winston’s Birthday PartyJessica Day is large and in charge.
  40. overnights
    SNL Recap: The Natural Comedy and Casual Racism of Zach GalifianakisBoth helped him stay on the right side of funny.
  41. on spec
    A League of Their Own: The (Annotated) MusicalCome on, Broadway producers — we already did half the work here.
  42. overnights
    SNL Recap: Vince Vaughn for Some ReasonIt’s hard to follow Melissa McCarthy.
  43. overnights
    Justified Season-Four Finale Recap: Bloodless HarlanJustified marched quite confidently through this finale without any major-character fatalities.
  44. Justified Recap: Deus Ex AvaAva’s soul was at stake in last night’s penultimate episode.
  45. overnights
    Community Recap: Advanced Formalism in Contemporary RecappingAbed goes Animal House.
  46. overnights
    Justified Recap: Join Hands, Start a Coal TrainThe setup at the end of last week’s episode made some big promises for this week’s.
  47. overnights
    Justified Recap: Limehouse of CardsEveryone’s looking for Drew.
  48. saturday night live
    SNL Recap: Timberlake Dons Suit, Tie & Tofu CubeFor his fifth SNL hosting gig.
  49. overnights
    Justified Recap: Drew LiesApparently all you readers figured out who Drew Thompson was long before we did.
  50. overnights
    Saturday Night Live Recap: Kevin Hart Palms Your SandwichAnd flubs a couple punchlines.
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