Welcome to OscarTalk.net, where two critics work tirelessly to make Oscar season all it can, and should, be.

Our objective is not so much to illuminate industry secrets (although, we do love industry secrets, so if you know any, please share!) or give you the ultimate Oscar pool tips (although, between the two of us, we ROCK Oscar pools) . . . our goal is to deliver all the joy and blessings of the Oscar season to your living room (or wherever you keep your computer).

We celebrate Oscar season to its fullest – watching and discussing contenders throughout the days leading up to the joyous event, delivering messages of peace and love to friends and family members, enjoying a Champagne brunch on Oscar Day, and devoting the evening of the telecast to the our own tradition-bound celebration.

If we can deliver that festivity to you and yours, illuminate the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences methods so the system makes more sense to you . . . or just let you know which nominees (or potential nominees) to add to your Netflix queue, we have done our jobs.

So, join us for the most entertaining season of the year!

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LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.

“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”

Each year Academy members may sponsor one candidate for membership within their branch. New member application reviews take place in the spring. Applications for the coming year must be received by March 19, 2015.

New members will be welcomed into the Academy at an invitation-only reception in September.


LOS ANGELES, CA – The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has updated regulations for how companies and individuals may market movies and achievements eligible for the 87th Academy Awards® to Academy members. The most significant changes affect the Music category.

Music Branch members may not contact other Music Branch members to promote the nomination of their own song in any way, including via mail, email, telephone or social media. Additionally, Music Branch members may not attend any special live performances of eligible songs unless attached to a screening.

For the complete award campaign regulations, visit oscars.org/regulations.

Congratulations to 12 Years a Slave

Best Picture Winner for 2013

The producers of 12 Years a Slave

Award Presentations Leading Up to the Oscars

The Oscars are the last stop in a season of celebrations of cinematic excellence.