Whether you’re in it for the acting or the fashion or the celebrity (or whatever other reasons you can think of), there’s a lot to cover around the Academy Awards. Here’s how some news organizations are doing it.
On Thursday, Todd VanDerWerff wrote about the most confusing Oscar categories for Vox. The piece looks at some good ones, including the difference between an adapted and an original screenplay, the difference between a lead and a supporting actor, and how short must a short film be.
Vox also has “The surprising, bizarre, 2,500-year history of the Oscars’ red carpet” and there are suggestions on some data that might help you predict the winners.
On Wednesday, Walt Hickey wrote about FiveThirtyEight’s “Election-Style Oscar Predictions.” Looks like it’s going to be a tight race.
Here’s how we figure this: Unlike presidential elections, there’s no clear-cut way to predict the Oscar winners. Betting markets are probably your best bet. But there are a dozen or so lesser awards — including the Golden Globes, Writers Guild Awards, and Satellite Awards — that precede the big dance, and we can use these as quasi-polls. For example, the winner of the Directors Guild of America award for best director usually wins the Oscar for best director.
On Thursday, Sam Stryker shared Big Group’s graphic that shows every best actress Oscar dress.
— Sam Stryker (@sbstryker) February 19, 2015
On Thursday, Ryan Creed offered up a ranking of 113 Oscar losers’ faces.
On Friday, Fusion’s Marjon Carlos shows us what the men of the Oscars would look like in haute couture.
— PIZZA QUEEN (@elenascotti) February 20, 2015
On Friday, Jordan Sargent writes for Gawker about what happens when you let Oscar voters go on anonymous mode.
The pieces are good if you would like to know what films might win awards this year, but even better if you would like multiple examples showing why Academy voters are fucking crazy.
The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal has “The Oscars of Everything Else,” and they really mean it — most snow or rain, most stuntmen, longest credit sequence.
— Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) February 17, 2015
The Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Times’ coverage includes a quiz to see how well you know your Oscar history.
The New York Times
The New York Times published “Oscar Films for Every Personality” on Wednesday.