Friday, February 9, 2024

ShortsTV presents the Oscar Nominated Shorts in theaters

As the Oscar nominations have been announced, ShortsTV is once again giving you the opportunity to see all of the nominated short films in theaters. 

Once again, we will be working with ShortsTV to bring you interviews with the Oscar nominated filmmakers from each shorts category. 

Official ShortsTV trailer for the 2024 Oscar Nominated Shorts

In my opinion, short films tend to be one of the most overlooked categories by a viewing audience, even though these films often pack the same punch the features do. One of my favorite things about covering the Oscar Shorts every year is watching so many new/young filmmakers find their way to becoming major filmmakers we grow to love, and sometimes, even seeing tenured successful filmmakers return to the shorts to tell a story. 

Click on the link below to find out where you can see this year's Oscar Shorts, brought to us by ShortsTV. Oscar shorts hit theaters starting February 16, 2024.

Thursday, February 8, 2024

The Academy creates Casting category for 98th Oscar's

 The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gave us an exciting announcement today, that starting in 2026, for the 98th Oscars, films released in 2025 will be considered for an Academy Award for Casting. This is such an exciting announcement as there are so many roles that should be recognized for their hard work in filmmaking. Still waiting for Stunts to get their own category, but this is good progress. See the Academy's official press release below!



LOS ANGELES, CA – The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today the creation of an annual competitive Academy Award® for Achievement in Casting, beginning with the 98th Academy Awards® for films released in 2025.

“Casting directors play an essential role in filmmaking, and as the Academy evolves, we are proud to add casting to the disciplines that we recognize and celebrate,” said Academy CEO Bill Kramer and Academy President Janet Yang. “We congratulate our Casting Directors Branch members on this exciting milestone and for their commitment and diligence throughout this process.”

“On behalf of the members of the Casting Directors Branch, we’d like to thank the Board of Governors, the Awards Committee and Academy leadership for their support. This award is a deserved acknowledgment of our casting directors’ exceptional talents and a testament to the dedicated efforts of our branch,” said Academy Casting Directors Branch governors Richard Hicks, Kim Taylor-Coleman and Debra Zane.

Category rules for eligibility and voting for the inaugural award will be announced in April 2025 with the complete 98th Academy Awards Rules. The specifics of the award’s presentation will be determined by the Academy’s Board of Governors and its administrative leadership at a future date.

The Casting Directors Branch was created in July 2013. There are currently nearly 160 members of the branch.

The last new award category created was Best Animated Feature Film, established in 2001.