Ed Driscoll

Season Of The Niche

In “What’s Ailing Oscar?”, Michael Medved just buries this year’s Academy Awards show, but the conclusion to this passage couldn’t help but stand out a bit to me:

When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences produced its first award ceremony on May 16, 1929, none of the movie moguls behind the celebration planned to use such occasions to call attention to under-appreciated art films that had escaped public attention. Instead, the whole purpose of the Academy was to add prestige and a patina of