The Oscar Project
On April 13th, 2016, Kobe Bryant played his last professional basketball game, scoring 60 points to cap off a career that spanned 20 years and included five NBA championships, two NBA Finals MVPs, 18 All-Star appearances, and two Olympic gold medals.
On March 4th, 2018, Bryant added the title of Oscar Winner to his lengthy resume when the short film "Dear Basketball" won for Best Animated Short Film.
On January 26th, 2020, Bryant and his daughter Gianna (13) were killed in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California. The accident also killed Gianna's peer Alyssa Altobelli and her parents, John and Keri, Sarah Chester and her daughter Payton, Christina Mauser, and Ara Zobayan.
While no words can speak to the loss that will be felt by all of these families in the wake of this tragedy, it only felt right to present Kobe's film here one more time.
The first batch of presenters for the upcoming 2020 Oscars has been announced.
In keeping with the tradition of having the previous year's acting winners return to present the following, all four winners of the acting categories from 2019 are back. That means Best Actor Rami Malek, Best Actress Olivia Colman, Best Supporting Actress Regina King, and Best Supporting Actor Mahershala Ali will be presenting the awards to a new batch of winners in just a few weeks.
It is likely that each will present for the opposite sex and also for the opposite prize as has been the tradition for some time. In the past several years, Best Supporting Actor has been one of the first prizes awarded so look for Colman to grace the stage first out of this group.
The remaining presenters are yet to be announced, but look for a star studded group, especially since the Oscars will have no host for the second year in a row.
Our two big releases this weekend are a remake (of a remake) and a second sequel. What's that about there not being any new ideas in Hollywood anymore?
While my efforts over the last week and a half have been focused on getting the early episodes of The Oscar Project Podcast off the ground, I wanted to take a little time to present the films that are hitting theaters this week.
The good news about these releases is that a few of them may be up for Oscars when the nominees are announced on Monday, January 13th. I can almost guarantee several nominations for 1917 and perhaps one for Just Mercy as well. Click through the find out where the contenders are and which films may have to wait for next year.
So now that the holidays are over, it's time to slog our way through the films that didn't quite make the cut for a holiday release last year. Granted, there are some films I'm looking forward to over the next few weeks and months, but don't expect many of these to be in contention for Oscars around this time next year.
This first weekend of the year brings only one new wide release and a handful of limited releases. Check them out below.
I'm just a film buff who wants to watch great movies. Where else to find the best, than the list of those nominated by the Academy each year?