The Ultimate Academy Awards Drinking Game

Academy Awards approach, but interest has waned

Can you guess the Best Picture winner from its final line?

After multiple women came forward with sexual-harassment allegations against James Franco when he won his Golden Globe earlier this year, many publicists around town are wary about putting their clients up on that Oscar stage with some 30 million eyeballs glaring down at them. Or maybe one of the splashier films like "Dunkirk" or "Get Out". Her coming of age film was believable and down to earth; the teenage experience of the protagonist, Lady Bird, felt so eerily familiar. Is It Also This Year's Best Picture?

BOB MONDELLO, BYLINE: And what is tricky about this year and more tricky than usual is that there are controversial pictures in this mix, "Three Billboards" being one of them. "Women cannot get through the door, and if they can't get through the door, they can't be recognized and rewarded for their excellence and impact". Now we have to see which among these movies get away with the maximum trophies.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences chief Dawn Hudson said the academy, which bestows the Oscars, has actively sought to diversify its membership in recent years. And it's much more colorful and representative than ever before. "Time's Up is not an awards show awareness campaign; we are an action campaign", says a representative, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to Variety.

"Boys Don't Cry" director Kimberly Peirce, who has always been active with the academy and the directors' guild, said there have been concerted efforts within both organizations to open doors to more women.

Films like "Call Me By Your Name" and "Darkest Hour" - worthy efforts that drew audiences small enough to fit in a phone booth - are meaningless to the swath of filmgoers who likely also haven't seen underachievers like "Lady Bird" and "Phantom Thread". "But also they're going to hire the best people". That's what inspired San Francisco-based visual effects artist Charmaine Chan to create her documentary series, "Women in Visual Effects". The 90-minute live-streamed show will feature more than 300 VIP guests as well as interviews and commentary from the likes of People style and beauty director Andrea Lavinthal. Those who focus too heavily on the seemingly redemptive arc of Sam Rockwell's racist, bumbling police officer fail to see McDonagh's larger point: When you break - as a society or individual - you stay broken.

Another case of bulldozing through all the preceding awards shows, it would be one of the biggest upsets of all time if Frances McDormand didn't win this one. "And it perpetuates that promotion of boys and not bringing in outside voices or other diverse perspectives". Every year it's destroyed, and Georgia's Signature Systems Group makes another one. Box office favorites such as "Baby Driver", "Star Wars: The Last Jedi", "Beauty and the Beast" or "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" could garner a technical award.

"I was certainly the only female department head", she said. He added, "I'm not going to stop any bad behavior with my jokes". "I don't concern myself with those sorts of things", except on Jimmy Kimmel Live, he says.

He has said he does not intend to use the Oscars "as a platform for healthcare". She echoed Chan and Peirce in blaming the Hollywood "boys' club" on people hiring others who look like them. So if somebody falls or if somebody says something insane or if somebody runs naked across the stage, I'm not going to feel bad about it.

Foster pointed to the Swedish Film Institute's employment of quotas to achieve gender parity.

So, like me, you can love Laurie Metcalf's performance in Lady Bird as much as you want, but there's simply very little chance of Janney losing this one. "We just need to give people opportunities at the beginning".

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