Film and TV

Muse material.

From the Broadway stage to the depths of the human subconscious, actress Rebecca Hall has played her way into the limelight. This month, Hall will appear in Wally Pfister’s directorial debut Transcendence, a science-fiction blockbuster, proving that the steadily growing spotlight on her has been set to a full-strength glow.

Shinan Govani on the Oscar marathon.

Now that the 86th Academy Awards have been left in the bin of history, and all that’s left are the sore tushes engendered from over-sitting at the Dolby Theatre, and the delivery bills racked up for the bijoux lent to starlets, it’s time to take a moment to consider some of the lessons from this year’s Oscar night.

Shinan Govani on the Oscar marathon.

There’s no place like Oscar. When the orchestra swoops on Sunday night—the flutes and French horns acting as a paean for all those careers on the line, and all those dreams set to make or break—the evening’s proceedings will eventually settle in on a plucky young woman in a blue gingham dress.

Shinan Govani on the Oscar marathon.

Has it really been already a year since Jack Nicholson made Jennifer Lawrence’s acquaintance for the first time, going so far as to do the one thing even more brazen than photo-bombing—interview-bombing?

Shinan Govani on the Oscar marathon.

Wolfgang Puck, the man charged with putting out the plates at the Governors Ball, is going with a “Greatest Hits” theme this year. The year 2014, after all, marks a big milestone for him: it’s his 20th year feeding the Oscarati at the gala following the giant show.

Shinan Govani on the Oscar marathon.

Can playing hard to get ever really be an effective strategy in the road to Oscar? As awards season slides into its penultimate phase, it’s always fascinating to see who has been anything but coy on the circuit, and who has been nothing but elusive.

Shinan Govani on the Oscar marathon.

No matter who leaves with a statuette on Oscar night, and however the headlines are written the morning after, on March 3, one thing’s for certain: Micaela Erlanger leaves a winner.

Shinan Govani on the Oscar marathon.

She’s 80 years old, and one of the hardest-working people on the Oscar circuit: Philomena Lee, a.k.a. “the real Philomena”, as they’re calling her now everywhere from Dublin to Malibu.

Shinan Govani on the Oscar marathon.

It’s been nearly century since a certain rich kid—initially dismissed as a dilettante adrift on a ferris-wheel of too many options—made a foray into movies and proved them wrong. Fast-forward to today, and we have an heiress in the house indeed.