Citizenfour Awarded Oscar for Best Documentary in 2014

CITIZENFOUR, Laura Poitras' riveting documentary about Edward Snowden's efforts to shed light on gross surveillance abuses by the United States government and its partners, just won the 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Tonight's Oscar win recognizes not only the incredible cinematography of Poitras,… »2/23/15 3:47am2/23/15 3:47am

The Factories That Churn Out America's Most Iconic Trophies

There's a little trophy shop called Aardvark Laser Engraving down the street from our office in Oakland. It's small but bustling, and its windows are stuffed to the brim with awards made of all kinds of materials and in any shape you can imagine: chalices, orbs, golfers, gavels, apples, and plaques. Plenty of plaques.… »12/04/14 3:00pm12/04/14 3:00pm

Hilarious photos make Oscar nominees pose with their younger selves

This is great. The geniuses at People Magazine stitched together pictures of celebrities posing with younger versions of themselves. Think Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey was always such a fine actor? You must've forgot about his goofy haircut! Only remember Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale as superbly talented?… »3/03/14 11:11pm3/03/14 11:11pm

Visual Effects Artists Behind The Hobbit Are Picketing the Oscars

Ironically enough, in 2013 the studio responsible for the crazy CGI tiger in Life of Pi won the Oscar for best visual effects just 11 days after declaring bankruptcy. Its story—seen in the short doc above—is indicative of a larger problem in the suffering VFX industry. Adding to that, the artists and animators behind … »3/02/14 12:00pm3/02/14 12:00pm