Showbiz Sandbox 270: The Oscars Need A Reboot

February 23, 2015


What was billed as the closest Oscar race in recent memory turned out to be predictably dull as “Birdman” flew away with four awards including Best Picture. Not even host Neil Patrick Harris could make them more entertaining. Indiewire’s Anne Thompson attended the ceremony and stops by to give us her thoughts on this year’s Oscar winners and the ceremony itself.

We also take a look at the movies that could potentially be competing for Oscar trophies next year. Filmmakers such as Ron Howard, David O. Russell, Steven Spielberg and even this year’s Best Director winner Alejandro González Iñárritu all have movies set for release.

In other awards prognostication news, now that the Academy Awards are over, we have the Tony Awards for live theater to look forward to. Though once it looked as if there wouldn’t be any musicals to honor, Broadway will be awash in them come springtime. Even better, there are more new musicals than revivals scheduled for this season.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including Starbucks plan to stop selling CDs, the Emmys update their rules and finding an ending to “Mission: Impossible 5” has been… well, impossible.


Thompson on Hollywood

Oscars 2015: The Winners List

Twenty Film Franchises in Need of a Reboot

‘Fifty Shades’ Sequel: Author E.L. James Demands Control Over Script

‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Film Visible From Viewing Area For ‘SpongeBob 2′ At Concord Drive-In

Tom Cruise’s ‘Mission: Impossible 5’ Halts Production to Figure Out Ending

Live Boxing Returns to CBS After 15-Year Hiatus

Kristen Stewart Becomes First American Actress to Win France’s Cesar Award

Richard Dreyfuss to Play Bernie Madoff in ABC Drama

Starbucks to Stop Selling CDs

Emmys Change Rules: 7 Series Nominees, Comedy Defined as Half-Hours

Mad Men Will Be Canonized at Museums Across the Country

The Broadway Musical Season — Not So Dire

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s HAMILTON Opens at the Public – All the Reviews

Wimpy Kid Musical to Have Premiere in Minneapolis

‘Parks and Recreation’ Executive Producer Harris Wittels Found Dead

Clark Terry, Master of Jazz Trumpet, Dies at 94

Bruce Sinofsky, Oscar-Nominated Documentary Filmmaker, Dies at 58


  • André Ribeiro

    Wonderful episode.