Awards Season

Steven Spielberg’s Rousing ‘West Side Story’ Revival

Steven Spielberg’s Rousing ‘West Side Story’ Revival

We’re so rife with reboots and remakes today that it can take a moment to gauge just what Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” is. It isn’t a papered-over modernizing or a thinly disguised retread. It’s a feat of reconstruction. Spielberg, Tony Kushner and Steven Sondheim have taken the original play and reworked it from the inside, burrowing into the DNA of “West Side Story” and its characters to recast, reconsider, deepen and clarify one of the 20th century’s most iconic ...

‘Squid Game’ Is Eligible for a Primetime Emmy, and Netflix Could Make TV History

‘Squid Game’ Is Eligible for a Primetime Emmy, and Netflix Could Make TV History

Could “Squid Game” beat the most challenging TV contest of them all? The Korean-language survival drama, which has quickly become one of the most-watched Netflix series of all time, is indeed eligible for Primetime Emmy consideration, the Television Academy confirmed to Variety. According to an Academy spokesperson, because “Squid Game” was produced under guidance from Netflix, which is an American company, and it was always intended to be distributed in the U.S., it can be entered in the Primetime Emmy ...

Glenn Close’s ‘Da Butt’ Oscar Moment Was Clearly the Work of Questlove

Glenn Close’s ‘Da Butt’ Oscar Moment Was Clearly the Work of Questlove

From Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power” drowning out an announcer to Rita Moreno walking on to the theme of “The Electric Company,” the ’70s childrens’ TV show in which she starred, there was never any question who was behind the ones and twos at the Oscars on Sunday night: Questlove, Roots co-founder and drummer, musical director of both the Oscars and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” director of the forthcoming “Summer of Soul” documentary and a walking music encyclopedia. ...

Minari’s about the American Dream. Why did the Golden Globes label it a foreign language film?

Minari’s about the American Dream. Why did the Golden Globes label it a foreign language film?

“Minari” follows a Korean-American family trying to achieve the American Dream in the 1980s. Jacob and Monica Yi move their family from California to Arkansas, where Jacob hopes to grow Korean produce for vendors in Dallas. The critically acclaimed film is directed by an American director, produced by an American production company, and features an American as its lead actor, yet it was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes instead of Best Picture. Why? Because it’s ...