This Oscar season’s battle between the haves and have-nots became clear early, in my case when I saw “Parasite” and “Les Miserables” in close succession; the dynamic was also a key plot driver in “Hustlers” and “Joker.” Although we did not know it then, “Parasite” resonated so much with globally that the first film became the first non-English language entry to win the coveted best picture trophy at the Academy Awards. Here are some of the stories I wrote and edited this season, the shortest on record.
Oscar Hopefuls, November
Oscar nominees, January: I wrote the lead story and best picture entry for this stand-alone edition.
Oscar wrap, February: I wrote the lead story on lessons from the season.
Last year, I wrote about the surge in movies with women serving in roles traditionally occupied by men, be it an animated superhero or hollowed-out detective, and the inroads of international movies.
And I edited Variety’s directors on directors feature with a colleague.
Earlier awards-season coverage for Variety: