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They’ve scored zero Academy Awards, but they won our attention.

Nominated
for Nothing

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Palm Springs will forever be the film of 2020. For some inexplicable reason comedies have long been looked at as being below the traditional prestige drama.

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Andy Samberg has been a comedy fixture, but Nyles allowed him to show new levels and range, hopefully leading to more nuanced opportunities in his future.

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And Hollywood can no longer deny the leading actress talent that is Cristin Milioti. Wherever she has popped up, she leaves an impression.

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    on Palm Springs

Derek Lawrence

"In the last year, there weren't 10 more deserving and innovative films than Palm Springs; and there weren't five more daring, unexpected performances by an actress than the one given by Cristin Milioti."

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The Assistant has bigger fish to fry than the Oscars. The Academy loves to award movies about Hollywood, but this is one that may have hit too close to home.

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It shines a glaring light on the entertainment industry's appalling treatment of its support staff, an issue that Hollywood is still struggling to address.

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One can't help but feel that, in asking Hollywood to examine itself, it was shutting itself out of the Oscars from the very beginning.

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The film arrived as assistants and other employees are starting to demand more humane treatment. As the fight continues, The Assistant may have a role to play.

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Horror movies get better regarded over time with today's blood-drenched programmer becoming tomorrow's acclaimed subject of academic study.

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Anyone who bets big against history remembering The Invisible Man better than the Academy should be afraid. Very afraid.

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