MacFarlane will never be everyone's cup of tea, but the show's organisers would have known this.
Even though Fellini was not around to direct them, the recent general elections certainly look like they are following his scripts.
It's a film that all can enjoy and be surprised and amazed by.
In a grey stone church in Dublin, I watched myself from a time since past; as a seven year old, Jewish girl wanting to belong. The place was full of people, though none were praying and nothing was quite what it seemed to be.
The best thing about the Oscars is, in my opinion, the aftermath of the Oscars. I say this, because I don't have a lot of time for the actual ceremony unless it's in small chunks online. That's where it makes sense.
Littered with sly wit and a darkly black humour, Park Chan-Wook is able to bring his unique, twisted themes straight from the Vengeance Trilogy into the mainstream English-language arena.
This year's Oscars ceremony was unique in many respects. Ang Lee's Namaste only highlighted this uniqueness. Although the function itself was very much American in its outer trappings, the spirit reflected the effect of globalising on one of the most prestigious film awards.
Great acting by women has little bearing on the overall assessment of a film, while great acting by men is much more closely linked to appreciation of a great movie.
So it's Oscar time again. I used to love the Oscars. I used to look forward to seeing the stars' red carpet appearances, examining the details of the...
Now I've been auditioning for various projects in London for over five years now and have had my share of "interesting" auditions. (The most interesting being standing completely naked on a West End stage while four people checked that my anatomy was right for the 'part'. That's for another blog).
While fashion faux pas and speech gaffes are to be expected, every year the short-list of nominees demonstrates the glaring inconsistencies within the Academy voting system. How can a director, who has a film nominated for Best Picture, not be short-listed for Best Director?
Hundreds of film professionals and fans are gathering in Burkina Faso this week for Fespaco - the Pan-African Film Festival. Started in 1969, the biannual event is one of the biggest cultural events in Africa and attracts directors, writers and critics from across the continent and beyond.
Lance Armstrong is the ultimate inspiration for writers, and you can learn a lot about storytelling from his story over the last 20 years. He's an unreliable narrator and a great mix of hero and villain. When you're forming a story, this type of character is the most seductive of all.
Here's my definitive guide to the best prizes imaginable. Now all we need to do is wait for technology to catch up
But is business really like this? Very occasionally, for sure it is. Venal and predatory behaviour in trading relationships has been practiced since the invention of money, and is unlikely ever to disappear, certainly while human behaviour remains flawed and speculative greed is rewarded.
Few modern filmmakers have managed to successfully yoke the disciplines of scriptwriting and directing in quite the same way as Paul Andrew Williams.