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UNL film studies professor Wheeler Dixon enthusiastic about new Godzilla movie

Monday, May 12th, 2014

A quote from Wheeler Winston Dixon’s blog “Frame by Frame:”

http://blog.unl.edu/dixon/2014/05/09/godzilla-2014/

“No pun intended of course, but this new version of Godzilla, a carefully calculated reboot of the entire franchise by director Gareth Edwards, is going to be one of the biggest films of the summer. I really think this film will restore the much-damaged franchise to its original vitality and intensity, just as Christopher Nolan did with the Batman reboots. Add in Bryan Cranston in one of the leading roles, and who is going to stay away? Not me!”

Contact Professor Dixon at  402.472.6064 or wdixon1@unl.edu

Expert Alert: Thoughts on the upcoming Oscars by film studies prof Wheeler Winston Dixon

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Wheeler Winston Dixon, Ryan Professor of Film Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is an internationally recognized scholar of film history, theory and criticism.

Here are a few of his thoughts about the 86th Annual Academy Awards, to air March 2 on ABC:

– “It continues to amaze me how few people understand that this isn’t some sort of national poll of either critics or audiences; it’s an industry event.”

– “Directing will go to Alfonso Cuarón for ‘Gravity,’ though Steve McQueen for ‘12 Years a Slave’ is a strong contender, and in my opinion should get the nod.”

– “Best Actor to Matthew McConaughey for ‘Dallas Buyers Club,’ but Bruce Dern is a strong favorite for ‘Nebraska,’ now that Robert Redford is out of the running. Best Actress to Cate Blanchett for ‘Blue Jasmine,’ which seems to me pretty much a lock.”

–  Other “locks:” “12 Years A Slave”‘ for Best Picture,  Best Supporting Actor to Jared Leto for “Dallas Buyers Club,”  Best Animated Feature to “Frozen.”

– To be taken with “a huge grain of salt:”  – Best Supporting Actress is a three-way toss-up between Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle;” Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years A Slave;” and June Squibb, “Nebraska.”  Best Original Screenplay is too close to call, though “Nebraska”’s Bob Nelson has a decent shot.

– Thomas Vinterberg’s superb film “The Hunt” should win Best Foreign Language Film, though this category continues to rankle. “To pick simply one film to represent the entire world is really a suspect enterprise.”

For more details, visit Dixon’s “Frame By Frame” blog:

http://blog.unl.edu/dixon/2014/01/16/the-86th-annual-academy-awards/

To contact Dixon for an interview, reach him at 402.472-6064 or wdixon1@unl.edu