January 13, 2016
Texas Tech University experts in film, theatre and pop culture are available Thursday to dissect the nominations for the 88th annual Academy Awards.
Day teaches screenwriting, race and gender in film and sports and American film. He writes the blog Day at the Movies, where he reviews movies, including best and worst of the year. The best two movies in 2015, according to Day, were “Room” and “Sicario;” “Room” was a best picture Golden Globe nominee, and Brie Larson, the protagonist in “Room,” won the Golden Globe for best performance.
For 20 years Nolen has written and edited “The Film Encyclopedia,” considered the most comprehensive English-language film encyclopedia and has been an actor on film and TV shows for many years. Nolen is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and votes in the SAG Awards, so he has seen almost all of the Oscar-nominated films and actors.
Peaslee teaches visual communications, writing for feature film and “The Blockbuster.” He researches fan cultures, film, global and international media, media anthropology and superheroes and culture.
Reinsch is an American film historian and has been studying and writing about film for more than 20 years. He teaches the Introduction to Film course as well as courses on film adaptation and music videos.
Weiner has published articles in “Movies in American History” and “Too Bold for the Box Office” and is co-editor of “From the Grindhouse to the Arthouse.” He can discuss what films have created the most buzz in the last year and compare Oscar winners of the past to the current Hollywood pool as well as what viewers should expect from the winners this year.