10 Things I’m Thankful for This Oscar Season, From a Shorter Timetable to Joe Pesci


From an uncertain race to great comebacks to major studios, here are some things to celebrate as Oscar season pauses (barely) for Thanksgiving

It’s that time of year, as voters head off on a long weekend with stacks of newly arrived screeners and one big question: Which film should I share with the family over Thanksgiving weekend? The kids could go for “Frozen II,” the adults will get a kick out of “Dolemite Is My Name” and you might find some middle ground with “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.”

But then there’s “1917,” which actually arrived in the mail for some voters on Tuesday, three days after its first screenings and weeks before its theatrical release. Would you dare watch that epic on a TV set?

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Steve Pond

Steve Pond has been writing about film, music, pop culture and the entertainment industry for more than 40 years. He has served as TheWrap’s awards editor and executive editor, awards since joining the company in 2009. Steve began his career writing about music for the Los Angeles Times, where he remained a contributor for more than 15 years, and Rolling Stone, where he was West Coast Music Editor and wrote 16 cover stories. He moved into film coverage with a weekly column in the Washington Post and became a contributing writer at Premiere magazine, where he became the first journalist to have all access to the Academy Awards show and rehearsals. He has also written for the New York Times, Movieline, the DGA Quarterly, GQ, Playboy, the Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, New York, the Christian Science Monitor, Live! magazine and many others. He is the author of the Los Angeles Times bestseller “The Big Show: High Times and Dirty Dealings Backstage at the Academy Awards” (Faber and Faber, 2005). He has also written “Elvis in Hollywood” (New American Library, 1990) and contributed to books that include “Cash,” “The Rolling Stone Reader,” U2: The Rolling Stone Files,” “Bruce Springsteen: The Rolling Stone Files” and “The Rolling Stone Interviews: The 1980s.” He was the co-managing editor of the syndicated TV news program “The Industry News” and the creative consultant for the A&E series “The Inside Track With Graham Nash.” He has won L.A. Press Club awards for stories in TheWrap, the Los Angeles Times and Playboy, and was nominated for a National Magazine Award for a story in Premiere.