Is It Quiet on the Western Front? Oscars, AMPAS and the Rise of a European Bloc


Films from Europe have dominated this year’s Oscar nominations in a way that surprised many longtime observers

Last Tuesday, the Consul General of Ireland Marcella Smyth was delighted to welcome members of the film community to her home in Larchmont Village to celebrate the most Irish nominations in Oscar history: 16. 

“It’s 100 years since ‘Ulysses,’” Smyth told me in an interview, referring to the 20th century literary masterpiece by James Joyce. She added: “We are known as a nation of storytellers — one of the only stereotypes about us that is actually true.”

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Sharon Waxman

Sharon Waxman, is the founder, CEO and Editor in Chief of TheWrap. She is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author, and was a Hollywood correspondent for The New York Times. Twitter: @sharonwaxman