Author Archives: Nicholas Jon Wood

Houston: We Have (Another) Championship

For the second time in three years the Houston Astros will win the World Series. After falling short of a repeat last year, they will avenge their loss to the Boston Red Sox in seven games in the American League … Continue reading

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Oscar Scorecard

Who needs an Oscar host anyway? For the first time in three decades the Academy Awards went sans un hôte and the result was surprising, speedy and refreshing! (Tina Fey and pals certainly helped in that regard.) In my beloved … Continue reading

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The Year in Movies

Happy Oscars! I can’t remember a ceremony with so much uncertainty—from its unprecedented lack of a host to wide-open races in nearly all key categories—and, consequently, so much excitement. I’m stoked! In the previous four iterations of my missive to … Continue reading

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Penultimate Pictures

Yesterday I made the surprisingly difficult decisions necessary to pare down the 61 movies I saw this past year down to my favorite 33. Some very good and ridiculously entertaining films failed to make the cut. Needless to say winnowing … Continue reading

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The Final Countdown

Following up on last year’s successful run-up to my favorite annual blog post, The Year in Movies, I thought it cool to once again take a trip down memory lane to see how we got to this moment in cinematic … Continue reading

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The Year in Fantasy Football

Happy Super Bowl Sunday! Last year I wrote these words to begin this beloved annual column: ‘And so ends one of the greatest fantasy football seasons I’ve ever enjoyed. Four titles, one oh-so-close second place finish (damn you Todd Gurley!) … Continue reading

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Snubs and Surprises: A Breakdown of the Oscar Nominations

Why oh why Oscar voters? For some reason the best director nominations continue to be the Academy’s bugaboo. Three years ago I wrote this about Ridley Scott, helmer of The Martian: “That brings us to the directors and yet another … Continue reading

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