The 2016 Pop Culture Reference Awards for Excellence in Film or Something

2016 Pop Culture Reference Awards

The Academy Awards are today and, despite a few exceptions that prove the rule, listing off this year’s crop of nominees is like a schoolteacher taking attendance. “An American making tough choices at war time?” “Here!” “Man-versus-nature suffer-fest?” “Here!” “The courageous LGBT role, performed by a straight person?” “Here!” “Heart-wrenching family drama?” “Here!” “White people?” “Here!” “Here!” “Over here!!

The 2016 ceremony is not expected to be overly surprising. And despite recent promises of change coming to the make-up of the Academy, the Oscars will continue to hand out awards for the same types of performances in the same categories year after year. Here at The Pop Culture Reference, we’re more partial to the specific moments, trends, and details that continue to go unacknowledged by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. And even though our voting committee is only two people, we’re still a more diverse crowd than the entire Academy. While we’re looking forward to seeing rich, beautiful people pat each other on the back (seriously, we are), we’ve put together our own picks: The 2016 Pop Culture Awards for Excellence in Film or Something.

Best Use of Nostalgia to Elicit Emotions

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rey and the lightsaber. So. Much. Feels.

2016 Pop Culture Reference Awards

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Friday Link Round Up – Oscars Edition


The Oscars air this Sunday and we’re got our predictions on lock. Leo is going to win, and it’s going to be interminably long. Even with these guarantees, we’re looking forward to the big show, and are genuinely impressed with a lot of the films we’ve seen this season. This week, we’ve compiled a list […]

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Ep. 2 – Oscars 2016

Oscars 2016

This week we’re talking all things Oscar, but before we get into that, we’d love it if you subscribed to our Podcast on iTunes! For our Oscars special, Jeffrey Bryan is our Pop Cult Leader, and he takes us through this year’s nominees, the lack of diversity among the nominees (and what the Academy is doing to […]

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So You’re Trapped in a Series Finale

Series Finale

Are you concerned about the amount of time you have left on this plane of existence? Have you begun to notice strange signs that you’re reaching the end of your narrative structure? Are you, right this moment, racing to a final confrontation with a life-long adversary? If you answered yes to any of these questions, […]

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