Profile: Huw Walmsley-Evans
Post Completion Fellow
Dr. Huw Walmsley-Evans is a post-completion fellow in the School of English, Media Studies and Art History at the University of Queensland, where he recently completed his PhD. His research examines film criticism as a cultural institution, and he is currently focussing on the history of film criticism in Australia. He teaches courses in film and television, media, communication, and cultural studies.
He is the essays editor of online film criticism magazine Screen Machine, is a contributing editor to Manuscript magazine, and his film criticism and commentary have also appeared on ABC Radio National and The Drum.
NoteStreams By Huw Walmsley-Evans
The first thing to understand about the Oscars is that, as a measure of the aesthetic value of films, they are completely unreliable. To understand why this is the case, we need to know what exactly “The Academy” is and how it operates.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, established in 1927, is an invitation-only honorary society made up of people who work in the film industry, mainly in Hollywood. The Academy has several branches: one for actors, one for editors, one for executives, and so on. Memberships, once gained, do not expire.