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The Oscars buzz continues, with this year’s winners changing how we view certain genres of film. Many people say the nods to The Shape of Water and Get Out have helped bring sci-fi and horror, respectively, back to the mainstream.

We talk about this year’s Oscar winners, and how the film landscape is changing. Our guests:

We preview this Sunday's Academy Awards. Our guests give their predictions for who will win, who should win, and we discuss how this year's Oscar nominations have ended the diversity drought. Our guests:

  • Jack Garner, longtime film critic
  • Lester D. Friedman, professor and former chair of the Media and Society Program at Hobart and William Smith College
  • Adam Lubitow, film critic for City Newspaper

It was semi-retired renowned film critic and writer, Jack Garner, who said: “I’ve been on top of Mount Everest. I’ve flown around Big Ben with Peter Pan...and I’ve stormed the beaches of Normandy in Saving Private Ryan.” Garner says movies have the power to transport us to places we never imagined we could see or visit. And he says the key to a worthwhile journey for the movie-watcher is all about originality of ideas in the film. With the Academy Awards right around the corner, Jack Garner joins this segment of Need to Know to share his thoughts on the nominated films this year and the ones you must-see before Oscar night on Sunday, February 26.

Teen birth rates in the City of Rochester continue to hover above the national average. But those rates are also on the decline. On this edition of Need to Know you'll learn about the pregnancy-poverty connection and local innovative approaches working to change these stats.

Also on the show, there’s an increase in public schools around the country requiring school uniforms. But does this dress code help or hinder students? WXXI’s Sasha-Ann Simons explores what has become debate on school uniforms.

And one of the entertainment events of the year wouldn’t be complete without a little commentary from renowned former film critic Jack Garner. He’s talking Oscars and the movies you must see before the big night.

Film critic Jack Garner is in studio to preview the Oscars. He shares his selections for the various categories, including Best Picture. He also weighs in on the lack of diversity in the nominees, which has become a growing controversy.

Movie Critic Jack Garner joins us to preview the 87th Academy Awards, which will be awarded on Sunday, February 22. We will give significant attention to Best Picture nominee "American Sniper". 

Brighton's Kristen Wiig Gets Oscar Nomination

Jan 24, 2012
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Brighton High School graduate Kristen Wiig has been nominated for an Oscar. Wiig was nominated for Best Original Screenplay along with co-writer Annie Mumolo for the movie "Bridesmaids." 

Wiig also starred in the movie and is best known for her work as a member of the cast of Saturday night Live.

In the Best Original Screenplay category Wiig and Mumolo are up against “Margin Call”, “Midnight in Paris”, “A Separation” and “The Artist.”

The Oscars will be held at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday, February 26.