Independent Spirit Awards predictions

It’s widely believed and often proven that winning an Independent Spirit Award the day before the Academy Awards is the kiss of death for nominees on Oscar Night.   In a year as topsy-turvy as this, it remains to be seen whether that conventional wisdom will hold true again...
Posted On 22 Feb 2013

Oscar Bits and Bites…Yet More

Oscar Podcast episode 20 with Craig Kennedy and Ryan Adams — we talk about our Oscar predictions, such as they are. Vulture offers up Four Oscar tactics that work: Oscar Tactic No. 3: Act humble — even if you’re not. (Especially if you’re not.) Humility — even false...
Posted On 22 Feb 2013

Amour sweeps Césars winning 5 top awards

Best Picture Amour Director Michael Haneke, Amour Actress Emmanuelle Riva, Amour Actor Jean-Louis Trintignant, Amour Original Screenplay Michael Haneke, Amour
Posted On 22 Feb 2013

Walter Kirn Pretty Much Nails It

Oh, the beauty of the an illusion.  Once you pull away the curtain you know exactly what’s standing there by now, right? Oz, the envisioned glory town, Kansas – the reality. Up in the Air writer Walter Kirn writes up his experience in 2009 brilliantly which I hope...
Posted On 22 Feb 2013

Pick Your Silver Linings Acting Winners — a Poll

You have to go all the way back to Sunset Boulevard to find an Oscar nominated Best Picture winner with four acting nominations that didn’t win.  I know most people assume Jennifer Lawrence will be that winner, besting 85 year-old Emmanuelle Riva.  Though Lawrence will...
Posted On 22 Feb 2013

The Curse of the Winner

[disclaimer: this and everything posted on this website written by me is my opinion, my own thoughts on the matter, and should never be confused with absolutes.] The truth about we crazy humans is that most of us like to be on the winning side.  It feels good to win. It sucks to...
Posted On 22 Feb 2013

The Industry so far, not the Oscars

It’s gotten to a point where every award won counts as “the Oscars.” Oscar turned his back on the consensus rules which said Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow should have been nominees – and when that happened, the industry and consensus forced things back...
Posted On 22 Feb 2013

Oscar Bits and Bites

–>Nate Silver takes a crack at Oscar predictions by offering up the general consensus. He admits that in many categories there is just no way of knowing for sure. The only thing he doesn’t factor in in his stats is Academy history itself and relies completely, as...
Posted On 22 Feb 2013