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Red Carpet Open Thread….

Red Carpet Open Thread….

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And go.

Saying Goodbye to Oscars 2012 and Thanks

Saying Goodbye to Oscars 2012 and Thanks

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My Oscar year started on the French riviera. It was cold and raining. Without the sunshine glimmering off the pavement we were instead teased by all of that sunlight in Rust and Bone, one of the more memorable films from Cannes. When you leave the cloistered confines of Los Angeles, you are no longer obligated to follow the rules we all live by unquestionably. Movie stars are pretty here, and…

Announcing Our Grand Prize

Announcing Our Grand Prize

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For the winner of our Oscar contest, all nine of the BP nominees (or nine of any Oscar nominated movie, whether in BP or not). Runners-up – one dvd copy.

Vintage Photo Tribute to Emmanuelle Riva

Vintage Photo Tribute to Emmanuelle Riva

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New York Magazine brings out some lovely photos of the 85 year-old Riva. After the cut, Emmanuelle Riva in Cannes, 1959. 5-minute subtitled interview discussing Hiroshima mon amour.

Walter Kirn Pretty Much Nails It

Walter Kirn Pretty Much Nails It

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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 he’ll turn into a book – I advise you read the whole thing but I will just quote this bit: The broadcast. I’d…

The Curse of the Winner

The Curse of the Winner

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[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 lose. When you lose your testosterone drops if you’re a male and that probably feels like what…

The Industry so far, not the Oscars

The Industry so far, not the Oscars

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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 to where they think they belong. Thus, Oscar will be forced to adhere to the status quo it strayed from to begin with. Funny, isn’t it?…

Oscar Bits and Bites

Oscar Bits and Bites

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–>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 so many now do, on precursors. This year’s Oscars will pit precursor strength against Academy history and the Academy will likely lose. –>Despite…

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The State of the Race: Who Controls the Academy Awards?

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It’s been a rough year for Zero Dark Thirty fans, a rougher year for Lincoln fans. Starting as far back as October with the systemic and relentless takedown over at Hollywood-Elsewhere.com, Lincoln could not catch a break. The top pundits in the field like Steve Pond and Dave Karger knew in their bones Lincoln was “too boring” to win, that too many people “didn’t like it.” It didn’t pass the…

50 Psychics Predict Lincoln to win Best Picture

50 Psychics Predict Lincoln to win Best Picture

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Since it’s such a wide open Oscar race, since nothing like this has happened quite this way … ever … theories keep popping up everywhere. Moreover, there doesn’t appear to be a very strong consensus forming. The only thing pundits seem absolutely certain about is Argo winning Best Picture. The psychics know this and yet: In a survey of 50 Hollywood Psychics professionals, more predicted an Oscar win for Lincoln…