Saying Goodbye to Oscars 2012 and Thanks

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...
Posted On 24 Feb 2013

Announcing Our Grand Prize

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.
Posted On 23 Feb 2013

Vintage Photo Tribute to Emmanuelle Riva

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.
Posted On 23 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

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

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

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...
Posted On 21 Feb 2013

50 Psychics Predict Lincoln to win Best Picture

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...
Posted On 20 Feb 2013