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Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot

Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot

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Scott Feinberg went and hung out with a prickly director who gave him his honest picks in the various categories. You can tell 2012 is a very strong year because everyone’s “should wins” are all over the place. One thing I can say with a certainty is that I feel a groundswell not for Silver Linings for Best Picture but for Zero Dark Thirty and that will be my No…

Dear Academy: Consider the Women Directors

Dear Academy: Consider the Women Directors

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One thing we know about the industry now is that they prefer their women naked and on their backs. One they don’t like – women behind the camera. I would add to this consider filmmakers of color. Consider other narratives than those that serve middled aged white males.   Unstick from the romanticized nostalgia of the past: Argo, The Artist, The King’s Speech…in a year where the first black president…

All of the Stats I know to be True for Oscars 2012

All of the Stats I know to be True for Oscars 2012

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When Argo wins Best Picture it will be the weakest Best Picture winner since 1932′s Grand Hotel. Weak because: Lincoln-12 Life of Pi – 11 Les Mis, Silver Linings-8 Argo – 7 + no director With no director nomination and at that nominations rank Argo is on the level of Grand Hotel in terms of strength. Best Picture strength is measured by nominations rank and having a best director nomination….

84 Years of Best Picture Winners

84 Years of Best Picture Winners

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Hat tip, ROS The list, after the cut.  Most are “pretty good” but what you notice about them is that they are, surprise surprise, actor driven. They are about people audiences care about and can relate to.  How visionary they are, how memorable, how pivotal, how brilliant is the least important thing about them.  Remember that if you ever want to win Best Picture.  The history of the Oscars is…

Ceremony Taking Shape for 85th Academy Awards

Ceremony Taking Shape for 85th Academy Awards

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The performers have been named to help us celebrate the musicals from the past decade: Jennifer Hudson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe (!), Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmaybe, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks and Helena Bonham Carter. Earlier this month, the producers announced a planned tribute recognizing the resurgence of musicals over the past decade with performances highlighting “Chicago,” “Dreamgirls” and “Les Misérables.” Hudson, Zeta-Jones, Jackman, Hathaway, Crowe, Seyfried,…

Ballots Closed, and Now a Word from Your Sponsors

Ballots Closed, and Now a Word from Your Sponsors

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The Oscar race is to muggles mostly a beautiful illusion. We all cheer the gods and goddesses as they amble their way down the red carpet, stuffed into spanx, the third day of their Master Cleanse, trying not to look too nervous.  It will be a splendid affair, complete with our own Jack and Jackie — or Most Beautiful Couple in Ben and Jen and the awards will bestowed upon…

Clumsy, Outdated Narrative Keeps Presenting Lincoln as Frontrunner

Clumsy, Outdated Narrative Keeps Presenting Lincoln as Frontrunner

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Even now, as Argo has won every major award heading into the race, when not a single other director in a wide open year, has pulled in a win, when, for the first time ever our contender tracker has NO wins next to the directors name, the Business Insider’s Kirsten Acuna, and many others, continue to push this false narrative, that Argo is the “longshot” and Silver Linings the “Cinderella”…

Oscar bits and bites

Oscar bits and bites

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Many films delved into history this year but only film actually changed it.  After seeing Lincoln, Mississippi finally got around to ratifying the 13th amendment. “I think there’s a 110 percent chance Daniel Day-Lewis will win. I think ‘Argo’ will definitely win Best Picture. I think Ben Affleck not being nominated for Best Director has now turned into a blessing because everyone’s outraged by the fact he wasn’t nominated, so now he’s…

Poll – Pick the Most Unpredictable Category

Poll – Pick the Most Unpredictable Category

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InfoGraphic Oscars App

InfoGraphic Oscars App

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