Brutally Honest Oscar Ballot

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...
Posted On 20 Feb 2013

Dear Academy: Consider the Women Directors

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...
Posted On 20 Feb 2013

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

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...
Posted On 20 Feb 2013

84 Years of Best Picture Winners

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...
Posted On 20 Feb 2013

Ceremony Taking Shape for 85th Academy Awards

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,...
Posted On 20 Feb 2013

Ballots Closed, and Now a Word from Your Sponsors

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...
Posted On 19 Feb 2013

Clumsy, Outdated Narrative Keeps Presenting Lincoln as Frontrunner

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,...
Posted On 19 Feb 2013

Oscar bits and bites

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...
Posted On 19 Feb 2013