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Reader Feedback – on Argo and Other Laments

Reader Feedback – on Argo and Other Laments

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I feel like I need to put this exchange here on the main page because frankly I’m sick of having to discuss this repeatedly. First, a reader named Andrew wrote: I’m not sure what my not posting on other threads has to with anything, but I will make one point- I have been posting here for years, and have never had my posts deleted or moderated until this year. And…

Two Different Kinds of People: Ken Taylor and Joe Courtney

Two Different Kinds of People: Ken Taylor and Joe Courtney

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After listening to the Dick Gordon podcast of one of the houseguests in Iran (they weren’t hostages) only then did I realize the role that Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor played in both keeping the Americans safe and in enlisting the CIA to get them home. I get that Argo tells the story from the point of view of Tony Mendez and I get that Mendez never got any credit for…

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?…

Can Alan Arkin Win for Argo and Other Questions about Supporting Actor

Can Alan Arkin Win for Argo and Other Questions about Supporting Actor

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One of the first Oscars of the night will be for Supporting Actor. At that point, we may have an idea as to where the night is headed. De Niro could signal a POSSIBLE Silver Linings leaning. Tommy Lee Jones may show they like Lincoln better than people thought (or not), Christoph Waltz shows an Academy in conflict, Philip Seymour Hoffman might signal a split up group of winners.  But…

Argogo Parody

Argogo Parody

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This made me laugh until I cried and I needed that today.  Video by Brian Reiss:

The Real Argo Sketches by Jack Kirby

The Real Argo Sketches by Jack Kirby

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The State of the Race: Out from the Grizzly Maze

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“If you are losing a tug of war with a tiger, give him the rope before he gets to your arm. You can always buy a new rope.” – Max Gunther A quick timeline: January 10th – Oscar nominations, Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow left off January 10th – Ben Affleck wins Best Picture and Director at the BFCA January 13th – Ben Affleck wins Best Picture and Best Director…

How Many Oscars Can or Will Argo Win?

How Many Oscars Can or Will Argo Win?

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Our Oscar wonk Marshall Flores made an exhaustive chart detailing Best Picture winners from the beginning. It’s rare to have only 3 Oscars with a Best Picture win — recent winners include Crash (Picture, Screenplay, Editing) and Rocky.  Before that, The Godfather, Midnight Cowboy and Casablanca were also 3 Oscar winners. One thing to note – the preferential ballot stopped be used the year Going My Way  won.  You’ll see…

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Ben Affleck and the Charm Offensive

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All the films up for Best Picture are formidable challengers in their own right. But only one of these has a secret weapon: a charming, handsome actor-director most people have known for years. The public knows his suave celebrity disposition, the industry knows his reputation as one of the nicest guys in town. Good luck going up against that. Likeable movie, likable star with an added narrative of having been…

Best Picture Fast Forward — Your Winners for Oscar Night

Best Picture Fast Forward — Your Winners for Oscar Night

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From JustJared.