The State of the Race: Ruminating on Argo as The Frontrunner

Before I begin, let me explain. It’s true that we’ve reached the moment in every Oscar year where the pundits and the bloggers have thrown up their hands and decided, the Oscar race is over.  Argo will win Best Picture and for the win to make sense it has to take...
Posted On 06 Feb 2013

Argo Wins UK Regional Film Critics Award

Argo picked up another critics’ award with the UK Regional Film Critics.   Sam Mendes won Best Director for Skyfall and Ben Whishaw was named rising star. A public vote gave Robert Pattinson the best British performance for the final Twilight film, while Sightseers was...
Posted On 03 Feb 2013

The State of the Race: The Winners Circle

  “Fame you’ll be famous, as famous as can be, with everyone watching you win on TV, Except when they don’t because sometimes they won’t.” ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! The stealthy Oscar campaign behind this year’s stunning victory lap...
Posted On 03 Feb 2013

The Case for Argo – When Popular Directors Are Left off the Academy’s list

Since I spend so much of my time making a case for Lincoln’s much easier paths to victory than Argo’s, let’s talk a little about how Argo became the film to beat all of a sudden. First, let’s look at the structure of the race so far, then I want to take...
Posted On 31 Jan 2013

Oscar Flashback – The Freak Years

We as Oscar pundits invest so much of our time into the Oscar race, nearly a whole year, that the narrative we have planned out tends to want prominence in our minds even when the stats are against it. In the 14 years I’ve been covering this race it always comes to this...
Posted On 16 Jan 2013

Best Picture, Best Director, How Often do they Repeat?

The new Gurus of Gold just went up. Lincoln still tops, with Spielberg for director. Just behind Spielberg, though, is Ben Affleck, followed by Tom Hooper, David O. Russell and Kathryn Bigelow. Only Affleck and Russell haven’t won before. Les Miserables is at the number 2...
Posted On 01 Dec 2012

The State of the Race: At War, In Love

So the multitude goes, like the flower and the weed That wither away to let others succeed; So the multitude comes, even those we behold, To repeat every tale that hath often been told. –A poem President Lincoln loved enough he once said about it, “I would give all I am...
Posted On 27 Nov 2012

The Case for: Argo

I’m not going to talk about whether Argo will or won’t. I’m only going to talk about how good it is and what a successful film it’s been this year. We’re used to Oscar years where most of the movies aren’t all that. Occasionally there will be...
Posted On 26 Nov 2012