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And the Winner for Best Picture 2012 is …. The Bearded Producers

And the Winner for Best Picture 2012 is …. The Bearded Producers

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

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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 Screenplay, Editing and perhaps one other award — score? Supporting Actor? Sound? Something in me prevents me from being…

Argo Wins UK Regional Film Critics Award

Argo Wins UK Regional Film Critics Award

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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 named screenplay of the year. Their previous winners: 2011-The Artist 2010-The Social Network 2009-Up 2008-Slumdog Millionaire 2007-Atonement 2006-Pan’s Labyrinth

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The State of the Race: The Winners Circle

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  “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 by Ben Affleck and his Argo-movie-that-could are the same folks, not too surprisingly, who were behind Crash’s victory against Brokeback. This is a stealthy crew who don’t want you…

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

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

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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 you back to 1985, and then through Driving Miss Daisy, and out back through the changing landscape of…

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Oscar Flashback – The Freak Years

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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 point in the year where we start to drag out the freak years, the one-offs, the anomalies…

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

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

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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 spot. This is the opposite of Gold Derby currently, which has Les Miz to sweep. The question keeps coming up as to whether it’s too…

Ben Affleck is Entertainer of the Year on EW’s Cover

Ben Affleck is Entertainer of the Year on EW’s Cover

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The State of the Race: At War, In Love

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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 worth, and go in debt, to be able to write so fine a piece as I think that is”…

The Case for: Argo

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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 an overwhelming array of greatness, as there was, to my mind, in 2010 with The Social Network, Black Swan and Inception, to name…