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Oscars 2012 Pet Peeves – Top Five

Oscars 2012 Pet Peeves – Top Five

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5. If it doesn’t make you cry it won’t win Best Picture. Sure, it always helps if you cry but it is hardly a pre-requisite.  Every year there are movies that make you cry in the lineup and they don’t win. War Horse left me a soggy wreck, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close produced sobs and standing ovations. Little Miss Sunshine, The Reader, you name it and they aren’t tears-producing….

Debating Lincoln, Defining History

Debating Lincoln, Defining History

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From history professors to civil rights leaders, Spielberg’s Lincoln has become a bit of a hot-button issue, not quite on the level of hysteria Zero Dark Thirty has stirred up, but enough of a “whisper campaign” to be a threat.  This is the way it is in Oscar land, we accept that. It’s a dirty game but someone has to play it.  The complaints about Lincoln vary from historical facts…

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The State of the Race: The Land of Hope and Dreams

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“This train carries saints and sinners. This train, carries losers and winners.” –Springsteen So much of the Oscar race is built on the precarious ledge of hope. Audiences hope the movies are good. Publicists hope for many nominations and a big payday. Film fans hope for their tastes to be validated. Filmmakers hope people will love and respond to the project they’ve just devoted years of their time to creating,…

Zero Dark Thirty Takes Early Lead in Oscar’s Race for Best Picture

Zero Dark Thirty Takes Early Lead in Oscar’s Race for Best Picture

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Buzz is a funny thing. Just because Oscar pundits think they know the buzz before the buzz starts, there’s no mistaking it once it gets here. Right now, the movie that has all of the buzz is Zero Dark Thirty, right behind it is Lincoln. Both films won three awards at the New York Film critics today. Steven Spielberg has never won the New York Film Critics award, not for…

Picture of the Day – “Slavery Sir? It’s done.”

Picture of the Day – “Slavery Sir? It’s done.”

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Sent to me by Robert McNamara from - The Louisiana Democrat. (Alexandria, La.) 1845-1918, December 14, 1859. Worth fighting a bloody civil war over.

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…

GOP House Leader Renting Spielberg’s Lincoln to Show Fellow GOP Reps

GOP House Leader Renting Spielberg’s Lincoln to Show Fellow GOP Reps

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“Slavery sir? It’s done.” Hoping to scrape whatever’s left of their dignity off the floor, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the third ranking House Republican is bringing Spielberg’s film to DC so that perhaps the Grand Old Party could be reminded of when it was once a driving force for real change instead of a reach-around to religious fanaticism. According to CNN, this isn’t the first time , has tried to help…

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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”…

Pundits Align Around Certain Films as Season Speeds Towards End

Pundits Align Around Certain Films as Season Speeds Towards End

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Over at InContention, Kris Tapley — who had been predicting Argo — went for Les Mis in a big way last night, writing: And the Best Picture landscape will be shaken up one more time this season. Is this the one to take it all the way, two years after Hooper did precisely that? I’m thinking it might just be, but I’ll get into my own thoughts on it in…

Lincoln Takes the Lead at Gurus of Gold

Lincoln Takes the Lead at Gurus of Gold

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Over at Movie City News, David Poland put up a quickie chart for Best Picture. As of now, Dave Karger is still confident Silver Linings Playbook will take home Best Picture. Karger faith + Weinstein Co + sappy crowdpleaser has equaled Best Picture for two years running. Can it win a threepeat? We will have to wait and see. Kris Tapley says that he makes his predictions on “most likely…