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A Poll: On the Hunt for Best Picture

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Given that our Best Picture winner will most likely emerge by October or November at the latest, but usually by the time Telluride closes its doors (September), it’s hard to see any clear frontrunner at this point, at least none that is based in reality. Sure, you can read the tea leaves and look at Oscar predictions for fun, but keep it mind it has to be only for fun….

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Richard Linklater’s Boyhood Enters Best Picture Race

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Although its reception at Sundance was kind of mezzo mezzo, there is no doubt that Richard Linklater’s Boyhood has the stuff to become one of the nine by year’s end. There are several factors that will contribute to this but the top of the list would be Linklater’s dedication to the project.  Indiewire’s Erik Kohn calls it an “unprecedented achievement in fictional storytelling.”  Starting in 2002, Boyhood tracks a child…

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New Birdman Teaser and Poster, Bodes Well for 2014′s Slate

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The movies this year are already looking like a brilliant array of creative risks. Birdman!


Universal to Distrib Coens Hail Caesar

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Variety reports that the new Coen brothers film will star George Clooney and Josh Brolin. It will be about a movie fixer in the 1950s (probably Clooney). I’m imaging Brolin as the big time movie star. Am also betting that the Coens satirize the movie business of today by diving into the movie business of the past. Either way, how great that there will be a next Coen brothers movie.


The State of the Race: What Does “Too Dark” for “The Academy” Really Mean?

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This question shadows the Oscar race from the beginning of the year onward. It stood upright when No Country for Old Men was in the race and it loomed large when The Departed was in the race. “Too dark” translates this way: The Academy is made up of senior citizens, it is assumed, who spend their days in retirement, for the most part, locked up in a giant mansion in…

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First Round of Oscar Predicting by Nathaniel R.

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Nat has posted his first of the year Oscar charts to get the party started right. Many of the films listed here for Best Pic have not yet been seen but still some Oscar predictors like to get their stuff out early to see whether or not they can play the guessing game to its finality. It always makes me nervous to do this – It’s hard to predict films…

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OscarWatch: An Early Look at the Best Actress Race

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As we head into another Oscar season you’ll see an array of representations of male characters of all ages and walks of life. Old, young, fat, thin, handsome, unattractive – you name it, they never run out of stories to be told about them. Women, such is not the case. Women have the choice of being the Bond girl, the superhero love interest, the regular love interest who helps male…


Can the Cannes Awards Impact the Oscar Race

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Now that the Cannes awards have been handed out, some might wonder whether any of the films honored will make it all the way to the Oscars. The same films I thought had a chance at the beginning — Foxcatcher and Mr. Turner — still have a good chance, both collecting hardware today. Not winning any awards but with their eyes clearly aimed at the awards race would include The…


Cannes 2014 Closing Ceremony & Prizes

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Palme d’or Winter sleep, directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan Best Director Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher Grand Prix Les Merveilles (Le Meraviglie) directed by Alice Rohrwacher Jury Prize Xavier Dolan for Mommy Jean-Luc Godard for Goodbye to Language Best Actress Julianne Moore for Maps to the Stars Best Actor Timothy Spall for Mr Turner Prix du scénario Andrei Zviaguintsev et Oleg Negin for Leviathan Camera d’or Party Girl from Marie Amachoukeli,…


Predicting the Cannes Prizes – Gender Politics About to Blow Up

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It usually follows that the film I didn’t see wins the Palme d’Or. This year that could mean the Russian film Leviathan, which Jeff Wells has predicted to win (he also predicted, as did many others, that Blue is the Warmest Colour would win last year, another movie I didn’t see – typically), Guy Lodge has tipped his hat in approval of it winning, and probably many a critic has…