Oscar Bits and Bites

NPR Talks to John Walker, editor of 12 Years a Slave: “And we see him hanging, and doing this surreal dance with the tiptoes of his feet in the mud,” Walker says. “And we aren’t plying you with music, and we aren’t making big comments — and...
Posted On 18 Feb 2014

Oscar Bits and Bites

Nathaniel Rogers (Gurus of Gold pundit and otherwise brilliant human) has begun his Oscar Symposium. He kindly invited a few of us to chat along with him. Mostly we try to stay focused on the acting races. It does sort of swerve outside the lines at times. Check it out. The New...
Posted On 06 Jan 2014

Oscar Bits and Bites, December Edition

Kris Tapley talks to Scorsese’s longtime editor, Thelma Schoomaker. Movie City News’ Laura Rooney has begun compiling the big list of the top tens. So far, it’s looking a lot like the Oscar contenders for Best Picture: Meet the real Wolf of Wall Street,...
Posted On 21 Dec 2013

Oscar Bits and Bites

Matthew McConaughey wins Best Actor from the Rome Film Fest, while Scarlett Johansson takes the prize for Actress based on a voice performance. Anne Thompson attends the Governors Awards and makes a few key points about the “serious opportunities for Oscar...
Posted On 18 Nov 2013

Oscar bits and bites

Gravity’s tops the box office for the third consecutive week. What was that thing about women not being able to open movies? Seems to me we have a solid with Sandra Bullock.  12 Years a Slave also did very well in limited release. What was that thing about it being too...
Posted On 20 Oct 2013

Oscar Bits and Bites

In his excellent Grantland piece, Wesley Morris draws an eerie parallel between Trayvon Martin and Oscar Grant, but more to the point, Ryan Coogler’s film. It calls to mind what is, I think, the difference between an objective film review (if there is such a thing) and a...
Posted On 26 Jul 2013

Oscar bits and bites

 New Poster for the new biopic about Steve Jobs, starring Twitter pioneer Ashton Kutcher.  The tagline, “It only takes one person to start a revolution.” The New York Times lampoons the current state of Hollywood, or “Hollywood” as it chases down the deep...
Posted On 03 Jul 2013

Oscar Bits and Bites on Oscar Sunday

The goodie bag for the Oscar contenders this year is impressive. Hell, it’s worth getting an Oscar nomination just to get one: This year’s goody bags include a $12,000 trip to Australia, condoms, a $600 acupuncture appointment and a package of 10 personal training...
Posted On 24 Feb 2013

Oscar Bits and Bites…Yet More

Oscar Podcast episode 20 with Craig Kennedy and Ryan Adams — we talk about our Oscar predictions, such as they are. Vulture offers up Four Oscar tactics that work: Oscar Tactic No. 3: Act humble — even if you’re not. (Especially if you’re not.) Humility — even false...
Posted On 22 Feb 2013

Oscar Bits and Bites

–>Nate Silver takes a crack at Oscar predictions by offering up the general consensus. He admits that in many categories there is just no way of knowing for sure. The only thing he doesn’t factor in in his stats is Academy history itself and relies completely, as...
Posted On 22 Feb 2013