The State of the Race: Best Picture, Too Close to Call

The Producers Guild pulled out the rug out from awards season by awarding two films their top prize. This has never happened in all of PGA’s fairly short history, which started all the way back in 1989, when Driving Miss Daisy won.  That leaves Best Picture down to two, but...
Posted On 20 Jan 2014

The State of the Race: It’s all Down to the Producers Guild

Pic taken from Boiseweekly The fate of Best Picture is now in the hands of the PGA. As we barrel towards the final deadline for Oscar ballots, there are still three films that are vying for the big prize.  Like most years in the era of preferential ballot, all eyes are on the...
Posted On 17 Jan 2014

The State of the Race: A Wolf Crashes the Party

The early morning streets of Los Angeles were virtually empty as I drove down Wilshire towards the Academy theater. Nothing the Academy does is ever, to borrow a term my mother often uses, “half-assed.” Parking was easy. Getting into the theater, easy. A lavish breakfast spread...
Posted On 16 Jan 2014

Gravity, American Hustle, 12 Years a Slave lead 86th Annual Oscar Nominations

Gravity and American Hustle today received 10 nominations apiece. 12 Years a Slave received 9 Oscar nominations. Trailing these three frontrunners, Nebraska, Dallas Buyers Club, and Captain Phillips each received 6 nominations. The Wolf of Wall Street and Her both earned 5 Oscar...
Posted On 16 Jan 2014

Statsgasm Hard Truth: Women, Aging and Oscar Stats

By Marshall Flores Behind the veneer of glitz and progressive utopia of Hollywood, there are a few hard, sobering truths. One of these is that inevitably, every actress encounters the stereotype Goldie Hawn once famously described in The First Wives Club: “There are only...
Posted On 15 Jan 2014
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The State of the Race: Flirting with the Edges of Making History

Much of the world tuned in last night to watch Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host the Golden Globes with effortless snark, smoothly spanxed into their evening gowns. Their jokes overflowed like the alcohol that is always the unintended guest of honor at these soirees.  With Oscar...
Posted On 13 Jan 2014

The State of the Race: American Hustle Takes the Lead to win Best Picture

In all of the ways people think the Oscar race is predictable it always turns out to be surprising when the dust settles. There is no point in not saying what is the obvious writing on the wall — David O. Russell will finally collect the big Oscar for directing as American...
Posted On 06 Jan 2014

Find Your Best Picture Nominees via the PGA Announcement

The Producers Guild has a membership of around 4,700, representing “representing television producers, film producers and New Media producers.”  What it has in common with the Academy is that they use the preferential ballot to determine their winners for Best...
Posted On 02 Jan 2014

Best of 2013 – Roads, Doubles, Myths and Monsters

(Sasha Stone’s Top Ten) 1. Wolf of Wall Street “What is it you’re looking for in this endless quest? Tranquility. You think if only you can acquire enough worldly goods, enough recognition, enough eminence, you will be free, there’ll be nothing more to worry...
Posted On 30 Dec 2013

The State of the Race: The Shifting Best Picture

When looking for Best Picture, you’re usually looking for a five key factors: 1) it’s a likable, celebratory film filled with lots of (sometimes popular) actors (Chicago, Argo) 2) it’s historically too important to ignore (Schindler’s List, The Hurt...
Posted On 24 Dec 2013