State of the Race
Founder & Editor Sasha Stone
Editor Ryan Adams
State of the Race
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A Boy, a Bird, a Budapest Hotel, an Imitation Game and a Sniper - are Five Best Pictures the Way to Go?
February 12th, 2015
There is something very wrong with the system the Academy has now put in place to choose Best Picture. Relying on Oscar voters to pick their five favorites of the year...
The State of the Race: Hollywood’s Narcissus and History’s Echo
February 10th, 2015
"And now, perhaps, three times in four years. Poor Harvey Weinstein. The appalling “Honor the Man — Honor the Film” campaign he’s been running for The Imitation...
OscarWatch: Screenplay Categories Still a Mystery
February 9th, 2015
With the Writers Guild the last of the major awards to announce, just a few days before the final Oscar ballots are due -- though how many voters will have already cast...
The State of the Race: Boyhood is Honored in England while Hollywood Sends a Message to Studios
February 8th, 2015
In the most unpredictable Oscar race for Best Picture I've ever seen, the DGA went with Inarritu last night while the BAFTA went with Richard Linklater and Boyhood...
Heartfelt Tribute to Robin Williams, Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette at the Santa Barbara Film Fest
February 6th, 2015
Now fully grown Ellar Coltrane, whom we all watched grow up in Richard Linklater's Boyhood, gives a moving speech as he presents his movie parents Hawke and Arquette...
Picture of the Day: Meryl Streep Keeps Redefining What Women can Do in America
February 6th, 2015
Meryl Streep seems to defy any sort of constraints put upon her by our bizarre culture -- by all rights she should have packed it in long ago - and yet here she is,...
The State of the Race: Oscar, The Auteur and the Dreammakers
February 3rd, 2015
People happen to us. They step in front of us, the stand behind us, they tower over us, they love us, they need us, they hate us, they remember us, they forget us, they...
Predicting Best Actor - Transformative vs. Playing it Straight
February 2nd, 2015
I think we can safely say that Best Actor is now down to a two-man race. Sometimes the race can split between two favorites, leaving a third option to surge in the...
Predicting Oscar's Best Picture in an Unpredictable Year
January 31st, 2015
The interesting thing about 2015's Oscar race is that none of it is really going as planned. Though we always try to caution that late breaking movies simply can't...
Live Action Shorts - Which is the Best, Which Might Win, and Where you can Watch
January 30th, 2015
The shorts category is always joked about by people predicting the race because they have traditionally been only seen by the Academy voters. In recent years that...
Oscars 2015 Put Stats and Pundits to the Test
January 28th, 2015
This year, it seems as though precedent could be broken in several key ways, chief among them, it might be the first year the Academy goes a different way from the...
Boyhood - The Once in a Lifetime Cinematic Triumph
January 27th, 2015
Josh Dickey over at Mashable has posted a great infographic showing all that went into making one of 2015's best films. It is one of the depressing things about an...
The State of the Race - A Birdman Takes Flight in an Unpredictable Season
January 26th, 2015
“The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.” ― J.D....
Jeff Wells and Birdman: A Love Story
January 25th, 2015
When the dust settles on Oscars 2015, when the trinkets and whistle blowers have been put to bed, few memories will remain of this year. One that will linger forever...
The State of the Race, The State of the Union
January 20th, 2015
The Oscar race feels as disconnected from American culture than it has ever been. The discussion of film awards has turned into a discussion of art and politics. Women...
Explaining Academy's Diversity Problem in Two Minutes
January 18th, 2015
The world is changing so fast around the Academy - I don't think it even realizes it yet. And why should it? This is as closed off a group as you could imagine -...
Two Quick Fixes to Modernize the Academy and Bring them into the Modern World
January 17th, 2015
There's this funny joke that goes something like this, why does a dog lick his own balls? The answer; because he can. Why does the Academy vote the way they do?...
The State of the Race: The Nominations are in, Who is Winning What?
January 16th, 2015
The Best Picture race has just got a little more interesting. Where Boyhood still has the lead, it has two movies to beat and both are very strong films in the race...
The State of the Race - "Just Make us Look Good"
January 15th, 2015
The Academy has a problem. It's a big problem. It's a problem that is hurting American film, dividing movielovers from the industry, setting itself up to be no more...
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