Oscar Flashback: 1939, Gone with the Wind

There are just a few years that will always be remembered in Oscar history, either because one film so thoroughly dominated those awards, or because another film didn’t.   Gone with the Wind was the kind of film that Oscar seemed to be made for.  That film swept the Oscars...
Posted On 21 Jan 2014

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