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David Poland, the Gurus, and the Oscar Game

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Check out David Poland’s latest Oscar column. It’s full of great pull quotes about this silly season. One of the reasons he’s able to see the bigger picture is that he, and his group of Gurus, turn in a top ten for Oscar – they are fairly close to how the Oscar Best Picture race turns out year after year, give or take a film or two.  The same goes…

Gurus of Gold Updates. 12 Years a Slave leads the Best Picture Race

Gurus of Gold Updates. 12 Years a Slave leads the Best Picture Race

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Here is how the Gurus of Gold, a collection of Oscar pundits, thinks the Best Picture race looks: Here is how the chart looked last year around this time – only one film – Django Unchained – wasn’t present on this list (and was a late breaking film) and the winner was in the number one spot. That would change, however, in the weeks that followed – Lincoln would take…

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Gurus of Gold post New York Film Fest

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David Poland, over at Movie City News, has divided up the predictions into “seen” and “unseen.” I know, shocker. What, predicting movies people have actually seen?  Gravity lands on top for the second time since the Gurus began.   It appears, at this stage of the Oscar race, to be down to Gravity vs. 12 Years a Slave. They couldn’t be more different. The only similarity they share is both…

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Gurus Update Post Telluride/Toronto

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Rather than ranking the movies this time, the Gurus of Gold have instead put the top movies and a second group of films they were less sure of or haven’t seen. Movies I think will or might be in I put in my lower group — it isn’t a top ten, however. It is still too early to rank any kind of reliable top ten. This is an attempt to…

First Gurus of Gold of the Season

First Gurus of Gold of the Season

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From Movie City News.

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The State of the Race: Managing Expectations

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Everybody wants to rule the world. Maybe the worst thing about the Oscar race is how we build up contenders to impossible heights before the season has begun. I feel it necessary to remind everyone this time of year what Oscar predicting used to be and what’s it’s become. I can do this since I showed up right at the beginning, fifteen years ago when the only Oscar predictions online…

Before the DGA Gurus of Gold – A House Divided Against Itself

Before the DGA Gurus of Gold – A House Divided Against Itself

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In a year when the Directors Branch did what critics long complain that they don’t do — they thought for themselves — an irresistible narrative emerged.  When Argo faced off Silver Linings all the way back in Toronto, Silver Linings won the broad consensus vote. However, the press built the “snubbed Ben Affleck” meme and it has really swallowed up the race.  Neither Lincoln nor Silver Linings, nor Life of…

Deep Background… Picture and Director – Split or Sweep?

Deep Background… Picture and Director – Split or Sweep?

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The Gurus have shifted position after Ben Affleck won Best Director and Best Picture from both the BFCAs and the Globes.  The folks over at Gold Derby are similarly split up — with most choosing either Argo or Lincoln. Here is how they think it will go at Movie City News:   We’re at that time of year again when pundits are predicting a director but not the best picture or…

Gurus of Gold Latest Chart – Lincoln Still Top Post NYFCC

Gurus of Gold Latest Chart – Lincoln Still Top Post NYFCC

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The Los Angeles Film Critics will announce tomorrow — and soon the Golden Globes and SAG. And that will pretty much be it until the Oscar ballots go out on the 17th of December.  Between the time they are turned in and nominations announcements, the DGA and PGA will announce. So we will have no idea what movies are the consensus pick by the Academy.  We have a good sense…

Lincoln Takes the Lead at Gurus of Gold

Lincoln Takes the Lead at Gurus of Gold

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Over at Movie City News, David Poland put up a quickie chart for Best Picture. As of now, Dave Karger is still confident Silver Linings Playbook will take home Best Picture. Karger faith + Weinstein Co + sappy crowdpleaser has equaled Best Picture for two years running. Can it win a threepeat? We will have to wait and see. Kris Tapley says that he makes his predictions on “most likely…