David Poland, the Gurus, and the Oscar Game

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...
Posted On 14 Dec 2013

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

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...
Posted On 06 Nov 2013

Gurus of Gold post New York Film Fest

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...
Posted On 17 Oct 2013

Gurus Update Post Telluride/Toronto

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...
Posted On 19 Sep 2013

The State of the Race: Managing Expectations

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...
Posted On 15 Aug 2013

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

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....
Posted On 31 Jan 2013

Deep Background… Picture and Director – Split or Sweep?

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:...
Posted On 25 Jan 2013

Gurus of Gold Latest Chart – Lincoln Still Top Post NYFCC

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...
Posted On 08 Dec 2012

Lincoln Takes the Lead at Gurus of Gold

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...
Posted On 23 Nov 2012