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Gurus Again

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David Poland is running the Gurus chart weekly now and in the latest installment, they still have The King’s Speech in number one, but the curious thing about that is Best Director is all over the map. Only two of them have Tom Hooper down for winning, while many have Fincher down for winning. Also worth noting, Poland himself puts Darren Aronofsky in the winner’s seat. All I have to…

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Gurus Ring in for November

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The Gurus of Gold are predicting The King’s Speech to win the Oscar for Best Picture. They are also predicting Colin Firth for Best Actor and Annette Bening for Best Actress. The King’s Speech could then be in line, if they are right, to win Picture, Director, Actor, maybe Screenplay, maybe Costumes. Let’s take a quick look back at the Gurus over the past few years around this time.

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Best Picture: Hope is the Thing with Feathers

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Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul, And sings the tune–without the words, And never stops at all –Emily Dickinson It’s always more fun to imagine things that haven’t happened yet, isn’t it? There are no limits to our expectations. We can foist all of our hopes and dreams onto a contender and while that dream is alive, hope springs eternal. But sooner or later reality…

Gurus Disclaimer

Gurus Disclaimer

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I’ve just been schooled on what the Gurus of Gold is supposed to be. Apparently, it’s not a chart that predicts winners, but a chart that predicts “most likely to be nominated.” That is certainly not how I’ve seen it all of these many years, but it certainly would be a hell of a lot easier if so. If it was a list of “most likely to be nominated” my…

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The Gurus of Gold Put The King’s Speech at Number One

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If you want to know what film the pundits are naming the frontrunner, you can now officially call that film The King’s Speech. Although it isn’t a complete consensus, and there are holdouts. Kris Tapley put Toy Story 3 at number one (just like last time out), while USA Today’s Anthony Breznican and MCN’s David Poland both have True Grit in the number one spot. Many others, including Anne Thompson,…

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The Gurus of Gold Prelim Guesses, Inception Out Front

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You know how it goes: sight unseen best picture predictions seem unavoidable, although I have been detecting an ever-so-subtle shift in attitudes. For instance, Anne Thompson and Erik Childress will only predict films that have been seen on their respective sites. I have always tried to do the same (it makes no sense to predict movies no one has seen; this logic is unavoidable, and yet…) but when asked to…

Gurus of Gold Goes Up

Gurus of Gold Goes Up

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David Poland asked the Gurus to submit their picks before this whole trashy story about The Hurt Locker emerged — and thus, I expect several may change their Best Pic predictions before all is said and done. Gurus are invited to change whatever they want. Two of them, Poland of course, are sticking with Avatar. For now, everyone else seems to feel that The Hurt Locker is ahead. You can…

The Gurus Give Opinions

The Gurus Give Opinions

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Usually they are just a group of scores on a chart, but this week the Gurus of Gold did something a little different – they had an essay portion. I did not get mine in in time so mine is blank – but I will offer it up here at the end of the piece in case you’re interested. Meanwhile, here are a few quotes:

Best Picture – of Frontrunners and Potential Upsets

Best Picture – of Frontrunners and Potential Upsets

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Two big differences this year will ultimately affect the outcome of the race. The first is that there were ten Best Pic nominees.¬† The second is that they moved the Oscars back to March, not quite late March like they used to be – but at least they’re in March.¬† Changing the date changes the pattern of the way the Academy chooses its winners because there is more time to…

The Gurus of Gold Proves I’m No Math Whiz

The Gurus of Gold Proves I’m No Math Whiz

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I told David Poland I didn’t want to participate in the Gurus of Gold this week because he was doing percentages. My experience awards watching has taught me that even when something is a sure bet, there are large groups of people who have a different contender in mind. I know this by the pre-Oscar interviews. And anyway, it’s just the nature of human beings: we don’t all think alike….