Gurus Again

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...
Posted On 12 Nov 2010

Gurus Ring in for November

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,...
Posted On 08 Nov 2010

Best Picture: Hope is the Thing with Feathers

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...
Posted On 21 Oct 2010

Gurus Disclaimer

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...
Posted On 11 Oct 2010

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

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...
Posted On 11 Oct 2010

The Gurus of Gold Prelim Guesses, Inception Out Front

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...
Posted On 07 Sep 2010

Gurus of Gold Goes Up

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,...
Posted On 25 Feb 2010

The Gurus Give Opinions

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...
Posted On 12 Feb 2010

Best Picture – of Frontrunners and Potential Upsets

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.¬†...
Posted On 06 Feb 2010

The Gurus of Gold Proves I’m No Math Whiz

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...
Posted On 30 Jan 2010