Mark Harris and Tom O’Neil on the Oscar Race

Two of my favorite people in the whole world shoot the shit about Oscar season. Tom O’Neil runs Gold Derby and Mark Harris writes the Oscar column for Grantland.com, among other things.
Posted On 10 Nov 2013

Oscarwatch 2013 – Why the Strong Male Lead Drives Best Picture Now

This year’s Oscar race is not different from most in the last twenty years. Best Picture is driven by two major factors: Director and Actor. The strong leading man has driven the Best Picture winner for the past seven years. You have to go back to Million Dollar Baby, or I...
Posted On 28 Oct 2013

Oscarwatch: The Directors

Argo — Telluride, early September, 2012 The Artist — Cannes, May, 2011 The King’s Speech — Toronto, September, 2010 The Hurt Locker — the previous year, Toronto Film Fest Slumdog Millionaire — Telluride, Toronto, September 2008 No Country for Old Men...
Posted On 10 Jun 2013

Oscarwatch: Benedict Cumberbatch – Star on the Rise

Benedict Cumberbatch seems to be enjoying the perfect storm of projects right now.  His work in Sherlock is probably his best to date, though he was equally compelling (read: hot) in Parade’s End, where he played the husband mistreated by Rebecca Hall.  Reviews of both...
Posted On 07 Apr 2013

Meryl Streep, a Date with Oscar and a Test Screening

Twitter was a-flutter with reactions from a test screening of the Meryl Streep/Julia Roberts film August: Osage County.  I never trust test screenings where Oscar is concerned because they are almost always wrong. Moreover, they can sometimes set expectations too high for a film...
Posted On 19 Mar 2013