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Outguess Ebert, Win $100,000

Outguess Ebert, Win $100,000

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Ebert has put both his predictions (thanks Ryan) and his Outguess Ebert contest online. ¬†I think there are more than a few smarty pants Oscar watchers out there who could make this a fair fight (“not unless we get out and swim”). ¬†GO FOR IT. ¬†In his predictions, Ebert goes for The King’s Speech to win — but makes a subtle, effective play for you-know-what: If I were still doing…

Oscars 2010: Opposing Teams

Oscars 2010: Opposing Teams

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People are taking sides. ¬†Fans, voters, bloggers. ¬†What’s an Oscar watcher to do? The way this year is going to go seems all but a certainty: a King’s Speech near-sweep. It’s time to take a look at what rivals may yet challenge The King’s Speech in the various categories, and what some of the most emotionally divisive races are. First, we have to wonder why we take sides on films…

Gold Derby's Oscar Predicts

Gold Derby's Oscar Predicts

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A few of us are just having some fun with the race by sticking by The Social Network. ¬†My advice to you, Oscar watchers, though: do not try this at home. ¬†There isn’t a single thing about The King’s Speech to make anyone doubt its dominance. ¬†I do believe it will sweep many of the major awards. ¬†At some point, though, being yet one more person predicting the exact same…

Oscar contenders run another gauntlet

Oscar contenders run another gauntlet

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At the awards ceremony for The National Board of Review Tuesday night, The Huffington Post asks Michelle Williams, Aaron Sorkin and Armie Hammer, Blake Lively, Sofia Coppola, M. Night Shyamalan and Hailee Steinfeld about their own expectations during awards season.

LA, NY Film Critics Predictions at Gold Derby

LA, NY Film Critics Predictions at Gold Derby

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Winter’s Bone is a film that is coming on very strong here in the critics phase. I like how Guy Lodge is the only one predicting it to win the LA Film Critics over at Gold Derby. I think that is a spot-on prediction, and if I wasn’t already married to the idea that Toy Story 3 would win that prize I’d switch it to Winter’s Bone.¬† You can check…

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Gold Derby’s New Batch of Predix

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Tom O’Neil queried a new group of folks to get their answers. Some of them are surprising, most continue the party line. Starting with Best Picture, he asked Tim Appelo (Hollywood Reporter), Michael Musto (Village Voice), Kevin Polowy (NextMovie), Keith Simanton (IMDB), Anne Thompson (Thompson on Hollywood, Indie Wire) and Susan Wloszczyna (USA Today): I am only showing the top five here. You can head on over to Gold Derby…

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True Grit Positioned as a “Major Player” and Dave Karger’s Preliminaries

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Dave Karger runs down the categories one by one, and is seeing True Grit as potentially the film to beat. Dave Karger is usually the one who does the early picks on EW and, as we all know, they are right at least three, but often four or five out of five. Here, he runs down the categories (smart of him since he is always being asked on Twitter about…

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Rounding Out the Pre-Season Picks

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Indiewire’s Peter Knegt takes a look back at the last few months and rolls the dice. ¬†His conclusion? [quote]A few things that are looking quite certain as summer turns to fall: -Annette Bening and Mark Ruffalo will receive acting nominations for ‚ÄúThe Kids Are All Right.‚Äù -‚ÄúThe Kids Are All Right‚Äù will also be nominated for best original screenplay. -‚ÄúInside Job‚Äù will be nominated for, and likely win, best documentary…

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Spitballing Best Actor

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Cinematical’s Erik Childress has done another early Oscar article focusing on who’s here, who’s coming and what the Best Actor race might shape up to look like eventually, you know, if all goes well. As bloggers and critics sharpen their knives and their crystal balls for the upcoming Toronto, Telluride and Venice film fests, we’ll hear a word here or two about this or that performance. At some point, though,…

Oscar Predictions Yearn for Surprises

Oscar Predictions Yearn for Surprises

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The Wrap’s Steve Pond runs down the predictions thus far. He does a good job, I think, of summing it all up and reminding his readers that there are still some big question marks left dangling. This is going to change within the next few weeks. Take a deep breath. We must once again invoke the great Iggy Pop who once said at a concert to his disgruntled fans, “it’ll…