The State of the Race: Of Saviors and Psychopaths – the Extremes that Drove Best Picture this Year
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The State of the Race: Of Saviors and Psychopaths – the Extremes that Drove Best Picture this Year

Now that the critics have mostly laid out their own chosen films for the year,…

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The State of the Race: Ava DuVernay Makes History …
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The State of the Race: Ava DuVernay Makes History …

Ava DuVernay made history today becoming the first black female director nominated for a Golden…

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The State of the Race: Sag’s Traditional Choices, Harvey’s Crowning Achievement
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The State of the Race: Sag’s Traditional Choices, Harvey’s Crowning Achievement

  The first thing you have to know about the SAG nominations is that this…

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The State of the Race: A Consensus Emerges  – Men All Day Long
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The State of the Race: A Consensus Emerges – Men All Day Long

“Respect the Cock” – Magnolia Like many, I had hoped Ms. Bigelow’s Oscar for “The…

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The State of the Race: A Mad Scramble in a Wide Open Year
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The State of the Race: A Mad Scramble in a Wide Open Year

“Everybody talking to their pockets Everybody wants a box of chocolates And a long stem…

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The State of the Race: The Directors Lead the Way
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The State of the Race: The Directors Lead the Way

The recent death of Mike Nichols seemed almost like the final nail in the coffin…

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The State of the Race: Ten Things We Know About the Oscar Race Already
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The State of the Race: Ten Things We Know About the Oscar Race Already

The Hollywood Film Awards launched the awards race for the muggles – that is, it…

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The State of the Race: In a Wide Open Race, Advocacy Rules the Day
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The State of the Race: In a Wide Open Race, Advocacy Rules the Day

Two films were shown at AFI Fest. One, Selma which had mostly dropped off the…

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The State of the Race:  Will Late Breakers Change the Game?
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The State of the Race: Will Late Breakers Change the Game?

The air in Los Angeles turned cold just as November arrived and with it the…

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The State of the Race: Because Sometimes We’re Wrong
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The State of the Race: Because Sometimes We’re Wrong

Last year, David Poland did an experiment. He asked the Gurus to rank the top…

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The State of the Race: And Then There Were Women
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The State of the Race: And Then There Were Women

As the 2014/2015 Oscar race begins to take shape, pundits are circling the possibilities.  They…

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The State of the Race: What We Talk About When We Talk About Consensus
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The State of the Race: What We Talk About When We Talk About Consensus

As we head into awards season, it’s a good time to start talking about the…

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The State of the Race: Best Director and the Age of the American Visionary
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The State of the Race: Best Director and the Age of the American Visionary

The Best Directing Oscar has not gone to a director born in America for the…

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The State of the Race: “But is it an Oscar Movie?”
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The State of the Race: “But is it an Oscar Movie?”

It’s 1941. A movie comes out that blasts a character who has an uncanny resemblance…

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The State of the Race: Oscar Season Primer, Hold onto Your Butts
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The State of the Race: Oscar Season Primer, Hold onto Your Butts

Or How to Maintain One’s Self Respect When Things Start to Get Ugly… The New…

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The State of the Race: In the Heat of the Season
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The State of the Race: In the Heat of the Season

The Best Picture lineup of 2014 has one more pit stop before it reveals itself.…

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The State of the Race: Best Picture Watch – Will the Winner Emerge at Toronto?
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The State of the Race: Best Picture Watch – Will the Winner Emerge at Toronto?

The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg just put it this way, “The eventual best picture Oscar…

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The State of the Race: How Telluride Shapes the Oscars
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The State of the Race: How Telluride Shapes the Oscars

Every year after Telluride there is the sense that bigger, better movies could still come…

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The State of the Race: The First Gurus of Gold of the Season
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The State of the Race: The First Gurus of Gold of the Season

I love the Oscar race. I hate the Oscar race. And yet, the season is upon…

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The State of the Race: Will be the Year of the Female Anti Hero?
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The State of the Race: Will be the Year of the Female Anti Hero?

**Slight Spoiler Warning*** Women don’t get to be anti-heroes much, at least where Oscar wins…

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