The State of the Race – A Birdman Takes Flight in an Unpredictable Season
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The State of the Race – A Birdman Takes Flight in an Unpredictable Season

The State of the Race, The State of the Union
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The State of the Race, The State of the Union

The Oscar race feels as disconnected from American culture than it has ever been. The…

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The State of the Race: The Nominations are in, Who is Winning What?
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The State of the Race: The Nominations are in, Who is Winning What?

The Best Picture race has just got a little more interesting. Where Boyhood still has…

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The State of the Race – “Just Make us Look Good”
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The State of the Race – “Just Make us Look Good”

The Academy has a problem. It’s a big problem. It’s a problem that is hurting…

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The State of the Race: The American Non-Dream and its Lost Boys
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The State of the Race: The American Non-Dream and its Lost Boys

“America is not so much a nightmare as a non-dream. The American non-dream is precisely…

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The State of the Race: A Tale of Two Oscars
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The State of the Race: A Tale of Two Oscars

The State of the Race:  Puppets and Peacocks – how the Tail Wags the Dog During Oscar Season
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The State of the Race: Puppets and Peacocks – how the Tail Wags the Dog During Oscar Season

This year’s Best Picture race is wide open except for the film right at the…

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The State of the Race: Turn on Your Heart Light
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The State of the Race: Turn on Your Heart Light

The Oscar race for Best Picture looks a little like the shelves at Kmart after…

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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:  Running the Gauntlet
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The State of the Race:  Running the Gauntlet

The old days of Oscar watching made it much easier for a contender to sneak…

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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: Of Gone Girls, Lost Boys, and Galaxies Far, Far Away
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The State of the Race: Of Gone Girls, Lost Boys, and Galaxies Far, Far Away

The lost boys that crowd Oscars 2015 have no real qualities to be leaders or…

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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: Hello Darkness My Old Friend
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The State of the Race: Hello Darkness My Old Friend