The State of the Race: The Changing of the Guard

I often get asked the question if I think the Academy’s demographics are changing, if the infusion of younger voters is changing the way they choose what they think is best. I am not sure that I could say it was the infusion of the young so much as a turn towards the art of...
Posted On 18 Dec 2010

The State of the Race: Landslide

It happened so fast. Some of us saw it coming, or thought we did. We had no way of knowing for sure. Many said they assumed the critics would rally behind one film but that, in the end, AMPAS would not. What makes large groups of people like one thing over another has everything...
Posted On 14 Dec 2010

The State of the Race: Likability

Whenever I hit the “like” button on Facebook, or one of the hundreds of sites I visit every day that is connected back to Facebook, I always feel my primate roots rising up: pretty shiny thing? I LIKE it. I like it, I press a button that expresses how I feel. What has...
Posted On 07 Dec 2010

The State of the Race: White Light, White Heat

Not since the 1970s have we seen such a display of anti-heroes, reluctant leaders, and misfits filling the shoes of the traditional male figure that often leads the charge in both American film and the Oscar race. Since we have been looking at the 1970s in our podcasts, one is...
Posted On 01 Dec 2010

The State of the Race: Going Money

There are heroes and anti-heroes in this race. There are social networks and black swans. There are kings and cowboys. There are fighters and lesbians. There are teen mothers and toys. There are dreams and nightmares. And through it all, there are going to be currents that run...
Posted On 16 Nov 2010

The State of the Race: the Frontrunner

Since we just had an election, it seems like a good time to talk about the terms of politics and how similar it sometimes is to the Oscar race. The only other way you’ll hear that word, “frontrunner” is in politics, mostly. The frontrunner is in place because of...
Posted On 09 Nov 2010

The State of the Race: The Big Split?

I was answering a comment by one of the readers and I realized I stumbled onto something. It seems to me that there are two types of Oscar winning Best Pictures. Those that are entertaining and those that are groundbreaking. In the past several years, groundbreaking cinema (by...
Posted On 02 Nov 2010

The State of the Race: Truthiness

What does it mean to tell the true story of someone? To tell the truth you have to admit the truth. We all have our own ideas about our lives, about who we really are and whom we’d most like to be. The truth, it sometimes seems, is vulnerable to interpretation. Once you go...
Posted On 25 Oct 2010

The State of the Race: Is This Seat Taken?

The Oscar race is often like getting to the theater early enough to get a great seat. If you’re not a somebody, you have to get there early to stake your claim, even if it means waiting around a while before the show starts. If you’re a Very Important Person it...
Posted On 18 Oct 2010

The State of the Race: Opening Closed Doors

Wrestling the Oscar beast is no easy task. Everyone does their best in the first part of the season to get some kind of foothold on it. We make lists. We think everything is settled and then, wham. Things change. I am used to pushback. It happens to me every year, as I’m...
Posted On 12 Oct 2010