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