The State of the Race

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The recent death of Mike Nichols seemed almost like the final nail in the coffin for the last generation of great directors. We know that isn’t true, of course, but ...
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The old days of Oscar watching made it much easier for a contender to sneak by the Alien without being detected and then attacked. The old days enabled formidable studio ...
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The Hollywood Film Awards launched the awards race for the muggles – that is, it seems like it might be the beginning of awards season. But really, it was the ...
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Two films were shown at AFI Fest. One, Selma which had mostly dropped off the pundits’ lists and was being considered a major dark horse by pundits at various predicting ...
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The lost boys that crowd Oscars 2015 have no real qualities to be leaders or heroes. They are fumbling around trying to avoid failure at all costs. That failure claps ...
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The air in Los Angeles turned cold just as November arrived and with it the AFI Fest, the season’s last gasp before the film critics start tallying up the year’s ...
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And the people bowed and prayed To the neon god they made And the sign flashed out its warning In the words that it was forming And the sign said ...
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“As long as she thinks of a man, nobody objects to a woman thinking.” ― Virginia Woolf, Orlando The tweets are coming in fast and furiously from the New York ...
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Last year, David Poland did an experiment. He asked the Gurus to rank the top movies that had been seen, then to rank those that hadn’t yet been seen. Around ...
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As the 2014/2015 Oscar race begins to take shape, pundits are circling the possibilities.  They are predicting films that haven’t been seen over films that have because they have a ...
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As we head into awards season, it’s a good time to start talking about the consensus vote. In case you’re new to awards season, or you haven’t been following the ...
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The Best Directing Oscar has not gone to a director born in America for the past four consecutive years. That’s the longest running gap in Oscar history. Last year, the ...
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It’s 1941. A movie comes out that blasts a character who has an uncanny resemblance to William Randolph Hearst. It is a cold depiction of the American dream, an icy ...
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Or How to Maintain One’s Self Respect When Things Start to Get Ugly… The New York Film Festival opens next weekend, where Gone Girl, Inherent Vice and Birdman will be ...
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The Best Picture lineup of 2014 has one more pit stop before it reveals itself. That moment has, for the past ten years, felt obvious. Like George Bailey with hopes ...
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The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg just put it this way, “The eventual best picture Oscar winner has played at the Toronto International Film Festival in each of the last seven ...
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Every year after Telluride there is the sense that bigger, better movies could still come along that might overtake the race. I remember this most profoundly in 2012 when Argo ...
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I love the Oscar race. I hate the Oscar race. And yet, the season is upon us. We have to start the year by remembering what the Oscar race is and what ...
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**Slight Spoiler Warning*** Women don’t get to be anti-heroes much, at least where Oscar wins are concerned, whether male or female, voters prefer good or admirable characters to dark ones. ...
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In just one month Telluride will happen and by then we’ll have a decent enough picture of the Oscar race for Best Picture.  The New York Film festival will deliver ...

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