The State of the Race: The Directors, Masters of the Craft
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The State of the Race: The Directors, Masters of the Craft

It’s funny how little our view of the Oscar landscape has changed since Cannes in…

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The State of the Race: “Oscar Potential”
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The State of the Race: “Oscar Potential”

It isn’t just the Oscar race where everyone is an expert. We talk about movies…

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The State of the Race: Best Director – Scorsese Clears the Room
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The State of the Race: Best Director – Scorsese Clears the Room

Watch the spankin’ new trailer here. It’s unlikely that 2013, despite the slate of exceptionally…

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The State of the Race: One Month Away from Knowing
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The State of the Race: One Month Away from Knowing

The State of the Race: How to Fly Under the Radar
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The State of the Race: How to Fly Under the Radar

After witnessing how Argo took last year’s very competitive Best Picture race, the key to…

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The State of the Race: Gravity Changes the Game but will it Change the Academy?
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The State of the Race: Gravity Changes the Game but will it Change the Academy?

What would be the film that would drag the Academy kicking and screaming into the…

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The State of the Race: The New American Hero
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The State of the Race: The New American Hero

“A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes…

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The State of the Race: Will There be a Hillary Effect on the Oscar Race?
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The State of the Race: Will There be a Hillary Effect on the Oscar Race?

Imagine as we enter Oscar race 2013 three strong films written and directed by women,…

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The State of the Race: The Ghosts of Our American Past Told Through Three Movies
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The State of the Race: The Ghosts of Our American Past Told Through Three Movies

The State of the Race: I’ll Stand on the Ocean Until I Start Sinking
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The State of the Race: I’ll Stand on the Ocean Until I Start Sinking

The central theme of many of 2013’s best and most important films is survival –…

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The State of the Race: Telluride and the Best Picture Oscar Race
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The State of the Race: Telluride and the Best Picture Oscar Race

Over the past few years, Telluride has become the launching pad for Oscar contenders and…

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The State of the Race: Fruitvale Station Poised to Make Oscar History
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The State of the Race: Fruitvale Station Poised to Make Oscar History

As of this moment, only two films look poised to enter the Best Picture race…

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The State of the Race: Oscar’s Best Picture Road Map Thus Far
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The State of the Race: Oscar’s Best Picture Road Map Thus Far

In one sense, the Oscars continue to matter as much, maybe more, than they ever…

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Saying Goodbye to Oscars 2012 and Thanks
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Saying Goodbye to Oscars 2012 and Thanks

My Oscar year started on the French riviera. It was cold and raining. Without the…

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The State of the Race: Who Controls the Academy Awards?
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The State of the Race: Who Controls the Academy Awards?

It’s been a rough year for Zero Dark Thirty fans, a rougher year for Lincoln…

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The State of the Race: Out from the Grizzly Maze
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The State of the Race: Out from the Grizzly Maze

The State of the Race: “Movies Now More than Ever”
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The State of the Race: “Movies Now More than Ever”

“Old endgame lost of old, play and lose and have done with losing.” –Samuel Beckett…

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The State of the Race: Searching for Soderbergh — Baby Let Me Follow You Down
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The State of the Race: Searching for Soderbergh — Baby Let Me Follow You Down

“There are a lot of people to thank. Rather than thank some of them publicly,…

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The State of the Race: Do the Guilds Tell Oscar What to Do?
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The State of the Race: Do the Guilds Tell Oscar What to Do?

“People will think…” “What I tell them to think.” — Citizen Kane This year has…

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The State of the Race: Ruminating on Argo as The Frontrunner
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The State of the Race: Ruminating on Argo as The Frontrunner

Before I begin, let me explain. It’s true that we’ve reached the moment in every…

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