The State of the Race

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Watch the spankin’ new trailer here. It’s unlikely that 2013, despite the slate of exceptionally good films, will equal last year’s collective box office take. Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty, Life ...
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Usually the year of films that are aimed at the Oscar race begins on a weak note. But 2013 wasn’t one of those years. With early films as good as ...
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After witnessing how Argo took last year’s very competitive Best Picture race, the key to winning Best Picture seems to be clear — find a way to fly under the ...
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What would be the film that would drag the Academy kicking and screaming into the modern era? Would it be a Jim Cameron 3-D sci-fi epic? Nope. Would it be ...
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“A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.” – Emerson There is no doubt that America is changing. You can feel the ...
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Imagine as we enter Oscar race 2013 three strong films written and directed by women, with leading women at the forefront, one of which is crowned the early frontrunner to ...
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2013 will end up being about a lot of things when the dust settles. It will be yet another year where most of the films in the Best Picture race ...
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The central theme of many of 2013’s best and most important films is survival – in both literal and metaphoric ways. 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, Captain Phillips, All is ...
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Over the past few years, Telluride has become the launching pad for Oscar contenders and winners. You’d probably had to have been watching the race evolve over the past 15 ...
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As of this moment, only two films look poised to enter the Best Picture race with a golden ticket. Alexander Payne’s Nebraska and Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station. Already a champ ...
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In one sense, the Oscars continue to matter as much, maybe more, than they ever have. For the past ten or twenty years, the number of films that are good ...

My Oscar year started on the French riviera. It was cold and raining. Without the sunshine glimmering off the pavement we were instead teased by all of that sunlight in ...
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It’s been a rough year for Zero Dark Thirty fans, a rougher year for Lincoln fans. Starting as far back as October with the systemic and relentless takedown over at ...
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“If you are losing a tug of war with a tiger, give him the rope before he gets to your arm. You can always buy a new rope.” – Max ...
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“Old endgame lost of old, play and lose and have done with losing.” –Samuel Beckett The Oscar race is all over but the shouting.  History will be made one way ...
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“There are a lot of people to thank. Rather than thank some of them publicly, I think I’ll thank all of them privately. What I want to say is — ...
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“People will think…” “What I tell them to think.” — Citizen Kane This year has set up a situation where it really does test the influence of the growing guilds. ...
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Before I begin, let me explain. It’s true that we’ve reached the moment in every Oscar year where the pundits and the bloggers have thrown up their hands and decided, ...
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  “Fame you’ll be famous, as famous as can be, with everyone watching you win on TV, Except when they don’t because sometimes they won’t.” ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll ...

In a year when the Directors Branch did what critics long complain that they don’t do — they thought for themselves — an irresistible narrative emerged.  When Argo faced off ...

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