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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The State of the Race: The Winners Circle
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The State of the Race: The Winners Circle

  “Fame you’ll be famous, as famous as can be, with everyone watching you win…

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Before the DGA Gurus of Gold – A House Divided Against Itself
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Before the DGA Gurus of Gold – A House Divided Against Itself

In a year when the Directors Branch did what critics long complain that they don’t…

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The State of the Race: Why Argo Keeps Winning
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The State of the Race: Why Argo Keeps Winning

When Argo beat Silver Linings Playbook for Best Ensemble at the SAG Awards last night,…

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The State of the Race: Argo Takes Back the Lead
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The State of the Race: Argo Takes Back the Lead

The State of the Race: You Can’t Stop What’s Coming
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The State of the Race: You Can’t Stop What’s Coming

“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to…

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The State of the Race – Heroes, Real and Imagined
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The State of the Race – Heroes, Real and Imagined

The Oscar race in 2012 has boiled down to heroic characters leading the charge towards…

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The State of the Race: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
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The State of the Race: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

“We are homesick most for the places we have never known.” ― Carson McCullers We…

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The State of the Race: Fumbling At Last Towards Final Oscar Predictions
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The State of the Race: Fumbling At Last Towards Final Oscar Predictions

  “You put too much stock in human intelligence, it doesn’t annihilate human nature.” ― Philip…

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