The State of the Race

When Argo beat Silver Linings Playbook for Best Ensemble at the SAG Awards last night, an award that movie should have had in a walk, and Lincoln took home two ...
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  “And I’ll tell it and think it and speak it and breathe it, And reflect it from the mountain so all souls can see it, Then I’ll stand on ...
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“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.” ― Mark Twain Once again it appears that the Weinstein Co. could very well ...
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The Oscar race in 2012 has boiled down to heroic characters leading the charge towards best picture. Heroism takes the form of a man overcoming his bi-polar disorder, another man ...
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“We are homesick most for the places we have never known.” ― Carson McCullers We knew it was going to be a crazy year because for the first time in ...

  “You put too much stock in human intelligence, it doesn’t annihilate human nature.” ― Philip Roth, American Pastoral As we quickly glance behind to see 84 years of Oscar history already, ...

“I once received a letter from an old lady in California who informed me that when the tired reader comes home at night, he wishes to read something that will ...

2012’s lineup for Best Picture brings to mind sober reflection.  As we redefine who we were in America, on the eve of President Obama’s second inaugural, our troubled past still ...
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  Oscar ballots are going out to 5,856 in the Academy.  Those ballots are then due back by January 3rd, the same day the Producers Guild announce their top ten ...
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“This train carries saints and sinners. This train, carries losers and winners.” —Springsteen So much of the Oscar race is built on the precarious ledge of hope. Audiences hope the ...
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So the multitude goes, like the flower and the weed That wither away to let others succeed; So the multitude comes, even those we behold, To repeat every tale that ...
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“I call to you, I call to you but I don’t call soft enough. There ain’t no cure for love.” – L. Cohen The Oscar race, like an urgent search ...
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The Oscars can be a kaleidoscope view of our world — spectacular and surreal. Or they can be a microscope, honing in with sharp perspective on matters we’re obliged to ...
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“All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible.” — William Faulkner We’re always ...
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For the first time in Oscar/DGA history (as far as I know) I’m not entirely sure beyond a reasonable doubt that the DGA has always announced before the Oscar nomination ...

It’s a good time of the year to remind ourselves of what I consider to be the Ten Commandments of Oscar Watching.  It’s important to remember them because they are ...
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Some days it’s a rough go, filtering life through the waves of chatter online. Much of the time it’s even worse than high school — it’s middle school.  In all ...
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[buzz] As we head into Toronto, we still don’t have our presumed front-runner for Best Picture, unless it’s Argo, which it very well might be. Recent history has shown us ...
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I’ve been doing this long enough to remember the last two or three elections through the prism of the Oscar race; no matter what side of the political fence you ...
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Oh America, what a big beautiful loser you are. Our giant lumbering paradise is so complicated, isn’t it? We can’t really be saved by John Ford movies, Levis, Marilyn Monroe ...

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