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Independent Spirit Awards Preview and Predictions

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Tomorrow, on a rainy midday afternoon, the Independent Spirit Awards will host their own version of the year’s best.  In year’s past, the Spirit Awards have been sort of the anti-Oscars in a way, the alternative to what is the moneyed world of the popularity contest that takes place on Sunday.  This will be an interesting year because it will put the Spirit Awards possibly in line with the Oscars…


Critics Divided on Which Film Should win the Best Picture Oscar Sunday

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Erik Kohn on what the potential loss for 12 Years a Slave might be: Whether or not the Oscars exist to acknowledge first-rate cinema or first-rate campaigns, this one deserves to go all the way. If it doesn’t win, the Academy has collectively — if not consciously — rejected an unparalleled opportunity to recognize the strongest achievement in motion pictures released last year. Should “12 Years a Slave” lose, the…

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If We Picked the Winners on

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If you haven’t been reading their Oscar coverage over at you’re missing something. This week, as ballots continue to be outstanding (until the 25th at 5pm) select critics have been called upon to write up the contenders. Some of them are worth a mention, like Matt Zoller Seitz on 12 Years a Slave: The films nominated as Best Picture tend to be either exceptionally well-made or “important,” rarely both….


Steve McQueen Named Polaris Project Ambassador

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Steve McQueen continues to say during Oscar campaigning (yes, I said it – at least I didn’t “on the campaign trail,” which is what it feels like during Oscar season) that slavery has not been abolished, and continues throughout the world. Polaris Project, a leading organization in the global fight against human trafficking and modern slavery, announced today that 12 Years a Slave Director Steve McQueen has been named an…


The State of the Race: Hope is the Thing with Feathers

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“I find I’m so excited, I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it’s the excitement only a free man can feel, a free man at the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain. I hope I can make it across the border. I hope to see my friend and shake his hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it…

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More Pundits Predict Gravity for the Win

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Gold Derby and Movie City News have released their current standings. As you can see, many of the hot shots have switched to Gravity. I know pundits have worked around this in hopes of splitting up the vote to satisfy this incredible push towards making history while rewarding the film people seem to want to vote for, given the DGA.  That 12 Years even made the Producers Guild win, making history…


The State of the Race: Academy’s Choice Embrace the Future or Redefine the Past

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“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” ― Barack Obama There are many ways to interpret the upcoming choice for Best Picture the Academy will be making. On the one hand, the future could be defined as the sound of many doors unlocking…

Can the BAFTA’s Change the Course of this Race?

Can the BAFTA’s Change the Course of this Race?

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It’s kind of interesting that it took a British film director to make the most essential film about American slavery, it might take the British Academy to reward 12 Years a Slave where our DGA couldn’t.  Kris Tapley takes a good long look at this over at In Contention where he believes there’s a good chance the BAFTA awards could be pivotal in a very very tight race. Me, I…

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All Eyes on the DGA – can Gravity Take the Whole Gig?

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This weekend, the Directors Guild adds their voice to the mix. We’ve covered this in the DGA preview, but someone just sent me an email from Gold Derby with the following question: Hey guys, huge fan of Goldderby. As everyone dissects the Oscar race, I find myself increasingly interested in the BAFTAs, as it seems like the only point in the season left to turn the tide for a campaign….


Oscar Flashback: 1939, Gone with the Wind

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There are just a few years that will always be remembered in Oscar history, either because one film so thoroughly dominated those awards, or because another film didn’t.   Gone with the Wind was the kind of film that Oscar seemed to be made for.  That film swept the Oscars 75 years ago. In many ways, Gone with the Wind is such a great film. The central role of Scarlett…