The Industry so far, not the Oscars

It’s gotten to a point where every award won counts as “the Oscars.” Oscar turned his back on the consensus rules which said Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow should have been nominees – and when that happened, the industry and consensus forced things back...
Posted On 22 Feb 2013

Can Alan Arkin Win for Argo and Other Questions about Supporting Actor

One of the first Oscars of the night will be for Supporting Actor. At that point, we may have an idea as to where the night is headed. De Niro could signal a POSSIBLE Silver Linings leaning. Tommy Lee Jones may show they like Lincoln better than people thought (or not), Christoph...
Posted On 21 Feb 2013

Argogo Parody

This made me laugh until I cried and I needed that today.  Video by Brian Reiss:
Posted On 20 Feb 2013

The Real Argo Sketches by Jack Kirby

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Posted On 20 Feb 2013

The State of the Race: Out from the Grizzly Maze

“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 Gunther A quick timeline: January 10th – Oscar nominations, Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow left off January 10th – Ben Affleck wins...
Posted On 18 Feb 2013

Ben Affleck and the Charm Offensive

All the films up for Best Picture are formidable challengers in their own right. But only one of these has a secret weapon: a charming, handsome actor-director most people have known for years. The public knows his suave celebrity disposition, the industry knows his reputation as...
Posted On 13 Feb 2013

Academy to Eat Crow Over Affleck?

Fans truly believe that Ben Affleck was “snubbed” by the Academy and that the Academy will be sorry when Argo wins Best Picture.  Every pundit from Scott Feinberg to Steve Pond is saying Argo can’t lose – by now, the guilds tell the Academy what to do...
Posted On 11 Feb 2013

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, I think I’ll thank all of them privately. What I want to say is — I want to thank anyone who spends part of their day creating. I don’t care if it’s a book, a film, a painting, a...
Posted On 11 Feb 2013

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 Oscar year where the pundits and the bloggers have thrown up their hands and decided, the Oscar race is over.  Argo will win Best Picture and for the win to make sense it has to take...
Posted On 06 Feb 2013

Lessons in Oscar Watching: Every David Needs a Goliath

As I was thumbing through the headlines and tweets about Ben Affleck, the DGA and Steven Spielberg I suddenly realized — after 14 years of observing the Oscar race — that in order to have a David you need a Goliath.  Though Lincoln was an incredibly difficult film to...
Posted On 03 Feb 2013