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

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...
Posted On 28 Feb 2014

If We Picked the Winners on RogerEbert.com

If you haven’t been reading their Oscar coverage over at RogerEbert.com 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...
Posted On 21 Feb 2014

Steven Price talks about the music of Gravity

Whether an artist is working in front of the camera, behind the camera, or in a recording studio, the film industry is perpetually the home of working ten or twenty years to become an overnight success story. In the case of Steven Price, the composer spent almost two decades...

The Case for: Alfonso Cuaron

[This is not an advertorial - all five Best Director contenders will be featured] Alfonso Cuarón was born in Mexico City. His father, Alfredo Cuarón, was a nuclear physicist who, according to Wikipedia, “worked for the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy...
Posted On 15 Feb 2014

Gravity Dominates VES Awards

It took a while to post this – but it’s not breaking news or anything, just confirmation that Gravity has mowed down the competition in the Visual Effects Society awards. Frozen did well in animated. The Visual Effects Society (VES), the industry’s global professional...
Posted On 13 Feb 2014

More Pundits Predict Gravity for the Win

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...
Posted On 07 Feb 2014

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

“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...
Posted On 04 Feb 2014

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

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...
Posted On 27 Jan 2014

The State of the Race: Guilds Split Three Ways, Gravity has Edge

For the first time since the Academy expanded the Best Picture race to more than 5 nominees, the industry seems divided between three strong films. The actors branch clearly loves David O. Russell’s American Hustle, giving it nominations in all four acting categories, plus...
Posted On 26 Jan 2014