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

Spielberg the Clear Favorite to Win best Director, American People Say

I guess Americans are about to get a big shock to see that Spielberg isn’t the favorite to win the DGA on Saturday.  Everyone and their brother over at Gold Derby and elsewhere have Ben Affleck to win the DGA, continuing the Argo sweep to Driving Miss Daisy its way towards...
Posted On 30 Jan 2013

Steven Spielberg Named Filmmaker of the Year by the Editors Society

Last year’s recipient, Alexander Payne for The Descendants, which also won editing. However, Argo is expected to win the Eddie. Michael Kahn himself has received the Golden Eddie. Award winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg has been selected by the Board of Directors of the...
Posted On 29 Jan 2013

19th Annual SAG Awards spread the wealth; Lincoln leads with two wins

THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role DANIEL DAY-LEWIS / Abraham Lincoln – “LINCOLN” Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role JENNIFER LAWRENCE / Tiffany – “SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK” Outstanding Performance by a...
Posted On 27 Jan 2013

Lincoln and Elizabeth Keckley

One of the more irritating boils on the ass of this year’s Oscar season is that the moment has afforded the opportunity for all Lincoln haters, critics, truthers to the light of day. Some of the criticisms have been floating around for decades and just now bubble back to...
Posted On 22 Jan 2013

The NY Post and Jeff Wells Continue their Lincoln Take-down

How do you know you’re up for Best Picture in 2012? A journalist at the New York Post so fears Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln winning Best Picture that he has to write an op-ed that smears President Lincoln 150 years after his assassination.  It’s really no wonder,...
Posted On 20 Jan 2013

History Envisioned, Revisited

As President Obama readies for his second inaugural (he’s officially been sworn in but the ceremony is Monday, January 21) it’s hard not to think of President Lincoln’s. Lincoln gave his second inaugural speech on March 5, 1865. He was shot on April 14, 1865....
Posted On 20 Jan 2013

Lincoln Featurette

For anyone interested in the making of the movie, here is a featurette – might I note how Daniel Day-Lewis just keeps getting better looking. That is just unfair in an unholy manner.
Posted On 17 Jan 2013

Oscar Flashback – The Freak Years

We as Oscar pundits invest so much of our time into the Oscar race, nearly a whole year, that the narrative we have planned out tends to want prominence in our minds even when the stats are against it. In the 14 years I’ve been covering this race it always comes to this...
Posted On 16 Jan 2013

The Audacity of a Film About Ideas: the Case for Lincoln

“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.” — Abraham...
Posted On 15 Jan 2013