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The State of the Race: Will Best Picture Ever Be More or Less Than Nine?

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As we head into another Oscar year we are once again faced with nine Best Picture nominees. We all know it will be nine because ever since the Academy changed their rules from Best Picture from five to ten and then from ten to an arbitrary number between 5 and 9 it has been nine – for three consecutive years. That’s because there are so many good movies every year…

The State of the Race: Well, Maybe We Don't Wanna Pick TEN

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The AMPAS rocked the Oscar blogging world …cough cough, sputter sputter.  Let’s start that again.  The mildly interesting news announced overnight that the AMPAS has decided that they will not be beholden to a solid number of ten Best Picture nominees.   And will instead choose an arbitrary number.  It could be somewhere between five and ten. The truth that those of us who have been following them for these…

Premature Adulation – On the Hunt for Best Pic in June

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Peter over at AwardsCorner has done a fairly exhaustive rundown of Best Picture contenders and all I want to do is sharpie all over it. But I think it’s a good starting place. You might be able to just work with the first section he has up called “Potential Frontrunners.” I will list them here and provide some commentary without sounding like too much of a defeatist. When the hype…

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Oscar Flashback: Another Look at the Split Years

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For some reason, it is always fun to take a dip into the psyche of the Academy of old to look at their history. From our perspective, though, there has been a recent shift in how they vote for Best Picture, one that was matched only in the 1970s in terms of the kinds of films they rewarded. I don’t know how much of that has to do with the…

Spitballing Oscar’s Ten Best Picture Nominees

Spitballing Oscar’s Ten Best Picture Nominees

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Since we don’t yet know how many of our wish list films are going to play out, it might be a fun practice to just write up our blind predictions of the potential ten films Oscar will recognize by year’s end. A few things to remember – they aren’t going to award all small character dramas that made smaller bank, even if they made a modest profit. ¬†There will be…

The State of the Race: Inception Lands

The State of the Race: Inception Lands

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Our culture has been soaked in alternate realities lately. ABC’s Lost and Fox’s 24, are a few recent influences that play with time. We are dangling, it sometimes feels, between the solid ground of our world pre-2001, and the more precarious one we continue to find ourselves in. There is a bottoming out of institutions, the potential for Global Warming to melt away the natural world, and there is still…

Wide Open Best Picture Race

Wide Open Best Picture Race

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As I was glancing over the films that are slated for this year, it occurs to me that, despite our complaining about it, the ten nominees thing DOES make room to honor films that don’t fit the “Oscar movie” template. When you have movies like The Blind Side, District 9 and A Serious Man sharing the slate with Avatar, The Hurt Locker, Up in the Air, etc. you have wide…

Little Gold Men Peers into the Psyche of AMPAS

Little Gold Men Peers into the Psyche of AMPAS

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On the Little Gold Men site on Vanityfair.com, they have a sideline chart of their predictions for the win. They have Avatar listed as the one most likely to succeed as Best Picture. Meanwhile, they go into a voting scenario, another one that puts Inglourious Basterds out front. They hope anyway: Under the previous system, each Academy voter would simply check off his or her favorite film on the best-picture…

Steve Pond, Take it Away

Steve Pond, Take it Away

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I’ve been waiting for Steve Pond’s write-up on the whole Oscar’s math paradigm. To me, it’s gobbledegook. Anyway, so here is Steve: But in the final count, you need 50 percent of the votes, plus one. You need consensus, not passion. A polarizing film, even if it gets more first-place votes than any other, will have a hard time winning. After I tallied the critics‚Äô Top 10 lists to determine…

Steve Pond Number Crunches For Reals

Steve Pond Number Crunches For Reals

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Thanks to Kris Tapley for tipping us off to this really awesome math experiment undertaken by The Wrap’s Steve Pond. He actually took all of the top ten lists from Movie City News and ran them through as Oscar might rank them (of course, keeping in mind that critics aren’t Academy voters and they differ in both their tastes and their obligations to see or not see “everything). Nonetheless: Note:…