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Wide Open Best Picture Race

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 ...

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Little Gold Men Peers into the Psyche of AMPAS

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 ...

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Steve Pond, Take it Away

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 ...

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Steve Pond Number Crunches For Reals

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 ...

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Oscar’s Best Picture – 10? No? Well Can I Get Two?

Pete Hammond is floating an idea that Academy members can’t come up with ten movies to put on their ballots. In fact, usually voters send in their ballots early but not this year: However, as the 5 p.m.¬†Saturday¬†deadline for turning in¬†ballots¬†listing those¬†10¬†choices¬†looms for¬†voters,¬†there are a remarkable number of¬†academy members who ...

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Bruce Davis Talks Best Picture 10

Steve Pond talks to Bruce Davis about the Academy’s crisis point, about the Best Picture ten, about the success of last year’s show: Is it accurate to suggest that the Oscars have reached something of a crisis point? Yes. Clearly, it‚Äôs tricky when an organization has essentially one source of ...

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Will The Ten Best Picture Nominees Impact Women?

Women & Hollywood took the question to the several female voices in the business: Gale Anne Hurd, producer of The Terminator, The Abyss and Punisher: War Zone I’m delighted the Academy has made this decision – now lesser known indie films, strong dramas or musicals, and even powerful commercial films ...

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Let’s Not Forget Best Director

Against All Odds, Lili and Richard Zanuck win Best Picture Oscar for DRIVING MISS DAISY (1989) With ten Best Picture nominees, like at the Globes and with other critics’ groups, focus will lean more heavily on other categories, especially Best Director, Best Screenplay and perhaps the acting categories. This is ...

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