Oscar’s Big Ten

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2009 was probably the most interesting Oscar year I’ve ever blogged about. It was David and Goliath, ex-husband vs. ex-wife, mentor vs. protege, biggest blockbuster of all time vs. one of the lowest grossing Best Picture contenders ever.  It was ...
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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...
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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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. ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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The 82nd Oscars telecast is brewing as the perfect storm to attract its biggest audience in years.¬†¬† The combination of Adam Shankman’s TV-popularity, the two co-hosts, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin, and most importantly, the popularity of the films involved ...

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Dave Karger has worked it out, and posted the tally to EW: 6: The Hurt Locker (NBR, AFI, BFCA, GG, SAG, PGA) 5: Inglourious Basterds (NBR, BFCA, GG, SAG, PGA) 5: Precious (AFI, BFCA, GG, SAG, PGA) 5: Up in ...

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EW’s Dave Karger takes a look at Precious’ opening numbers and comes up with the possibility, I think for the first time in the mainstream press, that this film could be the frontrunner. However, he doesn’t come out and says ...

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Things aren’t anywhere near as quiet as they should be right about now. There hasn’t been a No Country for Old Men stretching its legs for the long haul; there probably isn’t a Slumdog Millionaire poised to eat up every ...

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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, ...

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It is still surprising to me that so many see the ten best picture nominees change as a negative. In any given year, there are at least twenty “best pictures.” Ten of them is better than five. Five never does ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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