The State of the Race: Where the Oscars Go when Television Starts to Lead

The times, they are changing.  When True Detective aired, the buzz caught on slowly.  Folks were watching it but they weren’t really REALLY watching it. Around the time of episode 4 that started to change. Suddenly, the obsession ballooned to consume a global audience. How...
Posted On 13 Mar 2014

The State of the Race: All Over But the Shouting

“I remember those cheers, They still ring in my ears, And for years they remain in my thoughts. ‘Cause one night I took off my robe, And what’d I do? I forgot to wear shorts. I recall every fall, every hook, every jab, The worst way a guy can get rid of his...
Posted On 26 Feb 2014

The State of the Race: Down to the Wire, Best Picture Still Set on Telluride Time

  The Gurus of Gold have been asked for the top three in all of the major categories.  How much has changed since September? Not a lot. If either 12 Years a Slave or Gravity win Best Picture, that continues the streak of the winning films getting their launch at the...
Posted On 23 Feb 2014

The State of the Race: Hope is the Thing with Feathers

“I find I’m so excited, I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it’s the excitement only a free man can feel, a free man at the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain. I hope I can make it across the border. I hope to see my...
Posted On 17 Feb 2014

The State of the Race: On the Eve of Oscar Voting, Heroes vs “Heroes”

“As you get older it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of necessary.” ― Ernest Hemingway The theme of the 86th Oscars is Heroes. That might come to be regarded ironically when all is said and done on the evening of March 2. Two of the strongest films in the race...
Posted On 14 Feb 2014

The State of the Race: The Eddie Keeps the Race Wide Open – Enter Captain Phillips

Last night in the Arlington theater I sat next to the Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg. We were talking Best Picture. “Virtually any movie can win,” he said. “In the era of the preferential ballot we have no idea how the votes will go down.” With...
Posted On 08 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

The State of the Race: The Stuff that Dreams are Made On

“We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.” Oscar ballots don’t go out until February 14th. That’s two whole weeks of madness that might occur just as ballots are sailing out to voters’ mailboxes. It’s too quiet....
Posted On 30 Jan 2014

The State of the Race: Best Picture, Too Close to Call

The Producers Guild pulled out the rug out from awards season by awarding two films their top prize. This has never happened in all of PGA’s fairly short history, which started all the way back in 1989, when Driving Miss Daisy won.  That leaves Best Picture down to two, but...
Posted On 20 Jan 2014

The State of the Race: A Wolf Crashes the Party

The early morning streets of Los Angeles were virtually empty as I drove down Wilshire towards the Academy theater. Nothing the Academy does is ever, to borrow a term my mother often uses, “half-assed.” Parking was easy. Getting into the theater, easy. A lavish breakfast spread...
Posted On 16 Jan 2014