State of the Race

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Hope springs eternal when there are so many options for Best Picture before the Big Oscar Movies hit. A recent discussion on Twitter brought up the question as to whether or not Pixar’s sublime Inside Out (our review here) could ...
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The Oscar race could be flipped this year to feature films about important women doing important things, which would be highly significant in that it could mirror what’s happening, or might soon happen, in the Oval Office. Pixar’s Inside Out ...
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When I look at how Oscar race 2014 turned out I see the worst case scenario, almost, all the way down the line. Every bad thing that could happen did happen. What I see when I look at this year’s ...
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People happen to us. They step in front of us, the stand behind us, they tower over us, they love us, they need us, they hate us, they remember us, they forget us, they inspire us, they help us. We ...
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“The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.” ― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye The awards ...
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The Oscar race feels as disconnected from American culture than it has ever been. The discussion of film awards has turned into a discussion of art and politics. Women disappearing from the Oscar movies, a voting body made up mostly ...
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The Best Picture race has just got a little more interesting. Where Boyhood still has the lead, it has two movies to beat and both are very strong films in the race all of a sudden. The biggest surprise of ...
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The Academy has a problem. It’s a big problem. It’s a problem that is hurting American film, dividing movielovers from the industry, setting itself up to be no more relevant to the changing world at large than the Tonys, a ...
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Come writers and critics Who prophesize with your pen And keep your eyes wide The chance won’t come again And don’t speak too soon For the wheel’s still in spin And there’s no tellin’ who that it’s naming For the ...
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The Chateau Marmont sits on a slump of a hillside off Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, at the mouth of the Sunset Strip. Black cars lined up outside for the valet, trailing down Sunset and clogging traffic. As we walked ...
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“America is not so much a nightmare as a non-dream. The American non-dream is precisely a move to wipe the dream out of existence. The dream is a spontaneous happening and therefore dangerous to a control system set up by ...
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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season ...
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The Oscar race for Best Picture looks a little like the shelves at Kmart after a Black Monday sale. The reason for that is because so many of the year-end hopefuls did not turn out to be the Big Oscar ...
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Now that the critics have mostly laid out their own chosen films for the year, the separation between industry and critics could prove most dramatic in 2014 than it has in a while. This, because many studio films are waiting ...
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  The first thing you have to know about the SAG nominations is that this isn’t an example of lack of diversity — no other guild has been more diverse in their choices – SAG nominated The Butler and 12 ...
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“Respect the Cock” – Magnolia Like many, I had hoped Ms. Bigelow’s Oscar for “The Hurt Locker” would be transformative, and that soon female directors would be accepted as equal to men, and, crucially, hired as equals. But that hasn’t ...
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“Everybody talking to their pockets Everybody wants a box of chocolates And a long stem rose Everybody knows ” – Leonard Cohen The National Board of Review just aimed the race in a slightly different direction with their announcement this ...
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The old days of Oscar watching made it much easier for a contender to sneak by the Alien without being detected and then attacked. The old days enabled formidable studio Oscar bait to live out its intended trajectory to win ...
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The Hollywood Film Awards launched the awards race for the muggles – that is, it seems like it might be the beginning of awards season. But really, it was the last gasp of festival season.  Award season starts officially in ...
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Two films were shown at AFI Fest. One, Selma which had mostly dropped off the pundits’ lists and was being considered a major dark horse by pundits at various predicting sites. Early on I had Ava DuVernay listed for Best ...

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