State of the Race

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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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The lost boys that crowd Oscars 2015 have no real qualities to be leaders or heroes. They are fumbling around trying to avoid failure at all costs. That failure claps through the canyon like a falcon’s cry — who are ...
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The air in Los Angeles turned cold just as November arrived and with it the AFI Fest, the season’s last gasp before the film critics start tallying up the year’s successes. A Most Violent Year will get its world premiere, ...
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And the people bowed and prayed To the neon god they made And the sign flashed out its warning In the words that it was forming And the sign said “The words of the prophets Are written on subway walls ...
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“As long as she thinks of a man, nobody objects to a woman thinking.” ― Virginia Woolf, Orlando The tweets are coming in fast and furiously from the New York Film Festival. Word is out that Birdman, which skyrocketed to ...
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Last year, David Poland did an experiment. He asked the Gurus to rank the top movies that had been seen, then to rank those that hadn’t yet been seen. Around the same time, Gold Derby experts were polled and those ...
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As the 2014/2015 Oscar race begins to take shape, pundits are circling the possibilities.  They are predicting films that haven’t been seen over films that have because they have a 50/50 chance of delivering the goods. Oh, and hope springs ...
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As we head into awards season, it’s a good time to start talking about the consensus vote. In case you’re new to awards season, or you haven’t been following the drama these many years, we’re still in the “seeing movies/critic ...
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It’s 1941. A movie comes out that blasts a character who has an uncanny resemblance to William Randolph Hearst. It is a cold depiction of the American dream, an icy portrait of a man’s rise from poverty to world-famous fortune, ...
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Or How to Maintain One’s Self Respect When Things Start to Get Ugly… The New York Film Festival opens next weekend, where Gone Girl, Inherent Vice and Birdman will be seen by regular festival-goers and critics. The first word on ...
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The Best Picture lineup of 2014 has one more pit stop before it reveals itself. That moment has, for the past ten years, felt obvious. Like George Bailey with hopes of traveling the world and perhaps marrying someone mysterious and ...
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The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg just put it this way, “The eventual best picture Oscar winner has played at the Toronto International Film Festival in each of the last seven years. The fest’s 2014 edition gets underway tonight. Will the ...
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Every year after Telluride there is the sense that bigger, better movies could still come along that might overtake the race. I remember this most profoundly in 2012 when Argo came, was very popular at Telluride but didn’t really pick ...
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I love the Oscar race. I hate the Oscar race. And yet, the season is upon us. We have to start the year by remembering what the Oscar race is and what it isn’t. What it isn’t: a reliable barometer for the ...
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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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This question shadows the Oscar race from the beginning of the year onward. It stood upright when No Country for Old Men was in the race and it loomed large when The Departed was in the race. “Too dark” translates ...
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It’s best not to think about the Oscar race when in Cannes. Why would you? The two competitions are worlds away from one another and vive la difference. Yesterday’s press luncheon for the Weinstein Co. brought the topic of Oscars ...
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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 ...

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