The State of the Race: Fruitvale Station Poised to Make Oscar History

As of this moment, only two films look poised to enter the Best Picture race with a golden ticket. Alexander Payne’s Nebraska and Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station. Already a champ at Sundance, an impressive reception at the Cannes Film Fest, with rave reviews from the...
Posted On 12 Jul 2013

Saying Goodbye to Oscars 2012 and Thanks

My Oscar year started on the French riviera. It was cold and raining. Without the sunshine glimmering off the pavement we were instead teased by all of that sunlight in Rust and Bone, one of the more memorable films from Cannes. When you leave the cloistered confines of Los...
Posted On 24 Feb 2013

The State of the Race: Who Controls the Academy Awards?

It’s been a rough year for Zero Dark Thirty fans, a rougher year for Lincoln fans. Starting as far back as October with the systemic and relentless takedown over at Hollywood-Elsewhere.com, Lincoln could not catch a break. The top pundits in the field like Steve Pond and...
Posted On 21 Feb 2013

The State of the Race: Out from the Grizzly Maze

“If you are losing a tug of war with a tiger, give him the rope before he gets to your arm. You can always buy a new rope.” – Max Gunther A quick timeline: January 10th – Oscar nominations, Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow left off January 10th – Ben Affleck wins...
Posted On 18 Feb 2013

The State of the Race: “Movies Now More than Ever”

“Old endgame lost of old, play and lose and have done with losing.” –Samuel Beckett The Oscar race is all over but the shouting.  History will be made one way or another. History already has been made once the Academy pushed their ballot deadline to occur before the big...
Posted On 15 Feb 2013

The State of the Race: Searching for Soderbergh — Baby Let Me Follow You Down

“There are a lot of people to thank. Rather than thank some of them publicly, I think I’ll thank all of them privately. What I want to say is — I want to thank anyone who spends part of their day creating. I don’t care if it’s a book, a film, a painting, a...
Posted On 11 Feb 2013

The State of the Race: Do the Guilds Tell Oscar What to Do?

“People will think…” “What I tell them to think.” — Citizen Kane This year has set up a situation where it really does test the influence of the growing guilds. So much so that you have to wonder whether there is any point to having an Academy...
Posted On 07 Feb 2013

Before the DGA Gurus of Gold – A House Divided Against Itself

In a year when the Directors Branch did what critics long complain that they don’t do — they thought for themselves — an irresistible narrative emerged.  When Argo faced off Silver Linings all the way back in Toronto, Silver Linings won the broad consensus vote....
Posted On 31 Jan 2013

The State of the Race: Why Argo Keeps Winning

When Argo beat Silver Linings Playbook for Best Ensemble at the SAG Awards last night, an award that movie should have had in a walk, and Lincoln took home two SAG Awards for its pair of actors (it was only expected to take one) it suddenly became obvious that a three-way split...
Posted On 28 Jan 2013

The State of the Race: You Can’t Stop What’s Coming

“Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.” ― Mark Twain Once again it appears that the Weinstein Co. could very well be headed for the big prize, their third consecutive Best Picture win with their scrappy...
Posted On 24 Jan 2013