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

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

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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. However, the press built the “snubbed Ben Affleck” meme and it has really swallowed up the race.  Neither Lincoln nor Silver Linings, nor Life of…

The State of the Race: Why Argo Keeps Winning

The State of the Race: Why Argo Keeps Winning

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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 is going on in the awards race and Argo is benefiting from it. This is somewhat reminiscent of…

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

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“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 little movie that could. The recent trend away from more challenging fare towards more sentimental, feelgood films really started with Fox Searchlight’s Slumdog Millionaire. Its…

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The State of the Race – Heroes, Real and Imagined

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The Oscar race in 2012 has boiled down to heroic characters leading the charge towards best picture. Heroism takes the form of a man overcoming his bi-polar disorder, another man saving the child of a prostitute, a CIA op doing as instructed to get Bin Laden at all costs, a freed slave wreaking havoc on white racist America, a teenage survivor of a shipwreck who confronts his faith, another CIA…

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The State of the Race: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

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“We are homesick most for the places we have never known.” ― Carson McCullers We knew it was going to be a crazy year because for the first time in 65 years of DGA/Oscar history the Oscar nomination ballots were turned in before the DGA nominees were announced. For a weary and busy Academy, the DGA can often provide a guidepost on how to vote. Usually there are one or…

The State of the Race: Fumbling At Last Towards Final Oscar Predictions

The State of the Race: Fumbling At Last Towards Final Oscar Predictions

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  “You put too much stock in human intelligence, it doesn’t annihilate human nature.” ― Philip Roth, American Pastoral As we quickly glance behind to see 84 years of Oscar history already, each one of those years full of stories, moments of madness, glorious victories, regrettable choices that happened in an instant to reward films and actors that, for what looks like a minute, thrilled the privileged few enough to earn their…

The State of the Race: A Good Best Picture is Hard to Find

The State of the Race: A Good Best Picture is Hard to Find

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“I once received a letter from an old lady in California who informed me that when the tired reader comes home at night, he wishes to read something that will lift up his heart. And it seems her heart had not been lifted up by anything of mine she had read. I think that if her heart had been in the right place, it would have been lifted up.” –…

State of the Race:  “In weakness and fear, and with much trembling.”

State of the Race: “In weakness and fear, and with much trembling.”

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2012′s lineup for Best Picture brings to mind sober reflection.  As we redefine who we were in America, on the eve of President Obama’s second inaugural, our troubled past still haunts us.  Two films deal in very different ways with the subject of slavery. Two films deal with our volatile war with radical Islam.  Two films deal with choosing a more optimistic view of life, one remembers Hurricane Katrina, one remembers…

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The State of the Race: The Land of Hope and Dreams

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“This train carries saints and sinners. This train, carries losers and winners.” –Springsteen So much of the Oscar race is built on the precarious ledge of hope. Audiences hope the movies are good. Publicists hope for many nominations and a big payday. Film fans hope for their tastes to be validated. Filmmakers hope people will love and respond to the project they’ve just devoted years of their time to creating,…

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The State of the Race: At War, In Love

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So the multitude goes, like the flower and the weed That wither away to let others succeed; So the multitude comes, even those we behold, To repeat every tale that hath often been told. –A poem President Lincoln loved enough he once said about it, “I would give all I am worth, and go in debt, to be able to write so fine a piece as I think that is”…