State of the Race

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  Reviews, like the Oscars, like your own impressions, are moments in time captured.  Some of that enthusiasm or hatred will last a long time.  You might be surprised to find, for instance, that Chicago got more scores of 100 ...

Every year, hope springs eternal until the awards actually start being handed out. The disappointment of not seeing your favorite film remembered and awarded is probably the worst part of the year. And of course, the flipside, when you see ...

The decision to move the New York Film Critics up to be announced before the National Board of Review was an interesting experiment. I don’t know if it will prove worthwhile when all is said and done; after all, one ...

My candle burns at both ends, it will not last the night But oh my foes, and oh my friends it gives a lovely light As we barrel towards the end of the year things start to move much more ...

As we contemplate where we’re going and where we’ve been it’s important to take note of how things stand right now. To my mind, there are three films that could win Best Picture if the Oscars were held today. So ...

In the circle of gal pals we’re playfully calling Oscar’s Angels, I discuss with Anne, Thelma and Susan the Best Picture race.  Eventually, it got to the undeniable truth about the Oscars: they’re won by consensus. How you get to ...

Usually the Oscar race feels a bend in the road right about now, with Toronto making or breaking several titles.  There is always the hope that a film will break out there.  But Telluride and Venice have already spit out ...

September is here at last.  Two festivals are about to decide the fates of several films in the running for Oscar.  In Venice, judgment calls have already been made on The Ides of March, W.E. and Carnage.  Telluride starts tomorrow ...

Summer is almost over.  Once August ticks over into September it’s all hands on deck.  The Oscar winning Best Picture will be something that’s been released from September through December.  There has been nothing released so far this year that ...

Last night’s Oscars will be remembered for several reasons. ¬†The first, there has never been a film that won the NBR, the NYFCC, the LAFCA and the Globe (Picture, Director and Screenplay) and not won the DGA and then the ...

As we close out Oscars 2010, with an an ending predicted but not yet determined, it’s starting to feel a little … off. ¬†Something feels weird about the potential win for Best Picture. ¬†There feels to me to be a ...

There has never been an Oscar year on record that had such strong opposing forces at play – when the critics stand in unison behind one movie, as they did with No Country for Old Men, The Hurt Locker and ...
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As we head into the end of the final balloting phase, and we all start into our predictions, we all have the same conversations about the Oscar race. ¬†Here is a sampling of the kinds of things you hear: “The ...
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It’s funny to think that a whole year’s worth of films can boil down to just ten. There has been much chatter on Twitter of late that this would be a great year to have only five nominees rather than ...
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I often get asked the question if I think the Academy’s demographics are changing, if the infusion of younger voters is changing the way they choose what they think is best. I am not sure that I could say it ...
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It happened so fast. Some of us saw it coming, or thought we did. We had no way of knowing for sure. Many said they assumed the critics would rally behind one film but that, in the end, AMPAS would ...
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Whenever I hit the “like” button on Facebook, or one of the hundreds of sites I visit every day that is connected back to Facebook, I always feel my primate roots rising up: pretty shiny thing? I LIKE it. I ...
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Not since the 1970s have we seen such a display of anti-heroes, reluctant leaders, and misfits filling the shoes of the traditional male figure that often leads the charge in both American film and the Oscar race. Since we have ...
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There are heroes and anti-heroes in this race. There are social networks and black swans. There are kings and cowboys. There are fighters and lesbians. There are teen mothers and toys. There are dreams and nightmares. And through it all, ...
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Since we just had an election, it seems like a good time to talk about the terms of politics and how similar it sometimes is to the Oscar race. The only other way you’ll hear that word, “frontrunner” is in ...

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