The State of the Race: Wanted – Best Picture Front-Runner, Must Love Dogs

[buzz] As we head into Toronto, we still don’t have our presumed front-runner for Best Picture, unless it’s Argo, which it very well might be. Recent history has shown us that we’ve already seen our winner someplace by now. That makes it all the weirder that...
Posted On 05 Sep 2012

The State of the Race: In Gods we Trust (and Giveaway)

[details at the bottom of the post] “They had mocked him through his misery and remorse, mocked him with how hideous a note of cynical derision! Fiendishly laughing, they had insisted on the low squalor, the nauseous ugliness of the nightmare. Now, suddenly, they trumpeted...
Posted On 16 Feb 2012

The State of the Race: Of Bridesmaids and Dragon Tattoos – Year of the Woman or Just Another Year?

  It was hard not to notice Robin Wright at the Critics Choice awards, striding out onto the stage with her still impossibly youthful legs, and announcing that 2011 was the Year of the Woman.  She referenced Bridesmaids and Dragon Tattoos, probably because she couldn’t...
Posted On 16 Jan 2012

The State of the Race: DGA Fallout – And Yeah, David Fincher

It’s been a funny year for Oscar movies. The trial separation between critics and the industry has widened to a full blown divorce. The Artist and Moneyball are heading down the track to Oscar’s Best Picture with the most outstanding response from critics. Decent...
Posted On 10 Jan 2012

The State of the Race — Rage Against the Machine

  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 on Metacritic than American Beauty, The English...
Posted On 15 Dec 2011

The State of the Race — Now is the Winter of Our Discontent

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 a movie you loved honored what could be...
Posted On 06 Dec 2011

The State of the Race: First out of the Gate

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 of the NBR’s biggest problems, and blessings I...
Posted On 02 Dec 2011

The State of the Race – It isn’t the 1%, it’s the 9%

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 quickly.  I’ve been spending most of this season fretting the 1% – not as in the...
Posted On 07 Nov 2011

The State of the Race: The Calm Before the Storm

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 many movies have yet to open, some of them...
Posted On 25 Oct 2011

The State of the Race: Climbing the tree and finding Best Picture, branch by branch

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 a Best Picture nomination is...
Posted On 11 Oct 2011