The State of the Race

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This year’s Best Picture race is wide open except for the film right at the top of the list and that continues to be Richard Linklater’s Boyhood. How the Best Picture race is shaped is going to depend on which ...
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In one week the season will start properly, as Telluride ushers in many of the films that will likely be among the major players. Turns out both Toronto and New York will also be in play this year with big ...
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Roger Ebert silently presides over these proceedings here at Cannes. He’s long gone from this physical world but his legacy steadfastly endures — especially this year, partly due to the documentary of his biography “Life Itself,” playing to rapturous reviews ...

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My candle burns at both ends, It will not last the night– ah, my foes, and oh, my friends, It gives a lovely light. The Oscar year began all the way back in Cannes where three films were introduced – ...
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Much of the world tuned in last night to watch Tina Fey and Amy Poehler host the Golden Globes with effortless snark, smoothly spanxed into their evening gowns. Their jokes overflowed like the alcohol that is always the unintended guest ...
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“Produce great men, the rest follows.” Walt Whitman The year’s most powerful film tells the story of Solomon Northup, a free black man stolen into slavery where he suffered under unimaginable conditions before finally finding a way to free himself ...
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There is no doubt that the human experience feels more isolated and isolating now than it ever has. We’re more connected yet less connected than we ever have been. Our avatars seem to thrive while our human bodies continue to ...
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In one sense, the Oscars continue to matter as much, maybe more, than they ever have. For the past ten or twenty years, the number of films that are good enough to get awards attention has been shrinking. If it ...
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  “And I’ll tell it and think it and speak it and breathe it, And reflect it from the mountain so all souls can see it, Then I’ll stand on the ocean until I start sinkin’, But I’ll know my ...
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“I call to you, I call to you but I don’t call soft enough. There ain’t no cure for love.” – L. Cohen The Oscar race, like an urgent search for “true love,” is rarely about finding Ms. Right, so ...
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As I re-watched Avatar last night, or tried to, I was thinking about the future of cinema. I was thinking about how hard it is to sell dramas now to the general public. I was thinking about the Academy, and ...
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This year there are more writer/directors than there have been in a long while.   Scripts, original and adapted, usually power the engine that makes a great movie great.  All of the wonderful writing in the world, however, can’t save ...

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This year, there are only a handful of films that have run the gauntlet and came out the other side. As we head into the season of the critics awards, more favoritism and preference will fall into place. As of ...

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When we look back on the movies of 2011, what will we remember? Will we remember the giant genre movies that took a bite out of the box office? Will we remember the animated sequels that worked the first time, ...

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When we look back on the movies of 2011, what will we remember? Will we remember the giant genre movies that took a bite out of the box office? Will we remember the animated sequels that worked the first time, ...

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Charlie Kaufman’s takes quite a hefty slug to Oscar’s pudgy middle in his script, Frank or Francis, on its way to being, maybe, the most critical look at entertainment awards since All About Eve. But even in Eve, which showed, ...

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The ongoing and ever-increasing fascination with the Oscar race has shifted the way movies are consumed, appreciated, written about and remembered.  I started Oscar watching 13 years ago. The game was played then almost exactly as it’s played now.  The ...

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It is easy, as was recently done on Twitter, to dismiss Harry Potter’s Best Picture chances.  If the process was run the way last year’s votes were handled — the clusterfuck that was 2010 — Harry Potter would have a ...

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2010’s Oscar year proved that no amount of critics awards for a film can influence industry voters when it comes down critical acclaim versus emotional response. ¬†Without any extra need to award an overdue director (Scorsese, the Coens), and without ...

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It really did come to pass that the race came down to two movies. They sit on opposite sides of the world. They impact us in completely different ways. They will face off in history as far apart as two ...

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