The State of the Race: Fumbling Towards Best Picture of the Year
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The State of the Race: Fumbling Towards Best Picture of the Year

In one week the season will start properly, as Telluride ushers in many of the…

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The State of the Race: The Ghost of Roger Ebert, The Future of Film
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The State of the Race: The Ghost of Roger Ebert, The Future of Film

Roger Ebert silently presides over these proceedings here at Cannes. He’s long gone from this…

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The State of the Race: Final Oscar Nomination Predictions
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The State of the Race: Final Oscar Nomination Predictions

The State of the Race: Flirting with the Edges of Making History
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The State of the Race: Flirting with the Edges of Making History

The State of the Race Part One: Stories of Great and Flawed Men Endure
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The State of the Race Part One: Stories of Great and Flawed Men Endure

“Produce great men, the rest follows.” Walt Whitman The year’s most powerful film tells the…

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The State of the Race: Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dying
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The State of the Race: Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dying

There is no doubt that the human experience feels more isolated and isolating now than…

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The State of the Race: Oscar’s Best Picture Road Map Thus Far
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The State of the Race: Oscar’s Best Picture Road Map Thus Far

In one sense, the Oscars continue to matter as much, maybe more, than they ever…

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The State of the Race: Argo Takes Back the Lead
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The State of the Race: Argo Takes Back the Lead

The State of the Race: Defining an Oscar Frontrunner
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The State of the Race: Defining an Oscar Frontrunner

The State of the Race: The Changing of the Guard
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The State of the Race: The Changing of the Guard

As I re-watched Avatar last night, or tried to, I was thinking about the future…

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The State of the Race: “Write Me Well”
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The State of the Race: “Write Me Well”

This year there are more writer/directors than there have been in a long while.  …

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The State of the Race: The Wide Open Landscape of the Best Picture Race
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The State of the Race: The Wide Open Landscape of the Best Picture Race

This year, there are only a handful of films that have run the gauntlet and…

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The State of the Race: A Storm’s Coming
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The State of the Race: A Storm’s Coming

The State of the Race: A Storm's Coming
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The State of the Race: A Storm's Coming

The State of the Race: The Oscars, In Sickness and in Health
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The State of the Race: The Oscars, In Sickness and in Health

Charlie Kaufman’s takes quite a hefty slug to Oscar’s pudgy middle in his script, Frank…

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The State of the Race: Big Oscar Movies Lying in Wait
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The State of the Race: Big Oscar Movies Lying in Wait

The ongoing and ever-increasing fascination with the Oscar race has shifted the way movies are…

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The State of the Race: Harry Potter, Woody Allen and Other Oscar Potentials
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The State of the Race: Harry Potter, Woody Allen and Other Oscar Potentials

It is easy, as was recently done on Twitter, to dismiss Harry Potter’s Best Picture…

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The Oscars and the Critics – A Trial Separation
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The Oscars and the Critics – A Trial Separation

2010’s Oscar year proved that no amount of critics awards for a film can influence…

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The State of the Race: A Tale of Two Movies
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The State of the Race: A Tale of Two Movies

The State of the Race: Hand Covers Bruise
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The State of the Race: Hand Covers Bruise

In each of the five films nominated for Best Director by the Directors Guild yesterday,…

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