The State of the Race

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As we head into the last moments of Oscar voting, sentiments toward a favorite still seem divided. Even as the heat of the Bernie Sanders campaign dies down, there can ...
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This Oscar year is similar to the some of the years before the Academy pushed their date forward six weeks, before Telluride and other film festivals became the premiere Best ...
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There are still four movies pushing to the center of this year’s Oscar race. They can be divided into two distinct pairs – the epics and the character dramas. Three ...
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The current Oscar race seems very much like two races in one. Usually, there are two films that dominate and go head-to-head. This year, it feels like there are two ...
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The time has come to humbly admit that some of us may have been wrong about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. First, by not seeing how fast it would overtake ...
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“I think this was a nice idea we had in this country and a nice landscape to experiment with. But I think there comes a time in almost any experimentation ...
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Telluride seems to be the premiere launching pad for the Oscar winning Best Picture.  With very little time for opinions to settle, the earlier films tend to be the ones ...
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For the first time in a long time, the Oscar race is without any clear focus in any direction. If you went by the critics alone, your best bet for ...
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With the potential for 2015’s Best Picture nominees to include the likes of The Martian, Creed, Mad Max, Bridge of Spies, Inside Out, Joy, Black Mass alongside niche films that ...
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Something hit me while watching Creed, and in ruminating on the upcoming Star Wars movie. They’re bringing back 1970s nostalgia to remind us what movies once were. In thinking about ...
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While The Martian might be among the strongest contenders for Best Picture right now, there is no telling which way the race will go from here. We’re heading into the ...
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After Dreamworks pulled the hat trick in 1999, 2000, and 2001 with American Beauty, Gladiator, and A Beautiful Mind, the only major studio to win Best Picture has been Warner ...
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One of the hardest things about predicting the Oscars is predicting the backlash to the predictions.  Human beings are unpredictable because they don’t like being predictable. Level Two Chaos System ...
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If the Best Directior category this year is to fill up with big names, many of them won’t appear until the second half, after the AFI Film festival and the ...
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We don’t really know where we’re headed. Scientists, politicians, preachers, teachers and the rest of us out there in dark share one common question – what is our near or ...
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Two big movies hit the Oscar race this week. Ridley Scott’s wildly entertaining crowdpleaser, The Martian and Steven Spielberg’s contemplative, cerebral Bridge of Spies. Both films celebrate the goodness in ...
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In the last 17 years that we’ve been covering the Oscars the world has changed. The country has changed. Television has changed. The film industry has changed. Here is what ...
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Becoming a Best Picture frontrunner means fighting off continual attacks that will either sink it (Boyhood) or fail to sink it (12 Years a Slave). The season is currently enjoying ...
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I used to think that the reason there weren’t films like Bonnie and Clyde or Midnight Cowboy or A Clockwork Orange or Taxi Driver or Apocalypse Now in the Oscar ...
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During out latest podcastof Oscar Poker, Jeff Wells and I contemplated the idea that this could be a year where the Best Picture race might depart from last year’s lineup ...

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