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Diversity Among Winners at the Oscars from Bard Edlund on Vimeo. Bard Edlund, creator of this bleak video says: “A lot of noise has been made about the lack of diversity among nominees for the Oscars this year. This video shows how many Black, Hispanic, and Asian winners there have been throughout history, across four […]
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Thanks to Marshall for helping to do this — down the wire and up late at night. We’re very appreciative. With a few big and little changes still to come – Main Predictions Here and Techs start here
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Podcast: Play in new window | Download Ryan, Craig and I discuss the latest in the Oscar race leading up to the ceremony, which I am attending for the first time in 16 years.  Have a listen!
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Our friend Marshall Flores wasn’t able to devote as much time to walking us through his Stasgasm process as thoroughly as he did last year. But I was really glad to hear that he could spare us a few hours of his time to apply his regression models to the ...
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Cesar Awards, in progress Best Actress Adèle Haenel, Les Combattants Best Actor Pierre Niney, Yves Saint Laurent Best Foreign Film Mommy, dir Xavier Dolan Best Director Abderrahmane Sissako, Timbuktu Best Supporting Actress Kristen Stewart, Sils Maria Best Short Film La Femme De Rio, dirs: Emma Luchini, Nicolas Rey Best Documentary ...
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Predict the Spirit Awards here This year, there isn’t a lot of distinction between the Spirit Awards and the Oscars. This, because the industry mostly turned its back on big studio fare earmarked for the Oscar race, from the mixed to poorly reviewed Unbroken, Interstellar, and Into the Woods to the well ...
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We will be giving away the official Oscar poster – I think this is the poster. I got it at the Academy’s headquarters but have yet opened it — to the lucky winner of our contest, along with 5 choices of the 8 nominated Best Pictures, or 5 of the ...
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If you listen to the muggles out there in the world there is only one movie they’re talking about and it’s American Sniper. Granted, it’s probably the only movie nominated that most have seen. To date, Sniper has made $300 million. It does kind of feel like American Sniper is ...
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The Hollywood Reporter polled “hundreds” of Oscar voters to find out their screening habits. I’m not surprised that the film most saw in the theater was Boyhood – because the kick-ass publicity team behind the film made sure they did, knowing that if given the chance many might skip it ...
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Made by Women and Hollywood. The best advocate for women and women of color in the Oscar race is Women and Hollywood’s Melissa Silverstein. It isn’t easy standing up for women because trust me, the dirty little secret out there is that the vast majority of men don’t like women ...
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Our friends at Fandor have created a cool digital flip book detailing an “alternative history” of the Academy Awards. In its pages, you won’t find a dry recap of the films that have won Oscar gold over the years. Instead they have opted for a less traditional approach, featuring: Films ...
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In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation. Following the meteoric rise and fall ...
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The AMPAS’s sound categories—Achievement Sound Mixing and Achievement in Sound Editing—are often trivialized afterthoughts to viewers at home, and even to some Academy voters who may not be primed in the specific mechanics of cinematic sound. The Hollywood Reporter disclosed an anonymous Academy member’s ballot earlier this week. The voter ...
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We’ll be posting our predictions a bit later but wanted to give you a crack at the predictions contest. The winner received a $100 gift card to Amazon.com.
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Scott Feinberg talks to an Academy voter who reveals her true opinions. As someone on the receiving end of a letter by an Academy voter, these two sound like they sit at the same table. Entitled, pampered, wealthy Hollywood business people. To this voter, money is more important than just ...
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We live in era where every journalist and every news site is click-bait hungry. They’re looking for any controversy to draw readers, drive comments and jack up traffic. At what cost? When the rope tightens around the neck of honorable films because there’s nothing left to attack, it does damage ...
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When I look at how Oscar race 2014 turned out I see the worst case scenario, almost, all the way down the line. Every bad thing that could happen did happen. What I see when I look at this year’s race is nothing but limitations. The legendary Patti Smith shut ...
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One thing I do love about this film is its focus on the female character, Jane Hawking. While it would have been great if Jane Hawking had chosen a female to adapt the work, this was clearly a passion project for the writer – and that counts for a lot. ...
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Gold Derby is paying out a cool $1,000 for the winner of this year’s Oscar prediction contest. Head on over to play. Tom O’Neil who runs Gold Derby asked me why, if I keep saying Birdman is going to win Best Picture, I keep predicting Boyhood. Here is my answer: ...
The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013.

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On Saturday I will attend the Spirit Awards. The next day I’m going to the Oscars. I think I have a dress. I have earrings and I’m watching lots of makeup tutorials on Youtube. Oh, for the days before “mature skin.” I am grateful for the invite for the Academy. ...

The State of the Race

In this photo provided by the Producers Guild of America, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu accepts the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for outstanding producer of theatrical motion pictures for “Birdman” on stage at the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision for Producers Guild of America/AP Images)

When this website first began its grand experiment of cracking the code of why some films make it into the Oscar race and why other films don’t, there were three major ...
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In a year where the outlook appeared to be barren without Breaking Bad and True Detective in contention, House of Cards began as the default Emmy consensus front-runner earlier this ...
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ADTV continues its Making the Case series with today’s entry for HBO’s Silicon Valley to win Outstanding Comedy Series. Clarence praises the shaggy-dog nature of the workplace sitcom and engaging ...
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From Sasha’s review of Youth at Cannes in May: Paolo Sorrentino just hit it out of the park here at Cannes, delivering what has to be the most compelling screening ...
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The Year of the Man marches on with Bradley Cooper in Burnt. Oh look, there’s Emma Thompson propping him up – and look, there’s Siena Miller helping him out. I ...
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