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A. O. Scott, in his remembrance of David Carr: “For a while, a few years ago, there was a weekly video on the New York Times website called The Sweet Spot, taped during off hours in the cafeteria on the 14th floor. The idea was that it would be an informal, incisive discussion of various […]
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The end has come at last. The ballots are due on Tuesday though most voters have likely turned in their ballots. There is no turning around now. As we all know, many voters simply abstain from certain categories. Why? Because they can. Some of them abstain because they simply don’t ...
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An R-rated Gothic horror film from the modern master of Gothic horror? Yes, please. We have to wait just a little while longer for Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak, but Oct 16th makes good sense Halloween-wise and, coincidentally, lands the 3rd of the 3 Amigos in a hot spot Oscar-wise. ...
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When I saw the news that David Carr died it came as a brief notification on my iphone. When I touched my phone screen it disappeared. What could the New York Times have been saying about David Carr? Why would his name be on a news alert? I still refuse ...
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On Sunday Night 60 Minutes aired a segment about Selma with Ava DuVernay with veteran CBS correspondent Bob Simon. Yesterday, tragically, Bob Simon was killed in a car crash on the West Side Highway in New York. He was 73.
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They are bringing out the stars for sure for the 87th Academy Awards, partly because they’re worried no one will watch and partly because they always do! Lady Gaga has just been announced, along with Anna Kendrick, Jack Black and Jennifer Hudson who are also performing. Up to date presenters ...
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There is something very wrong with the system the Academy has now put in place to choose Best Picture. Relying on Oscar voters to pick their five favorites of the year should result in five genuinely Best Picture nominees. But what they are saying, more and more, is that these ...
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Podcast: Play in new window | Download We talk about the DGA and the BAFTA and what that might mean for Best Picture. Plus answering readers questions on Twitter.
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Lead Actor: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything Lead Actress: Julianne Moore, Still Alice Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood These four actors have championed prizes in their respective categories from the three award shows—SAG, BAFTA, and Golden Globes—that are instrumental for a success at the ...
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The team behind Big Hero 6 is not getting near enough credit for their efforts to diversify their storytelling and the expert way they carry it off. Despite the many articles about the diversity in the cast in the film, it doesn’t seem to be talked about much. I guess ...

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Of all the great, deserving, American filmmakers that haven’t won the Best Director prize yet, Richard Linklater is up there with the most deserving. His filmography is as original and diverse as any of his generation. In 2014 he released quite possibly the best movie of his career. To many ...
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A year after his infamous  “Adele Dazeem” presenting flub, John Travolta has been announced as an Oscar presenter. Travolta’s mistake was the talk of last year’s Oscars after he mispronounced Idina Menzel’s name. Jennifer Aniston, David Oyelowo, Kerry Washington, Sienna Miller, Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana were also announced as ...
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As you know, our files were all corrupted so we lost of the data on these contests. But if anyone out there entered and has a return receipt, please post your high score here in the comments. BAFTA: With 19 out of 24, Alexandru Donca wins our contest. With 18: ...
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Oy!, this tiresome refrain: “it’s a weak year for the awards race…” “looks like slim pickings for the Oscars this season…”  How about consider this: If a weak year for Oscar movies is all people can extract from all the stunningly brilliant films we all saw in 2014, then maybe ...
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The Santa Barbara Film Festival premiered Niki Caro’s film for Disney, McFarland, USA to a rousing reception. I guess you’d have to be a native Californian, or Hispanic, to really get why the film is important. If you didn’t come from here it might seem like a cliched underdog sports ...
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“And now, perhaps, three times in four years. Poor Harvey Weinstein. The appalling “Honor the Man — Honor the Film” campaign he’s been running for The Imitation Game has begged voters to factor in the historical importance of subject matter when the apparent reality turns out to be that Alan ...
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This brilliant performance. Scenes from Ava DuVernay’s magnificent film in the background. Great great stuff.
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With the Writers Guild the last of the major awards to announce, just a few days before the final Oscar ballots are due — though how many voters will have already cast their ballots? Either way, both categories remain wide open. Original Screenplay is a three-way race between The Grand ...

The State of the Race

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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 ...
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)

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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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The new offical U.S trailer for Macbeth has arrived, teasing epic battles. Michael Fassbender plays the menacing Macbeth and Marion Cotillard plays his scheming Lady Macbeth. Filmed on the Scottish ...
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The first trailer for Victor Frankenstein starring Daniel Radcliffe as Igor and James McAvoy as Frankenstein has been unveiled by 20th Century Fox. You know the story, Doctor Frankenstein creates ...
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