THE BRIEF

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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it […]
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The 2014 Central Ohio Film Critics Association awards nominees are: Best Film -Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) -Boyhood -Gone Girl -The Grand Budapest Hotel -The Imitation Game -A Most Violent Year -Nightcrawler -Selma -Snowpiercer -Whiplash Best Director -Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel -Damien Chazelle, Whiplash -Ava DuVernay, ...
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BEST PICTURE *1. Goodbye to Language 25 (Jean-Luc Godard) 2. Boyhood 24 (Richard Linklater) 3. Birdman 10 (Alejandro G. Iñárritu) 3. Mr. Turner 10 (Mike Leigh) BEST DIRECTOR *1. Richard Linklater 36 (Boyhood) 2. Jean-Luc Godard 17 (Goodbye to Language) 3. Mike Leigh 12 (Mr. Turner) BEST NON-FICTION FILM *1. ...
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The Santa Barbara film festival is coming at the end of the month. It’s just been announced that Aniston will be the recipient of the Montecito Award on January 30, 2015. Aniston is making one of the most astonishing 11th hour bids for Best Actress I’ve seen in a while. ...
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Enter our contest here The Eddies that announced today are really your first big consensus vote. They have about 6,000 members currently and have been around for 50 years. The PGA are around 4,500 and they’ve been around for just a couple of decades. Today’s announcement was a good way ...
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BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (DRAMATIC): TIE! American Sniper Joel Cox, ACE & Gary Roach, ACE Boyhood Sandra Adair, ACE Gone Girl Kirk Baxter, ACE The Imitation Game William Goldenberg, ACE Nightcrawler John Gilroy, ACE Whiplash Tom Cross BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (COMEDY OR MUSICAL): Birdman Douglas Crise & Stephen Mirrione, ...
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In a couple of days, Rob will have the 7th Annual Awards Daily Simulated Ballot ready to go. Each year we get a master list of all the eligible films and then need to divide the titles into Adapted and Original for the screenplay categories. I did a preliminary sorting ...
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Believe it or not, I’ve been tracking the Oscars on this website for the entire time my daughter has grown into a 16 year-old. She was just a baby when I started the website in 1999. She was born in May of 1998. I needed a reason to stay home ...
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You’re lucky if you’re a white male. You get to sit down each time in a movie theater and watch yet another man work through his problems, chase down his goal, implode, explode, seduce, say nothing, say everything, save the world, save humanity, paint his masterpiece, survive a POW camp, ...
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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 Oscar race they want to embrace. Is it the one ...
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Just when I think this was a bad year for movies, along comes Ben Zuk to represent the year.  It’s one of the best things that happens in any year.
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It’s all come down to this. The race is anything but settled. Pundits have scattered to the winds. There is no agreed upon consensus for Best Picture – even Deadline Pete Hammond thinks it’s wide open this year. The cliffhanger appears to be whether or not Gone Girl will make ...
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This year was a wakeup call, or should have been, for anyone paying attention to the Oscar race. On the one hand, you had a good many films about men where the women were fashioned as shoehorns, helping to guide the foot into its rightful place. These rendered some of ...
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Women directors have much to live down before they can be taken seriously. Most of the heads of the five families in the film industry do not trust women to direct, partly because of the money thing. And partly because, deep down, they don’t think women can bring it. Angelina ...
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This site collects top ten lists and compiles them year by year. This is how it’s shaking down for 2014. I’ve bolded the Best Picture contenders via the pundit consensus thus far. Unbroken does not show up on the top 50 here but it does have two votes over at ...
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Movie City News has launched their top ten of the top ten lists. If you look at the article I posted about Oscar and the “heart light” movies that get in despite their reviews, you’ll see that those same movies do not usually place very high on these lists – ...
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They’re coming, whether we want them to or not. I’m looking forward to the host, that much I can say for sure.
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Both Unbroken and Selma were headed for the box office on Christmas day, along with Into the Woods, Big Eyes and American Sniper. Unbroken just barely edged out Into the Woods (which was in fewer theaters and had a higher per theater average), to become the Christmas day winner. Source: ...
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As a child, Graham Moore was a slight techie, and as a teen, Moore heard camp fire stories about Alan Turing. Intrigued by this camp fire legend, Moore was inspired to write a screenplay about Turing. The Imitation Game stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing. We sat down with Moore ...

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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