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There are several factors you look at when comparing Oscar contenders.  Box office, critical consensus, the gravitas/prestige factor and the popularity of the stars and filmmakers.  It doesn’t matter how good the reviews are on an obscure film if the ...

Usually the Oscar race feels a bend in the road right about now, with Toronto making or breaking several titles.  There is always the hope that a film will break out there.  But Telluride and Venice have already spit out ...

Todd McCarthy in Venice for The Hollywood Reporter: “We have to go into uncharted territory,” the psychiatrist Carl Jung observes in regard to his own pioneering work, and the complex, fascinating topic of Jung’s and Sigmund Freud’s touchy relationship and ...

The Guardian has built a slide-show listing 50 movies they claim are “strong Oscar contenders.” While a dozen or so are undeniably in the running for a Best Picture nomination, the best that can be said for most others named ...

Jeff Wells went down the Best Picture rabbit hole, riffing on Guy Lodge’s piece at In Contention. The movies Guy has chosen as the best bets — he stipulates that this is mostly just for fun — are: The Artist ...

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Predicting Oscar’s Best Picture race this year is going to be harder than ever.  Apparently, a film has to get 5% of the membership choosing it at number 1 to make the cut. ...

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Movieline offers up some good old fashioned common sense amid the hysteria in a piece called “Everyone just freaking calm down about The King’s Speech,” Stu Van Airsdale puts the radical idea out there that it’s not time to throw ...
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Adding up the weekend box-office estimates for the top Best Picture contenders, we find True Grit vaulting into 3rd place with a long trail ahead yet to ride. (Run, Little Blackie, run!) Wasn’t expecting too many surprises when I drew ...
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“What 2010 movies do film insiders love best?” That’s the premise of a year-end reflection at Salon.com, and I’d like to pose the same open question to our own distinguished insiders — the worldwide readership of Awards Daily. Here’s a ...
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It has all come to this, Oscar watchers. Tomorrow, Oscar ballots are sent out to members of the AMPAS. They will then have roughly two weeks to finally stuff some of those screeners into their blu-ray and set about to ...

Our good friend jennybee, who contributed this fascinating background feature about the historical overlaps and overleaps between True Grit and the actual historical record of Fort Smith facts, was in charge of organizing local Tourist Board events in the famed ...

Like a well-oiled dream machine, the run-up to Inception’s premiere this summer amped up anticipation with nimble precision. The same savvy dexterity is on full display as Warner’s releases this elegant Behind the Scenes FYC promo to begin screening across ...

AMPAS has released a list of 248 films this year that qualify for consideration as Best Picture. (Perhaps because of the tight economy, that’s down 10% from the 274 eligible films in 2009, and down 12% from 281 in 2008). ...
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At this point in the race, we’ve seen most of the movies (and probably already made up our minds about the ones we haven’t). If predictions are an educated guess, then here’s where to prove you’ve been studying. NOTE: This ...
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We’re counting down what we think are the best films of 2010 (put in the context of the Oscar race, specifically, which makes a difference in how you view the best). Last time it was Shutter Island, Martin Scorsese’s twisted, ...

Paramount offered passes to advance screenings of True Grit last night in a dozen cities across the country. If you were one of the lucky witnesses at these events, please let us know what you thought. The rest of us ...

2010: The Social Network Inception The King‚Äôs Speech True Grit The Kids Are All Right 127 Hours Black Swan The Fighter Winter‚Äôs Bone Toy Story 3 (thanks vcb, & wb!) To check Traver’s track record in matching up with the ...
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Whenever I hit the “like” button on Facebook, or one of the hundreds of sites I visit every day that is connected back to Facebook, I always feel my primate roots rising up: pretty shiny thing? I LIKE it. I ...

I love this talk between these three – Tim Appelo from the Hollywood Reporter, Tom O’Neil from Gold Derby and Pete Hammond from Deadline. I like all three of these guys. But I have to tell Mr. Appelo that a ...

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