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Despite the reviews for The King’s Speech — which put the film respectably in the ’80s — even with a so-so review from the NY Times (good reviews from Kenneth Turan, Stephanie Zacharek and Joe Morgenstern) — still have the ...
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  I was answering a comment by one of the readers and I realized I stumbled onto something. It seems to me that there are two types of Oscar winning Best Pictures. Those that are entertaining and those that are ...
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In this week’s podcast, Sasha, Craig and I agree that Simon Beaufoy’s screenplay for 127 Hours is a compact gem of concentrated narrative focus. I mention that the script itself — at a swift and riveting 84 pages — is ...

Now that the major festivals are behind us and we’ve seen the best cases presented by the King-makers (so to speak), we should now have a better idea about which films look to be most unsinkable as the final flood ...
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Being on the Oscar beat for ten years and you learn a thing or two. The one thing that keeps coming back to me as the season begins is how quickly bloggers and critics are eager to give a success ...

Awards Daily readers cast 12,000 votes on last week’s poll — and some of the titles we included received fewer than 20 votes. The results serve as fast and sloppy way to separate the wheat from chaff. Even though we’re ...

With the Toronto and Venice Film Festivals looming on the calendar, dozens of the year’s best films will tumble out of the pipeline over the next 4 months. We know enough about most of these to make educated guesses about ...

The last time we did this, Inception came away with the majority of votes. ¬†Now that it’s opened, let’s see where we stand. ¬†My prediction: The Social Network will take the lead. [poll id=”42″]

This Gregg Kilday piece echoes what I’ve been feeling for a while now. ¬†It isn’t that much different from last year in that, with ten Best Pic slots, it feels like a light year already. There are some films that ...

Illustration by Joe Zeff Design Two articles caught my eye this morning. ¬†One is Erik Childress’ final Oscar predictions. ¬†And the other is Joe Morgenstern’s piece for the Wall Street Journal about Avatar and The Hurt Locker. ¬†I think Morgenstern ...

As promised, I have dutifully recorded the years when Oscar did have ten contenders for Best Picture, and did use the preferential ballot. Before they went to ten, they had more, but I figured I’d stick with the ten because ...

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The last time in recent Oscar history that as much as three war films were in the Best Pic race was 1998, when Saving Private Ryan, The Thin Red Line and Life is Beautiful, all lost to the non-war film, ...

Thanks to ONTD for finding and posting this E! Online article about the five movies everyone must see before Oscar.¬† This is a Muggle Alert (I’m still trying make Muggle “happen”): 1. The Hurt Locker (many nominations, including Best Picture) ...

Two big differences this year will ultimately affect the outcome of the race. The first is that there were ten Best Pic nominees.  The second is that they moved the Oscars back to March, not quite late March like they ...

Some years are easier to call than others. And every year we get some right and we get some wrong. This site has been covering The Blind Side since it started to catch the box office by storm back in ...

Over at Coming Soon, our pal Ed Douglas has laid out his Oscar predictions – a risky endeavor before nominations come out. The nominations might go as predicted. But they might not. Any weird kink to throw the whole race ...

Anyone wondering how the Best Picture line-up might have shaken out if the number of nominees had remained a the traditional 5 can perhaps now get a clue from looking at how the 3 major guilds have rallied in near ...

Dave Karger has worked it out, and posted the tally to EW: 6: The Hurt Locker (NBR, AFI, BFCA, GG, SAG, PGA) 5: Inglourious Basterds (NBR, BFCA, GG, SAG, PGA) 5: Precious (AFI, BFCA, GG, SAG, PGA) 5: Up in ...

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