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Oscar Bits and Bites

Tom O'Neil over at Gold Derby has compiled a list of screeners that have been going out to Academy members. Getting them there early is essential for films that don't have purty young girls naked in them or big stars or rave reviews. He'll…

Metacritic Scores and Box Office, Just for Fun

I thought I would use Metacritic to look at the past ten years of Best Picture winners. I use Metacritic because they are easier to pin down in terms of having fewer critics and (for the most) seasoned, experienced writers.  There are a…

Best Picture: Will it be 5? 6? 7? 8? 9? 10?

One of the biggest surprises this year is what number Best Picture will land on. There seem to be eight very strong films heading into the race: The Artist The Descendants Hugo Midnight in Paris The Help Moneyball The Girl with the…

Hugo Enters the Best Picture Race

Movieline's Stu Van Airsdale has got his finger on the pulse of the race, or at least of our collective perceptions of the race. You know, Academy members simply fill the house, watch the screeners, vote for what they like best.  It…

Oscars 2011: Desperately Seeking a Masterpiece

2011 represents either the weakest year for great films in a while, or at least for those that have been released so far.  One can't use Rotten Tomatoes for this because they don't draw a hard enough line.  Ditto for the Critics Choice.  …

Best Picture – Getting Down to It

With the help of many smart readers, it looks like the Academy's new way of selecting Best Picture does not seem too hard to figure out.  Here, Dean simplifies it: When thinking about how many nominees there are going to be ALL you have to…