State of the Race

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This Oscar year is similar to the some of the years before the Academy pushed their date forward six weeks, before Telluride and other film festivals became the premiere Best Picture launching pad. The Revenant’s last minute dominance — after ...
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Sometimes it’s hard to separate your heart from your head during Oscar season. Despite trying to keep your bias from creeping in, it inevitably does for various reasons. Loving a winner often means you line up with the consensus, the ...
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“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” – Carl Sagan It will come as a major bummer to many on this site that George Miller did not win the DGA Award last night for Mad Max: Fury Road. It ...
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There are still four movies pushing to the center of this year’s Oscar race. They can be divided into two distinct pairs – the epics and the character dramas. Three of them are true stories. Only one of them is ...
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The current Oscar race seems very much like two races in one. Usually, there are two films that dominate and go head-to-head. This year, it feels like there are two pairs of two: two tech-heavy epics with visionary directors attached ...
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You will begin to hear the outrage at yet another year of 20 white actors nominated at the Oscars. This isn’t that surprising for women because there weren’t a lot of films that featured women of color in significant roles. ...
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“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” – Mark Twain The Oscar beat requires being comfortable with getting it wrong sometimes. Holding on to being right ...
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Oscar Voting Begins on Wednesday. By the time the ballots are in voters hands, most of them will already know what movies they’re voting for and why. They’ve been given time to mull it over, talk about it with others ...
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“I think this was a nice idea we had in this country and a nice landscape to experiment with. But I think there comes a time in almost any experimentation or idea, where you have to evaluate it, maybe our ...
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Telluride seems to be the premiere launching pad for the Oscar winning Best Picture.  With very little time for opinions to settle, the earlier films tend to be the ones that stick around and the later breaking ones don’t have ...
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For the first time in a long time, the Oscar race is without any clear focus in any direction. If you went by the critics alone, your best bet for Oscar right now would be Spotlight, or Mad Max for ...
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With the potential for 2015’s Best Picture nominees to include the likes of The Martian, Creed, Mad Max, Bridge of Spies, Inside Out, Joy, Black Mass alongside niche films that have achieved critical acclaim, in a few weeks we will ...
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Something hit me while watching Creed, and in ruminating on the upcoming Star Wars movie. They’re bringing back 1970s nostalgia to remind us what movies once were. In thinking about these films I wondered why everything seems so different now. ...
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After Dreamworks pulled the hat trick in 1999, 2000, and 2001 with American Beauty, Gladiator, and A Beautiful Mind, the only major studio to win Best Picture has been Warner Bros., who did it three times over the past 13 ...
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One of the hardest things about predicting the Oscars is predicting the backlash to the predictions.  Human beings are unpredictable because they don’t like being predictable. Level Two Chaos System refers to predictive models that break down because the very ...
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If the Best Directior category this year is to fill up with big names, many of them won’t appear until the second half, after the AFI Film festival and the winter releases have screened. The four films that seem to ...
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We don’t really know where we’re headed. Scientists, politicians, preachers, teachers and the rest of us out there in dark share one common question – what is our near or long term future? It’s frightening that we have no clue. ...
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The Emmys made the historic, unprecedented move of awarding the well deserving Viola Davis the first black actress to win in lead in their history. The audience didn’t seem to notice. Only Louis CK stood up as Davis left the ...
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Becoming a Best Picture frontrunner means fighting off continual attacks that will either sink it (Boyhood) or fail to sink it (12 Years a Slave). The season is currently enjoying the exceptional brief moment of talking about how good the ...
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I used to think that the reason there weren’t films like Bonnie and Clyde or Midnight Cowboy or A Clockwork Orange or Taxi Driver or Apocalypse Now in the Oscar race was because the Oscar voters were too old to ...

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