Gurus o’ Gold: Week Two


Rank Last Chart Best Picture (Unranked) BreznicanEllwoodFeinbergHammondHowellKargerOlsenPolandPondStoneTapleyThompsonWhippWloszczyna Votes Total
1 1 Argo
Warner Bros
2 1 1 1 1 2 2 3 4 1 1 3 2 3 14 155
2 3 Lincoln
DreamWorks/Disney
3 3 3 2 3 4 1 2 3 2 2 2 1 2 14 149
3 2 Silver Linings Playbook
The Weinstein Company
4 2 4 3 4 1 4 1 2 4 5 4 3 4 14 137
4 4 Les Miserables
Universal
5 4 2 4 6 3 3 6 5 3 3 5 10 1 14 122
5 5 Life of Pi
20th Century Fox
1 5 9 5 5 5 5 9 6 6 4 1 9 5 14 107
6 6 Zero Dark Thirty
Sony Pictures
7 11 5 6 9 6 11 4 1 5 9 6 11 7 14 84
7 7 The Master
The Weinstein Company
9 9 6 11 7 7 8 10 7 4 6 11 59
8 9 Beasts of the Southern Wild
Fox Searchlight
8 8 7 9 8 7 8 8 8 9 46
8 8 Amour
Sony Classics
2 10 7 12 6 9 6 7 39
10 10 Flight
Paramount
12 6 11 7 12 6 8 9 8 9 38
Django Unchained
12 8 12 7 10 10 9 7 10 12 11 11 35
Anna Karenina
10 9 5 10 8 10 6 26
The Impossible
6 7 10 8 11 12 6 24
Moonrise Kingdom
11 8 11 10 7 7 6 24
Skyfall
10 12 10 12 5 12 6 17
The Sessions
10 8 11 3 10
The Dark Knight Rises
9 12 2 5
Hitchcock
11 11 2 4
The Intouchables
12 11 2 3
One Vote Wonders
The Hobbit
9 1 4
Holy Motors
11 1 2
Promised Land
12 1 1




Rank Last Chart Ranking The Unseen Three BreznicanEllwoodFeinbergHammondHowellKargerOlsenPolandPondStoneTapleyThompsonWhippWloszczyna Votes Total
1 Les Miserables
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 14 40
2 Zero Dark Thirty
2 3 2 2 2 2 3 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 14 28
3 Django Unchained
3 2 3 3 3 3 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 14 16

8 Responses to “Gurus o’ Gold: Week Two”

  1. movielocke says:

    isn’t it an unseen four, the Hobbit as well.

    has anyone seen the matt damon fracking movie?

    1. Lincoln
    2. Argo
    3. Les Miserables
    4. Silver Linings Playbook
    5. Django Unchained
    6. The Hobbit
    7. Life of Pi
    8. Flight
    9. Zero Dark Thirty
    10. Amour
    11. Beasts of the Southern Wild
    12. This is 40

    r/u The Master – I’ve not met anyone who wasn’t a critic that liked this, but my field limits me to editors and producers, so maybe it will get some love, but who is the constituency in the academy that is going to get this over 5%?

    For comparison, almost everyone I asked last year was over the moon for Tree of Life, and a few years ago were ecstactic for There Will Be Blood, The Master is in a very different place in my anecdotal (and useless) experience.

  2. Double D says:

    movielock – the difference between The Master and other films that critics love that audiences haven’t warmed to is two words: Harvey Weinstein. I agree with you, I havent’ personally spoken to one person who liked the film – though they usually praise the actors and cinematography.

  3. movielocke says:

    The Weinstein is not infallible; the films he backs in the Oscar race are often only moderately arthouse. The Weinstein’s oscar successes target upper-class college-educated white cineastes and are always comfortably in the audience-friendly wheelhouse. A film with the sensibilities of the audience-antagonistic The Master has little in common with most of Weinstein’s past successes–and speaking of those past successes, that success depends totally on people liking something enough to vote for it. It is damn hard to find non-critics that like The Master. The Master could easily wind up in the Passion of the Christ or The New World scenario, cinematography, and maybe another bonus technical nomination.

    And don’t forget, Weinstein has other horses in this race, he’s not putting all his money on just one beast.

    It is worth remembering that the films Weinstein shepherds to nominations are in the vein of Chocolat, not The Master.

    If this were fifty years ago, Weinstein would be able to get a film like 400 Blows a BP nomination, but he wouldn’t be able to manage that for a film like Pierrot le Fou. He could get a film like Seven Samurai a BP nomination, but he wouldn’t be able to manage that for a film like Sansho the Bailiff.

  4. Daniella Isaacs says:

    Weinstein didn’t bother going for more than the single acting nomination for I’M NOT THERE, which was actually a more likable movie than THE MASTER. THE MASTER could be thrown overboard if it doesn’t get a lot of guilds/critics groups loving it.

  5. movielocke says:

    The Master will place very high on top ten lists, and once Critics realize how disliked the film is by the industry it will become REALLY beloved. Nothing can burnish a reputation upwards like a snubbing; a snubbing makes critics feel smart and special and elite because only they (of the one-true-faith) truly understand/get it (if you’re not in the cult you just don’t understand).
    ;)

    Oh irony, the rise of the Cult appreciation of the Master in future years will be especially delicious and hilarious because most critics and cineastes will have no idea they’re participating in a cult around the film. Very meta.

    And what is the awards season if not breaking the industry and critics into cults of appreciation and cults of personality every year?

  6. geezeyouguys says:

    I liked The Master. In fact, I loved it. My mom liked it too.

  7. Stephen Holt says:

    It’s very interesting that David uses the word “movie star” to describe Jessica Chastian’s performance here. Others are using the words, dry, feminist, etc…

    If David feels like this Jessica could actually win…Against the Whore With a Heart of Gold character Tiffany played by Jennifer Lawrence. The WWAHOG usually wins…It’s a classic Oscar type. But J.Chastain’s character seems to be…something new.

  8. David Poland says:

    Actually, Stephen, the two characters aren’t terribly dissimilar… One in a comedy and one in a drama. Both women using a problematic quest/obsession to find their inner peace… both relentless… Etc

    The big difference is that Jennifer is, especially 20 lbs heavier, is also easily objectified by men… And Jessica only tries to look hot in one scene in the film.

    Diagnose the viewer, not the actresses.

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