Gurus o’ Gold: Before The Festivals…

The Gurus welcome Jen Yamato of The Daily Beast to the group. Scott Feinberg of The Hollywood Reporter will join the voting in the next rounds.

We picked the Top 20 films we project as the top Best Picture candidates, each Guru ranking only their Top 3. Dive in…

Rank Last Chart Pre-Festival Projections AdamsEllwoodFeinbergHowellKargerOlsenPolandPondNathanielRStoneThompsonWloszczynaWhippYamatoTBA Votes Total
Manchester By The Sea
1 3 * 3 * 2 2 2 1 1 10 107
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
* * 1 1 1 1 * 1 * 3 10 86
La La Land
3 * 2 2 2 * * 3 * * 10 68
Arrival
* 1 * 1 3 * * * * * 10 47
Fences
2 * 3 * * * * * * * 10 33
Silence
* * * * * 3 * * * 2 10 33
Loving
* * * * * * 1 * * 9 22
Moonlight
* 2 * * * * * * 8 20
Hell or High Water
* * * * 2 5 17
Bleed for This
* * * 3 4 15
20th Century Women
* * * * * * * * * 9 9
Lion
* * * * * * * * 8 8
Allied
* * * * * * * * 8 8
Sully
* * * * * * * * 8 8
The Birth of a Nation
* * * * * * * 7 7
Nocturnal Animals
* * * * * * * 7 7
The Founder
* * * * * * 6 6
American Pastoral
* * * * 4 4
Miss Sloane
* * * * 4 4
The Light Between Oceans
* * * * 4 4
The Queen of Katwe
* * * * 4 4
Snowden
* * * * 4 4
Gold
* * * 3 3
Florence Foster Jenkins
* * * 3 3
Live By Night
* * * 3 3
Rules Don’t Apply
* * * 3 3
Passengers
* * * 3 3
The Lobster
* * * 3 3
Hidden Figures
* * 2 2
The Girl On The Train
* * 2 2
Indignation
* * 2 2
Paterson
* * 2 2
One Vote Wonders
Maggie's Plan
3 1 12
The Jungle Book
* 1 1
American Honey
* 1 1
A United Kingdom
* 1 1
Personal Shopper
* 1 1
Toni Erdmann
* 1 1
The Mercy
* 1 1
LBJ
* 1 1
How to Talk to Girls at Parties
* 1 1
Love & Friendship
* 1 1
Patriot’s Day
* 1 1
A Monster Calls
* 1 1
Eye in the Sky
* 1 1
Deepwater Horizon
* 1 1

3 Responses to “Gurus o’ Gold: Before The Festivals…”

  1. Chris L. says:

    The Anne Thompson vote for “Maggie’s Plan” seems odd unless you remember past years of her early faves/contenders such as “Jane Eyre” or “Win Win.” I’m not knocking this approach; it would be great if more pundits advocated for films they happen to like, thus widening the roster of possibilities. But with this particular film’s overall reception, it’s unlikely to break through even if all the unseen films disappoint. Maybe a supporting nod for Moore.

  2. My top three are only ones that I have seen.

  3. Chris L. says:

    I understand, and meant no disrespect. Sometimes we civilians assume that industry insiders have access to a lot of stuff long before it has “officially” been seen. But from this distant perch I’d still place “Maggie”‘s chances below “Hail, Caesar” and maybe even “Love and Friendship.” Guess that’s about it from what’s been released (though I also loved “Sunset Song”).