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24 Weeks To Oscar: Lots of Festivals, Few Surprises

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So… seven films got Best Picture nominations after festival launches last year… launched from seven different festivals.

In other words… there is no awards magic to any of these festivals (though they all have their own magic). What works is what works. Period. Exclamation point!

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Gurus o’ Gold: Before The Festivals…

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Before the Venice Film Festival kicks off the season next Wednesday, The Gurus are putting on their thinking hats and offering a mostly film-blind look toward the future. Each Guru has a different way of approaching this process, but historically, the accuracy of the group this early in the year is surprisingly good. And a film or two always eludes their glance in August. We humbly dip a toe in the water…

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27 Weeks To Oscar: The Shifting Award Show Cycle

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27 Weeks To Oscar: Ohhhhhhh

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29 Weeks To Oscar: Let The Wild Rumpus Start

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364 Days To Oscar: Wrapping Up

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Gurus o’ Gold: The Final Vote (including a few last second changes)

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Gurus o’ Gold: Our Best Guess… Our Final Guess

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9 Days To Oscar: Is That All There Is?

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Gurus o’ Gold: Battleground Categories Top 3!!!

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3 Weeks To Oscar: Exposing The Wizard

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Gurus o’ Gold: 2 Days Before Voting Begins

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Gurus o’ Gold: 9 Days Until Voting Begins

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20 Weeks To Oscar: The Race & Race – Part 3: All Fixed

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Gurus o’ Gold: The Week After Nominations

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20 Weeks To Oscar: The Race & Race – Part 2: Four Suggestions To “Fix” The Academy

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20 Weeks To Oscar: The Race & Race – Part 1: Expectations

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Gurus o’ Gold: Nomination Day (part 1 of 2)

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Gurus o’ Gold: Nomination Day (part 2 of 2)

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20 Weeks To Oscar: Nomination Morning

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“We’re excited to have Ricky Gervais back to host the most enjoyable awards show of the season in his own inimitable way. Disarming and surprising, Ricky is ready to honor—and send up—the best work of the year. Fasten your seats belts.”
Globes (And NBC) Submit To Gervais Again

Oscar Winners 2015
Birdman/Iñárritu/Redmayne/Moore/Arquette/Simmons
Birdman – Picture/Director/Screenplay/Cinematography
Grand Budapest – Production Design/Make-up/Costumes/Score
Whiplash – Supporting Actor/Editing/Sound Mixing

American Sniper, Foxcatcher, Nightcrawler In… Selma, Unbroken Out
PGA Nominates 10

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“This relief does not infringe upon First Amendment rights but maintains a reasonable balance between national security and the fundamental Constitutional protections of Freedom of the Press. No censorship occurs and no public access is restrained. This lawsuit seeks relief against those who profiteer by pretending to be journalists and whistleblowers but in effect are evading the law and betraying their country.”
Retired Naval Officer Files Innovative Lawsuit Against Citizenfour And Its Makers

“It’s insane to be in the middle of the storm, because in a way, it’s exactly what the ego needs, to be reading about how stupid you were or how great you are, and that’s useless. In a way it’s dangerous.”
Iñárritu Is Keeping Busy During Awards Season

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“To be a critic is to be a workaholic. Workaholism is socially conditioned: viewed favourably by exploiters, it’s generally ruinous to a worker’s mental health. When T.S. Eliot said criticism was as inevitable as breathing, he failed to mention that, respiratory problems notwithstanding, breathing is easy. Criticism is reflexive before reflective: to formalise/industrialise an involuntary instinct requires time, effort and discipline. The reason we seek remuneration, as opposed to the self-hatred of being a scab, is because all labour should be waged…

“Criticism, so the cliché by now goes, is dying. None of the panel discussions on its death agony, however—including those in which I’ve formally participated—come at it from the wider perspective that the problem surely needs. They defend the ways in which criticism functions in relation to the industry and to the public, but they fail to contextualise these relationships as defined by ultimately rotten and self-harming imperatives.

“Criticism was a noble profession so long as only a few could practice it for money; when the field expands, as it has with a so-called ‘democratisation’ of our practice, those few lose their political power. Competition grows and markets are undercut: publications are naturally going to start paying less. Precarity is both cause and effect of a surplus workforce: the reason you’re only as good as your last article is because there are plenty of other folks who can write the next one in your place. The daily grind is: pitch, or perish.

B”ut criticism, so a counter-cliché goes, is not dying. An irony: this is an elite sport that is no longer elite in terms of who is able to practice it, but in economic terms it’s clutching to a perverse and outmoded hierarchical structure. It’s more meritocratic than ever, now: which is to say it isn’t meritocratic at all. That’s a paradox in bad need of a resolution…”

~ Michael Pattison Manifestoes Film Criticism

“It’s easy to forget when you’re reading a critic every single week or multiple times a week, that most of us who do this job, and have been doing it for a long time, understand that this is basically a parasitic profession. I don’t mean in the sense that we’re evil bloodsucking creatures, but we couldn’t exist if we didn’t have something to analyze. And I’m always conscious of that. So whether I like or don’t like a particular thing you do, my point of view is always that of an appreciator. I just like to be in the world that you create.”
~ Matt Zoller Seitz To Sam Esmail

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