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23 Weeks To Oscar: Actors!!!

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This is a good year for movies. It may become the most boring Oscar race in living memory. Why? Because even though the answers are not 100% clear in any category yet… the reason that no one has taken “absolutely winning” position is not a lack of great performances, but a distinct lack of “must win” candidates.

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24 Weeks To Oscar: Where We Are After TIFF

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Only two movies came out of North American premieres at TIFF (which is essentially over, even though it goes on for five more days) with legitimate Best Picture hopes, Molly’s Game and the Venice premiering Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

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25 Weeks To Oscar: What Happened In Telluride

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Gurus o’ Gold: Dawn Of A New Award Season

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Gurus o’ Gold: Our Final Votes

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20 Weeks To Oscar: 4 Days Away…

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Gurus o’ Gold: Final Voting Has Begun… The Gurus Weigh In

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20 Weeks To Oscar: Cash & Carrying Gold

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Gurus o’ Gold: Pick Your Top Two

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20 Weeks To Oscar: The Simple Case For Moonlight

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Gurus o’ Gold: First Take At Ranking The Nominees

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20 Weeks To Oscar: The Simple Case FOR La La Land

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Nomination: Reaction

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20 Weeks To Oscar: Right Before The Noms

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Gurus o’ Gold: Last Guesses Before Nominations

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20 Weeks To Oscar: The 4 Kinds Of Best Picture Winners

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Gurus o’ Gold: Let The Ballots Be Filled

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Gurus o’ Gold: Doc & Foreign Faves

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20 Weeks To Oscar: The (Shock) Corridor

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Gurus o’ Gold: ChristmaChanukah Time!

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“Champagne and Mezcal will run tonight!”
The Nomination Reactions

“Pardon me, but Home Alone has made enough hundreds of millions of dollars by now and solidified enough of a multigenerational fan base to survive the following review: to hell with it.”
Michael J. Phillips Ka-Fooeys A Christmas Chestnut

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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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Retired Naval Officer Files Innovative Lawsuit Against Citizenfour And Its Makers

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“TIFF doesn’t make attendance numbers for its Lightbox screenings publicly available, so it’s difficult to gauge exactly how many filmgoers the Lightbox is attracting (or how much money it’s bringing in). But the King Street West venue hasn’t become a significant draw for film enthusiasts. The Lightbox’s attendance has plunged – 49,000 fewer visitors last year, a drop of 27 per cent, according to figures recently reported in the Toronto Star. Its gallery space – designed to showcase the visions of cinema’s most iconic filmmakers – saw most of its exhibitions staff quietly axed this past fall. And its marketing barely escapes the Lightbox’s walls. Unless you are a TIFF member or one of the city’s most avid filmgoers, you could walk by the Lightbox and remain blissfully unaware of a single thing that goes on inside. TIFF “still has a world-class brand,” said Barry Avrich, a filmmaker and former board member, “but it’s going to take some fresh vision from retail, consumer programming and marketing experts, given how the lines have become intensely blurred when it comes to how people watch film. They will have to experiment with programming to find the right blend of function and relevance.”
~ Globe & Mail Epic On State of Toronto Int’l (paywalled)

“I’m 87 years old… I only eat so I can smoke and stay alive… The only fear I have is how long consciousness is gonna hang on after my body goes. I just hope there’s nothing. Like there was before I was born. I’m not really into religion, they’re all macrocosms of the ego. When man began to think he was a separate person with a separate soul, it created a violent situation.

“The void, the concept of nothingness, is terrifying to most people on the planet. And I get anxiety attacks myself. I know the fear of that void. You have to learn to die before you die. You give up, surrender to the void, to nothingness.

“Anybody else you’ve interviewed bring these things up? Hang on, I gotta take this call… Hey, brother. That’s great, man. Yeah, I’m being interviewed… We’re talking about nothing. I’ve got him well-steeped in nothing right now. He’s stopped asking questions.”
~ Harry Dean Stanton