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Gurus o’ Gold: A Week From Thanksgiving, aka Screener Time

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There’s been a march on the Top Ten and the man leading the charge has moved up the Actors list as well. The field narrows as the holiday gets closer.

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20 Weeks To Oscar – The Ides Of November

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It’s still early. And it’s so late! There are a few titles floating out there, waiting for their moment in the spotlight. But it’s getting awfully late to make a first impression.

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Gurus o Gold: Just After Selma & American Sniper

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Foxcatcher’s Bennett Miller On America’s Quest For Father Figures

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Emanuel Lubezki Goes Behind The Birdman Scenes With Prize Pics

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Does Birdman Know Oscar’s Long Love For Cinema About Greasepaint?

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Kevin Lincoln On “Edward Norton’s Abandoned Movie Stardom”

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Tim Gray Thinks Oscar Ought To Think Frisky Instead Of Glum

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Kindly J. K. Simmons On Bringing The Amperage In Whiplash

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Kyle Buchanan Channels Fury

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Joshua Rothman on “What Gone Girl is Really About”

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Thedore Melfi Tells The Most Wondrous Tale How He Cast Bill Murray In St. Vincent

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Who’s The Next Star Of The Red Carpet?

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Scott Feinberg Thinks Mike Binder’s Black And White Is On Its Way To Awards

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Golden Globes Change Animation Rules

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Academy Invites 271 New Members

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48 Weeks To Oscar: Reviewing The 2014 Oscar Show

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20W2O: Rebooting The Independent Spirit Awards

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20 Weeks To Oscar: 3 Days To Go

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Gurus o’ Gold: Time To Open Envelopes

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“My position has always been that, like them or not, the HFA are worthy of coverage by awards columnists/bloggers like myself because most of the top Oscar contenders show up for them, and when they do anything en masse, especially in front of a massive audience (as was the case this year when the Hollywood Film Awards, which is now owned by Dick Clark Productions, which, in turn, is owned by The Hollywood Reporter’s parent company, was nationally televised for the first time), then, well, it’s news.”
Scott Feinberg‘s Rationale For Supporting The H’wd Film Awards

“The lost boys that crowd Oscars 2015 have no real qualities to be leaders or heroes. They are fumbling around trying to avoid failure at all costs. That failure claps through the canyon like a falcon’s cry—who are we now?”
Sez Sasha Stone

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“On the whole I kind of quite like my films without watching them every night like Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard. But I do actually think they are alright. A lot of filmmakers say ‘I can’t watch myself’ and, very often it is because the film that got made isn’t the film they wanted to make because a few people had their hands all over it and f—ed it up.”
Mike Leigh Regards Mike Leigh

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 “Teaching how to make a film is like trying to teach someone how to fuck. You can’t. You have to fuck to learn how to fuck. It’s just how it is. The filmmaker has to protect the adventurous side of their self. I’m an explorer, I’m an inventor. Doc Brown is the character I relate to the most and he’s a madman. He’s a madman alone, locked up with his ideas but he does whatever he wants. He makes what he makes because he wants to make it. Yes, the DeLorean has to work in order for him to be a madman with a purpose—the DeLorean should work—but the point is I think everyone should try and find their own DeLorean. When Zemeckis was trying to get Back To The Future made, which he was for seven years, he was trying to get a film made where basically a teenager gets in a time machine, goes back to 1954 and almost —-s his mother. That pitch is extremely subversive and twisted in a way. My point is, he had a fascinating idea that no one had done before, but was clearly special to him and he stuck to it and made it what it was. When you do that you can create culture, but I think a lot of movies are just echoing culture and there’s a difference.”
~ A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night Filmmaker Ana Lily Amirpour

Six rules for filmmaking from Mike Nichols
1. The careful application of terror is an important form of communication.
2. Anything worth fighting for is worth fighting dirty for.
3. There’s absolutely no substitute for genuine lack of preparation.
4. If you think there’s good in everybody, you haven’t met everybody.
5. Friends may come and go but enemies will certainly become studio heads.
6. No one ever lost anything by asking for more money.
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