Awards Update

Gurus o Gold: Just After Selma & American Sniper

The Gurus voted on Best Picture again this week after the Tuesday screenings of Selma and American Sniper. One of the films skyrocketed into the Top 6.

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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Tim Gray Thinks Oscar Ought To Think Frisky Instead Of Glum

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

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

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Kyle Buchanan Channels Fury

Kyle Buchanan Channels Fury 

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Joshua Rothman on “What Gone Girl is Really About”

Joshua Rothman on “What Gone Girl is Really About” spoilerage

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

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?

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

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

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Golden Globes Change Animation Rules

Golden Globes Change Animation Rules

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Academy Invites 271 New Members

Academy Invites 271 New Members, Including John Sloss, Megan Ellison, Eddie Vedder, Jennifer Lee, Jean-Claude Carrière, Chantal Akerman, Larry Gross, Olivier Assayas, Claire Denis, Hayao Miyazaki, Sally Hawkins, Josh Hutcherson, Jason Statham, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong’o, Chris Rock, Kerry Barden, Billy Hopkins, Sean Bobbitt, Masanobu Takayanagi, Philippe Le Sourd, William Chang Suk Ping, David Magdael, Beatrix Aruna Pasztor, Hany Abu-Assad, Jay…

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48 Weeks To Oscar: Reviewing The 2014 Oscar Show

The best thing I can say about this year’s Oscar show is that there isn’t a whole lot to say. Ellen was good. Someone on Twitter found exactly the right note… it was like a sleepover. The only real downside is that only about a dozen people in the room were really included. Meryl Streep and Brad Pitt were at the center of it all. Kevin Spacey was the camera hog who found a way into every picture. Lupita Nyong’o's brother was the kid from another school who found a way to fit in. Ellen didn’t dance. Smart.

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20W2O: Rebooting The Independent Spirit Awards

There was nothing really wrong with the show yesterday. But with due respect to some lovely moments with some lovely talent, to call the show “vanilla” would be an insult to vanilla. Really, the show jumped the shark over three years, 2008 – 2010…

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20 Weeks To Oscar: 3 Days To Go

There’s no real sport to making Oscar picks. The star athletes have, in most cases, completed their work over a year ago. The others, including the director, have been done with the work of creation for at least 4 months. Nothing will change between this last Tuesday and Sunday evening.

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Gurus o’ Gold: Time To Open Envelopes

In their final look at the Oscars, picking only a winner in each category, The Gurus are unanimous on 12 of 24 awards and the only categories without at least a two-thirds majority are Picture, Film Editing, and Live Action Short. Based on the Gurus vote, 12 Years A Slave would win Best Picture and 2 other Oscars, while Gravity would lead in wins for the evening, taking home 6 Oscars. And Dallas Buyers Club would have the third highest Oscar count on the night. In a year where people are talking about a limited field, Gurus voting says that the Top 8 categories would go to 5 different movies. Statisticians, start your spreadsheets.

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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.
~ Via Larry Karaszewski and Howard A. Rodman On Facebook

“I expected ‘Salesman’ to take the step backward every day that Chekhov and Beckett did — but no, it was there to help all the time. The circumstances are like a brick shithouse, they are so solid. You can’t really be satisfied, but I am pretty close to it because the cast took it and ran. They get better every day. I’ve never seen anything like that before, and I don’t know if I’ll ever see it again. Is my ambition sated? I don’t know. To get something right, it can’t be sated because you can’t ever get enough of it right—and even if it is right, it won’t stay right. That’s the thing about a play. But with ‘Salesman,’ it’s different. I don’t know how, but they just keep getting better each night. I really don’t think I’ll direct another play. This is as good a time as I’ve ever had, and I don’t want to fuck it up.”
~ Mike Nichols To Stephen Galloway At The Time Of “Death Of A Salesman”