Gurus o’ Gold

Gurus o’ Gold: If We Could Sway The Academy

After opining on the Best Picture race (which isn’t changing much in order, but is getting tighter & tighter), The Gurus offer their personal feelings about The Race. If they could sway Academy members to vote for as many as 5 nominees to win the gold, these are the ones they would choose.

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Gurus o’ Gold: Frontrunners & Potential Upsetters

This week, The Gurus offer their weekly look at the Top Ten and then, a look at the category frontrunners and potential upsets. Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong’o, Frozen, and the screenplay of 12 Years A Slave are the five clear frontrunners, with all 15 Gurus voting for them. The most competitive categories, by this measure, are Original Screenplay… and Best Picture.

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Gurus o’ Gold: A Week Since Nominations (1 of 2)

One week after nominations, the Gurus go through all the categories (except for shorts) again. And while most of the changes are shifts among the runners up, the big shake-up is at the top of the Best Picture chart, as 12 Years A Slave retakes the top slot and American Hustle falls all the way to…

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

The Gurus (at least 9 of them… for now) are offering up 20 categories (leaving out only the short films, which have not been widely seen by the group), a first-blush look at the frontrunners coming off of nominations morning.

If you were to go by The Gurus guesses today, Gravity would dominate as the leading Oscar winners with 6 wins. But might one of them be Best Picture?

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Gurus o’ Gold: Last Stand Before Nominations

The Gurus are back from vacation, just in time to preview the nominations and to shout out about potential surprises – good and bad – on Thursday morning. Moving up the charts are American Hustle, The Wolf of Wall Street, and Dallas Buyers Club. Perhaps in trouble, that Out of Africa duo, Meryl Streep & Robert Redford.

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Gurus o’ Gold: Holiday Contender Watch Guide

The Gurus are heading out for the holiday. But we have suggestions for your awards viewing over the holidays.

What Screeners You Should Dig Out Of The Pile (Short Term 12 and Before Midnight lead); What Films You Should You See On The BIG Screen (Gravity leads), and What Films We Will Watch Again Over The Holiday (Her leads).

May you all have a merry Christmas and a Gurus new year!

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Gurus o’ Gold: Have Yourself A Merry Little Oscar

The Gurus offer their take on the “Top 6″ categories one last time before the holiday break. Big changes in Supporting Actor and Mr. Banks might need some saving.

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Gurus o’ Gold: After SAG & Golden Globes Nods

The Gurus speak on how they see the SAG and Golden Globe nominations affecting the Oscar race. Rough day for Walt & Marty.

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Gurus o’ Gold: After Awards Week One

There’s been a lot of hardware being thrown around in the last week, so The Gurus decided to meditate on the Best Picture race and to answer the questions; who was helped, hurt, or unaffected by this week of furious activity. Look for a special Gurus update late Thursday/early Friday with reactions to both SAG and the Golden Globes nominations.

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Gurus o’ Gold: Welcome To December!

The Gurus welcome you to the awardy month of December, where nominations and critics award dreams come true and Top 10 lists sprout like weeds of love. This week, it’s Best Picture and all four acting categories, where the fast risers are American Hustle and The Wolf of Wall Street.

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Gurus o’ Gold: We Would Be Thankful For…

It’s time to give thanks and to offer what we would be thankful for. The Gurus offer up their personal choices of who and what they would be thankful for in acting (male and female) and in any category they like. There are many great choices offered up here, whether they got lots of votes or few, making The Gurus especially thankful of having so many great films and performances from which to choose.

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Gurus o’ Gold: What If…

This week, the Gurus consider their usual Best Picture list, but then a couple of categories that don’t really exist. First, Best Screenplay, without a distinction between Original and Adapted. Then, a proposed category (which not all the Gurus agree should be created) for Best Casting of A Motion Picture.

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Gurus o’ Gold: Only Two Films Still Waiting To Be Seen

This week, The Gurus take on Best Director and Best Animated Feature in addition to the weekly look at Best Picture, which has one big move up the chart, showing that black and white isn’t always so black and white.

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Gurus o’ Gold: Let The Games Begin!!!

The Gurus are back with their weekly chart, from now until the week before the Oscar ceremony.

This week, Best Picture and all the acting categories.

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Gurus o’ Gold: Post New York Film Festival

This week, in our last pre-November rankings, The Gurus are looking at the Best Picture race, split into films that have been widely seen by the industry (in theatrical release, wide screenings or at festivals) and those that have not.

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Gurus o’ Gold Post-Venice/Telluride/Toronto

We tried something a little different this week. First, we picked our Top 8, without ranking them. Then, we picked out Next 7, also without ranking them. The idea was to create some degree of hierarchy without beating the rankings to death this early in the award season.

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“By the time the sounds of the Von Trapp children warbling ‘Silent Night’ drift through The Giver, you may find yourself wondering what fresh movie hell this is. In truth, the enervating hash of dystopian dread, vague religiosity and commercial advertising-style uplift is nothing if not stale. Adapted from Lois Lowry’s book for young readers, the story involves an isolated society that, with its cubistic dwellings, mindless smiles, monochromatic environs and nebulous communitarianism, seem modeled on a Scandinavian country or an old Mentos commercial.”
~ Manohla Dargis’ Deadly Lede For Review Of The Giver

“It’s possible that in the coming days or, God forbid, weeks, the president could have something more specific to say about the freighted decades-long history of political imbalance at work, in this case between a mostly black working-class town and its majority white government and police force. But this is a black man who must choose his words about race, governance, and law enforcement even more carefully than a white politician would. And this is the third summer in which, as president, he would have to do so…

“Until this point in the turmoil, the absence of the crucial second face in the incident seemed to heighten the distance between police and the people they serve. It grants them both an anonymity and autonomy that matches the bizarre transformation, in Ferguson and elsewhere, of police into troops. The riot gear turns 2014 into a dot on a Jim Crow–era timeline. Since the officer’s name wasn’t made public more immediately, it should have seemed urgent for the police to lose the riot attire and take steps to minimize distrust, to dispel the contagious assumption that silence equates racism…

“What is so affecting isn’t just that 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed when he was barely a man. It’s other things as well. One was how many reports of the incident that first day mentioned that he was about to start college. That’s a rite that’s universally emotional. But for a black male from a poor family, the first day of college is a freighted day that usually requires the sacrifice of more than one person. Black people know the odds of getting to and graduating from college, and that they’re low. That Brown seemed to be on the right path compounded the parental, local, and national outrage over his being wiped from it.”

~ Wesley Morris On Let’s Be Cops, The Shooting In Ferguson, Obama…