Taking a little air out of the balloon is always a pleasure. But when you become self-mocking, the brand is being damaged… at least when the brand is the 800-pound gorilla in the category. And Oscar is that.Read the full article »
LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 89th Academy Awards®. One hundred forty-five films were originally submitted in the category. The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their…Read the full article »
Best Film: La La Land Best Director: Damien Chazelle (La La Land) Best Actress: Annette Bening (20th Century Women) Best Actor: Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea) Best Supporting Actress: Lily Gladstone (Certain Women) Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) Best Screenplay: Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea) …Read the full article »
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This week, in a vote taken before the critics groups weighed in on Thursday, the Gurus take on Director, Animated Feature and the two Screenplay categories, in addition to the BP Top 10.
If there are any surprises, it is The Gurus’ unwillingness to take movies set in the 1960s very seriously or that the Top 5 Directors right now are all American.Read the full article »
FILM NOMINATIONS FOR THE 22ND ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARDS BEST PICTURE Arrival Fences Hacksaw Ridge Hell or High Water La La Land Lion Loving Manchester by the Sea Moonlight Sully BEST ACTOR Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea Joel Edgerton – Loving Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge Ryan Gosling – La La…Read the full article »
You know it’s already over, right?
No, I’m not saying we know who is going to win Oscars this year. We don’t. But we know who is realistically in the running, and who is not.
To use a sports metaphor, we are in the playoffs. But teams still have to play the games.Read the full article »
In the second charts of the week, The Gurus look at Best Picture and offer their suggestions for what you must see this holiday weekend as well as what unexpected nominations would excite them. Have a wonderful holiday!Read the full article »
In this first of two pre-Thanksgiving Gurus outings, not a lot of change in Picture and the Supporting acting categories. The only real mover in Picture is… Arrival.Read the full article »
The election took The Gurus by surprise this week, but they have consulted with The Oscar Deities and are back in the saddle. This week, Best Picture and Best Director.Read the full article »
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Oscar punditry reads a lot like the months and months and months of expertise voiced on cable TV and via print/online media for 18 months leading to the November 8 absurdity of a Trump election. And the voices after the results settled in last night reminded me so much of the post-Oscar (and often, pre-Oscar) whining.Read the full article »
The Gurus are back for the full season (weekly the rest of the way) offering up frontrunners in Best Picture and the 4 acting categories today, with only one major studio (including Dependents) leading in any of the 5 categories.Read the full article »
I should have written a column last week… but this season is turning into a beautiful bore. And by that I mean that there is some truly wonderful, exceptional work out there and on the way out… and many categories are wide open in terms of exactly who will be nominated… but those excited fish are swimming in a very small barrel.Read the full article »
Academy Member Robert Bassing Loses Oscar Voting Privileges At Age Of 91; Co-Wrote Home Before Dark In 1958
Academy Member Robert Bassing Loses Oscar Voting Privileges At Age Of 91; Co-Wrote Home Before Dark In 1958Read the full article »
By this time next week, the only unseen contenders in the race will be Allied, Collateral Beauty, Hidden Figures, Fences, Passengers, and Silence. And I expect, sight unseen, three of those six titles to be nominated for Best Picture. This is not an insignificant group.Read the full article »
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!Read the full article »
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…Read the full article »