Awards Update Archive for January, 2013

Gurus o’ Gold: 8 Days Before Final Oscar Voting Begins

Lincoln still leads the Best Picture race according to The Gurus, with only one Guru voting Lincoln or Argo as anything other than #1 or #2 in the race.

Otherwise, the races haven’t changed much at all since we last saw you. The biggest move is Tarantino’s screenplay for Django Unchained up from #4 to #2 in that race.

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20W2O: 27 Days To Oscar – The Racial Thing

The movie about slavery has no Black nominees. The movie about the abolition of slavery has no Black nominees. The movie about Gulf coasters devastated by Katrina has a little girl as its only nominee. And the movie about a young Indian man has 1 Indian nominee, who happened to write lyrics for a song.

I have never felt like racial politics and The Academy Awards go together well. But I also don’t see any step forward in this year’s nominations from any other year.

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20W2O: 4 Weeks To Go – Quid Pro Quo, Clarice

I would argue – and have forever – that these groups are following the same bouncing ball as everyone else during the award season. There are years when consensus winners are quite close to undeniable. But there are usually 2 to 3 contenders who would not really be shocking winners of awards. Except for the issue of every award as a stepping stone to the next.

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Gurus o’ Gold: A Month To Go

These votes have been sitting around for almost a week… but here we go with the latest Gurus votes for Picture and Director. Argo is the big mover.

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A Keen Take On The Experience Of Watching Zero Dark Thirty

“I can’t recall a big, or biggish, budget suspense film so doggedly experiential, so resistant to telling you ‘what it’s about.’” A Keen Take On The Experience Of Watching Zero Dark Thirty

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Globes Gold For Argo, Les Mis; Speeches Highlight Night, Including Day-Lewis And Jodie Foster

“Trust me, 47 years in the film business is a long time. But tonight, I feel like the prom queen.” Globes Gold For Argo, Les Mis; Speeches Highlight Night, Including Day-Lewis And Jodie Foster

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Gurus o’ Gold: Nominations Morning (Page 2 of 2)


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Gurus o’ Gold: Nominations Morning (Page 1 of 2)

NOW With More Gurus!

The Gurus take on all the Oscar categories, except for shorts. This round, The Gurus have Lincoln winning 7 Oscars, including Best Picture, Director, Actor, and Adapted Screenplay. And Skyfall would be win the second most Oscars, with three. The second page of nominations can be found here.

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20W2O: “They” – The Oscar Morning Sequel

While there are people/films out ahead in many categories, they are all still open. And there is now a super-idiot-sized Phase 2 in which the fight can be fought. And fought it will be. The public dissection of Lincoln‘s historic veracity – fair or not – has commenced while you were getting your 7am coffee.

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20 Weeks To Oscar: Nominations Morning – Follow The Voting

The entire list of nominations is a checkerboard, which speaks to the mess The Academy created with the January 3 date (which subsequently changed to January 4 when The Academy bothered to look at the calendar sometime in December.)

An argument could be made that this is exciting… that the nominations being all over the place, with the exception of Lincoln, makes for a more interesting night. Perhaps.

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Cinema Eye Honors…

Cinema Eye Honors For Nonfiction: Outstanding Feature, 5 Broken Cameras; Debut Feature, Only The Young; Graphic Design, Sugar Man; Music, Detropia; Cinematography, Chasing Ice; Editing, How To Survive A Plague; Production, The Imposter; Audience Award To Bully; Direction, Detropia

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20 Weeks To Oscar: 6 Weeks To Go – The Great Rush To Judgment… And Subsequent Settling

As of today… as of the parade of opinions once nominations are announced on Thursday… It’s William Goldman Time, baby. No one KNOWS anything. Not yet. (But that won’t keep us all, me included, from spouting off.)

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2012 Critics Awards Scoreboard

With 29 critics groups voting, Lincoln is at the top of the scoreboard, with Zero Dark Thirty, The Master and Argo just behind. ParaNorman is the animated favorite, while is a wide field for documentaries…

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Gurus o’ Gold: 3 Days From Nominations

Refreshed from the holiday break, the Gurus take one last shot at Picture, Acting, and Directing just hours before the DGA nominations and 55 hours before the Oscar nominations are announced.

Look for charts of all categories (except shorts) by Thursday afternoon.

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The 2012 Top Tens: Updated

Another 30 lists … and the top 10 remain the same. A little bit of a shuffle in the next ten, with Looper and Skyfall moving up the chart. The next update may find The Grey stepping forward to take the #20 spot from The Sessions, but Zero Dark Thirty seems safe at the top.

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Producers Guild Nominations 2012

PRODUCERS GUILD OF AMERICA ANNOUNCES THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURE, ANIMATED THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURE AND LONG-FORM TELEVISION NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2013 PRODUCERS GUILD AWARDS LOS ANGELES, CA (January 2, 2013) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today the motion picture and long-form television nominations for the 24th Annual Producers Guild Awards. The categories include: The…

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“We don’t have any idea what the universe is. Wise people have always told us that this is proof you shouldn’t think, because thinking leads you nowhere. You just build over this huge construction of misunderstanding, which is culture. The history of culture is the history of the misunderstandings of great thinkers. So we always have to go back to zero and begin differently. And maybe in that way you have a chance not to understand but at least not to have further misunderstandings. Because this is the other side of this question—Am I really so brave to cancel all human culture? To stop admiring the beauty in human production? It’s very difficult to say no.”
~ László Krasznahorkai

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One of the great movies. Charles Bronson, great, Charles Bronson. Great movies. Today you can’t make that movie because it’s not politically correct, right? It’s not politically correct. But could you imagine with Trump? Somebody says, oh, all these big monsters aren’t around he’s easy pickings and then shoot.”
~ Donald Trump