Gurus o’ Gold

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

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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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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Gurus o Gold: Just Before Selma & American Sniper

The Gurus rank the Top 6 categories right before the AFI double feature of Selma and American Sniper. Will either film move into the Top 10? You’ll have to wait for the next charts to find out…

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Gurus o’ Gold: After New York…

This week, the Gurus take on Picture, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actress, Supporting Actor, and Director. And if The Gurus are right at this point, all five of these individual honors would got to first-time winners and 3 of the 5 would have never been nominated before.

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Gurus o’ Gold: Post-Venice/Telluride/Toronto Best Picture Field

Do the fall festivals matter? The Gurus chime in with their look at the Best Picture race, which has changed, particularly with the rise of 2 titles, but still finds the pre-fest Top 7 all residing int he Top 9 of this new chart.

Also, the actors and actresses who got the biggest festival bumps.

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Gurus o’ Gold: Pre-Venice/Telluride/Toronto Best Picture Field

It’s time for another award season to begin. And The Gurus o’ Gold are back. This week, a look at the field before the fall festivals launch. Each Guru was asked to pick 15 titles, in no order, that they see as the top contenders for Best Picture this season. Besides setting the field, it is worth noting that in the last four seasons, every film that has gone on to win Best Picture has been selected on this chart by all the Gurus or by all Gurus except for one. Take that for what it’s worth.

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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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Gurus o’ Gold: Top 3

This week, The Gurus offer their Top 3 in 13 Oscar categories.

Only 2 of the categories are still highly competitive in the Guru voting, however, given the chance to vote on fewer than 3 in each category if they felt it was a lock, very few Gurus chose to step up to that in very few categories.

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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 (2 of 2)

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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: Nomination Day (Page 2 of 2)

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