Gurus o’ Gold

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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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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A statement from David Chase’s representative, Leslee Dart:

A journalist for Vox misconstrued what David Chase said in their interview. To simply quote David as saying,“ Tony Soprano is not dead,” is inaccurate. There is a much larger context for that statement and as such, it is not true. As David Chase has said numerous times on the record, “Whether Tony Soprano is alive or dead is not the point.” To continue to search for this answer is fruitless. The final scene of THE SOPRANOS raises a spiritual question that has no right or wrong answer.
~ David Chase Refutes Vox Writer

“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