Gurus o’ Gold Archive for January, 2011

Gurus o’ Gold: Oscar Nominations (Pt 3 of 3)

The third group of Oscar nominations, as seen by The Gurus. None are unanimous, though Song and Score come closest.

Group 1 | Group 2 | Group 3

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Gurus o’ Gold: Oscar Nominations (Pt 2 of 3)

Eight more categories in from The Gurus. The only unanimity in this group is in Animation. The tightest races are Foreign Language and Editing. The last categories tomorrow.

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Gurus ‘ Gold: Oscar Nominations (Pt 1 of 3)

The Gurus are putting together their votes in all Oscar categories. Five of the Top 8 categories have unanimous votes for the frontrunners. And the other 3 are also pretty one-sided. On Thursday, we’ll see if the rest of the ballot looks less settled in the eyes of The Gurus.

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Gurus o’ Gold, 1/12/11

The Gurus have as narrow a view of most of the guilds seem to have right now. So like the selections, the page will go unadorned today. Mila Kunis and Jeremy Renner have some heat, as The Gurus look at the Supporting Acting categories, which just last month looked like free-for-alls. And the Directors are down to a list of 6 contenders.

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Gurus o’ Gold: The Holiday Is Over! (Jan 5, 2011)

The Gurus welcome you to 2011! The long-ranking Top 2, Social Network & King’s Speech, are now in a dead tie on top. But Rooster, Mattie &
LaBoeuf are chasing, as True Grit leaps from #7 to #3 this week.

We also ask, how many of these major guild nominations might translate into Oscar nods?

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“But okay, I promise you now that if I ever retire again, I’m going to ensure that I can’t walk it back. I’ll post a series of the most disgusting, offensive, outrageous statements you can ever imagine. That way it will be impossible for me to ever be employed again. No one is going to take my calls. No one is going to want to be seen with me. Oh, it will be scorched earth. I will have torched everything. I’m going to flame out in the most legendary fashion.”
~ Steven Soderbergh

I feel strongly connected to young cinephile culture. The thing about filmmaking—and cinephilia—is that you can’t keep hanging out with your own age group as you get older. They drop off, move somewhere. You can’t put together a crew of sixty-somethings. It’s the same for cinephilia: my original set of cinephile friends are watching DVDs at home or delving into 1958 episodes of ‘Gunsmoke,’ something like that. The people who are out there tend to be young, and I happen to be doing the same thing still, so it’s natural that I move in their circles.

In terms of the filmmaking, there was a gear shift: my first movies focused on people around my age, and I followed them for three films. Until The Unspeakable Act, I was using the same actors, not because of an affinity for people at a specific age, but because of my affinity for the actors. I like to work with actors a second time, especially if I don’t feel confident casting a new film. But The Unspeakable Act was a different script, and I had to cast all new people. Even for the older roles, I couldn’t get the people I’d worked with before. But when it was over, the same thing happened: I wanted to work with Tallie again in the worst way, and I started the process all over again.

I think Rohmer did something similar around the time of Perceval and Catherine de HeilbronnHe developed new groups of people that he liked to work with. These gear shifts are natural. Even if you want to follow certain actors to the end of their life (which I kind of do) the variety of ideas that you generate makes it necessary to change. And once you’ve made the change, you’ve got all these new people around.”
~ Dan Sallitt