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The Gurus O’ Gold Weigh The Acting Categories And Best Picture

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Oscar nominations drop on Tuesday morning, and the Gurus anticipate some shifts in the Academy’s Final Five for acting nominations, plus a few flyaway titles from the Best Picture roster, which could contain as many as ten nominees.

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The Gurus o’ Gold Highlight Best Picture, Best Foreign Language, Best Documentary

Checking in a week before Oscar nomination voting ends: predictions for documentary feature, foreign language film, and of course, best picture, with a good range of wiggling in the rankings after major guilds have announced their nominees.

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2019 Writers Guild Awards Nominees

SCREENPLAY NOMINEES ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Eighth Grade, Written by Bo Burnham; A24 Green Book, Written by Nick Vallelonga & Brian Currie & Peter Farrelly; Universal Pictures A Quiet Place, Screenplay by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck and John Krasinski, Story by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck; Paramount Pictures Roma, Written by Alfonso Cuarón; Netflix Vice, Written by Adam McKay; Annapurna Pictures ADAPTED SCREENPLAY…

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American Society of Cinematographers Reveals Feature and Television Nominees

Trouble viewing this email? Read it online American Society of Cinematographers Reveals Feature and Television Nominees   LOS ANGELES (January 7, 2019) — The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has announced the nominees for all categories of the 33rd Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards. Winners will be named at the awards gala on February 9 at the Ray Dolby…

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NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR THE  69TH ANNUAL ACE EDDIE AWARDS  RECOGNIZING BEST EDITING OF 2018  IN FILM, TELEVISION AND DOCUMENTARIES

Winners to be announced at the 69th Annual ACE Eddie Awards presented by American Cinema Editors (ACE) on Feb. 1 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel Los Angeles, Jan. 7, 2019 — American Cinema Editors (ACE), the honorary society of the world’s top film editors, today announced nominations for the 69th Annual ACE Eddie Awards recognizing outstanding editing…

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Gurus Predict Globes Picks And Best Picture

The Gurus weigh in on Best Picture after the PGA nominations and Hollywood Foreign Press best pics before Sunday night gets its Globe on.

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The Gurus o’ Gold On Key Categories

The Gurus let go of multiple outliers and one-vote-wonders for best picture this go-round.

While relatively small fields, there’s movement in the acting categories, including sentiment for Bohemian Rhapsody that elevates Rami Malek. Actresses off the Guru radar include Felicity Jones, Natalie Portman and Saoirse Ronan.

As with the Academy, the Guru screenplay predictions hold surprises, including BlacKkKlansman leading adapted predictions and Roma sandwiched by leader The Favourite and a maybe not-so-surprising showing for First Reformed, for yet-to-be-nominated writer-director Paul Schrader. The Gurus also shine light on recently-prized Ethan Hawke.

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The Gurus Predict Globes for Drama, Musical or Comedy, and Director

The Gurus predict the sentiment of the happy-go-lucky members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association this week, considering what tickled their fantasy this season: lots of love predicted for A Star Is Born, as well as possible chances for Green Book.

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Gurus o’ Gold Speak Best Picture, Foreign Language, Doc Feature

A Star is Born, Roma, Green Book and The Favourite and Black Panther sentiment shifts slightly, from Guru to Guru. Extra love for Mary Poppins Returns as screenings accelerate, and First Reformed after nods from the New York Film Critics Circle.

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Gurus o’ Gold Go Best Picture, Director, Cinematographer

Post-Thanksgiving, the Gurus shake up the Best Picture field on a couple of pictures that have just opened, reflecting critical and financial reception, as well as bright-and-sunny early previews for Mary Poppins Returns.

The Gurus also look upon best director and best cinematographer for the first time in 2018, with much love for one big black-and-white picture: Alfonso Cuarón’s cinematography on Roma makes a rare Gurus sweep.

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Gurus O’ Gold On Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Actor

For mid-November, the Gurus update their predictions for Best Picture, and take a first look at best supporting actor and best actor.

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Gurus o’ Gold Take Up Best Picture, Actress and Supporting Actress

The Gurus slide up into your awards season still flushed with post-festival fever, ready with their insight and instinct. There are also impressive movies to praise, with only a few known titles yet to rear their heads.

First up: a shortlist of a dozen features for consideration, and a surprisingly consistent list of five candidates for Best Actress and for Best Supporting Actress.

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Gurus o’ Gold: At The Start of The Season 2018/19

The festival season has started and contenders are getting their first screenings. The Gurus take a close squint and the known-knowns and the maybe-knowns in the first charts of the season. Off to the movies! Let the surprises begin!

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For Oscar 91, Academy Issues More Rules Arcana

AWARDS RULES APPROVED FOR 91ST OSCARS® CAMPAIGN REGULATIONS UPDATED FOR NEW AWARDS SEASON LOS ANGELES, CA — The Academy’s Board of Governors has approved Oscars® rules and campaign regulations for the 91st Academy Awards®. Submission deadlines for awards eligibility have been changed. There is now one submission deadline – Monday, October 1, 2018 – for…

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Gurus o’ Gold: Final Guesses

The Gurus are nearly exhausted, predicting 11 unanimous selections, including all four Acting categories, Directing, Original Screenplay and Animated Feature. The most competitive categories? Best Picture and Best Documentary.

The Gurus also pick three potential upsets each, with Get Out as Best Picture leading the way, followed by both screenplay categories and Supporting Actress.

And with that, The Gurus head back to the mountain to hibernate until September. May The Show Be With You.

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Oscar Spots More Stars As Presenters

MORE STARS TO PRESENT AT 90TH OSCARS® EMILY BLUNT, SANDRA BULLOCK, DAVE CHAPPELLE, EUGENIO DERBEZ, ANSEL ELGORT, JANE FONDA, JODIE FOSTER, EIZA GONZÁLEZ, ASHLEY JUDD, NICOLE KIDMAN, MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY, HELEN MIRREN, RITA MORENO, LUPITA NYONG’O AND CHRISTOPHER WALKEN LOS ANGELES, CA – Producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd announced additional presenters for the 90th Oscars telecast. …

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20 Weeks To Oscar: A Week To Go

Every one of the five films that is considered to have a real chance of winning Best Picture has a position of strength and a soft underbelly.

Do you want to go through them all again?

I don’t either.

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Performers for 90th Oscars Announced

 90TH OSCARS® PERFORMERS ANNOUNCED GAEL GARCÍA BERNAL, MARY J. BLIGE, COMMON, ANDRA DAY, NATALIA LAFOURCADE, MIGUEL, KEALA SETTLE AND SUFJAN STEVENS LOS ANGELES, CA – Gael García Bernal, Mary J. Blige, Andra Day, Natalia LaFourcade, Miguel, Keala Settle, Sufjan Stevens and Oscar® winner Common will perform this year’s nominated songs at the 90th Oscars®ceremony, show producers Michael De…

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Gurus o’ Gold: Top 3

As The Gurus count down to Oscar night, they pick their Top 3 in every category (except picture, where it’s still Top 5). The group is unanimous in a surprising nine categories, including all four acting awards, while Editing and Doc Feature are toss-ups. The Gurus see the maximum number of Oscars going to one film being… three.

Next week… Top 2.

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Oscar Names Ten More Diverse Presenters, Including Kelly Marie Tran, Zendaya, Wes Studi, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Armie Hammer

10 MORE PRESENTERS ANNOUNCED FOR 90TH OSCARS® GAL GADOT, MARK HAMILL, ARMIE HAMMER, OSCAR ISAAC, LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA, GINA RODRIGUEZ, EVA MARIE SAINT, WES STUDI, KELLY MARIE TRAN AND ZENDAYA LOS ANGELES, CA – Producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd today announced 10 more presenters for the 90th Oscars® telecast. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the…

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It shows how out of it I was in trying to be in it, acknowledging that I was out of it to myself, and then thinking, “Okay, how do I stop being out of it? Well, I get some legitimate illogical narrative ideas” — some novel, you know?

So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

And so the three projects were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” “Naked Lunch” and a collection of Bukowski. Which, in 1975, forget it — I mean, that was nuts. Hollywood would not touch any of that, but I was looking for something commercial, and I thought that all of these things were coming.

There would be no Blade Runner if there was no Ray Bradbury. I couldn’t find Philip K. Dick. His agent didn’t even know where he was. And so I gave up.

I was walking down the street and I ran into Bradbury — he directed a play that I was going to do as an actor, so we know each other, but he yelled “hi” — and I’d forgot who he was.

So at my girlfriend Barbara Hershey’s urging — I was with her at that moment — she said, “Talk to him! That guy really wants to talk to you,” and I said “No, fuck him,” and keep walking.

But then I did, and then I realized who it was, and I thought, “Wait, he’s in that realm, maybe he knows Philip K. Dick.” I said, “You know a guy named—” “Yeah, sure — you want his phone number?”

My friend paid my rent for a year while I wrote, because it turned out we couldn’t get a writer. My friends kept on me about, well, if you can’t get a writer, then you write.”
~ Hampton Fancher

“That was the most disappointing thing to me in how this thing was played. Is that I’m on the phone with you now, after all that’s been said, and the fundamental distinction between what James is dealing with in these other cases is not actually brought to the fore. The fundamental difference is that James Franco didn’t seek to use his position to have sex with anyone. There’s not a case of that. He wasn’t using his position or status to try to solicit a sexual favor from anyone. If he had — if that were what the accusation involved — the show would not have gone on. We would have folded up shop and we would have not completed the show. Because then it would have been the same as Harvey Weinstein, or Les Moonves, or any of these cases that are fundamental to this new paradigm. Did you not notice that? Why did you not notice that? Is that not something notable to say, journalistically? Because nobody could find the voice to say it. I’m not just being rhetorical. Why is it that you and the other critics, none of you could find the voice to say, “You know, it’s not this, it’s that”? Because — let me go on and speak further to this. If you go back to the L.A. Times piece, that’s what it lacked. That’s what they were not able to deliver. The one example in the five that involved an issue of a sexual act was between James and a woman he was dating, who he was not working with. There was no professional dynamic in any capacity.

~ David Simon