March 15, 2021
What Monday is it? Oh! Oh!
March 5, 2021
Picking top two predictions in acting and directing categories, with the customary top ten for Best Picture and top fives for original and adapted screenplays.
February 25, 2021
It’s the Globes, right? The Gurus spike the drinks, if not the night in their predictions of what the HFPA minds are on.
February 18, 2021
Subtle waves of sentiment shift in the Gurus’ ears: some pictures drop off the charts, while predictions shift in both Best Picture and Best Director.
February 5, 2021
With nutty nominations from the Globes and hot-hot-heat from the SAG, a real race is shaping up.
January 27, 2021
Even as Sundance is a snowball’s throw from setting alight the fireplace of 2021’s release calendar, the Gurus o’ Gold take their first crack at sensing the shape of the extended, elongated, ever-lovin’ 2020 Oscars procession leading to the 93rd awards on April 25.
February 4, 2020
The Gurus call the shots at the close of voting, with a one-two punch of rankings. Pretty solid consensus in the expected categories, like acting, but there’s movement toward Parasite and 1917, after showers of love from the last of the guild awards. The Gurus also offer up their first looks at the three shorts category, with much agreement there as well.
January 28, 2020
Rankings tighten as the Gurus cite three most likely in each category. 1917’s upper lip stiffens after the weekend’s last guild votes. Klaus moves up from 5 to 2 in Animated Feature.
January 21, 2020
Consensus among the Gurus has arrived in eight top categories with some interesting re-ranking by individual Gurus; the biggest move is sentiment that 1917 could top Once Upon A Time … for Best Picture.
January 13, 2020
The Gurus size up the morning’s nominations (with short subjects to come). 1917 is catching fire, while earlier faith in certain performances weakens.
January 6, 2020
The Gurus’ take on Best Picture directly after the Globes: there’s movement in the top five or seven with just a little wiggle room. Plus! Personal favorite underdogs each of the Gurus wouldn’t mind hearing read out loud next Monday morning.
December 20, 2019
After the first Academy shortlists dropped into the water, the Gurus placed their rankings with care in the hopes that Saint Nomination would soon be here. There are subtle movements in all the categories, with rankings largely the same. The biggest absence, aside from love for Kathy Bates, is notice for Clint Eastwood’s latest annual awards latecomer.
December 10, 2019
Interesting little moves ae filtering through all the Gurus’ categories as the last contenders have rolled in and nominations and critics’ groups nods arrive. Reevaluation of actors’ roles is more active than shifts in the big picture contenders, but if these predictions hold through Oscar Sunday, it’s gonna be Netflix and kill.
December 2, 2019
Not much movement before the critics’ groups votes come in: The Irishman noodges just past Once…
November 26, 2019
The Gurus, At Your Service
November 19, 2019
Now The Gurus take on the four acting categories. Netflix represents about a third of the nominations. Two people of color slot in the Top 5s. A surprise in the Supporting Actress Five.
November 18, 2019
The season has started at least a dozen times by now. But today is the day that The Gurus are back. A first look at Best Picture today, with Best Actor & Best Actress coming tomorrow.
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| March 16, 2021
"Will it matter in No Time to Die that the state-of-the-art Bond gadgetry is last year’s model? Have In the Heights and West Side Story missed the post-"Hamilton" wave they might have been hoping to catch? Will it be weird seeing a 16-year-old Finn Wolfhard in Ghostbusters: Afterlife when he’s pushing 19 in real life? In the broader sense, will any of these delayed movies feel truly fresh?"
| April 12, 2021
"Even former assistants who survived their tenure with Rudin and became executives themselves described the tough skin they developed as an asset. Emotional and mental anguish—reportedly at minimum wage—were a given. “You’d always forgive him because he’s so smart, cares so much, and he gets movies made that no one else can,” explained Amy Pascal, one of Rudin’s former assistants who became a major studio executive herself, in 2008. “I attribute an enormous amount of whatever success I’ve been able to attain directly because of how I saw him operate,” the producer Craig Perry, another Rudin acolyte, said in 2005. “Does he yell? Sure. Do I yell? Sure.” Rudin’s workplace behavior may have been an open secret, but open secrets eventually build cultures—in this case, one where tolerating mistreatment is a fundamental ingredient for success. And that culture was reflected in the press: Many stories about Rudin casually downplayed or reframed his nastiness. Tempestuousness was excused as 'behind-the-scenes excesses of passion.'"
April 12, 2021
What A Brit Misses
—Discovering that you and your viewing partner had wildly different views about the merits of a film and knowing that a treat of discussing is about to unfold over several drinks.
—Discovering during the film that you and your viewing partner have equally eye-rolling disdain for something and anticipating picking over the cadaver afterwards.
—Discovering you and your viewing partner both loved what you watched and sitting in awe and ‘aw shucks’ at some of the best moments.
—Holding a new beloved’s hand to the point of discomfort.
—The drowning feeling of being sucked under into sleep in NFT1.
—Being absolutely slathered in a film, emerging alone into the night, carrying its mood with you.
—Blinking back into the light during a daytime show, realising how little time you’ve been away in actual hours.
—The magnetic connection between audiences that can cry and laugh together.
April 11, 2021
BAFTAs: Nomadland, Zhao, McDormand, Hopkins; Soul; Screenplays, Promising Young Woman, The Father; Editing, Sound of Metal; Cinematography, Nomadland; Another Round, Not In English; Youn Yuh-jung, Daniel Kaluuya; My Octopus Teacher; Score, Soul
April 11, 2021
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