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
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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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| May 12, 2020
Bilge Ebiri: "In the wake, are movie theaters, having long since lost their essential place in our culture, going to become relics of the past? Probably not. People are desperate to get out of the house, get their kids out of the house and get back to normal. “When this lifts, none of us are ever going to want to be anywhere close to our couch or our TV ever again,” predicts Richard Rushfield, who runs the popular film-industry newsletter The Ankler. “Our couch is going to have associations for us of this awful time.” One recent survey found that almost three out of four Americans said they missed going to movie theaters — which is significantly higher than the percentage of Americans who regularly went in the before times. New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis spoke for many of us when she wrote, “When at last we can go out again and be with one another, I hope that we flood cinemas, watching every single movie, from the most rarefied art film to the silliest Hollywood offering.”
| May 26, 2020
"In the world of performing arts, the coronavirus pandemic has already sunk summer. Now it is felling fall. Even as reopened barbershops, beaches and bookstores herald the resumption of economic life across America, concert promoters, theater presenters, orchestras and dance companies are ripping up their 2020 calendars and hoping 2021 will mark a new beginning. “I think 2020 is gone,” said Anna D. Shapiro, the artistic director of Chicago’s storied Steppenwolf Theater Company. “I’ll be stunned if we’re back in the theater.”
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| May 26, 2020
"I meet Buscemi (he says it boo-sem-ee, not boo-shem-ee) for the first time at an airy Italian restaurant a short walk from his place. Neither of us knows it yet, but this cloudless March Wednesday is one of the last normal days on record, before New York City all but shuts down because of the coronavirus and we are collectively advised to confine ourselves to our apartments. As it turns out, my last sit-down restaurant meal until who knows when is this lunch, with Steve Fucking Buscemi. He has the spinach frittata."
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