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
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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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| March 1, 2021
"Midnight Cowboy shattered many barriers. Men like these—hungry, hollow outcasts—had never been depicted with such honesty and directness in a mainstream American movie. Neither had this vision of New York—cold, bleak, corrupted. The acting is superb—not just Voight and Hoffman, but a small troupe of brilliant supporting actors—the screenplay terse and powerful, the camerawork fluid, the music poignant and engaging. Even the costumes are memorable. Still, no one expected the movie to make a dime. On the way to their first screening before the executives at United Artists, the chronically anxious Schlesinger turned to Hellman, his producing partner, and asked, 'Really, Jerry, do you think anyone in their right mind will pay good money to see this rubbish?'"
Excerpting Glenn Frankel's "Shooting Midnight Cowboy: Art, Sex, Loneliness, Liberation and the Making of a Dark Classic"
| March 5, 2021
Rushfield: “The exhibition industry, even post-apocalypse, remains what it has been for a long time now: an industry dominated by bottom-feeding venture capitalists looking to squeeze as much money out of it as they can in as short a time as possible before they dump their companies or liquidate them. But what they certainly don't do is invest in anything that won't pay for itself in six weeks. In most businesses, that pattern is what's known as The Death Spiral or The Doom Loop. And that's why the whole windows/theatrical vs. streaming debate is completely screwed up and hopeless. As much as in my heart I would like to be team theatrical until I die, you look at on the one side, you've got a company like Netflix whose lightning rise has been driven at every moment by a fanatical, no-detail-is-too-granular obsession with customer experience and improving that pixel by pixel. On the other side, you've got a company like AMC still making bullying noises about the windows and not budging in putting their gouged customers through an experience that rivals a major airport hub. Its visionary CEO (self-described), after a year of his company being dead in the water and having to discharge most of its employees and having agitated and fumed for a government bailout, awards himself a $3 million bonus.”
March 4, 2021
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