Gurus O’Gold

The Gurus Predict Oscar Night 020420

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.

The Gurus A Week Before Voting Closes 012720

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.

The Gurus On Picture, Director, Acting And Screenplays 200121

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.

The Gurus Rank The Oscar Nominations

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.

Gurus O’ Gold: Best Picture & Unlikely Underdogs

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.

Gurus o’ Gold 121620 (Best Picture, Director, Acting, Screenwriting)

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.

GURUS O’ GOLD: Best Picture, Director, Acting, Screenplays (December 10, 2019)

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.

GURUS O’ GOLD: Best Picture (Dec 2, 2019)

December 2, 2019

Not much movement before the critics’ groups votes come in: The Irishman noodges just past Once…

Gurus o’ Gold: Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Adapted Screenplay (Nov 26, 2019)

November 26, 2019

The Gurus, At Your Service

Gurus o’ Gold: Actress, Actor, Supporting Actress, Supporting Actor

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.

Gurus o’ Gold: Best Picture

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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James Mangold Could Direct New Indiana Jones

Variety | February 26, 2020

"That’s your stuff. You and other lads like you, who are very in love with a certain form of art. We don’t have those conversations. Not that we don’t like to, but it’s very practical. We don’t exchange references or paintings of whatever. In a way, there’s no other lighting reference but the movement of the sun in the place we’re shooting. We have to know exactly where it comes from, it sets and rises at this or that moment; in August it’s here, in September it’s there. That’s something we have to know. We try to work with mirrors and reflections. Sometimes, we have to help with artificial light. The surfaces are different and serve different purposes. But they tend to recreate the effect of sunlight. It’s softer sometimes, or more intense, and it’s a nice way of doing it. We talk a lot about the equipment we’re going to use, things we need. Not the best, we don’t have money for the best."

February 25, 2020

"Anna Karina's modeling career was short-lived because she couldn’t sit still. Her most famous cinematic moments are in her gestures: the improvised swing solo in My Life to Live, the run through the Louvre and the Madison dance in Band of Outsiders, her rock-skipping as she asks, “What can I do?” in Pierrot le fou. The pleasure in her movements seems to belong to her above anyone else. If the existentialists had declared that every generation would need to learn to love anew, Karina was their object lesson. She seemed to act with and through her fantasies, even those informed by B movies and the discs on her record player. If her characters aspire to sing and dance in Broadway musicals, it’s because she did, too—though Godard would often lampoon the ambition and make her sing in parody."

February 25, 2020

Financial Times

"For all the hoopla over streaming and the future of digital media, Disney’s board goes with a guy who ran theme parks. Knows customer service, pricing, marketing, and packaging — and how a global business swings with the economy. Maybe an exec from the tourism frontline is the right pick."

Financial Times | February 25, 2020

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