Gurus O’Gold

Gurus o’ Gold Pull Into the Station

April 23, 2021

A handful of dead certs, say the Gurus, taking a nod from the last of the guilds voting.

The Gurus Predict Best Picture And Make Three Little Wishes

April 16, 2021

The Gurus foresee Nomadland with The Trial of the Chicago 7 not far behind; each guru reveals Thee Little Wishes for wins that would make them grin.

The Gurus Polish the Gold On Nomination Morning

March 15, 2021

What Monday is it? Oh! Oh!

Gurus On A Tighter Race: Picture, Director, Acting, Writing

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.

Gurus Guesstimate Globes

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.

Gurus O’ Gold: Best Picture, Director, Original And Adapted Screenplay

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.

The Gurus Of Gold Go Picture, Supporting, Doc and International Features

February 5, 2021

With nutty nominations from the Globes and hot-hot-heat from the SAG, a real race is shaping up.

The Gurus O’ Gold Debut With Picture, Director, Actress, Actor, Animated 210127

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.

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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Variety

"With Toronto, Telluride, Ven­ice, New York and other key fests opening amid an overcrowded field that includes films postponed from 2020, the acclaim, buzz and dis­tinction festivals bestow on award contenders is more important than ever — especially for spec­tacles such as Dune, which lose impact on the small screen in hybrid streaming/theatrical releases. Yet the surging Delta variant now threatens to derail premieres, star appearances, in-person screenings and the press, the public’s and Oscar vot­ers’ willingness to attend them.

"On August 27, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sci­ences postponed all screenings and in-person events for 2021. And on August 30, despite the U.S. having around 60 times as many COVID-19 cases as Canada and a much lower vaccination rate over the previous four weeks, per Johns Hopkins University data, the U.S. State Dept. advised Americans to “reconsider travel to Canada due to [a high level of] COVID-19” there.

“There’s nothing conclu­sive right now, and everyone is not quite sure how to proceed because of the nature of the COVID pandemic,” says Sony Pic­tures Classics co-president Tom Bernard. “Telluride and Toronto have changed what they are going to do dramatically in the last few weeks, putting in a lot more proto­cols. The New York Film Festival is to be determined—what are they and AFI Fest going to do? Running a festival is like trying to [control] an oil tanker. You can’t just stop it, [and most events] don’t have festival insurance where you can say, ‘COVID shut us down, we gotta get paid.’ It brings up a lot of questions that are really difficult to answer.”

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Variety | September 9, 2021

Twitter

“A coalition of some of the nation’s most powerful labor unions is pressuring the Federal Trade Commission to put the brakes on Amazon’s $8.45 billion gambit to buy MGM as the agency decides whether to approve the would-be takeover.”

Twitter | August 11, 2021

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Ethan Coen Quits?

Twitter | August 3, 2021

LA Times

Crisis Consultant Tells HFPA: “Consider what will happen if you do not pass the bylaws… Some of you may wish for an alternate future but the reality is totally different. As journalists, you understand what the headline will be if you do not pass these bylaws.”

LA Times | July 26, 2021

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