Gurus O’Gold

Le Pain Quotidien

May 27, 2020

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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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"There is, of course, an eerie prescience to She Dies Tomorrow, not just in its depiction of a pandemic (however absurd this particular one may be) but also in its bleak, spellbinding solitude; an existential plague, it turns out, is almost as effective as our current, real-life one in alienating us from each other."

Vulture | August 9, 2020

Hollywood Reporter

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Hollywood Reporter | August 9, 2020

The Ross Brothers: "There’s not one film of Altman’s that we don’t like, but Nashville is the holy grail. When we first saw it, we were so blown away that a film could feel so natural and lived in, and that influenced the way we thought about movies and made them from then on. On the surface it feels like just a bunch of interconnected moments, but a deeper reading shows that it’s about the fatality of America. Then there’s the editing, the use of sound, and the curious camera, which seems to be wandering, making us privy to every conversation it’s focused on. If we were ranking Altman films, this would be one through ten."

August 9, 2020

The Guardian

Max Richter: "Throughout my 20s and 30s I worked constantly. Weekends were nonexistent; I worked on multiple paid jobs to support my own creative projects. Now I have the luxury of taking this time off, I’m religious about protecting my weekends. Our lives are data-saturated.It’s psychologically demanding to live on screens 24/7. Sundays are for switching off. I treasure the time for recuperation."

The Guardian | August 9, 2020

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