Extremely complicated new Buzzmeter launches

Posted by · 7:55 pm · November 12th, 2008

Well, I’m sure Tom O’Neil can finally breathe a sigh of relief, after trying his damnedest to stay ahead of the curb with pundit aggregation while The Envelope’s new Buzzmeter was put together.  Well, it’s finally debuted, and though there are a ton of pundits involved, I find myself wondering if any (or many) of them will get confused or downright agitated by the involved (if impressive) interface.

That said, the new digs are highly informative, with new members and comments sections for each pundit on their various picks.  I’m slowly making my way through mine, though all my picks are in place for now.  There are about 12 of us chiming in at the moment, with the predicted five Best Picture nominees being “Australia,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The Dark Knight,” “Frost/Nixon” and “Slumdog Millionaire.”  I was most surprised by the Best Director placement for Jonathan Demme, but anyway, I expect a number of these things to slip and slide as more and more pundits sign on and commit.

Check out the new Buzzmeter here.

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  • 1 11-12-2008 at 8:54 pm

    McGuff said...

    I won’t know what to do with myself if Demme earns a nomination for overworking “Rachel…” with a little more hyperactivity than a family drama really calls for. More than Bill Irwin, Demme’s contributions to the (disappointing) film were the worst in my book.

    And yet, people love it.

  • 2 11-12-2008 at 11:51 pm

    The InSneider said...

    Bill Irwin was fantastic. McGuff is nuts.

  • 3 11-13-2008 at 3:14 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Am I the only one who finds those Best Original Screenplay projections a bit iffy? I mean, Burn After Reading and Changeling are in the Top 5, but Vicky Cristina Barcelona is not?

  • 4 11-13-2008 at 4:35 am

    McGuff said...

    InSneider, I don’t really know why I dragged Bill Irwin into this … while I did find him guilty of some overacting, it wasn’t particularly egregious. My problem with the film had nothing to do with him, and probably 80% to do with Demme. His camerawork dragged me out of the story relentlessly, and more simply, I think the way he shoots in dilutes the emotions out of bigger scenes. More to the point, I think he shot it more like “Silence of the Lambs” than he did “Philadelphia,” when intuition would go the complete opposite direction.

    I’ll never dispute that I’m nuts, however. You have me pegged there.

  • 5 11-13-2008 at 5:47 am

    Diego said...

    and Wall-E for best original screenplay?

  • 6 11-13-2008 at 5:49 am

    Diego said...

    Wall-E not Top 10 Best Film ???

  • 7 11-13-2008 at 6:02 am

    John said...

    Yeah, I think the current Best Actor and Best Actress lists are BANG on. Original Screenplay? Nah.