Taking questions for Oscar Talk

Posted by · 11:05 am · February 24th, 2011

Alright, here’s the big push.  You know the drill.  PLEASE KEEP IT TO ONE QUESTION, and, as always, keep it fresh and please, don’t bore me.

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  • 1 2-24-2011 at 11:16 am

    Andrea said...

    When Anne says she talks to Academy voters, how big a range are we talking about? Dozens? Hundreds? How much support can she possibly be detecting for Bening to predict her when everything right now points Portman?

  • 2 2-24-2011 at 11:18 am

    red_wine said...

    There’s talk of a certain movie making for one of the worst nominees and best picture winners in the field.

    Which of the 10 Best Picture nominees according to you would make respectable Best Picture winners?
    —End of Question—

    My count would be 6 and I would say the respectable Best Pic winners would be Winter’s Boone, Social Network, King’s Speech, Toy Story 3, The Kids and perhaps True Grit.

  • 3 2-24-2011 at 11:25 am

    Andy Webb said...

    With all the changes to the ceremony’s format in the past few years, are there any particular years of Oscar that you would consider the “best” production (or just your favorite Academy Awards’ ceremony?)?

  • 4 2-24-2011 at 11:26 am

    Loyal said...

    Not really a question about the Oscar race (are there even any left to ask) but rather a question about Oscar plans and rituals for Kris and Anne.

    Do either of you sit at home anymore and watch the show with friends? Or do you attend industry parities? Are you able to just turn off your brain and enjoy the night?

  • 5 2-24-2011 at 11:26 am

    Will said...

    This may be a little too inside baseball, but it seems like this year’s race has gotten particularly noisy and angry in the blogosphere. Do you think the awards blogosphere can take a step back going forward, or has this year’s race put it in a new direction from which we can never return?

  • 6 2-24-2011 at 11:29 am

    JJ1 said...

    What you guys think about 3,4,5,6,7,8 noms in Oscar categories rather than a fixed 5 (or 10 in BP).

    i.e., if Julianne Moore was close in vote totals to Kidman and Williams, and far enough ahead of, say, Manville & Swinton … why not have 6 noms?

    Moore could have been nominated and mounted a campaign for the win. Hypothetically speaking.

    Similarly, if only 4 movies got a brunt of votes for Best Cinematography? Why a need for a 5th?

    I think instances where there is a drop-off in votes between one candidate to the next should be where the nomination tally ends for said category; whether it’s as few as 3 noms or as plenty as 7 or 8.

    Show how close a race really is.

    No? Eh, I got nothing else. haha

  • 7 2-24-2011 at 11:35 am

    Scott said...

    Do either of you sense the rumblings amongst Academy voters of a “surprise out of left field” winner for this year similar to Secret In Their Eyes in prior years?

  • 8 2-24-2011 at 11:38 am

    Robert Hamer said...

    If you could pick one column that you wrote this season that *best* defined or explained the entire 83rd annual Oscar race in a nutshell, what would it be and why?

  • 9 2-24-2011 at 11:41 am

    Dean said...

    I’m guessing ALOT of Academy members didnt go out of their way to see I Am Love, The Tempest, or any of the makeup nominees. From what you hear do you think most voters vote in categories when they haven’t seen all the nominees or do most appropriately abstain? Similarly if someone

  • 10 2-24-2011 at 11:42 am

    Anonymous said...

    If AMPAS members vote for TKS because they really LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the film, is it really likely they will vote against Hooper, who put the thing together? (Remember, they get to mark only one choice for direction.)

  • 11 2-24-2011 at 11:43 am

    Rex Okpodu said...

    How important do you both think of the lose of the eddie by TKS?..there has been talk that it might have turned a corner and a sweep is now out of the question because films like Slumdog and The English Patient won the eddie on their way to a sweep in their winning years

  • 12 2-24-2011 at 11:47 am

    Maxim said...

    To both you and Anne:

    Which single category do you think routinely produces the largest amount of unjustly ignored (read: unnominated) deserving contenders? Curious to hear if you’d pick acting or something from below the line.

  • 13 2-24-2011 at 11:54 am

    Anonymous said...

    What’s your view about awards websites that are blatantly partisan toward a particular nominee and against its competitors? Nothing wrong with having and revealing a favorite, of course. But some websites (not this one) seem to be operated as though they’re part of the official Oscar campaign for THE SOCIAL NETWORK (and I’m not suggesting that they are). Is that sort of advocacy something new this year?

  • 14 2-24-2011 at 11:58 am

    Robert said...

    Kris, Anne:

    I know Portman is the frontrunner for Best Actress, but overall, do you feel Black Swan underperformed with the Oscar nominations? It did not get an original screenplay nomination nor any supporting actress nominations, as well as some technical nominations many were expecting it to get.

  • 15 2-24-2011 at 12:01 pm

    Andrej said...

    When it comes to saying which movie of the 10 you think it’s the worthiest one (not the most likely one) to win Best Picture, which criteria come into play?

    Social relevancy, honoring the unrewarded, masterful artistry, the legacy the movie will leave to the film industry, or something else?

  • 16 2-24-2011 at 12:04 pm

    DylanS said...

    I love the piece that Guy did about the Top 10 Oscar nominee fields of all time, so what would your pick out of the fields this year be as the strongest, with every nominee being a worthy winner in their own right.

  • 17 2-24-2011 at 12:07 pm

    Joseph said...

    Anne, Kris:

    “Gang’s of New York” received 10 nominations in 2002, but went home empty handed. Could the same fate happen to “True Grit” this year?

  • 18 2-24-2011 at 12:16 pm

    Bia said...

    Based on the cast and director – could the X-Men First Class film have a good shot at entering the awards conversation the same way Dark Knight did a couple years ago?

  • 19 2-24-2011 at 12:37 pm

    kel said...

    If you could introduce a new category…what would it be and what would be its 2011 nominees?

  • 20 2-24-2011 at 12:54 pm

    Catherine S said...

    I’m sure you can place bets on the Oscars in Vegas. If you had $100 to blow, which longshot would you take for a big payday, i.e. the ONE underdog that you REALLY think has a shot (that even Vegas wouldn’t see coming)?

  • 21 2-24-2011 at 1:01 pm

    San FranCinema said...

    Any thoughts about the Spirit Awards? For many years, they have crowned the best pic “runner up” to the Oscars (“Precious,” “Juno,” “Little Miss Sunshine,” “Brokeback Mountain,” etc.)

    This years Spirit nominees for best pic include FOUR Oscar nominees for best pic: “Black Swan,” “127 Hours,” “Kids are All Right” and “Winter’s Bone.” Which one stands the best chance at a win?

  • 22 2-24-2011 at 1:01 pm

    Derek 8-Track said...

    I second question number 3.

  • 23 2-24-2011 at 1:04 pm

    Kelly Garrett said...

    How about some Spirit Award predictions?

  • 24 2-24-2011 at 1:13 pm

    Cinemateo said...

    Spirit Awards Best Actress nominees match Oscar’s 5 for 5 (plus Greta Gerwig in “Greenberg”). Does Portman take both, or do the Spirits honor an actress likely to lose on Sunday (Bening, Williams, or, more likely, Lawrence)?

  • 25 2-24-2011 at 1:16 pm

    Frank Lee said...

    Has any movie ever won director, editing, and screenplay but not won best picture? It looks like The Social Network may do so.

  • 26 2-24-2011 at 1:28 pm

    Anita said...

    Who is likely to have the best acceptance speech? And who the worst?

  • 27 2-24-2011 at 1:32 pm

    The Great Dane said...

    Okay, here goes:

    The King’s Sweep is on everybody’s lips. Why, I ask? Okay, so the biggest guilds proved it is surprisingly loved. But:
    Recent Old School Oscar winnes (like Shakespeare in Love and Chicago) lost a couple of vital categories. They were both the nomination leaders and even had more nominations than King’s Speech. Still some people insist King will win more Oscars than these two titles.

    Shakespeare lost: DIRECTOR, makeup, sound, cinematography, supporting actor, editing
    Chicago lost: DIRECTOR, actress, supporting actor, screenplay, cinematography, song

    Chicago was clearly loved, we then that before the show. Shakespeare turned out to be surprisingly loved. But neither of them swept. What makes King’s Speech a more likely sweeper than these? It neither Chicago or Shakespeare could sweep, why would King’s Speech?
    Just because it won 3 guilds, it automatically becomes a bigger winner than the two recent Oscar winners (Chicago/Shakespeare) that it resembles the most? Aren’t people just getting a little carried away?

  • 28 2-24-2011 at 1:33 pm

    Sam C. said...


    do you and Anne fill out two prediction ballots like I do? One for the logical wins (or, to win Oscar polls), and one for your gut instincts?

  • 29 2-24-2011 at 1:36 pm

    Ellsworth said...

    This is a common senario – An actor is nomminated and almost wins; then the following year he/she is nomminated again and wins. Often the win is (in part) due to the heat from the previous year. If that were to happen next year, who do you think are likely candidates for that given, their current heat?

  • 30 2-24-2011 at 1:39 pm

    The Great Dane said...

    To Frank Lee: A Place in the Sun and Traffic are the only two films ever to win Editing, Director and Screenplay without winning Best Picture.

  • 31 2-24-2011 at 2:27 pm

    DarkLayers said...

    What is the best way to introduce the film nominees? Do you like the approach of having stars associated with the movie makers introduce the movie, or how would you go about it?

  • 32 2-24-2011 at 3:12 pm

    Eckhard said...

    Everyone says that “Dogtooth” is not Academy movie.
    So why did they vote for “Get Out Your Handkerchiefs” in 1979.

  • 33 2-24-2011 at 3:22 pm

    John Gilpatrick said...

    Just for fun, how about ranking the 10 Best Picture nominees?

  • 34 2-24-2011 at 4:01 pm

    Drew said...

    This kind of plays into a few other questions, but since the system of ten is likley to produce one “blockbuster” nominee, which 2011 release seems to have the best shot at being one of next years ten?

  • 35 2-24-2011 at 4:15 pm

    PaulinJapan said...

    I have a question regarding Best Pic:

    If TSN wins Best Director, which many feel it will, its odds will surely have narrowed that it could upset for Best Pic. What percentage chance would you give it at that moment?

  • 36 2-24-2011 at 4:20 pm

    Lee said...

    Will there be any websites streaming the Oscars live this Sunday? If so, can you post any links on the site? Thanks in advance.

  • 37 2-24-2011 at 4:21 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Thanks, as always, guys.