On the ballots wasted under new Best Pic rules

Posted by · 7:19 am · June 23rd, 2011

Since the Academy announced its latest mathematical tweak to the Best Picture category last week, few have taken against the adjustment in principle — in a race notionally about “best,” it seems fair that films liked by many but loved by few should be left out, even if there’s no clear way of knowing which […]

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On the Academy’s other rule changes

Posted by · 1:48 am · June 15th, 2011

With the big news out of the way, there are a few other annual house-cleaning rule alterations that ought to be addressed. First up, the Best Animated Feature Film category — which seems to get a face-lift in the rule book every summer — will now have anywhere from three to five nominees. As it […]

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AMPAS shakes up the Best Picture scenario

Posted by · 1:29 am · June 15th, 2011

The Academy has added a new twist to the Best Picture category, which was shaken up two years ago with the expansion of the field from five to 10 nominees. According to a late-breaking press release Monday, the organization has elected the field to include anywhere from five to 10 nominees, depending upon what percentage […]

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Gone fishin’

Posted by · 5:26 pm · February 28th, 2011

And so we come to the end of the 2010-2011 Oscar season.  Like Jerry said, what a long, strange trip it’s been. Naturally, I want to thank all of the readers who make this an engaging and fun place to come to every day.  I’ve received a lot of generous notes, Tweets and comments in […]

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Ranking Oscar’s 41 features (minus one)

Posted by · 8:22 am · February 26th, 2011

Every year, when I finally get around to everything, I like to toss up my arbitrary ranking of the year’s Oscar-nominated feature films (and invite you to do the same). There were 41 films nominated this year. One of them I didn’t see and won’t until some time this year, I imagine. But here’s the […]

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Reminder: Join our Picktainment Oscar pool!

Posted by · 7:56 am · February 26th, 2011

If you haven’t joined our Oscar pool at Picktainment.com, you can do so by going here.  Sign up for an account if you’re new and then go back to this link and start making your picks. I’ve completed the weighting of the categories.  I had to settle on something because the poll stopped working randomly […]

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Charting Oscar’s ups and downs

Posted by · 11:38 am · February 25th, 2011

Some of you may have been following Movieline’s Oscar Index. It has been a nice way to visually track the Oscar race all season, and now, they’ve put all of them together with the following time lapse video, showing all of Oscar’s ups and downs along the way:

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Oscar the Grouch’s Oscar picks

Posted by · 10:25 am · February 23rd, 2011

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Training continues

Posted by · 10:34 am · February 22nd, 2011

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Oscar’s class of 2010

Posted by · 8:37 am · February 8th, 2011

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Nominees luncheon LIVE Q&A

Posted by · 12:24 pm · February 7th, 2011

Wrapped now. Repeat in the embed below. Best quote, from James Franco: It was funny to me when the Academy made the announcement, because there was a lot of, ‘Oh, an obvious ploy by the Academy to bring in younger viewers.’ Yeah, duh. Is that a bad thing? Jesse Eisenberg had some zingers, too.

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Ballots are out

Posted by · 11:19 am · February 2nd, 2011

It’s all happening.  Via AMPAS press release, in part: Final ballots for the 83rd Academy Awards® were mailed today (February 2) to the 5,755 voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Completed ballots must be returned to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) by 5 p.m. Tuesday, February 22. Ballots received after the deadline will […]

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The In Contention Oscar pool

Posted by · 5:49 pm · February 1st, 2011

You might recall the last few years we’ve used AwardsPicks.com’s Oscar pool.  The site has changed names and is now Picktainment.com, but it’s pretty much the same interface.  We’ve already got this year’s pool up and running, so head on over and make your picks. I haven’t settled on a way to weight the categories […]

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Nominations live stream and reactions thread

Posted by · 5:09 am · January 25th, 2011

Alright folks, AMPAS president Tom Sherak and actress Mo’Nique will be announcing the major category nominations in, oh, 20 minutes or so.  The full list will be available at Oscar.com immediately after (though sometimes during) that announcement. I’ll leave this space for your instant reactions and will post up my own extended thoughts shortly thereafter.  […]

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1/25 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Final predix edition!

Posted by · 4:57 am · January 25th, 2011

We’re just a handful of ticks on the clock before the Academy unveils its list of nominees for this year’s Oscars.  And I’m up way too early.  But for today’s round-up, it seemed like a good idea to point you to all the final predictions popping up from pundits across the web, so here’s what […]

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What is the most difficult category to predict this year?

Posted by · 7:03 pm · January 22nd, 2011

In your opinion.  I’ll be using the most agreed-upon answers as part of a contest Monday, so speak up.

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Mo’Nique to join Sherak in announcing Oscar nominees

Posted by · 10:59 am · January 4th, 2011

Just when we thought Mo’Nique was done with the season, she’s baaaack.  The press release, in part: Nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards® will be announced on Tuesday, January 25, by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak and Oscar-winning actress and Academy member Mo’Nique. Sherak and Mo’Nique will unveil the nominations […]

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83rd Oscarcast posters revealed

Posted by · 9:42 am · December 16th, 2010

I always look forward to the official poster(s) for a given Academy Awards ceremony.  I remember being giddy at the Alex Ross-crafted image (however cheesy “The Gold Knight Returns” might have been as a tagline) from a few years ago.  This year we have four “inviting” you to the show.  Check them out in full […]

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