Academy Spotlight | MovieFanFare
What's that everybody always says about the Oscars being predictable? Well, maybe we're just blowing that up this year. Who could have guessed that producer (he of the films and the less-than-revered movie) would step down after shooting his mouth off in a most un-P.C. manner? Will be gone too by the time you read this? (Oh, my. , exiting mere hours after I first prepared this text) Wow. You may or may not recall that in what may be an interesting year. fans may now safely rejoice.
Is Murphy getting the gig a great idea? A terrible idea? Evidence the Mayans were right about 2012? A piece of news you couldn’t care about in the least because you believe the Oscars are absurd and you turn up your nose at the very idea of watching the telecast?
The time has arrived! Grab your Oscar ballots and listen to the insights Movie Irv and his two expert guests bring to the table. Will manage a royal sweep? Will enough "friends" declare their "like" of ? What's in store for Hailee Steinfeld and the redux of ? What Oscar contest from the past does this one most resemble? How would the members of our roundtable change future Oscar ceremonies for the better? And, perhaps more importantly..has anyone out there seen any of the nominated foreign films (besides Biutiful)?
And now, I suppose it must be said--for entertainment purposes only--here's Irv, Brian, and Mark with their great Academy Awards night predictions:
There's about a fortnight or so to go until the pinnacle of Hollywood's seemingly unending self-congratulatory season, the Academy Awards, takes place. And, according to many film critics and Las Vegas odds makers who actually do take bets on this sort of thing, the quest for the Best Picture statue would appear to be a two-movie toss-down between and , with , and further behind. Everyone trying to handicap the Oscar races has their own thoughts as to why one movie may win out over another: artistic aspirations, social significance, "feel good" themes, the size of the buffet table at studio screenings, and so forth. Well, I'm no different, and I'd like to present my own very simple theory on the subject; Simply put, The King's Speech will take top honors due to its English setting.
..with the help of MovieFanFare's own "Movie Irv" Slifkin, who, as the announcement of the 2010 Academy Award nominees grows near (Tuesday, February 2), has prepared his own set of predictions about both the nominees and the eventual winners. See if you agree:
Who says Hollywood doesn't have a sense of humor (aside from anyone who sat through Land of the Lost or Imagine That)? In the middle of a summer movie season packed with sequels, 3-D kiddie distractions, and SFX showcases based on toys that the scripters probably played with in the 1980s, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on June 24th that, beginning in 2010, it will double the finalists for the Best Picture Academy Award from five films to 10, a number it used--more or less--from 1932 to 1943.