Category: Race to the Oscars

Race to the Oscars: Is Boyhood The Best Picture?

It’s time to talk about Boyhood. The coming-of-age drama by Richard Linklater has been captivating audiences for months with the sheer audacity of its premise: capturing the maturation of a young boy, in real-time and with the same cast, over the course of twelve years. The film is the virtually uncontested frontrunner for the Best Picture Oscar, with very

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Race to the Oscars: Everyone Is Missing The Point of American Sniper

The fifth post in my series examining the top contenders at this year’s Academy Awards. I doubt that anyone could’ve imagined that a Bradley Cooper vehicle would become the year’s most controversial Oscar contender. It’s sounds silly to type, but I’ve had my ups and downs with American Sniper. Even with its early buzz, I

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Race to the Oscars: Checking Into The Grand Budapest Hotel

The fourth (damn, I’ve just been cranking these out, huh) in a series taking stock of the contenders and frontrunners of the 87th Academy Awards Disclosure time: I’ve never seen a Wes Anderson film. Much of my filmgoing experience in the 2000s (my teenage years) was filled with big ticket blockbusters, films with predominately black

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Race to the Oscars: Birdman Is Skies Above The Rest

Part three in my series examining the films nominated for the 87th Academy Awards Every Oscar contender that I’ve seen so far in my “Race to the Oscars” series has owed much of its success to the excellent performance of its leading actor. The Imitation Game had the steely sensitivity of Benedict Cumberbatch, The Theory of Everything had

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Race to the Oscars: What Happened to Foxcatcher?

Part two in a series examining the biggest contenders for the 87th Academy Awards Film awards season is as much about campaigning and industry politicking as it is the artistic achievements. And there is nothing more damaging to a successful Oscar campaign than an all-out attack against the film. It’s even worse if it comes from

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