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oscar horse race, week #2

oscar horse race, week #2

For folks who like to follow such things, MCN has updated their weekly “Guru’s o’ Gold,” surveying 13 people (including myself) on the latest moves in the Oscar race.

For those who hate to read such things, there’s a piece by Patrick Goldstein in the LA Times about how blogs covering the Oscar race have “transformed the Academy Awards from a celebration of movies into a silly exercise in Ouija board-style predictions and lamebrained analysis.” It seems to me that its been studio and Indiewood execs who have increasingly shifted their annual marketing efforts and aggressively courted awards, specifically Oscars. That can be good and bad, but in my mind the fact that some smaller, seemingly unlikely movies (“Capote”, “Brokeback Mountain”, even “Sideways”) can have an impact on that race — and sometimes flourish because of it — makes it all the more interesting.

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