Oscar Bloggers Disagree About Battle of the Sexes

Sasha Stone at Awards Daily recently wrote about her thoughts on the Oscar race coming out of the Telluride Film Festival. She wrote,

The films that seem very likely to fill up the Best Picture slate, of those that have been seen, I would rank this way:

1 Battle of the Sexes
2 Dunkirk
3 Darkest Hour
4 The Shape of Water
5 Call Me by Your Name
6 Get Out
7 Lady Bird
8 Hostiles
9 Downsizing
10 First They Killed My Father

Battle of the Sexes at number 1? I took this to mean that Stone was currently predicting it as the Oscar front runner. Knowing that Jeff Wells at Hollywood Elsewhere was not a huge fan of the film, I asked him his thoughts?

You can see by the WHAT???? response that he was perplexed. He proceeded to write the following post on Hollywood Elsewhere:

So I either completely misunderstood Stone’s list with Battle of the Sexes as number one or she backpedaled. She posted this on her website the following day:

Someone texted me this morning about a movie I’d written about yesterday, Battle of the Sexes, and how I’d said it COULD win Best Picture, not that it WOULD win Best Picture. The blowback was odd. I think right now from those films we’ve seen already, there are a handful that COULD win: Dunkirk, Darkest Hour, Battle of the Sexes. At this time last year, I left Telluride saying Moonlight COULD win Best Picture, along with La La Land and Manchester by the Sea. COULD win is different from WILL win. The same person who texted me this morning about Battle of the Sexes said the exact same thing about Moonlight last year. Almost word for word.

Now if you were me, what were your reaction to that be? Mean: “don’t you tell me my business again.” Or politely brusque: “Thanks but… no thanks.” Or: “you were wrong last year and have been wrong every year except one so why should I listen to you?” Any of those would probably do. I simply told him that after last year I will no longer listen to people who tell me no. After all, many said Arrival would not be an Oscar thing. How could they possibly know that so early?

Either way Battle of the Sexes is not likely to be a BP nominee. Emma Stone may get another Best Actress nomination, but the competition in the Actress category is full of much stronger performances.

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Academy Announces New President

From Panarmenia.net….Cinematographer John Bailey is the new president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Associated Press reports.

The organization’s board of governors elected Bailey to a one-year term late Tuesday, August 8. He succeeds Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who has held the post since 2013. Boone Isaacs became a very visible representative of the organization during her tenure, with the #OscarsSoWhite scandal and this year’s best-picture flub. She said earlier this year that she would not seek re-election.

Bailey’s film credits include “American Gigolo,” "The Big Chill,” "Groundhog Day” and “As Good as It Gets.” He has been a film academy governor representing the cinematography branch for 14 years.

The film academy president traditionally appears on the Academy Awards telecast. Next year’s ceremony is the 90th.

Oscar Winner Martin Landau Dies at 89


Martin Landau passed away on Sunday at 89. Landau won an Oscar for playing Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood. His credits also include Crimes and Misdemeanors, Mission Impossible and North by Northwest. 
Landau was nominated for an Oscar 3 separate times. First for Best Supporting Actor in Tucker: The Man and His Dream in 1989. He was nominated again and won Best Supporting Actor the following year for Crimes and Misdemeanors.  He also took home the Supporting Actor Oscar in 1995 for Tim Burton’s Ed Wood.

Landau appeared in numerous TV shows including Mission: Impossible. 

Stronger Gets a Trailer


The first trailer for Stronger starring Jake Gyllenhaal and directed by David Gordon Green was released today.  

A victim of the Boston Marathon (Jeff Bauman) bombing in 2013 helps the police track down the killers while struggling to recover from devastating trauma. We all remember the picture of Bauman being wheeled to safety with his leg blown off and another man holding the artery closed. 

Stronger is scheduled to be released on September 22nd. 
 
              

2016 Oscar Show Recap

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Sunday nights Oscar telecast was all about the #Oscardowhite hashtag that went trending as soon as the nominess were announced. Host Chris Rock went there with his first line “Welcome to the Oscars, also known as the white Peoples Choice Awards”. The monologue dealt almost entirely with the lack of diversity and “racism” as called out by Rock.

The show became obsessed with the race issue. Even the pre-recorded bits micked the issue.  Whoopi Goldberg showed how hard it is to get black characters into films. The funniest was Tracy Morgan as the Danish Girl. “These danishes is good girl”. Rock interviewed moviegoers in Compton who didnt think the nominated films were real. Chris Rock did a great job when it could have gone horribly wrong. There may have been too many race joes, but monoloque was strong and Chris kept the show moving.

*Chris Rock’s daughters Girl Scout troup sold $65,000 of Girl Scout cookies to the audience.

*They announced the winners in the order that a movie is made starting with the script. The rest of show seemed to stray from any kind of order.

*Graphics came up explaining the presenters in case you didnt know who they were.

*A scroll of thank yous ran below each winner while they walked up on stage. It defiantely made the acceptance speaches shorter and livelier. Although some still read us all of the names.

*Have no idea why Stacey Dash came out.

*Lady Gaga knocked it out of the park with her ‘Till it happens to you” song from from the documentary The Hunting Ground. Strangly Sam Smith won the Oscar for the worst song of the year.

We spend the entire year predicting the winners. When the big show actually happens and you realize your predictions were for naught and the whole thing is stupid, you are ready to start looking ahead to next year.

Why the Oscars Lack Diversity

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The 2015 Oscar season winds down this weekend. The biggest story this year….#OSCARSSOWHITE.

Lawrence O’Donnell brilliantly explains why there is such a lack of diversity and the best film of the year is not even nominated.

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell discusses why he thinks the film ‘Beasts of No Nation’ was overlooked by the Academy Awards this year and why the Oscars lack real diversity.