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Oscar predictions: After Producers Guild

So how does today’s Producers Guild Awards announcement — and its surprising omission of The Tree of Life — affect the overall Oscar race? The Tree of Life took a bit of a hit today; if it also fails to earn a Directors Guild nomination, it may be down for the count. Here are my weekly ranked lists in the six major categories.

1. The Artist (last week: 1)
2. War Horse (last week: 2)
3. The Descendants (last week: 3)
4. The Help (last week: 4)
5. Hugo (last week: 5)
6. Midnight in Paris (last week: 6)
7. Moneyball (last week: 8 )
8. The Tree of Life (last week: 7)
9. Bridesmaids (last week: 10)
10. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (last week: 14)
11. The Ides of March (last week: 12)
12. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (last week: 9)
13. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 (last week: 11)
14. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (last week: 13)
15. Drive (last week: 15) READ FULL STORY

Oscar predictions: Ballots are out!


Yesterday the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences mailed its nomination ballots to 5,783 voters. So where do things stand in the Oscar race? Not much has changed in the last week, but here are my current predictions in the six major races.

1. The Artist (last week: 1)
2. War Horse (last week: 2)
3. The Descendants (last week: 3)
4. The Help (last week: 4)
5. Hugo (last week: 5)
6. Midnight in Paris (last week: 6)
7. The Tree of Life (last week: 7)
8. Moneyball (last week: 8 )
9. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (last week: 9)
10. Bridesmaids (last week: 10)
11. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 (last week: 11)
12. The Ides of March (last week: 12)
13. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (last week: 13)
14. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (last week: 14)
15. Drive (last week: 15)


Oscar predictions: After SAG and Golden Globes

With last week’s Screen Actors Guild Award nominations we finally heard from a pre-Oscar voting body that has significant overlap with the Academy. So how did the SAG and Golden Globe announcements change the main races overall? Here are my updated rankings.

1. The Artist (last week: 1)
2. War Horse (last week: 3)
3. The Descendants (last week: 2)
4. The Help (last week: 5)
5. Hugo (last week: 4) READ FULL STORY

Oscar predictions: Can 'Hugo' beat 'The Artist'?

This morning’s Critics’ Choice nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics Association provide the most definitive sharpening of the Oscar race so far. Last year, nine of the BFCA’s 10 Best Pictures were nominated by the Academy, while 18 of the 20 eventual Oscar nominees in the acting categories were recognized by the BFCA first. The Artist and Hugo have dominated the early critics prizes so far — the question in my mind at this point is, Can Hugo actually win? It certainly has a lot going for it: a prestige director, a lovely screenplay, gorgeous technical attributes. But will it have enough support from the actors’ branch, the largest unit in the Academy? No film in the last 15 years has won Best Picture without at least scoring a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Best Cast, so I’ll be looking closely at tomorrow’s SAG Award announcement. If Hugo makes the cut, then it’s within striking distance for the win.

1. The Artist (last week: 1)
2. The Descendants (last week: 2)
3. War Horse (last week: 3)
4. Hugo (last week: 7)
5. The Help (last week: 6) READ FULL STORY

Oscar predictions: Post National Board of Review and Washington D.C. critics

The Washington, D.C. Film Critics Association has now chimed in with its annual winners, including The Artist for Best Picture and Hugo‘s Martin Scorsese for Best Director. Its acting prizes, meanwhile, went to George Clooney (The Descendants), Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn), Octavia Spencer (The Help), and Albert Brooks (Drive). Here’s how the six main Oscar races stand, after the D.C. critics and last week’s National Board of Review announcement.

1. The Artist (last week: 1)
2. The Descendants (last week: 2)
3. War Horse (last week: 3) READ FULL STORY

Oscar predictions: Three months to go

It’s been a busy 24 hours in Awardsland, with the announcement of the New York Film Critics Circle and Gotham Award winners as well as the Spirit Award nominees. How does everything that’s happened so far shake up the overall Oscar race? Well, the dominating performance by The Artist with the New York critics and the Spirits committee certainly cements its status as the frontrunner. But since the Spirit Award nominees are only voted on by a small number of people, we shouldn’t suddenly count out George Clooney for The Descendants or Glenn Close for Albert Nobbs just because they didn’t make the cut. Oftentimes the Spirit Awards favor darker, grittier performances and lesser-known performers, and Clooney isn’t exactly known as an indie-film mainstay. So he’s still at the top of my predictions list for Best Actor. Here’s how I see everything at this early date.

1. The Artist
2. The Descendants
3. War Horse
4. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
5. Midnight in Paris
6. The Help
7. Moneyball
8. The Ides of March
9. Hugo
10. The Tree of Life
11. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
12. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
13. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2
14. Young Adult
15. J. Edgar

The unknown quantities at this point are Dragon Tattoo (which failed to win any New York critics awards) and Extremely Loud (which no one has yet seen). The Tree of Life and Dragon Tattoo are the two films that stand the best chance of climbing the ladder in the weeks to come. I’d say only the top 13 above really have any shot at a nomination.


George Clooney the alien, Gary Oldman the spy, and more from the 2011 Gotham Awards

Since last year’s Gotham Independent Awards gave steam to eventual Oscar contenders Winter’s Bone, Black Swan, Blue Valentine, and The Kids Are All Right, it’s sure to be a busy awards season yet for this year’s winners and nominees. But even before Beginners and The Tree of Life snagged a surprising tie for Best Feature last night, a lot went down at the Gothams.

EW was on the red carpet and inside the Winners Room for all the revelations and quips from A-list attendees including Charlize Theron, Gary Oldman, Zachary Quinto and Felicity Jones. Want to know who inspired Theron’s Evil Queen? Whether Oldman has hung up his Sirius Black garb for good? And who called George Clooney an alien? Read on…


Rotten Tomatoes editor predicts 'Harry Potter' Oscar love, talks Adam Carolla's new gig as a film critic


During promotions for Rotten Tomatoes’ new weekly online series Adam Carolla’s Rotten Tomatoes Review, Tomatoes’ Editor-in-Chief Matt Atchity spoke with EW about what it was like to work with the “rowdy” funnyman and shared some of his picks for the buzziest films of fall and Oscars 2012. For starters, he thinks 2012 is going to be a golden year for the Harry Potter franchise. See what else he say on everything from Potter to 3-D to other Oscar picks below:  READ FULL STORY

George Clooney's 'The Ides of March': The year's first slam-dunk Best Picture nominee?

The Ides of March, George Clooney’s latest directorial effort, has just premiered at the Venice Film Festival, and if you ask me, we now have the first sure-thing Best Picture nominee on our hands. A contemporary echo of Clooney’s multi-nominated 2005 drama Good Night, and Good Luck, Ides — an inside look at a fictional presidential campaign — is smart, but not overly complicated; cynical, but not completely depressing; and timely, but not forced. Plus, it boasts top-flight acting from its entire cast, including Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Marisa Tomei, and Evan Rachel Wood. READ FULL STORY

OscarWatch: What are the fall's Best Picture contenders?

Saeed Adyani

If there’s one thing I dislike the most about the Oscar prediction game, it’s having to make guesses months before the movies in question are even seen. But people have come to expect some kind of Academy Award prognosticating in our annual Fall Movie Preview issue (on stands now), so I recently compiled a list of a dozen possible Best Picture contenders from the last four months of the year. I made a similar list last year and managed to include all six of the season’s eventual Best Picture nominees: The King’s Speech, The Social Network, The Fighter, 127 Hours, Black Swan, and True Grit. (Of course I also had How Do You Know, Love and Other Drugs, and The Tempest on there, so clearly you can’t win ‘em all.) It wasn’t easy to narrow it down to 12 this time, but here’s what I went with: READ FULL STORY

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