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Countdown to Oscars

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Brutally Honest Oscar Voter Ballot No. 7


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

This is the seventh of eight “brutally honest” Oscar ballots shared with THRby Academy members, one of which will post each day leading up to the Oscar ceremony on Sunday, March 2. (Also available for you to review: the firstthe secondthe thirdthe fourth,the fifth and the sixth.) Beware of spoilers. And remember: these voters’ views are not necessarily endorsed by Scott Feinberg or THR.

VOTER PROFILE: This Oscar voter is a longtime member of the Academy’s 450-member executives branch.

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Brutally Honest Oscar Voter Ballot No. 6


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

This is the sixth of eight “brutally honest” Oscar ballots shared with THRby Academy members, two of which will post each day leading up to the Oscar ceremony on Sunday, March 2. (Also available for you to review: the firstthe secondthe thirdthe fourthand the fifth.) Beware of spoilers. And remember: these voters’ views are not necessarily endorsed by Scott Feinberg or THR.

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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Independent Spirit Awards Effectively Oscars Rehearsal, Only with Flowing Booze (Analysis)


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

The 29th annual Independent Spirit Awards, which were voted upon and presented by Film Independent, were held this afternoon in a tent by the beach in Santa Monica as the rain poured down outside. Every year, the Spirit Awards — which were hosted this year by Patton Oswalt, to lukewarm reviews in the room — bring together the best and brightest of the indie film community on the day before the Academy Awards. The ceremony is always lots of fun — what’s better than day drinking? — but it is decidedly not known for picking winners who go on to win again on Sunday.

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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Should We Count out ‘American Hustle’?


By Max Geschwind
Contributor

The entire awards season has looked like a 12 Years a Slave vs. Gravity battle. 12 Years a Slave has won Best Picture at the Golden Globes, Critics Choice, and BAFTA. Gravity has swept the Best Director awards at all the major awards shows. Alfonso Cuarón is considered safe to win the directing prize at the Oscars tomorrow, which correlates to the Best Picture award most of the time. Gravity also won Best Picture at the PGA’s, tying with 12 Years a Slave, and Best British Film at the BAFTAs.  But is it still possible for the David O. Russell crime comedy to pull out a surprise win tomorrow?

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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Brutally Honest Oscar Voter Ballot No. 5


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

This is the fifth of five “brutally honest” Oscar ballots shared with THRby Academy members, one of which will post each day leading up to the Oscar ceremony on Sunday, March 2. (Also available for you to review: the firstthe secondthe third and the fourth.) Beware of spoilers. And remember: these voters’ views are not necessarily endorsed by Scott Feinberg or THR.

VOTER PROFILE: This Oscar voter is a longtime member of the Academy’s 378-member writers branch who has won an Oscar himself.

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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Terence Johnson’s Final Oscar Predictions


By Terence Johnson
Managing Editor

Well folks, it’s almost over. This crazy awards season is going to come to an end tomorrow and we’ll know what that Academy thinks the best films, techs, and performances of 2013 were. It’s been tough to get a true gauge of the season and the Oscars could really go any way. So here are the final predictions that I have made for the Oscars.

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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Brutally Honest Oscar Voter Ballot No. 4


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

This is the fourth of five “brutally honest” Oscar ballots shared with THR by Academy members, one of which will post each day leading up to the Oscar ceremony on Sunday, March 2. (Also available for you to review: the firstthe second and the third.) Needless to say, these voters’ views are not necessarily endorsed by Scott Feinberg or THR.

VOTER PROFILE: This Oscar voter is a longtime member of the Academy’s 377-member public relations branch.

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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Brutally Honest Oscar Voter Ballot No. 3


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

This is the third of five “brutally honest” Oscar ballots shared with THR by Academy members, one of which will post each day leading up to the Oscar ceremony on Sunday, March 2. (Also available for you to review: the first and the second.) Needless to say, these voters’ views are not necessarily endorsed by Scott Feinberg or THR.

VOTER PROFILE: This Oscar voter is a longtime member of the Academy’s 450-member executives branch.

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Friday, February 28, 2014

FEINBERG FORECAST: Scott’s Final Picks for Who Will Win at Sunday’s Oscars (Analysis)


By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter

This is the closest Oscar race in years – nobody feels confident about who will win several of the highest-profile categories — but who better to put your trust in than THR‘s awards analyst Scott Feinberg?

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Friday, February 28, 2014

McConaughey and Leto Poised to Make History on Oscar Night


By Terence Johnson
Managing Editor

As much as we talk about the stats and trends of the Oscars, each year of the awards seems to present us with a new piece of history. This year, Dallas Buyers Club could make history as the first film to win both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor in a film that did not receive a Best Director nomination. While Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto seem to be locked into their wins, this did provide an interesting jumping off point to look at the recent history of this category.
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