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OFF THE CARPET: The great, appreciated unknown

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 5:47 pm · September 19th, 2011

As we move out of the Toronto fray, Venice and Telluride already a memory, we look to the season ahead. The starting gun echo of those three early fall festivals is beginning to fade away, and with the dust settled or settling, it’s interesting to note the lack of an inarguable emerging player. In fact, [...]

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OFF THE CARPET: Strong year for double-dippers

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 8:58 am · September 12th, 2011

We find ourselves right in the middle of the big Toronto press junket, er, film festival, where 200-plus films are landing, many of them as world premieres, and the landscape of this year’s Oscar race is really beginning to take shape. As I looked out at the various films in play this year, it suddenly [...]

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Starting the prediction game

Posted by Guy Lodge · 3:18 pm · July 28th, 2011

Right, I stayed out of the Oscar prediction racket for a while — partly to give myself a vacation from any such thoughts after 2010′s long, wearying season, and partly because I found myself struggling to blindly sort a pile of late-year prestige titles that struck me from afar as a little lean. The latter [...]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 57 — SPECIAL EDITION! — Oscar’s rule change, prospects at the mid-way point, Spielberg hitting the zeitgeist, lead actress race already looking contentious

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 8:54 am · July 8th, 2011

Welcome to Oscar Talk. In case you’re new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is a weekly kudocast, your one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is weekly, every Friday throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty [...]

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OFF THE CARPET: The year of The Beard?

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 12:15 pm · July 4th, 2011

It felt really good to duck out of the looking-ahead business after last year’s fairly contentious (both amongst the films and their supporters) Oscar season. I didn’t saddle up to the upcoming season until a few weeks ago, hammering out preparations for this column, and even this, most would tell you, is too early. But [...]

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‘War Horse’ teaser trailer

Posted by Kristopher Tapley · 11:53 pm · June 28th, 2011

A Spanish version of this leaked earlier tonight, but I wanted to wait until something official dropped. And…chalk up your early frontrunner (for better or worse). The saccharine appears to be in place and the prestige is painted on thick. More next week when we offer up the year’s first set of predictions, but for [...]

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