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Oscar picks: My favorite in the ‘Boyhood’ – ‘Birdman ‘ race, and why it will lose

The best picture race in the 87th Academy Awards, we are told, has come down to two movies: Boyhood, Richard Linklater’s 12-year-project to tell the story of adolescence through a cast all aging together through the course of the movie, and Birdman,  Alejandro González Iñárritu’s … Continue reading

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Not going anywhere? Catch up on Oscar nominees

With officials in Central Kentucky advising us to stay home unless we have jobs that deal with life or death, we are left to fend for entertainment at home. Fortunately, we have twenty-teens technology, and this light, fluffy snow isn’t … Continue reading

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TV review: An Oscars for the social media age

Recent Oscars telecasts have tried to make the ceremony big and hip: the randy comedy of Seth MacFarlane, the stoner chic of James Franco paired with the musical aesthetic of Anne Hathaway, and a throwback to the big shows of … Continue reading

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Placing my bets: 2014 Academy Awards

I’ve been in Kentucky almost 16 years now, and one thing I can tell you is I am a heckuva a lot better picking Oscar winners than picking Derby winners. I have only cashed a few tickets on the first … Continue reading

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Looking into the Golden Globe, Oscar race still fuzzy

More Golden Globes coverage: Red carpet wrap up Post-Globes parties Winners list Predicting the Oscar nominations Sunday night’s Golden Globes ceremony did absolutely nothing to clarify the Oscars race, which is why we really care what the Hollywood Foreign Press … Continue reading

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Oscars 2011: Wait ’til next year

Once again this year we were told that the Academy Awards were going to be new and different and better. And we will probably hear that again next year. We can say this for the 2011 Academy Awards: They clocked … Continue reading

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I predict the Academy Awards

Expanding the field for the Academy Award for best picture from five films to 10 has made a major difference in this year’s Oscars: Instead of three movies no one is talking about, there are eight. Even if the field … Continue reading

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Am I yawning because it’s 11 or because I just watched the ‘Golden Globes’?

Maybe I’m just not checking the right pulses, but I don’t sense the excitement about “Avatar” for best picture it seems like I  should be feeling. This is the awards season Oscar has been saying it wanted for a dozen … Continue reading

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Oscars: Sean Penn’s surprise win?

As Oscars surprises go, Sean Penn besting Mickey Rourke in the best actor race was not Juliet Binoche jumping ahead of Lauren Bacall in 1996 or Shakespeare in Love stunning Saving Private Ryan in 1998. But the conventional wisdom was … Continue reading

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Oscars: Despite changes, it’s still a bloated, plodding show

They told us they got it. Nothing speaks louder in television than ratings, and after years of putting on the longest, most bloated awards show out of the majors, dismal ratings (by Oscars standards) in 2008 told the Academy Awards … Continue reading

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