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OSCARLAND: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Complete and “Final” Oscar Predictions

Posted March 1, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  The following are my final predictions for the 2014 Academy Awards (you can find a much more detailed analysis for all the major categories in our Why and Why Not? posts).  Keep in mind:  (a) I’m often wrong, (b) these are predictions and not my personal choices (Go, Team Her!), (c) the Academy loves […]

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OSCARLAND: Independent Spirit Awards

Posted March 1, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  And the winners were… 12 Years A Slave, Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett, Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong’o… Hey, wait a minute.  Aren’t the Oscars tomorrow night? There was a time when the Independent Spirit Awards were genuinely, you know… independent.  Films like Leaving Las Vegas, The Apostle, Gods and Monsters, Election and Memento won Best […]

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OSCARLAND: Why and Why Not?

Posted March 1, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  Here are links to all our Oscarland “Why and Why Not” pieces, running through the rationales for and against all the nominees in the major Academy Award categories: Best Picture Best Director Best Actor Best Actress Best Supporting Actor Best Supporting Actress  

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OSCARLAND: Why and Why Not? – Best Picture

Posted March 1, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  We’ve taken a tour through Best Actress and Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress, and Best Director, and that leaves one last major gold statue to be handed out.  As we have all along, we will assume that every nominee deserves to be there on merit, and we’ll pass on the […]

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OSCARLAND: Why and Why Not? – Best Director

Posted March 1, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  We’ve reviewed all the performers in the Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Actress and Best Actor categories, and now it’s time to look at the filmmakers themselves.  Here’s a last rundown of the factors for and against each Best Director nominee, with merit taken for granted and precursor awards put aside.  Also, read […]

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OSCARLAND: Why and Why Not? – Best Actor

Posted February 28, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  Continuing as we’ve done for Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress, here’s a final look at the pros and cons behind each nominee for Best Actor.  All are assumed to deserve the award on the basis of performance, and precursor wins can be counted elsewhere.  Also read about the Best Director and Best Picture races. […]

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OSCARLAND: Why and Why Not? – Best Actress

Posted February 28, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  As with Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress, we’re taking a last look at the factors for and against each nominee for Best Actress, with deserving performances assumed and precursor awards put to the side.  Also read about the Best Actor, Best Director and Best Picture races. BEST ACTRESS AMY ADAMS, American Hustle WHY:  With 5 nominations in […]

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OSCARLAND: Why and Why Not? – Best Supporting Actress

Posted February 27, 2014 by Mitch Salem

  As we did with Best Supporting Actor and will do the rest of this week with the other major categories, this is a final look at the rationales behind and against each nominee’s likelihood of winning.  We’re assuming deserved merit for all, and we’re not going to count up precursor wins.  So, onward: BEST […]

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