Although the prediction game is still in its early stages, some of the expected choices in the major categories seem to already be solidifying. This week saw a new Gurus of Gold chart from Movie City News for Picture, Actor and Actress. Gurus features, among others, the collective wisdom of Pete Hammond, Dave Karger, Kris Tapley, Anne Thompson and Sasha Stone plus 8 others. Among the films and talent on their charts, in the Best Pic category: "The Descendants", "The Artist" at #1 and #3 respectively. Also getting a little heat "Shame" and "A Dangerous Method".
In the Best Actress category: Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs) is at #3.Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin) is at #8 and Keira Knightley (Dangerous Method) is at #10.
The Best Actor category has George Clooney (Descendants) at #1, Jean Dujardin (Artist) at #2 and Michael Fassbender (Shame) at #6.
The complete Gurus of Gold chart can be seen here:
Meanwhile, Greg Ellwood at HitFix (who also appears as a "Guru") put together a piece this week on where he sees those same three races. In the BP category he puts Descendants at #3 and "The Artist" at #7.
For Actress, he has Close at #6 and in the Actor category he has Clooney at #1, Dujardin at #3 and Fassbender at #4. His complete article is here:
Finally, a very interesting conversation about any number of facets of this year's Oscar race can be found at the Oscar Roundtable at Awards Daily that is up this week. Look for it here:
A SEPARATION IN NEW YORK
Jeff Wells of Hollywood Elsewhere caught a screening of the Iranian entry for Best Foreign Language Picture, "A Separation" in NYC again this week. Regular readers know that I have been very high on this film since seeing it in Telluride earlier this month. Check out Wells' story here:
OK, it's not a Telluride film, but I am very curious about Steven Spielberg's "War Horse" which I would have listed at #1 if I were a Guru of Gold on the Best Picture chart. Yesterday we heard a couple of pieces of news about the film. First, that it's release date had been changed to Christmas Day and second, that it has an actual poster. Here it is (thanks to Rope of Silicon):
The ROS story is here: