Good Monday world, if you celebrated Christmas, I hope it was good. If you're celebrating Hanukkah, I hope it is good.
THE BEST PICTURE RACE AT THE HOLIDAY BREAK
As we move past Christmas and through the rest of Hanukkah toward New Year's Day, here's a quick look at the two broadest measures of Oscar sentiment for Best Picture. By that I mean a look at Movie City News' Gurus of Gold and The Gold Derby.
MCN's Gurus currently have four Telluride films in the top five potential nominees for Best Picture: La La Land at #1, Moonlight at #2, Manchester by the Sea at #3 and Arrival at #5. Additionally, Clint Eastwood's Sully sits at what would be the #13 spot. The highest ranked non-Telluride film is Denzel Washington's Fences at #4.
The complete holiday Gurus of Gold Best Picture chart is here.
Meanwhile, The Gold Derby has La La Land on top at 9 to 2, Manchester second at 13 to 2, Moonlight third at odds of 7 to 1. Arrival, Silence, Lion and Hacksaw Ridge are all tied at fifth with odds of 14 to 1.
Complete odds from The Gold Derby are linked here.
TFF #43 DIRECTORS ON THEIR FILMS
Damien Chazelle/La La Land from Alex Billington/FirstShowing.net: Interview
Barry Jenkins/Moonlight from Greg Tate/The Village Voice: Profile
Maren Ade/Toni Erdmann from Esther Zuckerman/The A.V. Club: Interview
That's it for a truncated holiday edition of MTFB/FAC. I'll have more later this week on Thursday.
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