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Here we are, in the wake of the initial fall festival onslaught, having surveyed the initial landscape and taken a small respite to process all that’s been released. The rush very recently resumed, as the next wave of festivals – New York and London – have come and gone, and now we have another short settling period as AFI Fest soon…

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We are a month into the fall movie season, a point at which the Oscar race should be well oiled and firing on all cylinders. And yet, as I’ve noted in previous columns, this season has a different vibe, as though we are flying blind as we move into the awards frame. That’s not due to a shortage of contenders, mind you – to the contrary, the early …

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It’s interesting how the Toronto International Film Festival, such a lengthy and prestigious affair on the awards season calendar, has taken a backseat in terms of prominence over the last several years. Films seeking to imprint themselves upon the yearly Oscar conversation more frequently flock to Venice by virtue of its…

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Well, the good news is we haven’t been wiped out by nukes….yet.

Still, I’ve sequestered myself in a bunker of sorts ever since February 27, the day after The Oscars Heard ‘Round the World. It was a ceremony that unfolded precisely how one might imagine the first Oscars in Trump’s America would: disastrously, the night’s culmination such a wreck that it simultaneously derailed the moment for both front-running films. The joyous history of Moonlight’s Best Picture win was blunted, and the exultation-leavened-by-reality theme that defined La La Land could never have been proven truer.

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When I kicked off Year Six of Projection: Oscar way back on August 31 of last year – nearly six full months ago – I wasn’t sure we’d get here. Just over two months into the season – on November 8, to be exact – I was even less sure. But a funny thing happened on the way to total human extermination: the Oscar season almost functioned as therapy.

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Well, we’ve nearly made it to the end. Which, for me, means it’s time to take a short break from thoughts of what “will” win and think about what “should” win. Time for me to fill out my “Official Oscar Ballot,” offering you an exclusive peek into how I would vote if I was a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Each year, the three Short Film categories at the Oscars wield tremendous power – which is to say, they tend to make or break a lot of Oscar pools. Predicting winners in these categories tends to be slipperier than so many of the major categories, for a variety of obvious and not-so-obvious reasons. We spend six months parsing all the…

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