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  1. Understanding the 2014 Academy Awards

    Mark Harris

    For one frightening moment at the end of last night's Oscar telecast, I thought the six-month journey of 12 Years a Slave to the finish line was going to end with the perfect visual image of a racial breakthrough: Brad Pit...

    Blog | March 03, 2014
  2. Predicting the Best Actress Races: J-Law, Cate Blanchett, and a D...

    Mark Harris

    It's become commonplace to assert that 2013 was an especially rich year for American movies, partly because it's true. Yet you wouldn't know it from the categories I'm going to examine today. Here we are at Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, a...

    Blog | January 13, 2014
  3. Best Screenplay: Which Writers Will Be Celebrating Next Week?

    Mark Harris

    A couple of months ago, I wrote a Grantland column about the competition for Best Screenplay Oscar nominations in which I suggested that this year, Best Adapted Screenplay would be crammed with contenders and Best Original Screenplay would offer a qu...

    Blog | January 10, 2014
  4. Best Director: Who's in, Who's Out, Who Will Get Snubbed

    Mark Harris

    On Tuesday, the Directors Guild of America announced its five nominees. No eyebrows were raised. No foreheads were furrowed. The words "snub" and "unexpected" and "wild card," which had been pawing the ground and snorting, were forced to stay in thei...

    Blog | January 09, 2014
  5. The Golden Globes and the Academy Awards

    Mark Harris

    With the Golden Globe nominations behind us, breaking down the Oscars' biggest voting blocs to understand who wins and why.

    Story | Conversation | December 12, 2013
  6. '12 Years a Slave,' 'Her,' and the suddenly hot Oscar race

    Mark Harris

    Is Her really a contender? Is 12 Years a Slave in trouble? Answers to this and more in the wake of the first batch of critics' awards.

    Story | Conversation | December 04, 2013
  7. Angelina Jolie, Steve Martin, and How the Academy Shot Itself in ...

    Mark Harris

    On Saturday night, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held its fifth-annual Governors Awards, a showcase for the special Oscars - the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, and some general lifetim...

    Blog | November 18, 2013
  8. The Best Screenplay problem

    Mark Harris

    The Best Screenplay category nightmare — and how to fix it.

    Story | Conversation | November 13, 2013
  9. 'Gravity' and the state of the Oscar race

    Mark Harris

    Mark down Gravity in ink. Plus, the deplorable state of the Best Actress race.

    Story | Conversation | October 10, 2013
  10. The Oscar race begins with 'Enough Said' and 'Rush'

    Mark Harris

    Enough Said, Rush, and the true start of awards season.

    Story | Conversation | September 26, 2013
  11. Is '12 Years a Slave' Really a Best Picture lock?

    Mark Harris

    Race and the rush to call the 2013 Oscars.

    Story | Conversation | September 12, 2013
  12. Safety First: Why Ellen Is Hosting the Oscars

    Mark Harris

    Here are the people who are going to be pleased by the choice of Ellen DeGeneres to host this year's Oscars telecast: * Those who remember that DeGeneres actually did a perfectly fine job hosting in 2007 (and a spectacular one hosting the hig...

    Blog | August 02, 2013
  13. Oscarmetrics: A Good-bye to Awards Season

    Mark Harris

    The end of any Oscar season also marks the end of all of that season's narratives, and when those wrap-ups are unexpected, you retrace your steps and try to figure out which signals you missed. In this case, there's not a lot of retracing to do, sinc...

    Blog | February 28, 2012
  14. Oscarmetrics: Predicting the Big-Ticket Categories

    Mark Harris

    This is it. The last four predictions. Strap yourselves in, because things are about to get crazy French. Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominees: Demian Bichir, A Better Life George Clooney, The Descendants Jean Dujardin, The Artist Gary Oldma...

    Blog | February 24, 2012
  15. Oscarmetrics: Predicting the Supporting Acting and Screenplay Cat...

    Mark Harris

    We're almost there! Three days until the winners are revealed, after which in no time flat the 2011-12 Oscar season will become an ancient, bitter memory and we can nurse our collective grudges and figure out how everything could have gone so wrong. ...

    Blog | February 23, 2012
  16. Oscarmetrics: Predicting the 'Who the Hell Knows?' Categories (Do...

    Mark Harris

    Today, let's take on the who-the-hell-knows categories - the Oscar contests that are traditionally almost impossible to guess even if you've seen the nominees. (Please note: This is probably going to be the final Oscarmetrics column that is completel...

    Blog | February 22, 2012