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  1. What the Totally Insane Box Office for ‘American Sniper&rsq...

    Mark Harris

    Can sudden, massive, greater-than-expected success at the box office help a Best Picture contender win an Academy Award? It's a question that doesn't come up very often, but a reasonable one to ask after Clint Eastwood's...

    Blog | January 19, 2015
  2. Breaking Down the Oscar Nominations: What the Hell Happened to &l...

    Mark Harris

    Some Academy Award nomination mornings are defined by what you hear, some by what you don't. The big story of today's announcement is the number of times that the name Selma was not spoken. We did not hear Ava DuVernay&am...

    Blog | January 15, 2015
  3. Final 2015 Oscar Nomination Predictions: Best Director, Best Pict...

    Mark Harris

    Going into Tuesday's announcement of the Directors Guild of America nominations, the Best Director Oscar race was a mess - five slots and a dozen contenders, all but two of them toting some serious baggage in their struggle to pus...

    Blog | January 14, 2015
  4. 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
  5. '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
  6. 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
  7. Oscarmetrics: Predicting the Best Picture and Best Director Nomin...

    Mark Harris

    I'd like to thank the Academy for throwing an extra mystery at those of us who treat predicting the Oscars as something between a hobby and a blood sport: This year, we have to figure out not only which movies will be nominated, but how many. After c...

    Blog | January 20, 2012
  8. Oscarmetrics: Critics' Awards Upend the Best Picture Race

    Mark Harris

    What a frenetically busy weekend it was in the handing out of shinies and sparklies and mantel-trinkets to chronically underappreciated movie people, who at other times of the year often have to survive for weeks without winning anything. Critics' gr...

    Blog | December 12, 2011
  9. Oscarmetrics: The Case for Drive, Margaret and The Interrupters

    Mark Harris

    And the winner is....Drive! A couple of days ago I asked Oscarmetrics readers to tweet me the movies they wish were in the Best Picture discussion right now. I ruled out what I think is the current consensus top ten (The Artist, The Descendants, E...

    Blog | December 08, 2011
  10. Oscarmetrics: Hugo, The Artist, and 2011's Faux-Nostalgic Race fo...

    Mark Harris

    In thinking about the race for Best Picture this week I found myself drifting unhappily back to the 1980s, specifically to a stretch during which the Oscars reacted to an uncertain (i.e., post-Raging Bull) period in high-end American moviemaking by r...

    Blog | December 06, 2011
  11. Oscarmetrics: The Descendants, Dragon Tattoo, and the Art of Mana...

    Mark Harris

    I'm going to begin this edition of Oscarmetrics with a cautionary tale about overreaction, backlash, and misbehavior. Appropriately, it comes from one Best Picture nominee, and it's about another. In the 2005 film Capote, we watch our brilliant, narc...

    Blog | November 22, 2011
  12. Oscarmetrics: Why Contagion's Best Picture Chances Are Better Tha...

    Mark Harris

    One year ago, the Toronto Film Festival produced a "This changes everything!" moment when the Weinstein Company unveiled The King's Speech and Oscar speculators from coast to coast announced that it was all over but the engraving of the statuette. As...

    Blog | September 19, 2011
  13. Mark Harris on Woody Allen, Tree of Life, and other early Oscar c...

    Mark Harris

    In his new column, our Oscar correspondent looks at the four pre-September movies with a shot at Best Picture.

    Story | Conversation | September 05, 2011
  14. Mark Harris on the MPAA's censoring the F-word

    Mark Harris

    On profanity, puritanism and the (hopelessly backward) movie industry ratings board.

    Story | Conversation | July 19, 2011