Best Picture

Updated 2/4

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The precursor juggernaut. Everyone knew there would be love for the film, but I don’t think to this degreeTurned into a precursor monster. Will garner a lot of #1 votesThe Oscars have to have at least one blockbuster in the lineup, and the pedigree is thereThe Sundance Audience winner debuted to rapturous praise and needs to keep momentum, but it looks like it’s in good shape right nowSurprised at the sustained buzz, but movie stars can do that for a film
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It’s barely hanging on, but it’s still pretty solidly in the raceThough the reception was less than ecstatic, Hollywood loves to honor stories about itselfOf all the International Feature contenders, this is the one that has gotten the most attention from audiences and precursorsPeaking at the right time to get the big nominationsI am the most dubious about this film than most others. It keeps missing vital precursors
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Don’t Look UpTick, Tick…BOOM!Parallel MothersThe House of GucciThe French Dispatch
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Backlash or no backlash, people are definitely talking about it. McKay has two BP noms in his last two filmsThe one film that has hung on way longer than I expected. Lots of good, very little negativeHow close could it have gotten if Spain wouldn’t have messed up their International Film chances?The overwhelming negative reaction seems way too much to overcome at this point in the raceWes Anderson couldn’t get arrested by the Academy for years until he finally broke through. Now, they won’t leave him alone. We just need to wait to see it.
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Surprisingly included in a lot of important places, but ultimately too divisiveLots of positive attention, but no one is seeing it and they won’t for a bit. Could be too lateLanded with a thud. Expect some technical nods, but a Best Picture nomination seems a longshot at this pointThe other international contender. Lots of people love it, but it might be breaking too lateEveryone who has seen it loves it, but few have seen it