While it’s still early in the game, it’s a good time to consider Oscar’s early morning line. A few words of caution are in order, however, because it’s very easy to come down with a case of “critics awards fever.” The symptoms include seeing Oscars being handed to pictures that are being celebrated by critics across the country. But the fact is there’s barely any correlation between critics groups and Oscar’s best picture winners. If you look back at who’s won what over the years, you see that the key critics groups and Academy voters almost never agree on what’s best. I just put a spreadsheet together to see how the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. and the New York Film Critics Circle have matched up with each other and with the Academy going back to 1990. What I found was that in those 17 years there’s only been one occasion when the New York and L.A. critics and Oscar voters have all agreed on what film was the year’s best. That was in 1993 when they all named Steven Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List” the year’s best picture. One time in 17 years doesn’t make much of a case for getting… Read full this story
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