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Best Picture Race is Wide Open

Friday, January 15, 2016   (0 Comments)
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From Mashable:

LOS ANGELES — This is the point at which the Oscar Best Picture normally sets up as a two-horse race: Birdman or Boyhood? 12 Years a Slave or Gravity?

But this is not a normal year, and these are not normal horses.

Of the eight Best Picture nominees, a good case could be made for as many as five truly serious contenders: The Revenant, Spotlight, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian and The Big Short. The other three — Brooklyn, Bridge of Spies and Room — are not trailing far behind.

In fact, they're barely trailing at all; not with preferential balloting, in which voters rank choices that are hand-run through an algorithmic series of steps to determine the winner. And we have never seen so little distance between the front-runner and last place in the years since the Academy expanded the category from five nominees in 2008.

Yes, a Crash-level surprise could be in these eight tightly packed contenders ... and it wouldn't even be that much of a surprise.

- Read the full article at Mashable.com



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