Lots of frisky horses darted out of the gates at the Telluride and Venice Film Festivals, tripping up the Oscar derby — just the way we like it. But which ones really broke out of the pack?
All Oscarologists knew that “First Man” would be great – director Damien Chazelle (“La La Land,” “Whiplash”) never disappoints – but, yeowsa, he blasted through the stratosphere of high Oscar hopes again. Now it is Gold Derby’s official frontrunner for Best Picture based upon the combination of predictions by our Experts, Editors, Top 24 Users, Top 24 All Stars and all Users.
But hold your horses, Derbyites! “First Man” is tied for first place with “Roma,” if you only weigh the Oscar predictions of our Experts: four votes each, if you only count predictions made since Sept. 1.
Team “First Man”: Keith Simanton (IMDb), Sasha Stone (Awards Daily), my Gold Derby colleague Susan Wloszczyna and me.
Strangely, the tie isn’t broken if you count all votes, even rankings made by our Experts before some of these flicks played at the fests. Total scores are tied at six. Erik Davis (Fandango) and Ed Douglas (Weekend Warrior) pick “First Man,” while Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) and Tariq Khan (Fox TV) opt for “Roma.”
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- Updated on: 15 Oct 18, 22:56 pm PT