What it Takes to Win an Oscar

oscarsIn preparation of the Academy Awards, which air this Sunday, March 7 on ABC, we are sharing an excellent cover story from a recent New York Magazine about the hysteria that takes place behind the scenes in the weeks leading up to the Oscars. The article provides fantastic insight into all of the factors (other than the performances of the actors in the films themselves) that amount to an Oscar win.  Like you've probably heard before, so much of who wins an Oscar is determined by whose "turn" the Academy voters think it is to take home the gold statue.   This year, many people think it's about time to acknowledge Jeff Bridges, nominated for Best Actor for his work in Crazy Heart, and Kathryn Bigelow, director of The Hurt Locker and ex-wife of Avatar director and Oscar veteran James Cameron.

For anyone who loves movies and/or the Oscars, this well-written piece is worth a read, and the photos by Brigitte Lacombe that accompany the story are spectacular.  Team HCG is trying to squeeze 3 final movie viewings (Precious, An Education and Up in the Air) into these last 3 days, and we're concerned we may not get to see them all.  Let's hope one of the films we've already seen takes the top prize...

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Image: James Cameron and Avatar star Zoe Saldana at the Critics' Choice Awards.