I’ve talked about it for nearly a month and I can now officially say the 2010 edition of “The Contenders” is now live with Oscar nomination predictions nearly eight months in advance of their Tuesday, February 2, 2010 announce date as well as a list of 30 films I consider to be the top contenders for the major awards.
Of course, for those that followed my predictions and Oscar coverage last year, you already know this is just the start of things and I am getting started much sooner than I did last year. Last year “The Contenders” opened on September 1 and I didn’t offer up my first predictions until November 20. So yeah, these are early, early, early predictions, but we need a starting point and now we have one.
Things are a little bit different this year, but not much. You can still click on the contender titles for updated information (release date, studio, website, RopeofSilicon review), photos and the trailer, but this year I have also added the cast, director and MPAA rating information.
I have also developed a new admin to control the front page updates, which will now include instant links to any Oscar Contender related articles as well as a new “News” and “Links” feature pointing you to relevant articles around the Internet.
Speaking of links, I have also added a couple of new sites to the “Blogs to Watch” section, which now includes five of my personal favorites. Here’s a breakdown:
So, with all that said, if you haven’t ventured over there already, you can click here to check out the 2010 edition of “The Contenders”. You can also access the section at any time from the “Awards” drop-down from the navigation at the top of each page. There is an RSS feed available for all contender articles, links and news briefs that you can add to your RSS feed reader and as always, the main articles from the section will appear on the RopeofSilicon homepage.
I hope you like what I have put together and will stick around and make sure your voice is heard as things progress. If you would like to see how things looked last year and the year before, click on the links below for prior editions:
I’m sure you will notice things have changed quite a bit in three years.