Cinematical’s James Rocchi interviewed me three or four days ago about various Oscar-race issues (“Does Into the Wild play better for Baby Boomers than younger audiences? Can Once get a second chance? And do movie journalists have a responsibility to reflect the Oscar race, or to try and influence it?”).
The answer to the third question is that (a) it’s derelict for Oscar prognosticators to not try and influence the Oscar race so that better films are considered and rewarded, and (b) it’s absolutely rancid for movie journos to just sit back and merely “reflect” it — i.e., report on the race and trying to predict Academy favorites. There’s an uploadable podcast version attached to the piece.