Six bloggers who cover the Oscar beat convened at the Santa Barbara filmfest last Sunday. The panellists, all of whom give us their predictions, were Scott Feinberg (Scott Feinberg), Pete Hammond (Deadline Hollywood), Steve Pond (The Wrap), Sasha Stone (Awards Daily), Anne Thompson (IndieWire), and Jeff Wells (Hollywood Elsewhere).
Their lively 90-minute panel took place while the winners of the SAG Awards were being announced 100 miles down the road. Among the topics they discussed and debated were the role they play in the race, the need for objectivity in their coverage, and their thoughts on the shifting sands of the contenders for Best Picture.
Below is the first of six segments that captured the entire compelling conversation.