In Contention is a film blog with a movie awards bent. Formerly a seasonal outlet purely focused on the Oscar season, the site bridged the gap with consistent off-season commentary in early 2008 after exclusively covering awards for three years on the web.
Editor Kristopher Tapley has covered the film awards landscape in various forms online since 2001. He launched In Contention in the summer of 2005 as a solo gig and now finds himself joined by a handful of vital contributors (see below) who comment and reflect upon, muse about and attempt to decipher the season on a daily basis throughout the year, and especially during the Oscar crunch of the fall.
Interviews, film reviews and up-to-date awards coverage carry In Contention through the season. Tapley’s “Off the Carpet” column runs every Monday, digging through Oscar buzz from the inside on a weekly basis. Guy Lodge’s “The Long Shot,” meanwhile, runs every Wednesday from London, a thoughtfully removed perspective with an insightful point of view.
The most unique aspect of the site’s contribution to the Oscarweb is its coverage of technical/crafts categories and artists. Gerard Kennedy’s weekly “Tech Support” column runs every Thursday spotlighting these individuals and trades. Lodge, meanwhile, also offers a weekly “Page to Screen” column in the run-up to the annual awards season, providing commentary on the source materials of various adapted screenplay hopefuls. That column lands every Wednesday during the off-season.
Additionally, Tapley and indieWIRE’s Anne Thompson offer the weekly “Oscar Talk” podcast every Friday throughout the season, a weekly discussion of the twists and turns in the ever-evolving awards circuit.
All Oscar predictions that appear in the right sidebar are the sole opinion of the editor and do not reflect the ideas of contributing authors, though contributors may post their own prognostications in the form of blog posts or peripheral pages throughout the year. See below for their separate prediction areas.
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Kristopher Tapley is the owner and editor-in-chief of InContention.com. A member of the Broadcast Film Critics Organization, work has appeared in the pages of The New York Times, The Times of London and Variety. Born in the D.C. area and raised in Virginia and North Carolina, Kristopher settled in Los Angeles in 2005. He is 29 years old, though he consistently feels maybe a decade older, all the while striving to be a decade younger. He holds an M.A. in Journalism from the University of Southern California and a B.F.A. in Filmmaking from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He has been on the film awards beat for 10 years and, apparently, sees no end in sight. He implores you not to take the Oscars — or his thoughts on them, in fact — too seriously.
A native of Toronto, Ontario, Gerard Kennedy started writing for In Contention in 2006, offering a mix of festival coverage and specialized writing. His weekly “Tech Support” column seeks to highlight the often under-covered crafts elements of the filmmaking process every Thursday throughout the season. A graduate of the University of Toronto and Queen’s University’s Faculty of Law, Gerard now clerks at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, at once balancing the rigors of the legal profession and the excitement of the film awards season.
Born in Johannesburg, Guy Lodge spent his formative years scattered between South Africa, the UK and the United States, before finally settling in London four years ago. Since graduating from the London Film School, Guy has been plying his trade as a freelance writer, pimping himself out on short films and feature script re-drafts while hawking his own script — an ensemble piece about adultery, adoption and heritage museums in New Jersey. A film awards geek from an early age, Guy proves his dedication to the Oscars every year by getting up at 2am to watch the live broadcast in his part of the world. In the years he’s been Stateside for the occasion, he feels something amiss when the ceremony isn’t immediately followed by an English breakfast.