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Oscars 2014: Important Dates

As it is December, that brings with it another awards season. And, as I do every awards season, I write up a timeline of all the important events that are going to take place between now and Oscar night. Mostly I do this for myself, so I can keep track of what’s going to happen and when, and pay attention to it all.

This is a list of when all the major guilds and groups (except the regional critics, whose awards I don’t care about) will announce their nominations and hand out their awards. Only with the Oscars will I point out when voting for nominations and awards begins and ends.

This will be my go-to list over the next three months, so it might as well be yours too. And I’m going to sticky this to the top of the blog, so everyone can keep track. Don’t think nothing will be updated. It will. Just, below this post.

Upcoming:

January 30th – ACE Eddie Awards

January 31st – ADG Awards

Annie Awards

February 4th – VES Awards

February 6th – Academy Award Final Voting Begins Read the rest of this page »

Oscars 2014 Category Breakdown: Best Live-Action Short

This is a tradition for me. Every year, before the Oscars, I break down every single one of the 24 categories. I do this to familiarize everyone with each category, how it works, what its history is, how it usually turns out, and also as a precursor to my picks article, allowing me to get most of the heavy lifting out of the way beforehand.

How these work is — I go over each category’s history, give you all the previous winners and nominees, then list the current year’s nominees. And then I’ll go over how each of the guilds (if there is a corresponding guild) have went, and how that corresponds to the Oscars (some guilds mean a lot to how a category will play out. Others mean nothing). It’s basically everything you need to know in order to make an informed decision when you make your picks on Oscar night. And then I also rank the nominees at the end in terms of where I see them in terms of their likelihood to win.

We begin with Best Live-Action Short, because nobody cares about this category, so we’ll get it out of the way now. Read the rest of this page »

The 2015 Film Release Calendar: 2014 Holdovers

fEvery January, I preview all the films that are scheduled to come out for that year. Typically, I end up around 80%, since there are always a few that I don’t track, for whatever reason. The point of why I do this has been lost, and now I do it because that’s just what I do. It’s fun, and I enjoy it.

Mainly the idea is to see how accurately I can guess my reaction to movies up to a year in advance. And it gives me a gauge to see which films ended up surprising me for better and for worse.

Originally, I just went through the release calendar and listed about 30 other movies that didn’t have dates. Last year, I had about 200 without dates that I tracked. Now, we’re looking at around 250, on top of the articles currently set for specific months.

How I do this is, I start by going over the films currently scheduled for January through June, then take a ten day break in between to go over the Oscar nominations and Golden Globes, and then finish with July through December. After that, I go over the films currently without release dates, and finish with the holdovers from last year that I’m continuing to track. We have it down to a science here. Read the rest of this page »

The 2015 Film Release Calendar: Films Without Release Dates (M-Z)

Every January, I preview all the films that are scheduled to come out for that year. Typically, I end up around 80%, since there are always a few that I don’t track, for whatever reason. The point of why I do this has been lost, and now I do it because that’s just what I do. It’s fun, and I enjoy it.

Mainly the idea is to see how accurately I can guess my reaction to movies up to a year in advance. And it gives me a gauge to see which films ended up surprising me for better and for worse.

Originally, I just went through the release calendar and listed about 30 other movies that didn’t have dates. Last year, I had about 200 without dates that I tracked. Now, we’re looking at around 250, on top of the articles currently set for specific months.

How I do this is, I start by going over the films currently scheduled for January through June, then take a ten day break in between to go over the Oscar nominations and Golden Globes, and then finish with July through December. After that, I go over the films currently without release dates, and finish with the holdovers from last year that I’m continuing to track. We have it down to a science here. Read the rest of this page »

Oscars 2014: SAG Awards

The SAG Awards were tonight.

They’re an important awards show, but they’re also boring as shit. They never change the format at all. They start with the boring “I’m an actor” speeches, which are so poorly written. And then they just rush through categories and make speeches about the union and stuff.

But we’re in it for the winners, so we trudge on.

Here are the winners of the 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards: Read the rest of this page »

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