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Pic of the Day: “You should ask someone else. There’s no happy ending with me.” “I still want to hear it.” (15th Anniversary)

And the Nominees Are (2022)

This is so weird. Oscar nominations morning has been and is always appointment viewing for me. And this year, I almost didn’t even watch them live. I turned on the livestream seconds before it started. And rather than spend the morning poring over everything as I usually do, we’re almost 12 hours later and only now am I actually putting any thought into them, past my initial reactions texting with people as they happened. Weird times, this year.

Anyway, let’s go over all the nominations that were announced this morning. I remember only openly going “oh wow” once during all the names, and past that there was only one minor surprise (and not even so much a surprise as much as a slight eyebrow raise of ‘oh, you guys actually watched that movie/went there’ more than a ‘I didn’t see that coming’). Otherwise, most of this year felt chalk.

Put it this way — I listened to the Documentary and Shorts categories get announced and did just about as well as I do every year and I literally didn’t watch any of them before I guessed. So yeah, it’s a weird year (and apparently I’m just really good at this). Read the rest of this page »

Oscars 2022: The B+ Nominations Ballot

It’s that time again, folks.

This year is fully weird for me. The past two years were partially weird because of the pandemic, but this one went even further. Right as prime movie season/awards season was starting, I was in the middle of moving and starting a new job and all of that, so I paid no attention to anything. Even as I caught up with all the precursors, none of it really sank in. The first time I really sat down to look at the totality of this awards season was as I started putting together this article… four days ago. So I’m in tip-top shape, clearly. Which I guess is good. I say every year how I don’t look at anything else and purely go by what I can see and my instinct. What better way to do that than by fully going in cold (and still not even having finished writing up a Top Ten list yet)?

Anyway, here’s me trying to guess all the Oscar nominees that are going to be announced tomorrow morning. Read the rest of this page »

Oscars 2022: My Nominations Ballot

If I were able to select the entire Oscar ballot, this is what I would nominate (again presented without comment past — I’m still working on International Feature, Doc Short, Live Action Short and Animated Short, so those I just picked five based on how I think things will go for me and will alter those once I finish watching everything).

 

Best Picture

All Quiet on the Western Front

Babylon

The Banshees of Inisherin

Bardo, False Chronicles of a Handful of Truth

The Batman

Blonde

Everything Everywhere All at Once

The Fabelmans

Thirteen Lives

Top Gun: Maverick

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Oscars 2022: Best Original Song Eligibles

The list is back, baby!

I like to think it’s because somebody listened to me and put it out there for all the Oscar degenerates like me who like to go through and look at every single thing eligible. Honestly, whatever the reason his heart or his shoes, I’m glad it was released. Or leaked. Whichever it is. I don’t care. The world is better when things are out in the open. Secret votes are weird and only create distrust in the system. At least here we can see what kind of good or bad choices were made.

Anyway, for those who don’t remember — this used to be an annual tradition for me (and still is!), looking at all the eligible songs, listening to them as I go through the article and putting them out there for us all to decide which ones we like and which we don’t, to see how good or bad the shortlist ends up being (which — haven’t looked at it at all yet. I decided this article was more important to be done blind, before I know what they chose).

So anyway, here are all 82 eligible songs for Best Original Song this year: Read the rest of this page »