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Oscars 2020: BFCA Awards

The Critics Choice Awards were handed out last night.

The theme of this show is going to be ‘market correction’. That’s my guess. After what the Globes did, I’m expecting the expected winners to come through here in a big way. I don’t expect there to be anything that makes me reconfigure my expectations for the category. And in the case of most of the tech categories, I don’t even have expectations because a lot of the guilds are announcing nominees this week and BAFTA only nominates tomorrow. But for the high-end stuff like acting and what not, I expect this to be more in line with how I’ve been expecting these to play out all along.

I would also like to point out how happy I am that I no longer have to deal with six bullshit categories like “Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Comedy/All Other Genres We Don’t Take Seriously Enough to Let Into the Best Picture Race Plus One Best Picture Nominee You Know Is Gonna Dominate This Subsection of Awards Anyway Picture.”

Here’s what happened and BFCA: Read the rest of this page »

Oscars 2020: PGA Nominations

The PGA nominations were announced today. And finally, we get clarity on the Best Picture race. Which we pretty much already had, but the PGA is the authority. They’ve gotten a minimum of seven nominees right every year since the sliding scale Best Picture system began, and most years they’re only one off at most. And usually you can tell what the one or two off are gonna be, because there’s always a populist nominee or two that gets on (previous examples: Quiet Place, Wonder Woman, Deadpool, Skyfall). But basically, your Best Picture race is about to get a whole lot more set than it already was, and then BAFTA should basically lock everything into place for us tomorrow.

So here’s what the PGA has for us this year: Read the rest of this page »

The 2021 Film Release Calendar (March)

March 4th, March Release Calendar. I’ve never had an entire release calendar be posted later than February. This is crazy. But this is the hand we’ve been dealt this year.

So, you know what it is. Let’s go over what’s coming out this month (which hopefully I will end up being able to watch before April): Read the rest of this page »

Oscars 2020: CDG Nominations

Today the Costume Designers Guild announced their nominations, and this is one of the bigger pieces of the Oscar nominations puzzle I’ve been waiting for. Most people probably wouldn’t care, but Costume Design is always one of those categories that feels like it’s always a 3/5 and there’s always something random. This year, perhaps, with the limited field, things might be easier. But it’s definitely one of those categories I’m always on my heels for. Plus, like ADG, they give us three categories, which is just a wealth of stuff to talk about.

Here are your CDG nominees: Read the rest of this page »

Oscars 2020: Annie Award Nominations

The Annie Award nominations were announced this morning. Somehow I knew they’d be out early. Something about a medium whose films are largely designed for children, it just feels like they’d be releasing earlier in the day than most other guilds.

But anyway, this is all kind of meaningless, since I think, list most years, we’re all pretty sure Pixar is just gonna win with Soul and there will be no drama whatsoever in the category (and I know there are gonna be some people who make the ‘I don’t know… Wolfwalkers’ argument. But I’ve been around this category way too many years than to try to delude myself with that. So really all we’re gonna get out of this is help in figuring out what the other four (or, I guess, three) nominees are gonna be outside of the obvious two in Soul and Wolfwalkers. Animated Feature is one of those categories that sets up obviously, but most of the time the branch will throw a curveball or two by going with more ‘artistic’ films over the obvious mainstream studio films. So I’m interested in seeing what the branch has for us this year.

Here are your Annie nominations: Read the rest of this page »