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Oscars 2021: National Board of Review Winners

Oh it’s that time again.

Anyone who’s read this site for all these years knows the two things I’m gonna say right now. That this is the unofficial beginning of Oscar season and that NBR is my favorite group to hand out awards. It’s been my refrain for over a decade. You know I love this day.

The short version, if you’re just joining us — NBR is the only group to hand out year-end awards that’s been around as long as the Oscars have. And rather than just having voters from one section of the film landscape (critics, actors, directors, writers, executives, etc), they get people from all over, including academics. Which I like. Plus, I always feel their tastes most consistently match my own among all the groups out there that announce awards before the Oscars. And when they pick stuff I don’t necessarily agree with, I understand it because they’ve at least shown a consistency of opinion in choosing that sort of stuff over the years.

Most years I do a whole prelude and spend the day before trying to guess what they’re gonna pick as their favorites, but obviously this year being what it is and things being how they are, I’m not doing that. I’m still catching up on all the movies from this year (for reference, I went through all the months of the year in order (outside of the handful of stuff I’ve seen in theaters, which wasn’t even until October anyway), and as of Labor Day I had only just barely started April and by October 1st I was only into June. As of today, I’m about to start October and plan to be all caught up with everything by Christmas), so my aphorism about not paying attention to Oscars before at least NBR is more true than ever. Most years I’m aware that there is chatter and am sort of ‘fingers in my ears’, ‘la la la la’-ing myself to ignore it because it’s meaningless. This year, they could have already announced what’s gonna win Best Picture and I’d have absolutely no idea. And to be honest? Kinda wonderful that way. It’s lead to a much purer viewing experience of everything so far and is really putting me in the position I long to be in, utterly clueless and guessing Oscar stuff in a vacuum. Read the rest of this page »

Oscars 2021: Important Dates

Here are all the important dates for Oscar season:

December 2nd National Board of Review Awards

December 8th – AFI Awards

December 13th – Golden Globe Nominations

BFCA Critics Choice Nominations

December 14th – Independent Spirit Award Nominations

December 21st – Annie Award nominations

Best Documentary Feature Shortlist announced

Best International Feature Shortlist announced

Best Original Score Shortlist announced

Best Original Song Shortlist announced

Best Visual Effects Shortlist announced

Best Makeup & Hairstyling Shortlist announced

Best Animated Short Shortlist announced

Best Live Action Short Shortlist announced

Best Documentary Short Shortlist announced

January 9th – 79th Golden Globe Awards

BFCA Critics Choice Awards

January 11th –  Makeup & Hairstylist Guild Nominations

January 12th – SAG Nominations

BAFTA Longlists

January 17th – VES Nominations

January 21st – ACE Nominations

January 24th – ADG Nominations

MPSE Nominations

January 25th – ASC Nominations

CAS Nominations

January 27th – PGA Nominations

DGA Nominations

WGA Nominations

CDG Nominations

February 3rd – BAFTA Nominations

February 8th – Oscar Nominations Announced

February 19th – Makeup & Hairstylist Guild Awards

February 26th – PGA Awards

ACE Awards

Annie Awards

USC Scripter Award

February 27th – SAG Awards

March 5th – ADG Awards

March 6th – Independent Spirit Awards

March 8th – VES Awards

March 9th – CDG Awards

March 12th – DGA Awards

March 13th – BAFTA Awards

MPSE Awards

March 19th – CAS Awards

March 20th – WGA Awards

ASC Awards

March 27th – 94th Academy Awards

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Also, reminder that my Oscar Trivia page is always available to view.