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Oscars 2017: MPSE Nominations

The Motion Picture Sound Editors announced their nominees today, right under the wire before Oscar nominations.

I know I still owe you guys my Oscar picks for tomorrow. Bear with me. This is my first time writing up the article while sitting in ICU. It’ll come. It’s just delayed. In the mean time, SOUND EDITING! HOORAY!

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

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Oscars 2017: The B+ Nominations Ballot

This is the epitome of what I do. You’d think it would be the analysis of Oscar night. But by that point, so much of it feels anticlimactic. Then again, I guess you could say that about this year, where the damn PGA already announced a winner before nominations! (Though perhaps that made things even more interesting. We’ll see.)

I think I might be the only person on the internet who tries to straight up guess every single Oscar nominee. Not just the way other places do it, a simple list. I talk my way through the entire thing. History, precursors. You know why I make every decision I make. And I grade myself, percentages and all. Oscar nominations are bright and early tomorrow morning, and right now, we’re gonna run through all 24 categories and I’m gonna see if I can guess every one of them. I’m confident that I’m the only person who does it with this much detail because no one else is stupid enough to even bother doing it.

Every year, there are about 120 nominees. The maximum we can have is 123. Generally it’s 121 or 122, depending on how many Best Picture nominees there are (typically 8 or 9). For most people, you’d think correctly guessing 2/3 of them would be a really solid average. Me, I feel like I’m doing badly if I drop below 70%. I hit 77% and 78.5% the past two years, which was about 95 of the total 122 nominees. The worst I’ve done on this site is 68%, and that was the first year I did it. Every other year was 71% or above. No idea how I do it, and I don’t really care. It’s just fun for me. I don’t mind if I fail horribly (because I’m expecting to), but I am hoping to hit 80% one of these years. Or at least get the annual average up to 75%. Both of those things would be amazing. Read the rest of this page »

Oscars 2017: SAG Awards

The SAG Awards were given out tonight.

Here are the winners: Read the rest of this page »

Oscars 2017: My Nominations Ballot

Oscar nominations are Tuesday morning. I prepare for them two-fold: first, to put up my personal nominations, and then put up my article guessing what I think the nominations will be. This is the former.

I do this to get all my subjectivity out so I don’t have to worry about making too many decisions based on personal feelings. That way tomorrow I can just guess what I truly think is gonna happen and not let my own ego and feelings get in the way. Tomorrow’s the good stuff. Today is just me getting my personal opinions out there so people can irrationally attack them. Which seems to be what the internet is for.

This article is simple — if I were given a blank card and told I could select every nominee at the Oscars, this is what I would nominate. It seems to work out that I end up having broadly what ends up being nominated. Though I will also occasionally go off and nominate a few things that I think are great that some people (because they are beholden to the Oscar mythos) think should never be nominated in a million years.

So here’s what my Oscar nominations ballot would look like. Read the rest of this page »

Oscars 2017: PGA Awards

This’ll be quick. The PGA Awards were last night. The Shape of Water won Best Picture. That, coupled with all the other wins — it’s the big favorite at the moment. We’ll see how things go from here on out (since they haven’t even announced nominations yet!), but it’s a huge favorite to win the whole thing.

The PGA’s been wrong the past two years, so it’s not a done deal yet. But this is a big step.

Also, Jane won for Documentary and Coco won for Animated. Which shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone.

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