Archive for January 3, 2012

Oscars 2011 Update: Art Directors Guild Nominations

This really doesn’t have anything to do with major Oscars — but for those of you interested (this is one of the awards I do like paying attention to, since — it’s just sets and props and stuff. Everyone can notice and have preferences), here are the nominations for the Art Directors Guild awards:

Period Film:

  • Anonymous
  • The Artist
  • The Help
  • Hugo
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Love the Tinker Tailor love. The other four mostly make sense. Anonymous makes sense because of what it is. Still, it’s weird to see it come out of nowhere. Don’t be shocked if it’s magically nominated, since the Art Directors are the ones who vote for Oscar nominations, but I see enough strength elsewhere to think it’s a longshot at best. Still, you’re looking at a two horse race here (with a solid entry having no shot, and a mainstream dark horse being a spoiler). Personally, I say they lean toward Hugo. How could they not, right? (more…)

The 2012 Film Release Calendar (January & February)

I love doing this.

Last year, when the blog was in its infancy, I was looking for stuff to talk about. And I decided (for my benefit and yours. Mostly mine. Because I’m awesome) to preview all of the films coming out for the year. Mostly so I knew what to expect. And then I figured, “Well, I have a blog now, so let’s make it interactive.” And it became, previewing them and guessing what I’d think of them so I can see if I was right or wrong (which, if I was right would again point out how awesome I am), and also letting everyone brace themselves for how creatively bankrupt Hollywood has become. And I enjoyed it. So, I’m doing it again.

This time, however, I’m more prepared. Last year — I didn’t know what the hell I was doing at all. Or rather, it was exactly how all things with me go. I do it at first because I think it’ll be fun, and then I get more serious about it, and then it becomes something I have to do to completion. So, last year, I was literally writing the articles day of, on the fly, whereas now, I’ve pretty much written everything up until March (and by the time this goes up, there’s a decent chance I might be covered until May). I’m such a boss.

Last year, after going through what was scheduled on the Wikipedia year in film article (this year’s is 2012 in Film, and is my go-to for finding out release dates), I compiled a list of the “Rest of 2011,” which I limited to only 30 films. That was a supremely stupid idea. I missed so much stuff. I blame inexperience. (more…)

Pic of the Day: “I’ve never been alone with a man before, even with my dress on. With my dress off, it’s MOST unusual.”

Oscars 2011 Update: Producers Guild Nominations

Big day today.

The Producers Guild is typically the most important guild when trying to guess what films are going to be nominated for Best Picture. Sure, the Globes are a nice general compass. Kind of like — the sun is setting, we’re heading northwest. The Producers Guild is kind of like — take I-95 until you get to Exits 40-60. And at least you know which exits are the ones, and it’s just a matter of which ones it’ll be.

Last year — the Producers Guild synched up with the Best Picture list on 9 out of 10 films (the only one they missed was Winter’s Bone, which they had The Town in place of). In 2009, they had 8 of 10 the same (PGA had Invictus and Star Trek, while Best Picture had A Serious Man and The Blind Side). So it’s safe to say that they’re pretty good as a compass.

That said — this list should not surprise anyone. These are the same films you’re seeing all year. Not to mention — it’s pretty obvious which of them will most likely be left off because of that preferential voting thing. (more…)