Archive for January 24, 2012

Blog Update

I felt it was time for a blog update.

Over the next month, from tomorrow until Oscar night (and the day after), all of the articles that go up will be Oscar-related. Most will be Oscar Quest related. I’ve been wanting to do an analysis of the Oscar Quest from the start. As much information as possible for people to see the really good films, was my goal.

So starting tomorrow, I’ll be posting articles that range from my favorite Oscar Quest films (that is, those films I saw because of the Quest, that I had not seen previously), to the films I disliked the most from the Quest (relative to the list), to films I feel more people need to see. Then I’ll start with rankings; ranking all the winners in the categories (relative only to each other). Then I’ll start in with the categories: listing what I feel are the strongest categories in Academy history, and the weakest in Academy history. And I’ll talk about which decisions I think are the best and worst in the history of the categories. I’ll also list what I feel are the overall strongest and weakest years in Academy history. And I’ll throw up some facts and figures (all that random trivia I have so much of), and even list what decisions I’d change, if given the chance. (more…)

Oscars 2011 Update (Updated): Important Dates

Now that all the nominations are out of the way, I figured I’d update the list of important Oscar dates. It’s an rerun of the other list, just starting from today. This will be easier for me to go back and find. So here are the dates when all the major guilds announce their awards, the Oscar timeline as it stands right now (and a little bonus thrown in, because what would an awards race be without it?):

  • 1/28 — Directors Guild Awards
  • 1/29 — SAG Awards
  • 2/1 — Academy Award final ballots mailed
  • 2/4 — Annie Awards (Animated Films) / Art Directors Guild Awards
  • 2/7 — Visual Effects Society Awards
  • 2/12 — BAFTA Awards / American Society of Cinematographers Awards
  • 2/18 — American Cinema Editors Awards / Cinema Audio Society Awards
  • 2/19 — Writers Guild Awards / Motion Picture Sound Editors Awards
  • 2/21 — Costume Designers Guild Awards / Academy Awards final ballots due
  • 2/25 — Independent Spirit Awards / Razzie Nominations Announced
  • 2/26 — Academy Awards
  • 4/1 — Razzie Awards

Analysis of the 2011 Oscar Nominees

I felt weird having the only article I had planned for today go up before 8 am. So I decided to balance it out by posting another, more in-depth (though I don’t know how much more it’s going to be, since I’m doing this completely on the fly) analysis of all the Oscar nominations.

No need for more of an intro. Let’s just get right into it. Here are the number of nominations for each film:

Hugo — 11 nominations

The Artist — 10 nominations

Moneyball — 6 nominations

War Horse — 6 nominations

The Descendants — 5 nominations

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo — 5 nominations (more…)

Pic of the Day: “One day the war will be over. And I hope that the people that use this bridge in years to come will remember how it was built and who built it. Not a gang of slaves, but soldiers, British soldiers, Clipton, even in captivity.”

And the Nominees Are… (2011)

Wake up! Wake up, wake up, wake up! Up you wake, up you wake, up you wake, up you wake!

It is Tuesday, January 24th, and the Nominees for the 84th Academy Awards have been announced.

I’m not one to analyze the nominees. Surprises, no surprises. To me, all of that stuff is in the past. Sure, I might comment on some of them in the future, like, “I can’t believe they didn’t nominate (so and so),” but that’s after the fact. That’s the Oscar Quest talking. For now, I don’t care what surprised, what didn’t surprise. These are our nominees, and that’s that. My only goal here is to see how well I did in picking them, and to see what this means for the ceremony next month.

That said, let’s get right into them. Because I’m really excited to talk about them. (more…)