Archive for February 4, 2012

Oscars 2011 Update: Art Directors Guild Awards

The other Awards ceremony for today is in the books, and again it went as planned. The films I expected to be the favorites for the Oscars won.

Hugo won for Excellence in Production Design for a Period Film, beating out Anonymous, The Artist, The Help and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. People considered The Artist and Tinker Tailor as upsets, but Hugo was the favorite all the way.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 won for Fantasy Film, beating The Adventures of Tintin, Captain America, Cowboys & Aliens and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. This was an obvious no-brainer.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo won for Contemporary Film, beating Bridesmaids, The Descendants, Drive and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. This was a lock all the way.

The Oscar category for Best Art Direction includes The Artist, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Hugo, Midnight in Paris and War Horse. It seems pretty clear that Hugo and Potter are the favorites here, with The Artist remaining a constant threat due to sweep factor. I say Hugo is the favorite all the way through, but Potter is also a threat. Either way there’s another Oscar category basically in the books almost a month out.

Oscars 2011 Update: Annie Awards

Another one of those, “Well that’s not surprising” entries into this Oscar season was the Annie Awards, which were held tonight. Normally, the Annie Awards have been all Pixar, but since 2008, they basically said, “Hey, don’t vote for us,” since they know they’re the best. Apparently there was some crazy stuff going on with politics, since in 2008, the Annies gave everything to Kung Fu Panda and ignored Wall-E. It was deliberate. Then they went back to them with Up, until Pixar said, “Just don’t vote for us,” so last year, they didn’t give it to Toy Story, and instead went with How to Train Your Dragon.

This year, to absolutely no one’s surprise, Rango won the top prize. That pretty much cements it as the favorite to win Best Animated Feature at the Oscars this year. (I still need to see A Cat in Paris and Chico & Rita. Once I do, I’ll see if I think they have a chance to spoil.)

Best Animated short went to Adam and Dog, which wasn’t even nominated for the Oscar. I’m pretty sure a couple of the Oscar nominees were on that list, so that tells us nothing about that category (not that it would anyway, since those categories are always impossible to predict).

Another thing to mention, since why not — my current favorite TV show, Archer, lost all of the awards it was up for. But, for the big award, Best Animated TV Series, it did lose to The Simpsons, so that’s not so bad.

That’s all I have. Rango was always the favorite since nominees were announced. Now it’ll be the pick all the way through until Oscar night, with one of the lesser-knowns potentially sneaking in as an upset.

I’ll be updating with the winners of the Art Directors Guild Awards as soon as they’re finished.

The Oscar Quest: Best Best Director Choices

I’m gonna do this without little fanfare because — it’s obvious why these films are on this list.

We all know which Best Director winners were the best, but in the interest of symmetry — I already listed what I consider the worst Best Director choices, so it’s only fair that I list the best as well.

Also, since I have room here — all of these articles will go up on one big “Oscar Quest Pages” page, where I link to all of this stuff. That’s why I’m not going out of my way to link to it all now.

Anyway — here are what I (and most people, I’d imagine) consider to be the best Best Director choices of all time: (more…)

The Oscar Quest: Worst Best Director Choices

Today begins the other half of the “Best & Worst” articles — the best choices. It’s one thing to say, “This set of nominees is really weak” — now, we’re talking, “This winner is really weak.” This is where the most people have opinions. (And just to nip this in the bud, I don’t care about yours. This is my list. Want to voice your opinion? Make your own list.)

We’re gonna start here with the Worst Best Director choies. I’ll list who it was that won, who they beat, and explain why I think it’s one of the worst choies of all time in this category. Pretty simple.

And later, I’ll list the Strongest Best Director choices. I did it this way because — the worst choices list is much more interesting and contested than the best choices list. That one’s just — obvious.

Anyway, let’s take a look at all those bad decisions the Academy’s made (kind of like when you remember all those people you picked up in those bars): (more…)

Pic of the Day: “Damn it, you almost got us killed!” “What did I do wrong? I thought you’d be happy if I got shot!” “Yeah! Yeah, it would have saved us all a lot of trouble!”

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