Archive for February 12, 2012

Oscars 2011 Update: American Society of Cinematographers Awards

The American Society of Cinematographers have announced their awards.

The one award that matters for our purposes is that Emmanuel Lubezki won Best Cinematography for a feature film for The Tree of Life. To the surprise of no one.

This should be the way the Oscars go, but, honestly, the threat of a sweep by The Artist is still very much  possibility. (Hugo‘s also hanging around there too.)

That’s it. That’s all I have.

Oscars 2011 Update: BAFTA Awards

And the BAFTA Awards results are in.

Well, they’ve been in for a while. I just wanted to wait until the articles for today went up. Mostly because I didn’t want to interrupt the flow of those, and because the BAFTAs are basically meaningless over here. I mean, they’re nice and all, but they are the British Academy Awards. They don’t really factor into the race because — what wins BAFTA has been chosen by the majority of everyone in that organization, only a percentage of which are in the Academy. And since the majority of the Academy has to choose something for it to win, you’re talking a percentage of a percentage that then has to be the majority. So, really, it’s like most things — a compass.

There weren’t really any surprises, either. All this really told us was that a sweep is possible. Which we already knew. We still don’t know just how much of a possibility that is. The tide can turn either way still. Honestly, I’m more interested in the ASC Awards later. That’s gonna be more influential than these are in terms of the race.

But still, let’s go over the winners, because it is a major awards show and is interesting in its own way. (more…)

The Oscar Quest: Best Best Actor Choices

You know the drill by now.

Here is my list of what I consider to be the Best Best Actor decisions of all time.

This was very easy to create. I don’t really think anyone will argue with any of these.

Also, two things to keep in mind. First — again, rankings don’t matter. Focus on the fact that they all belong here Second — take into account the fact that the individual has an Oscar as part of it (especially for 11-15). (more…)

The Oscar Quest: Worst Best Actor Choices

Oh, I think we’re gonna agree on a lot of these.

It’s pretty obvious what constitutes a bad decision. And if it isn’t — just listen to me. There’s no way that could ever go wrong.

Keep in mind, again — the rankings are irrelevant. If you went through all 83 Best Actor winners (soon to be 84), I’m pretty certain we’ll all come up with roughly the same 15, give or take less than five. That’s what we need to agree on. Where I put them in my rankings is my own personal business.

That said, here are what I consider to be the worst Best Actor decisions of all time: (more…)

Pic of the Day: “I was nobody. But that don’t matter either, you know? ‘Cause I was thinkin’, it really don’t matter if I lose this fight. It really don’t matter if this guy opens my head, either. ‘Cause all I wanna do is go the distance. Nobody’s ever gone the distance with Creed, and if I can go that distance, you see, and that bell rings and I’m still standin’, I’m gonna know for the first time in my life, see, that I weren’t just another bum from the neighborhood.”