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Archive for January 8, 2013

2012 Razzie Awards Nominations

Oh hey, the Razzie Awards nominations were announced.

This is fun.

Let’s not waste any time and get right into the “worst” movies of the year:

Worst Picture

Battleship

The Oogieloves in Big Balloon Adventure

That’s My Boy

A Thousand Words

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (more…)

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Oscars 2012 Update: VFX (Visual Effects) Society Nominations and CAS (Cinema Audio Society) Nominations Announced

Two more guilds have announced their nominations, making tomorrow’s guesses at what’s going to be nominated a little bit easier.

The only groups left to announce their nominations are BAFTA (which is tomorrow), ACE (American Cinema Editors, which apparently announce on Thursday, but they were supposed to announce CAS then too, so…), MPSE (Motion Picture Sound Editors, which will announce at some point in the next week) and the Costume Designers Guild, which announces next Thursday. Which is pretty good. This helps us on most of the categories for Thursday.

So let’s get started with the Visual Effects Society Nominees: (more…)


Oscars 2012: What My Nominations Ballot Would Look Like

I used to do this as one article, calling it “My Oscar Nominations and What I Think Will Be Nominated,” but I realized that was stupid. You can’t mix personal feelings and what you think is actually gonna happen. It’s like when you do football pools with friends — there’s a difference between wanting certain teams to beat other teams and then being able to go, “There’s no way that’s gonna happen.” You have to keep it separate.

So today, I’m going to tell you what I’d nominate, if I had a ballot (and could randomly vote for all the categories, since, as you should know, the way the Oscar nominations work is each branch votes on their particular area of expertise — the cinematographers vote for Best Cinematography, the writers Original and Adapted Screenplay and so on and so forth — and everyone gets to vote for Best Picture — and then that’s how the nominations are compiled. Then once there are nominees, everyone gets to vote on every category for the final ceremony). Mostly it’s just a mix of my favorite performances, films, directing jobs, scores, etc. of the year, mixed in a bit with the politicalness of it all. Since for some categories, I won’t really have five full nominees, so I’ll have to look a bit toward what’s in the conversation of being nominated and picking between those, or I’ll do what some people do and just blatantly vote for specific people the way the Globes nominate Meryl every year.

It’s completely subjective in every way and has nothing to do with anything except — this is what I liked. So I felt it best to separate it from where I try to be as objective and possible and guess what’s actually gonna happen. Since those are separate things entirely. So that’s tomorrow. Today — my shit.

So here’s what I’d put on my ballot if I had the ability to nominate stuff from every category: (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “If I’m King, where’s my power? Can I form a government? Can I levy a tax, declare a war? No! And yet I am the seat of all authority. Why? Because the nation believes that when I speak, I speak for them. But I can’t speak.”


Oscars 2012 Update: DGA (Directors Guild) Nominations

The DGA has just announced their nominations.

I’m sure you all know that this is the most accurate predictor for the Oscars there is, the DGA winner having gone on to win the Best Director Oscar all but six times.

And as for the nominees — they’re actually really good about it. Last year, four out of five nominees matched, with David Fincher missing out and Terrence Malick getting on (most likely due to the latter’s Best Picture nomination and the former’s lack of one). 2010, four of five (the DGA had Christopher Nolan and the Oscars had the Coen brothers). 2009, all five. 2008, four of five (Nolan again. They replaced him with Stephen Daldry at the Oscars). 2007, four of five (DGA had Sean Penn, Oscars had Jason Reitman). 2006, only three of five (DGA missed Spielberg and Paul Greengrass in favor of Bill Condon and Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Ferris). 2005, all five. 2004, all five. 2003, four of five (DGA had Gary Ross, Oscars had Fernando Meirelles). 2002, four of five (DGA had Peter Jackson, Oscars had Pedro Almodovar). 2001, three of five (DGA had Baz Luhrmann and Christopher Nolan and the Oscars had Robert Altman and David Lynch). And 2000, four of five (DGA had Cameron Crowe and Oscars had Stephen Daldry).

So basically, they’re gonna get you at least four nominees. And when they do miss, it’s usually because either the Best Picture situation is murky (2006), a foreign director gets on (2003, 2002), really seasoned directors get on (2001), or they just fucking hate one particular director (2010, 2008).

That said, let’s look at this year’s DGA nominees: (more…)