I do this every year now. I break down all the individual Oscar categories. It’s actually something I love doing, since it sets up all the categories. It familiarizes them to me (and hopefully everybody else), and allows for a more colloquial referencing to them come Oscar night. Because I do these, on Oscar night, I can be like, “Oh, yeah, Buzkashi Boys…” and it’s just understood what that is, what it’s nominated for, and everything else.
So, like always, we start from the top and work our way down. We start with Picture and Director, the two big categories.
What I do is list all the previous winners in the category, then talk about maybe some notes and things about it, whatever that may be (each category has its own thing), and then I go over this year’s crop of nominees, and rank what I think, at this point in time, each one’s chances at winning are.
And we’ll start with Best Picture. (more…)