Archive for January 19, 2014

2013 Oscars Update: PGA Awards

So, the Producers Guild announced their awards tonight.

Always a big deal. Typically, whatever wins their award almost always wins Best Picture.

Examples: Argo, The Artist, The King’s Speech, The Hurt Locker, Slumdog Millionaire, No Country for Old Men, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Chicago, Gladiator, American Beauty, Titanic, The English Patient, Forrest Gump, Schindler’s List, The Silence of the Lambs, Dances with Wolves, Driving Miss Daisy.

The only times the PGA and Best Picture didn’t match were with (PGA winners in parentheses, and not bolded and italicized) The Departed (Little Miss Sunshine), Crash (Brokeback Mountain), Million Dollar Baby (The Aviator), A Beautiful Mind (Moulin Rouge!), Shakespeare in Love (Saving Private Ryan), Braveheart (Apollo 13), and Unforgiven (The Crying Game).

So that’s 7 times in 24 years. Typically, when the PGA announces a winner, you can pretty much call off the Best Picture race and know what’s going to win. Since they use the same voting system that the Academy does. So if something makes it through the PGA, you can count on it making it through the Academy.

Unless what happened tonight happens: (more…)

The 2014 Film Release Calendar: September

Every January, I preview all the films that are scheduled to come out for that year. Not all of them do, of course, and it gets a bit crazy every year in terms of changes, but basically the point of it all is to know what’s coming out, know what to get excited for, know what to start bracing myself for, and, selfishly, guess what I’m going to think about all the movies to see how accurate I was at the end of the year. And also see which movies surprised me, for better and for worse.

It’s gotten to be a whole great thing. Since at first it was just what Wikipedia’s year in film article said, plus a few others that weren’t scheduled that I just knew about. And then the year after that it was a few more films. And last year it was like, 200 or something. And now, it’s probably like 200 or something, plus all the ones from last year that I’m continuing to track. Eventually it’ll be to the point where really the only ones I haven’t heard about or previewed at some point are either foreign films, documentaries, and like 5% of those movies that just come out of nowhere.

What I’m doing is going over everything as it’s currently scheduled. I’m doing the first six months now, then taking a ten day break in between to go over some other stuff (Oscar nominations are going to be announced, the Golden Globes will happen — big stuff), plus allow for the later months of the year to maybe become more solidified, and maybe let a few changes happen, since I’ve discovered that a lot of things do get moved this time of year, often right as I’m putting the articles together. So it works twofold. I get to talk about other stuff and let the dust settle as much as possible so as not to make everything that much crazier come December.

Here’s September: (more…)

2013 Oscars Update: 20th Screen Actors Guild Awards Results

Last night, they gave out the SAG awards.

There’s a great dichotomy with the SAG awards — they mean so much in terms of who’s going to win the Oscar (probably. I should say probably), yet — it’s one of the worst awards shows to watch. It almost feels like a chore. They just go through the motions, get the show in under two hours every year, and there’s no fun to be had. Ever. I know I’m in the minority, but I prefer three hour awards shows. Because if you’re gonna celebrate yourself, do it right. Don’t rush it. What’s the point of bringing everyone there and then catering to a TV audience?

But, you know, the winners matter, so we watch it. (Oh, and did I mention — same format every year. It’s pretty boring that they never change it up, either.)

Anyway, here are the results of the SAG awards: (more…)


Pic of the Day: “If you were not a bride, I would kiss you goodbye.” “If I were not a bride, there would be no goodbyes to be said.”

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