Archive for February, 2014

Oscars 2013 Category Breakdown: Best Picture

Every year, leading up to the Oscars, I break down every single category. It’s essentially a precursor to my picks. I explain all the stuff that needs to be explained in detail, so when the time comes to make my picks, I can refer to it as a shorthand.

In the articles, I’ll go over each category’s history, show previous winners and nominees, then list the current year’s nominees, talk about the guild history, if it’s important, what the guilds went with this year, whether that means anything for that particular category — all the background you need to know to make an informed decision. And then, once that’s all done, I’ll rank the nominees in that category in order of their likelihood to win, based on how I see it at the present.

The only difference between this year and previous years is that this year, I’ll be doing only one category a day instead of multiple categories. This is so I can take more time with each category and not stuff a bunch into a single article for information overload, and, simply, so I don’t have to do as much work. Though it is also easier this way. One category, one day.

Today is the big one — Best Picture. (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “I don’t want any trouble.” “Life is trouble. Only death is not. To be alive is to undo your belt and look for trouble.”

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Oscars 2013 Category Breakdown: Best Director

Every year, leading up to the Oscars, I break down every single category. It’s essentially a precursor to my picks. I explain all the stuff that needs to be explained in detail, so when the time comes to make my picks, I can refer to it as a shorthand.

In the articles, I’ll go over each category’s history, show previous winners and nominees, then list the current year’s nominees, talk about the guild history, if it’s important, what the guilds went with this year, whether that means anything for that particular category — all the background you need to know to make an informed decision. And then, once that’s all done, I’ll rank the nominees in that category in order of their likelihood to win, based on how I see it at the present.

The only difference between this year and previous years is that this year, I’ll be doing only one category a day instead of multiple categories. This is so I can take more time with each category and not stuff a bunch into a single article for information overload, and, simply, so I don’t have to do as much work. Though it is also easier this way. One category, one day.

Today is Best Director. (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “Stay down. You’re beat.” “You’re gonna have to kill me.”

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Oscars 2013 Category Breakdown: Best Actor

Every year, leading up to the Oscars, I break down every single category. It’s essentially a precursor to my picks. I explain all the stuff that needs to be explained in detail, so when the time comes to make my picks, I can refer to it as a shorthand.

In the articles, I’ll go over each category’s history, show previous winners and nominees, then list the current year’s nominees, talk about the guild history, if it’s important, what the guilds went with this year, whether that means anything for that particular category — all the background you need to know to make an informed decision. And then, once that’s all done, I’ll rank the nominees in that category in order of their likelihood to win, based on how I see it at the present.

The only difference between this year and previous years is that this year, I’ll be doing only one category a day instead of multiple categories. This is so I can take more time with each category and not stuff a bunch into a single article for information overload, and, simply, so I don’t have to do as much work. Though it is also easier this way. One category, one day.

Today is Best Actor. (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “I disgust me. You know, there’s only been one man in my whole life who’s ever made me happy. Do you know that? George, my husband – George, who is out somewhere there in the dark, who is good to me – whom I revile, who can keep learning the games we play as quickly as I can change them. Who can make me happy and I do not wish to be happy. Yes, I do wish to be happy. George and Martha – sad, sad, sad. Whom I will not forgive for having come to rest; for having seen me and having said, ‘Yes, this will do.’”

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Oscars 2013 Category Breakdown: Best Actress

Every year, leading up to the Oscars, I break down every single category. It’s essentially a precursor to my picks. I explain all the stuff that needs to be explained in detail, so when the time comes to make my picks, I can refer to it as a shorthand.

In the articles, I’ll go over each category’s history, show previous winners and nominees, then list the current year’s nominees, talk about the guild history, if it’s important, what the guilds went with this year, whether that means anything for that particular category — all the background you need to know to make an informed decision. And then, once that’s all done, I’ll rank the nominees in that category in order of their likelihood to win, based on how I see it at the present.

The only difference between this year and previous years is that this year, I’ll be doing only one category a day instead of multiple categories. This is so I can take more time with each category and not stuff a bunch into a single article for information overload, and, simply, so I don’t have to do as much work. Though it is also easier this way. One category, one day.

Today is Best Actress. (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “Did you fuck my wife?” “What?” “Did you fuck my wife?” “How do you ask me that? I’m your brother and you ask me that? Where do you get you’re balls big enough to ask me that?” “I’m gonna ask you again, did you or didn’t you? Just answer the question.”

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Oscars 2013 Category Breakdown: Best Supporting Actor

Every year, leading up to the Oscars, I break down every single category. It’s essentially a precursor to my picks. I explain all the stuff that needs to be explained in detail, so when the time comes to make my picks, I can refer to it as a shorthand.

In the articles, I’ll go over each category’s history, show previous winners and nominees, then list the current year’s nominees, talk about the guild history, if it’s important, what the guilds went with this year, whether that means anything for that particular category — all the background you need to know to make an informed decision. And then, once that’s all done, I’ll rank the nominees in that category in order of their likelihood to win, based on how I see it at the present.

The only difference between this year and previous years is that this year, I’ll be doing only one category a day instead of multiple categories. This is so I can take more time with each category and not stuff a bunch into a single article for information overload, and, simply, so I don’t have to do as much work. Though it is also easier this way. One category, one day.

Today is Best Supporting Actor. (more…)


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♫ “Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens / Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens / Brown paper packages tied up with strings / These are a few of my favorite things.” ♫

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Oscars 2013 Category Breakdown: Best Supporting Actress

Every year, leading up to the Oscars, I break down every single category. It’s essentially a precursor to my picks. I explain all the stuff that needs to be explained in detail, so when the time comes to make my picks, I can refer to it as a shorthand.

In the articles, I’ll go over each category’s history, show previous winners and nominees, then list the current year’s nominees, talk about the guild history, if it’s important, what the guilds went with this year, whether that means anything for that particular category — all the background you need to know to make an informed decision. And then, once that’s all done, I’ll rank the nominees in that category in order of their likelihood to win, based on how I see it at the present.

The only difference between this year and previous years is that this year, I’ll be doing only one category a day instead of multiple categories. This is so I can take more time with each category and not stuff a bunch into a single article for information overload, and, simply, so I don’t have to do as much work. Though it is also easier this way. One category, one day.

Today, we’re doing Best Supporting Actress, which seems like it has an obvious winner, but we still have to sweat it down to the wire, just because we’re never quite sure if the Academy will revert back to “safe” choices. (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “What the hell is this?” “It’s a Sicilian message. It means Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes.”

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Oscars 2013 Category Breakdown: Best Original Screenplay

Every year, leading up to the Oscars, I break down every single category. It’s essentially a precursor to my picks. I explain all the stuff that needs to be explained in detail, so when the time comes to make my picks, I can refer to it as a shorthand.

In the articles, I’ll go over each category’s history, show previous winners and nominees, then list the current year’s nominees, talk about the guild history, if it’s important, what the guilds went with this year, whether that means anything for that particular category — all the background you need to know to make an informed decision. And then, once that’s all done, I’ll rank the nominees in that category in order of their likelihood to win, based on how I see it at the present.

The only difference between this year and previous years is that this year, I’ll be doing only one category a day instead of multiple categories. This is so I can take more time with each category and not stuff a bunch into a single article for information overload, and, simply, so I don’t have to do as much work. Though it is also easier this way. One category, one day.

Today is Best Original Screenplay. You know, the other screenplay category. (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “I know everything I need to know about you. I love you. I know you’re good, and kind. I know you’re colored and I…” “What’s that?” “…And I think you’re beautiful!” “Beautiful? Most people would say the opposite.” “Well that’s because they don’t know you.”

A Patch of Blue


Oscars 2013 Category Breakdown: Best Adapted Screenplay

Every year, leading up to the Oscars, I break down every single category. It’s essentially a precursor to my picks. I explain all the stuff that needs to be explained in detail, so when the time comes to make my picks, I can refer to it as a shorthand.

In the articles, I’ll go over each category’s history, show previous winners and nominees, then list the current year’s nominees, talk about the guild history, if it’s important, what the guilds went with this year, whether that means anything for that particular category — all the background you need to know to make an informed decision. And then, once that’s all done, I’ll rank the nominees in that category in order of their likelihood to win, based on how I see it at the present.

The only difference between this year and previous years is that this year, I’ll be doing only one category a day instead of multiple categories. This is so I can take more time with each category and not stuff a bunch into a single article for information overload, and, simply, so I don’t have to do as much work. Though it is also easier this way. One category, one day.

Today, we do Best Adapted Screenplay. Which… yeah. (more…)


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“Okay, pal, why the Mohaska? Why are you packin’ the gun?” “I’m a Treasury Officer.” “…All right. Just remember what we talked about now.” “Hey… wait a minute! What the hell kind of police do you have in this goddamn city? You just turned your back on an armed man.” “You’re a Treasury officer.” “I just told you I was.” “Who would claim to be that, who was not?” “What’s your name and unit?” “It’s right here. You got a beef? What is it?” “How did you know I had a gun?” “What do you want, a free lesson in police work?”

The Untouchables - 13


Oscars 2013 Category Breakdown: Best Cinematography

Every year, leading up to the Oscars, I break down every single category. It’s essentially a precursor to my picks. I explain all the stuff that needs to be explained in detail, so when the time comes to make my picks, I can refer to it as a shorthand.

In the articles, I’ll go over each category’s history, show previous winners and nominees, then list the current year’s nominees, talk about the guild history, if it’s important, what the guilds went with this year, whether that means anything for that particular category — all the background you need to know to make an informed decision. And then, once that’s all done, I’ll rank the nominees in that category in order of their likelihood to win, based on how I see it at the present.

The only difference between this year and previous years is that this year, I’ll be doing only one category a day instead of multiple categories. This is so I can take more time with each category and not stuff a bunch into a single article for information overload, and, simply, so I don’t have to do as much work. Though it is also easier this way. One category, one day.

Today is Best Cinematography, probably my favorite category. (We’re assuming the big six don’t count, since they’re their own thing. But outside of those six, this is my favorite category.) I love it. I love cinematography. As we all should. We like when films look beautiful. I have 32,000 screenshots rotating on my desktop, and almost all of them are there because of the work of a cinematographer. And, despite what this category is slowly becoming, it’s still the best for me, since what better and more pure thing to argue than which film was the most beautiful? (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “Is there something wrong with me?”

A Streetcar Named Desire - 11


Oscars 2013 Category Breakdown: Best Editing

Every year, leading up to the Oscars, I break down every single category. It’s essentially a precursor to my picks. I explain all the stuff that needs to be explained in detail, so when the time comes to make my picks, I can refer to it as a shorthand.

In the articles, I’ll go over each category’s history, show previous winners and nominees, then list the current year’s nominees, talk about the guild history, if it’s important, what the guilds went with this year, whether that means anything for that particular category — all the background you need to know to make an informed decision. And then, once that’s all done, I’ll rank the nominees in that category in order of their likelihood to win, based on how I see it at the present.

The only difference between this year and previous years is that this year, I’ll be doing only one category a day instead of multiple categories. This is so I can take more time with each category and not stuff a bunch into a single article for information overload, and, simply, so I don’t have to do as much work. Though it is also easier this way. One category, one day.

Today is Best Editing, a category that could illuminate which way Best Picture is going to go. Or it could go whichever way it wants, or go the way we expect it to go, and still possibly tell us which way Best Picture is going to go. You never really know. (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “Roll call concludes. Voting is completed. Now…” “Mr. clerk? Please call my name. I want to cast a vote.” “I object! The Speaker doesn’t vote.” “The Speaker may vote if he so chooses.” “It is highly unusual, sir.” “This isn’t usual, Mr. Pendleton. This is history.”

Lincoln - 62


Oscars 2013 Category Breakdown: Best Original Score

Every year, leading up to the Oscars, I break down every single category. It’s essentially a precursor to my picks. I explain all the stuff that needs to be explained in detail, so when the time comes to make my picks, I can refer to it as a shorthand.

In the articles, I’ll go over each category’s history, show previous winners and nominees, then list the current year’s nominees, talk about the guild history, if it’s important, what the guilds went with this year, whether that means anything for that particular category — all the background you need to know to make an informed decision. And then, once that’s all done, I’ll rank the nominees in that category in order of their likelihood to win, based on how I see it at the present.

The only difference between this year and previous years is that this year, I’ll be doing only one category a day instead of multiple categories. This is so I can take more time with each category and not stuff a bunch into a single article for information overload, and, simply, so I don’t have to do as much work. Though it is also easier this way. One category, one day.

Today is Best Original Score. Which doesn’t really require much of an introduction. (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “You know, Rick, I have many a friend in Casablanca, but somehow, just because you despise me, you are the only one I trust.”

Casablanca - 6


Oscars 2013 Category Breakdown: Best Original Song

Every year, leading up to the Oscars, I break down every single category. It’s essentially a precursor to my picks. I explain all the stuff that needs to be explained in detail, so when the time comes to make my picks, I can refer to it as a shorthand.

In the articles, I’ll go over each category’s history, show previous winners and nominees, then list the current year’s nominees, talk about the guild history, if it’s important, what the guilds went with this year, whether that means anything for that particular category — all the background you need to know to make an informed decision. And then, once that’s all done, I’ll rank the nominees in that category in order of their likelihood to win, based on how I see it at the present.

The only difference between this year and previous years is that this year, I’ll be doing only one category a day instead of multiple categories. This is so I can take more time with each category and not stuff a bunch into a single article for information overload, and, simply, so I don’t have to do as much work. Though it is also easier this way. One category, one day.

Today is Best Original Song. A category that I’m so glad they overhauled, because now we’re starting to actually get close to what the category should look like. It’s not perfect yet, but it’s better than it was two years ago.

Oh, and this is a category that is seemingly locked at the moment. (Or is it?) (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “Elaine!”

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