Archive for January, 2015

Oscars 2014: ADG Awards

The Art Directors Guild Awards were announced tonight.

Winning in Period was The Grand Budapest Hotel, to no one’s surprise.

Winning in Fantasy was Guardians of the Galaxy, beating Interstellar, which was nominated. So that’s a little bit of a surprise.

Winning in Contemporary was Birdman, also to no real surprise.

Grand Budapest is the only one nominated, so we can be pretty sure that will most likely be the favorite.

I’ll be putting out my commentary on the category in a few days, so I’ll save the analysis for that.


Oscars 2014: ACE Eddie Awards

The ACE Eddie Awards were announced last night.

Unsurprisingly, Boyhood won for Dramatic, and also not surprisingly, The Grand Budapest Hotel won for Comedic. Seemed surprisingly that they’d actually vote for Birdman, given that it wasn’t nominated. These guilds want to be timely, and feel like they affect the race. They’re not gonna vote for something that’s not nominated, unless they want to continue to stick it in and make them look worse, like when The Lego Movie won for Animation Editing.

Oh, and CitizenFour won Documentary Editing, which pretty much cements that as the favorite to win Documentary.

So those are your Eddie Awards, and that’ll make the final category that much more interesting.

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Oscars 2014 Category Breakdown: Best Foreign Language Film

This is a tradition for me. Every year, before the Oscars, I break down every single one of the 24 categories. I do this to familiarize everyone with each category, how it works, what its history is, how it usually turns out, and also as a precursor to my picks article, allowing me to get most of the heavy lifting out of the way beforehand.

How these work is — I go over each category’s history, give you all the previous winners and nominees, then list the current year’s nominees. And then I’ll go over how each of the guilds (if there is a corresponding guild) have went, and how that corresponds to the Oscars (some guilds mean a lot to how a category will play out. Others mean nothing). It’s basically everything you need to know in order to make an informed decision when you make your picks on Oscar night. And then I also rank the nominees at the end in terms of where I see them in terms of their likelihood to win.

Today is Best Foreign Language Film. (What’s the best way to emulate the sound of crickets in text form?) (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “What’s your intention? Do you think one on four is a dogfall?” “I mean to kill you in one minute, Ned. Or see you hanged in Fort Smith at Judge Parker’s convenience. Which’ll it be?” “I call that bold talk for a one-eyed fat man.” “Fill your hands, you son of a bitch!”

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Oscars 2014 Category Breakdown: Best Documentary Feature

This is a tradition for me. Every year, before the Oscars, I break down every single one of the 24 categories. I do this to familiarize everyone with each category, how it works, what its history is, how it usually turns out, and also as a precursor to my picks article, allowing me to get most of the heavy lifting out of the way beforehand.

How these work is — I go over each category’s history, give you all the previous winners and nominees, then list the current year’s nominees. And then I’ll go over how each of the guilds (if there is a corresponding guild) have went, and how that corresponds to the Oscars (some guilds mean a lot to how a category will play out. Others mean nothing). It’s basically everything you need to know in order to make an informed decision when you make your picks on Oscar night. And then I also rank the nominees at the end in terms of where I see them in terms of their likelihood to win.

Today is Best Documentary Feature, a category that is about a half-step away from being dead to me. (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “Every man dies, not every man really lives.”

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Oscars 2014 Category Breakdown: Best Documentary Short-Subject

This is a tradition for me. Every year, before the Oscars, I break down every single one of the 24 categories. I do this to familiarize everyone with each category, how it works, what its history is, how it usually turns out, and also as a precursor to my picks article, allowing me to get most of the heavy lifting out of the way beforehand.

How these work is — I go over each category’s history, give you all the previous winners and nominees, then list the current year’s nominees. And then I’ll go over how each of the guilds (if there is a corresponding guild) have went, and how that corresponds to the Oscars (some guilds mean a lot to how a category will play out. Others mean nothing). It’s basically everything you need to know in order to make an informed decision when you make your picks on Oscar night. And then I also rank the nominees at the end in terms of where I see them in terms of their likelihood to win.

Today is Best Documentary Short, the category we care the least about, yet a category that’s not as difficult to pick as Live-Action Short. So at least it has that going for it. (more…)