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 Costume Design. And to get it out of the way, it’s both true and a myth that the biggest, most garish period piece always wins. Hope that helps. (more…)
Last night, they had the VES Awards. Which, normally, don’t usually mean a whole lot to me. Usually whichever movie is nominated for Best Picture wins. But this year, we don’t have one of those. So I actually need to look to this for possibly some guidance. Or not. I guess we’ll see how it turns out.
Here is your category for the Oscars: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Guardians of the Galaxy, Interstellar, X-Men: Days of Future Past.
And here are your winners from the Visual Effects Society Awards: (more…)