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Oscars 2014: BAFTA Awards

The BAFTA Awards were today.

I love the BAFTAs, because they happen at night in the UK, which means that by 2 o’clock here, I know all the winners.

As a precursor, they’re somewhat helpful. Sometimes they’re off. Like last year, when they didn’t even nominate Matthew McConaughey. At this point, what it’s really useful for is knowing which way the British contingent of the Academy (which is much more concentrated in the Academy) will vote. It can either cement a winner or keep hope alive for an alternate.

Let’s see which way they went: (more…)

Oscars 2014 Category Breakdown: Best Production Design

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 Production Design, one of my actual favorite (and one of the most underrated) categories. (more…)


Pic of the Day: “What made you suspect they are Russian spies?” “I deduced it, sir.” “From what?” “From the cook, sir.” “What did the cook say?” “That they were Russian spies.” “A clever deduction.”

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Oscars 2014: DGA Awards

The DGA Awards were tonight.

And… while the result was a distinct possibility, I somehow did not expect it to happen.

Alejandro G. Inarritu won for Birdman.

Which means Birdman has now won the PGA, the DGA, Best Ensemble at SAG, yet lost the Globe and BFCA. Though the two that matter, it has. And it’s the most nominated film at the Oscars. This might happen, guys. It feels weird.

BAFTA is tomorrow, though. Really interested to see which way they go.

I’m not willing to say the tide has turned until I see which way BAFTA goes. If that happens, and it wins BAFTA, look out.