Archive for February 14, 2015

Oscars 2014: CAS Awards

The Cinema Audio Society handed their awards out tonight.

That’s Sound Mixing, for those who don’t know. And Sound Mixing is the entire sound design of a film, for those who don’t know. Not the creation of the sounds, but rather everything you hear when you experience a movie.

The CAS category and the Oscar category matched 4/5, with both having Birdman, Interstellar, Unbroken and American Sniper, and CAS having Guardians of the Galaxy with the Oscars having Whiplash as the fifth nominee.

Which means that whatever wins is most likely a good bet to take the category at the Oscars. (more…)


Oscars 2014: Hollywood Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist Guild Awards

Did you know this guild existed? I didn’t.

Apparently they gave out awards last year too. I might have covered it, but last year was suck a given what was going to win that I probably immediately forgot about it and didn’t consider it something to pay attention to. They gave out these awards from 1998-2003, and then stopped for ten years. So it’s not exactly something that counts as a precursor.

But this year, the category isn’t (necessarily) a given. And since it’s looking like they’re gonna make this guild award a thing, let’s start going over it. (more…)


Oscars 2014: WGA Awards

The WGA Awards were held tonight.

Taking the Adapted Screenplay award was The Imitation Game.

And taking the Original Screenplay award was The Grand Budapest Hotel.

The Adapted Screenplay win cements Imitation Game as the frontrunner I assumed it would be. Theory of Everything won the BAFTA, but Imitation Game now has this and the USC Scripter award, which I don’t put much stock into, but people see it as an important one. At this point, with no solid wins outside of the one BAFTA award, I can’t see anything else taking this down next Sunday outside of possibly Whiplash, which has found itself in the Adapted category, having not been there and competed against Imitation Game at all this season.

And the win for Grand Budapest now cements that as your likely frontrunner for the Original Screenplay Oscar ahead of Birdman, even though that one feels like a much tighter race overall. That one feels like it could go either way, even though at this point, more support feels like it’s been shown for Budapest in this category. Not to mention, the likely Director win for Inarritu might make people more likely to shy away from him in the Screenplay category, and this could be considered the consolation prize for Wes Anderson, who will not be winning Best Picture or Best Director, in all likelihood. Though Birdman was ineligible here, so the Budapest win was more of a foregone conclusion.

So those are the WGA Awards. The CAS Awards are also tonight, so I’ll be back with the winner of that and likely presumed favorite for the Sound Mixing oscar.

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Oscars 2014 Category Breakdown: Best Original Screenplay

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 Original Screenplay. (more…)


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