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Archive for December 1, 2016

Oscars 2016: Independent Spirit Award Nominations

I’m starting to have time to work through the backlog, which can only mean one thing — Oscar season is upon us.

Here’s the Independent Spirit Awards, which I’ve always put zero stock into, especially now, where there are true indie movies, and the majority of the nominees are the big time indies, that were bought by the studios and have all this money behind them. So you pretty much know what’s gonna win based on what has a shot at the Oscars.

But I go over them, because I can.

Here are this year’s Independent Spirit Award nominees: (more…)

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The Oscar Quest: Reconsidered (Best Actor, 2011-2012)

The Oscar Quest began in May of 2010. I finished about fifteen months later, and wrote it up for this site. That was essentially the first thing I did on here. Five years have passed since then. I’ve grown as a person. My tastes have changed, matured (or gotten more immature, in some cases). So it feels fitting, on the five year anniversary of the site and of the Oscar Quest, to revisit it.

I want to see just how my opinions about things have changed over the past five years. I didn’t do any particular work or catch-up for this. I didn’t go back and watch all the movies again. Some I went back to see naturally, others I haven’t watched in five years. I really just want to go back and rewrite the whole thing as a more mature person, less concerned with making points about certain categories and films than with just analyzing the whole thing as objectively as I can to give people who are interested as much information as possible.

This is the more mature version of the Oscar Quest. Updated, more in-depth, as objective as possible, less hostile. You can still read the old articles, but know that those are of a certain time, and these represent the present. (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “Oh my! Look at all the wonderful things to eat! We must thank Mister Scrooge.”

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Oscars 2016: BFCA Nominations

The Critics Choice nominations were announced today, and this is one of the big four signposts for how the Oscars will turn out. So this is exciting. Something relatively real I can look at until the Golden Globe nominations come out in two weeks.

For quick reference, last year all eight Best Picture nominees were nominated by BFCA. 2014, 7 of 8. 2013, 8 of 9. 2012, 8 of 9. 2011, 9 of 9. Get my point? These are the movies you’re gonna see all season long, so start getting used to it.

Here are your BFCA nominations for 2016: (more…)