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Archive for February 24, 2018

Oscars 2017: CAS Awards

The Cinema Audio Society announced their awards tonight as well. In an over three-hour ceremony, they produced exactly one category of note for our purposes. Which is for Best Sound Mixing.

The winner was Dunkirk, which pretty much cements that as the winner of at least one of the two Sound categories at the Oscars. But you already probably knew that.

That’s the last precursor, guys. You now have all the information you need to guess what’s gonna win next Sunday. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t already 35,000 words into my giant picks article, but what can I say, this is my favorite thing to do each year. I can’t help it if I’m nuts.

See you guys on Sunday.

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Oscars 2017: Makeup & Hairstylist Guild Awards

They announced the Makeup & Hairstylist Guild Awards tonight. You know, just like you’ve all been waiting for.

I won’t waste time, because I know you’re all so eager to find out who won. So here they are:

Best Period and/or Character Makeup: Darkest Hour

Best Period and/or Character Hairstyling: I, Tonya

Best Contemporary Makeup: Pitch Perfect 3

Best Contemporary Hairstyling: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Best Special Makeup Effects: Darkest Hour

Only one of these winners is nominated at the Oscars, in case there was any doubt what’s gonna win there.

I think the biggest surprise out of all of this is that you found out they had a guild for this category.

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Oscars 2017 Category Breakdown: Best Live-Action Short

Every year, as we lead up to the Oscars, I break down each of the 24 categories. I do this to familiarize everyone with the category; what the trends are, how the guilds and stuff help (or don’t), etc. I also do it as a precursor to my giant Oscar ballot. I get most of the heavy lifting out of the way here, so that way when I get to the article, I’m just kind of riffing on how I think it’ll turn out and talking myself into all the bad decisions. It’s like college. And this is the pregame.

How these articles work is — I give you all the previous winners and nominees of each of the categories, then tell you how accurate each of the respective guilds and precursors are in what they vote for versus what wins the Oscar, tell you how each of them voted this year, then give you this year’s category, along with a quick rundown of how we ended up with that category (what was a surprise, etc). After that, I rank each of this year’s nominees in terms of how I see them right now in terms of their likelihood to win. Which is nothing more than my perception (notice that underline, even though you won’t) of how the category seems at the moment based on everything I know and have seen. Which will give you a general sense of the favorites.

Today is Best Live-Action Short. The one category most people are guaranteed to know almost nothing about and have to rely on other people to figure out. Don’t worry, guys, I saw them all. I will be your sherpa. (more…)


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