Archive for January 7, 2020

My Favorite Female Lead Performances of 2019

I’m doing these way early this year, because of the truncated Oscar schedule. A lot of the time the nominations have already happened by the time these lists go out. Usually I’m using them to fill time between nominations and the second half of the Release Calendar, or before it’s time to start category breakdowns. But we’re in a weird year, so here we are. I barely got to watch a lot of the films more than once before these lists go up. But it’s also not like they really matter all that much outside of some more content.

I will specify what I always need to specify — these are my lists. These are the performances that I personally preferred the best. They do not always line up with what the awards groups and the herd believes. They are literally me going through the list of every film I saw this year and jotting down the performances from each film that I thought were noteworthy and then paring the article down to a list of 15 and then creating some sort of ranking of those 15. So any problems — keep ’em to yourself. I’m only here to talk up the things I liked the best, not to create any sort of objective list. So if you’re butt hurt that this doesn’t match up with the slideshows on the other websites, then stick to the slideshows.

Today are the female lead performances. And as tends to be the case a lot of other years… this one was a bad year. Women in general don’t get good roles for themselves, not nearly on the level as men do, so you’re typically stuck picking through the same crop of about 25 performances, and then because I watch so much, maybe I’ve got a handful more I can pick from. But this year in particular, it was a struggle. I really only had about ten I felt really confident about, and everyone else was a compromise of, “I guess…” and, “Sure, let’s throw them on.” This is also the one where I will most wildly differ with the majority of the other ‘lists’ that are out there. Because I most distinctly did not care for a lot of the stuff that most other people have considered ‘the best’ from this year when it came to female leads.

So here are my favorite female lead performances of 2019: (more…)


Pic of the Day: “Every night I cut out my heart. But in the morning it was full again.”

 

 


Oscars 2019: DGA Nominations

Okay, DGA nominations. Here we go. Last piece of the puzzle and then we’ve got it all.

I’m not wasting time. Here they are:

Best Director

Bong Joon-ho, Parasite

Sam Mendes, 1917

Martin Scorsese, The Irishman

Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit

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Oscars 2019: VES Nominations

Okay, as we await the DGA nominations, here are your VES nominations for this year.

This is Visual Effects and here is the shortlist we’re all working off:

1917
Alita: Battle Angel
Avengers: Endgame
Captain Marvel
Cats
Gemini Man
The Irishman
The Lion King
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Terminator: Dark Fate

Basically five of these are locked, with Alita a probable sixth. I suspect we should look for Avengers, Irishman, Lion King and Star Wars on the Best Effects category, with Alita the fifth nominee, and then 1917 in Supporting Effects. Once we see that, then we can eliminate everything else and basically know what’s gonna happen all the way through.

Here are your VES nominees: (more…)


Oscars 2019: PGA Nominations

Okay, here we go. PGA nominations.

This is the last of the Best Picture help, and this will basically confirm what the Best Picture list is going to be. We’re all pretty certain about at least six of these (1917, Irishman, Once Upon a Time, Marriage Story, Joker, Parasite), and the BAFTAs told me what the seventh is gonna be (Jojo). How can you not expect Ford v Ferrari here, and I assume Knives Out is gonna make it too. So really it’s just that last spot. Which, Little Women, right? Can we really get that lucky with that list? That would be 8/10 my top ten, sans Motherless Brooklyn, which never had a shot, and Waves, which I can get over but won’t stop talking about as a horrendous snub across the board. I would be very happy if that were the list. But also… what else could it be?

Let’s find out together, shall we? Here are your PGA nominees: (more…)


Oscars 2019: BAFTA Nominations

Alrighty, then. He said, quoting Ace Ventura, a quintessentially British film.

It’s BAFTA morning, people. It’s bright and midday in the UK and the BAFTA nominations are out. This is the final piece to a lot of the category nominations. And the rest are also coming today, because apparently only WGA announced yesterday, which means that we’re getting PGA, DGA and VES nominations today, which means that literally every piece of help we’re going to get is gonna be in our greasy little mitts by the end of the day, and we will have exactly one week to figure out what gets nominated from there.

Okay, then, let’s get into nominations before I quote more Jim Carrey movies (somebody stop me).

Here are your BAFTA nominations: (more…)