Archive for February 2, 2020

Oscars 2019: BAFTA Awards

Okay, finally, the last precursor has been announced. And it’s the biggest of them all. We’re a week out from the Oscars and we only just got the final piece of the puzzle. Usually we’re pretty set on all this stuff beforehand and all we’re waiting on is like, the Sound Editors guild or the Costume Designers guild. But, then again, most years the Oscar ceremony isn’t a week after the Super Bowl. It’s a weird year.

But anyway, this should lock in just about every category anyone was remotely iffy about (which for me at this point is like, two. It’s a pretty straightforward year, feels like).

Here are your BAFTA winners: (more…)

Oscars 2019 Category Breakdown: Best Production Design

Here’s how this works: every day leading up to the Oscars, I break down each of the 24 categories. The goal is to both familiarize everyone with the category itself (how it works, what its history is and how you go about figuring out what’s gonna win) while also making it easier to reference when I write my giant article with picks and everything. A lot of the leg work is already here. But really, the goal is to see if there’s anything to look for leading into Oscar night that could be a shortcut to me picking the category.

What we do is — I give you all the winners of the category throughout history, go over all the recent trends if there are any, discuss the precursors and whether or not they matter, and then we talk about this year’s category and how we got to it, and then just look at where we are and rank the nominees in terms of their likelihood of winning (at the current moment in time. Of course, things can and will change going into the ceremony). It’s all pretty simple. I’ve done this every year. Everyone should know the drill.

Today is Best Production Design.A category that really… sets the tone.

Pic of the Day: “I guess when you’ve lived longer than your house and your family, then you’ve lived long enough.” (35th Anniversary)


Oscars 2019: ADG Awards

The ADG Awards were handed out last night.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood won for Period, basically solidifying that as the odds-on favorite to win next weekend. Parasite won for Contemporary, marking that as the biggest competition. Avengers: Endgame won for Fantasy, but that wasn’t nominated, so all that happens there is a short golf clap and then we move on. Oh, and Toy Story 4 won for Animated, pretty much reconfirming what we all figured there, as if we needed it.

BAFTA awards in a few hours, so that’ll be helpful, but it’s sure looking like the city of Los Angeles is about to win its second Production Design Oscar in four years.

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