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Oscars 2019: Best Visual Effects Longlist

They announced the Visual Effects longlist today. I originally left this article blank to write up in the morning so I could continue working on what I was doing today, but of course the idea of rambling for 3,000 words about the Oscars is just too good to pass up, so you’re getting this article tonight.

The shortlist, as per usual, is 20 films, which will eventually become 10 in a few weeks and then we’ll eventually get a category of 5. I always love this particular longlist because you always get some of the weirdest choices on it. It’s always interesting to see what does and doesn’t make the cut (since I imagine more than 20 films are submitted for the category and the phrase ‘longlist’ implies some initial vetting). I don’t know how they figure it out, but I guess it doesn’t really matter. The list is the list. We’ve got 20 and today I’m gonna go through all 20 and then figure out what 10 will likely be shortlisted and probably have a good idea what the final category’s going to be.

So here are the 20 films up for Best Visual Effects this year: (more…)


Oscars 2019: National Board of Review Winners

This is where my Oscar season kicks off. I don’t care about anything that’s happened before this, and as I’ve told a bunch of my friends who keep trying to bring stuff up about what might or might not be nominated… I’ve paid literally zero attention to anything until this point. For me, everything before December is about trying to see as much stuff as possible and then I start to slowly come around to what might happen. But even then, I’m not gonna start taking this stuff seriously until around Christmas when all the pieces are on the board and I’ve seen most or all of them. Though maybe I’ll have to bump that up to slightly earlier this year due to the truncated schedule.

Anyway, NBR announced today! And I love NBR. So, so much. They are my group of choice. Not even as Oscar indicators, but rather just as a group that picks good movies and has good taste. Over the years, my tastes seem to most closely align with NBR more than any other group, and I find that even when I don’t agree with one of their choices I understand it, kind of like when you know someone really well and can see that something they like is a byproduct of their tastes.

NBR is the only group out there that goes as far back as the Oscars do. No one else has as much history in relation to the Academy Awards as they do. They began in 1909 when a bunch of theater owners got together to try to prove that film wasn’t just some disposable medium and could actually be artistic. And then, in 1930, after the Oscars became a thing, they started handing out their own personal awards lists of their favorite films of the year. And unlike the Oscars or critics groups, their voting body is comprised of all sorts of people, the only common thread being that they love cinema. And isn’t that why we’re all here? (more…)


Pic of the Day: “A Merry Christmas to you, uncle!” “Bah! Humbug” (10th Anniversary)

 


Oscars 2019: Best International Feature Submissions

They changed the name of Foreign Language Film to International Feature. That one’s gonna take some getting used to, even if it is a better name for the category. They announced all the submissions back in October, but I usually wait until now to go over them just because I hate to prematurely start thinking Oscars.

For most people, the list you’re gonna want is in eight days, when they announce the shortlists for everything. For now, this is just me being insane and going over all of the submitted foreign films to see what might get nominated.

BIG NOTE FOR THIS YEAR: There are gonna be ten films on the shortlist instead of 9, which is what we usually get. Why it hasn’t been ten before, I have no idea. It doesn’t really change the final guessing, since it’s basically a 50/50 shot most years anyway and usually you can get 3 of them pretty easily, but for those who do care about this stuff, there are gonna be ten films on the shortlist this year instead of nine.

Anyway, let’s look at all 93 92 91 of the submitted films (Nigeria’s and Austria’s films were disqualified last month) for Best International Feature and see which ones seemingly have a leg up for a nomination. (more…)


Pic of the Day: “He’s only a kid Harry. We can take him.”

 

 


Oscars 2019: Independent Spirit Award Nominations

They also announced these last week. These are closer to being slightly meaningful for the Oscars, but the fact that I waited this long to talk about them should tell you how little they truly matter. Mostly it’s just indie people promoting indies, and usually the indies that are the real Oscar contenders end up shining. But mainly it’s just an excuse for everyone to get drunk in a giant tent in Santa Monica the day before the Oscars. Which I approve of wholeheartedly.

I honestly blindly copy-pasted these categories the day they were announced and didn’t even look at them until now, so, as usual, this is just gonna be my gut reaction based on seeing everything as we go through the article. I suspect nothing here will be particularly surprising or helpful, but mostly I’ll go, “Oh, good for them,” because stuff I know will never get any Oscar attention will get some love here, which at least gives it something.

Anyway, here are your 2019 Indie Spirit Award nominees: (more…)


Oscars 2019: Makeup & Hairstylists Guild Nominations

They announced this shortlist about three weeks ago, but I wanted to wait until I was mentally ready to start thinking about Oscar season before I posted it. (Because even though I don’t read that stuff, I’m already sick and tired of what I know are the countless articles out there talking about whether or not Endgame or Joker are gonna be nominated for and win Best Picture. Hearing people ask me about that stuff is like when your relative quotes something they heard on Fox News. Spare me, please.)

But, it’s almost that time, folks. And what better way to move into Oscar season than by talking about the Makeup & Hairstylists Guild!?

It’s gonna be another two weeks or so until we get our shortlist, so for now we’re operating in a vacuum. Plus, this is the one guild that is most meaningless to the proceedings because they’re gonna shortlist seven choices and only three will be nominated, and if previous years are any indication — what wins here means nothing there. A lot of times things get left off the shortlist and a lot of times you know from the jump what’s gonna get nominated and win. But hey, the season is starting. Think of this as the first almost-snowfall before the Oscar blizzard is upon us.

Here are your 2019 Makeup & Hairstylist Guild nominees: (more…)