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Pic of the Day: “Now Mr. Prentice, clearly a most reasonable man, says he has no wish to offend me but wants to know if I’m some kind of a nut. And Mrs. Prentice says that like her husband I’m a burned-out old shell of a man who cannot even remember what it’s like to love a woman the way her son loves my daughter. And strange as it seems, that’s the first statement made to me all day with which I am prepared to take issue. ‘Cause I think you’re wrong, you’re as wrong as you can be. I admit that I hadn’t considered it, hadn’t even thought about it, but I know exactly how he feels about her and there is nothing, absolutely nothing that you son feels for my daughter that I didn’t feel for Christina. Old, yes. Burned-out, certainly. But I can tell you the memories are still there. Clear, intact, indestructible, and they’ll be there if I live to be 110. Where John made his mistake I think was in attaching so much importance to what her mother and I might think. Because in the final analysis it doesn’t matter a damn what we think. The only thing that matters is what they feel, and how much they feel, for each other. And if it’s half of what we felt, that’s everything.” (55th Anniversary)


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Pic of the Day: “Jack, I want you to draw me like one of your French girls.” (25th Anniversary)


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Pic of the Day: ♫ “What is that? / It’s priest / Have a little priest / Is it really good? / Sir, it’s too good, at least / Then again, they don’t commit sins of the flesh / So it’s pretty fresh / Awful lot of fat / Only where it sat / Haven’t you got poet or something like that? / No, you see the trouble with poet is how do you know it’s deceased? / Try the priest.” ♫ (15th Anniversary)


2021: The Lists

Okay, here they are, finally. All those lists I usually post sporadically throughout December, January (and maybe February) in between Oscar stuff. I said I’d get around to it in some form. This is that form. Most of it was done by January 1st, save a couple of performances that took me a bit longer to watch. Really the delay has just been waiting to try to work through all the scores.

I’ve consolidated my lists into what I feel are the essentials, which are: hidden gems from the year, the films that disappointed me/surprised me, favorite performances, favorite documentaries, favorite posters, and of course, favorite scores. They’ll all be presented without comment, because I just don’t feel the need (or have the time and energy) to come up with stuff to say. I liked it all, and I hope you’ll find my opinion trustworthy enough to go watch and/or listen to this stuff yourself if you haven’t already. Plus, odds are you can probably find everything you need in terms of me talking up how much I liked most of these films in my Top Ten list. I think everyone gets the idea by now.

So, without further ado, here’s a bunch of lists of stuff I really liked from this year: (more…)


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Pic of the Day (25th Anniversary)


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Pic of the Day: “Let’s put it on.” “Put what on?” “The last suit you’ll ever wear.” (25th Anniversary)


Oscars 2021: Annie Nominations, SDSA Nominations, VES Nominations

So yeah, I’ve been lax about a couple of these precursors. But VES announced today so I figured I’d just run through a few things at once and catch up to what I haven’t officially covered. Because why not?

We’ll start with the Annies, which announced almost a full month ago at this point, then get into a new guild, the Set Designers Guild, which I’ve never covered (because last year was their first set of awards) and should help us with Production Design along with the Art Directors Guild, and then end with today’s VES nominations for Visual Effects.

Also, side note, before we get into everything: because of all the craziness in the world, CAS has pushed their entire awards timeline crazy forward, so nominations won’t even be announced until March 2nd, almost a month after Oscar nominations are announced, and winners won’t be announced until three weeks after the Oscars are given out. So good thing we have a Sound shortlist this year, because we’re only getting help from MPSE and BAFTA and not CAS. (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “So what does that give you?” “Doesn’t give me anything. But along with these other results, it gives you just about the most twisted, anti-social bunch of psychopathic deformities I have ever run into! And the worst, the most dangerous of the bunch, is Maggott. You’ve got one religious maniac, one malignant dwarf, two near-idiots… and the rest I don’t even wanna think about!” “Well, I can’t think of a better way to fight a war.” “These people don’t know their enemy is the Germans. They think the enemy is their own United States Army!” “Maybe that’s because the Germans haven’t done anything to them yet.” (55th Anniversary)


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Pic of the Day: “If I told you about her, what would I say? That they lived happily ever after? I believe they did. That they were in love? That they remained in love? I’m sure that’s true. But when I think of her – of Elisa – the only thing that comes to mind is a poem, whispered by someone in love, hundreds of years ago: ‘Unable to perceive the shape of You, I find You all around me. Your presence fills my eyes with Your love, It humbles my heart, For You are everywhere’.” (5th Anniversary)


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Pic of the Day: ♫ “The sun’ll come out tomorrow / Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow / There’ll be sun / Just thinkin’ about tomorrow / Clears away the cobwebs and the sorrow / ‘Til there’s none / When I’m stuck a with day that’s gray and lonely / I just stick out my chin and grin, and say, oh / The sun’ll come out tomorrow / So you gotta hang on ’til tomorrow / Come what may / Tomorrow, tomorrow / I love ya tomorrow / You’re always a day away.” ♫ (40th Anniversary)


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Pic of the Day: “Hello Sidney.” (25th Anniversary)


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Pic of the Day: “I thought of that old joke, y’know, the, this… this guy goes to a psychiatrist and says, ‘Doc, uh, my brother’s crazy; he thinks he’s a chicken’. And, uh, the doctor says, ‘Well, why don’t you turn him in?’ The guy says, ‘I would, but I need the eggs’. Well, I guess that’s pretty much now how I feel about relationships; y’know, they’re totally irrational, and crazy, and absurd, and… but, uh, I guess we keep goin’ through it because, uh, most of us… need the eggs.” (45th Anniversary)


Oscars 2021: BAFTA Longlists

Okay, so BAFTA has implemented this new thing where they announce longlists for all of their categories, basically telling you, “The category will be comprised from these 15 things.” Which is cool for people like me, who like to guess what’s gonna happen. And it’s just nice suspense. Like when they announce finalists for a prize or something. Rather than a vague notion of what feels like it has a chance, now you’ve got a list to react to. Sure, it makes things slightly easier for me, but it also makes things more fun an interesting for everyone. So I’m a fan.

Last year I remember we got shortlists and then the categories were all over the place in ways that turned some Oscar categories into pure chaos. I’m curious to see what happens this year from that. But, with the benefit of a handful of precursors, we should be able to start to hone what we think is gonna happen in most categories. So I’m curious to see what they’ve done. (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “Yes. I saw him. I saw him with my own eyes.” (15th Anniversary)


Oscars 2021: SAG Nominations

Okay, so SAG nominations. I’m starting to put less stock into them than I used to because over the past five years SAG has decided become way more of a popularity contest than it used to be, which has lead to some people getting nominated (and even winning) who so clearly aren’t gonna make it all the way to the Oscars. Sure, a lot of what’s in there is good, but there are a couple of glaring discrepancies, which are starting to get harder to believe in. And I fully expect to see some of those here.

But, right now, we’ve got most of all our help in the acting categories, with Globe nominees and winners, BFCA nominees and a BAFTA longlist. So we should be able to get a pretty clear picture of how things are gonna turn out from these.

Here are your SAG nominees: (more…)


Oscars 2021: Makeup & Hairstylist Guild Nominations

It’s gonna be an Oscar-heavy day around here. SAG Awards are getting announced soon, plus BAFTA announced their longlists in every category. So you’re gonna see me talking about all of this stuff throughout the day. And man… I am excited as shit to go into it all. (If any of you were at all concerned that you may never hear from me again once this site is retired, know that I practically audibly squealed with joy when I realized how much I had to talk about. I’m pretty sure I won’t really be going anywhere.)

Anywho, we’ll start with Makeup & Hairstyling. We’ve already got the shortlist, so this is really just gonna be about which ones make the most categories and how it cross lists with BFCA and BAFTA.

But, before we get into all of that, here’s your shortlist:

Coming 2 America
Cruella
Cyrano
Dune
The Eyes of Tammy Faye
House of Gucci
Nightmare Alley
No Time to Die
The Suicide Squad
West Side Story
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Pic of the Day: “I thought you came up here to have a nervous breakdown.” “Well, I’ve decided not to have one… if it’s all the same to you.” (80th Anniversary)


Oscars 2021: Golden Globes

The Golden Globes were handed out last night, not that most people noticed, since they skipped a ceremony this year and didn’t even televise whatever event they had to hand out awards. Which honestly was probably the way to go this year, after all the chaos surrounding them the past year. I had questions about them even going through with a ceremony in the first place after announcing they were gonna skip it this year to get their house in order, only to turn around and come back for the money after what feels like a series of nominal-at-best changes. So them doing it this way was probably the way to go.

Of course, depending on the results, I may have a few questions about the validity of these choices as they pertain to the rest of this season, but my guess is what I’m about to see is generally what I’d expect from them.

So let’s see what the Globes have surreptitiously given us this year: (more…)


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Pic of the Day: ♫ “Oh, I come from a land, from a faraway place / Where the caravan camels roam / Where it’s flat and immense and the heat is intense / It’s barbaric, but hey, it’s home / When the wind’s from the east and the sun’s from the west / And the sand in the glass is right / Come on down, stop on by, hop a carpet and fly / To another Arabian night.” ♫ (30th Anniversary)


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Pic of the Day: “You mean, all this time we could’ve been friends?” (60th Anniversary)


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Pic of the Day: “Ha! I could just see Little and Large prancing around Sheffield with their widges hanging out. Now that would be worth 10 quid.” (25th Anniversary)


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Pic of the Day: “I’m glad it’s you.” (20th Anniversary)


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Pic of the Day: “He’s a natural born world-shaker.” (55th Anniversary)


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Pic of the Day: “Now, you’re in the sunken place.” (5th Anniversary)