Oscars 2021: National Board of Review Winners

Oh it’s that time again.

Anyone who’s read this site for all these years knows the two things I’m gonna say right now. That this is the unofficial beginning of Oscar season and that NBR is my favorite group to hand out awards. It’s been my refrain for over a decade. You know I love this day.

The short version, if you’re just joining us — NBR is the only group to hand out year-end awards that’s been around as long as the Oscars have. And rather than just having voters from one section of the film landscape (critics, actors, directors, writers, executives, etc), they get people from all over, including academics. Which I like. Plus, I always feel their tastes most consistently match my own among all the groups out there that announce awards before the Oscars. And when they pick stuff I don’t necessarily agree with, I understand it because they’ve at least shown a consistency of opinion in choosing that sort of stuff over the years.

Most years I do a whole prelude and spend the day before trying to guess what they’re gonna pick as their favorites, but obviously this year being what it is and things being how they are, I’m not doing that. I’m still catching up on all the movies from this year (for reference, I went through all the months of the year in order (outside of the handful of stuff I’ve seen in theaters, which wasn’t even until October anyway), and as of Labor Day I had only just barely started April and by October 1st I was only into June. As of today, I’m about to start October and plan to be all caught up with everything by Christmas), so my aphorism about not paying attention to Oscars before at least NBR is more true than ever. Most years I’m aware that there is chatter and am sort of ‘fingers in my ears’, ‘la la la la’-ing myself to ignore it because it’s meaningless. This year, they could have already announced what’s gonna win Best Picture and I’d have absolutely no idea. And to be honest? Kinda wonderful that way. It’s lead to a much purer viewing experience of everything so far and is really putting me in the position I long to be in, utterly clueless and guessing Oscar stuff in a vacuum. (more…)


Pic of the Day: ♫ “He’s Mister White Christmas / He’s Mister Snow / That’s right! / He’s Mister Icicle / He’s Mister Ten Below / Friends call me Snow Miser / What ever I touch / Turns to snow in my clutch / He’s too much!” ♫

Oscars 2021: Important Dates

Here are all the important dates for Oscar season:

December 2nd – National Board of Review Awards

December 8th – AFI Awards

December 13th – Golden Globe Nominations

BFCA Critics Choice Nominations

December 14th – Independent Spirit Award Nominations

December 21st – Annie Award nominations

Best Documentary Feature Shortlist announced

Best International Feature Shortlist announced

Best Original Score Shortlist announced

Best Original Song Shortlist announced

Best Visual Effects Shortlist announced

Best Makeup & Hairstyling Shortlist announced

Best Animated Short Shortlist announced

Best Live Action Short Shortlist announced

Best Documentary Short Shortlist announced

January 9th – 79th Golden Globe Awards

BFCA Critics Choice Awards

January 11th –  Makeup & Hairstylist Guild Nominations

January 12th – SAG Nominations

BAFTA Longlists

January 17th – VES Nominations

January 21st – ACE Nominations

January 24th – ADG Nominations

MPSE Nominations

January 25th – ASC Nominations

CAS Nominations

January 27th – PGA Nominations

DGA Nominations

WGA Nominations

CDG Nominations

February 3rd – BAFTA Nominations

February 8th – Oscar Nominations Announced

February 19th – Makeup & Hairstylist Guild Awards

February 26th – PGA Awards

ACE Awards

Annie Awards

USC Scripter Award

February 27th – SAG Awards

March 5th – ADG Awards

March 6th – Independent Spirit Awards

March 8th – VES Awards

March 9th – CDG Awards

March 12th – DGA Awards

March 13th – BAFTA Awards

MPSE Awards

March 19th – CAS Awards

March 20th – WGA Awards

ASC Awards

March 27th – 94th Academy Awards

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Also, reminder that my Oscar Trivia page is always available to view.


Pic of the Day: “What’s up with this fucking kid over here?” “What?” “What’s this kid doing? Look over there. Look away, dude. Look away!” “Stop. Please don’t hiss at a kid.” “He’s fucking with me.” “I don’t think he’s talking to you at all.” “Who’s that guy?” “What guy?” “The guy on the cross.” “Jesus!” “Oh, Jesus.” “Stop it.” “Oh, Jesus Christ. Is that what they think we did to him?” “Yeah.” “Can you tell I’m Jewish?” “Yes.” “How?” “Your fucking sweater.” “I’m sorry.” “Isaac, stop talking. Isaac… Isaac, what are you doing? Don’t throw up. Don’t you dare throw up in here. Swallow it like a girl would.”


Pic of the Day: “Why can’t that spirit, that warm Christmas spirit, last all year long?” (80th Anniversary)


Pic of the Day: “Iris, in the movies we have leading ladies and we have the best friend. You, I can tell, are a leading lady, but for some reason you are behaving like the best friend.” “You’re so right. You’re supposed to be the leading lady of your own life, for god’s sake!” (15th Anniversary)


PIc of the Day: “You really don’t care, do you?” “No, I don’t.” “No. I care. This is where I live. This is me. I will not allow violence against this house.” (50th Anniversary)


Pic of the Day: “You remind me of the babe.” “What babe?” “The babe with the power.” “What power?” “The power of voodoo.” “Who do?” “You do.” “Do what?” “Remind me of the babe.” (35th Anniversary)


Pic of the Day: “I’m a ghost ghost ghost ghost ghost ghost ghost.” (20th Anniversary)

B+ Movie Blog: The End

I’ve been thinking about this day for a while.

I was gonna save this for later, but there’s no point in delaying the inevitable. It’s been pretty clear to me the past two years that the end was in sight. If I keep going, things are gonna start to feel like a chore rather than something I love doing. And I never, ever want that to happen. Make no mistake, I loved creating this site and all the content I’ve put up on it. But the last thing I want to do is force it. It’s time.

Last year’s tenth anniversary recap really put things into perspective for me. It made me realize that I’m okay for this to end. I’m ready. (more…)


Pic of the Day: “Enough is ENOUGH! I have had it with these MOTHERFUCKIN’ snakes on this MOTHERFUCKIN’ plane!” (15th Anniversary)


Pic of the Day: ♫ “Look out! Look out! / Pink elephants on parade / Here they come! / Hippety hoppety / They’re here and there / Pink elephants ev’rywhere / Look out! Look out! / They’re walking around the bed / On their head / Clippety cloppety / Arrayed in braid / Pink elephants on parade.” ♫ (80th Anniversary)


Pic of the Day: “Some days, you just can’t get rid of a bomb!” (55th Anniversary)


Pic of the Day: “You don’t remember your name?” “No, but for some reason I remember yours.” (20th Anniversary)


Pic of the Day: “Your mission, should you choose to accept it.” (10th Anniversary)


Pic of the Day: “Who are you? What’s your name? Do you have a wife? A girlfriend? Because if you do, I’m gonna find her. I’m gonna hurt her. I’m gonna make her bleed, and cry, and call out your name. And then I’m gonna find you, and kill you right in front of her.” (15th Anniversary)


Pic of the Day: “Can I ask you something, Kittridge? If you’re dealing with a man who has crushed, shot, stabbed, and detonated five members of his own IMF team, how devastated do you think you’re gonna make him by hauling Mom and Uncle Donald down to the county courthouse?” (25th Anniversary)


Pic of the Day: “God! How can you stand all these assholes?” “Some people are OK, but mostly I just feel like poisoning everybody.” (20th Anniversary)


Pic of the Day: “I think now, looking back, we did not fight the enemy; we fought ourselves. And the enemy was in us.” (35th Anniversary)


PIc of the Day: “I don’t suppose it matters which way we go.” (50th Anniversary)


Pic of the Day: “What you looking at him that-a-way for, Pa?” “He’s a yearling now, for sure. You think a heap of him, don’t you, boy?” “Why, sure.” “Yes, you’re a pair of yearlings now. It grieves me.” (75th Anniversary)


Pic of the Day: “All right men… we’re going. But I want you to remember who you are. You are the 10th Light Horse! Men from Western Australia. Don’t forget it. Good luck.” (40th Anniversary)


Pic of the Day: “What’s wrong?” What isn’t?” (65th Anniversary)


Pic of the Day: “That’s why you’re famous, Harry, that’s why everybody knows your name. You’re the boy who lived.” (20th Anniversary)