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Oscars 2016: MPSE Awards

The Sound Editors announced too last night. This is the last one. After this it’s just costumes midweek and then we’re really done.

Hacksaw Ridge won for Fx + Foley and Dialogue + ADR, while La La Land won for Music.

So of your three major awards, Hacksaw won two of them. That’s usually the sign of an easy win, but La La Land also has to be taken into account for the sweep.

However, now Hacksaw also has to be taken into account of the sweep. Which brings us to our annual manta — “Don’t split the Sound categories, Mike.”

I have a week to not screw this up. Let’s see how I do.

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Oscars 2016: Makeup & Hairstylists Guild Awards

They announced this last night. Not that we really need the help.

Makeup & Hairstyling is increasingly becoming one of those frustrating categories — the kind that begs for a voting overhaul, like Original Song a few years back.

Anyway, Nocturnal Animals won for Contemporary Makeup, Suicide Squad won for Period and/or Character Makeup, La La Land won for Contemporary Hairstyling, Hail, Caesar! won for Period and/or Character Hairstyling. Star Trek Beyond won for Special Makeup Effects.

So basically the two nominees anyone thinks has any shot to win both won an award. So… great?

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Oscars 2016: WGA Awards

The WGA Awards were announced tonight. A few guilds announced tonight. But they got done first, so they get first dibs.

Moonlight won for Original Screenplay. Arrival won for Adapted Screenplay.

Which basically dominoes that one. Moonlight is nominated Adapted at the Oscars. So that’s a wrap, and now we don’t need to concern ourselves with whether or not Arrival is gonna win.

And all that leaves is Original Screenplay, which is plain old guesswork. And a 50/50 choice, so it’s not too bad.

Though what this does tell me is — for those who want to make the case that Moonlight is a legitimate upset choice for Best Picture, this goes a long way to helping make that argument.

I’d also highly recommend checking out the video of the speeches that were made. Particularly Aaron Sorkin, Oliver Stone and Richard Curtis.

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Oscars 2016 Category Breakdown: Best Animated Short

Every year before the Oscars I break down each of the 24 categories. I do this to familiarize everyone with the category, how it typically goes, voting-wise, historically and also as a precursor to my picks article, allowing me to get most of the heavy lifting out of the way beforehand.

What I do is go over each category’s history, give you all the previous winners and nominees, then list the current year’s nominees. And then I’ll go over how each of the guilds (if there is a corresponding guild) have voted, how that corresponds to the Oscars (some guilds mean a lot to how a category will play out. Others mean nothing). It’s basically everything you need to know in order to make an informed decision when you make your picks on Oscar night. And then I also rank the nominees at the end in terms of where I see them in terms of their likelihood to win. So you know what the general favorites are.

Today is Best Animated Short. A fun category to watch — not so much for picking. Read the rest of this page »

Oscars 2016: CAS Awards

CAS announced their winner tonight.

It was La La Land.

The original musical that’s gonna win Best Picture is also gonna win Best Sound Mixing.

Shocking.

A bunch more precursors tomorrow.

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Oscars 2016 Category Breakdown: Best Sound Editing

Every year before the Oscars I break down each of the 24 categories. I do this to familiarize everyone with the category, how it typically goes, voting-wise, historically and also as a precursor to my picks article, allowing me to get most of the heavy lifting out of the way beforehand.

What I do is go over each category’s history, give you all the previous winners and nominees, then list the current year’s nominees. And then I’ll go over how each of the guilds (if there is a corresponding guild) have voted, how that corresponds to the Oscars (some guilds mean a lot to how a category will play out. Others mean nothing). It’s basically everything you need to know in order to make an informed decision when you make your picks on Oscar night. And then I also rank the nominees at the end in terms of where I see them in terms of their likelihood to win. So you know what the general favorites are.

Today is Best Sound Editing. The category everyone pretends to understand but doesn’t. Read the rest of this page »