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Oscars 2013 by Statistics

All right. I did this, I think, two years ago, for the first time. It was one of those random ideas I had while thinking up articles, and since I was basically unemployed at the time, had nothing else to do and had a lot of free time on my hands, I wrote it up. I wrote up a lot of articles that year.

But essentially what it was — I love random statistics, and have a real love/hate relationship with them. As in, I don’t always buy into statistics as the be-all, end-all way to figure something out. After a while, it just comes down to gut feeling and intangibles, and all that immeasurable stuff you just can’t calculate. But, on the other hand, they are fun, and when they work out, they are things you can point to, like, “Well, I mean, look at the numbers.”

Anyway, the idea I got was — “If we listed all the nominees in the major categories, how many times has each position won?” You have your Best Picture list every year. How many times has the first alphabetical film won? How many times has the last alphabetical film won? And so on.

It means nothing. Absolutely nothing. But, I love statistics, so I did it, and I keep doing it. Because it’s fun. And I’m doing it again today. (more…)


Oscars 2012 Recap

Another year is in the books, and so is another Oscar ceremony. The 85th Academy Awards were handed out last night, and we have our winners. This was an even better year than the last two years were, and I liked the last two years. I thought 2012 was a better year for movies and a better year for Oscar movies than the previous ones. Which is always a nice thing to be able to say.

Overall, I think the show was terrific. It clocked in at something like 3 hours and 35 minutes, which is terrific. Nothing really slowed it down, and they did a lot of things right. So I’m a fan of that. I kind of wish they did a bit more with MacFarlane as host. It felt like they went broad with a lot of the jokes, and some of them were a bit too… childish. Like the song about boobs. But whatever. I love that it was a tribute to musicals.

Anyway, let’s just get into the recap, that’s what we care about here anyway: (more…)


85th Academy Awards Results

The winners at the Oscars tonight were (in the order they were give out):

Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Best Animated Short: Paperman

Best Animated Feature: Brave

Best Cinematography: Life of Pi

Best Visual Effects: Life of Pi (more…)


Oscars 2012: The Quick Picks

In case you wanted something easier to reference than my 2012 Oscar Picks article.

This is just a (mostly) abbreviated list of all my predictions for the Oscars (which are happening within the next hour, hour and a half).

The way this works is, I’m going through each category, listing my personal choices for each one, listing what I think you should take on your ballot (as well as an alternative choice of what’s most likely to win if not the one I’m telling you to take), listing what I’m taking on my ballot, actually saying what will win if my pick doesn’t (just to show you that even if I’m wrong, I’m usually right there on every category but the real shockers), and then giving you very brief (compared to the other article) analysis of the category so you can fill out your ballot and such and not have to refer to the clusterfuck that is that predictions article.

So here they are. Good luck, everyone (go beat all those fucks you’re watching with): (more…)


Oscars 2012: Picks, Votes, Analysis, Rankings

Oscar night is upon us.

I must say, I am proud of myself this year. I went through this season without reading much of anything other than who won the precursors. I only started checking the Oscar blogs and such after I finalized these picks, and I have to say — I’m glad I didn’t read them. People get bitter real quick and start campaigning for shit. The whole thing is littered with subjectivity and negativity. It’s disgusting.

Anyway, what I’m gonna do here is what I do every year — try to get as close to 24/24 as I can. My average is around 16-18, depending on the year. If I get at least 16, then I consider myself as having been successful in picking. I’ll go through every category, list my personal preferences (like I did in all my Oscar Quest articles), then talk about which nominee I think is most likely to win, which is that film’s main competition, and which film has the potential to upset and win the category. Then I’ll finish by telling you what is the smart choice, what I think you should have on your ballot (if you want to win your Oscar pool. From 2006-2010, I had a contest with my friends, telling them that if any of them outguessed me, I would buy them dinner. I never paid for one dinner. You’re free to do what you want, and I assume we’ll have at least a few differences of opinion anyway, which is why I’m only suggesting what the smartest course of action is), and what I have on my ballot. (I’ll also, just before the show, post a Quick Picks version of this article for reference purposes.) I also color-code everything, to make it as easy to read (and as colorful) as possible.

So let’s get right into it: (more…)


My Favorite Moments in the 2012 Best Picture Nominees: Zero Dark Thirty

We complete our articles today with Zero Dark Thirty.

What I’m doing is posting my five favorite moments from each of the Best Picture nominees. It’s a nice way to take a break from all the Oscar stuff to remind myself (and all of us) that once you take away all the competition and the awards, what we’re left with is great cinema. That’s what it’s about.

Here are my favorite moments from Zero Dark Thirty:

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My Favorite Moments in the 2012 Best Picture Nominees: Silver Linings Playbook

Our next Best Picture nominee is Silver Linings Playbook.

What I’m doing is posting my five favorite moments from each of the Best Picture nominees. It’s a nice way to take a break from all the Oscar stuff to remind myself (and all of us) that once you take away all the competition and the awards, what we’re left with is great cinema. That’s what it’s about.

Here are my favorite moments from Silver Linings Playbook:

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My Favorite Moments in the 2012 Best Picture Nominees: Lincoln

Our next Best Picture nominee is Lincoln.

What I’m doing is posting my five favorite moments from each of the Best Picture nominees. It’s a nice way to take a break from all the Oscar stuff to remind myself (and all of us) that once you take away all the competition and the awards, what we’re left with is great cinema. That’s what it’s about.

Here are my favorite moments from Lincoln:

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My Favorite Moments in the 2012 Best Picture Nominees: Life of Pi

Our next Best Picture nominee is Life of Pi.

What I’m doing is posting my five favorite moments from each of the Best Picture nominees. It’s a nice way to take a break from all the Oscar stuff to remind myself (and all of us) that once you take away all the competition and the awards, what we’re left with is great cinema. That’s what it’s about.

Here are my favorite moments from Life of Pi:

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My Favorite Moments in the 2012 Best Picture Nominees: Les Misérables

Our next Best Picture nominee is Les Misérables.

What I’m doing is posting my five favorite moments from each of the Best Picture nominees. It’s a nice way to take a break from all the Oscar stuff to remind myself (and all of us) that once you take away all the competition and the awards, what we’re left with is great cinema. That’s what it’s about.

Here are my favorite moments from Les Misérables:

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My Favorite Moments in the 2012 Best Picture Nominees: Django Unchained

Our next Best Picture nominee is Django Unchained.

What I’m doing is posting my five favorite moments from each of the Best Picture nominees. It’s a nice way to take a break from all the Oscar stuff to remind myself (and all of us) that once you take away all the competition and the awards, what we’re left with is great cinema. That’s what it’s about.

Here are my favorite moments from Django Unchained:

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My Favorite Moments in the 2012 Best Picture Nominees: Beasts of the Southern Wild

Our next Best Picture nominee is Beasts of the Southern Wild.

What I’m doing is posting my five favorite moments from each of the Best Picture nominees. It’s a nice way to take a break from all the Oscar stuff to remind myself (and all of us) that once you take away all the competition and the awards, what we’re left with is great cinema. That’s what it’s about.

Here are my favorite moments from Beasts of the Southern Wild:

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My Favorite Moments in the 2012 Best Picture Nominees: Argo

Our next Best Picture nominee is Argo.

What I’m doing is posting my five favorite moments from each of the Best Picture nominees. It’s a nice way to take a break from all the Oscar stuff to remind myself (and all of us) that once you take away all the competition and the awards, what we’re left with is great cinema. That’s what it’s about.

Here are my favorite moments from Argo:

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My Favorite Moments in the 2012 Best Picture Nominees: Amour

Every hour, for the next 9 hours, I’m going to post my five favorite moments from each of the Best Picture nominees. It’s a nice way to take a break from all the Oscar stuff to remind myself (and all of us) that once you take away all the competition and the awards, what we’re left with is great cinema. That’s what it’s about.

We’re starting with Amour:

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Oscars 2012 Category Breakdown: Best Live-Action Short & Best Animated Short

And today we conclude our Oscar category breakdowns with the two categories no one cares about.

Well, that’s not fair. The two categories no one cares about are Live-Action Short and Documentary Short. But they’re almost the two.

You know the drill — category history, this year’s nominees, rankings of likelihood to win. I’m not gonna pretend like anyone’s really interested in these, but, we came this far.

We’ll start with Live-Action Short and finish with Animated Short. (more…)


Oscars 2012 Category Breakdown: Best Documentary Feature & Best Documentary Short Subject & Best Animated Feature

We’re almost done with these category breakdowns. Today we get into the stuff most people don’t give a shit about.

We start with Documentary Feature, which is pretty sewn up, then move onto Documentary Short, which is actually one of the easiest categories to predict each year, and then we end with Animated Feature, just to give this article something interesting.

What I do is list all the previous winners of each category, then go over this year’s nominees, then rank the likelihood of each of them winning.

Here we go, with the Documentaries: (more…)


Oscars 2012 Category Breakdown: Best Sound Mixing & Best Sound Editing

I continue my breakdown of all the 2012 Oscar categories today with Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing (which is technically called Best Sound).

Most people don’t really know the difference between these categories. Here they are:

Sound Editing is the creation and compiling of sounds for the sound mix. That is to say — getting the dialogue, fixing it up, synching it to the image, adding music to the images, adding sound effects, creating sound effects — all of that. That’s Sound Editing. The physical creation of the sound mix.

Now, Sound Mixing is the actual mix itself. Everything you hear in the film. The final film and what it sounds like. The difference is that Sound Editing is all the pieces, and Sound Mixing is the whole. The Sound Mixing category is the one that has musicals in it, since those are about the entire sound mix and not the creation of sounds. Sound Editing is usually more for films that are action-heavy, or feature lots of sound effects. The Dark Knight is a good example of Sound Editing. They had to create and layer in the sound effects along with the score (not to mention Bane’s voice and all that). And then the sound mix is the final product you hear in the film. That’s the difference.

So we’re gonna start with Sound Mixing (Best Sound) and then move to Sound Editing. I’ll list all the previous winners of the categories, discuss this year’s category, then rank what I feel the likelihood is of each of the nominees winning: (more…)


Oscars 2012 Update: Costume Designers Guild Awards

The Costume Designers Guild announced their awards last night. Two of the nominees won.

Anna Karenina won for Period Film.

Mirror Mirror won for Fantasy Film.

Skyfall won for Contemporary Film.

None of these wins are surprising at all. And I think we all agree Anna Karenina is a huge favorite to win the Oscar category. So, no surprises at all.

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Oscars 2012 Category Breakdown: Best Production Design & Best Visual Effects

We continue my breakdown of the Oscar categories today with Best Production Design and Best Visual Effects.

Best Production Design used to be Best Art Direction, and the name was changed this year to better address what the category is actually about — the design of the production. Either way, mostly it’s talking about the sets and the look of the film, physically (not like, the lighting and framing and such). Locations, sets, etc. Everything that’s not on the actors themselves (costumes and makeup, etc).

Best Visual Effects basically means Best CGI nowadays. That’s an easy category to gauge every year.

So we’ll start with Production Design and then move to Visual Effects. I’ll list all the winners and nominees of the categories, all-time, and then list this year’s nominees and rank the likelihood of them winning (according to me). (more…)


2012 Oscars Update: MPSE Awards

The Motion Picture Sound Editors announced their winners last night. This one’s gonna be light on analysis, since my Sound Mixing and Sound Editing article is coming up soon, and I’ll talk about what the wins here mean in that article. But, for now, we have winners.

In the category of Sound Effects and Foley in a Feature Film, with a shitload of nominees (Argo, Django Unchained, Life of Pi, The Avengers, Prometheus, Skyfall, Dark Knight Rises and The Hobbit, which contains 4/5 of your Oscar category, sans Zero Dark Thirty), the winner was Skyfall.

In the category of Dialogue and ADR in a Feature Film (which featured Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Moonrise Kingdom, Silver Linings Playbook, Skyfall and The Hobbit as its nominees), the winner was Life of Pi, which is pretty interesting.

In the category of Music in a Feature Film (nominees being Argo, Cabin in the Woods, Django Unchained, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Skyfall, Dark Knight Rises, and The Hobbit), Life of Pi won again, which I wager says a lot about where Best Original Score is gonna end up.

In the category of Music in a Musical Feature Film, I don’t have to bother with the nominees, since Les Misérables obviously won. And also, to save time, Rust and Bone won for Foreign Language, Last Call at the Oasis won for Documentary, and Wreck-It Ralph won for Animation, as it absolutely should have.

So those are your Sound Editors Guild winners. The Costume Designers announce tonight, and I think they’re the last guild leading up to the awards. So at this point it’s all figuring out predictions for Sunday.

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Oscars 2012 Category Breakdown: Best Costume Design & Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Today I continue my breakdown of all the Oscar categories by talking about Best Costume Design and Best Makeup & Hairstyling.

Now these are some very complicated categories. One is about the costumes in the film, and the other… is about the makeup and hairstyling in a film.

I hope you’re not lost.

I’m gonna go over the winners for each category, then go over this year’s category, then rank what I think each nominees’ chances are at winning.

We’ll start with Costume Design and finish with Makeup & Hairstyling: (more…)


2012 Oscars Update: WGA Awards

The WGA Awards were announced tonight.

Argo won for Adapted Screenplay. It pretty much has that in the bag. Especially considering 4/5 of that category is the Oscar category

Zero Dark Thirty won for Original Screenplay. This means a little less, since the presumed frontrunners for the Oscar, Django and Amour weren’t nominated/ineligible. So that was a pretty expected outcome. I still say this is no more than an upset winner at the Oscars.

And Searching for Sugar Man won for Documentary. That pretty much has it in the bag.

That’s it. Quick update. Basically set more things in stone. Looking like Argo has at least three Oscars in the bag at this point.

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Oscars 2012 Category Breakdown: Best Original Song & Best Original Score & Best Foreign Language Film

Today we continue my breakdown of all the Oscar categories by going into Best Original Score, Best Original Song, and Best Foreign Language Film.

Foreign Language Film is a category I don’t care about, and I’m glad this is an easy year for that.

Best Original Score is a category I like, even if they don’t always nominate stuff I like or vote for what should actually win. But there’s not much to say there. It’s like Cinematography. It’s usually more interesting than not and usually they vote well in it.

Best Original Song — I’m glad they finally changed that stupid ass voting process. That said, now the problem is that they don’t write good songs for films anymore. But that has nothing to do with the Oscar category. The branch tried to make their stupidity right, and I’ll respect that for the time being. Because that was much easier changed than a lack of great original songs for movies.

But, that’s what we’re doing today. I’ll go over all the past nominees of the categories, list this year’s nominees, then rank what I think each’s chances at winning are.

We start with Best Original Score, then move onto Song, then finish with Foreign Language Film: (more…)


Oscars 2012 Update: ACE Eddie Awards & Cinema Audio Society Awards

Two guilds announced tonight. First, The American Cinema Editors. As a reminder, only 14 times did one of the winners for the Eddie Award NOT go on to win Best Editing.

The Eddie Awards for Dramatic and Comedy Film went to, respectively, Argo and Silver Linings Playbook.  That pretty much seals the deal for Argo as Best Picture and makes it a huge favorite to win Best Editing too. (Hey, remember when I said it was probably gonna end up with Picture, Editing and Screenplay?)

Oh, and Brave won for Animated Film, which makes an upset seem very probable, given that it also won the BAFTA and that Wreck-It Ralph might not have the older contingent going for it. Searching for Sugar Man won for Documentary, which pretty much means we’re all taking that until it loses. And, on a personal note, The Newsroom won one too. I love that shot.

The Cinema Audio Society also announced their awards tonight. That’s for sound mixing. We’ll get into what that actually is if you don’t know when that article goes up soon. But basically, know that the winner of the CAS Awards will impact what happens in the Best Sound Mixing (aka Best Sound, as they seem to like calling it) category. And the winner of the CAS Award this year was Les Misérables. Which, honestly, pretty much means it has that category all but won. They love voting for musicals there when they can. Oh, and Brave won for Animated Film. I see an upset coming…

Oh, so yeah, that’s where we’re at. More categories tomorrow.

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