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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…)

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…)

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
The Eyes of Tammy Faye
House of Gucci
Nightmare Alley
No Time to Die
The Suicide Squad
West Side Story

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…)

Oscars 2021: BFCA Nominations

Okay, so we had the Globes nominations before, now it’s BFCA. This is the Critics Choice, so while you’ll still see a lot of the same stuff, you’ll definitely start to see which of the nominees are ones the Globes only picked because they wanted the stars to be there. The critics are usually unified on what they’ve decided is ‘good’ and ‘not good’. But they also control those narratives, so you’ll also see a couple of performances they’ve championed in smaller films make it on, which will make it on nowhere else. That’s how this goes.

But, overall, BFCA is usually a good barometer of where the discussion is going, so it’s gonna help solidify a lot of the stuff you’ve seen already while also adding in some of the stuff the Globes ignored as we look forward to the remaining major trickle-down precursors (BAFTA, SAG, PGA).

So let’s see what BFCA has brought us this year: (more…)

Oscars 2021: Golden Globe Nominations

Globe nominations. This is the ‘official’ beginning of Oscar season, as it’s our first set of official precursors. Based on this, we have our first tentative road map to figuring out what the Oscar nominees are going to be.

As always, because it’s the Hollywood Foreign Press, you take these with a grain of salt and not as scripture, a fact that’s only compounded this year based on all that’s happened with HFPA over the past year. If you remember, there was all that controversy about them not having any Black members and them cancelling this year’s ceremony so they could get their house in order, only to quietly come back a few months later and say ‘we did it, ceremony’s on’ after admitting only six Black members. As you can imagine… I have questions. I don’t know how much of these nominations are gonna be in response to that or just be their actual tastes.

I’ve had two things I’ve said pretty consistently over the course of this site as it pertains to awards season: 1) you can always count on (insert group here) to do what they always do in the end, and 2) you can do diversity without having to force it if you just watch all the damn movies instead of the handful you think are the awards ones and vote for what you liked instead of what feels like the popular way to go. The only question is which of those scenarios will end up being more of the case by the time I get to the end of these nominees. I’m gonna assume #1, but let’s see.

Here are your 2021 Golden Globe nominations: (more…)

Oscars 2021: AFI Awards

The AFI Awards were announced today. Not the most surprising list, but also not exactly what I always expect out of them either.

Here’s the list:

Don’t Look Up
King Richard
Licorice Pizza
Nightmare Alley
The Power of the Dog
Tick, Tick… Boom!
The Tragedy of Macbeth
West Side Story (more…)

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…)