Another day, another category gets whittled down.
All the people covering this have called it a shortlist. But it’s not. The shortlist comes later. Unless you’re gonna call the next list with 10 contenders the short(er)list, then you can call it that. This is a longlist. I’m not saying otherwise just for clicks.
But still — they narrowed the Visual Effects field down to 20 films, and pretty soon they’ll narrow it down to 10. So for now, we’ll go over the 20 and then guess which ten they’ll narrow it down to in like three or four weeks.
Here’s your longlist: (more…)
We have our Annie Award nominations.
I generally put next to no stock in them, since Best Animated Feature is a pretty intuitive category in terms of guessing. But it is interesting to see what they nominate, so we look at them.
Here are your Annie Award nominations for this year:
(What if The Boss Baby wins everything?) (more…)
AFI announced their top ten films.
I generally don’t put too much stock in them, since NBR is the big one for me. AFI just feels populist compared to them. Generally it’s mostly the same list as NBR, using the same one or two ‘buzz’ films that you’d expect them to have. In a year like this, you can straight up get at least eight or nine right off the top of your head.
Here’s what we got this year: (more…)
We have our Critics Choice nominations. My general perception of them is — I usually like hearing their opinion, there are far too many categories, and they’re generally fairly helpful in seeing how the Oscars are gonna turn out. They always announce early, so they become the de facto signpost of where things are headed, more so than the Golden Globes, who are gonna announce next week.
Generally, BFCA gets most, if not all of the Best Picture nominees on their list. Last year, all they missed was Hidden Figures and had the rest. Typically they only miss one, if that. Which is pretty cool, especially since in recent years the Oscars have generally had solid taste.
Anyway, let’s get into it. The Critics Choice nominations for 2017: (more…)
Usually I’m content to wait until nominations time after I initially talk about this category, but between the time they announced the list of eligible films and now (so… call it three weeks), I’ve seen just about every nominee. And now that I’m more educated on the category, I felt it was a good time to check in. Plus, as you can see, I’m building myself up to full-on Oscar season mode. Once that happens, I can talk about this stuff for hours.
There are 26 films eligible for the category this year. And as of this moment, I have seen 23 of them. And I now feel like I have a really good handle on what will and won’t be nominated. So I’m going to share that knowledge with you now. Because I’m nice like that. (more…)
Here’s every date you need to know for this year’s Oscar season:
November 21st – Independent Spirit Awards Nominations
November 28th – National Board of Review Awards
December 4th – Annie (Animation) Award Nominations
December 6th – BFCA (Critics Choice) Nominations
December 7th – AFI Awards
December 11th – Golden Globe Nominations
December 13th – SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Nominations
January 3rd – ACE (American Cinema Editors) Eddie Awards Nominations
January 4th – WGA (Writers Guild) Nominations
ADG (Art Directors Guild) Nominations
January 5th – PGA (Producers Guild) Nominations
Makeup & Hairstylist Guild Nominations
Academy Award Nominations Voting Begins
January 6th – National Society of Film Critics Awards
January 7th – 74th Golden Globe Awards
January 9th – BAFTA Nominations
January 10th – ASC (American Society of Cinematographers) Nominations
CDG (Costume Designers Guild) Nominations
CAS (Cinema Audio Society) Nominations
January 11th – DGA (Directors Guild) Nominations
BFCA (Critics Choice) Awards
January 12th – Academy Award Nominations Voting Ends
January 15th – VES (Visual Effects Society) Nominations
January 20th – PGA Awards
January 21st – SAG Awards
January 22nd – MPSE (Motion Picture Sound Editors) Nominations
Razzie Award nominations
January 23rd – 90th Academy Award nominations
January 26th – ACE Eddie Awards
January 27th – ADG Awards
February 3rd – DGA Awards
February 10th – USC Scripter Award
February 11th – WGA Awards
February 13th – VES Awards
February 17th – ASC Awards
February 18th – BAFTA Awards
MPSE Golden Reel Awards
February 20th – CDG Awards
Academy Award Final Voting Begins
February 24th – CAS Awards
Makeup & Hairstylist Guild Awards
February 27th – Academy Award Final Voting Ends
March 3rd – Independent Spirit Awards
March 4th – 90th Academy Awards
Every year at this time, I post about how much I love the National Board of Review and their choices historically. The group is as old as the Oscars are, so there’s a lot of history to go by. They’re the one group who, every year, when they name their ten best films, at least 8 of them are in my top 25. And of the other two, one I go, “Yeah, that was really good,” and the other I go, “Wasn’t quite for me as much, but I get it.” With them, you know, they like auteurs. For years, Clint Eastwood automatically got on. Sully made it on last year. This year, I can tell you at least 60% of the list, sight unseen. That’s just how they are, that’s why I love them.
The quick history — NBR started as a bunch of theater owners and distributors in 1909, right when states were getting upset about the immorality of the movies. They got together to put a seal of approval on movies they thought were artistic. Then in 1930 (so like 2 years into the Oscars), they started putting out their list of ten favorite movies a year. The best thing about them is that they’re not just a critics group. I find that critics groups can start buying into their own tendencies and get very pretentious and or bandwagon-y. NBR is made up of critics and professors and students and film lovers and an assortment of people who just love movies.
In a way, this is the unofficial kick-off to Oscar season. NBR always announces first, and while they don’t have a huge impact on the race necessarily, it is really cool to see which way they go. (more…)