AFI announced their top ten films this morning.
They’re not as important as NBR to me, but I do like looking at what they choose. Typically it’s a populist kind of list, probably more indicative of what the eventual Best Picture nominees will be than anything else. And always with the one trendy choice or two thrown in. I didn’t even have to look to know that some combination of Black Panther, A Quiet Place and A Star Is Born were gonna be on there. They’re obvious in those ways.
But, last year they had 7 Best Picture nominees on their list. 2016, they had 7. 2015 they had 6. 2014 they had 7. 2013, 7. So yeah… chances are at least 60% of this list will be your Best Picture nominees. So let’s see what they chose. (more…)
They called this the list of “eligibles” but technically every movie is eligible for Visual Effects (even Book Club). This is more the longlist, of the 20 they’re deemed worthy of inclusion.
And then in about two weeks they’ll knock this list down to ten. And from that, five will be nominated.
Pretty efficient system. Generally hard to find fault with their choices. Usually there’s some weird stuff that gets in the final ten, but it’s only like one or two of them, and typically it’s from people who are respected within the branch. But that’s putting Descartes before the horse. And he’s just going, “Is it, though?”
Anyway, here are the 20 eligible films for Best Visual Effects: (more…)
The Annie Award nominations were announced today. Generally meaningless, but they announce early and it’s something to talk about before Oscar season is in full swing.
Plus, with the Animated Feature category so bizarre this year (owing to a very weak field), maybe this will be able to give us some insight? Doubtful, but it can’t hurt, right?
Here are your Annie Award nominations for this year: (more…)
I did this last year and I enjoyed it. Mostly because I am in a position to have seen all (or most) of the potential nominees well before it comes nominations time. So I feel like I should go and update my thoughts now that I’m more informed.
They announced all the 25 eligible films for this category something like five or six weeks ago. And when they did, I basically spitballed based on my gut what I thought did or didn’t have a chance. But, since that time, I’ve seen 17 of the 25 films. So I’m now in a much more educated position to really be able to look at the prospects of the films.
Plus I have some time to fill before I can start talking about all the other fun stuff. So here we are. (more…)
Here’s every date you need to know for this year’s Oscar season:
November 16th – Independent Spirit Awards Nominations
November 27th – National Board of Review Awards
December 3rd – Annie (Animation) Award Nominations
December 4th – AFI Awards
December 6th – Golden Globe Nominations
December 10th – BFCA (Critics Choice) Nominations
December 12th – SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Nominations
December 17th – Best Documentary Feature Shortlist announced
Best Foreign Language Film Shortlist announced
January 54h – PGA (Producers Guild) Nominations
January 6th – 76th Golden Globe Awards
January 7th – WGA (Writers Guild) Award Nominations
ASC (American Society of Cinematographers Nominations
ACE (American Cinema Editors) Nominations
ADG (Art Directors Guild) Nominations
Academy Award Nominations Voting Begins
January 8th – DGA (Directors Guild Nominations
CAS (Cinema Audio Society) Nominations
January 9th – BAFTA Nominations
Makeup & Hairstylist Guild Nominations
January 10th – CDG (Costume Designers Guild) Nominations
January 13th – BFCA Awards
January 14th – Academy Award Nominations Voting Ends
January 15th – VES (Visual Effects Society) Nominations
January 19th – PGA Awards
January 21st – MPSE (Motion Picture Sound Editors) Nominations
Razzie Award Nominations
January 22nd – 91st Academy Award Nominations
January 27th – SAG Awards
February 1st – ACE Eddie Awards
February 2nd – DGA Awards
February 5th – VES Awards
February 9th – ASC Awards
USC Scripter Award
February 10th – BAFTA Awards
February 12th – Academy Award Final Voting Begins
February 16th – CAS Awards
Makeup & Hairstylist Guild Awards
February 17th – WGA Awards
MPSE Golden Reel Awards
February 19th – CDG Awards
Academy Award Final Voting Ends
February 23rd – Independent Spirit Awards
February 24th – 91st Academy Awards
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Also, quick reminder that my Oscar Trivia page is always available to view.
Anyone who truly reads my Oscar coverage each year (which is in the tens) knows how much I love the National Board of Review. It’s my favorite voting body. They’re the only precursor group whose nominations/awards I actually look forward to. Everything else is marginal to me. The reason I love them is twofold. First, it’s the only group with as much history as the Oscars. And second, it’s the group that tends to be closer to my own personal tastes than any other one.
To get more specific about that first point — NBR started in 1909, when a bunch of theater owners banded together to show that films, which were looked at as a “lower” art form, and pretty immoral based on their content, to say, “No, look, these films are artistic.” So they would put their stamp on approval on the films they thought furthered the art form and showed what cinema could be. And in 1930, two years into the Oscars, they started putting out a list of their ten favorite movies each year. Which they’ve continued to this day. And unlike all the other precursor groups, they’re not just industry people (SAG and the other guilds) and they’re not just critics (HFPA, BFCA). They’re made up of critics and students and film lovers and people who just love movies. They are as locked into their tastes as anyone — I can always count on them to have certain types of films on their list each year — but very rarely do I look at their list and straight up disagree with more than one, maybe two of their choices.
Which brings me to that second part — I find that almost every year, their top ten films are almost all in my top 25 films of the year. Maybe like one of them falls outside of that. And when there is something outside, it’s never something I straight up disagree with. It’s always, “Yeah, I get it.” I always compare them to that good friend you have who also loves movies… sure there are gonna be things they like that you don’t, but you’re always like, “Yeah, I get it. You love those kinds of movies.” That’s how I feel about them. We may not be entirely aligned, but we generally agree and I know that, sight unseen, I already am like 70% in line with them. (more…)
I guess this means it’s officially Oscar season, folks.
I, for one, am thrilled. I need something to get me focused enough to start writing on here again, and there’s nothing that gets the creative juices flowing like talking Oscars.
They announced the eligible films for Best Animated Feature this week. 25 of them. One less than last year, but still a solid number. I remember the days of like, 13 films in total. I will see all 25 by the time nominations come about. For now, I’m just gonna look them over and see what I think. This year more than ever, I’m feeling one particular trend is gonna stand out, but I think let’s look over everything and then go from there.
So here are the 25 films that can be nominated for Best Animated Feature: (more…)