They announced these shortlists last month, but, you know me, I like being prepared. So I spent the past few weeks trying watching as many of the films on here as I could so I could at least be educated when I talked about this stuff.
The shortlists we’re gonna cover are Song, Score, Visual Effects, (the newly included) Sound, Makeup & Hairstyling, International Feature, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short, Live Action Short and Animated Short. And I’ll talk about all the Animated Feature eligibles as well because I can and I like to. It’s all just groundwork for me eventually guessing nominations come… honestly I don’t even know when they are. Probably within three weeks at this point.
And, at this point, I’ve managed to see all but 5 Animated Feature eligibles, 3 from the Documentary Feature shortlist, 2 from the Live Action Short shortlist and 1 from the International Feature shortlist. Which, honestly not that bad, all things considered.
Anyway, here are your shortlists. (more…)
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…)
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…)