So I know the Oscars are never a ‘fun’ show to watch. They’re always overlong and tedious and full of bad jokes and filler. But man, this year just felt so tedious, the way they did it. Which is weird, because I was into Soderbergh being one of the producers and loved how they set it up at the beginning. It started off so relaxed and seemed like it was gonna be something different and fun. Everyone hanging out at a cocktail hour beforehand outside and then going into that room and trying to do a different type of ceremony…
Then we had those overlong presenter intros that took way too long and didn’t translate as well in person as they maybe seemed when they thought them up. And then it felt almost like they were rushing through stuff rather than focusing on the right parts of the night. Somehow they avoided filler until right near the end, when they did that one bit with Glenn Close (which I didn’t hate, just because I know they have to do stuff to go viral nowadays, but you’d think they’d have done it an hour earlier, and not when we were all looking at the time like, “Okay, let’s wrap this up, guys”).
And then there was that ending, where you had three hours of Black presenters and Black winners and Black music, and an Asian woman winning and all sorts of diversity… and then the two older white people won to end the night. Honestly, how fitting. How ironically fitting, the Academy trying to go, “Look at us! We’ve changed!” and then the older white contingency still going, “…not so fast.”
It was the absolute perfect unintentional metaphor to end that ceremony, especially after you take into account how truly meaningless a lot of this is anyway. (more…)
Once more, unto the breach, dear friends.
It’s Oscar night, and we all know what that means: I get all analytical about what’s gonna win (and why) and nobody cares and only reads the picks. It’s okay. I don’t take it personally.
The goal this year has been brevity… so here’s my pick for Best Animated Short.
I really have tried to skip the rigamarole though, given all we’ve gone through this past year. I’m still gonna give you all the information you need to pick a ballot. I’m just gonna do it as succinctly as I can. Of course, last year I said that and still wrote 30,000 words. So we’ll see how it goes. (more…)
Today we’re going over Best Original Song. And the beauty of this category is that everyone can participate in it. You simply just have to listen to 5 songs and then pick which one you think is the best.
It’s weird because there aren’t any real precursors for this category and you’re pretty much just going based on what you think everyone’s tastes are gonna be, and yet almost every single year you pretty much know “Okay, this should win, but in case it doesn’t, this is gonna win instead.” It’s weird how that works out. But then, I guess Academy members are ultimately pretty predictable.
I’m not sure if this is one of the categories affected by the pandemic or if it’s just a weak year in film songs. Either way, we’ve got a pretty forgettable category here that came from a pretty forgettable shortlist. So this is a situation where we’re just gonna do our best and try to get through it. (more…)
We begin out shortlist breakdown, and begin with the easiest one of the bunch to go over, mostly because I did all the work already when I went over all the eligible songs a few days ago. So if you want to go back and listen to all the ones that didn’t make it and see what my thoughts were about what was potentially going to be on this list, go do that. Otherwise, I’ll post all the shortlisted songs here anyway and we’ll still go over them.
But, here’s your shortlist for Best Original Song this year:
“Turntables,” from All In: The Fight for Democracy
“See What You’ve Done,” from Belly of the Beast
“Wuhan Flu,” from Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
“Husavik,” from Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
“Never Break,” from Giving Voice
“Make It Work,” from Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
“Fight For You,” from Judas and the Black Messiah
“lo Sì (Seen),” from The Life Ahead
“Rain Song,” from Minari
“Show Me Your Soul,” from Mr. Soul!
“Loyal Brave True,” from Mulan
“Free,” from The One and Only Ivan
“Speak Now,” from One Night in Miami
“Green,” from Sound of Metal
“Hear My Voice,” from The Trial of the Chicago 7 (more…)
Aww shit, it’s that time again.
I’ve been on pins and needles every year since they went to this new shortlist system in 2018. That year, they didn’t give us the list of eligible songs and just gave us the shortlist, and I thought we might be deprived of the fun that list brings forever. Then last year, the list came out and all was right with the world. And I had no clue what was gonna be this year. BUT IT’S BACK!
This year, 105 songs were deemed eligible, and as we do every year, I’m about to find as many of the 105 as I can, listen to them, give my own personal opinion (which basically just means an off-the-cuff rating out of 5 just to show how much I like the song and a general idea of whether it sounds like it might stand a chance at a shortlist/nomination) and then try to figure out which 15 are gonna end up being shortlisted on Tuesday.
This is legitimately one of my favorite articles to do each year. To the point where I just straight up dumped what I had set for tomorrow to go up some other day and did this all last night. That’s how much I enjoy this. (Plus I didn’t actually have tomorrow’s article written yet, so the procrastination search I did ended up being the best possible scenario.)
So here are all 105 Best Original Song eligibles for 2020: (more…)