CAS announced their winner tonight.
It was La La Land.
The original musical that’s gonna win Best Picture is also gonna win Best Sound Mixing.
A bunch more precursors tomorrow.
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Every year before the Oscars I break down each of the 24 categories. I do this to familiarize everyone with the category, how it typically goes, voting-wise, historically and also as a precursor to my picks article, allowing me to get most of the heavy lifting out of the way beforehand.
What I do is go over each category’s history, give you all the previous winners and nominees, then list the current year’s nominees. And then I’ll go over how each of the guilds (if there is a corresponding guild) have voted, how that corresponds to the Oscars (some guilds mean a lot to how a category will play out. Others mean nothing). It’s basically everything you need to know in order to make an informed decision when you make your picks on Oscar night. And then I also rank the nominees at the end in terms of where I see them in terms of their likelihood to win. So you know what the general favorites are.
Today is Best Sound Mixing. You know, the one that’s not Sound Editing. Because you totally know the difference between them. (more…)
Our next shortlist today is the one that’s easiest for me to deal with. Cinema Audio Society. AKA Sound Mixing. We all love us some sound mixing, don’t we?
Quick, what’s the difference between sound editing and sound mixing? Yeah, I know. That’s like when people ask you if you think their baby is cute. And you have to on the spot try not to look like an idiot because you think the baby looks like a garden gnome in a onesie.
Sound mixing is the entire sound design of the film. We’ll deal with sound editing when we get to it. Basically all you need to know this year for sound mixing — this is the one that includes musicals. Which means that La La Land ain’t gonna lose.
Here are your CAS nominees: (more…)
So the Oscars were last night. A lot to talk about.
This is where we officially close the book on 2015 and move into 2016. I’ll try to give everything its due, but there was a point about an hour into the ceremony where I was just kind of over it and wanted to move on.
Overall it was a strange year. They really spread the wealth around. Mad Max won six, I think, and then The Revenant won 3 and Spotlight won 2 and then everything else only won 1. Crazy.
A lot of major stats fell and a lot of crazy shit happened. So let’s get into it: (more…)
My friend introduced me to this last year. I had no idea people did it, and I honestly think it’s the best way to pick the Oscars. Here’s how it works:
You take every category and rank all of the nominees in terms of order you think they’re going to win. If your #1 choice wins, you get 1 point. If #2 wins, you get to. Etc. And in the end, you tally your score up. And the lowest score (24 being the lowest) wins. It’s very simple, and the only time it gets confusing is if a tie happens, which is pretty rare in the history of the Academy (even though one did happen in 2012).
I prefer it because it’s based more on diagnosing the category than simply picking a winner. And diagnosing categories is my specialty.
Here’s my scorecard for this year’s Oscars: (more…)
My giant ballot article went up a few hours ago. This is the abridged version of that, for easy reference during the ceremony.
Here’s everything you should be taking, and what I’m taking. Very succinct, with cliff notes versions of all the categories.
And in a bit, I’m gonna post my scorecard for how I’m gonna rank myself on that. (Note: The rankings here may be slightly different from the ones I’m picking on the Scorecard.)
Here are the quick picks for the 88th Academy Awards: (more…)
Everything you need for Oscar night in one place. I make things as simple or as complex as you want them to be. You can read all 34,000 words like the insane person who wrote them, or you can skip through and look purely for my picks. It’s up to you. All I can promise is a respectable showing in your office/party pool and enough knowledge to make you look like you know what you’re talking about.
This article acts as both my own personal ballot as well as a tool for guessing what will win in every category. On the personal side, this acts as an extension of my Oscar Quest. I rank each category based on my thoughts having seen all the nominees and pick what I’d vote for if I were casting a ballot. That’s just for me. The practical side is more interesting. I run down every category, discuss the nominees in depth. I give you all the precursor information you need, then break down the categories. I tell you what’s most likely going to win, what its biggest competition is, and which nominee has a chance at sneaking up to surprise everyone with a win. I also link to all the category breakdowns I’ve been writing over the past couple of weeks (hint: you can click the name of each category to get to them) if you want every bit of information you can possibly get.
Then, at the very end, I plainly say “Here’s what I am taking on my ballot” and “Here is what you should take, because it is the safest and smartest decision, based on everything I’ve presented above.” I also color code everything, so you can easily find stuff. No one else goes this nuts with their coverage. Trust me. This is why you come to me. (more…)
The Cinema Audio Society also announced their winners tonight. They’re the guild of sound mixers.
In a category featuring four of the five Oscar nominees (The guild nominated The Hateful Eight instead of The Martian), The Revenant won. Which shows a lot of support for that film in the guild, and possibly for Best Picture.
Mad Max not winning either means nothing in the end, or it means a split for Sound. And, as we all know, predicting a split in the sound categories is always perilous, unless there’s a musical involved. Though, to be fair, they were also wrong last year in picking Birdman. So maybe this means nothing. We’ve got a week to decide.
CAS has announced their nominations. They’re the guild for Sound Mixing. Meaning the entire sound mix, not just the compiling of sound effects and such.
This is one of three guild nominees today, and is the easiest of the three to talk about, so let’s just get into it.
Here are your CAS nominees for 2015: (more…)
Well, that’s another year in the books. Goodbye, 2014, hello 2015.
I have no idea how many I got wrong or right. I think I was in the 18 range or so. Which is admirable. I don’t even care. Because not a single category threw me for a loop. I was right there with either the winner or runner up in every single category. That’s all I can ever ask for.
I was also extremely pleased that the majority of the Oscars went to three of my top four films of the year. And you throw in an extra win for my #6 film and another win for my #10 film. So I’m pretty pleased overall.
We’ll tally everything up tomorrow. In the mean time. I was typing up the Oscars as I watched it with my Chinese food and alcohol.
I was also feverishly texting throughout the whole thing. It’s actually kind of a miracle that I managed to get all of it done.
So, here’s my live blog of the Oscars, as I was watching: (more…)
My giant picks article went up a few hours ago. This is the abridged version of that, for easy reference during the ceremony.
Here’s everything you should be taking, and what I’m taking.
Oh, and rankings for that new system I’m trying to see how truly accurate I am at all of this. That is, I’m ranking them in terms of the order they will win. And the closest the winner is to my rankings, the better I do.
Here are the quick picks:
I used to call this Picks, Votes, Analysis, Rankings. But that’s not a fun title.
This article has everything you need for Oscar night. I run down every single category, tell you what’s nominated, how I felt about each of the nominees, tell you what wasn’t nominated that might have been, what I’d vote for, then break down the category and let you know what’s most likely going to win, what its biggest competition is, and what, if anything, has a chance to sneak in and surprise everyone. It has links to all the category breakdowns I’ve written over the past three weeks, and I even say, at the very end, “Here’s what I’m taking, and here’s what you should take, because it’s the smartest and safest decision.” I also color code everything, so you can find stuff incredibly easy.
If you want to sound remotely like an expert at your Oscar party and know very little about the overall goings on apart from having seen some of the movies, read this article. You’ll be fine. (more…)
The Cinema Audio Society handed their awards out tonight.
That’s Sound Mixing, for those who don’t know. And Sound Mixing is the entire sound design of a film, for those who don’t know. Not the creation of the sounds, but rather everything you hear when you experience a movie.
The CAS category and the Oscar category matched 4/5, with both having Birdman, Interstellar, Unbroken and American Sniper, and CAS having Guardians of the Galaxy with the Oscars having Whiplash as the fifth nominee.
Which means that whatever wins is most likely a good bet to take the category at the Oscars. (more…)
This is a tradition for me. Every year, before the Oscars, I break down every single one of the 24 categories. I do this to familiarize everyone with each category, how it works, what its history is, how it usually turns out, and also as a precursor to my picks article, allowing me to get most of the heavy lifting out of the way beforehand.
How these work is — I go over each category’s history, give you all the previous winners and nominees, then list the current year’s nominees. And then I’ll go over how each of the guilds (if there is a corresponding guild) have went, and how that corresponds to the Oscars (some guilds mean a lot to how a category will play out. Others mean nothing). It’s basically everything you need to know in order to make an informed decision when you make your picks on Oscar night. And then I also rank the nominees at the end in terms of where I see them in terms of their likelihood to win.
Today is Best Sound Mixing. You know, that one that’s not Sound Editing. Because you can totally tell the difference between the two and it’s not just some arbitrary distinction. (more…)
The Cinema Audio Society announced their nominations. They’re the guild that corresponds to Best Sound (Mixing).
To make it easier on everyone, Best Sound Mixing is basically just the sound in the entire movie. And Sound Editing is the creation and assembling of those sounds. What you hear when you watch the movie. Which is why only musicals get nominated for Mixing and Pixar only gets nominated for Editing.
And the guild nominees for this year by the mixer are:
Motion Picture (Live-Action)
Guardians of the Galaxy
So I sat down to watch the Oscars and decided to live-blog it.
So, here is everything I wrote down while watching the Oscars:
Monologue was all right. Mostly safe, but it worked. Not a fan of Ellen as a host.
The crowd is lively. I like it.
Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Classy speech. Good job. (more…)
Here’s a quick list of winners for the Oscars:
Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave
Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave (more…)
All right, here’s an abridged version of all my Oscar picks. Basically — what I’m picking, what I want to win, what you should pick, and what will win if my pick doesn’t win (the alternate, essentially). I’ll write a brief blurb underneath explaining the deal with the category.
Oh, and here’s a link to the giant picks article. For reference.
So anyway, here are the picks: (more…)
It’s that time again.
For some reason, during the most competitive (at least, Best Picture-wise) year in a long time, I find myself less excited about this night than I have been in a while. Honestly, I think it’s because most of the technical awards are pretty much sewn up. It takes the element of surprise out of most of the night and saves it for the very end, as opposed to knowing the end and being excited along the way.
I’m also glad I’m out doing this on my own. I don’t even want to think about the kind of bitterness and hatred and blind campaigning that’s going on at all those Oscar blogs and sites I used to read.
This will be the same as every year. I’ll guess each category. What I think will win, what I think its main competition is, what the spoiler is, what I’m picking, and what you should probably pick if you want to win your Oscar pool. I also color-code everything to make it as easy to follow as possible.
I’m expecting to do pretty horribly this year. If I can manage 16 correct, I’ll be pleased. So take my opinions as they are: opinions. I have no idea what’s going to happen. Let me also specify that while this (obviously) is all my personal opinion it also will not include my personal opinion. This is all what I think will happen. Whether or not I think that’s a good decision is something else entirely. I’m in the picking business, not the deciding business. I also don’t need to know your opinion. I have a difficult enough time deciding my own as to who’s gonna win. More would be chaos.
So, with that, let’s roll up the sleeves: (more…)
Every year, leading up to the Oscars, I break down every single category. It’s essentially a precursor to my picks. I explain all the stuff that needs to be explained in detail, so when the time comes to make my picks, I can refer to it as a shorthand.
In the articles, I’ll go over each category’s history, show previous winners and nominees, then list the current year’s nominees, talk about the guild history, if it’s important, what the guilds went with this year, whether that means anything for that particular category — all the background you need to know to make an informed decision. And then, once that’s all done, I’ll rank the nominees in that category in order of their likelihood to win, based on how I see it at the present.
The only difference between this year and previous years is that this year, I’ll be doing only one category a day instead of multiple categories. This is so I can take more time with each category and not stuff a bunch into a single article for information overload, and, simply, so I don’t have to do as much work. Though it is also easier this way. One category, one day.
Today, we do Best Sound, more commonly known as Best Sound Mixing. The shorthand to knowing what this category is about is to know — it’s the entire sound mix. That’s basically the award. Everything you hear in the film — sound effects, music, dialogue, all of that together — that’s Sound Mixing. That’s the thing that differentiates Sound Mixing from Sound Editing. Mixing is about the mix, while Editing is about the compilation of the sounds — picking the takes of dialogue, assembling all the sound effects, all of that. One is more technical, the other is more aural. Musicals win Sound Mixing. Blockbusters win Sound Editing. Sometimes they win both, depending.
This year, it’s one of those years we don’t have to worry about these categories much, since the same film should take both. (more…)
And here’s your second shortlist of the day: The Cinema Audio Society.
That’s Sound Mixing, for those of you who don’t know.
Sound Editing is basically compiling all the different sounds, and making all the sounds that will be in the sound mix, and sound mixing is basically putting everything into what you hear when you watch the movie. So it’s basically mixing everything together, making certain things more noticeable than others, putting things in different channels (like when you hear the revving of a car in the rear speakers, but in the front you hear other effects and music and such), and putting the music and dialogue over everything. The real easy way to differentiate: Last year, Les Mis won for Mixing, and Skyfall and Zero Dark Thirty tied (remember that?) for Editing.
So here are your Cinema Audio Society nominees: (more…)
I continue my breakdown of all the 2012 Oscar categories today with Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing (which is technically called Best Sound).
Most people don’t really know the difference between these categories. Here they are:
Sound Editing is the creation and compiling of sounds for the sound mix. That is to say — getting the dialogue, fixing it up, synching it to the image, adding music to the images, adding sound effects, creating sound effects — all of that. That’s Sound Editing. The physical creation of the sound mix.
Now, Sound Mixing is the actual mix itself. Everything you hear in the film. The final film and what it sounds like. The difference is that Sound Editing is all the pieces, and Sound Mixing is the whole. The Sound Mixing category is the one that has musicals in it, since those are about the entire sound mix and not the creation of sounds. Sound Editing is usually more for films that are action-heavy, or feature lots of sound effects. The Dark Knight is a good example of Sound Editing. They had to create and layer in the sound effects along with the score (not to mention Bane’s voice and all that). And then the sound mix is the final product you hear in the film. That’s the difference.
So we’re gonna start with Sound Mixing (Best Sound) and then move to Sound Editing. I’ll list all the previous winners of the categories, discuss this year’s category, then rank what I feel the likelihood is of each of the nominees winning: (more…)
Two guilds announced tonight. First, The American Cinema Editors. As a reminder, only 14 times did one of the winners for the Eddie Award NOT go on to win Best Editing.
The Eddie Awards for Dramatic and Comedy Film went to, respectively, Argo and Silver Linings Playbook. That pretty much seals the deal for Argo as Best Picture and makes it a huge favorite to win Best Editing too. (Hey, remember when I said it was probably gonna end up with Picture, Editing and Screenplay?)
Oh, and Brave won for Animated Film, which makes an upset seem very probable, given that it also won the BAFTA and that Wreck-It Ralph might not have the older contingent going for it. Searching for Sugar Man won for Documentary, which pretty much means we’re all taking that until it loses. And, on a personal note, The Newsroom won one too. I love that shot.
The Cinema Audio Society also announced their awards tonight. That’s for sound mixing. We’ll get into what that actually is if you don’t know when that article goes up soon. But basically, know that the winner of the CAS Awards will impact what happens in the Best Sound Mixing (aka Best Sound, as they seem to like calling it) category. And the winner of the CAS Award this year was Les Misérables. Which, honestly, pretty much means it has that category all but won. They love voting for musicals there when they can. Oh, and Brave won for Animated Film. I see an upset coming…
Oh, so yeah, that’s where we’re at. More categories tomorrow.