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…)
The Foreign Language Film eligibles are usually the first thing to be announced at the beginning of Oscar season. But it’s just such an intense and unwieldy list, I typically don’t get to it until closer to the end of the year. And since generally the end of the year is pretty booked for me, here we are.
Typically what I do with this article is go over the full list and familiarize myself with them (since odds are I’m only gonna have heard of like, a dozen of them at most). And then I try to guess which ones feel like they have the best chance at making the shortlist. Which is a lot to do, so let’s just get into it. Last year there were 92 submitted films. This year there are 87. So I got my work cut out for me. (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…)
They announced the Independent Spirit Award nominations today. And I, for one, am happy. Because as much as I’ve tried to get stuff done this year, nothing makes me amped more than the beginning of Oscar season. I don’t even have to try to come up with stuff to talk about. Pretty soon NBR is gonna announce, and then everyone’s gonna start forming real opinions and not half-cocked ones based on what movie came out first and made money, and we can start talking about stuff for real. Meanwhile I’m knee deep in watching everything and gearing up for end-of-the-year article bonanza.
But now, we can look at what the indies are doing, which I never find overly helpful, but it is fun to look at. So here we go. Your Independent Spirit Award nominees for 2018: (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…)