Posts tagged “Oscar Nominations

And the Nominees Are… (2017)

The Oscar nominations were just announced. I’ll write them up later, but here they are:

Best Picture

Call Me by Your Name

Darkest Hour

Dunkirk

Get Out

Lady Bird

Phantom Thread

The Post

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (more…)


Oscars 2017: The B+ Nominations Ballot

This is the epitome of what I do. You’d think it would be the analysis of Oscar night. But by that point, so much of it feels anticlimactic. Then again, I guess you could say that about this year, where the damn PGA already announced a winner before nominations! (Though perhaps that made things even more interesting. We’ll see.)

I think I might be the only person on the internet who tries to straight up guess every single Oscar nominee. Not just the way other places do it, a simple list. I talk my way through the entire thing. History, precursors. You know why I make every decision I make. And I grade myself, percentages and all. Oscar nominations are bright and early tomorrow morning, and right now, we’re gonna run through all 24 categories and I’m gonna see if I can guess every one of them. I’m confident that I’m the only person who does it with this much detail because no one else is stupid enough to even bother doing it.

Every year, there are about 120 nominees. The maximum we can have is 123. Generally it’s 121 or 122, depending on how many Best Picture nominees there are (typically 8 or 9). For most people, you’d think correctly guessing 2/3 of them would be a really solid average. Me, I feel like I’m doing badly if I drop below 70%. I hit 77% and 78.5% the past two years, which was about 95 of the total 122 nominees. The worst I’ve done on this site is 68%, and that was the first year I did it. Every other year was 71% or above. No idea how I do it, and I don’t really care. It’s just fun for me. I don’t mind if I fail horribly (because I’m expecting to), but I am hoping to hit 80% one of these years. Or at least get the annual average up to 75%. Both of those things would be amazing. (more…)


And the Nominees Are: Analyzing the 89th Academy Awards Nominations

Now that we have our Oscar nominations, we can stop dealing in one form of guesswork, and engage in another.

But before we do that, let’s take a minute to react about what is or isn’t nominated this year, what decisions they made that will change how I go about this in the future, what surprises the shit out of me, and just what we think about this list, because this is the only time I really get to sit here and do this. Because from here on out, it’s all about figuring out who from these lists will win, since these are the nominees, and nothing will change that.

Except a good disqualification and scandal. And that’s always fun. (more…)


And the Nominees Are… (2016)

It’s not yet 6am in Los Angeles, and the Oscar nominations are announced.

As I do, I get up and type the list up as they say it. I could wait and copy/paste it, but I do not. Because I am stupid.

So here are your 89th Academy Award Nominations: (more…)


Oscars 2016: What I Think Will Be Nominated

This is the article I build toward every year. You’d think it was the Top Ten list, or Oscar night picks. Nope. This is the one I look forward to most. Because I think I might be the only person that straight up tries to pick all the Oscar nominees, from Best Picture on down to Best Live-Action Short.

Typically each year there are about 120 nominees. Give or take one or two. The fluctuation on the Best Picture list is what decides what the final number is going to be. The max we can have is 123. Generally we have either 121 or 122. I try to get 2/3 of them right, but I feel good if I hit around 70%. Which is around 85. Last year I got 95, which was 78.5%. I have no illusions about getting anywhere near that number again. I tend to hit low 70s — which is 85/86. That I’d feel happy with. 75% as an average would be amazing. If I can crack 80%, I’d be ecstatic.

The way I do this is break down, category by category, go over all the precursors and all the little details that most people overlook/all the stuff I’ve learned from experience, and I tell you why I think everything I pick will be nominated.

I feel very confident in saying that no one gives you as in depth coverage on this as I do. Which is to stay that no one is stupid enough to pick 123 potential nominations and grade themselves on how they do. (more…)


And the Nominees Are: Analyzing the 88th Academy Award Nominations

We have our Oscar nominees. Let’s analyze them.

If you notice, not really once during this whole thing have I really got into what’s going to win and all that. Which is because, to me, the season is split into two halves… what’s gonna be nominated, and what’s going to win. I’m not gonna say what’s gonna win until I know what’s nominated. And I guess both. So now, we’re just hitting halftime, and starting tomorrow, it’s all second half.

But before we close the book on the first half and get started on the second, let’s see what got nominated, if we all saw it coming, talk about what surprised us, what seemed like a weird choice, and then completely forget about it. After this, I don’t care about what’s not here (I might mention it, but from here on out it’s irrelevant to the proceedings), it’s only about the categories and nothing else.

That said, let’s analyze the 2014 Oscar nominations: (more…)


And the Nominees Are… The 88th Academy Award Nominations

It’s not yet 6am in Los Angeles, and the Oscar nominations are announced.

Only idiots like me are awake right now. I could have waited and seen the entire list posted once they were done, but I didn’t. I got up, and I sat out and typed up this entire list as they said it. Because that’s what I do.

The Oscars are my thing. I can’t explain it. This is what I’m willing to get up at 5 am for. I can’t explain it. Ask any girl I’ve ever dated. Actually, don’t do that. There are a few things I’ll get up at 5 am for.

Anyway, here are your 2015 Oscar nominations: (more…)