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Oscars 2017: Best Visual Effects Longlist

Another day, another category gets whittled down.

All the people covering this have called it a shortlist. But it’s not. The shortlist comes later. Unless you’re gonna call the next list with 10 contenders the short(er)list, then you can call it that. This is a longlist. I’m not saying otherwise just for clicks.

But still — they narrowed the Visual Effects field down to 20 films, and pretty soon they’ll narrow it down to 10. So for now, we’ll go over the 20 and then guess which ten they’ll narrow it down to in like three or four weeks.

Here’s your longlist: (more…)

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Oscars 2017: AFI Top Ten Films of the Year

AFI announced their top ten films.

I generally don’t put too much stock in them, since NBR is the big one for me. AFI just feels populist compared to them. Generally it’s mostly the same list as NBR, using the same one or two ‘buzz’ films that you’d expect them to have. In a year like this, you can straight up get at least eight or nine right off the top of your head.

Here’s what we got this year: (more…)


Oscars 2017: BFCA (Critics Choice) Nominations

We have our Critics Choice nominations. My general perception of them is — I usually like hearing their opinion, there are far too many categories, and they’re generally fairly helpful in seeing how the Oscars are gonna turn out. They always announce early, so they become the de facto signpost of where things are headed, more so than the Golden Globes, who are gonna announce next week.

Generally, BFCA gets most, if not all of the Best Picture nominees on their list. Last year, all they missed was Hidden Figures and had the rest. Typically they only miss one, if that. Which is pretty cool, especially since in recent years the Oscars have generally had solid taste.

Anyway, let’s get into it. The Critics Choice nominations for 2017: (more…)


Oscars 2017: Another Word on Best Animated Feature

Usually I’m content to wait until nominations time after I initially talk about this category, but between the time they announced the list of eligible films and now (so… call it three weeks), I’ve seen just about every nominee. And now that I’m more educated on the category, I felt it was a good time to check in. Plus, as you can see, I’m building myself up to full-on Oscar season mode. Once that happens, I can talk about this stuff for hours.

There are 26 films eligible for the category this year. And as of this moment, I have seen 23 of them. And I now feel like I have a really good handle on what will and won’t be nominated. So I’m going to share that knowledge with you now. Because I’m nice like that. (more…)


Oscars 2017: Independent Spirit Award Nominations

They announced the Independent Spirit Award nominations a little while back. They got left a bit by the wayside until now because I had more important stuff to do and because I didn’t have the time to deal with Oscar stuff until it was the proper time. Well, the time is coming, so let’s take ten minutes.

I don’t put a lot of stock into them inasmuch as they are a nice representation of the kinds of films that ought to get acclaim and have a platform to be noticed. My usual gripe is that the big “Oscar” studio-pushed films get the majority of the nominations, but let’s not pretend like any awards show is anything other than the industry patting themselves on the back. I’m not really here to feel one way or another about them, I’m here to figure out what will or won’t be nominated.

So that said, here are your 2017 Indie Spirit nominations: (more…)


Oscars 2017: National Board of Review Awards

Yeah, boy.

Every year at this time, I post about how much I love the National Board of Review and their choices historically. The group is as old as the Oscars are, so there’s a lot of history to go by. They’re the one group who, every year, when they name their ten best films, at least 8 of them are in my top 25. And of the other two, one I go, “Yeah, that was really good,” and the other I go, “Wasn’t quite for me as much, but I get it.” With them, you know, they like auteurs. For years, Clint Eastwood automatically got on. Sully made it on last year. This year, I can tell you at least 60% of the list, sight unseen. That’s just how they are, that’s why I love them.

The quick history — NBR started as a bunch of theater owners and distributors in 1909, right when states were getting upset about the immorality of the movies. They got together to put a seal of approval on movies they thought were artistic. Then in 1930 (so like 2 years into the Oscars), they started putting out their list of ten favorite movies a year. The best thing about them is that they’re not just a critics group. I find that critics groups can start buying into their own tendencies and get very pretentious and or bandwagon-y. NBR is made up of critics and professors and students and film lovers and an assortment of people who just love movies.

In a way, this is the unofficial kick-off to Oscar season. NBR always announces first, and while they don’t have a huge impact on the race necessarily, it is really cool to see which way they go. (more…)


Oscars 2017: Best Foreign Language Film Submissions

They announced the submissions for Foreign Language Film a while back. I’m only just getting around to them now. Mostly because this is my unofficial kick off to Oscar season, and I really like Oscar season. So I try to hold off as late as I can so I can really focus my attention on it. The only reason I even do this article is because of how much I love Oscar season.

There was a record 92 submissions for the category this year. Every year a couple of films don’t end up as official submissions or are disqualified for whatever reason. Still, 92 countries is pretty great.

What we do with this article is get acquainted with what each country submitted and what each of the films is about. And then I just sort of guess about what I think could end up getting shortlisted and/or nominated, which means very little but at least can make me feel pretty good if I get remotely close in the end.

Anyway, this tends to run long, so let’s just get into it. (more…)