They called this the list of “eligibles” but technically every movie is eligible for Visual Effects (even Book Club). This is more the longlist, of the 20 they’re deemed worthy of inclusion.
And then in about two weeks they’ll knock this list down to ten. And from that, five will be nominated.
Pretty efficient system. Generally hard to find fault with their choices. Usually there’s some weird stuff that gets in the final ten, but it’s only like one or two of them, and typically it’s from people who are respected within the branch. But that’s putting Descartes before the horse. And he’s just going, “Is it, though?”
Anyway, here are the 20 eligible films for Best Visual Effects: (more…)
Oh wait, one more shortlist I didn’t write up.
We end with the most fun of all the shorts categories — Best Animated Short. Or as it’s known, “Pixar and then everything else.” Unless you follow the Oscars as crazily as I do, you generally never get acquainted with anything else, and you never see more than one. And you just look at what people like me say and guess based on that.
More so than the other shorts categories, I try to go out of my way to see all of these, because they’re generally all pretty delightful, and most of the time, what gets nominated is worthy of it. Very rarely does something get on that feels like it got on for reasons other than quality.
Here are the ten shortlisted animated shorts for this year: (more…)
Our next category (and final shortlist I haven’t dealt with for far too long) is the category I hate the most — Best Live-Action Short. The one category you are almost guaranteed to get wrong and you’re always very pleasantly surprised when you get it right. We’ve got ten shortlisted films here, and we have to figure out which five will be nominated. These are typically almost impossible to find beforehand, so we’re just gonna see what we can do.
Here’s the shortlist, before we get into what’s what:
The Eleven O’Clock
My Nephew Emmett
Rise of a Star
The Silent Child
Watu Wote: All of Us
Been sitting on this one for a while. Didn’t have time to sit and actually watch the ones I’ve been able to watch. Was supposed to do it over the holidays. That never works out. And then it’s been a shitstorm since I got back. So here we are. Figured I needed to do this before nominations on Tuesday.
But anyway, here’s
Wonderwall the Documentary Short shortlist. They give you ten, five will be nominated. And this is typically the least interesting category for me in the entire list, and next to Live-Action Short is typically the hardest one to pick because you never really know which way they’re gonna go. This one, though, at least they have some sort of typical logic to how they go, most of the time. So there’s that.
One thing I’m noticing in recent years is that a lot of the contenders tend to come from either the New York Times or Netflix. So let’s see how much that trend continues this year.
Here’s your shortlist for Best Documentary Short: (more…)
So they announced the Makeup & Hairstylist Guild nominees a few days ago, which I totally spaced on because, with a shortlist, and a guild that only really started handing out awards in the last five years, what help is it really for guessing the Oscars?
But hey, I like them, and they randomly found out I type this up and send me press releases, which is cool, so I’m all down for this guild and these awards. I like when craft people get noticed for the great work they do.
So anyway, let’s get into what the guild nominated. (more…)
They announced the Best Makeup & Hairstyling Shortlist today. I’m never quite sure how they figure these out, but that’s not my job. My job is figuring out what they’re gonna nominate.
They give you seven options, and from there, three get nominated.
Here’s what we got:
Ghost in the Shell
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Victoria & Abdul
Remember when, nine days ago, they announced the longlist for this category and everyone called it a shortlist? And then they announced the actual shortlist and everyone said ‘shortlist’ again? That’s how you can tell people have no fucking clue what they’re talking about in relation to the Oscars.
They narrowed the Visual Effects field down to ten contenders today. Five of these will be nominated. In years past, you can usually point out at least four major nominees from the list, and then you can probably cobble together one or two other possibilities for the last spot. It’s generally helpful when they narrow the category down for you beforehand.
Also, for what it’s worth, when I guessed my shortlist, I got 7 out of the 10 right. Which either means I’m really good at what I do or it’s just an easy year to guess. (I think we all know which one it is.) (more…)