And finally, we have Animated Short. I always save this one for last because it’s like a nice little dessert after all the other categories. I always like seeing what’s on there. This year will be interesting because I don’t think Pixar or Disney has a big short they’ve released.
Anyway, 92 shorts qualified for this category and they’ve narrowed it down to a shortlist of ten, of which five will be nominated.
Here is the Animated Short shortlist: (more…)
And now, Live Action Short, the other category nobody cares about. Because we’re never given a chance to see or care about the nominees (and other things, but we’ll be optimistic about it). They announced that 191 shorts qualified for the category, of which they’ve shortlisted ten, and we’ll get our category of five in the end.
Here are the Live Action Short nominees: (more…)
Okay, so let’s make our way into the Shorts categories, which I thought would be easier to deal with because no one cares about them, but I realized that because they’re the ones with the least amount of stuff I know about, that means more work for me. Since I can’t just rattle off my usual bullshit based n seeing names. I actually have to look them all up, see if I can find them to watch, and because I’m a perfectionist, actually watch them first if I can find them, then look up what they’re about, what the synopses are, and then start talking about the categories. So once I do all that other stuff, it’s easy. But here’s where I do all the other stuff. So that’s why these three have waited until this morning. (And yes, that means between last night and now, I’ve gone and watched every single thing I can for these categories so I could be as well-versed as possible.)
We start with Documentary Short, which is one of the two least cared-about categories in the entire show. Most people don’t even bother to watch or look up what any of them are about, and because the whole thing is shrouded in such mystery, they don’t even give people the opportunity to widely watch them beforehand to at least build up an interest in the category.
But anyway, there were 96 eligible shorts and they shortlisted ten of them, of which five will be nominated. Let’s see what they are: (more…)
Okay, so I waited on this one until morning just because I knew there were gonna be ones that didn’t make the shortlist because they were deemed ineligible. So I went and looked that up first before getting into this article. Because of course we were gonna talk about that part of it.
There were 170 scores eligible to be on this list. The major ones that were not eligible were Knives Out, Ad Astra, The Irishman, Captain Marvel and A Hidden Life. Knives Out was apparently because someone fucked up while submitting it, Ad Astra is because there are two credited composers, but only one of them did the majority of the score, which is apparently against the rules. Irishman and Hidden Life are because of the appearance of too much non-score. Captain Marvel wasn’t submitted at all. Not that I thought it would have gotten on, but it’s worth noting.
Anyway, of all the things submitted, here are the 15 that made it on the shortlist: (more…)
We’ll finish up today with this one, since I went over this list a few hours ago. I wanted to save it for the end, but the other stuff requires actual effort for me to speak intelligently about them, so we’ll finish with the last easy one. (Score is also kinda easy, but I also have to look at what wasn’t eligible and all that, so I’ll just save it for the morning when I’m fresh.)
There were 75 films eligible to get on this and they shortlisted 15 of them. It seems like a weak year, so I’m expecting at least ten of these to go to the ones I tossed on my list. Honestly, let’s just see what they did.
Here’s your shortlist for Best Original Song: (more…)
Okay, let’s take care of the other category we previewed two weeks ago — Best Visual Effects.
They released their longlist of 20, which was this:
Alita: Battle Angel
Ford v Ferrari
Hobbs & Shaw
Jumanji: The Next Level
The Lion King
Men in Black: International
Spider-Man: Far from Home
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Terminator: Dark Fate
10 of those have been shortlisted, and here they are: (more…)
Let’s do Makeup & Hairstyling next. Because I’m thinking I wanna end the night on some easy ones and save all the shorts for tomorrow when I can properly do my homework on all of them and be prepared.
The new development with this category is that there are not ten films on the shortlist instead of eight and the category will be five films instead of three. So that’s new. Guessing they announced that during the months I don’t really pay attention to Oscar stuff. But hey, this category is coming to play with the big boys.
Wonder what that means for guessing a category and the winner, since now it’s allowing for broader stuff to get on that might not necessarily be as good a fit but could get votes because of broader support. But whatever. That’s what we have.
Here’s your shortlist for Best Makeup & Hairstyling: (more…)
Let’s do Foreign Language Film next.
They changed it to International Feature, but I hate that distinction. It’s trying to be politically correct when it just sounds like a euphemism designed to make them sound more inclusive when we know they’re same ass people we get mad at every damn year.
Anyway, we went over the 91 eligible films two weeks ago. So this is really just cleaning up all of that and making my life easier. Let’s get into what they shortlisted and then we’ll figure out the rest as we go.
Here’s your shortlist for Best International Feature: (more…)
Let’s start with Best Documentary Feature. Since this is a category I decided to half-give a shit about this year. They announced their list of 159 films eligible for the category and I skimmed it to see which ones seemed important/would be interesting for me personally and pulled those and tried to watch as many as I could before now. I’m still working. I have two or three left from my original list and will likely add a few more from this.
But hey, I’m trying to care. And that’s new. Normally I can only be bothered about documentaries after they’re in contention. So look at that. Growth. Only took a decade. Doubt it’ll last, but hey, we got somewhere.
Anyway, they narrowed down the list to 15 contenders, of which 5 will eventually be nominates. So let’s see what mistakes the Documentary branch made this year. Here is your shortlist: (more…)
They announced the Visual Effects longlist today. I originally left this article blank to write up in the morning so I could continue working on what I was doing today, but of course the idea of rambling for 3,000 words about the Oscars is just too good to pass up, so you’re getting this article tonight.
The shortlist, as per usual, is 20 films, which will eventually become 10 in a few weeks and then we’ll eventually get a category of 5. I always love this particular longlist because you always get some of the weirdest choices on it. It’s always interesting to see what does and doesn’t make the cut (since I imagine more than 20 films are submitted for the category and the phrase ‘longlist’ implies some initial vetting). I don’t know how they figure it out, but I guess it doesn’t really matter. The list is the list. We’ve got 20 and today I’m gonna go through all 20 and then figure out what 10 will likely be shortlisted and probably have a good idea what the final category’s going to be.
So here are the 20 films up for Best Visual Effects this year: (more…)
Oh, whoops. Thought I posted this earlier. So I guess this is the final shortlist. Go figure, this is the forgotten category. Just like at the Oscars.
Because like you, I don’t have any clue what these things are. You find out when they announce them, you scour the internet for anything you can find about them and then you make broad generalizations about, “Well, they do like shorts about refugees…”
Apparently 104 films counted for this category, and they’ve shortlisted 10. So our lives were made easier by 90%.
Here is your Documentary Short Shortlist: (more…)
Okay, your final shortlist, and the one that hurts the most.
Do you know how much I loved going through all 90-some-odd Original Song eligibles each year and working my way through them? At least give me the full list before you reduce it to 15! Where’s the fun in this?!
Now I just have 15, and it’s gonna be really obvious what the major contenders are, and we’re all working off a curve, and it’s so much easier. Where’s the skill in guessing this? Man, they are fucking up, all in the name of… I don’t even know what.
There were 90 songs eligible this year, and they deprived us of 75 of them before we had a chance to find out. (Disgusting.) I can’t even sit there and do the votes and figure things out, and have fun with it. Now it’s just boring. Thanks, Academy.
Here is your shortlist for Best Original Song: (more…)
Okay, now we’re at the last two shortlists, and I deliberately saved these for last because they’re the two newest and the two I’m least familiar with.
They narrowed down Score and Song? What? Sure, Score, it just makes it easier to guess, but do I want that? I had more fun when it was harder. And I had to guess from 120 scores. I’d go through, eliminate all but like, 35, and then I’d say “here’s fifteen that I guess could, but probably not,” and then end up with 20 that I think are the main contenders and then sort of rank what I think their chances are and narrow it down that way. Here, they do all the work for me! That’s not fun! And we’ll get to Song later. That’s just a travesty.
There were 156 eligible scores, and they’ve narrowed it down to 15. So 1/3 of this will be your category. Here is your shortlist for Best Original Score: (more…)
The best thing about me writing all nine of these shortlists up is that you get to see me do this in real time. As they go up — that’s when I’m finding out about all of these movies. That’s the time it takes to do a nominal amount of research. And what’s funny is, as I search for these films (especially for the shorts categories), I keep seeing links to other people covering the shortlists… and no one’s done anything more than copy-paste them. It’s like they don’t even care about what these things are about. But that’s why you have me.
Here’s Animated Short. The last of the shorts. Ten potential nominees, five of them will make it. And everyone will say Pixar’s gonna win regardless. (I’m just assuming Pixar has made it on here, because fucking really.)
I know nothing about these whatsoever, so I guess we’ll find out about them as we go. And see which one is gonna join Academy Award winner Kobe Bryant in the pantheon of winners of this category.
Here is your Animated Short Shortlist: (more…)
And now, Best Live-Action Shortlist. Because I wasn’t gonna force two documentary categories on your guys in a row. That would just be cruel.
Not much to say about this one. This is typically the hardest category of all to pick, because you never get to see them beforehand, you never know what they are, and you never really know the criteria for how they nominate stuff.
So pretty much all we do here is look at the ten films, read what they’re about, and then blindly guess, “Okay, that one sounds like it’ll be on,” and hope for the best.
So here is your shortlist for Best Live-Action Short: (more…)
Our next shortlist is Best Documentary Feature. If we’re gonna get into the ones that require effort, let’s at least go for the one that requires the most first.
There were 166 films submitted, and they’ve whittled us down to 15. I’ve watched more documentaries over the past couple of years, and have even gotten over some of my aversion to them. That said, I still prefer ones about nonsense to important ones, but that’s just my own personal taste.
Still, I feel like this year, there are at least two or three that are really obvious major contenders, so it’s really only gonna come down to whether or not they leave them off, or if this one’s gonna be cut and dry all the way through. Only one way to find out.
Here’s your shortlist for Best Documentary Feature: (more…)
Okay, Best Makeup & Hairstyling is next. Why? Because it’s easy. And I can knock it out in like, four minutes.
This is pretty simple: they decide whatever their criteria are, and they shortlist seven films. Of the seven, three will be nominated.
That’s about it, really. We get seven, we guess three. And there we are.
Here is your shortlist for Best Makeup & Hairstyling: (more…)
Our second shortlist is Best Foreign Language Film.
This is the one they do every year and it makes my life so much easier. This year, in particular, they’ve made it easier for people to see more of the eligible films by having screenings throughout the process. However, they did kind of narrow the field down with those screenings, and while I don’t care enough to do this, I’d be really interested to see if these films were featured in those screenings.
That said, there were 87 eligible films (all of which I previewed here), and now they’ve whittled it down to nine. Well… the branch voted in the top six, and then a committee added three more, which is always how you end up with the countries that are submitting for the first time. You gotta wonder why no one’s called them out on that. They straight up just shortlist three movies based on a board of people going, “Yeah, put that one on.”
But anyway, we have 9 films left, and 5 of them will be nominated. Here is your Best Foreign Language Film shortlist: (more…)
Okay, so nine separate shortlists dropped today. So we’re gonna work through them as quickly as possible. Which might mean a few tonight, a few in the morning, it might mean all of them tonight. I guess we’re gonna find out together.
We’re gonna start with the easiest for me to deal with first, and then work toward the more work-intensive ones. Which means we begin with Best Visual Effects. Why? Because we already had a longlist. So we were prepared for this. We had 20, now we have 10. Eventually we’ll have 5. Pretty simple.
Here’s your shortlist for Best Visual Effects: (more…)
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…)