Posts tagged “Shortlist

Oscars 2018: Best Animated Short Shortlist

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…)

Oscars 2018: Best Live-Action Short Shortlist

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…)

Oscars 2018: Best Documentary Feature Shortlist

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…)

Oscars 2018: Best Makeup & Hairstylist Shortlist

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…)

Oscars 2018: Best Foreign Language Film Shortlist

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…)

Oscars 2018: Best Visual Effects Shortlist

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…)

Oscars 2018: Best Visual Effects Longlist

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…)

Oscars 2017: Best Animated Short Shortlist

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…)

Oscars 2017: Best Live-Action Short Shortlist

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:

DeKalb Elementary

The Eleven O’Clock

Facing Mecca


Lost Face

My Nephew Emmett

Rise of a Star

The Silent Child

Watu Wote: All of Us

Witnesses (more…)

Oscars 2017: Best Documentary Short Shortlist

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…)

Oscars 2017: Makeup & Hairstylist Guild Nominations

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…)

Oscars 2017: Best Makeup & Hairstyling Shortlist

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:

Darkest Hour
Ghost in the Shell
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
I, Tonya
Victoria & Abdul
Wonder (more…)

Oscars 2017: Best Visual Effects Shortlist

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…)

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…)

Oscars 2016: Best Makeup & Hairstyling Shortlist

They announced the Best Makeup & Hairstyling Shortlist today.

This is the one shortlist I don’t question. I don’t know how they figure it out, and I don’t really care what they left off, because you could spend days trying to figure out the methodology. All I know is — they give me seven, so I work with those seven. The rest is a fool’s errand.

Here are your shortlisted films for Best Makeup & Hairstyling: (more…)

Oscars 2016: Best Visual Effects Shortlist

That was fast. The longlist was announced like two weeks ago. They announced 20, and now have whittled it down to 10.

For the record, when I went over the list and guessed what was gonna be nominated, I picked what I thought the shortlist would be. I got 8 of 10. Yeah, boy!

Here’s your shortlist for Best Visual Effects: (more…)

Oscars 2016: Best Documentary Short Shortlist

They announced the ten shortlisted films for Best Documentary Short last week. Which is kinda funny, since the category the least amount of people care about and the easiest to pick is the one we have the most time to think about.

The way this works is, I go through these now, basically figure out which five I think are gonna be nominated, I don’t think about this at all until January, two days before nominations come out, and then I reevaluate and pick basically that list as what I think is gonna be nominated. It’s simple. We don’t get too complicated here.

Anyway, here are what I’m sure are the highly awaited shortlisted documentaries for the Best Documentary Short category at the 89th Academy Awards. (more…)

Oscars 2016: Best Visual Effects Longlist

The Academy announced their longlist for Best Visual Effects. There are 20 films on it. In the next ten to fourteen days, this list will be halved. And then half of that will be your category.

The fun part about a longlist is you can see what films are never going to make it on.

Here are the 20 films “competing” for Best Visual Effects: (more…)

Oscars 2016: Best Animated Short Shortlist

Another shortlist. One I actually enjoy looking at. Animated Short. I enjoy it so much I held off writing it up until I could try to look for most of the potential nominees.

Typically you know what they’re gonna vote for once you have a final category. Picking the category though, can be a bit tough. Last year, looking at the shortlist, I could have told you one movie that absolutely would not be nominated. And sure enough, there it was. So what do any of us know. But at least we have some cool stuff to look at in the meantime.

Here is your shortlist for Best Animated Short Film: (more…)

Oscars 2016: Best Live-Action Short Shortlist

One final shortlist to get out of the way while we’re here. They announced The Live-Action Short shortlist. This is, historically, the most difficult of the Oscar categories, because you have no idea which way they’re gonna go. Animated Short, generally you can pick to their tastes, and Documentary Short, they have a definite preference. This category — no clue what they like or what they’re gonna vote for. Just when you think you have an idea, they go different.

So let’s see what we have for ourselves this year, and see if we can guess which half of this list is going to be nominated.

Here are your ten shortlisted films for Best Live-Action Short: (more…)

Oscars 2015: Best Visual Effects Shortlist

They announced the Best Visual Effects Shortlist.

I’ve honestly forgotten what the longlist was, so I’m not even gonna bother looking back. This is the new reality. These are the 10 we have to deal with, from which we will get our category.

Avengers: Age of Ultron
Ex Machina
Jurassic World
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Walk (more…)

Oscars 2015: Best Foreign Language Film Shortlist

So, Best Foreign Language Film had 80 films eligible at the outset. I previewed all 80. Then I randomly guessed what I thought the shortlist was going to be. Mostly to prove how impossible it is to guess what the hell this branch is going to select.

Final tally: I pulled 8 that seemed like the best chances to make the shortlist. I got three of those. So that’s not bad. A third. And then, of the 25 I pulled that felt like they had a good chance, I got 6 of them. Which isn’t bad. And of the remaining three — I thought two were unlikely, and one “had a shot” but didn’t guess it.

Here are the 9 films I’m talking about that made the shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film: (more…)

Oscars 2015: Best Makeup & Hairstyling Shortlist

You know what I love about the Best Makeup & Hairstyling Shortlist? It’s only 7 films. And of the 7, three will be nominated. And you can usually guess how it’s gonna go.

Here, we have six films everybody knows, and one that came completely out of nowhere. (And watch it get nominated.)

Here is your shortlist for Best Makeup & Hairstyling: (more…)

Oscars 2015: Best Visual Effects Longlist

The Academy announced their longlist for Best Visual Effects. There are 20 films on it. In a few weeks, this list will be narrowed down to 10 films, and then of those 10, 5 will be nominated. So really all there is to do now is speculate about how unlikely a bunch of these movies are to even be shortlisted. Because Terminator? Okay.

Anyway, here’s your longlist:

Avengers: Age of Ultron
Bridge of Spies
Ex Machina
Furious Seven
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2
In the Heart of the Sea
Jupiter Ascending
Jurassic World
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Terminator Genisys
The Walk (more…)