91st Oscars: Feature Eligibility List

Three hundred and forty-seven films are eligible for consideration at this year’s Academy Awards. Below is the press release along with a link.

347 FEATURE FILMS IN CONTENTION FOR 2018 BEST PICTURE OSCAR®

LOS ANGELES, CA — Three hundred forty-seven feature films are eligible for the 2018 Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.

To be eligible for 91st Academy Awards consideration, feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days.

Under Academy rules, a feature-length motion picture must have a running time of more than 40 minutes and must have been exhibited theatrically on 35mm or 70mm film, or in a qualifying digital format.

Feature films that receive their first public exhibition or distribution in any manner other than as a theatrical motion picture release are not eligible for Academy Awards in any category. The “Reminder List of Productions Eligible for the 91st Academy Awards” is available at http://www.oscars.org/oscars/rules-eligibility.

Nominations for the 91st Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 22, 2019.

The 91st Oscars® will be held on Sunday, February 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Film Preview: Dumplin’ (2018)

Page Revisions:

(December 16, 2018) Original

Release Date:

December 7, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Willowdean (‘Dumplin’), the plus-size teenage daughter of a former beauty queen, signs up for her mom’s Miss Teen Bluebonnet pageant as a protest that escalates when other contestants follow her footsteps, revolutionizing the pageant and their small Texas town.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: (#1) The designers could just as easily have kept the spotlights uniform in color, but by putting patterns into them, they break up some of the monotony.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: A mother who uses her celebrity to organize pageants in the city has a young daughter who doesn’t adhere to the ideals of such events and wants to shake things up so that she can spend time with her mother. The idea isn’t new, isn’t entirely fresh, but is presented here earnestly even if a bit heavy-handedly.

Oscar Prospects:

Dolly Parton’s original song “Girl in the Movies” is a strong contender for an Oscar nomination, though it’s a film that the Academy isn’t likely to love. A nomination is possible, but a win is unlikely.

Trailer #1

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Film Preview: Dead in a Week: Or Your Money Back (2018)

Page Revisions:

(December 16, 2018) Original

Release Date:

November 30, 2018

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “After his ninth unsuccessful attempt on his own life, a young man outsources his suicide to an ageing assassin. “If you’re serious about ending it, you need professional help””

Poster Rating: C / C+ / C+

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Review: (#1) The parakeet is the only element of this poster design that’s interesting. (#2) This is a much better use of the prior poster’s elements, putting them in picture frames, adding some embellishments that require a modest amount of looking to spot, and you almost have an interesting design. (#3) Now that the designers have realized that the bird is the key, literally and figuratively, they’ve made it a key element, putting the two humans inside of his former cage in an interesting choice, even if not an interesting background.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: Expressing a bit of dry British humor, this aging assassin comedy looks a bit more interesting than a lot of other ones like it out there and looks modestly funny in places.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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91st Oscars: Screener Watch, Week 5

There aren’t likely many more screeners to come in as most of the major contenders have been forwarded. Here are the most recent eight.

Ben Is Back

Oscar Chances: Unlikely: Although early reviews suggested that both Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges were delivering solid work, it seemed like the film’s chances of Oscar glory were strong. Yet, as precursor season has continued, the film has gotten very little attention, making both actors also-rans. It’a also inhibited Peter Hedges’ chances at an Original Screenplay nomination.
Campaign-Proposed Categories

  • Picture (Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Teddy Schwarzman, Peter Hedges)
  • Actress (Julia Roberts)
  • Actor (Lucas Hedges)
  • Supporting Actor (Courtney B. Vance)
  • Supporting Actress (Kathryn Newton)
  • Director (Peter Hedges)
  • Original Screenplay (Peter Hedges)

Destroyer

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Precursor: 18th Phoenix Critics Awards (2018)

For the first time, Phoenix’s premier critics organization has announced no nominations, giving us their awards only. Below are the results, an unexceptional list of choices that differ slightly from the current selections of other groups, but not too divergently so. However, films like BlacKkKlansman, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, and First Reformed didn’t do so well.

Award Tallies

(4) Green Book, Roma
(3) The Favourite
(2) A Star Is Born

The Awards

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Precursor: 39th London Critics Nominations (2018)

With added categories for Briths/Irish films, actors, and filmmakers, The Favourite crushed all others in the nominations count. Even without those nominations, it still did topped the list with six. Below, the tallies include the total each film received with the number in parentheses representing how many the film would have received without those nationality-based prizes. It should also be mentioned that their eligibility period is a bit different from the U.S. due to delayed release outside the United States, which would explain a few of the minor selections here. It’s interesting to see just how differently London-based critics feel about this year’s offerings compared to American critics.

Nominations Tallies

(10) The Favourite (6)
(5) Cold War, The Happy Prince (2), Roma, You Were Never Really Here (4)
(4) First Man (3), Widows (3)
(3) Apostasy (0), Beast (0), BlacKkKlansman, First Reformed, If Beale Street Could Talk, Leave No Trace, A Quiet Place (1)

The Nominations

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The DVD Report #599

It was the week before Christmas and all through the large manor house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The thirteen guests were all snug in their nightclothes in their separate bedrooms watching their favorite old Christmas movie.

In two of the rooms, Ebenezer Scrooge was being shown the errors of his ways by the ghosts of Christmases past, present, and to come in A Christmas Carol. In one room he was played by Reginald Owen substituting for Lionel Barrymore in the 1938 Hollywood version. In the other he was played by Alastair Sim in the acclaimed 1951 British version known by the original release title of Scrooge in the U.K.

James Stewart took center stage in two other rooms. He was the senior sales clerk in Frank Morgan’s gift shop falling in love with his secret pen pal not knowing by day she was the new junior clerk who annoyed him in the person of Margaret Sullavan in 1940’s The Shop Around the Corner. In the other room he was a reluctant banker about to give it all up when Henry Travers in the form of his guardian angel showed him what life would have been like had he not been born in 1946’s ever popular It’s a Wonderful Life.

Not to be outdone, Barbara Stanwyck was holding court in two rooms as well. In one she was a petty thief in the custody of her NYC prosecutor (Fred MacMurray) who takes her with him when he goes home to Pennsylvania to spend the holidays with his mother (Beulah Bondi) and aunt (Elizabeth Patterson) in 1940’s Remember the Night. In the other, she was a magazine food writer who wrote mouthwatering recipes provided by restaurant chef S.Z. “Cuddles” Sakall who accompanies her on a holiday retreat to entertain her unsuspecting publisher (Sydney Greenstreet) and his naval war hero guest (Dennis Morgan) in 1945’s Christmas in Connecticut.

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This Day in Oscar History: December 18 (2018)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died

Released

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Precursor: 10th North Texas Critics Awards (2018)

A lot of the season’s common selections are here, but Green Book in Best Picture and Rami Malek in Best Actor are the more unique selections.

Awards Tallies

(3) Roma
(2) Green Book

The Awards

Best Picture

Green Book (Runners-Up: Roma, The Favourite, BlacKkKlansman, First Man, Bohemian Rhapsody, Eighth Grade, Vice, A Star Is Born

Best Animated Film

Isle of Dogs (Runners-Up: Incredibles 2, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Best Director

Roma – Alfonso Cuaron (Runners-Up: Green Book – Peter Farrelly, BlacKkKlansman – Spike Lee, The Favourite – Yorgos Lanthimos, First Man – Damien Chazelle)

Best Actor

Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody (Runners-Up: Viggo Mortensen – Green Book, Christian Bale – Vice, Ryan Gosling – First Man, John David Washington – BlacKkKlansman)

Best Actress

Toni Collette – Hereditary (Runners-Up: Olivia Colman – The Favourite, Rosamund Pike – A Private War, Viola Davis – Widows, Melissa McCarthy – Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali – Green Book (Runners-Up: Michael B. Jordan – Black Panther, Adam Driver – BlacKkKlansman, Timothée Chalamet – Beautiful Boy, Sam Elliott – A Star Is Born)

Best Supporting Actress

Emma Stone – The Favourite (Runners-Up: Claire Foy – First Man, Elizabeth Debicki – Widows, Rachel Weisz – The Favourite, Tessa Thompson – Creed II)

Best Cinematography

Roma (Runners-Up: First Man, BlacKkKlansman, Black Panther, Bohemian Rhapsody)

Best Foreign Language Film

Roma (Runners-Up: Cold War, Burning, Shoplifters, Never Look Away)

Best Documentary

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (Runners-Up: Free Solo, Shirkers, Three Identical Strangers, RBG

Best Newcomer

Elsie Fisher – Eighth Grade

Best Ensemble

Black Panther

North Texas Film Critics Association Data

Year Founded: 2009
First Awards: 2009 (10)

Precursor: 17th Utah Critics Awards (2018)

In the single most original decision this Oscar season, Utah’s critics have selected Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse as the year’s best picture beating out Roma. The surprise selection pairs with a largely repetitive set of selections with Actress and Supporting Actor among the more atypical selections.

Award Tallies

(3) Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Roma

The Awards

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Precursor: 27th Southeastern Critics Awards (2018)

More of the same out of the Southeastern film critics, who have chosen Roma as their favorite and The Favourite as their second favorite.

Award Tallies

(4) Roma
(3) The Favourite

The Awards

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Precursor: 19th Vancouver Critics Awards (2018)

Roma may have won Best Picture, but First Reformed took home more awards. An unusual three-way tie in Best Actress was about the most excitement this group had in their selections.

Award Tallies

(3) First Reformed
(2) Can You Ever Forgive Me?, The Favourite, Roma
(XXX) XXXX

The Awards

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Precursor: 2nd Seattle Critics Awards (2018)

Another award for Roma. It’s almost like critics are trying to force the Academy’s hand, which may not work. Regardless, there aren’t any winners here that seem out of the ordinary.

Award Tallies

(4) Roma
(2) Black Panther, The Favourite

The Awards

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Precursor: 10th Indiana Critics Awards (2018)

Sometimes it takes the regional critics to infuse Oscar season with some unusual selections. Most of what Indiana’s film journalists have done is select unique and interesting choices. There are a few that aren’t out of left field, but from Best Picture on down, this is one of the most eclectic batches so far.

Award Tallies

(3) The Hate U Give
(2) First Reformed, Roma

The Awards

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91st Oscars: Shortlists – All of Them

Unlike past years, the Academy has decided to reveal all of the shortlists simultaneously. Here is the press release.

On initial glance, there were no major embarrassments to be found. All of my predictions in Documentary Feature, Foreign Language Film, and Visual Effects made the short list. A few from my Original Song and Original Score selections did not, but there weren’t any incredibly notable snubs or omissions.

I will try to update my Hopefuls soon.

91ST OSCARS® SHORTLISTS IN NINE AWARD CATEGORIES ANNOUNCED

LOS ANGELES, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced shortlists in consideration for the 91st Oscars® in nine categories: Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, Music (Original Score), Music (Original Song), Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film and Visual Effects. To download shortlists by category, visit Oscars.org/91st-oscars-shortlists.

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Fifteen films will advance in the Documentary Feature category for the 91st Academy Awards. One hundred sixty-six films were originally submitted in the category. Members of the Documentary Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

“Charm City”
“Communion”
“Crime + Punishment”
“Dark Money”
“The Distant Barking of Dogs”
“Free Solo”
“Hale County This Morning, This Evening”
“Minding the Gap”
“Of Fathers and Sons”
“On Her Shoulders”
“RBG”
“Shirkers”
“The Silence of Others”
“Three Identical Strangers”
“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
Ten films will advance in the Documentary Short Subject category for the 91st Academy Awards. One hundred four films had originally qualified in the category. Members of the Documentary Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

“Black Sheep”
“End Game”
“Lifeboat”
“Los Comandos”
“My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes”
“A Night at the Garden”
“Period. End of Sentence.”
“’63 Boycott”
“Women of the Gulag”
“Zion”

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Nine films will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 91st Academy Awards. Eighty-seven films had originally been considered in the category.

Los Angeles-based Academy members from all branches screened the original submissions in the category between mid-October and December 10. The group’s top six choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee, constitute the shortlist. Academy members eligible to participate in the Nominations round of voting will view the shortlisted films. Members must see all nine films before casting their ballots.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:

Colombia, “Birds of Passage”
Denmark, “The Guilty”
Germany, “Never Look Away”
Japan, “Shoplifters”
Kazakhstan, “Ayka”
Lebanon, “Capernaum”
Mexico, “Roma”
Poland, “Cold War”
South Korea, “Burning”

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
Seven films will advance in the Makeup and Hairstyling category for the 91st Academy Awards. All members of the Academy’s Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the seven shortlisted films on Saturday, January 5, 2019. Members will vote to nominate three films for final Oscar® consideration.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

“Black Panther”
“Bohemian Rhapsody”
“Border”
“Mary Queen of Scots”
“Stan & Ollie”
“Suspiria”
“Vice”

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)
Fifteen scores will advance in the Original Score category for the 91st Academy Awards. One hundred fifty-six scores were eligible in the category. Members of the Music Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The scores listed in alphabetical order by film title are:

“Annihilation”
“Avengers: Infinity War”
“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”
“Black Panther”
“BlacKkKlansman”
“Crazy Rich Asians”
“The Death of Stalin”
“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”
“First Man”
“If Beale Street Could Talk”
“Isle of Dogs”
“Mary Poppins Returns”
“A Quiet Place”
“Ready Player One”
“Vice”

MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)
Fifteen songs will advance in the Original Song category for the 91st Academy Awards. Ninety songs were eligible in the category. Members of the Music Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each song is featured, are listed below in alphabetical order by film title and song title:

“When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” from “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”
“Treasure” from “Beautiful Boy”
“All The Stars” from “Black Panther”
“Revelation” from “Boy Erased”
“Girl In The Movies” from “Dumplin’”
“We Won’t Move” from “The Hate U Give”
“The Place Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns”
“Trip A Little Light Fantastic” from “Mary Poppins Returns”
“Keep Reachin’” from “Quincy”
“I’ll Fight” from “RBG”
“A Place Called Slaughter Race” from “Ralph Breaks the Internet”
“OYAHYTT” from “Sorry to Bother You”
“Shallow” from “A Star Is Born”
“Suspirium” from “Suspiria”
“The Big Unknown” from “Widows”

ANIMATED SHORT FILM
Ten films will advance in the Animated Short Film category for the 91st Academy Awards. Eighty-one films had originally qualified in the category. Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

“Age of Sail”
“Animal Behaviour”
“Bao”
“Bilby”
“Bird Karma”
“Late Afternoon”
“Lost & Found”
“One Small Step”
“Pépé le Morse”
“Weekends”

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
Ten films will advance in the Live Action Short Film category for the 91st Academy Awards. One hundred forty films had originally qualified in the category. Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch vote to determine the shortlist and the nominees.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

“Caroline”
“Chuchotage”
“Detainment”
“Fauve”
“Icare”
“Marguerite”
“May Day”
“Mother”
“Skin”
“Wale”

VISUAL EFFECTS
Ten films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 91st Academy Awards. The Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee determined the shortlist. All members of the Visual Effects Branch will be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the shortlisted films on Saturday, January 5, 2019. Following the screenings, members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration.

The films, listed in alphabetical order by title, are:

“Ant-Man and the Wasp”
“Avengers: Infinity War”
“Black Panther”
“Christopher Robin”
“First Man”
“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”
“Mary Poppins Returns”
“Ready Player One”
“Solo: A Star Wars Story”
“Welcome to Marwen”

Nominations voting begins on Monday, January 7, 2019 and concludes on Monday, January 14, 2019.

Nominations for the 91st Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 22, 2019.

The 91st Oscars® will be held on Sunday, February 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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