This Day in Oscar History: February 26 (2017)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born


Died

Oscar Ceremonies

Oscar Nominations

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Precursor: 32nd Spirit Awards Awards (2016)

The awards went largely as expected, meaning few surprises should be expected at the Oscars Sunday evening.

Award Tallies

(6) Moonlight
(2) The Witch

The Awards

Best Feature

Moonlight (Wesley, Peter, Tripp, Thomas)

Best First Feature

The Witch (Peter, Tripp, RU:Wesley)

John Cassavetes Award

Spa Night (RU:Wesley, RU:Peter)

Best Director

Barry Jenkins – Moonlight (Wesley, Peter, Tripp, Thomas)

Best Female Lead

Isabelle Huppert – Elle (Peter, Tripp, RU:Wesley)

Best Male Lead

Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea (Wesley, Peter, Tripp, Thomas)

Best Supporting Female

Molly Shannon – Other People (Tripp, Thomas, RU:Wesley, RU:Peter)

Best Supporting Male

Ben Foster – Hell or High Water (Thomas)

Best Screenplay

Moonlight (Wesley, Tripp, RU:Peter, RU:Thomas)

Best First Screenplay

The Witch (Wesley, Peter, Tripp)

Best Editing

Moonlight (Peter, Tripp, RU:Wesley, RU:Thomas)

Best Cinematography

Moonlight (Wesley, Peter, Tripp, Thomas)

Best International Film

Toni Erdmann – Germany/Romania (Wesley, Peter, Tripp, Thomas)

Best Documentary

O.J.: Made in America (Wesley, Peter, Tripp, Thomas)

Robert Altman Award

Moonlight

Kiehl’s Someone to Watch Award

Anna Rose Holmer – The Fits (Wesley, Peter)

Truer Than Fiction Award

Nanfu Wang – Hooligan Sparrow (Wesley, Thomas)

Spirit Awards Data

First Awards: 1985 (32)

Precursor: 37th Golden Raspberry Awards (2016)

Dinesh D’Souza’s poorly researched, poorly executed political screed against Hillary Clinton was the big loser at the Razzie Awards sweeping its categories. Batman v Superman came in second with four wins leaving one category to be won by any other film: Zoolander No. 2.

Nominations Tallies

(5) Hillary’s America
(4) Batman v Superman

The Nominations

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Film Preview: The Institute (2017)

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(February 19, 2017) Original

Release Date:

March 3, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “In 19th century Baltimore, a girl stricken with grief from her parents’ untimely death, voluntarily checks herself into the Rosewood Institute, and is subjected to bizarre and increasingly violent pseudo-scientific experiments in personality modification, brainwashing and mind control, she must escape the clutches of the Rosewood and exact her revenge.”

Poster Rating: B

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Review: On the whole it isn’t that interesting, but the entire blood-surrounded eye motif gives it a certain passion and evocative style.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: The trailer is at best confusing. A strange amalgam of myriad period, asylum-set features, this trailer doesn’t do very much to excite the audience. There is a core mystery, however, that gives one hope.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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89th Oscars: The Polls – Best Picture

For the next 24 days, we’re going to present to you polls for who and what you think the best of 2015 was based on the Oscar nominations. Every morning at 8am, we’ll post a new poll for each category. Just submit your vote for the best in that category and that’s it. We’ll have one final post the Friday before the Oscars with all the category polls combined.

Best Picture

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This Day in Oscar History: February 25 (2017)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born


Died

Oscar Ceremonies

Oscar Nominations

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Film Preview: The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017)

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(February 19, 2017) Original

Release Date:

September 22, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Six young ninjas Lloyd, Jay, Kai, Cole, Zane and Nya are tasked with defending their island home, called Ninjago. By night, they’re gifted warriors, using their skills and awesome fleet of vehicles to fight villains and monsters. By day, they’re ordinary teens struggling against their greatest enemy: high school.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: Using the pond reflection is a commonplace idea that works well enough, but doesn’t exactly inspire. This poster is more interesting than the most of the Lego Batman Movie designs, but it’s not that interesting on the whole.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: The humor is a bit more childish than expected and the action a bit corny. However, as this is built on an existing property, some concessions are required. It won’t be able to pull quite the wide swath of audiences that the previous two big screen outings did.

Oscar Prospects:

The first Lego movie of the year (The Lego Batman Movie) is more likely to earn an Oscar nomination than this film. Two Oscar-nominated Lego movies would be unlikely.

Trailer #1

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 8, 2017)

Every week, we’ll take a look back in 5-year intervals at the box office past to explore how Oscar’s nominees were doing at the box office each weekend historically. All data is collected from Box Office Mojo. The first section under each year is the positioning of all Oscar nominees during that weekend at the box office (as well as a section looking at the inflation-adjusted numbers). The third section is an alphabetical list of those films and the categories in which they were nominated. And to start each week off, we’ll be looking at the films releasing over the weekend that have the best chance of getting Oscar nominations and specifying the categories where we think they have the best shots at this stage of the game. If you have any suggestions for more data you’d like to see, please let us know.

This Year: Potential Oscar Nominees Releasing This Weekend

None

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The NEW Friday Face-Off #187

We are now tackling the first round of the losers bracket.

Here is this week’s five (or fewer) face-offs. So, let’s get started.

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2016 Oscar Winner Predictions: FINAL

And here we are at the end of the road. Oscar Season 2016 ends this weekend and we have our final predictions to present to you. Before we get into the meat of the predictions, here are some introductions written by our contributors. Tripp felt he had said everything he needed to during the Rundown series, so he chose not to provide additional commentary. After you finish reading our introductions, head into the predictions and see where we stand and how you compare.

Wesley Lovell: In what has to be one of the least suspenseful Oscar seasons in recent memory, the frontrunner has remained the frontrunner the entire season and few distractions or alterations have made it into the mix. There is still the potential for surprises as BAFTA proved, but how things play out depends on just how potent La La Land truly is. As I referenced in my article Can “La La Land” Tie or Break a Record?, I discussed at length how the Oscar season may play out for the year’s most nominated film. Take a look there to see my thoughts on its chances of tying or breaking a record. I’ve also spent a lot of time writing about these categories, so I’ll be brief in the comments below. If you want to read my thoughts in more deatil, take a look at my article Oscar Guy’s Final Thoughts to know more about what I see as this year’s best bets and runners-up.
Peter J. Patrick: Down to the wire, the big question seems to be how many Oscars La La Land will win. My guess is between 7 and 10, but not the 13 it could win.
Although any of the acting wins could conceivably be a surprise, the one that is generating the most talk is whether or not Denzel Washington can repeat his Screen Actors Guild win. I say “not.” Washington, one of the most awarded actors of our time, had never won a SAG award and was overdue. That’s not the case with Oscar, of which he already has two.
Tripp Burton: Commentary not provided.
Thomas La Tourrette: At this point I have seen all but one animated film, two foreign language films, two documentaries, and one film with a song nominee. I hope to see one of the foreign language films and one if not two documentaries before the awards, though the O.J. documentary is almost eight hours long, so that might not happen. This will definitely be the most movies I have seen before the Oscars. It has been a fun and time-consuming task preparing for this. I do not know how many I will get right, but it is a passion of mine to work on. I hope you enjoy reading it. This definitely will be the year of La La Land. It is a fun movie, if a bit of fluff. But I did enjoy the fact that the director was willing to do a lush, romantic, and original musical, something that rarely happens. The last original musical nominated for best picture was 1979’s All That Jazz. It definitely will be winning a number of awards, probably between 8 and 11. There will be lots of debate as to whether it deserves that many, but it will be fun to see how the awards fall. Some are set, as always, but some are definitely in flux. It definitely makes for a more interesting Oscars when we do not know who they will all go to. So mark your ballots and be prepared.

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89th Oscars: Oscar Guy’s Final Thoughts

There’s not much time left. Sunday, we will find out just how much we did and did not know about this Oscar season. While I’ve contributed quick thoughts to our Rundown articles, I always like to do more with my final post of the year. This will include how I think the races will finish out, what has the best chances of surprising and what I overall felt about the nominees, non-nominees and other general thoughts. Please note that I have not made it through all of the Oscar nominees, so my thoughts will be based on what I have seen and what I see as problem nominees if that applies.

The categories below are sorted in order from least competitive to most competitive.

I will not be sharing my personal thoughts on the quality of the foreign language, documentary, or short film categories since I haven’t seen many of these and apart from Foreign Language Film and Documentary Feature, I don’t know that my guesses would have much impact. I have still written a little something on each and these are separated out at the end of this article.
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The Rundown 2016: Picture

For our eighteenth and final Rundown article, it’s the final category. After the jump, you’ll find our winner and runner-up predictions for Best Pictureas well as general commentary about the race.
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89th Oscars: The Polls – Best Actor

For the next 24 days, we’re going to present to you polls for who and what you think the best of 2015 was based on the Oscar nominations. Every morning at 8am, we’ll post a new poll for each category. Just submit your vote for the best in that category and that’s it. We’ll have one final post the Friday before the Oscars with all the category polls combined.

Best Actor

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This Day in Oscar History: February 24 (2017)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born


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Oscar Ceremonies

Oscar Nominations

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Poll: Cinema Sight @ 20 – Best of 2015

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Polls

Best of 2015

In honor of our 20th year on the internet, we’re beginning a series of polls aimed at the results of the last 20 years and picking what the best of the Oscar nominees were. Here are all of the categories for this year.

Best Picture

Cinema Sight Asks: Of the Oscar nominees for Best Picture 2015, which film is best?

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