Precursor: 69th Writers Guild Awards (2016)

One thing’s for certain. Adapted Screenplay at the Oscars is a lock for Moonlight. Beating out the Kenneth Lonergan, the frontrunner in Original Screenplay, suggests Manchester by the Sea is weak; however, it’s really the strength of Moonlight that it suggests. This means a knock-down fight between La La Land and Manchester by the Sea, a contest we now don’t have any reasonable prediction to guide us.

The Awards

Best Original Screenplay

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

Best Adapted Screenplay

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

Documentary Screenplay

Command and Control (Wesley, Thomas, RU:Peter)

Writers Guild of America Data

Year Founded: 1933
First Awards: 1948 (69)

Precursor: 8th Make-Up Artists Guild Awards (2016)

No film captured multiple prizes, but one surprise was in store when Hail, Caesar! stormed the period hair styling category. The two Oscar nominees to pick up trophies, Suicide Squad and Star Trek: Beyond go into the Oscars as the main competitors. Star Trek: Beyond won the crucial special make-up effects category, which is the best predictor of the makeup Oscar, though never a guarantee.

The Awards

Best Period and/or Character Make-up

Suicide Squad (Wesley, Tripp, RU:Peter, RU:Thomas)

Best Period and/or Character Hair Styling

Hail, Caesar!

Best Special Make-up Effects

Star Trek: Beyond (Wesley, Tripp, Thomas)

Best Contemporary Make-up

Nocturnal Animals (RU:Wesley, RU:Tripp)

Best Contemporary Hair Styling

La La Land (Wesley, Peter, Tripp, Thomas)

Make-Up and Hair Stylists Guild Data

Year Founded: 1937
First Awards: 1999 (8)

Precursor: 64th Sound Editors Guild Awards (2016)

It was a night of surprise winner and expected choices. Hacksaw Ridge continues the long history of war films winning sound editing prizes, which is kind of surprising considering how few new effects have to be created for these films compared to more original and more inventive fare.

Awards Tallies

(2) Hacksaw Ridge

The Awards

Best Sound Editing: Sound Effects and Foley in a Feature Film

Hacksaw Ridge (Wesley, Peter, Thomas, RU:Tripp)

Best Sound Editing: Dialogue and ADR in a Feature Film

Hacksaw Ridge (Thomas, RU:Tripp)

Best Sound Editing & Music in an Animation Feature Film

Moana (Thomas, RU:Wesley)

Best Sound Editing & Music in a Feature Documentary

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (Thomas, RU:Wesley)

Best Sound Editing: Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue and ADR in a Feature Foreign Language Film

The King’s Choice (RU:Thomas)

Best Sound Editing: Music in a Feature Film

Warcraft

Best Sound Editing: Music in a Musical Feature Film

La La Land (Wesley, Peter, Tripp, Thomas)

Motion Picture Sound Editors Data

Year Founded: 1953
First Awards: 1953 (63)

This Day in Oscar History: February 20 (2017)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Poll: What Are You Most Anticipating? (Mar. 2017, Wide)

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What Are You Most Anticipating? (Mar. 2017, Wide)

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Trailer Watch: Life (2017) Updated

New Trailers (#2 & #3) / New Posters (#1 & #2) / New Link (Super Bowl Trailer)

Life

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Gallery: Kong: Skull Island (2017)

Below is a gallery for the upcoming film Kong: Skull Island.

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Weekend Preview: Feb. 24-26, 2017

Below are six previews for films opening next weekend.

 

Collide (Wide)

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Get Out (Wide)

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Rock Dog (Wide)

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Bitter Harvest (Limited)

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Fabricated City (Limited)

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Punching Henry (Limited)

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Film Preview: Punching Henry (2017)

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(February 19, 2017) Original

Release Date:

February 24, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Hapless satirical songwriter Henry Phillips is lured to LA when a veteran TV producer decides to make a show about the life of a loser.”

Poster Rating: C+ / C-

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Review: (#1) Although it makes no sense why pigeons are flocking around the heavily Photshopped lead, it’s a design that uses strangeness to engage the viewer. (#2) More excessive Photoshop on display accompanied by uninteresting head shots that are intentionally laid over a fake poster. Everything is so manufactured that it isn’t nearly as interesting as it wishes it were.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: There are a couple of amusing bits in the trailer, but the film looks like an ton of cinematic comedy/music/traveling cliches that aren’t supported by very much of merit.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Film Preview: Fabricated City (2017)

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(February 19, 2017) Original

Release Date:

February 24, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A gamer named Kwon yoo (Ji Chang wook) is unemployed, but in the virtual world he is a leader. Kwon yoo is then framed for murder. With the help of his gaming buddies they try to uncover the truth about this murder case.”

Poster Rating: B-

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Review: For the most part, this design is quite fascinating. It creates a surreal look at the mechanical nature of the film’s premise. The poster is balanced nicely across the frame and uses a pleasing color palette.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: The premise of the film gets lost in the shuffle of a trailer that’s trying too hard to convey a sense of action comedy that has been handled often and better by other directors.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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Film Preview: Bitter Harvest (2017)

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(February 19, 2017) Original

Release Date:

February 24, 2017

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Set in 1930s Ukraine, as Stalin advances the ambitions of communists in the Kremlin, young artist Yuri battles to save his lover Natalka from the Holodomor, the death-by-starvation program that ultimately killed millions of Ukrainians.”

Poster Rating: B- / C

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Review: (#1) Conjuring images of past romantic epics like Doctor Zhivago, this poster design has solid balance, but the upper background blandness is mildly distracting. (#2) If the dullish background of the first design weren’t bad enough, they double the amount of it in this poster. While it’s clearly supposed to be destruction wafting through the wind and thus accentuate the perils against which these lovers are fighting, it is ultimately uninteresting.

Trailer Rating: C

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Review: Trying desperately to capitalize on current events revolving around Russia and the Ukraine, the war-set romance looks antiquated and the stars aren’t selling it very well with the unimpressive performances suggested by this trailer.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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89th Oscars: The Polls – Best Documentary Feature

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 Documentary Feature

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This Day in Oscar History: February 19 (2017)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Precursor: 24th Cinema Audio Society Awards (2016)

Another win for La La Land, which continues to show its strengths in categories where it is expected to triumph. Finding Dory‘s win is strange, but looking at the nominee roster, it looks like familiarity and name recognition may have played a part.

The Awards

Best Sound Mixing – Live Action

La La Land (Wesley, Tripp, Thomas)

Best Sound Mixing – Animated

Finding Dory (RU:Thomas)

Best Sound Mixing – Documentary

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble (Wesley, RU:Tripp, RU:Thomas)

Cinema Audio Society Data

Year Founded: 1964
First Awards: 1993 (23)

Trailer Watch: Personal Shopper (2017) Updated

New Trailer (#2)

Personal Shopper

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