91st Oscars: Live Announcement Information

The Academy has announced that they will be livestreaming the nominations Tuesday morning. They’ve included the broadcast times for Pacific, Eastern, Greenwich and China time zones. Adding two more from the US: 6:20 a.m. Mountain and 7:20 a.m. Central.

91st Oscars® Nominations Announcement

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

5:20 a.m. PST/8:20 a.m. EST/1:20 p.m. GMT/9:20 p.m. CST

FORMAT

The 91st Academy Awards® nominations in all 24 Oscar® categories will be announced in a two-part live presentation on Tuesday, January 22, via global live stream on Oscar.com, Oscars.org, the Academy’s digital platforms – Twitter, YouTube, Facebook – a satellite feed and local broadcasters.

5:20:00 a.m. PT:
(Not listed in order of presentation)
Actor in a Supporting Role
Actress in a Supporting Role
Costume Design
Film Editing
Original Score
Animated Short Film
Live Action Short Film
Sound Editing
Sound Mixing

5:30:30 a.m. PT:
(Not listed in order of presentation)
Actor in a Leading Role
Actress in a Leading Role
Animated Feature Film
Cinematography
Directing
Documentary Feature
Documentary Short Subject
Foreign Language Film
Makeup and Hairstyling
Best Picture
Visual Effects
Adapted Screenplay
Original Screenplay
Original Song

Film Preview: The Bouncer (2019)

Page Revisions:

(January 13, 2019) Original

Release Date:

January 11, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A nightclub bouncer in his fifties who’s taken punches, literally and figuratively, struggles to raise his 8-year-old daughter.”

Poster Rating: D

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Review: We get it. He’s protecting a little girl. One of a dime a dozen and nothing to make it stand out from those.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: Hearing Jean-Claude Van Damme in French is certainly a different experience, but this substandard deviation on The Professional doesn’t have a spark of creative energy anywhere to be seen.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Film Preview: Everybody Knows (2019)

Page Revisions:

(January 13, 2019) Original

Release Date:

February 8, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “Laura, a Spanish woman living in Buenos Aires, returns to her hometown outside Madrid with her two children to attend her sister’s wedding. However, the trip is upset by unexpected events that bring secrets into the open.”

Poster Rating: D+ / D / D / D+ / D (4)

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Review: (#1) It’s hard to find much positive about this design, the lightning design being about the only thing. (#2) This two panel poster is dull, uninteresting, and forced. (#3) Big lettering with a bland foreground doesn’t make things interesting. (#4) If you can’t dull the viewer with plain design details, might as well go with overused ones. red-and-black with white lettering is passé. (#5-#8) These are blocky in all the standard ways as well as new ones, with the box-like nature of the red and white lettering. A main poster and character posters in the same style is appalling.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: Once you figure out what this movie may partly be about, the trailer goes out of its way to keep you from having a great deal of concern for the characters, which is an impediment to the box office success of a film like this.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Oscar Profile #427: Hume Cronyn

Born July 18, 1911 in London, Ontario, Canada, Hume Cronyn was one of five children whose father, Hume Sr. was a businessman and member of Parliament for London who had an observatory at the University of Western Ontario and an asteroid named after him.

After graduating from Ridley College, Cronyn switched majors from pre-law to drama while attending McGill University, continuing his studies under Max Reinhardt at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. He made his Broadway debut playing a janitor in Hipper’s Holiday, the first of many Broadway productions in which he had a minor role for the next decade. He married philanthropist Emily Woodruff that same year, but the two never lived together. They were divorced in 1936.

In 1940, Cronyn met actress Jessica Tandy who had just emigrated to the U.S. from England following her divorce from actor Jack Hawkins. They married in 1942, had two children, and acted together throughout their more than 50-year marriage on stage, in films and on television. Cronyn made his film debut in 1943’s Shadow of a Doubt. Tandy made her U.S. film debut in 1944’s The Seventh Cross, Cronyn’s fifth film for which he received an Oscar nomination in support of Spencer Tracy.

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This Day in Oscar History: January 17 (2019)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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Released

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Film Preview: Fighting with My Family (2019)

Page Revisions:

(January 13, 2019) Original

Release Date:

February 14, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A former wrestler and his family make a living performing at small venues around the country while his kids dream of joining World Wrestling Entertainment.”

Poster Rating: D

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Review: The blocky yellow lettering may barely go with the image, the combination isn’t very interesting or enticing.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: The trailer starts off poorly and if it weren’t for the performances of the young cast, it would feel like a painfully lame attempt by British filmmakers to include an American idol in its narrative cheapness. Then again, there’s something compelling about the story that even Dwayne Johnson can’t inhibit.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Film Preview: Polar (2019)

Page Revisions:

(January 13, 2019) Original

Release Date:

January 25, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “The world’s top assassin, Duncan Vizla, is settling into retirement when his former employer marks him as a liability to the firm. Against his will, he finds himself back in the game going head to head with an army of younger killers.”

Poster Rating: –


Review: There was no poster immediately available for my review. Should one become available in the future, this section will be updated.

Trailer Rating: B

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Review: This graphic-novel based feature has a lot of interesting imagery peppered throughout its runtime and while there are elements that look rather insipid, the overall impression is positive.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Looking at the Weekend: Jan. 18-20, 2019

The weekend sees one new wide release and it will handily top the box office. Glass is the third film in an unexpected trilogy from M. Night Shyamalan who, from all accounts, has gotten his groove back. Of course, digging back into his second-most popular feature was probably good idea for him.

Our Highest Rated Films: An Acceptable Loss; Adult Life Skills
Our Best Awards Ratings: None

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The Heiresses

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This Day in Oscar History: January 16 (2019)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died

Released

Oscar Nominations

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Film Preview: Greta (2019)

Page Revisions:

(January 13, 2019) Original

Release Date:

March 1, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A young woman befriends a lonely widow.”

Poster Rating: C

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Review: This is a poster design that demands you be familiar with the film’s premise to understand its purpose. The problem is that the dull yellow background doesn’t embellish or enhance the foreground.

Trailer Rating: B+

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Review: A sometimes conventional trailer gives way to the fascinating potential of this narrative with this cast. It looks like a dizzyingly evocative and terrifying look at obsession and Isabelle Huppert looks like perfection.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Film Preview: Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)

Page Revisions:

(January 13, 2019) Original

Release Date:

February 1, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “After a series of paintings by an unknown artist are discovered, a supernatural force enacts revenge on those who have allowed their greed to get in the way of art.”

Poster Rating: –


Review: There was no poster immediately available for my review. Should one become available in the future, this section will be updated.

Trailer Rating: A-

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Review: The concept is as daring and fascinating as it is viscerally compelling. There are numerous images here that suggest a compelling time at the cinema even if it probably won’t ever make it to the theater.

Oscar Prospects:

Dan Gilroy and Jake Gyllenhaal have been through the Oscar rodeo before and came up short. With the horrific theme and the February release date, its chances are limited.

Trailer #1

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Precursor: 32nd USC Scripter Nominations (2018)

If you look at the Adapted Screenplay contenders, you would only find two of these films as likely nominees. The Death of Stalin has shown up enough times to be considered a threat, but the Academy doesn’t like comic book movies that much and definitely don’t consider the screenplays worthy since none have ever been nominated by the Academy and only one graphic novel (American Splendor) has despite critical acclaim for the likes of Road to Perdition and A History of Violence.

The Writers Guild (WGA) has nominated a few, including Splendor, History, Black Panther, Logan, Deadpool, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Dark Knight, Superman. They are much more accepting of such things, but the Academy better mirrors the scripters. Black Panther is the second film based on a graphic novel or comic book to be nominated with History of Violence the former. This is the first based solely on a comic book to get the nomination. That’s a big deal and could mirror to the Oscars based on the USC Libraries’ history in predicting. That said, Leave No Trace is easily the most vulnerable followed by Panther and Stalin.

As to the Oscar contenders hurt by these selections, look no further than BlacKkKlansman, A Star Is Born, Widows, and First Man. The good news for A Star Is Born and Widows is that USC Scripter, unlike the Academy and the WGA, doesn’t care for non-literary adaptations. A Star Is Born is based on three prior film screenplays while Widows is based on a television show. BlacKkKlansman and First Man, however, have no excuses. That said, at least Spike Lee’s film has a WGA nomination. Damien Chazelle’s does not, meaning that A Star Is Born and BlacKkKlansman are on shaky, but not insurmountable footing to still make it into the Oscar race.

The Nominations

Best Adapted Screenplay

Black Panther
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
The Death of Stalin
If Beale Street Could Talk
Leave No Trace

USC Scripter Data

Year Founded: 1988
First Awards: 1987 (32)

Precursor: 17th Visual Effects Society Nominations (2018)

With this group, there are three categories to inspect for clues to the Oscar nominees. Of those three, most come from Best Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature while one or two can come from Best Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature. The third category, which became important with Kubo and the Two Strings is Best Visual Effects in an Animated Feature.

There are ten films on the shortlist at the Oscars, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Black Panther, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and Mary Poppins Returns are not in these three categories. That said, Ant-Man and Fallen Kingdom each picked up a nomination from this group, but the others did not. This probably means Mary Poppins is out of the running while Black Panther is now on the ropes. It’s possible to take out Christopher Robin from the main list and replace it with First Man from the second and call that the nominees. I’d even go so far as to say that’s what I would expect. Animation has nothing this year, so they are out of reach and First Man is the only supporting visual effects nominee on the shortlist, making that the likely fifth slot. It’s whether Solo and Marwen, two films that have gotten lackluster or hostile responses (respectively) from critics, can overcome those deficiencies to beat out one of the others.

Nominations Tallies

(6) Avengers: Infinity War
(5) Incredibles 2, Ready Player One
(4) Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
(3) Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Welcome to Marwen

The Nominations

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Precursor: 10th Denver Film Critics Awards (2018)

Chalk another one up for Roma. We’re getting close to the end of the critics awards, which means the industry will now start weighing in, including the Producers Guild later this week. At that point, all of these carbon-copy critics prizes will be largely forgotten.

Award Tallies

(3) Roma
(2) The Favourite, A Quiet Place

The Awards

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