91st 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 prediction 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 and documentary categories, but I’ve seen both short film categories, so I can offer my thoughts on those. I don’t know that my guesses would have much impact. I have still written a little something on each.

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The Rundown 2018: Costume Design

For our nineteenth Rundown article, we look at a category that is frocking amazing. After the jump, you’ll find our winner and runner-up predictions for Best Costume Design as well as general commentary about the race. Friday, we’ll cover the big one.
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91st Oscars: The Polls – Best Original Screenplay

For the next 24 days, we’re going to present to you polls for who and what you think the best of 2018 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 Original Screenplay

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This Day in Oscar History: February 21 (2019)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died

Released

Oscar Nominations

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Poll: What Are You Watching? (Feb. 22-24, 2019)

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Polls

What Are You Watching? (Feb. 22-24, 2019)

Cinema Sight Asks: What are you watching? (Feb. 22-24, 2019)

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Film Preview: Child’s Play (2019)

Page Revisions:

(February 17, 2019) Original

Release Date:

June 21, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A mother gives her son a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature.”

Poster Rating: B

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Review: Reminding us of the original film, this poster will do a lot in getting fans of the series to the theater to see how the reboot compares.

Trailer Rating: B-

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Review: If you’re familiar with the original horror film, this trailer hits on many of the right buttons, making it feel like a must-see event. The choice not to reveal Chucky himself, does give the trailer an added air of mystery.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Trailer Watch: Teen Spirit (2019) Updated

New Trailer (#2)

Teen Spirit, updated

Preview Link: CLICK HERE for all of the new content as well as the original.

2019 Spring Season Preview: March

Here we look at the upcoming month’s offerings.

March 1, 2019

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral

Premise: From IMDb: “A joyous family reunion becomes a hilarious nightmare as Madea and the crew travel to backwoods Georgia, where they find themselves unexpectedly planning a funeral that might unveil unsavory family secrets.”
Box Office Prospects: $60 M
Expectations: Uncertain. Only one film with Madea as the central character failed to pass $50 million at the box office. That film was the only genuine sequel on offering from Tyler Perry: Boo 2! A Madea Halloween. Most of the films have topped $60 million, but a few haven’t. Considering the law of diminishing returns, I suspect this one will barely eke out a $60 million run.
Oscar Prospects: None
Cinema Sight Preview: See my preview of this title here.

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91st Oscars – Presenters, Part 4

More non-film-related presenters that don’t quite make a lot of sense. A chef, a congressman, and a tennis player. The whiffs of Allan Carr’s disastrous 61st Oscars in 1989 are everywhere.

OSCARS® ROUND 4: ELEVEN UNIQUE TALENTS INTRODUCE BEST PICTURES

Chef José Andrés, Dana Carvey, Queen Latifah, Congressman John Lewis, Diego Luna, Tom Morello, Mike Myers, Trevor Noah, Amandla Stenberg, Barbra Streisand and Serena Williams

LOS ANGELES, CA – Highly recognized talents from various walks of life, will introduce the eight Best Picture nominees on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, announced show producer Donna Gigliotti and co-producer and director Glenn Weiss. The Oscars® airs live on the ABC Television Network, and is broadcast in more than 225 countries and territories.

“Movies connect us all,” said Gigliotti and Weiss. “They move us, and they create moments and memories that unite us. We are thrilled to assemble this well-known array of film lovers to introduce and share their reflections on the Best Picture-nominated movies.”

Over 40 award presenters have been previously announced. Amandla Stenberg was among them, and now joins the Best Picture introductions.

The presenters are:

Elsie Fisher, Danai Gurira, Brian Tyree Henry, Michael B. Jordan, Michael Keaton, Helen Mirren, John Mulaney, Tyler Perry, Pharrell Williams, Krysten Ritter, Paul Rudd and Michelle Yeoh.

Javier Bardem, Angela Bassett, Chadwick Boseman, Emilia Clarke, Laura Dern, Samuel L. Jackson, Stephan James, Keegan-Michael Key, KiKi Layne, James McAvoy, Melissa McCarthy, Jason Momoa and Sarah Paulson.

Awkwafina, Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Tina Fey, Allison Janney, Brie Larson, Jennifer Lopez, Frances McDormand, Gary Oldman, Amy Poehler, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph, Charlize Theron, Tessa Thompson and Constance Wu.

The 91st Oscars will be held at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

Looking at the Weekend: Feb. 22-24, 2019

There’s only one new wide release and after a series of disappointing openings, the final How to Train Your Dragon film should rescue the box office this weekend.

Our Highest Rated Films: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
Our Best Awards Ratings: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

Prosecuting Evil
Total Dhamaal
Fighting with My Family (Expanding)

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Oscar Statistics: Categories & Nominations

Periodically, we’re going to be looking at the Oscars in a different way. While most of our content deals with predictions and precursors and reviews and previews and everything in between, the facts and statistics surrounding the Oscars are seldom referenced but in passing. These articles will change that. As often as is possible (research takes time), we’ll take a narrow look at statistics about and surrounding the Oscars.

For any Oscar lover who is fond of statistics, it’s always interesting to look at the actual numbers surrounding the Oscars. When talking about numbers, one of the best statistics to review is which categories tend to favor Best Picture nominees and Best Picture winners most. It’s also quite fascinating to see how nomination tallies, MPAA ratings, box office numbers, and length can affect the final outcome. While my past statistics articles haven’t done a lot of looking at the current Oscar race, this one will.

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The Rundown 2018: Sound Mixing & Editing

For our eighteenth Rundown article, we examine categories whose innovation was in their infancy when the Academy was founded. After the jump, you’ll find our winner and runner-up predictions for Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing as well as general commentary about the race. Thursday, we’ll cover a frocking amazing category.
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91st Oscars: The Polls – Best Animated Feature

For the next 24 days, we’re going to present to you polls for who and what you think the best of 2018 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 Animated Feature

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This Day in Oscar History: February 20 (2019)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died

Released

Oscar Nominations

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Precursor: 21st Costume Designers Guild Awards (2018)

The Oscar frontrunners are the winners here, which will make for an interesting race at the Oscars where The Favourite and Black Panther will battle it out. The former has legendary, 14-time nominee Sandy Powell while the latter has another legendary costume designer Ruth Carter, who has never won before.

The Awards

Best Period Costume Design

The Favourite (Wesley, Peter, Tripp, Thomas)

Best Fantasy Costume Design

Black Panther (Wesley, Peter, Tripp, Thomas)

Best Contemporary Costume Design

Crazy Rich Asians (Wesley, Peter, Tripp, Thomas)

Costume Designers Guild Data

First Awards: 1998 (21)