Precursor: 30th Producers Guild Awards (2018)

Showing that Roma doesn’t have dibs on Best Picture, the Producers Guild of America went with the safe, easy choice of Green Book, avoiding controversy in selecting most of the other films and forgetting that we’re in the 2018 and not 1989. Their other two selections are as expected.

The Awards

Best Picture

Green Book

Best Animated Feature

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Best Documentary

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Producers Guild of America Data

Year Founded: 1950 Film; 1957 TV; 1962 Unified
First Awards: 1989 (30)

Film Preview: Lords of Chaos (2019)

Page Revisions:

(January 13, 2019) Original

Release Date:

February 8, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “A teenager’s quest to launch Norwegian Black Metal in Oslo in the early 1990s results in a very violent outcome.”

Poster Rating: B- / D

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Review: (#1) For a film about metal rockers, this pseudo-sacrilegious design has a certain compelling potency. It’s the kind of design that could grow on you. (#2) A black-and-white design motif doesn’t embellish or enhance the primary image. It just makes it all look boring.

Trailer Rating: C-

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Review: This is a terrible teaser trailer superficially introducing characters and then ending without an explanation or a reason to be.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Film Preview: An Elephant Sitting Still (2019)

Page Revisions:

(January 13, 2019) Original

Release Date:

March 8, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “In the northern Chinese city of Manzhouli, they say there is an elephant that simply sits and ignores the world. Manzhouli becomes an obsession for the protagonists of this film, a longed-for escape from the downward spiral in which they find themselves. Among them is schoolboy Bu, on the run after pushing Shuai down the stairs, who was bullying him previously. Bu’s classmate Ling has run away from her mother and fallen for the charms of her teacher. Shuai’s older brother Cheng feels responsible for the suicide of a friend. And finally, along with many other characters whose fates are inextricably bound together, there’s Mr. Wang, a sprightly pensioner whose son wants to offload him onto a home. In virtuoso visual compositions, the film tells the story of one single suspenseful day from dawn to dusk, when the train to Manzhouli is set to depart.”

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: C

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Review: A rather uninspired trailer that tries to make the audience think it’s a significant achievement, but never adequately conveys that through the moving imagery, plot details, or performances on display.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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This Day in Oscar History: January 19 (2019)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died

Released

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Precursor: 66th Sound Editors Guild Nominations (2018)

Although they were expected to announce their nominations the day before the Oscars, the Motion Picture Sound Editors have given out their 2018 nominations. While they have numerous categories, the two you most need to pay attention are the Sound Effects and Foley and the Dialogue and ADR categories. Oftentimes, the most nominated are also the most likely to earn nominations, but I find it rather hard to believe that Roma could earn a Sound Editing nomination. That said, stranger things have happened. If it does, Best Picture is probably going to be a slam dunk. First Man, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, and A Quiet Place all seem like solid contenders, as does Black Panther. I could also see Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse sliding out of the animation category into the main race based on its showing here.

Nominations Tallies

(3) First Man, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, A Quiet Place, Roma
(2) Black Panther, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite, Isle of Dogs, Mary Poppins Returns, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, A Star Is Born

The Nominations

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Poll: Remaking Best Visual Effects, 2007

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Remaking Best Visual Effects, 2007

In our third pass of the Oscar nominees from 1997 through 2016, we take a look at the nominees for Best Visual Effects. Each week, we’ll present a list of contenders from which you can select five to make up the Best Visual Effects slate. There will be an “Other” option, but you can only use this once and you’ll have to specify your other in the comments. Now on to the game: Best Visual Effects.

Cinema Sight Asks: Which Hopefuls Should Have Been Nominated for Best Visual Effects (select up to 3)?

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Film Preview: The Amityville Murders (2019)

Page Revisions:

(January 13, 2019) Original

Release Date:

February 8, 2019

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “On the night of November 13, 1974, Ronald DeFeo, Jr. took a high-powered rifle and murdered his entire family as they slept. At his trial, DeFeo claimed that “voices” in the house commanded him to kill. This is their story.”

Poster Rating: C+

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Review: Although the plain background isn’t appealing, the foreground has enough interesting details to make up for it.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: A clunky trailer that hits almost every expected horror trope in rapid succession, but furthers the dullness with terrible performances.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

Trailer #1

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 3, 2019)

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

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The NEW Friday Face-Off #286

We’re nearing completion on this initial batch of Friday Face-Offs. We’ll finish out the losers and winners brackets and once it’s all done, we’ll highlight the full winners in each category. Once that’s done, we’ll try and do a better job of facing things off for a new and more comprehensive go-round.

Here are this week’s face-offs.

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2018 Precursor Predictions: Producers Guild of America

The first of the guilds to present their annual awards might give us a glimpse into the Oscar race. Although Oscar voting is now over, it won’t have an influence on the nominations, but could have an outsized influence on the winners considering how tight the Best Picture race is this year.

PRODUCERS GUILD OF AMERICA AWARDS

Best Picture

Black Panther (Wesley, Peter, Thomas)
BlacKkKlansman (RU:Tripp)
Bohemian Rhapsody
Crazy Rich Asians
The Favourite
Green Book
A Quiet Place
Roma
A Star Is Born (Tripp, RU:Wesley, RU:Peter, RU:Thomas)
Vice
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This Day in Oscar History: January 18 (2019)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

Born

Died

Released

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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.

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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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