Here is the list of Documentary Features submitted to the Academy for consideration for this year’s Oscars. There will be a narrowed list at a later date.
145 DOCUMENTARY FEATURES SUBMITTED FOR 2016 OSCAR® RACE
LOS ANGELES, CA – One hundred forty-five features have been submitted for consideration in the Documentary Feature category for the 89th Academy Awards®.
(October 23, 2016) Original
February 24, 2017
From IMDb: “A cop with a connection to the criminal underworld scours a nightclub in search of his kidnapped son. Based on the 2011 French film “Nuit Blanche.””
Poster Rating: D
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Review: A dull background with a lone figure doesn’t make for a pleasing visual. Maybe it will entice Jamie Foxx fans to the theater, but the lack of style hinders the design’s success.
Trailer Rating: C-
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Review: How many times have we seen similar films play out? That this is a remake of a French thriller isn’t surprising. That the fact that it’s a remake isn’t what makes the trailer design fail is disconcerting.
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
We are now in the third round of voting for the Friday Face Off, pitting winners from the second round against each other. Just choose one selection in each of the categories below. Because we want to keep the polls open a bit longer before starting the next phase, after we finish this third pass, we’ll be starting a Losers Bracket going back to round one and pulling all the losers out and facing them off against one another.
Here is this week’s five (or fewer) face-offs. So, let’s get started.
Best of 1998
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 Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Original Screenplay
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Original Song
Best Original Dramatic Score
Best Original Comedy/Musical Score
Best Film Editing
Best Art Direction
Best Costume Design
Best Sound Effects Editing
Best Visual Effects
Best Foreign Language Film
Best Documentary Feature
Best Documentary Short Subject
Best Animated Short Film
Best Live-Action Short Film
New Trailer (#2) / New Posters (#2 & #3)
Assassin’s Creed, updated
Preview Link: CLICK HERE for all of the new content as well as the original.
Born February 12, 1903 in New York, New York, Joseph Francis (Joe) Biroc started his career in 1918 at the age of 15 as a lab assistant at Paragon Studios in Fort Lee, New Jersey, then America’s film capital. Later a camera assistant at Paramount Studios in Long Island, he moved to Hollywood in the mid-1920s where he worked as an assistant cameraman on such films as the 1931 Oscar winner, Cimarron. He did not become a full-fledged cameraman until 1940, his career interrupted by World War II. As a member of the U.S. Army Signal Corps. he filmed the acclaimed 1944 documentary, Liberation of Paris. He received his first credit as a cinematographer on the 1946 classic, It’s a Wonderful Life along with veteran Joseph Walker.
Biroc’s late 1940s films included Magic Town, On Our Merry Way, My Dear Secretary, Johnny Allegro and Mrs. Mike. In 1950 he directed five episodes of the TV series Dick Tracy and advanced his reputation as one of the screen’s most versatile cinematographers with the films noir The Killer That Stalked New York and 1951’s Cry Danger. His reputation was further advanced by his lensing of the first 3D movie, 1952’s Bwana Devil.
This year’s Documentary Short Subject finalists number 10, five of which will be nominated for the Oscar. Here’s the press release with the announced films:
10 DOC SHORTS ON OSCAR’S 2016 SHORTLIST
LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that the field of Documentary Short Subject contenders for the 89th Academy Awards® has been narrowed to 10 films, of which 5 will earn Oscar® nominations.
Voters from the Academy’s Documentary Branch viewed this year’s 61 eligible entries and submitted their ballots to PricewaterhouseCoopers for tabulation.
The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:
- “Brillo Box (3¢ Off),” Brillo Box Documentary
- “Close Ties,” Munk Studio – Polish Filmmakers Association
- “Extremis,” f/8 Filmworks in association with Motto Pictures
- “4.1 Miles,” University of California, Berkeley
- “Frame 394,” Compy Films
- “Joe’s Violin,” Lucky Two Productions
- “The Mute’s House,” The Jerusalem Sam Spiegel Film School
- “The Other Side of Home,” Feeln
- “Watani: My Homeland,” ITN Productions
- “The White Helmets,” Grain Media and Violet Films
Nominations for the 89th Oscars® will be announced on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.
The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
(October 23, 2016) Original
May 5, 2017
From IMDb: “Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ continues the team’s adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage.”
Poster Rating: A-
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Review: It’ a rather stark decision to go black-and-white, but the details matter and, along with the five primary guardians of the first film (you have to look for all of them), you have Yondu and Nebula as key components. That will surely get fans excited. I’m hoping for something with more detail in the future, but this is a solid first effort.
Trailer Rating: B
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Review: There are a lot of components to this trailer that work, including the now-familiar “Hooked on a Feeling.” The only real problem is that the humor already feels a tad dated and the plot information is almost non-existent. Still, for fans it will be of huge interest. For everyone else, perhaps not so much.
Marvel’s big 2017 tentpole release could be a player in several design categories, but whether it’s more of the same or something different all depends on how much new ground the film treads.
It’s rather strange for a film like Inferno to find itself without competition. That makes it the only choice to be number one of all new releases. So, will it surpass the second weekends of Boo! A Madea Halloween and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. It’s very likely. The first film opened to $77 million and the second to $46 million. I suspect this outing will be lower than both, but Madea ended up on top last weekend with $28 million, even a modest slide won’t be enough to match what Inferno could take at minimum.
Our Highest Rated Films: Inferno
Our Best Awards Ratings: None
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Here we look at the upcoming month’s offerings.
November 4, 2016
Premise: From IMDb: “A neurosurgeon with a destroyed career sets out to repair his hands only to find himself protecting the world from inter-dimensional threats.”
Box Office Prospects: $200 M
Expectations: Excellent. If the performance of prior Marvel origins is any indication, this should be a slam dunk at the box office. Its highest potential dependent entirely on how good the film is.
Oscar Prospects: Uncertain. While the film will most certainly boast lots of visual effects, there’s no indication the film will be able to pull off a VFX nomination.
Cinema Sight Preview: See my preview of this title here.