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Poll: Remaking Best Visual Effects, 2013

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Remaking Best Visual Effects, 2013

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 5)?

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Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 12

As the precursor awards continue unabated until Oscar night, I’m going to be providing a weekly update highlighting the films that have won and lost momentum through the precursor awards (and in some cases other outside influences).

With a handful of precursors this past week, one of them being the Directors Guild of America, there isn’t a lot to say about this week’s winners. While a few of the races may have solidified, the big one, Best Picture, still remains relatively murky.

But, before we get into this week’s winners and losers, let’s take a look at what’s coming up this week:

Week 13

Monday, Feb. 4 – Nominees Lunch (Official)
Monday, Feb. 4 – AARP (Awards) (Official)
Wednesday, Feb. 6 – Film Music Critics (Nominations) (Unconfirmed)
Thursday, Feb. 7 – Berlin Festival (Festival) (Official)
Saturday, Feb. 9 – Cinematographers (Awards) (Official)
Saturday, Feb. 9 – USC Scripter (Awards) (Official)
Saturday, Feb. 9 – Sci-Tech Awards (Official)
Sunday, Feb. 10 – British Academy (Awards) (Official)
Sunday, Feb. 10 – Grammy Awards (Awards) (Official)
Sunday, Feb. 10 – Online Film & TV Association (Awards) (Official)

Big Winners

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2018 Precursor Predictions: Screen Actors Guild

With nary a consensus heading into Oscar voting, it will be interesting to see what SAG voters pick since actors makeup the largest portion of the Academy’s membership. Of course SAG also has AFTRA mixed in, which means a lot of television voters. While the massive SAG-AFTRA organization dwarfs the Academy, there’s no question there’s a bit of an influence with SAG winners going on to Academy wins more often than almost any other group. Their Best Cast award tends to favor Best Picture contenders.

SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS

Introduction

Wesley Lovell: My introduction is the overall one, though I am hopeful that a lot of mistakes that have been made this precursor season by various bodies can be rectified here, though Supporting Actress is certainly not going to remedy the frustration with If Beale Street Could Talk being left off where it shouldn’t.
Peter J. Patrick: I think the big questions of the evening are whether Black Panther can win anything major this year and whether the A Star Is Born slide from grace will continue.
Tripp Burton: SAG is going to make things a lot clearer for the Oscars and also muddle it up quite a bit too. This is turning out to be quite a race, and I still have a lot of questions.
Thomas LaTourette: None provided.
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91st Oscars: Screener Watch, Week 7

Apparently missing everyone’s deadline, Mary Queen of Scots arrived this week after voting was finished.

Mary Queen of Scots

Oscar Chances: Uncertain: While the film could still show up in Production Design and/or Costume Design, the film’s weak reception with critics and at the box office means that it’s mostly an also-ran.
Campaign-Proposed Categories

  • Picture (Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward)
  • Director (Josie Rourke)
  • Actress (Saoirse Ronan)
  • Supporting Actress (Margot Robbie)
  • Adapted Screenplay (Beau Willimon)
  • Film Editing (Chris Dickens)
  • Cinematography (John Mathieson)
  • Production Design (James Merifield, Gina Cromwell)
  • Costume Design (Alexandra Byrne)
  • Sound Mixing (Rob Flanagan, Steve Single, Andrew Caller)
  • Sound Editing (Ian Wilson, Alastair Sirkett)
  • Makeup and Hairstyling (Jenny Shircore)
  • Original Score (Max Richter)

Precursor: 12th Detroit Critics Nominations (2018)

By virtue of being one of the early nomination sets out their, the Detroit Critics have made themselves a beacon for others to look to for inspiration, but are their selections that inspirational? Somewhat yes. Somewhat no. Apart from elevating a film like If Beale Street Could TalkEighth Grade leads their nominations only because of the breakthrough category from where two nominations came. That film, along with First Reformed benefit a bit from these selections, but will it be enough without further support from other groups? Unlikely.

Nominations Tallies

(8) Eighth Grade
(6) A Star Is Born
(5) The Favourite, Vice
(4) First Reformed, Green Book
(3) Roma

The Nominations

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Poll: Remaking Best Visual Effects, 1997

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Remaking Best Visual Effects, 1997

In our third pass of the Oscar nominees from 1997 through 2016, we take a look at the nominees for Best Actress. 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 Original Song.

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

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Trailer Watch: Boy Erased (2018) Updated

New Trailer (#2)

Boy Erased, updated

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Precursor: 28th Gotham Awards Nominations (2018)

With only a handful of categories, the Gotham Awards have been having a small impact on the indie cinema that becomes big contenders in Oscar season. First Reformed topped the list with three nominations while several others placed with two. The Favourite ended up with three citations, though one was a winner-only as best ensemble for stars Emma Stone, Olivia Colman, and Rachel Weisz, who were specifically excluded from the Best Actress race as a result.

Looking over the nominees, a few titles that one would have expected to see like BlacKkKlansman and Roma received only a single nominations, while several films that still aren’t on Oscar’s radar like First Reformed and Madeline’s Madeline did quite well. Whether this is instructive or not remains to be seen, but for right now, it’s an early look at what could be charging into the fall’s Oscar competition.

Award Tallies

(3) First Reformed
(2) Eighth Grade, The Favourite (3), Hereditary, If Beale Street Could Talk, Leave No Trace, Madeline’s Madeline, Private Life, Sorry to Bother You, Support the Girls

The Awards

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Poll: Remaking Best Original Song, 1999

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Remaking Best Original Song, 1999

In our third pass of the Oscar nominees from 1997 through 2016, we take a look at the nominees for Best Original Song. Each week, we’ll present a list of contenders from which you can select five to make up the Best Original Song 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 Original Song.

Cinema Sight Asks: Which Hopefuls Should Have Been Nominated for Best Original Song (select up to 5)?

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Trailer Watch: Alpha (2018) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Poster (#2) / New Release Date (changed from 3/2/18)

Alpha, updated

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Trailer Watch: Searching (2018) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Poster (#2)

Searching, updated

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Poll: Remaking Best Actress, 2003 Redux

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Remaking Best Actress, 2003 Redux

(NOTE: Because a 2002 candidate made it into the 2003 voting, I’m re-doing the vote for Best Actress of 2003 so that no one’s vote is wasted on an ineligible actress.)

In our third pass of the Oscar nominees from 1997 through 2016, we take a look at the nominees for Best Actress. Each week, we’ll present a list of contenders from which you can select five to make up the Best Actress 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 Actress.

Cinema Sight Asks: Which Hopefuls Should Have Been Nominated for Best Actress (select up to 5)?

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Trailer Watch: Game Over, Man! (2018) Updated

New Trailer (#3)

Game Over, Man!, updated

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Trailer Watch: Avengers: Infinity War (2018) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Poster (#2)

Avengers: Infinity War, updated

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Trailer Watch: Tully (2018) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Poster (#1)

Tully, updated

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