Category: Academy Awards

Precursor: 15th DC Critics Awards (2016)

The Washington D.C. Area critics were over the moon for La La Land, handing the film a staggering 7 awards. This is the first blow-out the film has received this season and suggests it will be a much stronger player than previously thought. Natalie Portman and Viola Davis notch their first wins on what is likely to be a strong showing for the two. I suspect that three, or even four, of these acting winners will carry over to the Oscars. Matter of fact, I’m tempted to call it now: this is the group that will best match the Oscars this year. Also, kudos to Kubo as it picks up its first major trophy of the season. I hope it’s more. Apart from Zootopia, the two other winners, The Red Turtle and Your Name. aren’t the kinds of films the Academy tends to recognize in Best Animated Feature, so as many wins as Kubo can muster could help it win an Oscar.

Award Tallies

(7) La La Land
(2) Jackie, Manchester by the Sea

The Awards

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89th Oscars: Screener Watch: Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2016

This week, eight new films arrived in my mailbox. Three were from Netflix Studios; three were from Focus Features; one was from Cohen Media/Amazon Studios; and the other was from regular Amazon Studios. Here is what arrived.

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Oscar Chances: Excellent: Ava DuVernay’s Selma scraped by with a small number of nominations, winning Best Original Song. However, it seems likely this film will be a major player for Best Documentary Feature. A nomination seems guaranteed. A win is also a strong possibility.
Campaign-Proposed Categories:

  • Best Documentary Feature (Ava DuVernay, Howard Barish, Spencer Averick)
  • Best Director (Ava DuVernay)
  • Best Cinematography (Hans Charles, Kira Kelly)
  • Best Film Editing (Spencer Averick)
  • Best Original Score (Jason Moran)
  • Best Original Song (“Letter to the Free” – Common)

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This Day in Oscar History: December 5 (2016)

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Precursor: 42nd Los Angeles Critics Awards (2016)

The Los Angeles Film Critics have announced their winners for the best of 2016. Moonlight performed strongly with La La Land coming in second frequently. Adam Driver and Lily Gladstone received surprise citations while The Handmaiden makes a strong play in Best Foreign Language Film and Best Production Design.

Award Tallies

(4) Moonlight
(2) The Handmaiden

The Awards

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This Day in Oscar History: December 4 (2016)

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Precursor: 15th DC Critics Nominations (2016)

The DC Area film Critics have announced their preliminary nominations for this year’s awards. They will announce their winners on Monday (December 5, 2016). Looking over this list, the usual suspects (Moonlight, La La Land, and Manchester by the Sea are here. There are also strong showings by Arrival, Hell or High Water and Jackie. There aren’t too many glaring omissions, though Lion‘s paltry showing is telling. (Note: Jackie technically received 6 nominations, but the nod for Best Portrayal of Washington DC is a very specific category and would not be fair to count into the film’s tally. It’s also why Loving‘s three nominations aren’t listed below since one of them comes from that other category.).

Nominations Tallies

(9) La La Land, Moonlight
(8) Arrival, Manchester by the Sea
(6) Hell or High Water
(5) Jackie (6)
(4) Fences, A Monster Calls
(3) 20th Century Women, Nocturnal Animals, Zootopia

The Nominations

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This Day in Oscar History: December 3 (2016)

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Oscar in Box Office History (Week 49, 2016)

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

Jackie (Limited)

Oscar Potential: Picture, Director, Actress (Natalie Portman), Supporting Actor (Peter Sarsgaard), Supporting Actress (Greta Gerwig), Original Screenplay, Film Editing, Cinematography, Production Design, Costume Design, Makeup and Hairstyling.

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89th Oscars: Visual Effects Longlist

The Academy has announced 20 films on the shortlist for consideration for this year’s Best Visual Effects Oscar. From these 20, the list will be narrowed to 10 films from which the final 5 nominees will be selected.

Based on my own predictions and hopefuls list, the titles missing are A Monster Calls, Assassin’s Creed, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Ghostbusters, Hacksaw Ridge, The Legend of Tarzan, Pete’s Dragon. Of those, the only exclusions that surprise me are A Monster Calls, Ghostbusters, and Pete’s Dragon. The rest were longshots anyway.

As to what made it to this list and not mine? Kubo and the Two Strings and Sully. While Kubo‘s inclusion matches the frequent decision of the preliminary selection committee for recognizing stop-motion animation or computer animation in general. It has never manifested in an Oscar nomination, nor to my recollection, a final shortlist appearance. Sully makes sense only in that it has a lot of supporting effects, which this group likes. I guess it was a more popular option than Billy Lynn or Hacksaw.

Based on these selections (and since I won’t be updating my hopefuls for another week or two), I’d say the most likely to move to the final ten are: Arrival, Doctor Strange, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Jungle Book, Passengers, Rogue One, and Star Trek: Beyond. That’s only seven titles, but the remaining three slots are murky to me. I could see any one of the others except Kubo making that final ten.

20 CONTENDERS ADVANCE IN VFX OSCAR® RACE

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 20 films are in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 89th Academy Awards®.

The films are listed below in alphabetical order:

  • Alice through the Looking Glass
  • Arrival
  • The BFG
  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Deadpool
  • Deepwater Horizon
  • Doctor Strange
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Independence Day: Resurgence
  • The Jungle Book
  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Passengers
  • Rogue One
  • Star Trek Beyond
  • Suicide Squad
  • Sully
  • Warcraft
  • X-Men: Apocalypse

The Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee determined the preliminary shortlist. Later this month, the committee will select the 10 films that will advance to nominations voting.

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.

This Day in Oscar History: December 2 (2016)

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Precursor: 82nd New York Critics Awards (2016)

La La Land gets another huge shot in the arm with a Best Picture win from the New York Film Critics Circle. Moonlight also got a major boost, as did Isabelle Huppert. Zootopia is the surprising choice for Best Animated Film and gives it a boost towards the Oscars where its early release may have put it in danger of consideration.

Award Tallies

(3) Manchester by the Sea, Moonlight

The Awards

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Precursor: 22nd Broadcast Critics Nominations (2016)

The Broadcast Film Critics Association, moving ever further back into the awards season, wants to be the first live broadcast of awards of the season. In moving back, they have inadvertently made themselves slightly less relevant. With two of the year’s major Oscar players Silence (for most categories) and Rogue One (in tech categories), not screened early enough for their consideration, both are conspicuously absent. Last year, they made the bone-headed decision to award an 11th slot in their Best Picture slate to The Force Awakens, embarrassing the organization for having rushed to be the first.

So, what can this list of nominations say about the state of the race in general? Clearly La La Land and Moonlight are major players, as is Manchester by the Sea, but is this love for Hacksaw Ridge genuine or Golden Globe-style fan adoration? Time will tell as other groups announce their selections. Will the Globes follow suit? We will have to wait and see. There are no major surprises. Hidden Figures may have proven to be a one-hit wonder with its strong showing at the Satellite Awards as it earns a scant three citations here, though its Ensemble nominations at both will surely presage a Screen Actors Guild Cast citation, which might boost its Oscar credentials (that’s how The Help managed to surge five years ago.

Other noteworthy omissions: No The Founder or its star Michael Keaton. This may have been the result of a failure to screen as well. Jessica Chastain couldn’t make it into their list for Miss Sloane, which suggests her support may be softer than expected. I’m sure there’s something else missing that I will realize in a few hours. I will add more commentary later if I think of it.

Nominations Tallies

(12) La La Land
(10) Arrival, Moonlight
(8) Manchester by the Sea
(7) Hacksaw Ridge
(6) Doctor Strange, Fences, Hell or High Water, Jackie, Lion
(4) Deadpool, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Loving, Sully
(3) 20th Century Women, Captain America: Civil War, The Edge of Seventeen, Florence Foster Jenkins, Hidden Figures, Nocturnal Animals

The Nominations

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This Day in Oscar History: December 1 (2016)

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This Day in Oscar History: November 30 (2016)

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Precursor: 88th National Board of Review Awards (2016)

Kenneth Lonergan’s drama Manchester by the Sea picked up three prizes from the National Board of review, including Best Picture. Many of the year’s key competitors are in evidence here with some noteworthy surprises such as Hidden Figures earning the ensemble award and the here-to-fore unseen Silence placing on the list in spite of that.

Award Tallies

(3) Manchester by the Sea
(2) Moonlight

The Awards

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