Category: 90th Oscars (2017)

90th Oscars: The Polls – Best Documentary Feature

For the next two weeks, we’re going to present to you polls for who and what you think the best of 2017 was based on the Oscar nominations. Every morning at 8am and 8pm, 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 Documentary Feature

Which of these Oscar nominees for Best Documentary Feature is best?

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The Rundown 2017: Cinematography

For our fourteenth Rundown article, we look at the lightest category. After the jump, you’ll find our winner and runner-up predictions for Best Cinematography as well as general commentary about the race. Wednesday, we’ll cover a category where a Best Picture nomination pretty much assures a win, unless there are multiples.
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90th Oscars: The Polls – Best Documentary Short Subject

For the next two weeks, we’re going to present to you polls for who and what you think the best of 2017 was based on the Oscar nominations. Every morning at 8am and 8pm, 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 Documentary Short Subject

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90th Oscars: The Polls – Best Animated Short Film

For the next two weeks, we’re going to present to you polls for who and what you think the best of 2017 was based on the Oscar nominations. Every morning at 8am and 8pm, 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 Short Film

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Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 13

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).

It was a fairly big week for the precursors with the Visual Effects Society (VES), American Society of Cinematographers (ASC), Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE), Online Film & Television Association (OFTA), and British Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) awards all being given out.

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

Week 14

Tue. 20 – Academy Awards Voting Begins (Oscars) (Official)
Tue. 20 – Costume Designers (Awards) (Official)
Sat. 24 – Audio Society (Awards) (Official)
Sat. 24 – Make-Up Artists Guild (Awards) (Official)

Big Winners

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2017 Precursor Predictions: Costume Designers Guild

The Costume Designers Guild recognizes the best in costume design for the year and, being broken into three categories, has three opportunities to try and correctly predict the Oscars. This year, there’s only two as none of the contemporary nominees made it to the Oscar nominations and the two biggest competitors, Phantom Thread and Beauty and the Beast aren’t in the same category here, meaning this won’t do much clarification for Oscar prognostication purposes.

If either title loses, its chances at the Oscars drop, so we’ll see how they vote to determine whether we need to adjust our predictions or not.

COSTUME DESIGNERS GUILD AWARDS

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The Rundown 2017: Actor

For our thirteenth Rundown article, we tackle the top male acting category. After the jump, you’ll find our winner and runner-up predictions for Best Actor as well as general commentary about the race. Tuesday, we’ll cover a category that has seldom matched up with Best Picture even when it’s one of the most crucial elements to a film’s visual look.
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90th Oscars: The Polls – Best Live Action Short Film

For the next two weeks, we’re going to present to you polls for who and what you think the best of 2017 was based on the Oscar nominations. Every morning at 8am and 8pm, 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 Live Action Short Film

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Precursor: 65th Sound Editors Guild Awards (2017)

In a surprise for this Oscar season, not only did no film win more than one award from the sound editors, but Blade Runner 2049 took the top award for sound effects and foley while non-Oscar nominee War for the Planet of the Apes captured the Dialogue/ADR award. While Oscar voters aren’t always keen on looking to guilds for guidelines of whom to vote for, this certain improves Blade Runner 2049‘s Oscar chances over presumed frontrunner Dunkirk, which took only the music category.

The Awards

Best Sound Editing: Sound Effects and Foley in a Feature Film

Blade Runner 2049 (Wesley, RU:Tripp, RU:Thomas)

Best Sound Editing: Dialogue and ADR in a Feature Film

War for the Planet of the Apes (RU:Tripp)

Best Sound Editing & Music in an Animation Feature Film

Coco (Wesley, Peter, Tripp, Thomas)

Best Sound Editing & Music in a Feature Documentary

Jane (Peter, Tripp)

Best Sound Editing: Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue and ADR in a Feature Foreign Language Film

Loveless (RU:Peter)

Best Sound Editing: Music in a Feature Film

Dunkirk (RU:Tripp, RU:Thomas)

Best Sound Editing: Music in a Musical Feature Film

The Greatest Showman (Peter, Tripp, Thomas, RU:Wesley)

Motion Picture Sound Editors Data

Year Founded: 1953
First Awards: 1953 (65)

Precursor: 59th British Academy Awards (2017)

The British Academy has selected its winners for this year and a lot of pieces have fallen into place and perhaps not good ones. Three Billboards decimated competition, winning Best Film as well as Best Original Screenplay, the two awards where it had the most competition. It’s victory sets it up as the strongest Best Picture contender at the Oscars. Most of the rest of the choices fall into line with prior predictions, though Phantom Thread got a boost for its Costume Design, Baby Driver got a boost for Film Editing, and Shape of Water got a boost for Production Design.

Award Tallies

(5) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
(3) The Shape of Water
(2) Blade Runner 2049, Darkest Hour

The Awards

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Precursor: 22nd Online Film & Television Awards (2017)

The Online Film & Television Association has announced its 2017 awards winners. While most of the winners match what a lot of people are thinking are the Oscar frontrunners, they’ve managed to push forward a couple of ideas: Lady Bird and Get Out are stronger in competition than some might thing with Get Out taking the award for Best Picture while Lady Bird is in second. The other two Oscar contenders, The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri came in third and fifth respectively. Saoirse Ronan also managed to pull off a surprise win for Best Actress topping Oscar frontrunner Frances McDormand. Baby Driver pulled off a victory over frontrunner Dunkirk in Film Editing while Star Wars: The Last Jedi won Sound Effects in something of a surprise. These are solid choices, though, they may not be predictive in a few places.

Award Tallies

(4) Get Out
(3) Baby Driver, Blade Runner 2049, The Shape of Water (4), Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
(2) Call Me by Your Name, Coco, Darkest Hour

The Awards

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Precursor: 22nd Satellite Awards (2017)

In the department of awards that no one seemed to care about, the International Press Academy has selected their winners for 2017. The reason I ask if anyone cares is that we are now a week after their supposed presentation date of February 11 and I’ve only now found their winners. I looked the night of the ceremony, the day after, and at least one other point last week and found nothing. No news sources, no Wikipedia updates, and even their own website had not been updated with the winners. From the years of missing deadlines (both early and late), this group has shown that it’s small potatoes. I still cover it, but even looking at these winners, it’s hard to take them too seriously.

Award Tallies

(3) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
(2) Blade Runner 2049, In the Fade, Lucky, The Shape of Water

The Awards

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Precursor: 32nd Cinematographers Guild Awards (2017)

The cinematographers have spoken and although they haven’t the greatest Oscar track record, Blade Runner 2049 remains in the race. Had anyone else, especially Mudbound won, Blade Runner 2049 would have been done at the Oscars. It now lives on to compete with Roger Deakins potentially winning his richly deserved first Oscar.

The Awards

Best Cinematography

Blade Runner 2049 (Wesley, Peter, Thomas, RU:Tripp)

American Society of Cinematographers Data

Year Founded: 1919
First Awards: 1986 (32)

2017 Precursor Predictions: Motion Picture Sound Editors

The Motion Picture Sound Editors, those fine folk who contribute to the Best Sound Editing (formerly Best Sound Effects Editing) Oscar will reveal their winners on Sunday. With seven categories, it’s hard to be certain which will most reflect thoughts of Oscar voters, there are really only two categories that typically correlate: Sound Effects and Foley, and Dialogue and ADR. Our predictions below reflect where we see the race going and there’s a lot of divergence in our selections, so we are essentially saying: no one knows for certain, but whatever wins becomes an Oscar frontrunner and if one film wins both awards (or more than two), they are even more likely to win at the Oscars.

MOTION PICTURE SOUND EDITORS AWARDS

Best Sound Editing: Sound Effects and Foley in a Feature Film

Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049 (Wesley, RU:Tripp, RU:Thomas)
Dunkirk (Tripp, Thomas, RU:Wesley)
Logan (Peter)
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Thor: Ragnarok
War for the Planet of the Apes (RU:Peter)

Wesley Lovell: I’ve been feeling for awhile now that Dunkirk isn’t as strong as we once thought. While I suspect it will come out on top in the end, I’m going to predict Blade Runner 2049 based on its hefty use of sounds that aren’t frequently heard in film.
Peter J. Patrick: This could go to any one of the actioners nominated, but I’ll give a shout-out to Logan with War for the Planet of the Apes its closest competition.
Tripp Burton: All those war sounds, on land, sea, and air, should make Dunkirk the easy pick here.
Thomas LaTourette: Dunkirk would seem to be the favorite here.
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90th Oscars: Presenters, Group 1

The Academy has announced its first batch of presenters. They are set out in the press release below. Included in the list are last year’s Best Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali), last year’s Best Supporting Actress (Viola Davis), and last year’s Best Actress (Emma Stone). It has already been announced that Casey Affleck will not return to present, meaning we now have all of last year’s available winners presenting. In addition, we have nine other presenters listed, a diverse set.

Of the twelve, four are black, eight are women, one of whom is transgender, and one is Pakistani. Tom Holland is the only white guy on the list. There are no Native American, Asian, Hispanic, or gay presenters on this list. It is already one of the most diverse the Academy has had, so we’ll see if that trend continues and representation of other minorities are represented.

90TH OSCARS® FIRST SLATE OF PRESENTERS ANNOUNCED

MAHERSHALA ALI, CHADWICK BOSEMAN, VIOLA DAVIS, LAURA DERN, JENNIFER GARNER, GRETA GERWIG, TIFFANY HADDISH, TOM HOLLAND, KUMAIL NANJIANI, MARGOT ROBBIE, EMMA STONE AND DANIELA VEGA

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