Category: 91st Oscars (2018)

91st Oscars: The Polls – Best Animated Short Film

For the next 24 days, we’re going to present to you polls for who and what you think the best of 2018 was based on the Oscar nominations. Every morning at 8am, 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.

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2018 Precursor Predictions: Cinema Audio Society

A solid predictor of the Sound Mixing Oscar winner, their choice will definitely get a boost going into Oscar night.

CINEMA AUDIO SOCIETY AWARDS

Best Sound Mixing – Live Action

Black Panther (Peter)
Bohemian Rhapsody (Wesley, RU:Tripp, RU:Thomas)
First Man
A Quiet Place (Tripp, RU:Wesley, RU:Peter)
A Star Is Born (Thomas)

Wesley Lovell: If they want to predict the Oscars, they’ll probably go with Bohemain Rhapsody. If they want to recognize the best use of sound, A Quiet Place will earn the nod. Anything else could win, so I wouldn’t be entirely surprised.
Peter J. Patrick: It’s hard to say what they will deem the best since the nominees are all coming from different places, but the unique sounds of Black Panther and A Quiet Place were important to the success of their films and shouldn’t be discounted.
Tripp Burton: I imagine that sound people might go for A Quiet Place, where the sound design is so integral to the story, but with the way this season is going, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Bohemian Rhapsody win here.
Thomas LaTourette: One would think that one of the musical pics should win. A Star Is Born should win, but I would not be surprised if Bohemian Rhapsody does.

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2018 Precursor Predictions: Make-Up Artists Guild

The Hollywood Make-Up and Hair-Stylists Guild is one of the newest groups handing out awards and they haven’t been able to generate any kind of pattern in terms of their predictability. Having five categories that could match might help a little.

MAKE-UP ARTISTS & HAIR STYLISTS GUILD AWARDS

Best Period and/or Character Make-up

Bohemian Rhapsody (RU:Wesley, RU:Tripp)
Mary Poppins Returns (RU:Peter)
Mary Queen of Scots (Peter, RU:Thomas)
Stan & Ollie
Vice (Wesley, Tripp, Thomas)

Wesley Lovell: This award is not typically granted to prosthetic makeup, which makes it a bit of a challenge to predict. Bohemian Rhapsody, not nominated at the Oscars and not nominated in their prosthetic category here would be a good bet for an upset, but if they go gaga for Oscar nominee Vice, they could give it a prize here. Of course, any of the others could win and I wouldn’t be at all surprised.
Peter J. Patrick: Both Marys had a lot of period character – one or the other should be rewarded.
Tripp Burton: Oscar frontrunner Vice should win a precursor here, unless the love of Bohemian Rhapsody is really strong.
Thomas LaTourette: Vice has the most striking make-up, so I think it should win here.

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2018 Precursor Predictions: Motion Picture Sound Editors

The Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards have bountiful nominations and before the expansion to five nominees at the Oscars, weren’t particularly instructive. Now, they have a bit more influence and a bit more cross-over.

MOTION PICTURE SOUND EDITORS AWARDS

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

Avengers: Infinity War
Black Panther
Deadpool 2
The Favourite
First Man (Peter, Thomas, RU:Wesley, RU:Tripp)
Mission: Impossible – Fallout
A Quiet Place (Wesley, Tripp, RU:Peter, RU:Thomas)
Ready Player One
Roma

Wesley Lovell: If there’s any group that’s going to truly appreciate what went into making A Quiet Place what it was, this is the group that will recognize it. Of course, the more traditional efforts in films like First Man, Avengers: Infinity War, and Black Panther could also triumph.
Peter J. Patrick: The effects in First Man and A Quiet Place are the most realistic of the bunch, if that counts for anything.
Tripp Burton: I have no idea, but A Quiet Place seems like the favorite for these awards.
Thomas LaTourette: First Man would win, though it has not done well in the precursors. A Quiet Place was astounding for the silence and noise, so it could sneak in.

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2018 Precursor Predictions: Writers Guild of America

The Writers Guild of America, because of their notoriously stringent nominations guidelines (non-guild signatories are completely ineligible, so foreign films, animated films, and smaller independents tend to be out of their race). This has created some suspense going into Oscar night as some of the Oscar frontrunners (like The Favourite this year) weren’t eligible to be nominated here, which will give the winners a small boost, but won’t necessarily be instructive.

WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA AWARDS

Best Original Screenplay

Eighth Grade
Green Book (Wesley, Peter, Tripp, RU:Thomas)
A Quiet Place (RU:Peter, RU:Tripp)
Roma
Vice (Thomas, RU:Wesley)

Wesley Lovell: With The Favourite out of the race, it’s anyone’s guess what will win. Vice is the more compelling script, A Quiet Place is the more original, and Green Book is the safest. Any one of them could win, but anyone other than Green Book winning would be a modest surprise.
Peter J. Patrick: Green Book has the snappy dialogue whereas A Quiet Place has practically none, but both screenplays convey what they have to.
Tripp Burton: Can A Quiet Place win another surprise award like at the SAGs? Or will Green Book win another award, post-controversy? Or will Alfonso Cuaron or Adam McKay, or even DGA surprise winner Bo Burnham win here? I wouldn’t be shocked to see any of them.
Thomas LaTourette: There may be enough of a backlash against Green Book for Vice to win.

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The Rundown 2018: Directing

For our fifteenth Rundown article, the person most responsible for bringing all of the parts together. After the jump, you’ll find our winner and runner-up predictions for Best Directing as well as general commentary about the race. Next week, we’ll start off on Monday with a category that quite possibly is the first building block of feature filmmaking.
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91st Oscars: The Polls – Best Actress

For the next 24 days, we’re going to present to you polls for who and what you think the best of 2018 was based on the Oscar nominations. Every morning at 8am, 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 Actress

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The Rundown 2018: Makeup & Hairstyling

For our fourteenth Rundown article, a category where putting on disguises is the name of the game. After the jump, you’ll find our winner and runner-up predictions for Best Makeup & Hairstyling as well as general commentary about the race. ///Next week, we’ll start off on Monday with a category Friday, we’ll cover the person responsible for bringing all of the parts of the film together in a cohesive vision: theirs.
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91st Oscars: The Polls – Best Film Editing

For the next 24 days, we’re going to present to you polls for who and what you think the best of 2018 was based on the Oscar nominations. Every morning at 8am, 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 Film Editing

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Precursor: 50th NAACP Image Awards Nominations (2018)

The NAACP Image Award, an annual recognition of films, television, music, and more that celebrate the black experience in America, have made some stellar selections with Crazy Rich Asians the only title that has no black actors in it, but all of which celebrate diversity in one way or another. It should be quite telling to anyone paying attention that the sole nomination Green Book received was for Mahershala Ali and not the film itself. It’s also disappointing that the only place If Beale Street Could Talk was given its due was here.

Award Tallies

(12) Black Panther
(9) If Beale Street Could Talk
(7) BlacKkKlansman
(5) The Hate U Give
(4) Crazy Rich Asians
(3) Widows

The Awards

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The Rundown 2018: Animated Feature

For our thirteenth Rundown article, the best feature of the year that isn’t live-action. After the jump, you’ll find our winner and runner-up predictions for Best Animated Feature as well as general commentary about the race. Thursday, we’ll cover a category where making someone look like someone else is the key.
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91st Oscars: The Polls – Best Visual Effects

For the next 24 days, we’re going to present to you polls for who and what you think the best of 2018 was based on the Oscar nominations. Every morning at 8am, 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 Visual Effects

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The Rundown 2018: Cinematography

For our twelfth Rundown article, we look at a category that people wrongly look at as the most visually stunning and should look at for its overall shot composition. After the jump, you’ll find our winner and runner-up predictions for Best Cinematography as well as general commentary about the race. ///Next week, we’ll start off on Monday with a category Wednesday, we’ll cover the best feature of the year that isn’t live-action.
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91st Oscars: The Polls – Best Cinematography

For the next 24 days, we’re going to present to you polls for who and what you think the best of 2018 was based on the Oscar nominations. Every morning at 8am, 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 Cinematography

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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).

This was the week that Oscar season took some strange, unexpected turns.

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

Tuesday, Feb. 12 – Academy Awards Voting Begins (Official)
Wednesday, Feb. 13 – David di Donatello Awards (Nominations) (Unconfirmed)
Saturday, Feb. 16 – Audio Society (Awards) (Official)
Saturday, Feb. 16 – Make-Up Artists Guild (Awards) (Official)
Sunday, Feb. 17 – Sound Editors (Awards) (Official)
Sunday, Feb. 17 – Visual Effects Society (Awards) (Official)
Sunday, Feb. 17 – Writers Guild (Awards) (Official)
Sunday, Feb. 17 – Satellites (Awards) (Unconfirmed)

Big Winners

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