Category: 91st Oscars (2018)

Precursor: 19th Vancouver Critics Nominations (2018)

One of the few groups that reward fewer than five nominees in each category, Vancouver’s film critics have picked a ton of major Oscar competitors for recognition, along with a few not-so-contending selections. On the Canadian film side, Roads in February and Edge of the Knife were the dominant films.

Nominations Tallies

(6) The Favourite, Roads in February
(5) Edge of the Knife
(4) First Reformed
(3) Roma, When the Storm Fades

The Nominations

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Precursor: 22nd Las Vegas Critics Awards (2018)

Another chapter of the Roma show comes to a close with five awards going to Alfonso Cuaron’s black-and-white feature. A Star Is Born did well as well. Nothing particularly exciting jumps out of this particular list.

Award Tallies

(5) Roma
(4) A Star Is Born
(2) A Quiet Place

The Awards

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Precursor: 5th Phoenix Critics Circle Nominations (2018)

Another good day for the likes of The Favourite, Vice, BlacKkKlansman, First Reformed, and Roma. Not a lot of discrepancy here between what we’ve seen previous.

Nominations Tallies

(7) The Favourite, Vice
(4) BlacKkKlansman, First Reformed, Roma
(3) Black Panther, A Star is Born

The Nominations

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Scientific & Technical Recipients Announced

The annual list of scientific & technical awards have been announced and another year goes by without a statuette being awarded.

9 SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENTS TO BE HONORED WITH ACADEMY AWARDS®

Curtis Clark to receive John A. Bonner Award

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Precursor: 25th Screen Actors Guild Nominations (2018)

It was a good morning for A Star Is Born and BlacKkKlansman. Apart from that, the nominations are almost as notable for their exclusions than their inclusions.

No nominations at all for If Beale Street Could Talk (Regina King or cast), Roma (Yalitza Aparicio cast), First Man (Claire Foy), First Reformed (Ethan Hawke), At Eternity’s Gate (Willem Dafoe), Hereditary (Toni Collette), Destroyer (Nicole Kidman), Boy Erased (Nicole Kidman), Support the Girls (Regina Hall), or Eighth Grade (Elsie Fisher).

Surprise nominations for Bohemian Rhapsody in cast, John David Washington in Actor, Margot Robbie and Emily Blunt in Supporting Actress.

Films that got nominations, but not the ones expected. Vice didn’t pick up cast or Sam Rockwell in Supporting Actor, no Green Book or The Favourite in cast, and no Saoirse Ronan in Actress.

What does this mean for the Oscars? Not necessarily much. If Beale Street Could Talk probably screened too late, The Favourite and Green Book were probably most injured by the cast exclusions, though both may have been perceived as too small for consideration compared to the massive ensembles in involved in all the other nominees except A Star Is Born.

Vice on the other hand does take a hit for its lack of cast inclusion. That cast was formidable and either it was screened too late or the subject matter turned a lot of voters off. Of course, the SAG nominating committee might have been sending a message with their minority-heavy selections in that category.

Those who probably have had their Oscar nomination dreams dashed by these nominations are Nicole Kidman, Toni Collette, Elsie Fisher, and Regina Hall. Ethan Hawke, Claire Foy, and Willem Dafoe didn’t have any favors done for them with these nominations, but they could still hang on.

What are your thoughts? Tell me in the comments.

Nominations Tallies

(4) A Star Is Born
(3) BlacKkKlansman, The Favourite
(2) Black Panther, Bohemian Rhapsody, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Green Book, Vice

The Nominations

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Precursor: 16th African American Critics Awards (2018)

The African American Film Critics Association has chosen Black Panther as the Best Film of the year, beating out If Beale Street Could Talk based on their top ten of the year. Most interesting, BlacKkKlansman, which received two awards for writing and lead actor, didn’t make the top ten selections. There isn’t a lot of predictive value to this group’s selection, though a lot of their choices are already Oscar contenders, which is a wonderful thing.

Award Tallies

(3) Black Panther
(2) BlacKkKlansman, The Hate U Give

The Awards

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91st Oscars: Screener Watch, Week 4

As the OFCS & GALECA reach their screening deadlines, my mailbox is becoming overstuffed with screeners. Here are the metric ton I’ve received this week.

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Precursor: 23rd San Diego Critics Awards (2018)

Going out on a limb, the San Diego critics made some strange and unusual choices. Picking a handful of Oscar contenders, but otherwise going straight for non-competitors, their selections are idiosyncratic, which is interesting, but inconsequential.

Award Tallies

(3) Leave No Trace
(2) The Favourite

The Awards

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Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 4

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).

A slew of precursors have been handed out this week and most of the major ones have been announced. We have a few big ones still to go (such as the Broadcast Film Critics Association, Kansas City Film Critics, and the Online Film Critics Society), but we’re also about to hit the guild nominations with Screen Actors Guild leading the way next week.

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

Week 5

Tue. 11 – Houston Critics (Nominations) (Unconfirmed)
Tue. 11 – Phoenix Critics (Nominations) (Unconfirmed)
Wed. 12 – Dallas Area Critics (Awards) (Unconfirmed)
Wed. 12 – African American Critics (Awards) (Unconfirmed)
Wed. 12 – Screen Actors (Nominations) (Official)
Wed. 12 – Goya Awards (Nominations) (Unconfirmed)
Thu. 13 – Las Vegas Critics (Awards) (Unconfirmed)
Fri. 14 – Austin Critics (Nominations) (Unconfirmed)
Fri. 14 – Vancouver Critics (Nominations) (Unconfirmed)
Sat. 15 – Phoenix Circle (Awards) (Unconfirmed)
Sat. 15 – Black Critics (Awards) (Unconfirmed)
Sun. 16 – Boston Critics (Awards) (Official)
Sun. 16 – Kansas City Critics (Awards) (Unconfirmed)
Sun. 16 – St. Louis Critics (Awards) (Unconfirmed)
Mon. 17 – Indiana Journalists (Awards) (Unconfirmed)
Mon. 17 – Seattle Critics (Awards) (Unconfirmed)
Mon. 17 – Southeastern Critics (Awards) (Unconfirmed)
Mon. 17 – Utah Critics (Awards) (Unconfirmed)
Mon. 17 – Vancouver Critics (Awards) (Unconfirmed)

Big Winners

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Precursor: 3rd Seattle Critics Nominations (2018)

Another decent showing for First Man. Does this mean the film will be performing better at the Oscars? Unlikely as the five nominations the film got were below the line (save Claire Foy). The Favourite did incredibly well, as did Roma, Black Panther, and If Beale Street Could Talk. Mission: Impossible – Fallout even managed a Best Picture citation among its five nominations, which is solid, though A Star Is Born didn’t have a great day below the line.

Nominations Tallies

(11) The Favourite
(8) Roma
(7) Black Panther, If Beale Street Could Talk
(5) First Man, Mission: Impossible – Fallout
(4) First Reformed, A Star Is Born
(3) Blindspotting, Widows

The Nominations

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Precursor: 24th Broadcast Critics Nominations (2018)

Aided by the comedy categories, The Favourite pulled in the most nominations of the year with Black Panther doing incredibly well as well. First Man gets the first serious attention it’s received all season with double-digit nominations. Roma didn’t do nearly as well as the others, but had a solid run, though Green Book was probably the weakest represented. Apart from that, with all of the extra slots, this group seems to have covered most of its bases for major Oscar contenders.

Nominations Tallies

(14) The Favourite
(12) Black Panther
(10) First Man
(9) Mary Poppins Returns, A Star Is Born, Vice
(8) Roma
(7) Green Book
(5) If Beale Street Could Talk
(4) BlacKkKlansman, Crazy Rich Asians
(3) Bohemian Rhapsody, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Deadpool 2, Eighth Grade, Game Night, A Quiet Place, Widows

The Nominations

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Precursor: 13th St. Louis Critics Nominations (2018)

In a three-way tie for most nominations, The Favourite, A Star Is Born, and Vice were the big winners in these awards with Roma, BlacKkKlansman, and If Beale Street Could Talk also doing well. There are a handful of unusual selections, but for the most part this list follows the conventional narrative.

Nominations Tallies

(8) The Favourite, A Star is Born, Vice
(7) Roma
(6) BlacKkKlansman
(5) If Beale Street Could Talk
(4) Black Panther, First Man
(3) Avengers: Infinity War, Bohemian Rhapsody, First Reformed, Ready Player One

The Nominations

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Precursor: 3rd New Mexico Critics (2018)

When we talk about minor critics awards, this group springs to mind since this is only their third year and they don’t pull up easily in search results on Google. That said, they have gone out of their way this year to look nothing like anything else out there. Sure, The Favourite did incredibly well, but most of these choices are off-the-wall.

Award Tallies

(4) The Favourite
(2) Burning

The Awards

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Precursor: 17th New York Online Critics Awards (2018)

Replicating most of what’s come before, the New York Film Critics Online have chosen nothing new.

Award Tallies

(3) Roma
(2) Can You Ever Forgive Me?, The Favourite, If Beale Street Could Talk

The Awards

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Precursor: 22nd Toronto Critics Awards (2018)

Toronto is also head-over-heels for Roma, but also gave equal attention to The Favourite and First Reformed. Steven Yuen continues to merit strong attention for Burning. A dark horse contender for a Supporting Actor nomination? Maybe.

Award Tallies

(2) The Favourite, First Reformed, Roma

The Awards

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