Category: Oscar Preview

Oscar Preview: Weekend of May 19-21, 2017

We had one film release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

Alien: Covenant

Science fiction and horror are two genres the Academy is typically averse to. While there are notable exceptions, they seem to be fewer and farther between than they once were. That doesn’t mean recognition is non-existent. One franchise that has been tremendously successful with Oscar voters is the Alien series, with films that have consistently been recognized and occasionally rewarded by the Academy.

When the first film opened in June of 1979, Ridley Scott’s Alien was a big success. Adjusted for inflation, the first film made more than $275 million at the box office. This was a staggering amount for the time, especially for a sci-fi/horror hybride. That box office strength and critical acclaim may have bolstered the film’s Oscar prospects as it secured two Oscar nominations for Best Art Direction and Best Visual Effects. It won the latter of these awards.

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of May 12-14, 2017

We had no films release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

Oscar Preview: Weekend of May 5-7, 2017

We had one film release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

Guardians of the Galaxy

When the original was released in 2014, it became a major Oscar contender, figuring in several precursor contests. It was thought to be a major player in several categories, including Best Production Design, Best Makeup & Hairstyling, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, and Best Visual Effects. In the end, the dominoes weren’t spaced properly and they fell to only two categories: Best Makeup & Hairstyling and Best Visual Effects. Although Visual Effects was always going to be a tough sell, most felt that Makeup & Hairstyling was a done deal. It went home empty-handed.

This time out, the same categories are surely going to be discussed, but considering how little support the Academy has given to the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, I suspect that Makeup & Hairstyling and Visual Effects will again be its only potential nominations. This time around, though, I suspect the failure of the original to win and the recent victory of Suicide Squad in the category suggests that it could be in it to win it. However, considering the MCU’s frequent Oscar failures, I wouldn’t expect too much.

Oscar Preview: Who’ll Be Back? – Part 7

On our message board, the UAADB (Unofficial Academy Award Discussion Board), we have an annual tradition where we look at the year’s Oscar nominees in certain categories and try to decide if the individual will make a return to the Oscars at some point in the near future. There’s also a bonus round for predicting what non-nominated talent who was a major competitor during the given year will soon become an Oscar nominee.

I’m turning that concept into a 7-week feature for Cinema Sight. In addition to the acting and directing categories that our posters typically cite, I’m going to throw in Animated Feature brining the category count to six plus an additional week for the bonus round.

For our final article, it’s the bonus round: major contenders that just missed out that might finally get recognized in the near future. While I had intended on limiting myself to five selections, the end result is ten, four women and six men. I present them in the order I think they have a chance at eventual Oscar recognition. The primary images for each actor is for their most recent performance. The rest of the images in the gallery below are my personal favorites of their performances.

Emily Blunt

Emily Blunt had her screen debut in 2003 in the little-seen drama Warrior Queen at the age of 20. A smattering of TV appearances followed, but it was her supporting turn in The Devil Wears Prada in 2006 that truly put her on the map. Her acclaimed performance could have been an Oscar contender were it not for co-star Meryl Streep hogging the limelight.

Blunt followed that up with a number of high profile and low profile films with a smattering of talk emerging around a few of them, including Dan in Real Life and Sunshine Cleaning; however, her next brush with Oscar attention would arrive in 2009 in the titular role of Young Victoria. She was among handful of contenders that year, but barely missed out. More early buzz that faded followed her work in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and Your Sister’s Sister, but her big burst of creativity came in 2014 and 2015 where three films became Oscar contenders of varying stripes, each fading for various reasons. Edge of Tomorrow was too action/sci-fi for Oscar voters, Into the Woods already had Streep going for it, and Sicario was thought to be a sure thing for her, but she once again fell short.

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Apr. 28-30, 2017

We had no films release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

Oscar Preview: Who’ll Be Back? – Part 6

On our message board, the UAADB (Unofficial Academy Award Discussion Board), we have an annual tradition where we look at the year’s Oscar nominees in certain categories and try to decide if the individual will make a return to the Oscars at some point in the near future. There’s also a bonus round for predicting what non-nominated talent who was a major competitor during the given year will soon become an Oscar nominee.

I’m turning that concept into a 7-week feature for Cinema Sight. In addition to the acting and directing categories that our posters typically cite, I’m going to throw in Animated Feature brining the category count to six plus an additional week for the bonus round.

In our penultimate week, let’s look at Best Director.

Best Director

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Apr. 21-23, 2017

We had no films release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

Oscar Preview: Who’ll Be Back? – Part 5

On our message board, the UAADB (Unofficial Academy Award Discussion Board), we have an annual tradition where we look at the year’s Oscar nominees in certain categories and try to decide if the individual will make a return to the Oscars at some point in the near future. There’s also a bonus round for predicting what non-nominated talent who was a major competitor during the given year will soon become an Oscar nominee.

I’m turning that concept into a 7-week feature for Cinema Sight. In addition to the acting and directing categories that our posters typically cite, I’m going to throw in Animated Feature brining the category count to six plus an additional week for the bonus round.

For week 5, let’s look at the Best Actress nominees.

Best Actress

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Apr. 14-16, 2017

We had no films release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

Oscar Preview: Who’ll Be Back? – Part 4

On our message board, the UAADB (Unofficial Academy Award Discussion Board), we have an annual tradition where we look at the year’s Oscar nominees in certain categories and try to decide if the individual will make a return to the Oscars at some point in the near future. There’s also a bonus round for predicting what non-nominated talent who was a major competitor during the given year will soon become an Oscar nominee.

I’m turning that concept into a 7-week feature for Cinema Sight. In addition to the acting and directing categories that our posters typically cite, I’m going to throw in Animated Feature brining the category count to six plus an additional week for the bonus round.

Week four: Time to examine the potential for the Best Supporting Actor nominees.

Best Supporting Actor

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Apr. 7-9, 2017

We had no films release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

Oscar Preview: Who’ll Be Back? – Part 3

On our message board, the UAADB (Unofficial Academy Award Discussion Board), we have an annual tradition where we look at the year’s Oscar nominees in certain categories and try to decide if the individual will make a return to the Oscars at some point in the near future. There’s also a bonus round for predicting what non-nominated talent who was a major competitor during the given year will soon become an Oscar nominee.

I’m turning that concept into a 7-week feature for Cinema Sight. In addition to the acting and directing categories that our posters typically cite, I’m going to throw in Animated Feature brining the category count to six plus an additional week for the bonus round.

In our third week, we’re going to give consideration to the Best Animated Feature nominees.

For Best Animated Feature, it’s less instructive to look at the individuals nominated and look at the studios or distributors involved. So, that’s how we’ve done our analyses.

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Mar. 31-Apr. 2, 2017

We had no films release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

Oscar Preview: Who’ll Be Back? – Part 2

On our message board, the UAADB (Unofficial Academy Award Discussion Board), we have an annual tradition where we look at the year’s Oscar nominees in certain categories and try to decide if the individual will make a return to the Oscars at some point in the near future. There’s also a bonus round for predicting what non-nominated talent who was a major competitor during the given year will soon become an Oscar nominee.

I’m turning that concept into a 7-week feature for Cinema Sight. In addition to the acting and directing categories that our posters typically cite, I’m going to throw in Animated Feature brining the category count to six plus an additional week for the bonus round.

For our second week, let’s take a look at Best Supporting Actress.

Best Supporting Actress

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Mar. 24-26, 2017

We had no films release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

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