Category: Oscar Preview

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.

Oscar Preview: Who’ll Be Back? – Part 1

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 section 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 members traditionally cite, I’m going to throw in Animated Feature bringing the category count to six plus an additional week for the bonus section.

We start off our first week with Best Actor. Below are the five actors nominated for Best Actor this year. Each section is followed by a small gallery of all of their Oscar-nominated roles.

Best Actor

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Oscar Preview: Weekend of Mar. 17-19, 2017

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

Life

What can the original Alien tell us about space-faring dramas with a horror slant? They can tell us a lot, but Oscar’s affinity for them has waned a bit since Ridley Scott brought his storied creature feature to the big screen in 1979. Then, the film was nominated for just two Oscars: Best Art Direction and Best Visual Effects, earning H.R. Giger and company the award for art direction. These days, it’s much tougher for such films to break through.

The big question is how much of a horror film is this versus a regular sci-fi drama? Those have been much more in Oscar favor of late since District 9 broke the Best Picture logjam seven years ago. Life sports an international cast headlined by Ryan Reynolds and Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhaal. Their presence adds more weight now than they might have a few years ago when neither was producing weighty dramas or acclaimed superhero films.

Early reviews suggest a film that prizes human relationships about scares, which may give the film an advantage in the Oscar race, but not much of one. It’s March and few, if any, films of this type that release so early in the year make many inroads with Oscar voters. Isolating itself to the craft categories where artists are more full-year minded, the film is sure to make a case for consideration in Sound Mixing, Sound Editing, and Visual Effects, but there will be massive competition this year, which means it may ultimately go unheralded.

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Mar. 10-12, 2017

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

Kong: Skull Island

The king of the beasts has long been of fascination to American audiences. Like Godzilla is to Japan, King Kong has entertained and enthused audiences since the original film was released in 1933. Frequently emulated and oft referenced, King Kong finds itself revitalized every few years by a new voice. Peter Jackson was the last director to do so in 2005, taking home three Oscars out of four nominations.

Twelve years later and taking a slightly different tack than the previous films, Kong: Skull Island has entered the marketplace and its Oscar potential is already decided: Visual Effects is likely a key component to the film’s chances with Sound Mixing and Sound Editing also in the mix.

The real question is: can it do better than Jackson’s film? I doubt it. That film took advantage of emerging techonolgy and Jackson was hot off his oft-celebrated Lord of the Rings trilogy, so had plenty of good will to leverage into Oscar season even though the film had its detractors. Without the New York City component, or the period detail, it’s unlikely the film can pick up a Production Design nomination and a March release will make it tougher for voters to recall the film well enough to top the undoubted slew of competitors coming out later in the year.

Oscar Preview: 2017 to Date

We had three films release in 2017 so far with the potential for Oscar nominations.

The Lego Batman Movie

There are currently fifteen more animated films slated for release in 2017. That doesn’t mean more won’t come along as GKids has been well known to release late for Oscar consideration. However, looking over what’s to come this year, there’s no reason to believe that The Lego Batman Movie will have relatively light competition. On the list of possible contenders are Pixar’s Cars 3, Universal’s Despicable Me 3, and Pixar’s Coco. That’s not a lot. Further, there are reasons to believe that not all of these will be contenders.

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Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, FINAL

The precursors are over and the Oscars are finished. Here are the winners and losers of Oscar Season 2016.

Big Winners

Moonlight came into the season the most acclaimed drama in the race. This exceedingly small indie wasn’t your typical Oscar vehicle, but through perseverance, support from critics, and a wave of audience appreciation, the film not only won the two categories it was expected to win at the Oscar (Best Supporting Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay), it also managed to capture Best Picture in one of the biggest upsets in Oscar history. It received 218 awards through its precursor run, only seven shy of the tally La La Land had for the season.
Manchester by the Sea didn’t make quite the gains in Oscar season as Moonlight or La La Land, but its star, Casey Affleck, became the most honored actor in precursor history, taking home 35 different awards for Best Actor. The only trophy he didn’t win was at Screen Actors Guild and Denzel had never won, so he had to settle for also-ran status. The film surged at the end and claimed what was once thought an assured victory, Original Screenplay, and a capping win by Affleck in Best Actor.
Hacksaw Ridge was Mel Gibson’s attempt to recover from the stinging rebuke he received after several antisemitic and other remarks he has made over the year. Not only did his film secure six Oscar nominations, he picked up a Best Director nomination against all conventional wisdom. His film took home two Oscars and that makes his film a winner.
Viola Davis rolled through Oscar season like few supporting actresses have and did so to the total of 23 different awards. While there were accusations of category fraud in order to help secure her the win, the ultimate result was the same, an Oscar on the mantle after her third nomination and two previous close misses.
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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’s almost over. Other than the Costume Designers Guild tonight, there is only one precursor left (The Spirit Awards), one non-precursor left (the Razzies), and the Oscars themselves. All other precursors have been announced and we’ll so find out who the ultimate winners and losers are.

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

Saturday, February 25 – Spirit Awards (Official)
Saturday, February 25 – Razzie Awards (Official)
Sunday, February 25 – The Oscars

Big Winners

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Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 12

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 week, we had five precursors, four that could have Oscar impact and one that’s purely informative. The latter one is the Grammys. Their off-set eligibility period (October through September), leaves the vast majority of Oscar competitors off the list, so we largely ignore them. The others are fairly impactful.

Two are guilds: Visual Effects Society and Art Directors Guild. One is an outside organization with a tremendous track record of predicting Adapted Screenplay: USC Scripter. One is the British equivalent to the Oscars and they have, at times, been a fine forecaster of the Oscars.

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

Week 13

Saturday, Feb. 18 – Audio Society Awards (Official)
Sunday, Feb. 19 – Make-Up Artists Guild Awards (Official)
Sunday, Feb. 19 – Sound Editors Awards (Official)
Sunday, Feb. 19 – Writers Guild Awards (Official)
Sunday, Feb. 19 – Satellites (Ceremony) Awards (Official)

Big Winners

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