Category: Precursors

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, FINAL

And so we reach the end of the road. The Academy Award were announced Sunday night and things are now in the books. Now we just have to wait for the 91st Academy Awards.

Big Winners

The Shape of Water may not have won all of the marbles, but it came out on top, following established precedent rather than the strange goings-on of the last few years. A traditional winner following a traditional mold even as an untraditional film. It may not have picked up the majority of its awards, but it won four and that’s pretty solid for recent years and more than many thought it would win.
Get Out didn’t claim the Best Picture prize it deserved, but it did earn Jordan Peele and Oscar for Original Screenplay and that’s a pretty big win for a genre film.
Blade Runner 2049 took home two Oscars this year out of five nominations. Although it was thought to have faded as the year went on, it pulled off two wins for Cinematography, the award finally going to legendary Roger Deakins, and for Visual Effects. It was one of two films not nominated for Best Picture that pulled in multiple awards.

Big Losers

Lady Bird went home empty-handed this year, one of only two Best Picture nominees to do so. There weren’t many places the film could have won, but the two it had the best shot of upsetting, Original Screenplay and Supporting Actress, went in different directions.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri wasn’t exactly a loser, but it certainly didn’t perform as well as some had thought. Losing out Original Screenplay and Best Picture, the film took a major hit, picking up only its two assured acting prizes.
Phantom Thread became a surprisingly strong Oscar contender and came out of the ceremony with a Best Costume Design prize only. While no one really expected the film to perform better, the late-breaking praise just couldn’t propel it higher.

Precursor: 33rd Spirit Awards (2017)

As expected, Get Out continued its roll through Oscar season with two wins from the Spirit Awards for Best Picture and Best Director, awards that Jordan Peele is not expected to win at the Oscars while the one award he has a shot at he lost to co-contender Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird, the Screenplay category. The acting categories look to be matches with the Oscars with the exception of Best Actor where Timothée Chalamet didn’t have to face Oscar frontrunner Gary Oldman for this award.

Award Tallies

(2) Call Me by Your Name, Get Out, I, Tonya, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

The Awards

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Precursor: 38th Golden Raspberry Awards (2017)

The annual Golden Raspberry awards, nicknamed the Razzies, are given out by a small group of voters who choose which of Hollywood’s major movies deserve awards for the worst of the year, in a bit of a surprise, The Emoji Movie came out on top with four awards, topping the likes of Fifty Shades Darker and The Mummy. They have no impact on the Oscars and are interesting only for their entertainment value. Here are the winners.

Award Tallies

(4) The Emoji Movie
(2) Fifty Shades Darker

The Awards

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Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 14

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 past week brought only three guild awards, so it’s unlikely that the impact felt here will be felt in any other place.

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

Week 15

Tue. 27 – Academy Award Voting Ends (Oscars) (Official)
Wed. 28 – The Oscar Concert (Oscars) (Official)
Sat. 03 – Razzies (Awards) (Official)
Sat. 03 – Spirit Awards (Awards) (Official)
Sun. 04 – Academy Awards (90th) (Oscars) (Official)

Big Winners

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Precursor: 9th Make-Up Artists Guild Awards (2017)

Of the three Oscar nominees, Wonder went home empty-handed, Victoria & Abdul wasn’t even nominated, and Darkest Hour claimed two prizes. If Darkest Hour‘s leading status wasn’t certain before, it’s assured now.

Award Tallies

(2) Darkest Hour

The Awards

Best Special Make-up Effects

Darkest Hour (Wesley, Tripp, Thomas)

Best Period and/or Character Make-up

Darkest Hour (Wesley, Peter, Tripp, Thomas)

Best Period and/or Character Hair Styling

I, Tonya (RU:Wesley, RU:Tripp)

Best Contemporary Make-up

Pitch Perfect 3

Best Contemporary Hair Styling

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (Wesley, Tripp)

Make-Up and Hair Stylists Guild Data

Year Founded: 1937
First Awards: 1999 (9)

Precursor: 25th Cinema Audio Society Awards (2017)

Finally winning an expected award this season, Dunkirk just confirmed itself as the frontrunner for Best Sound Mixing and may have helped itself to the Best Sound Editing award since they often go together.

The Awards

Best Sound Mixing – Live Action

Dunkirk (Wesley, Tripp, Thomas, RU:Peter)

Best Sound Mixing – Animated

Coco (Wesley, Peter, Tripp, Thomas)

Best Sound Mixing – Documentary

Jane (Wesley, Peter)

Cinema Audio Society Data

Year Founded: 1964
First Awards: 1993 (25)

Precursor: 20th Costume Designers Guild Awards (2017)

The Costume Designers Guild has upended expectations by selection two of three rather surprising choices. Phantom Thread failed to pick up the expected Period Costume Design award while Beauty and the Beast failed in Fantasy. That two double-whammy against the presumed Oscar frontrunners puts into question their continued success in the race. The only largely expected winner was I, Tonya in Contemporary.

The Awards

Best Period Costume Design

The Shape of Water (RU:Wesley, RU:Peter, RU:Tripp)

Best Fantasy Costume Design

Wonder Woman (RU:Peter)

Best Contemporary Costume Design

I, Tonya (Wesley, Tripp, Thomas)

Costume Designers Guild Data

First Awards: 1998 (20)

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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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)

Precursor: 16th Visual Effects Society Awards (2017)

Dominating the 16th Visual Effects Society awards, War for the Planet of the Apes continued its franchise sweep of the VES awards, nabbing the third trophy for Best Visual Effects. This may have some effect on the Oscars, but we won’t kow for sure unti lthe final envelope is opened, considering Oscar ignored the prior to films in the series in favor of other pictures. Coco won all of the animated categories while Blade Runner 2049 picked up a pair of prizes.

Award Tallies

(4) Coco, War for the Planet of the Apes
(2) Blade Runner 2049

The Awards

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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).

We’re almost into the home stretch. The last of the major precursors will be given out in the next week after the last of the major guilds were handed out this past week. There are a few stragglers the subsequent week, plus the pre-Oscar Spirit Awards, but we’re getting close to the finish line and the picture is becoming ever clearer.

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

Tue. 13 – Visual Effects Society (Awards) (Official)
Sat. 17 – Cinematographers (Awards) (Official)
Sun. 18 – British Academy (Awards) (Official)
Sun. 18 – Online Film & TV Association (Awards) (Official)
Sun. 18 – Sound Editors (Awards) (Official)

Big Winners

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