Category: Precursors

Precursor: 15th Visual Effects Society Awards (2016)

The Oscar frontrunner dominated the Visual Effects Society awards, taking five awards total. The Jungle Book had received six nominations and, had it not been double-nominated in the Animated Performance category, it would have done a clean sweep, as such, it merely won in every category in which it was nominated. Deepwater Horizon won the Supporting Visual Effects category, one of its two prizes. Doctor Strange took the remaining live-action prize. On the animation side, Kubo and the Two Strings captured the top prize there, but lost the other three categories to Disney/Pixar, with Moana taking two and Finding Dory the remaining award. This does little to dissuade the notion that Jungle Book is still the film to beat.

Awards Tallies

(5) The Jungle Book
(2) Deepwater Horizon, Moana

The Awards

Best Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature

The Jungle Book (Wesley, Tripp, Thomas)

Best Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature

Deepwater Horizon (Wesley, Tripp, Thomas)

Best Visual Effects in an Animated Feature

Kubo and the Two Strings (Wesley, Peter, Tripp, Thomas)

Best Animated Performance in a Photoreal Feature

The Jungle Book – King Louie (Wesley, RU:Tripp)

Best Animated Performance in an Animation Feature

Finding Dory – Hank

Best Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature

Doctor Strange – New York City (Tripp, Thomas)

Best Created Environment in an Animated Feature

Moana – Montouri Island (RU:Wesley, RU:Peter)

Best Models in a Photoreal or Animated Project

Deepwater Horizon – Deepwater Horizon Rig (Wesley, Tripp, RU:Thomas)

Best Compositing in a Photoreal Feature

The Jungle Book (Tripp, RU:Thomas)

Best Virtual Cinematography in a Photoreal Project

The Jungle Book (Wesley, Tripp, Thomas)

Best Effects Simulations in an Photoreal Feature

The Jungle Book – Nature Effects (Wesley, Tripp, RU:Thomas)

Best Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature

Moana (RU:Tripp, RU:Thomas)

Visual Effects Society Data

First Awards: 2002 (14)

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 11

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 lot happened this weekend with the Directors Guild, Annie Awards, and Cinematographers selecting their winners for the year.

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

Week 12

Tuesday, Feb. 7 – Visual Effects Society Awards (Official)
Saturday, Feb. 11 – Art Directors Awards (Official)
Saturday, Feb. 11 – Sci-Tech Awards Awards (Official)
Saturday, Feb. 11 – USC Scripter Awards (Official)
Sunday, Feb. 12 – British Academy Awards (Official)
Sunday, Feb. 12 – Grammy Awards Awards (Official)
Monday, Feb. 13 – Academy Awards Voting Begins Awards (Official)

Big Winners

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Precursor: 21st Online Film & Television Awards (2016)

The Online Film & Television Association has announced its awards for 2016. Many believe that La La Land will perform a pretty major sweep at the Oscars, but that didn’t intimidate the OFTA into trying to duplicate that. From the looks of their winners, they broke out of the mold in several areas. While a lot of the top-line categories seem to be heading towards expected Oscar winners, the winners further down went in vastly different directions. Matter of fact, the likelihood all of the categories align is fairly unlikely, though compared to other groups, they might not be too far off.

Awards Tallies

(7) La La Land
(4) Moonlight
(3) Deadpool, Kubo and the Two Strings, Manchester by the Sea
(2) Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Lion
(1) Arrival, Elle, Fences, Finding Dory, Jackie, The Jungle Book, Loving, O.J.: Made in America, Rogue One

The Awards

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Precursor: 25th Annie Awards Awards (2016)

The worship of Disney continues with the strong showing of Zootopia with six prizes including Best Animated Feature. Kubo and the Two Strings came in second with three awards (though, honestly, it should have won).

Awards Tallies

(6) Zootopia
(3) Kubo and the Two Strings
(2) Moana
(1) Doctor Strange, The Jungle Book, The Little Prince, The Red Turtle, Pear Cider and Cigarettes, Piper

The Awards

Best Animated Feature

Zootopia (Wesley, Tripp, RU:Thomas)

Best Animated Feature – Independent

The Red Turtle (Wesley, Thomas, RU:Peter, RU:Tripp)

Best Animated Short Subject

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

Best Animated Special Production

Pear Cider and Cigarettes (Tripp, RU:Wesley, RU:Peter, RU:Thomas)

Best Animated Effects, Animation

Moana (RU:Peter, RU:Thomas)

Best Animated Effects, Live Action

Doctor Strange – Mirror Dimension (Wesley, Peter, Tripp, Thomas)

Best Character Animation, Animated Feature

Kubo and the Two Strings (Wesley, Peter)

Best Character Animation, Live Action Feature

The Jungle Book (Animation Supervisor: Andrew R. Jones, Animation Supervisor: Peta Bayley, Animation Supervisor: Gabriele Zucchelli, Character Supervisor: Benjamin Jones) (Wesley, Thomas)

Best Character Design

Zootopia (Wesley, RU:Tripp, RU:Thomas)

Best Directing

Zootopia – Byron Howard, Rich Moore (Wesley, Tripp, RU:Thomas)

Best Music

The Little Prince – Hans Zimmer, Richard Harvey, Camille (RU:Wesley, RU:Thomas)

Best Production Design

Kubo and the Two Strings (Wesley, Peter, Tripp, Thomas)

Best Storyboarding

Zootopia (Wesley, Tripp, Thomas)

Best Voice Acting

TIE:
Moana – Auli’i Cravlho (Wesley, RU:Peter, RU:Tripp, RU:Thomas)
Zootopia – Jason Bateman (Tripp, Thomas, RU:Wesley)

Best Writing

Zootopia (Wesley, Tripp, Thomas)

Best Editing

Kubo and the Two Strings (Wesley, Peter, Thomas)

Annie Awards Data

Year Founded: 1972
First Awards: 1992 (25)

Precursor: 69th Directors Guild Awards (2016)

While the cinematographers went in an unexpected direction, the Directors Guild of America were highly predictable with all the expected winners winning.

The Awards

Best Director

Damien Chazelle – La La Land (Wesley, Peter, Tripp, Thomas)

Best First Feature

Garth Davis – Lion (Wesley, Peter, Tripp, Thomas)

Best Documentary Director

Ezra Edelman – O.J.: Made in America (Wesley, Peter, Tripp, Thomas)

Directors Guild of America Data

Year Founded: 1936
First Awards: 1948 (69)

Precursor: 31st Cinematographers Guild Awards (2016)

In a shock no one could have seen coming, Greg Fraiser takes the award for Best Cinematography for Lion, the safe money was on Linus Sandgren for La La Land, which makes for an interesting bump in its race towards the Oscar.

The Awards

Best Cinematography

Lion – Greg Fraiser

American Society of Cinematographers Data

Year Founded: 1919
First Awards: 1986 (31)

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 10

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).

I missed yesterday’s due date, so I’m catching up with the Oscar Preview post today.

The Oscar nominations were finally announced. These were immediately followed by three guild awards, including two biggies. Here’s a look at the winners and losers of the Oscar nominations, American Cinema Editors (ACE) awards, Producers Guild of America (PGA) awards, and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards.

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

Week 11

Saturday, Feb. 4 – Annie Awards Awards (Official)
Saturday, Feb. 4 – Cinematographers Awards (Official)
Saturday, Feb. 4 – Directors Guild Awards (Official)
Sunday, Feb. 5 – Online Film & TV Association Awards (Official)
Monday, Feb. 6 – Nominees Lunch Awards (Official)

Big Winners

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Precursor: 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards (2016)

There you have the year’s Screen Actors Guild winners. Denzel Washington finally earns his SAG award, briefly upending the streak Casey Affleck had been making towards Oscar glory. Hidden Figures takes the prize for Best Cast against stiff competition from fellow Oscar Best Picture nominees. Emma Stone repped future Oscar-winning Best Picture La La Land and helped her chances at the Oscars dramatically. These will surely produce some small manner of confusion, but apart from Stone shifting back into frontrunner position, our prior inclinations of who the Oscar voters will support continues.

Awards Tallies

(2) Fences
(1) Hacksaw Ridge, Hidden Figures, La La Land, Moonlight

The Nominations

Best Cast

Hidden Figures (Wesley, Peter, RU:Tripp)

Best Actor

Denzel Washington – Fences (RU:Wesley, RU:Tripp, RU:Thomas)

Best Actress

Emma Stone – La La Land (Wesley, Tripp, Thomas, RU:Peter)

Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali – Moonlight (Peter, Tripp, Thomas, RU:Wesley)

Best Supporting Actress

Viola Davis – Fences (Wesley, Peter, Tripp, Thomas)

Best Stunt Ensemble

Hacksaw Ridge (Wesley, Peter, Tripp, Thomas)

Screen Actors Guild Data

Year Founded: 1933
First Awards: 1994 (23)

Precursor: 28th Producers Guild Awards (2016)

And there you have the least predictable Producers Guild awards ever with all the frontrunners taking home prizes. It makes all three virtually inevitable at the Oscars.

The Awards

Best Picture

La La Land (Wesley, Peter, Tripp, Thomas)

Best Animated Feature

Zootopia (Wesley, Tripp, Thomas)

Best Documentary

O.J.: Made in America (Wesley, Peter, Tripp, Thomas)

Producers Guild of America Data

Year Founded: 1950 Film; 1957 TV; 1962 Unified
First Awards: 1989 (28)

Precursor: 64th Sound Editors Guild Nominations (2016)

The Motion Picture Sound Editors, three days after the Oscar nominations, have announced their nominations. The surprising thing here is that Rogue One captured three nominations, but failed to show up at the Oscars. Meanwhile, all five Oscar nominees show up in these nominations, albeit in different locations since La La Land got a token nomination in the Musical category, one that rarely translates to the Oscars. Sound Effects/Foley is the better prognosticating category and three of the nominees appear there while a different set of three show up in the Dialogue/ADR field. Arrival and Hacksaw Ridge have dominated these nominations and should be the primary contenders at the Oscars.

Nominations Tallies

(3) Arrival, Hacksaw Ridge, Rogue One
(2) Deadpool, Doctor Strange, Moana

The Nominations

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Precursor: 56th American Cinema Editors Awards (2016)

In a night of expectations and upsets, the American Cinema Editors selected their 56th set of winners. Leading the pack was expected Oscar winner La La Land winning the comedy/musical prize, a category all of our contributors guessed correctly. In the highly competitive drama field, Arrival took the prize for its time-hopping sci-fi spectacle. In the animation field, the editors went with Zootopia, which makes a stronger case for its future Oscar win for Animated Feature, which can also be said for the Documentary Feature frontrunner O.J.: Made in America taking home the Documentary Editing prize. Below are the winners along with our contributors’ predictions in parentheses after.

The Awards

Best Drama Editing

Arrival (Wesley)

Best Comedy/Musical Editing

La La Land (Wesley, Peter, Tripp, Thomas)

Best Animation Editing

Zootopia (RU:Wesley, RU:Tripp, RU:Thomas)

Best Documentary Editing

O.J.: Made in America (Wesley, Peter, Tripp, Thomas)

American Cinema Editors Data

Year Founded: October 26, 1950
First Awards: 1961 (56)

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 9

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).

There were only two groups announcing this past week and neither will have significant impact on the Oscar race, so I’m going to leave off the “winners” and “losers” for this week since there really aren’t any. Instead, you get a rest before the Oscar nominations tomorrow, and a look at the upcomin awards, including the PGA on Saturday and the live announcement of the SAG awards on Sunday.

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

Week 10

Tuesday, Jan. 24 – Sound Editors Nominations (Official)
Tuesday, Jan. 24 – Academy Awards Nominations (Official)
Friday, Jan. 27 – Cinema Editors Awards (Official)
Saturday, Jan. 28 – Producers Guild Awards (Official)
Sunday, Jan. 29 – Screen Actors Awards (Official)

Precursor: 37th Golden Raspberry Nominations (2016)

Sometimes the Razzie Awards nomination, a longtime pre-Oscar tradition, are a gestalt examination of the worst of the year. Sometimes, they are a sour grapes tribute. This year is a mixture of both. While the hate of Batman v. Superman is understandable, citing Ben Affleck as Worst Actor is pure sour grapes, not raspberries. Picking on the likes of Julia Roberts, Nicolas Cage, Sela Ward, and Kate Hudson are also simple attacks on good actors who’ve made worse movies, but for some reason trigger hatred from this voting body.

Still, there are plenty of qualified choices from the execrable Hillary’s America, which probably should have gotten nominated for Worst Combo: documentary and a disregard for facts, but that’s a bit of a tough sell to folks who just want to be clever against movies and people they hate rather than being genuinely clever. I also applaud their recognition of the poor job Jared Leto did in Suicide Squad.

For the most part, this list is equal parts idiotic and equal parts inspired, but that seems to be part-and-parcel for them in recent years. I’d like to see a genuine examination of the worst films of the year rather than what this group deems to be bad, since they go for easy targets rather than deserving ones. Sometimes those two paths cross, but a lot of times they don’t.

Nominations Tallies

(8) Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice
(7) Zoolander No. 2
(5) Dirty Grandpa, Gods of Egypt, Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party, Independence Day: Resurgence
(3) Alice Through the Looking Glass, Boo! A Madea Halloween

The Nominations

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Precursor: 37th London Critics Nominations (2016)

The London Film Critics aren’t always the most instructive. Apart from their eligibility window not featuring the same films as the Oscars, they have a tendency to recognize British talent over American talent, even though they have separate categories. As such, Huppert’s win for Things to Come rather than Elle, Tom Bennett’s tied win of Bet Supporting Actor, and Son of Saul‘s win in Director aren’t particularly instructive. The rest are what have been winning regularly this season, so there’s nothing new here.

Nominations Tallies

(2) Manchester by the Sea, Moonlight

The Nominations

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Precursor: 21st Online Film & Television Nominations (2016)

The Online Film & Television Association has announced its nominees for 2016. There are some interesting selections here, including who did and did not make it. However, most of their selections match what’s been announced previously, so there are no major surprises.

Nominations Tallies

(16) La La Land
(12) Moonlight
(11) Arrival, Noctrunal Animals
(10) Manchester by the Sea
(8) Kubo and the Two Strings
(7) Jackie
(6) Hacksaw Ridge, Lion
(5) Fences, Hidden Figures
(4) The Jungle Book, Rogue One, Silence, Sing Street, Zootopia
(3) Deadpool, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find, Florence Foster Jenkins, Hell of High Water

The Nominations

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