This Day in Oscar History: December 13 (2018)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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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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Poll: What Are You Watching? (Dec. 14-16, 2018)

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Trailer Watch: Vox Lux (2018) Updated

New Trailer (#2)

Vox Lux, updated

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Trailer Watch: Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Updated

New Trailer (#2)

Mary Queen of Scots, updated

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Looking at the Weekend: Dec. 14-16, 2018

Three potential box office toppers release this weekend and, once again, Marvel appears to be likely to win it all. Mortal Engines is the latest attempt to building a major young adult dystopian cinematic franchise. Few have succeeded and while this one seems bolder and more effects-heavy than prior versions, it still looks to be the kind of film that disappoints and nosedives after the weekend. The Mule is the latest attempt by Clint Eastwood to remain relevant as a viable director. The film has been labeled as minor and while Eastwood has been a draw in the past, does anyone really want to see a dour movie about an old man smuggling drugs for the sake of his estranged family? Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is the latest Sony attempt to make something out of its Spider-Man property and all appearances suggest that they’ve finally hit on something spectacular. It’s won numerous awards for Best Animated Feature and appears to be in the running for an Oscar nomination, and possibly even a win. That plus the animated component make this a very serious threat to box office dominance. Especially with nothing else in sight.

Our Highest Rated Films: If Beale Street Could Talk; Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Our Best Awards Ratings: If Beale Street Could Talk; Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse; Capernaum

OTHER LIMITED RELEASES

The Wedding

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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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This Day in Oscar History: December 12 (2018)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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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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Trailer Watch: Captain Marvel (2019) Updated

New Trailer (#2) / New Poster (#2)

Captain Marvel, updated

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Trailer Watch: Welcome to Marwen (2018) Updated

New Trailer (#3) / New Poster (#9)

Welcome to Marwen, updated

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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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The DVD Report #598

Mission: Impossible – Fallout is the sixth film in the now 23-year-old franchise that was based on the highly successful 1960s TV series that ran from 1966-1969.

Not a remake of the TV series, Tom Cruise’s character, Ethan Hunt is an agent in the same elite covert operations team that was led by Peter Graves’ Jim Phelps character, played in the 1996 film by Jon Voight, a character long gone from the film series.

The latest film is the first actual sequel, all the others were stand-alone stories. Following events set in motion by 2011’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, the film brings back Michelle Monaghan as Cruise’s ex-wife Julia, featured in 2006’s Mission Impossible: III.

Julia is now remarried to a doctor without borders played by Wes Bentley. They feature in the film’s climax but are not prominent in the earlier portions of the film which focus on Cruise, new partner Henry Cavill, old partners Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg, and MI-6’s Rebecca Ferguson from 2015’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. Alec Baldwin from that film is also on board, as is Angela Bassett who, along with Baldwin, represents Cruise’s controllers.

The new film, which clocks in at 2 hours and 27 minutes, was written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects) who previously did the same for Rogue Nation.

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This Day in Oscar History: December 11 (2018)

Here’s what happened today in Oscar History.

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