Poll: Cinema Sight @ 20 – Best of 2009

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Best of 2009

In honor of our 20th year on the internet, we’re beginning a series of polls aimed at the results of the last 20 years and picking what the best of the Oscar nominees were. Here are all of the categories for this year.

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Precursor: 19th Costume Designers Guild Nominations (2016)

The Costume Designers Guild is a solid precursor in that they nominate fifteen films, which should fill a four-film category. However, it’s very likely that they miss a few since the Academy very rarely pulls out of one and sometimes picks from missing to one of the remaining two.

Of the films I expected to be on this list, Love & Friendship, Allied, Silence, Rules Don’t Apply, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Fences, and Loving, are the only true omissions. Yet, none of the rest of the selections are that surprising. You can take almost all of the period design nominees and put them into Oscar and I wouldn’t be surprised, but that would ignore Fantastic Beasts, Captain Fantastic, and Miss Peregrine as possible spoilers. Something from the aforementioned omissions list could also get in, but I highly doubt it at this point.

The one inclusion here that surprises, but absolutely delights, me is Kubo and the Two Strings. Animated films rarely ever appear in physical craft categories like production design, costume design, cinematography, or visual effects. While the latter has seen a few at the Oscars and elsewhere, the prior three are very often ignored. It’s nice to see some recognition for the very bold and creative work put into the film even if it is stop-motion. I don’t know if the CDG has ever done it before as I haven’t had the time to research, but the ADG (Art Directors Guild) definitely needs to do it more often and should have done it for this particular film.

The Nominations

Best Period Costume Design

The Dressmaker
Florence Foster Jenkins
Hail, Caesar!
Hidden Figures

Best Fantasy Costume Design

Doctor Strange
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Kubo and the Two Strings
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Rogue One

Best Contemporary Costume Design

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
Captain Fantastic
La La Land
Nocturnal Animals

Costume Designers Guild Data

First Awards: 1998 (19)

Precursor: 69th Directors Guild Nominations (2016)

The guild awards are always the place to look for Oscar clues and few are more predictive than the Directors Guild of America. Outside of a handful of instances, the Oscar winner is always an DGA nominee and four-of-five DGA nominees usually carry over to the Oscars. I can see this year going five-for-five.

Noteworthy omissions: Mel Gibson isn’t here, nor are Denzel Washington, David Mackenzie, Pablo Larrain, Tom Ford, or Clint Eastwood. Yet none of these is as huge an omission as Martin Scorsese.

By now, everyone who needed to see it, should have seen Silence, making Scorsese’s omission a telling one. His divisive film has been left out most of the season due to late completion date and studio ineptitude (Paramount has serious problems with this, marking their third failure in four years). However, the first time Paramount screwed up, with Wolf of Wall Street, the film still managed to figure in several guild awards, including a Scorsese DGA nod. Not so for Silence, which was completely ignored.

The three primary competitors for Oscar, La La Land, Manchester by the Sea, and Moonlight are here, as is the near-primary Arrival. Garth Davis is the lone outsider and since Harvey Weinstein seems to have jettisoned all of his studio’s films but Lion in order to push it heavily is looking like he succeeded as Davis makes not only the regular feature film list, but also the first feature list, a double nominee. While he’ll win the latter, he isn’t likely to win the former.

The DGA nominees are also a fairly good, and sometimes better, barometer for the Best Picture race with most of their selections making the final list, especially in the five-plus years. As such, expect all five of these film in Best Picture when it’s announced later this month.

The Nominations

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Oscar Profile #322: Karl Malden

Born Mladen George Sekulovich on March 22, 1912 to a Serbian father and a Czech mother in Chicago, Illinois, the future Karl Malden spoke only Serbian until he entered kindergarten. The eldest of three children, his father worked in the steel mills and as a milkman in Gary, Indiana. His mother, who was twenty when he was born, worked as a seamstress. His father had a passion for music and organized a choir within the Serbian Orthodox church in which young Malden sang. He also taught drama and put on plays in which young Malden acted. It is worth noting that Malden’s hardworking father lived to be 89, dying in 1975. His equally hardworking mother lived to be 103, dying in 1995. They both lived long enough to enjoy much of their son’s extraordinarily long career as a major star.

Young Malden worked alongside his father in the steel mills after graduating high school. It wasn’t until 1934 that he left Gary to seek his fame and fortune as an actor. It didn’t take long. By 1937 he was on Broadway performing with the famed Group Theatre in Golden Boy. He married his wife Mona, born in 1918, in 1938. In 1940 he made his film debut in They Knew What They Wanted. Although he appeared sporadically in films throughout the 1940s, most notably in Boomerang! and Kiss of Death, he could be seen more frequently on the Broadway stage where he worked steadily, most memorably in All My Sons and A Streetcar Named Desire.

Malden did not get to reprise his role in the film version of All My Sons, but he did get to repeat his great success in the 1951 film version of A Streetcar Named Desire for which he won on Oscar on his first nomination. Outstanding in 1953’s I Confess, the actor received a second Oscar nomination for 1954’s On the Waterfront. He gave equally outstanding performances in 1956’s Baby Doll for which he received a Golden Globe nomination, 1957’s Fear Strikes Out and 1959’s The Hanging Tree for which he was nominated for a Laurel Award.

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This Day in Oscar History: January 12 (2017)

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Precursor: 20th Toronto Critics – Canadian Film (2016)

After announcing their nominations and then their winners, there was one prize left to award and it went as follows. It will have zero impact on the Oscars.

The Awards

Best Canadian Film

The Stairs

Toronto Film Critics Association Data

First Awards: 1997 (20)

Precursor: 30th USC Scripter Nominations (2016)

One look at this list and you’ll confirm in your mind that the USC Scripter Awards are one of the most accurate predictors of the Oscars and their nominations. This is precisely the five films I would have suspected as being up for the award. They tend to go for literary works and sometimes plays. Moonlight is especially shocking to see here since it was based on an unproduced play. While the Academy decided it was adapted and a lot of groups followed along, many left it as original, including the Writers Guild of America. Since this group looks at source material and scripts, it’s very surprising that they still went for it. Either way, these are your nominees.

The Nominations

Best Adapted Screenplay

Hidden Figures

USC Scripter Data

Year Founded: 1988
First Awards: 1987 (30)

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Precursor: 31st Cinematographers Guild Nominations (2016)

The first thing to talk about here is the surprise inclusion of Greg Fraiser for Lion. So far, the film has only picked up one nomination for Best Cinematography and that was from Phoenix. This shows how capable Harvey Weinstein is at pushing his favorite films the closer Oscar gets. This might also be Silence‘s only opportunity at the Oscars, or at least we’re seeing more of those who’ve seen it getting a chance to recognize it.

As to contenders that didn’t make it that I’m kind of surprised weren’t at least considered: Hacksaw Ridge, The Handmaiden, Jackie, and Nocturnal Animals, all of which have been cited somewhat frequently. However, there is one other name that absolutely shocks me is not included: Roger Deakins. The Patron Saint of Cinematographers has been nominated just about every time he lenses something. Yet, Hail, Caesar! is not on this list. Less surprising is that Steven Spielberg cinematographer Janusz Kaminski isn’t on the list for The BFG, of course that’s because the film’s Oscar chances are all but nil.

One thing to know about this group is its amazing prognosticative capabilities. They regularly select four of the five Oscar nominees. The got four-of-five last year missing Bridge of Spies with the Academy going The Hateful Eight. The previous, year they did the same naming The Imitation Game over eventual Oscar nominee Ida. They got all five (with a slate of seven nominees) in 2013, four in 2012 and 2011, and then five again in 2010.

So, either this is the final slate or someone will be replaced. I’d like to believe it’s Lion, but I suspect something like Arrival or Moonlight won’t be hip enough for the Academy’s cinematographers and they could be replaecd by The Handmaiden, Hacksaw Ridge, Jackie, Nocturnal Animals, or something else we’ve yet to consider so far this year.

The Nominations

Best Cinematography

Arrival – Bradford Young
La La Land – Linus Sandgren
Lion – Greg Fraiser
Moonlight – James Laxton
Silence – Rodrigo Prieto

American Society of Cinematographers Data

Year Founded: 1919
First Awards: 1986 (31)

Film Preview: Cult of Chucky (2017)

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(January 8, 2017) Original

Release Date:

Fall 2017


From IMDb: “The plot is unknown at this time.”

Poster Rating: –

Review: There was no poster immediately available for my review. Should one become available in the future, this section will be updated.

Trailer Rating: B

Review: If you were ever a fan of Chucky or long for the days of cheesy horror excitement, this trailer should do plenty to get you excited for this far-removed sequel.

Oscar Prospects:


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Precursor: 69th Directors Guild Doc Nominations (2016)

This year, the DGA has chosen to announce their documentary directing citations a day earlier than their theatrical directing nominations. Here are the nominees. While this won’t tell us anything about who will be nominated for Best Documentary Feature, it often points a sign towards what titles are at least strongly under consideration.

The Nominations

Best Documentary Director

Otto Bell – The Eagle Huntress
Ezra Edelman – O.J.: Made in America
Josh Kriegman & Elyse Steinberg – Weiner
Raoul Peck – I Am Not Your Negro
Roger Ross Williams – Life, Animated

Directors Guild of America Data

Year Founded: 1936
First Awards: 1948 (69)

Precursor: 9th Houston Critics Nominations (2016)

Houston, we have a problem. Your association website is two years out of date. Having to go to IMDB to find your awards information isn’t the best idea. Anyway, the Houston Film Critics showed more love for Jackie and The Nice Guys; however, the rest of the list is fairly commonplace this season and not worth mentioning.

Nominations Tallies

(10) La La Land
(6) Arrival, Manchester by the Sea, Moonlight
(5) Hell or High Water, Nocturnal Animals
(4) Jackie

The Nominations

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Precursor: 6th Georgia Critics Nominations (2016)

The Georgia Film Critics announced their winners late on Tuesday, but here they are. There’s some good news for Jackie as it receives its best showing in some time. It’s probably way too late, though. The Nice Guys and Silence also did better than they have all season with the former not being recognize at all. These results aren’t too far outside what we’ve seen so far this year.

Nominations Tallies

(10) La La Land, Moonlight
(8) Manchester by the Sea
(7) Arrival, Jackie
(5) Hell or High Water
(3) 20th Century Women, Fences, The Nice Guys, Silence

The Nominations

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Precursor: 8th Make-Up Artists Guild Nominations (2016)

The first of today’s major guild announcements is out and the Hollywood Make-Up and Hair Stylists Guild has made their selections in five theatrical categories. Looking at the seven films that made the Academy’s shortlist, five of them are here: Star Trek: Beyond, Suicide Squad, Deadpool, Florence Foster Jenkins, and Hail, Caesar!. Only two of those received two nominations from this group. Most interesting is that the MUHS guild nominations resulted in non-finalist Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as the most nominated film with three.

Although the Academy has done a better job in recent years not just going all-out on prosthetic makeup, we ue the Special Effects Make-Up category as our guide to what the Oscars might choose. Three of the Academy finalists are there. I’d guess Star Trek: Beyond is the most likely to carry over and now that Deadpool has become a slightly more serious player in other categories, it could be one of the final nominees, though Suicide Squad seems to just have more makeup in general, which is a bonus to Oscar voters. I’m still going out on a limb and claiming A Man Called Ove, which made the Academy shortlist, but wasn’t nominated here, as the third nominee. The Academy has bent over backwards in recent years to recognize excellent work outside of the Hollywood sphere, nominating several foreign entries. Ove has that much vaunted old age makeup to give it a boost.

Nominations Tallies

(3) Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
(2) Doctor Strange, Hail, Caesar!, La La Land, Loving, Nocturnal Animals, Suicide Squad, Zoolander 2

The Nominations

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