Friday, December 2, 2016

A Season Full of Awards: Broadcast Film Critics Society (BFCA) ~ Nominations


So, after last year's ridiculous debacle regarding Star Wars, the BFCA has officially become a joke to most prognosticators.  They've skirted that line for years thanks to their ridiculous MTV-esque categories and their penchant for nominating everything (ala The Satellites) but now they're officially on the other side of that line.  Still, we've discussed The Satellites AND the Hollywood Film Awards (which are even worse, to be honest) so we may as well discuss these.  I'm NOT including their ridiculous sub-categories except one (Young Actor/Actress) because it's a) not that ridiculous and b) says something about this race that I want to address.

So let's talk..

Thursday, December 1, 2016

A Season Full of Awards: NYFCC


Picture

La La Land
The fact that this wins here despite the fact that it won NOTHING else and they so clearly adored Moonlight just goes to show the power of a universal crowd pleaser.  I can't see ANYTHING taking the Oscar over this.  It is written.

Director

Barry Jenkins for Moonlight
I have doubted him since the beginning, because he feels like such a critical darling that Oscar inevitably snubs, but his wins are starting to rack up (he also won NBR) and so maybe he will become a force.

Screenplay

Manchester By the Sea
I still expect this to repeat with Oscar.

Supporting Actress

Michelle Williams for Certain Women
&

Michelle Williams for Manchester By the Sea
I want to believe that this is still Michelle's year, but Davis is salivating over the chance to snatch that Oscar and she feels like a real Oscar choice, so I have such doubts!!!

Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali for Moonlight
I kind of hate myself right now for doubting his Oscar chances.  I mean, I still don't think he's locked in or anything, but I something brewing.

Lead Actor

Casey Affleck for Manchester By the Sea
Get that Oscar, Casey!

Lead Actress

Isabelle Huppert for Elle
&
Isabelle Huppert for The Things to Come
She's shaping up to be the Marion Cotillard of this year.  I'm more than OK with this!

Cinematography

Moonlight
I've doubted all things Moonlight, but it could be much stronger than anticipated.  It could also sweep through the critics and still wind up Oscar snubbed in the end.  This is a very tricky combination of critical darling with very un-Oscary material.

Animated Film

Zootopia
Are we serious?  I mean, I love this movie...and I wholly expect it to be Oscar unstoppable, but even with the critics?

Documentary Feature

O.J. Made in America
I did not see this film being as strong as it is...

Foreign Film

Toni Erdmann
I have a feeling this will be our Oscar winner...

First Film

The Edge of Seventeen
&
Krisha
And yet another win for Krisha.  I don't know what to make of this, but could it make a play for Documentary?  Is it eligible?  I need to find this out.

A Season Full of Awards: Satellite Awards ~ Nominations



So, these are always a mess, but they are fun to look at...kind of like a train wreck, although after last year maybe they are 'more prestigious' than the BFCA now?  Anyways, while we await the complete results of the NYFCC for the next 6 hours, we may as well talk about this mess from yesterday.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A Season Full of Awards: NBR


The NBR always feels like the official start to Award's Season because it is the first batch of nominees/winners that actually encompasses the whole of film for the year and not just the independant or foreign films.  Here we have a first 'critical' look at the year as a whole.  The NBR has shown a specific taste in the past, some of it questionable, but the last few years they have tried to separate themselves from being considered as merely another Oscar prognosticator, and their choices of films like Her and A Most Violent Year as Best Film show that separation well.  This year had a lot of interesting choices.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A Season Full of Awards: Gotham Winners


Best Picture
Moonlight

This has no chance in hell at actually winning Best Picture at the Oscars...but this upset over Manchester By the Sea (which seemed like the stronger film) could solidify it's place on nomination morning.  This could wind up being a stronger film than I initially anticipated.

Documentary
O.J. Made in America

I think a concensus is starting to form over the documentaries we'll be seeing pop up on nomination morning.  This feels like one of them.

Actor
Casey Affleck for Manchester By the Sea

Stars are aligning for Casey to snatch up that Oscar, and I'm so happy for him since he's one of those actors who is consistently good, and he should already have an Oscar in his hands for his tremendous performance in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.  Washington could still make a play, but right now it's looking like Casey will actually take this, especially in the light of Viola stealing Williams' Oscar.

Actress
Isabelle Huppert for Elle

So, this happened.  Huppert, I think, is stronger than we all thought she was.  I never saw Portman as undeniable, and I still think that Oscar is Stone's, but this makes things so much more interesting.  Watching this go down like 2012, with Stone and Huppert being the Lawrence/Riva pairing.  AMAZING!

Screenplay
Moonlight

Over Manchester By the Sea seems strange and yet, this movie is truly beloved.  Could this repeat with Oscar?  I'm not so sure, since Lonergan seems like someone AMPAS will want to reward this year, but you never know.  It's beginning to look like a real race.

Breakthrough Director
Trey Edward Schultz for Krisha

In terms of Oscar, this means nothing.

Breakthrough Actor
Anya Taylor-Joy for The Witch

This also means nothing, considering who it is.  She has no Oscar traction and won't get any.  Poor Lucas Hedges...I thought this could have been the start of his onslaught of Breakthrough Awards this season.

Monday, November 28, 2016

A Season Full of Awards: Annie Awards ~ Nominations


So here is our first real glimpse at the animated films that are edging themselves out in the front of the pack and the first time we'll get a real idea of which animated shorts could be in contention for Oscar.  Films that do not get a wide release here in the States are delegated to the Indepentent category, so there will be a combination come Oscar.

Best Animated Feature

“Finding Dory,” Pixar Animation Studios
“Kubo and the Two Strings,” Laika
“Kung Fu Panda 3,” DreamWorks Animation
“Moana,” Walt Disney Animation
“Zootopia,” Walt Disney Animation

Zootopia is locked in.  I also feel like Kubo will happen.  The animated brack LOVES to reward the stop-motion animation and Kubo has very good reviews.  The rest I'm a touch up in the air about because I could see something like Dory being nominated because of the sheer strength of it's box-office, but Moana is new and shiney (despite not having stellar reviews).  Kung Fu Panda 3 is here as filler...which is a shame because if we're going to have filler I'd rather it be something like Secret Life of Pets, which was actually really, really good.

Best Animated Feature – Independent

“Long Way North,” Sacrebleu Productions, Maybe Movies, NorlumStudios, France 3 CinĂ©ma and 2 Minutes
“Miss Hokusai,” GKids
“My Life as a Zucchini,” GKids
“The Red Turtle,” Studio Ghibli, Wild Bunch, Why Not Productions
“Your Name.,” CoMix Wave Films

The Red Turtle is in.  I also really think that My Life as a Zucchini is in as well.  Miss Hokusai has been getting some attention lately, but the idea of three foreigns getting in seems like a real stretch.  I really wish the April and the Extraordinary World would have snuck in here, or The Little Prince.

Best Animated Short Subject

“Blind Vaysha,” National FilmBoard of Canada
“Deer Flower,” Studio ZAZAC
“Path Title Sequence,” Acme Filmworks
“Pearl,” Google Spotlight Stories/Evil Eye Pictures
“Piper,” Pixar Animation Studios

I have no idea what to make of this category yet, but Piper is adorable and will most likely sail through to an Oscar nom on the shoulders of Disney/Pixar alone.

Friday, November 25, 2016

1950 Fisti Awards

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1950.  The battle of the two masterpieces that define Classic Hollywood in the most incredible ways.  How can you chose?  HOW CAN YOU CHOSE?!?!  It's a flip of the coin type ordeal because both films are tremendous in nearly every possible way and yet, one must chose and so chose I have.

I agree with Oscar; sort of.

All About Eve is a tremendous feat and a film that is, in a word, unforgettable.  And yet, Sunset Boulevard is just as tremendous and just as unforgettable and so, while I side with Oscar and their decision to reward All About Eve the title of Best Picture...I can't let is sweep here (it won 6 Oscars) because Sunset Boulevard deserves just as much recognition.

Honestly, if I allowed myself a tie in Best Picture, I would dole it out this year.

But as a wise friend (cough-Joel-cough) said to me:

1950 is just an insanely competitive year, I think because All About Eve & Sunset Blvd.'s reputations loom so large that much of the other bounty of quality available doesn't get its proper due.
He's right, this is one incredible year and it's a shame that so little outside of those two Oscar giants are even remembered, let alone talked about.  The film noir soars this year, with Huston, Preminger, Lewis, Dassin, Mankiewicz, Curtiz, Ray and yes, Wilder, delivering a bounty of films that will keep you glued from start to finish in a sea of tension.  Daves and Mann deliver standout westerns while Minnelli takes on the dramedy with lavish results.  The year is aces from top to bottom and with that in mind I present to you the Fisti Awards for 1950 (now with comments on all ballots)!