Monday, October 24, 2016

2001 Fisti Awards

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2001.  I feel like I say this a lot, but MY GOD what a year this was.  Now I know what a lot of people think of when they think of the 2001 Oscars; A Beautiful Mind's supposed undeserving Oscar win.  I'll admit, I was heavily rooting for it to win (granted it was the only nominee I had seen at the time) but even after seeing the rest (and preferring quite a few of them) I don't hate this win at all.  It's a very well made and very heartfelt biopic with solid (some stellar) performances throughout and a real arc at the end.  It isn't some cookie cutter flick.  It has thrills, romance, drama and bleeding emotion and it all feels honest.

Hate all you want, but I still love the movie.

Not enough for it to make my BP ballot, but this year was too strong for that.  

As a side note, this is the ONLY Oscar ceremony I actually turned off on purpose because a surprise win had me seething with anger, and yes that win was Washington over Crowe because as much as I like Training Day and even like Washington's performance, that was Crowe's Oscar and that loss tragically robbed one of our greatest working actors of his shot at being a two-time Academy Award winner.

But being honest, neither deserved the win in that lineup.

Now, one really interesting thing about this particular awards is that, despite how awesome this year was as a whole, 15 of the 17 awards given out here go to the five films nominated for Best Picture.  Wealth was not spread that much here, but these five films deserve every ounce of praise and accolades they can muster.

And on that note I present to you the Fisti Awards of 2001!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

A Season Full of Awards: Gotham

So, I've been out of the Oscar watch game now for 2 years and the sting is strong in my heart, since this is one of the reasons I started this blog.  So, while I can't promise this will last all season, I want it to so pray for me.  This could be my ease back into relevant blogging.

So, Oscar season is officially upon us with the Gotham nomination announcement this morning, and so here are the nominees and my take on their Oscar chances.