Thursday, December 1, 2016

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.


Best Picture

Captain Fantastic
Fences
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
Jackie
La La Land
Lion
Loving
Manchester By the Sea
Moonlight
Nocturnal Animals

I find it rather hilarious that they couldn't just stop at 10.  I mean, I know that at the Fistis I have a Top 12, but these aren't 'personal awards'...or are they?  Right off the bat, though, it's obvious that they've learned from past transgresions and the lack of Silence here is actually a touch admirable since they obviously didn't see it and so they didn't blind vote for it like they did Wolf of Wall Street.  Nocturnal Animals and Captain Fantastic feel like passion picks here, while the rest feel like a mixed bag of Oscar favorites and films with enough goodwill at the moment to not look too out of place.  I will say that the Arrival snub(s) are...disappointing. 

Director

Damien Chazelle / La La Land
Tom Ford / Nocturnal Animals 
Mel Gibson / Hacksaw Ridge
Barry Jenkins / Moonlight
Pablo Larrain / Jackie
Kenneth Lonergan / Manchester By the Sea
Denzel Washington / Fences

Gibson has received more traction this year than I anticipated, but that Oscar nomination is not coming.  Tom Ford will go nowhere else (and I'm baffled he's here, to be honest).  The rest have serious Oscar shots.  I mean, Chazelle is probably unbeatable, but there are four losers so take your pick of any of the remaining and Scorsese.

Film Editing

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
The Birth of a Nation
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Lion
Moonlight

I'm not sure what the hell this is.  Billy Lynn and Birth of a Nation are...not going to factor into Oscar at all, so including them here is odd, but I'm starting to wonder if Hacksaw Ridge is going to snag some Oscar noms in those tech categories.  

Adapted Screenplay

Hacksaw Ridge
Hidden Figures
The Jungle Book
Lion
Snowden
Sully

LOL...I can't see any of these outside of Lion and Sully getting Oscar nominations.  This is such a bizarre group of nominees.  

Original Screenplay

Captain Fantastic
Hell or High Water
La La Land
The Lobster
Manchester By the Sea
Moonlight

I'm a little shocked Loving was snubbed here considering that it made their BP ballot, but The Lobster makes sense as a lone Screenplay nominee (even if I would consider it elsewhere).  I could see any of these nominated for Oscar, to be honest.

Supporting Actress

Viola Davis / Fences
Naomi Harris / Moonlight
Nicole Kidman / Lion
Helen Mirren / Eye in the Sky
Octavia Spencer / Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams / Manchester By the Sea

This category feels so firmed up, especially ever since Davis made the switch, and yet this could also get very fluid if that last spot remains so open.  Davis, Harris, Kidman and Williams feel locked in, with Gerwig and Mirren the contenders for the final spot and yet Hidden Figures has been getting an unexpected boost suddenly and Spencer is a former Oscar winner so...

Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali / Moonlight
Jeff Bridges / Hell or High Water
Hugh Grant / Florence Foster Jenkins
Lucas Hedges / Manchester By the Sea
Eddie Murphy / Mr. Church
Dev Patel / Lion

Eddie Murphy?  LOL.  The rest feel like very strong Oscar hopefuls.  I'm still betting on a Sarsgaard surprise nomination, but that could be complete wishful thinking and I'm fully aware of that.  I find it hilarious that they obviously adored Nocturnal Animals and yet the one actor who got the raves (Michael Shannon) couldn't even get a nom here.  His Oscar chances are...dead.

Lead Actor

Casey Affleck / Manchester By the Sea
Joel Edgerton / Loving
Andrew Garfield / Hacksaw Ridge
Joseph Gordon-Levitt / Snowden
Ryan Gosling / La La Land
Tom Hanks / Sully
Viggo Mortensen / Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington / Fences

They really wanted to cover every base, didn't they?  I mean, they didn't see Silence and yet they still made sure they nominated Andrew Garfield.  And JGL?  Who the hell has even seen Snowden?  I'm still praying every night for an Edgerton nom, but part of me fears his ship has sailed.  The Oscar nominees will most likely be pulled from this field, even if it is for a different film.

Lead Actress

Amy Adams / Nocturnal Animals
Annette Bening / 20th Century Woman
Taraji P. Henson / Hidden Figures
Isabelle Huppert / Elle
Ruth Negga / Loving
Natalie Portman / Jackie
Emma Stone / La La Land
Meryl Streep / Florence Foster Jenkins


Like for Actor, they obviously wanted to make sure they covered all bases, and they have.  Also like Actor, they nominated the right actress for the wrong movie.  If nominated, Adams will get in for Arrival, but whatever.  


Art Direction/Production Design


Alice Through the Looking Glass
Allied
Hacksaw Ridge
Jackie
The Jungle Book
La La Land

It's still too early to get a real idea for these categories, but this feels so random.  

Cinematography

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
Hacksaw Ridge
The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki
The Jungle Book
La La Land
Moonlight

LOL at Billy Lynn showing up for it's cinematography when that was possibly the most critisized aspect of the film.  La La Land will win this at the Oscars, unless Silence does a mini-sweep of the techs.  I find it hilarious that they snub Nocturnal Animals here, despite supposedly loving it...and what the hell is The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki?


Costume Design


Alice Through the Looking Glass
Captain Fantastic
Doctor Strange
Jackie
La La Land
Love & Friendship


I have no clue what to make of this, but again...this feels random.

Visual Effects

The BFG
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
Deadpool
Doctor Strange
The Jungle Book
Sully

Deadpool?  What is there hard-on for Billy Lynn?  The Jungle Book has this on lock, right?

Sound (Editing & Mixing)

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
Allied
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
Hacksaw Ridge
The Jungle Book
La La Land

The Sound categories are always a bitch to predict.

Score

The BFG
Hacksaw Ridge
Hidden Figures
The Jungle Book
La La Land
Manchester By the Sea

I'm shocked at the snub for Jackie and Arrival when those two scores have been getting a lot of buzz, and La La Land was one I didn't expect because it was so song heavy, but this is certainly making things interesting since this category almost feels vacant this year for some reason, and the two scores I felt the most assured of aren't even here.

Song

'Audition' from La La Land
'Can't Stop the Feeling' from Trolls
'City of Stars' from La La Land
'Dancing with Your Shadow' from Po
'I'm Still Here' from Miss Sharon Jones
'Running' from Hidden Figures

This is one of those categories that never makes sense all season long.  The only thing I know is that something from La La Land will be nominated, but I don't even know if it will win.  Moana missing here is strange.

Animated Film


Finding Dory

The Jungle Book
Kubo and the Two Strings
Miss Hokusai
Moana
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle
Trolls
Your Name
Zootopia


I just want to say, once again, that when you nominate nearly every animated film released and yet you still snub The Secret Life of Pets I don't trust you.


Foreign Film


The Ardennes
Elle
The Happiest Day on Earth
The Handmaiden
Julieta
Ma' Rosa
A Man Called Ove
Paradise
The Salesman
Toni Erdmann

Who knows...yet.


Documentary


13th
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week
The Eagle Huntress
Fire at Sea
Gleason
The Ivory Game
Life Animated
O.J. Made in America
Tower
Zero Days


There are certainly some clear frontrunners forming here.

8 comments:

  1. JGL WAS AMAZING IN SNOWDEN YOU TAKE THAT BACK!!! lol He has no Oscar chance but I wish he did. So I'm happy with that. Snowden was good.

    Birth of a Nation for editing (or anything, really) is laughable, but not as laughable as Deadpool for Visual Effects over Captain America: Civil War.

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    1. HA! I haven't seen it, but like...I didn't even know it was officially released, which is kind of my point. Like...who has actually seen it other than you?

      ;-)

      The Birth of a Nation landing anywhere for anything is a joke.

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  2. Snowden got an Oscar nod.... BOO!!!! Oliver Stone is an overrated old fart!

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    1. Well, this is The Satellites so...no Oscar nod yet (or ever, really).

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  3. This is interesting to see all the repetitive movies and then they throw one in that just seems out of whack. I can't picture a musical not winning in the score and best song dept. no I have not listened to any

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    1. La La Land is poised to sweep everything come Oscar night. I'm currently predicting:

      Picture
      Director
      Film Editing
      Lead Actress
      Art Direction
      Cinematography
      Sound Mixing
      Score
      Song

      And I wouldn't discount Sound Editing or even Costumes if the film winds up just walking away with the night.

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  4. There ought to be a prize if you can remember ALL of the previous year's Satellite noms. But I'll never not be delighted to see Hugh Grant get a nom.

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    1. I'm so shocked about about his Oscar snub considering that he hit everything AND his film did rather well on nomination morning.

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