Well, that's it. it's all over. All 24 awards last night were given out, and the controversies can be settled. Based off my predictions, in total I got 17 out of 24 correct, which was one more than I got last year. Thankfully, there was no envelope mix up this year, and PricewaterhouseCoopers even made sure we knew that by labeling the category onto the envelope in HUGE letters! Whew! And how nice: Warren and Faye got to redeem themselves from the disaster they bestowed upon us last year! And let me tell you: I am so, so, SO happy that The Shape of Water won the big prize! It is such a beautiful testament to the discriminated that gives us greater insight into ourselves, and truly was the best of the nominees! But of course, there were several winners that I was not necessarily happy with, and plenty of other words I have to say in response to the ceremony as a whole. But first, here are the winners:
I now want to introduce something that is new for both of us: a full complete list of what I believe is the best of the year. Now, I haven't seen everything this year, and that includes several of the films that the Oscars nominated, so based on all 53 releases this year I assessed and graded, here's what I genuinely believe deserves the honors.
But first, a few notes on some of these categories:
I considered the animated films for all the categories except for makeup and costume design, since there are technicians behind the editing, cinematography, and set design that deserve every bit as much recognition as those who work on live action films. So it's virtually free for all in everything.
I also consider all films that feature visual effects shots a chance in Best Visual Effects. I say that it should be the goal of any vfx artists to make the effects invisible, so that's what I've been judging this year.
I'm not following the same judgment as the Oscars, who like to judge based on technical achievement. While that's important to acknowledge to make sure the artistry of filmmaking continues to grow with its discoveries, my focus is on how the practical elements contribute to the film's unique needs, so you may find nominees in some of these categories you'd never expect to find in any other awards show lineup. I'm not saying I'm better than any of them, but rather this is my two cents on what's important in filmmaking.
So now without further ado, here's my nominees, starting with...
Okay everyone, just one more week and it will all end! The final stage will quickly come around in the process of rewarding the greatest artistic ambitions of the year. I already made my traditional list of predictions, so now I give to you my predictions to what the Oscars will decide deserves each of their twenty-four honors. Although I've posted before that research and common reasoning has proven to me that the Academy is not so reliable after all in honoring the proper movies. Although these movies here are still great, there are still blaring holes that prevents their choices from being totally accurate. My posthere explains it further. But still, it's good to know what the Academy prioritizes when it comes to art (in this case, it's money) so that we can know what this industry as a whole is truly like. Therefore, I make my predictions. As a bonus, I will also end this post with my ideal ordering of the nine nominees for Best Picture, based on criteria that I have detailed here.
Well, what's done is done. The nominees for all 24 categories just came out this morning, and hate to say it: no Deadpool. But compared to my list of predictions, I got a total of 88/122 (72%) of my predictions correct; the only categories where I got 100% of my picks correct was (to my surprise) the two actress categories. There were plenty of surprises throughout, including other disappointments. While I personally am not too dismayed to see Deadpool lose it here, here are the nominees, along with my score for predicting each one:
Let me introduce two movies to you. One is the essential Oscar movie everybody would expect to see sweep up the awards. The other is an Irish animated feature film with a very limited release. Guess which one is the better movie?
Well, this is it! Only one more week until the Academy unveils their nominees! There have certainly been a lot of talk about what will pop up and surprise us at the ceremony (Especially with the subject of Deadpool getting nominated for Best Picture!) There have been several films that I felt deserve lots of awards attention but thus far hasn't gotten any (Eye in the Sky, Swiss Army Man, The Witch, The Neon Demon, etc.), but that is a subject I will cover on a later blog post. So for now, based on my own judgment of good-quality art, and based on what the other major awards shows have favored at this point in the awards season, here are my official picks for the 2017 Academy Award Nominees, in all 24 categories!