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by The Original BJ
Sat Feb 25, 2017 3:04 am
Forum: 89th Nominations and Winners
Topic: Short Take On The Shorts
Replies: 5
Views: 165

Re: Short Take On The Shorts

It turns out, although the doc shorts are not available as part of a package (i.e. if you want to see ALL of them, you have to see them in theaters), four of them are in fact online. The White Helmets and Extremis are both available to stream on Netflix. (So you have to have the Netflix streaming op...
by The Original BJ
Fri Feb 24, 2017 5:54 pm
Forum: 89th Nominations and Winners
Topic: Short Take On The Shorts
Replies: 5
Views: 165

Re: Short Take On The Shorts

Both the live action and animated (save Piper) are available in packages on iTunes. (The docs are not available except in theaters). Do you use iTunes? If you go to the iTunes Store and search something like "Oscar shorts 2017" both packages should come up. They are available to purchase i...
by The Original BJ
Thu Feb 23, 2017 2:02 am
Forum: 89th Nominations and Winners
Topic: Categories One-by-One: Cinematography
Replies: 5
Views: 116

Categories One-by-One: Cinematography

If there's one category where my take seems most off from the general consensus of the race, it's this one. For many people, they're putting this prize in ink for La La Land, and brushing off any further discussion. (Well, we're at the point in the year where a lot of people are declaring nearly eve...
by The Original BJ
Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:08 pm
Forum: 89th Nominations and Winners
Topic: Categories One-by-One: Documentary Feature
Replies: 4
Views: 86

Re: Categories One-by-One: Documentary Feature

Life, Animated was a bit more interesting than I expected it would be. The movie clearly adopts the position that Disney movies saved this kid's life, a take which I'm assuming will flatter many in Hollywood who hope their work has resonance for people beyond entertainment. But I also thought the fi...
by The Original BJ
Wed Feb 22, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: 89th Nominations and Winners
Topic: Categories One-by-One: Costume Design
Replies: 7
Views: 232

Re: Categories One-by-One: Costume Design

To make this race even more perplexing, Jackie and Florence Foster Jenkins both lost the Period CDG Award to Hidden Figures (not an Oscar nominee) and Fantastic Beasts lost the Fantasy CDG to Doctor Strange (also not an Oscar nominee). Good news for Contemporary CDG winner La La Land? Or just more e...
by The Original BJ
Tue Feb 21, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: 89th Nominations and Winners
Topic: Categories One-by-One: Foreign Language Film
Replies: 5
Views: 205

Re: Categories One-by-One: Foreign Language Film

Elle has its uneven spots -- I think plot-wise you could easily make the argument that it's juggling more threads than necessary -- but it's bracing and provocative in ways that many films on this list are not, and I'm sorry it didn't make the lineup. I didn't care for Tanna at all. I think there's ...
by The Original BJ
Mon Feb 20, 2017 2:48 am
Forum: 89th Nominations and Winners
Topic: Categories One-by-One: Costume Design
Replies: 7
Views: 232

Re: Categories One-by-One: Costume Design

This is one of the below-the-line categories where La La Land's frontrunner position seems most tenuous. Because it isn't really a logical fit to win this category -- it's contemporary, and though the film's primary color scheme allows the costumes to pop in a memorable way, the designs aren't the p...
by The Original BJ
Fri Feb 17, 2017 1:20 am
Forum: 89th Nominations and Winners
Topic: Categories One-by-One: Make-up and Hairstyling
Replies: 9
Views: 273

Re: Categories One-by-One: Make-up and Hairstyling

This slate feels like a collection of movies that all feel unlikely as winners, particularly compared to some of the excluded candidates (Deadpool, Florence Foster Jenkins) which I agree likely would have won in a walk had one of them been nominated. What might help A Man Called Ove is simply that i...
by The Original BJ
Mon Feb 13, 2017 3:13 pm
Forum: 89th Nominations and Winners
Topic: Trivia
Replies: 40
Views: 781

Re: Trivia

One thing I realized that I haven't seen mentioned elsewhere... It seems very likely that this year will produce the first set of acting winners since 1997 (I believe) in which none of the winners played real-life characters. Affleck/Washington (or even Gosling, should he shock), Stone (or Huppert, ...
by The Original BJ
Mon Feb 13, 2017 3:07 am
Forum: 89th Nominations and Winners
Topic: 2017 BAFTA Winners
Replies: 11
Views: 245

Re: 2017 BAFTA Winners

For the record, I think she's legitimately placed in support -- possibly because my first exposure to the role was via the un-famous Mary Alice on stage -- but the role is meaty enough it wouldn't be ridiculous as lead, either. Just to chime in on this topic, for as much as we all debate whether ro...
by The Original BJ
Sun Feb 12, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: 89th Nominations and Winners
Topic: Categories One-by-One: Sound Editing
Replies: 6
Views: 167

Re: Categories One-by-One: Sound Editing

There’s just one scenario for La La Land winning here, and that’s that enough voters simply name-check the film in every category imaginable. There have been best such picture juggernauts, that unexpectedly picked up everything their paths – The Return of the King seemed like an 8- or 9- win probab...
by The Original BJ
Wed Feb 08, 2017 12:01 am
Forum: 89th Predictions and Precursors
Topic: Independent Spirit Award Nominations
Replies: 22
Views: 2362

Re: Independent Spirit Award Nominations

After November, I feel like I never want to make another prediction again, but I just can't ration away a scenario where La La Land gets upset by anything. It's running the table like Slumdog Millionaire, is a sizable box office success, had a record-winning Globe sweep, has a record-tying Oscar nom...
by The Original BJ
Sun Feb 05, 2017 2:37 am
Forum: 89th Predictions and Precursors
Topic: ASC Nominations
Replies: 8
Views: 207

Re: ASC Nominations

I'm honestly floored by Lion's win. Aside from finding it the least visually distinguished of the nominees, I'd thought it was running well behind some other candidates in this year's race, notably potential sweeper La La Land, critically rewarded Moonlight, and big tech achievement Arrival. (Only S...
by The Original BJ
Thu Feb 02, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: The Decline of the American Empire
Replies: 70
Views: 1108

Re: Life Under Trump

Greg wrote:Here's some comic relief.

Trump Touts Apprentice Ratings, Tells Prayer Breakfast: 'Pray For Arnold':

http://www.npr.org/2017/02/02/513052930 ... for-arnold


Nothing this cretin does is either comical or a relief.
by The Original BJ
Tue Jan 31, 2017 2:23 am
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Original Story 1937
Replies: 2
Views: 542

Re: Best Original Story 1937

I move past a lot of these nominees VERY quickly. 100 Men and a Girl is the usual Deanna Durbin slog -- a hopelessly silly plot punctuated by boring musical numbers that halt the story to a dead stop. In Old Chicago is an obvious rehash of the San Francisco formula, which itself wasn't especially gr...

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