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by Mister Tee
Sun Feb 26, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: 89th Predictions and Precursors
Topic: Oscar Predictions Contest (with a new twist!)
Replies: 23
Views: 614

Re: Oscar Predictions Contest (with a new twist!)

Not in a gambling mood this year, or I might have gone for Kubo in animated, or I Am Not Your Negro in doc. Couldn't fit the shorts into my schedule (wish I'd known where to find them a week ago), so I'm picking blindly. Picture: La La Land Director: Damien Chazelle (La La land) Lead Actor: Casey Af...
by Mister Tee
Sun Feb 26, 2017 12:00 am
Forum: 89th Nominations and Winners
Topic: Categories One by One: Best Actress
Replies: 10
Views: 321

Re: Categories One by One: Best Actress

We can quickly review the bidding -- bumper crop; Adams and Bening deserved better; Portman's quick fade is puzzling -- but right now the only issue is Emma Stone vs. Isabelle Huppert. I said elsewhere that I thought Huppert had a non-zero chance of winning, and I'll stick to that. It's in the lower...
by Mister Tee
Sat Feb 25, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: 89th Nominations and Winners
Topic: 89th Oscar Nominations
Replies: 61
Views: 1216

Re: 89th Oscar Nominations

Greg P. Russell's sound mixing nomination for '13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi' was rescinded, though the film itself remains in contention for Sunday's awards. Why? Cheating. He called his friends and reminded them he worked on the film that hardly anyone saw. Which in a certain way ough...
by Mister Tee
Sat Feb 25, 2017 4:35 pm
Forum: 89th Predictions and Precursors
Topic: What would your Oscar Best Picture Ballot look like
Replies: 15
Views: 207

Re: What would your Oscar Best Picture Ballot look like

1. Manchester by the Sea 2. Arrival 3. La La Land 4. Moonlight 5. Hell or High Water 6. Fences 7. Lion 8. Hacksaw Ridge 9. Hidden Figures Numbers 1 - 4 aren't separated by much. (And Jackie belongs with them.) Pretty substantial drop to number 5, then a chasm after that -- none of the bottom four ar...
by Mister Tee
Sat Feb 25, 2017 3:22 pm
Forum: 89th Nominations and Winners
Topic: Short Take On The Shorts
Replies: 6
Views: 190

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 ...
by Mister Tee
Fri Feb 24, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: 89th Nominations and Winners
Topic: Short Take On The Shorts
Replies: 6
Views: 190

Re: Short Take On The Shorts

Is there a convenient place to watch the shorts this year? The past two seasons, Time Warner has had them On Demand, and I've become used to seeing them before the Oscars, rather than blind-picking. But this year they seem to be passing on it. Remember, I'm still computer-unsavvy, so be very explici...
by Mister Tee
Thu Feb 23, 2017 3:36 pm
Forum: 89th Nominations and Winners
Topic: Categories One-by-One: Adapted Screenplay
Replies: 2
Views: 140

Re: Categories One-by-One: Adapted Screenplay

It would have been Arrival, but once Moonlight was carpetbagged in, the race was over. The WGA clinched it.
by Mister Tee
Thu Feb 23, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: 89th Nominations and Winners
Topic: Categories One-by-One: Cinematography
Replies: 5
Views: 134

Re: Categories One-by-One: Cinematography

On nominations day, I had a sense La La Land could sweep through the main techs the way Titanic and The English Patent did. The only thing that shook me from that thesis was the BAFTA outcome -- BAFTA has predicted the Academy choice in tech categories to a startling degree in recent years, and they...
by Mister Tee
Thu Feb 23, 2017 12:49 am
Forum: 89th Nominations and Winners
Topic: Categories One-by-One: Original Song
Replies: 6
Views: 186

Re: Categories One-by-One: Original Song

Like a true Oscar nerd, I try to sample the songs in the context of their films, which, this year, made The Empty Chair from Jim: The James Foley Story the toughest get. The film has been labelled Extremely Long Wait on Netflix since the nominations -- presumably they have limited copies of a movie ...
by Mister Tee
Thu Feb 23, 2017 12:34 am
Forum: 89th Nominations and Winners
Topic: Categories One-by-One: Animated Feature
Replies: 2
Views: 106

Re: Categories One-by-One: Animated Feature

My Life as a Zucchini doesn't open here till Friday, so, unless I find myself so over-prepared for my Oscar party that I'm looking to fill a few spare hours, I'm going to end up 4-for-5 in this category. (The fact that it's only opening that day suggests its studio doesn't expect to compete.) I foun...
by Mister Tee
Wed Feb 22, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: 89th Nominations and Winners
Topic: Categories One-by-One: Documentary Feature
Replies: 4
Views: 91

Re: Categories One-by-One: Documentary Feature

Four-of-five seems to be my theme this year: it's what I've seen among foreign, animated and documentary films. Fire at Sea is my missing credit here. Life, Animated felt the tiniest bit like a vanity project to me: if Ron Suskind weren't a semi-prominent DC writer, I'm not sure he'd have been able ...
by Mister Tee
Tue Feb 21, 2017 11:30 pm
Forum: 89th Nominations and Winners
Topic: Categories One-by-One: Costume Design
Replies: 7
Views: 239

Re: Categories One-by-One: Costume Design

I think this category is among the most difficult to nail down, and the central conundrum has been pinpointed already: it's not a logical place for any contemporary film to win, and, even though La La Land pushes the primary colors at you during the opening number and the Going to the Hollywood Part...
by Mister Tee
Mon Feb 20, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: 89th Predictions and Precursors
Topic: WGA Nominations
Replies: 8
Views: 307

Re: WGA Nominations

It was pointed out at another site that among the Globes, BAFTA and WGA, there were five different winners for screenplay: La La Land, Lion, Manchester by the Sea, Arrival and Moonlight. I don't know how far back you have to go to find an analogously split year -- it's definitely prior to 2000, when...
by Mister Tee
Sun Feb 19, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: 89th Predictions and Precursors
Topic: WGA Nominations
Replies: 8
Views: 307

Re: WGA Nominations

Moonlight wins original. Which means the Oscar is delightfully up in the air.
by Mister Tee
Sun Feb 19, 2017 3:22 pm
Forum: 89th Nominations and Winners
Topic: Categories One-by-One: Production Design
Replies: 4
Views: 141

Re: Categories One-by-One: Production Design

I said in my initial review of the film that I thought that last-20-minutes montage clinched the production design (and editing) prize for La La Land -- though I admit the BAFTA coolness to the film in most tech categories makes me wonder if this could be a Kings Speech-ish thing (i.e., perceived as...

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