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My Awards Season Schedule

So here’s what you can expect to see here over the next two months. Obviously I’ll try and supplement this with other material (like, say, some new Trailer and Poster Salads), but at the very least I’ll present these:

  • January 23: Predicting the Oscar Nominations
  • January 24: Analyzing the Oscar Nominations
  • January 31: (Eligibility for My Film Awards ends at 11:59 PM CST)
  • February 3: My Top 10 and Bottom 10 Films of 2016
  • February 6: My Film Awards Nominations/Open Voting
  • February 12: BAFTA Awards
  • February 19: The Films of 2016, in 100 Words or Less: Part VII
  • February 25: My Awards Results/The Voters Speak
  • February 26: Final Oscar Predictions
  • February 27: Oscar Wrap-Up


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The Most Overrated Films of 2016

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Poor things. They don’t know what’s in store for them.

I’m the kind of guy who tends to go against the grain, so it gives me a kind of perverse delight to make the case for a film being worth rather less than it has generally been taken for.

All the same, I still love cinema (if I didn’t, why would I spend so much time writing about it?), and with many of these films, I felt a certain regret that I couldn’t share in the love so many had for them.

So my intent here is to make my case fairly, rather than smashing idols just to hear them break. A thousand assholes are doing that at any given second. Here are my picks for the most overrated films of the year.

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The Most Underrated Films of 2016

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I’ve used the other poster a bunch of times, time to give this one a chance.

Even more than taking down overrated films, I relish the ability to promote underrated ones. So many fine films languish unseen, and for so many reasons. And I consider it my responsibility as a cinephile to bring as many of these films to the light as I can.

In truth, 2016 was not as rich a year for underrated films as the past few, but there are still certainly enough to put together a respectable list, which I present to you without further ado.

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Directors Guild Award Nominations 2016

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Not too shabby for a first-timer. (Source)

All right. This is the last big guild we get. (Might be the last guild to announce period, I’m not sure.) In 12 days, the Academy announces their nominees, and after that it’s just a matter of waiting.

So let’s see what the directors have for us…

  • Damien Chazelle, La La Land
  • Garth Davis, Lion
  • Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
  • Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester By the Sea
  • Denis Villeneuve, Arrival

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ASC Award Nominees 2016

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An example of Bradford Young’s excellent cinematography for Arrival (Source).

The American Society of Cinematographers announced their award nominees today. They usually don’t match up perfectly with the Oscars, but you can count on them for at least 4 out of the 5 nominees.

Their nominees are:

  • Arrival
  • La La Land
  • Lion
  • Moonlight
  • Silence

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My Most Anticipated Films of 2017 v. 1.0

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A Janus Films release; a future Criterion Collection entry, perhaps? (Source)

As we work our way through the 2016 awards season and try to wrap up the last of that contentious year, it’s only right that we also look to the future. I can’t say if 2017 will go down as good year in film or not; less than two weeks into it I don’t even have the firmest grasp on what will come out.

But we have to start somewhere, and after some research I’ve compiled a list of 80 films which I’m anticipating – or, in some cases, dreading.

Please note that not all of my analyses are as thoughtful or in-depth as might be optimal. This is just a first casting of the net to see what awaits us. I’ll put out another rendition of this list later in the year, probably either after Cannes or right around when I do my Six-Month Awards.

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Producers Guild Award Nominees: 2016

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Could Mel have found his way back into the industry’s good graces?

And now the Producers Guild chimes in. They’re traditionally a very solid barometer of most, but not all, of the Best Picture nominees. I’ll get into more in a moment, but first, the nominees:

  • Arrival
  • Deadpool
  • Fences
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Hell or High Water
  • Hidden Figures
  • La La Land
  • Lion
  • Manchester By the Sea
  • Moonlight

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