SAG Nominations: 2017

The Screen Actors Guild nominations were announced the other day, and I’d better go over them, since they usually give us a good idea of what the industry (as opposed to the critics) likes this year. They rarely match up perfectly with the Oscars, but usually you can make educated guesses with them. Without further…

Golden Globes Nominations: 2017

Early (for me) this morning, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominees for the 75th Golden Globes Awards, which will be given out on January 7. And the nominees are…

American Film Institute Top 10 Films: 2017

The AFI announced their top 10 films yesterday. I always like their lists because they provide explanations as to why they chose these particular films – though at least this time they won’t provide the explanations until their awards ceremony on January 5. Too bad. While they never sync up perfectly with the Academy, they’re…

National Board of Review Top 10 + Awards: 2017

As you might know, the National Board of Review is my favorite of the major awards groups. That they’ve produced a top 10 list every year since 1929, and that those lists include some daring choices (and a few delightfully strange ones) are major reasons as to why. So if my analysis of their annual…

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards: 2017

  Given the geographical proximity of the L.A. critics to the majority of Academy voters, you might think the results of these awards have some bearing, or at least give some clue, as to outcome of the Oscars, right? Right? Maybe. Let’s find out. One nice thing about the LAFCA is that they share both…

Independent Spirit Award Nominations: 2017

These actually went up almost two weeks ago, so I’ll just give some quick thoughts on them. It helps that, between the nomination announcement and this writing, I’ve seen several more of the films in contention. The awards will be announced March 3, 2018. Best Film: Call Me by Your Name The Florida Project Get…

New York Film Critics Circle Awards: 2017

So the season is starting to take shape. A couple of interesting choices here – a couple which aren’t terribly likely to be repeated over the rest of the season – and a few others which give us an idea as to where things are going.