The 90th Academy Awards Nominations

So I got up way too damn early to watch the Oscar nominations announcement, but was rewarded for my sacrifice with a few nice surprises and few, if any, unpleasant ones. Here’s what I predicted would be nominated, along with my rationale for each. As a reminder, my batting average the last couple of years…

Predicting the 90th Academy Awards Nominations

This is always a tricky post to write, but this year more than most. Between categories which are overstuffed, categories where the precursors can’t make up their damn minds, and sure-thing films that aren’t so sure anymore, I’m flying fairly blind here. Which is just fine, I’d rather do that than be bored. While I’d…

Directors Guild Awards Nominations: 2017

The DGA announced their nominees today. And as much as I like the BAFTAs and the Globes, the DGA is much more useful for predicting what the Academy will do, because the people who pick the Oscar nominees are all DGA members (at least, I’d imagine so). And I have to say, their choices don’t…

BAFTA Nominations: 2017

Before the BAFTA nominations were announced, I openly expressed my desire that they would shake up the race. And while they didn’t totally throw it into chaos, they most certainly made it more interesting, in the process providing me with what might be my favorite single nomination of the season to date.

2017: The Gravy in Review

The new year having firmly begun, I want to take just a moment to look back on 2017 and the kind of year the blog had – what posts were the most viewed, what posts are now the all-time champs, and so forth. And, of course, to thank you all for your patronage. Thank you.

Predicting the 75th Golden Globes

Predicting this year’s Globes is tricky. On the one hand, they love to help a narrative along. On the other hand, this year has several competing narratives. On the other other hand, thanks to some key omissions (namely in Director and Screenplay), they’re making it very difficult to predict which narrative, if any, they’re going to advance….

Producers Guild Awards Nominees: 2017

The Producers Guild of America announced their award nominees today. They’re a pretty major Best Picture barometer, as the last five years demonstrates: 2012: They matched the Oscar nominees 8/9, missing Amour (which most likely wasn’t PGA eligible). 2013: They matched the Oscar nominees 8/9, missing Philomena. 2014: They matched the Oscar nominees 7/8, missing…

Writers Guild Awards Nominations: 2017

The Writers Guild announced their nominations today. They’re always a pretty major milestone on the road to the Oscars, even if they tend to disqualify a major contender or two every year. We’ll get to those in due time. And here are the nominees: