I’d known about this 1986 feature for some years, first reading about it in VideoHound’s Movie Retriever, but it had eluded me for years; VHS copies are seemingly scarce, at least in the wild, and the DVD – part of a set compiling the works of Faith and John Hubley – is so out-of-print its very existence seems more rumor than fact. However, it is available to view online, and I finally sat down and watched The Cosmic Eye.
I really wish I hadn’t been buried in my phone.
I was too busy grumbling about a film I had never come to love, a film I had never been able to respect, even as a hypothetical winner. Too busy to notice at first the confusion in the background.
And then came the revelation. I thought it was a joke. A lot of you probably did as well. But then the La La Land team gracefully ceded the stage to the stunned and triumphant Moonlight crowd, and that perennial maverick Warren Beatty found himself at the center of the first time in Oscar history (that I know of) that the wrong name was called.
And how do I feel about it?
We’re getting down to the wire here, people.
I’ve watched every Picture, Director, acting, and writing nominee, and most of the tech nominees, and pored over a season’s worth of winners and nominees, to bring you a thorough overview of the nominations and a carefully considered prediction of the winners in each category.
Get comfortable, kids. We’ve got a lot of territory to cover.
I may not do this again.
In 2014, the fewest votes any category got was 77. In 2015, it was 45. This year, no category got more than 17 votes.
I don’t know why. I did my damnedest to get the word out. I used Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and even Instagram to try and draw voters. And none of it seemed to take. Were the nominees uninspiring? Was I too pushy? Did you just not want to be reminded of 2016?
If you’re inclined to answer, please give me your thoughts in the comments. I’d really love to hear them. And I do want to say how much I appreciate those of you who did vote. I only wish there were more of you.
Here, for fun, are my rankings for all my award categories as they stand at the moment.
These aren’t scientific, and they aren’t authoritative. For a while, I was capping my lists at 15, and so if there’s a film or performance missing from a given category that you know I’ve seen, that might be why.
Also note that my rankings do not always correspond directly to my awards choices or my nominees. For example, I ranked Rogue One 3rd for Costume Design, but when I prepared my nominees, I swapped it out in favor of Tale of Tales.
Some lists, of course, are longer than others; in some cases I let the lists grow very long indeed so I could keep a precise ranking for a performance or film that was likely to be Oscar-nominated – Supporting Actor and Song in particular reflect this.
Enjoy. Aside from noting Oscar nominees that don’t make my lists in a given category, I will forego further annotation. At the bottom is my ranking of all 116 films I’ve seen for the year.
Been a minute since my last soda review, but I was at IKEA the other day and saw this Easter-themed drink for sale. Given the enduring popularity of my Julmust review, I knew I had to review this mysterious new drink as well. So, come with me as I brave the uncharted waters of Dryck Påskmust!