Reviewing the 90th Academy Awards

Just gonna start by saying – I’m really happy with how this year turned out. Even though there were few outright surprises (only a couple, honestly), it still felt good to see things play out the way they did. And that all starts with… Best Picture: The Shape of Water

Predicting the 90th Academy Awards

I’m going to start by saying that I won’t get as in-depth, nuts-and-boltsy with this post as I did with my predicting-what-will-be-nominated post. Some of that may be due to personal fatigue. But a lot of it is due to what this season has become – a melange of yawn-inducing locks, conflicting precedents, and confounding…

BAFTA Awards: 2017

The BAFTAs announced today. No major upsets (one mild surprise, though), but this awards race is getting interesting for reasons I’ll delve into…

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…

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…

HAMLET (1948) Review – ***½

The quintessential Shakespearean actor of his time, playing the quintessential Shakespearean character in the quintessential Shakespearean play—directing it as well, and adapting/heavily cutting the text? It’s hard to imagine a classier enterprise, and the Academy agreed, giving the film Best Picture and Olivier Best Actor, the only Shakespearean film and performance to be so honored….

Wrapping Up the 89th Academy Awards

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…

Predicting the 89th Academy Awards

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,…

BAFTA Results: 2016

  The biggest categories seem pretty well settled at this point. There are a couple of question marks, but I have a fairly good idea of what’s happening two weeks from today.