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.
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.
Well, that didn’t go so well (for me).
And, if you ask me, it didn’t go that well in any case. But how not-well I’ll explain by degrees…
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. So take these predictions with a grain of salt, and not just because I’m a dude on his couch who won’t even see the ceremony live because he doesn’t have cable.
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 Selma.
- 2015: They matched the Oscar nominees 7/8, missing Room.
- 2016: They matched the Oscar nominees 9/9.
That’s a pretty impressive rate of prediction. And of the four films they’ve missed, three were Globe nominees for Best Picture – Drama, which makes my job all the easier.
So let’s see what they’ve got for us this year.
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:
- February 12: My Bottom 10 Films of 2017
- February 18: BAFTA Awards
- February 19: My Top 10 Films of 2017
- February 19: PGA/DGA/WGA Awards Analysis
- February 25: My 6th Annual Film Awards Nominations
- March 4: My 6th Annual Film Awards
- March 4: Predicting the 90th Academy Awards
- March 5: Reviewing the 90th Academy Awards