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Golden Globes Nominations: 2017


Ridley Scott’s ambitious stunt pays off…at least so far. (Source)

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…

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American Film Institute Top 10 Films: 2017


Could it happen?

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 usually decently close: last year they were 7 for 9 (missing Hidden Figures and Lion), in 2015 they went 6 for 8 (missing Brooklyn and The Revenant), and in 2014 they also went 6 for 8 (missing The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Theory of Everything).

Let’s see what they’ve got for us.

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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 awards has taken rather a while to appear (they were announced on November 28), it’s not because I didn’t care, it’s because I knew it would take me a while to get it done right.

So let’s see what they’ve got for us this time.

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Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards: 2017



Major wins for what should prove to be one of the driving forces of the season.

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?



Let’s find out.

One nice thing about the LAFCA is that they share both their winner and the first runner-up. Gives you a little insight into their thinking.

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British Independent Film Award Nominations: 2017


Really a hell of a poster.

It’s BIFA time again!

I’ve covered the BIFA nominations the last three years, and this year will be only a partial exception; serious limitations on my time prevent me from doing so in as much detail as before, so I’ll switch things up a bit. I’ll post a link to the full list of nominees, and discuss in detail three films which dominated this year’s awards, two of which are among my most anticipated films of the coming months.

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Gotham Award Nominations: 2017


Multiple nominations for one of the year’s loveliest films. (Source)

The film awards season kicked off Thursday as the Gothams announced their nominees. I’ve never been the biggest fan of the Gothams myself – no Supporting or Tech categories, technically not even a Director category – but they’ve become an important milepost for the season…and the Oscar winner for Best Picture won the Gotham for Best Feature the last three years in a row. So keep that in mind.

And the nominees are…

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My 6th Annual Film Awards: Your Winners


Striding right along to that win.

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.

The nominees are listed here; my winners, here. And now, your winners.

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