It's been a month since what may have been the most batshit Oscars ceremony ever, and a lot of that train wreck was necessitated by the world's adjustment to the COVID-19 pandemic. Timelines got shifted, streaming movies became an option, and the need for social distancing resulted in the whole affair being awkwardly staged at … Continue reading Somewhat Back to Normal – 94th Oscars Announced!
Okay. I've had a couple days to decompress. I've given myself what I believe to be the appropriate amount of time to process what I and a significantly reduced number of people saw on Sunday night (ratings were down 58% from last year, which was the previous lowest-rated ceremony ever). I can take stock, and … Continue reading Oscar Gold 2021 – Postmortem
It's finally here! After the worst year ever and two extra months of anticipation, it's finally time for the Oscars! At long last we can answer the truly burning questions. Who will win? What jokes will make us roll our eyes? Does anyone care about the dresses? The answer to the last one is its … Continue reading Oscar Gold 2021 – Live Diary
We're less than 48 hours from the Academy Awards, which means it's time to finally put up or shut up and predict what films and artists will actually take home the gold on Sunday. We've spent the last month poring over every nominee, analyzing the pros and cons to come to a conclusion as to … Continue reading Oscar Gold 2021 – Who Will Win?
We made it, everyone! After 22 categories, it's finally time to tackle the big one. In a year that I think we can all agree was utter shit, the movie-going experience changed dramatically, and not for the better. I think we can also agree that, as years go, the overall quality of movies was lower … Continue reading Oscar Gold 2021 – Best Picture
Year in and year out, this is one of the most difficult categories to judge, which I guess is befitting the largest individual achievement category of the entire Oscars ceremony. More often than not, the eventual winner is pretty well determined in advance, as hype typically sweeps up in favor of one particular filmmaker. Over … Continue reading Oscar Gold 2021 – Best Director
We're in the home stretch, folks! Just three categories remain to break down before I officially make my predictions. And before you know it, Sunday will be here, and it'll be showtime! But before we get to the two biggest awards of the ceremony, there's still one more specialty subject to tackle. Live Action Short … Continue reading Oscar Gold 2021 – Live Action Short
I mentioned this briefly last year when discussing this category - specifically the abomination that was the Lion King remake. I think the eligibility rules for Visual Effects need to be updated. Currently, the Academy's rules simply state that the criteria for the category are quote, "consideration of the contribution the visual effects make to … Continue reading Oscar Gold 2021 – Visual Effects
The first time I watched this category, I made a new friend and I nearly peed mysel. See, the limit for a short subject film is 40 minutes, and occasionally an allowance can be made if the credit roll puts it slightly over that time. When I first saw this category in 2015, basically every … Continue reading Oscar Gold 2021 – Documentary Short
God it's been a while since this category was truly competitive. I know Olivia Colman pulled the upset two years ago, but that's exactly what it was, an upset (though she was the truly deserving winner). Apart from her BAFTA win, which you could argue was home field advantage, Glenn Close won every Best Actress … Continue reading Oscar Gold 2021 – Best Actress