We've reached the final stage of the pre-Blitz with today's announcement of 10 shortlists for specialty categories for next year's Oscars. And as always, there are some truly baffling decisions made by the individual branches to go along with the more logical ones. From here on out it's nothing but hunting and viewing as I … Continue reading Your Dis is on My List – 94th Academy Award Shortlists!
I say this every year, but it remains 100% true. The Short Film categories are my favorite part of Awards Season. The ability to watch an entire category in one go is an absolute thrill, because the nominees run the gamut of themes, subject matter, and artistic style. Just about anything can get a nod, … Continue reading Oscar Gold 2021 – Animated Short
A year ago today, Parasite shocked the world by winning the Academy Award for Best Picture. For a lot of film lovers out there, that was the last pleasant memory before the world went to Hell. Today, in the slimmest sign of a return to normalcy, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced … Continue reading The First Cuts – 93rd Oscars Shortlists Announced!
One of the unfortunate side effects of the Academy's accelerated schedule this year is the fact that the short film categories weren't released until yesterday. Less than a week to go in our Blitz, and only now am I able to even crack three of the best categories in the entire ceremony. Animated Feature is … Continue reading Oscar Gold 2020 – Animated Short
The next phase of Awards Season is on! This afternoon, the Academy announced its shortlists for nine categories, repeating the efficient method they started last year, rather than staggering out the lists like they had before. Not only do we get to see how far the fields have narrowed for International Feature, Documentary Feature, and … Continue reading Shorties Watching Shorties! – 92nd Academy Awards Shortlists Announced!
When I went over the Documentary Shorts a few days ago, I mentioned that with each of the three Short categories this year, there's a striking similarity, in that with each list four of the five nominees have a common thread. With the Documentaries, it was the fact that all but Period. End of Sentence. were … Continue reading Oscar Gold 2019 – Animated Short
For the first time ever, the Academy has revealed the shortlists for nine different categories all at the same time. Typically, this process is doled out over a few weeks to give each category a moment in the spotlight, but for our purposes, it's way more convenient. As ever, I will link to whatever reviews … Continue reading Short and Sweet: 91st Academy Awards Shortlists Announced!
This is, by far, my favorite part of Oscar season, when I get to watch the nominated short films. For the longest time this was also the hardest part of the season, due to a lack of accessibility. Until recently, the short film nominees in all three categories were voted on by Academy members who … Continue reading Oscar Gold 2018 – Animated Short