27 Days of Oscar, day 17: crunch time; awardswiz.com
I heard Anne Thompson say she was bored on the Screen Talk podcast. Perhaps if I lived in LA and was able to watch everything already, I would be bored as well. It's crunch time at Awards Wiz. And I love it.
Awards Wiz. Speaking of...
Many of you know that I'm not only an Oscar prognosticator, but also an actor. I bring that up for a couple of reasons. First of all, I interviewed 4 feature film directors and 1 documentary feature director over the past week. I have to say that the conversations with the feature directors were an entirely different experience. Yesterday, speaking to Martin Zandvliet, director of "Land of Mine," we discussed everything from how he was able to get his young actors to achieve their fantastic performances to why most directors begin with wide shots and moving in to close up. My acting background really informed the questions, and I feel those directors appreciate it. Although I rarely bring it up with them, with Martin I did. When I interviewed Roger Ross Williams for "Life Animated" it was a different experience. Not necessarily bad, but different. I felt out of my element.
In addition to interviewing Martin yesterday, I also decided to order some business cards. I've struggled over the years compartmentalizing both my work here at Awards Wiz and my acting, feeling some strange need to do so, but getting ready to attend the film festival as Oscar comes to a close, I realized it is time to merge and simply be myself.
Long story short, I decided to put my website on my biz card, but putting briwiz.blogspot.com seemed ridiculous. So, after 9 years and $12 dollars I bought the awardswiz.com domain name. It feels good.
NOW...back to Oscar.
Let's look again at the categories I've completed. If I've covered it, it's in bold.
Foreign Language Film
Because I need to get busy watching a movie, let's talk about one today. Editing.
La La Land
Hell or High Water
I find myself not wanting to predict "La La Land' for everything, but I simply feel that it deserves so much. Heck, I'm even going for Original Screenplay, something I doubt any of my colleagues are going for.
But again, for Editing, I'm going with "La La Land," if only for the last act of the film. If you have not seen "La La Land" yet, go! And if you have, you know exactly what I'm talking about. The film is spectacular, but from Mia's audition to the end of the film, Chazelle and team take things to another level. And editing plays a huge part in that.
It's also the showiest of the bunch. "Moonlight" is the biggest competition here. A win for anything else just doesn't make any sense to me.
SO, here is the list. Today I really need to watch 2 films, so I think I will go with "Fire at Sea" and "My Life as a Zucchini."
Fire at Sea
Star Trek Beyond
Kubo and the Two Strings
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
Live Action Shorts