27 Days of Oscar, day 8: the process


I wasn't going to post today because in a few hours I'm going to go to Memphis to see "Allied" and "Moana" and felt that I would have more to tell you tomorrow, especially considering I didn't watch anything yesterday.

But, a conversation I had with a friend yesterday about "27 Days of Oscar" made me rethink that a bit. Part of the joy of this series is letting you in on my process of getting to my final thoughts on the previous year in film as well as my final predictions. If you haven't been reading, don't worry. You can certainly jump in today! I'm in the process of watching all of the films nominated for the Academy Awards as well as putting together phone interviews with the people behind the nominated foreign films and some of the documentaries.

Today is the obligatory day when I have to go to the theater and see films that I missed earlier in the year, can't get a screener for (I'm looking at you, Disney) and won't be coming out on dvd/digital before my deadline of February 21st.

During the "27 Days of Oscar" process, I'm not just looking at the film in terms of overall quality, but more specifically through the lens of its nomination(s). In the case of "Allied" it is Costume Design and for "Moana" it is Original Song and Animated Feature.

When I look at the prediction, I can't simply base it on quality. I have to look deeper. For example, "Allied" is designed by Joanna Johnston. She has been nominated before, for "Lincoln." The costume branch nominates, but the entire academy votes for the winner. The costume branch certainly knows who she is, yes? And I'm sure some of the Academy is doing their research, but more than likely they are simply voting on the work. This isn't a politics situation. Joanna Johnston isn't Sandy Powell, for example, who has won 3 times, in memorable fashion.

If you look at "Moana" and Best Original Song, the song itself comes with the weight of a potential EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony) for Lin-Manuel Miranda. I'm already tempted to predict this win, but I think I'm being blinded by talk of a "La La Land" split (it has 2 nominated songs) as well as frontrunner backlash. We'll just have to see.

I'm doing my best to watch the foreign films/documentary features first but it's time to start tackling the other categories as well.  I'm going to break down the films I have left to see by category to give you an idea of what I'm going to watch next.

These are the categories of which I've seen all of the nominated films.

Picture
Director
Actor
Actress
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actress
Original Screenplay
Adapted Screenplay
Cinematography
Editing
Score

Then we have:

BEST FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
Land of Mine (Denmark)
Tanna (Australia)


BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Fire At Sea
Life Animated

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Allied
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
Star Trek Beyond
Suicide Squad

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle
Zootopia

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Deepwater Horizon
Doctor Strange
Kubo and the Two Strings

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
"The Empty Chair" from Jim: The James Foley Story
“How Far I’ll Go,” Moana
“Can’t Stop the Feeling,” Trolls


BEST SOUND MIXING
Deepwater Horizon
13 Hours: Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

BEST SOUND EDITING

Deepwater Horizon
Sully

Best Live Action Short
Ennemis Interierus
La Femme et le TGV
Silent Nights
Sing
Time Code

Best Animated Short
Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarettes
Pearl
Piper

Best Documentary Short
Extremis
4.1 Miles
Joe's Violin
Watani My Homeland
The White Helmets


I just reached out to get the 15 shorts and will do my best to pound those out in one (or two) days. Also realized I don't have "My Life as a Zucchini" yet, but hoping to take care of that as well.


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