Tuesday, February 6, 2018

27 Days of Oscar, day 1: Nominees luncheon class photo (video!) and Oscar/Spirits watching playlist

Here we are. Day 1 of the "27 Days of Oscar" series.

Right now it seems as if there is plenty of time. 27 days no less. But this is absolutely not my first Oscar rodeo. There are still barriers ahead. I can't get my "The Breadwinner" link to work, I still haven't reached out about viewing the shorts. And with the Spirit Awards I haven't managed to get a copy of Best Director nominee "A Ciambra." The Spirits suggest not voting for a category of which you haven't seen all of the nominees. So, that means I couldn't vote for Luca Guadagnino. Hmmm...we'll see how that turns out.

Yesterday was the Oscars nominee luncheon, which is pretty awesome. All of my peers have already covered the event, some of them attending the very private gathering, but I did find a really cool video of Laura Dern calling roll at imdb.com.  If you haven't seen the full photo, check it out here and watch the video below that!

As I've mentioned, today I have my interview extravaganza. I added a 4th to the roster, "On Body and Soul" director Ildikó Enyedi. That will happen right after my interviews with The Insult" director Ziad Doueiri, then "The Square" director Ruben Ostlund and finally "Call Me By Your Name" actor Timothee Chalamet. It's an exciting day to say the least.

Below I've laid out the films I still need to see over the next 27 days. For the Spirits I have 11 days, which certainly makes things challenging, especially considering the Oxford Film Festival starts tomorrow night.


This is what I was afraid of. 17 films. That is certainly not going to happen, so what that means is I will have to break things down by category and see what I can realistically watch before the voting deadline on Friday February 16h.

Ingrid Goes West
Oh Lucy!
Patti Cake$
A Ciambra
The Lovers
Beatriz at Dinner (redbox)
Donald Cried
Women Who Kill
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (still need to finish!)
Life and nothing more
Marjorie Prime
Crown Heights
The Departure (?)
Faces Places (?)
Last Men in Aleppo


This is manageable. 15 films and 15 shorts. Especially considering once the Spirit Awards deadline happens I will still have 2 full weeks. Thank you Olympics!!

Beauty and the Beast
Kong: Skull Island
Loving Vincent
The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
Roman Israel, Esq
Last Men in Aleppo
Strong Island
Faces Places

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