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  2. BethR

    Watership Down

    I did watch it, but once was enough. It wasn't terrible, but I felt that having read the book filled in quite a bit of background info regarding rabbit traditions and culture. I don't know how someone who had not read the book would respond. Distinguishing one rabbit from another was a bit of a struggle (except for Bigwig, obviously), but that's true of real rabbits, too (sorry, rabbit fans). The stories of El Ahrairah (sp?) were effectively presented, though few. Yes, it's rather earnest, but also had some genuine moments of tenderness and jeopardy. I've seen the film, but it didn't make a huge impression on me.
  3. kenmorefield

    2019 List Preliminary Discussion

    How about Musicals About Criminals Growing Older? Les Miserables! Sweeney Todd! The Phantom of the Opera!
  4. BethR

    2019 List Preliminary Discussion

    I'm waffling over my vote now, because in thinking of "Crime and Punishment" as a broader topic, I would love to nominate Out of Sight (Soderbergh 1998), which I recently re-watched. Also, "Crime and Punishment" is a topic that might finally acknowledge the brilliance of Kind Hearts and Coronets, which didn't make it to "Comedy."
  5. Andrew

    Oscars 2019 - nominations!

    A few quick thoughts: I saw Of Fathers and Sons at the Full Frame Documentary Film Fest, and it's an incredible example of daring filmcraft. It made my best of the year list. As I semi-ranted in my latest review, I think Glenn Close is undeserving of her Oscar nod. I still need to see Capernaum, Border, and Never Look Away - the premises for each sound quite interesting.
  6. Andrew

    Oscars 2019: Best Picture

    I agree with both of you. Only Roma made my best of 2018 list, though I nearly gave Spike Lee's and Lanthimo's films honorable mentions. I'm very disappointed that Beale Street and First Reformed didn't make the cut.
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  8. Joel Mayward

    Oscars 2019: Best Picture

    I truly loved Roma and I'm happy it's received such recognition (although I've heard there's been a very aggressive campaign for it, so I'm not surprised) but I will agree that this is one of the least interesting list of nominations I've seen in awhile, with lots of mediocre-and-terrible in the place where beauty-and-goodness should be recognized.
  9. Joel Mayward

    Oscars 2019 - nominations!

    OFCS critics received a screener link from Kino Lorber, which I will now make sure to watch. But the film wasn't on my radar at all until now. Same with Never Look Away. Update: Of Fathers and Sons is currently streaming via Kanopy, although this news doesn't help folks without a US library card. Another observation: someone on Twitter (I can't remember who) mentioned that there is a very real possibility that Green Book wins Best Picture and Spike Lee wins Best Director, which would be...interesting.
  10. Peter T Chattaway

    Oscars 2019 - nominations!

    And the feature-length nominated films are (with the ones I've seen in bold)... 10 nominations Roma -- Picture, director (Alfonso Cuaron), actress (Yalitza Aparicio), supporting actress (Marina De Tavira), original screenplay, cinematography, production design, sound editing, sound mixing, foreign language film 10 nominations in 9 categories The Favourite -- Picture, director (Yorgos Lanthimos), actress (Olivia Colman), supporting actress (Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz), original screenplay, cinematography, production design, costume design, film editing 8 nominations A Star Is Born -- Picture, actor (Bradley Cooper), actress (Lady Gaga), supporting actor (Sam Elliott), adapted screenplay, cinematography, original song, sound mixing Vice -- Picture, director (Adam McKay), actor (Christian Bale), supporting actor (Sam Rockwell), supporting actress (Amy Adams), original screenplay, makeup and hairstyling, film editing 7 nominations Black Panther -- Picture, production design, costume design, original score, original song, sound editing, sound mixing 6 nominations BlacKkKlansman -- Picture, director (Spike Lee), supporting actor (Adam Driver), adapted screenplay, film editing, original score 5 nominations Bohemian Rhapsody -- Picture, actor (Rami Malek), film editing, sound editing, sound mixing Green Book -- Picture, actor (Viggo Mortensen), supporting actor (Mahershala Ali), original screenplay, film editing 4 nominations First Man -- Production design, visual effects, sound editing, sound mixing Mary Poppins Returns -- Production design, costume design, original score, original song 3 nominations The Ballad of Buster Scruggs -- Adapted screenplay, costume design, original song Can You Ever Forgive Me? -- Actress (Melissa McCarthy), supporting actor (Richard E. Grant), adapted screenplay Cold War -- Director (Pawel Pawlikowski), cinematography, foreign language film If Beale Street Could Talk -- Supporting actress (Regina King), adapted screenplay, original score 2 nominations Isle of Dogs -- Original score, animated feature Mary Queen of Scots -- Costume design, makeup and hairstyling Never Look Away -- Cinematography, foreign language film RBG -- Original song, documentary feature 1 nomination At Eternity's Gate -- Actor (Willem Dafoe) Avengers: Infinity War -- Visual effects Border -- Makeup and hairstyling Capernaum -- Foreign language film Christopher Robin -- Visual effects First Reformed -- Original screenplay Free Solo -- Documentary feature Hale County This Morning, This Evening -- Documentary feature Incredibles 2 -- Animated feature Minding the Gap -- Documentary feature Mirai -- Animated feature Of Fathers and Sons -- Documentary feature A Quiet Place -- Sound editing Ralph Breaks the Internet -- Animated feature Ready Player One -- Visual effects Shoplifters -- Foreign language film Solo: A Star Wars Story -- Visual effects Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse -- Animated feature The Wife -- Actress (Glenn Close) I'm happy to say that there are only three films on this list that I haven't seen. The Wife is due out on video next week, I believe, and Never Look Away will supposedly come to Vancouver on February 22, two days before the Oscar ceremony (though the distributor of that film has had a regrettable tendency to see their films get bumped repeatedly). That just leaves the documentary Of Fathers and Sons, a film that I have heard absolutely *nothing* about -- the only mention of it in my e-mail archives is a news alert from Deadline Hollywood as part of their awards-season coverage. Anyway. What patterns can we discern here? A few quick thoughts before I have to step out: If Best Picture generally goes to the film that gets nominated for Director, Screenplay and Film Editing, then the front-runners this year are The Favourite, Vice and BlacKkKlansman. Traditionally, when a film is nominated for Best Picture *and* Best Foreign Language Film, it wins the latter category (think of Life Is Beautiful or Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). Roma has the most nominations overall -- which would ordinarily make it a front-runner -- but without a Film Editing nomination, it may be destined to settle for the Foreign Language Film award like those other films. A Star Is Born was once considered *the* front-runner for Best Picture by some people, but it failed to get nominations in Directing *and* Film Editing, so. No less than *three* of this year's Foreign Language Film nominees are also nominated for Cinematography, and two are nominated for Director. Isle of Dogs and RBG also broke out of the animated and documentary ghettoes, respectively, with nominations for their music. I have to step out now, but may have more thoughts later.
  11. kenmorefield

    Oscars 2019: Best Picture

    This really is such a depressingly boring list of films. I hate none of them enough to rant. I like none of them enough to cheer.
  12. Peter T Chattaway

    Oscars 2019: Best Picture

    Vote! Note: the Oscars agreed with four of the SAG ensemble nominees (the one film that got snubbed being Crazy Rich Asians), and all eight of the Oscar nominees were among the ten films nominated for the PGA award (the two PGA nominees that got snubbed being Crazy Rich Asians and A Quiet Place).
  13. Peter T Chattaway

    Oscars 2019: Best Director

    Vote! Note: the Oscars agreed with three of the DGA picks, but substituted Cold War's Pawlikowski and The Favourite's Lanthimos for A Star Is Born's Cooper and Green Book's Farrelly.
  14. Peter T Chattaway

    Oscars 2019: Best Screenplay (Original)

    Vote! Note: the Oscars agreed with three of the WGA picks, but substituted The Favourite and First Reformed for Eighth Grade and A Quiet Place.
  15. Peter T Chattaway

    Oscars 2019: Best Screenplay (Adapted)

    Vote! Note: Can You Ever Forgive Me? and If Beale Street Could Talk are the only Oscar nominees that got nominated for the WGA *and* Scripter awards. The Oscars also went with the WGA's BlacKkKlansman and A Star Is Born, but substituted The Ballad of Buster Scruggs for Black Panther.
  16. Peter T Chattaway

    Oscars 2019: Best Makeup and Hairstyling

    Vote! Note: two of the Oscar nominees have multiple guild nominations, while the third -- Border -- doesn't have any at all.
  17. Peter T Chattaway

    Oscars 2019: Best Visual Effects

    Vote! Note: the Oscars overlap with two of the Annie nominees, and all of the Oscar nominees have multiple VES nominations.
  18. Peter T Chattaway

    Oscars 2019: Best Cinematography

    Vote! Note: the Oscars agreed with four of the guild's picks, but substituted Never Look Away for First Man.
  19. Peter T Chattaway

    Oscars 2019: Best Production Design

    Vote! Note: the Oscars picked two of the guild's "fantasy" nominees and three of the guild's "period" nominees, and none of the guild's "contemporary" nominees.
  20. Peter T Chattaway

    Oscars 2019: Best Foreign Language Film

    Vote! Note: three of these films were also nominated for the Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel award.
  21. Peter T Chattaway

    Oscars 2019: Best Film Editing

    Vote! Note: the Oscars nominated two of the guild's Drama choices and three of their Comedy choices.
  22. Peter T Chattaway

    Oscars 2019: Best Original Song

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  23. Peter T Chattaway

    Oscars 2019: Best Original Score

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  24. Peter T Chattaway

    Oscars 2019: Best Sound Mixing

    Vote! Note: the Oscars agreed with four of the guild's picks, but substituted Roma for A Quiet Place.
  25. Peter T Chattaway

    Oscars 2019: Best Sound Editing

    Vote! Note: the Oscar nominees all had multiple guild nominations. The only film to get three guild nominations and *not* an Oscar nomination was Mission: Impossible: Fallout.
  26. Peter T Chattaway

    Oscars 2019: Best Costume Design

    Vote! Note: the Oscars nominated three of the guild's "period" nominees and one of the guild's "fantasy/sci-fi" nominees, and none of the guild's "contemporary" nominees. The one film the Oscars nominated that the guild *didn't* nominate was The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.
  27. Peter T Chattaway

    Oscars 2019: Best Actor

    Vote! Note: the Oscars agreed with four of SAG's picks, but substituted At Eternity's Gate's Willem Dafoe for BlacKkKlansman's John David Washington.
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