Oscars 2021 – Makeup and Hairstyling, Costume Design

Another day, another blog in preparation for the 93rd Annual Academy Awards on April 25.  Today we’re going to look at a couple more craft categories, and neither of these ultimately have anything to do with the acting, or the screenplay, or the direction.  These are physical things that are on the performers.  He or she could be the worst actor on the planet, but hey, look at that prosthetic nose!  Look at that snazzy suit!  We’re diving in for the categories of Makeup and Hairstyling, and Costume Design.  Here we go! Continue reading “Oscars 2021 – Makeup and Hairstyling, Costume Design”

Oscars 2021 – Lead Actor/Actress

Wednesday, which means it’s time for another blog.  That really doesn’t mean anything actually, any day can be a blog day.  I’m just trying to fill some space here with words until I start talking about today’s subjects, which are the nominees in the categories of Lead Actor and Lead Actress.  I was going to just do the one at a time but it seemed silly to not combine these two, so here we go.  There is a clear favorite to win the male award, but this past Sunday the BAFTAs went in another direction so it isn’t the sweep we sometimes see, such as last year with Joaquin Phoenix.  The female winner isn’t so clear-cut.  There are two viable “favorites” but every name on the list has taken home at least one award for her role this Oscar season, so place your bets, as they say.  Let’s roll! Continue reading “Oscars 2021 – Lead Actor/Actress”

Oscars 2021 – Documentary Short Subject

Happy Tuesday!  As the Oscars creep closer, we’re knocking out the rest of these categories as quick as possible.  Last night, I viewed all of the nominees for the Best Documentary Short Subject category.  I’ve never really understood why the word “subject” is a part of the name.  It’s a shorter documentary than a full-length one, I suppose, but why not just say Documentary Short?  Calling it a “short subject” makes me thinks these are all documentaries about pygmies or something.  To qualify in this category, the documentary must have a maximum runtime of 40 minutes, otherwise it would be considered for the separate Documentary Feature category.  The documentary may also contain actual footage of its subject matter, or else can utilize animation or re-enactments or pretty much any other method as long as the emphasis is on fact, not fiction.  As is usually the case, we’ve got plenty of gloom-and-doom stuff here to cover within these nominees, so let’s take Happy Pills and get going. Continue reading “Oscars 2021 – Documentary Short Subject”

Oscars 2021 – International and Animated Features

I don’t often blog on Sundays for whatever reason, but here’s one today as we get closer to Hollywood’s Big Night on April 25.  I have to get cracking on this series because including today, there are still 13 categories to cover, and then I have to actually pick winners.  Today, we’re going to look the Best Animated Feature nominees, which the Academy often does a good job on nominating more than just the most popular and/or familiar titles for.  First, however, we’ll check out the nominees for Best International Feature, which until last year was known as Best Foreign Language Film.  Let’s dive in.

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Oscars 2021 – Score and Song

Happy Friday!  It’s a musical kind of day as today we’re going to check out this year’s Oscar nominees for Best Original Score and Best Original Song.  It’s a little strange not seeing some of the usual names this year like Randy Newman, Thomas Newman and John Williams.  Don’t worry, though, because Diane Warren made the cut again.  We have a lot of first-time nominees this year within these two categories and a couple of interesting possible scenarios regarding what could win.  Let’s get it rolling. Continue reading “Oscars 2021 – Score and Song”

Oscars 2021 – Sound and VFX

Well, I didn’t plan on a week going by before the next blog.  As is often the case, time got away from me.  It’s been a busy week.  Birthday planning, my COVID vaccination (GET YOURS!) and most taking up of my last several days has been the acclimation of new kitties in the house.  But now we’re back and checking out two of the technical/craft Oscar categories, Best Sound and Best Visual Effects.  Sound now covers what was previously two different awards–Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing–because most years we were seeing the nominees in each category be a match in 4 or all 5 titles, so now more names are nominated in one single sound category.  This is a welcome change as it grew tiresome trying to figure out how a film would win one sound category but not the other, as was the case last year.  Let’s dive in!

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Oscars 2021 – Supporting Acting Categories

Last year was a bit of an odd year in that all four of the acting categories for Oscars were pretty well determined who would win them.  You don’t usually find odds-on favorites in every one of the categories but the likes of Laura Dern, Brad Pitt, Renee Zellweger and Joaquin Phoenix were winning every award from every awards guild up to the big night.  This year, at least one of the categories is definitely no guarantee.  There’s no shortage of diversity, as in fact 9 of the 20 total acting nominations are people of color, the most in history.  Today’s focus will be on the supporting actor and supporting actress categories, so let’s get rolling.

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Oscars 2021 – Short Films

Short films tend to be overlooked by the general public, which is a shame for a number of reasons.  One reason is that many major names in the industry started out by making short films.  I’m talking actors, directors, screenwriters, the whole gamut.  Secondly, and frankly, many short films are just really great.  Certainly some are not, but that’s the nature of the game.  We’ve got plenty of feature films the quality of Casablanca but also plenty of feature films also the quality of [insert any film starring Rob Schneider here].  At the same time, not every short film is exactly sunshine, lollipops and rainbows.  The Academy seems to like nominating short films that can be a downer.  This is usually especially true in the live-action films.  Let’s see how many of this year’s nominees will want us to take a pill.

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Oscars 2021 – Screenplays

Well, it has certainly been awhile.

It looks like WordPress has changed its layout too. Not sure if I like it and I’ve only just started typing. Why am I typing much faster than the words are coming up on the screen? I mean, MUCH faster. I just typed about 15 words before they showed up, and that only happened because I stopped typing. Whee, this is gonna be fun.

OK, anyway, it’s been over a year since I’ve written a blog. The Oscars are later than normal because of COVID screwing up the planet over the last year-plus. For the first time, films are being considered even if they didn’t have an initial theatrical run but were over streamers instead, and this isn’t even exclusive to films that were, for example, Netflix productions to begin with.

What I opted to do this year was focus on each category in individual blogs. Some entries will have multiple categories, such as this one which will focus on both of the screenplay categories. I’m not picking winners yet; that’ll come later. Right now we’re just going to look into the nominees and get a little insight on them. So let’s get started!

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