Welcome to the 17th annual KT Renaissance Film Awards! Created by myself years ago to ward off the amply demonstrated madness that claws at my soul each year when the Oscars get things so very wrong, say, for example, randomly, reading the wrong best picture winner. The categories (with the exception of an added ensemble award that I cribbed from the SAG awards and a category to reward voice over/motion capture work) are the same, with the exception of the documentary, shorts, and foreign film categories in which I don’t have enough expertise to make fair judgments most years. Continue reading 2018 Renaissance Film Awards (Killing Time’s Oscars)
The nominations for the 90th annual Academy Awards are out, and already office pools are being formed and the professionals are weighing in with their Oscar odds and picks. Guillermo del Toro’s Cold War fantasy The Shape of Water led the way with a whopping 13 nominations, followed by Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk with 9 nods, and Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri, with 7.
In a relatively weak year, the Oscars recognized films going back as early as February 2017, and remembered the brilliance of Get Out with a Best Picture nod, Best Actor nom for Daniel Kaluuya, and Director and Screenplay nominations for Jordan Peele. Legendary composer John Williams received his 51st Oscar nomination for the score to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, his own record that he continues to increase at the age of 85. There were some notable omissions: Martin McDonagh for Best Director, nothing whatsoever for Wonder Woman, and Dunkirk inexplicably not making the cut for Visual Effects. However, Oscar nominated a Wolverine movie for screenplay, so the world has gone a little upside down in an interesting sort of way.
Despite leading the way with nominations, I don’t think The Shape of Water is currently poised to dominate the awards. The current momentum is with Three Billboards for the big honors. I think Dunkirk’s victories will come in the technical categories, and Shape of Water’s big win will be for Guillermo del Toro as Director. Of course, all of this speculation comes over six weeks before the actual ceremony. The Winter Olympics have pushed the Oscars back to March, so we have a long way to go before we find out who will be going home with awards. I’ve weighed in with my picks for most of the categories below: who will win, who should win, and who is missing from the nominees.
We’ll find out how accurate my picks are when Jimmy Kimmel hosts the ceremony Sunday, March 4, 2018, live on ABC. (Note: I don’t have any expertise in Foreign Film, Documentary or Short Film categories, so omitted them from my predictions.) Continue reading 2018 Oscar Predictions! Who Will Win? Who Was Snubbed?
Anyone who wondered if Chris Rock was going to address the controversy surrounding the lack of minority nominees in his second, turn as Oscar host, had about six seconds to wonder. Rock, in a monologue so strong that it reminded everyone why he’s the best stand-up comedian today, absolutely blasted the Academy, the boycott, racism in general and did it all in such a wise and hysterical way that I don’t think anyone else could have. In fact, the first half of the show was pretty much The Chris Rock Variety Show With a Special Focus on Race….and it was (with a few exceptions) pretty brilliant. Before we get to the actual awards, which were every bit as bizarre as the rest of the night, here’s Rock’s monologue:
Today is Oscar Day! With such a great year of film you would think there was no way the Oscars will inspire rage in me tonight, but don’t underestimate what they can do to me in a 4-5 hour telecast! Chris Rock will host and the ceremony itself will begin at 8:30 p.m. EST on ABC, though people will be analyzing clothes in a banal manner for hours prior. Here are my predictions for the big categories:
Best Picture: The Revenant (rooting for Spotlight)
Best Director: Alejandro Inarritu (rooting for Tom McCarthy)
Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio (rooting for Michael Fassbender)
Best Actress: Brie Larson (rooting for her!)
Best Supporting Actor: Sylvester Stallone (GO Mark Rylance!)
Best Supporting Actress: Kate Winslet (rooting for her!)
Original Screenplay: Spotlight (rooting for Ex Machina)
Adapted Screenplay: Room (rooting for The Martian)
Animated Feature: Inside Out (there’s no other choice, period)
Original Score: Star Wars Episode VII (This is the award I care most about all night. It’s John Williams’ 50th NOMINATION, and possibly his last, though I wish him decades more, plus this was by far the year’s best score. GO JOHNNY!!!)
By the way, Netflix has two documentaries nominated, so by the end of the night, that DVD rental company that nearly went bust a few years ago might have Emmys and an Oscar!
The Oscars are three weeks from tomorrow, and a new Best Picture (likely The Revenant) will be crowned. Each year, during Oscar Week, we reveal the KT Community choice (which you can currently vote for on the homepage) and I do The Renaissance Film Awards, which is how I stay sane (ish) during Oscar ceremonies that manage to incense me more than most Presidential debates. The Revenant was a great film, no doubt, but this year was so good that it’s not even in my top 10 anymore. Thus, the Academy and I will be disagreeing on Best Picture again, a historical trend that I am bored enough today to document in detail.
Here are the Best Picture winners from the last 25 years vs. my pick for that year’s best film. Beside the Academy’s pick I have where I would have ranked it that year (there is a massive spreadsheet behind this fixation) and beside mine how it fared at the Oscars. Even with the expansion of the Best Picture to a max of 10 nominations, I’ve only agreed with the Academy twice in the last 25 years (though they picked my runner-up thrice), and the trend seems to have us moving further apart, whereas there was a good decade stretch where my pick was at least among those nominated. Take a look and see which you’d pick. Continue reading Best Pictures of the Last 25 Years: KT Pick vs. Oscars