Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Year Ahead: 2020 Oscar Predictions

In this time of self-isolation, I find comfort in continuing my routine where I can. Work is suspended, the library is closed, and going to the movies is completely out of the question - so I blog. I watch oldies at home, I make sandwiches, and I blog. On Sunday, I'm beginning a series on the films of 1956, but today, I'm looking at 2020, and films that could be up for next year's Oscars. I know the state of cinema is up in the air right now, but there is an international crisis about us, so why not escape for a moment, play the role of pundit, look into the crystal ball and see if we can foresee what titles will tale the stage of the Dolby Theater next winter?

I did take current events into account on a practical level, and so, with one exception, everything here is already listed as being in post-production. Too, I considered general tone: considering how dour this year's events have already been, expect a lot of Triumph of the Human Spirit.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

This April

The Oscar Flashbacks and Retro Hollmann Awards return April 5th with our look at the year in cinema for 1956! Including:


And those are all just the Best Picture nominees from the Oscars and Golden Globes - we've also The Killing to discuss, and Bigger Than Life, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Seven Samurai (1954 in Japan, '56 in USA), Carousel, Moby Dick, Bride of the Monster, and oh, many, many more!

April 5th! Mark your calendars!

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Saturday, February 8, 2020

My Oscar Predictions, 2019 Edition

My final predictions for the 92nd Academy Awards in all 24 categories, in four acts....

Act One: No Dog in This Fight (or, i ain't seen all these)

Animated Short - "Hair Love"
Documentary Short - "Walk Run Cha-Cha"
Live Action Short - "Brotherhood"
Animated Feature - Klaus
Documentary Feature - Honeyland
International Feature - Parasite
Original Song - "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" from Rocketman
Makeup and Hairstyling - Bombshell

Act Two: The In-Between (or, how do i count the lion king since i walked out during the "wimoweh" number?)

Visual Effects - The Lion King

The remaining acts after the jump....

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

The 2019 Hollmann Awards: Part One

The first part of the 2019 Hollmann Awards. Familiarize yourself with the nominees first, then come back here to see nine of the eighteen categories, presented as they came up in my random draw (I write the categories on scraps of paper, roll them round in a collectible Storm Trooper popcorn bucket from Solo, then select at random to decide the order). Beginning with...

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Quick and Messy Oscar Predix

while the Hollmann Award nominations are still on everyone's mind, we must remember that the Academy Awards are announcing their nominees tomorrow - copycats! My predictions:

The 2019 Hollmann Awards Nominees

 For the fourteenth year running, I present the nominees for the Hollmann Awards! Refresh your memory with the list of films seen and the Top Ten, then return here to see which 32 films will be competing in 18 categories to be proclaimed - BEST! Order of categories was decided via raffle.

The nominees are....

Friday, January 10, 2020

My Top Ten of 2019

As I noted earlier, my tally for 2019 releases seen in 2019 was 97; to that, I add three more: 1917, The Rise of Skywalker and Uncut Gems, for a comfortable 100. Which means I've finally seen enough films to comfortably make my Top Ten of the year!

Apologies to the also-rans: 1917, Atlantics, Climax, DianeExtreme JobFord v. Ferrari, Knives Out, Late NightLittle Women and Mal-Mo-E: The Secret Mission.

And now, in alphabetical order...

Saturday, January 4, 2020

The 1954 Retro Hollmann Awards: Part Two

Yesterday, we finally began the 1954 Retro Hollmann Awards. Today...we complete them.

Best Original Song

1. A Star is Born - "The Man That Got Away"
music by Harold Arlen
lyrics by Ira Gershwin

2. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers - "Wonderful Wonderful Day"
music by Gene de Paul
lyrics by Johnny Mercer

3. White Christmas - "Sisters"
music and lyrics by Irving Berlin

4. Johnny Guitar - "Johnny Guitar"
music and lyrics by Peggy Lee and Victor Young

5. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers - "Lonesome Polecat"
music by Gene de Paul
lyrics by Johnny Mercer

After the jump - Best Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Best Picture....and more!

Friday, January 3, 2020

The 1954 Retro Hollmann Awards: Part One

Extremely late. The 1954 Retro Hollmann Awards are today and tomorrow, nine categories each day. Who's nominated? You'll find out as we go along. For now, let's start with....

Best Actress

Judy Garland as Esther Blodgett / Vicki Lester
A Star is Born

She truly does it all: singing, dancing, comedy, drama - and more than once, all at once. Her chemistry with James Mason is perfect, her watchfulness, her knowing when to turn it on to cheer him up and when to fade back. Her song-work, of course, is superb, from the way she conjures a second "Born in a Trunk" out of nothing but living room furniture for "Someone at Last" to her gathering all her strength to sell the optimistic "Lose That Long Face" to, of course, "The Man That Got Away." You've heard the legend of Judy Garland; come see for yourself.

In second place, Danielle Darrieux in The Earrings of Madame De... - where frivolous flirting gives way to genuine passion. In third place, Rosaura Revueltas in Salt of the Earth - a marvelous arc where quiet housewife becomes fierce fighter for the working class. In fourth place, Brenda de Banzie in Hobson's Choice - a force of nature that's never overbearing, a genuine warmth that lives in tandem with her curt professionalism. In fifth place, Jane Powell in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers - leading the film's balance between rough-and-ready horniness and family-friendly sweetness.

Eight more categories, including Best Score, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor, after the jump.