A New Yorker's Guide to Everything Oscar
Glad to see you're not dead, Andy.And yes, 10. Insane.
"Okay, we're officially back. Wow."Pwoooooooomise? What was the dealio, Andizzy?And of course they institute this change AFTER they snub "The Dark Knight" and "Wall-E". I'm seeing a Best Picture nomination for Pixar, finally.
yeah im sure you're really back. we'll get one post this week and then you'll disappear forever again. if you wanna have a blog that people read and pay attention to, then keep up with it. its that simple.
And things finally just got interesting. So are you sticking around this time?
I just saw that and decided to see what was happening over here. Holy shit.To be honest, I think this will make Oscar prediction less interesting.I'm happy to see that you're back, Andy, but I've still got my fingers crossed.
It cracks me up how people somehow think Andy is obligated to give them blog entries. He is a real person, you know?That being said, I do really like this blog when he is keeping up with it :)
burn, i felt the exact same way...i had a hunch that there might be some action here.and i'm glad you're back! :)(btw, this is mrbrightside...)
thank god u r back i though i was going to have to check into rehab with withdrawals.
Bad idea. A lot of years it is a stretch to find five movies worth nominating, now there will be ten? That's nuts.
It's a great idea. It'll change our preception of what "best" really is. More foreign, comedies, musicals, and animated films will have a chance. And it splits the votes up come voting time, so movies like A Beautiful Mind won't win ever again.
I agree it's a great idea, and I agree you have to do more if you want people to take your blog seriously.At least tell them you will be absent for a month. It's that simple.
It could make wins like "A Beautiful Mind" more likely. With the vote split 10 ways it will now take only very, very small pluralities to nab a win. Now it might be a good thing if we can get movies like "The Lives of Others," for example, into the main category more often, but since these just reeks of an attempt to boost ratings by getting some more mainstream fare into the mix I can't help but worry that it will just result in standard box office fare to boost teenage viewers. Like I said, some years it feels like a stretch to find five movies worthy of a nomination, now it will be ten? Is a nod to "The Hangover" far behind?
You're not going to see more musicals, comedies, or foreign movies. You're going to see 5 more 'Oscar' movies, with the occasional genre-buster. Here are the additional 5 movies you'd have seen this year: Doubt, The Wrestler, Rachel Getting Married, The Dark Knight, and WALL-E.
I have mixed feelings abou this decision. First, we know how strange is the AMPAS mind at voting process. But again, that would be an excellent chance for Foreign Language, Animated, Comedies and Indies Films get all the awards attention. I hope the second hypothesis.In last year many of acclaimed films were out:2008: The Dark Knight and Wall-E2007: Into the Wild, The Diving Bell & the Butterfly and Ratatouille2006: Children of Men, Pan's Labyrinth and The Lives of Others2005: A History of Violence, Match Point and Pride & prejudice2004: Eternal Sunshine..., Kinsey, The Incredibles and House of Flying DaggersMy predictions for Best Picture:1. Avatar: The sci fi of the year and James Cameron return2. Bright Star: Women director. Abbie Cornish (Frontrunner)3. Green Zone: United 93 snub...4. The Hurt Locker: Excellent reviews5. Invictus: Clint Eastwood film and biopic6. The Lovely Bones: Big Studio and beloved novel7. Nine: The early frontrunner8. The Road: Viggo boost and good response at test screeners9. Up: Finnally Pixar did it10. Surprise nominee...
Just think how much harder it is going to be to cram 10 movies into the period between the nominations announcement and the ceremony.
At first I didn't like the change but now I'm indifferent about it. And here is my 10: (In No Order)NineThe RoadLovely BonesAvatarShutter IslandUpThe Human FactorBright StarAn Education
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Kezza said:I have been a long time fan of this site but getting harder to continue to bother clicking on here knowing that there will be nothing new - I know that Andy is not under any obligation to do anything with this site and that is precisely what is happening - nothing.It was great once and hopefully can be again.Thank you.
I think this is an incredibly stupid decission and i hope that that they revert to five nominees next year. It makes the title "best picture nominee" so worthless and becomes a meaningless grouping of movies. It takes away the competition and the idea that only the best of the best are oscar nominees. I really hate this idea. I cant even try to sound articulate because it is so stupid.
avatar? i don't get why people are so excited for this. i also don't get why anyone thinks it will be nominated for anything...we literally know nothing about it. i think it will be a popcorn flick and that's all. or maybe i'm just hoping because i hate james cameron.
First of all, we know plenty about Avatar. Second, it's not a popcorn flick. It's three hours long, everyone who's seen any of it says it's "fucking mindblowing". It's about the human race and they're mining some rare mineral on a distant planet, and the native race, called the Na'vi, is fighting back. A parapalegic soldier is given the chance to become a Na'vi or something and have an avatar on this planet, but he ends up falling in love with a Na'vi and murdering the shit out of the humans.One of the producers said that if Titanic was sort of Romeo and Juliet, Avatar is more along the lines of Pocahontas. I think that there's a good chance it gets nominated. Sure to be groundbreaking, sure to start a lot of talk, and it's James Cameron's first film in over ten years. And how can you hate James Cameron? I hold Titanic against him just as much as the next guy, but what about The Terminator? That's got to be one of the best chase movies ever made.
It's interesting to note that few have mentioned the shift in the dynamic of the best film / director matchup. They usually match up well, and missing out on the director nod often diminishes the respect a best film nominee gets compared to its rivals, whereas lone director nominees are often seen as more artistically challenging works, and they tend to have an often small but strong fanbase. Now it seems extremely unlikely there will be any lone director nominees, and the five best director nominees will be considered the top 5 best film nominees, even tho the ten are supposedly in random order, with only one winner in the end. Oscar campaigning will change, too. Often smaller films that never had a chance at best pic would aim for nods for acting or screenplay, knowing that one or two of those was their only real shot. Now these same films will purt their focus squarely on getting best pic. So the dynamics have shifted. Nine is now almost certain of a best pic nod, but has to fight for best director to gain critical credit. Up faced Pixar's yearly uphill battle, but can now be fairly confident of a best pic nod, add some techs, try for another screenplay nod, and make the big battle for a longshot at best director. And studios will no longer have to pick one film to campaign hardest for best pic at the expense of others that might be better, but are less likely to get into the crowded field.
Here are my picks for what I think the 10 Nominees will be (in no specific order):UpThe Lovely BonesNineAvatarPreciousAmeliaAvatarFunny PeopleInvictus (The Human Factor)The Hurt Locker
Edit:Sorry I listed Avatar twice.. The last nominee I think will be something small so I will go with 500 Days of Summer.
And as a side note I think the five directing nominees will be:James Cameron: AvatarJudd Apatow: Funny PeopleKathryn Bigelow: The Hurt LockerClint Eastwood: InvictusPeter Jackson: The Lovely Bones
you know what was funny? When andy said he was officially back last wednesday. Yep that was some pretty funny shit. Of course we all knew he was full of it. Why do I keep giving this guy the benefit of the doubt. I dont even like his opinions for fucks sakes. I guess i've just been coming here too long
You know what's funny? This Anonymous person keeps complaining about how Andy runs his blog, has nothing positive to say about it and yet keeps posting here. The internet is a big place, Anonymous, and I've no doubt you can find a blog that is to your liking. Or you can start one yourself and run it the way you want to.
From one Anonymous to another:http://tinyurl.com/njf3cm
So until Andy has time to run his blog again, let's all go hang out at my blog!herrmachine.blogspot.comI'm shit at predicting the Oscars this early in the game, though. I just want to preserve our fine community.
And plug my blog. Two birds/one stone.
this blog is a waste of fucking space. what a piece of shit
Oh, constructive criticism...
Harry potter6 FTW! well, not really a WIN. a nom for bp is enough. good reviews so far. plus the additional 5 bp noms is good news!
"this blog is a waste of fucking space. what a piece of shit"So why do you keep coming here?
I still say Imelda Staunton should have been nominated for "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" which was also ignored in the tech categories, so I'm not holding my breath for any noms for the new one even with BP now expanded to ten.But maybe, just maybe, like what they did with "Lord of the Rings" the 7th (or 8th) movie will get some love.
i think it might sneak in here and there; the fact that the film is one of the better reviewed, if not the best reviewed in the series, makes voters just a tad more likely to vote for it, including for techs (might just make the difference between ending in 5th and 6th place). If Warner knows what theyre doing theyll campaign only Michael Gambon. Meatiest role, overdue actor, dies in this one. If anyone can get nominated for this film, its Gambon for best supporting (even if his performance in the past 3 films was a tad uneven, and Rickman is probably better).
Alan Rickman is way overdue for a nomination, be it for an HP film or anything else he is in. What gives?
on a sidenote, did you know that if a chef isnt in his own restaurarant often enough Michelin usually will withdraw his stars? Andy's long absences are getting a bit rude. The guests are here more than the host, who disappears for well over a month, leaving some to wonder if something might have happened, then comes back with no explanation, then disappears again. It takes all of 30 seconds a week to at least make a single posting with a list of films coming out followed by "discuss" to keep discussions alive here. The only reason I still check in here is cuz I like some of the regulars, and with Burn having his own blog now thats one reason less to come here.
The 6th HP seems to be getting a lot of raves...rocking out with a 91% after 11 reviews, and most of them are near-perfect. I still think the ABSOLUTE best it'll be able to do come Oscar time is squeeze in a nod for Gambon, and that's pushing it. He's an extreme dark horse. Cinematography looks rather likely, though.
The new HP is now up to 96% at Rotten Tomatoes. That's 22 positive reviews and, thus far, only one negative.
The host of this site is one arrogant dude.
Is there some sort of law that requires you to keep coming here then?
it's funny that you all think there is only one annon who keeps making comments, as one of them i must inform you that it isnt. there are several people and now even people with names are making comments about andy's lack of care for his blog. and whats really sad is that he cant even pop in here for 2 seconds to acknowledge that his fans are turning against him. andy is pathetic plain and simple and he deserves the shit he's getting
Kez said:I am along time reader and I am also very disappointed that Andy is not updating more often. My favourite site is now 'Awards Daily' there is always something new most days and great discussions. Have a look!Come on Andy what is the deal? Are you okay?I will look at Burns new blog he is always very interesting.
I'm still just irked that so many people (apparently) participated in the last Reader's Choice Poll - the top ten worst Oscar snubs of the last 10 years (which was from last June...more than a year ago!) - and we NEVER EVER found out what the top four were. Andy never posted them. Sigh. It's time for me to remove this site from (the very bottom) of my favorites anyway...-matt
Andy,Thanks for the good times... let's move on guys> It's not the end of the world, good things have to end at some point. i really don't want to remember this site as what it is now but what it was at some point... you know, If I keep coming back it would feel like a very good movie that goes bad halfway and the writers don't know how or care to fix and screw the whole thing... na!Bye...JB
Well, this blog gets few updates but a fair number of posts, while Burn's gets regular updates but few posts. Take your pick, I guess.
Hello, my first post...Almenabar film, called Agora, perhaps will be nominated, and the actress Rachel Weisz too, why not?Bye
We're back, REALLY?!?! I swear, you disappear for a month, and then you tell us you're finally back, and then you disappear for another month!Geez, just make a friggin post.
Maybe Andy's a scientist experimenting with dependency and testing the human response to cyber-confiscation.
Maybe he's be zapped into some sort of pre-internet time wrap.
You guys, what if he's dead?
That would explain a lot.
Try thefilmexperience.net It's so much better
Alright, Andy. Just delete the blog. It'll do everyone a favor, especially you. You don't want constant updates hanging over your head if you really can't keep up with it.
My blog is so happening. It's like a fucking party over there. It's really hip.HERRMACHINE.BLOGSPOT.COM
"We're officially back."But for how long?
Muscle memory has me continuously checking this site for updates.
Yeah, old habits die hard.
The community must live on.
I think the best film of this year will be "UP".
That's something we could argue. I'm a big fan of Up, Coraline, The Hurt Locker, 500 Days of Summer, Observe and Report and Star Trek. And those are just the great movies that have come out so far. We still have A Serious Man, Shutter Island, The Lovely Bones and a ton more to look forward to.
So nice to see sense memory or whatever keeps bringing you back here, Burn. I still check in almost daily, and find great comfort in not finding any updates, the way only an obsessive compulsive does in his abhorrence of change. You're right, though, your new blog is where it's happening. Everyone to Burn's blog!
Meryl Streep. Lead or supporting for "Julie and Julia?"
more than 8 weeks
Inglourious Basterds = Best movie of 2009, and one of the five best of the closing decade. Unbelievable.
Anon 5:31, you will find yourself in good company at my blog. Inglourious Basterds is absolutely batshit brilliant in ways that makes words completely impotent.Making an Oscar-ish post in the next few days. Oscar prognosticators welcome. Any Star Trek nerds around here? My controversial review of Wrath of Khan is on its way as part of a full retrospective of the Star Trek series.
Inception teaser (major crap quality, recommend you wait for better): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-S5tZwu3lK0&hl=nlConsider me all kinds of ecited up, down, left, and right of the aisle. This is gonna kick more ass than Chuck Norris would if he had been one of the English in that scene in Braveheart where all the Scots moon the Brits.
I screamed. SCREAMED. In the theater when that played. It didn't have the same effect on me the first Dark Knight trailer did, though. I remember that being attached to I Am Legend, and my mind EXPLODED. I couldn't pay attention to I Am Legend after that because I was thinking about the trailer.
"I couldn't pay attention to I Am Legend"You say that like it's a bad thing.
Wow! 9 weeks!
We already carved the epitaph, no need to keep the count up. I did the same thing after my grandpa died for about three months before my grandma said it was bad form.
I completely understand if Andy no longer wants to run a blog, but I do think the polite thing to do would be to let all of us who took part in it all these years officially know.Nut maybe that's just me.
Dig. I've been following Everything Oscar since 2004. It's become part of my life. It'd be like if I woke up one day without a penis.....oh shit....
I'm not too bothered, I just want to preserve the community, which is one of the main reasons I started posting regularly on my blog. Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of Oscar-related stuff to post, and that's what I'd need to do to maintain the community. Mostly my blog is stupid diatribes, but I would love to see casual conversation in the comments section, like "HEY BURN guess what I watched this week! BLAH BLAH BLAH OSCAR CONSIDERATION FOR SURE!" and then the conversation gets going.
Wow I usually take the summer off from this site because things tend to be slow, but this could very well be the end of this blog.
Perharps "Agora", an Alejandro Almenabar's film perphars will be nominated for best screenplay, director, cinematography, music picture and I'm sure that Rachel Weisz will be nominated for best actress.
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I know everybody is enjoying Burn's blog (I've visited it a few times, and it's an interesting read). If you want something similar on another blog, including the same backdrop, I've got reviews of Extract and World's Greatest Dad up at this moment.http://oscarobsessed.blogspot.com
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Hi guys! I'm back!BEST PICTUREAvatarHarry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceThe HangoverNineShutter IslandSlumdog MillionaireStar TrekTakenWolverineZombieland...yeah, okay, I'm not really Andy. But unless he comes here to defend himself, this is his predicted 10. And I'm fully aware that Shutter Island opens in 2010 and Slumdog Millionaire was released in 2008 and already won.
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What the fuck?
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Hey all the rest y'all, I'm sorry to interrupt, I'm gonna let you keep posting, but Keith had one of the best posts of all-time!! One of the best posts of all-time!!
"Textures intrigue me."
He has kicked the man in the testicles! Look! The pain is so intense he has to vomit.
"In your film 'Irritant Number Four' the only two images where that of a baby's head and a toilet. Did you mean for me to scream?"
Scream, yah. Look at this, Dieter! I've got great stuff here. Mountain Dew! A Remington Microscreen! They tell me it shaves as close as a blade.
Do you guys ever do something and think, "That's so Raven"?
Only when I see into the future.
Try farting into your mouth. It's hard.
"I see. Genius! By seemingly embracing the cliches of de vest he is underscoring their excruciating banality!"
And look at this! It is a pie! But it is unlike any pie I have ever seen!
"You are both beautiful and angular, and if you were gas you would be inert."
"Gregor Voss, your presence intimidates me to the point of humiliation. Would you care to strike me?"
I am so full of anticipation that my genitals are sucked up into my body cavity
If Andy would come back I'd be as happy as a little girl."
"I appreciate a warm hand on my opening."
I would still never forgive him
I hate Uncle Andy!
Seriously, though. What if he's dead?
"Your agony is gorgeous."
A belated thank you to Kanye West. I try so damn hard.
"Seriously, though. What if he's dead?"That would explain a lot.
Let's tone down the hyperbole, hmm? It really wouldn't explain a whole lot aside from why the board hasn't been updated.
So she went into the garden to cut a cabbage leaf to make an apple pie, and at the same time a great she-bear came running up the street and popped its head into the shop. "What! no soap?" So he died, and she--very imprudently--married the barber. And there were present the Picninnies, the Jobjillies, the Garyulies, and the Grand Panjandrum, himself with the little red button atop, and they all fell to playing the game of catch-as-catch-can till the gunpowder ran out at the heels of their boots.
"I'd make a Roman Polanski joke, but I'm still hoping for a role in Knife in the Water 2: Let's Get Knifey."-Patton Oswalt
You can probably kiss Polanski's next movie goodbye.Pity though. The novel was a great read.http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1139328/
Suck my big, hairy, sparkling purple balls, Andy.
All The Ghost needs is a finalized score and a finished sound mix. It's all cut together. He can delegate those tasks from prison, most likely. If not, I can't imagine it coming out too badly. He's had the same group of people working for him for decades. They know what he wants.
It is nothing about the movie. I just wonder if any distributor will touch it, and even if one does I suspect the negative publicity will keep people away. Not that it was likely t be a massive box office hit before all of this broke.
If the controversy hasn't hurt him before, why should it now?
It might hurt him now because the controversy has been up front and center of late.
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It's been four months and I STILL FUCKING CHECK THIS SITE EVERY DAY!!!!! Much hatred for you, Andy aka The Douchebag. You have disappointed me and left me to wallow in the pit of my own despair, spinning tragic stories with my tears of betrayal and ejaculating to mere thoughts of Oscar, hoping for something tangible. You've let me down, The Douchebag. You've let me down.
Ya, think he's even reading your rants?
You mean YOUR rants
No, I mean YOUR rants.
Don't pin it on him, YOU started it
Worst. Blog. Ever.
He started it!
Do not post bastardizations of one of the best songs of the late 1970's.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yTIpcwBTTs
Love the original, and love that cover!
Another great cover of another great song:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHRFZFmEq9o
One of my most favorite Joy Division songs:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDxciYuygmU&feature=PlayList&p=9FD734D075AFF3A9&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=60
I bet that even Andy checks this blog every day, waiting for an update
So, do weak reviews for "Amelia" hurt Swank's nomination chances?
All depends on how good she is
Not necessarily. A few years ago Annette Benning was being heavily touted as a shoo in for a nomination (and a good bet for a win) for "Running With Scissors." But the movie ended up being a critical fiasco and she her chances faded with that reception.
Yes, true, I suppose what I really meant was depends on how bad the reviews are. It's entirely possible for an actor to rise above a mediocre film, and almost impossible to get recognition in an atrocious one.
Thus far it is receiving a horrendous 17% at Rotten Tomatoes, and an anemic score of 38 at Meta Critic.
Seriously, is Andy ok?
Nobody knows, and unless he checks in I doubt anybody here will ever know what is going on with him.
Field trip to New York?
Did anyone even watch Amelia, wasn't this its opening weekend?
I really couldn't care less about that film. It looks boring as hell. I can't imagine walking away from it with an opinion. It has no chance on any front. In other news, Paranormal Activity wasn't that scary. Not because it wasn't a scary movie, but because nothing scares me. Yet somehow, in the process of watching the film, my pants became wet and I lose all the pigment in my skin. This has led to conflicting accounts on my reaction to the film.
Apparently nobody did see "Amelia" this weekend. It opened outside the top 10.
Plus Amelia is getting piss poor reviews. All out bomb.
A pathetic 15% at Rotten Tomatoes, and a weak score of 37 at Meta Critic.Ouch.
Well at least we have Nov and Dec to look forward to. There should be some good movies coming.
We've got our hostS!!When was the last time there was more than one?
Even Oscar news can't get Andy back here!
Wow! Martin and Baldwin? That'll bring in the younger crowd!
I can't tell if you're being serious or not, but I think it just might. 30 Rock is enormously popular with younger people and Steve Martin is far from forgotten.
Wow! 136 days!
So... what do we know about Andy besides his name? There must be some way of googling him, right? There's just a loooooot of Andy Scotts out there. Even in NY alone.
Well, I did find this e-mail address back when he was doing the Reader's Choice polls if anybody wants to take a stab at it:email@example.com
somehow i doubt he'd check that one if he's not checking his own blog anymore...
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