The Oscar Project
On April 13th, 2016, Kobe Bryant played his last professional basketball game, scoring 60 points to cap off a career that spanned 20 years and included five NBA championships, two NBA Finals MVPs, 18 All-Star appearances, and two Olympic gold medals.
On March 4th, 2018, Bryant added the title of Oscar Winner to his lengthy resume when the short film "Dear Basketball" won for Best Animated Short Film.
On January 26th, 2020, Bryant and his daughter Gianna (13) were killed in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California. The accident also killed Gianna's peer Alyssa Altobelli and her parents, John and Keri, Sarah Chester and her daughter Payton, Christina Mauser, and Ara Zobayan.
While no words can speak to the loss that will be felt by all of these families in the wake of this tragedy, it only felt right to present Kobe's film here one more time.
The first batch of presenters for the upcoming 2020 Oscars has been announced.
In keeping with the tradition of having the previous year's acting winners return to present the following, all four winners of the acting categories from 2019 are back. That means Best Actor Rami Malek, Best Actress Olivia Colman, Best Supporting Actress Regina King, and Best Supporting Actor Mahershala Ali will be presenting the awards to a new batch of winners in just a few weeks.
It is likely that each will present for the opposite sex and also for the opposite prize as has been the tradition for some time. In the past several years, Best Supporting Actor has been one of the first prizes awarded so look for Colman to grace the stage first out of this group.
The remaining presenters are yet to be announced, but look for a star studded group, especially since the Oscars will have no host for the second year in a row.
Our two big releases this weekend are a remake (of a remake) and a second sequel. What's that about there not being any new ideas in Hollywood anymore?
While my efforts over the last week and a half have been focused on getting the early episodes of The Oscar Project Podcast off the ground, I wanted to take a little time to present the films that are hitting theaters this week.
The good news about these releases is that a few of them may be up for Oscars when the nominees are announced on Monday, January 13th. I can almost guarantee several nominations for 1917 and perhaps one for Just Mercy as well. Click through the find out where the contenders are and which films may have to wait for next year.
So now that the holidays are over, it's time to slog our way through the films that didn't quite make the cut for a holiday release last year. Granted, there are some films I'm looking forward to over the next few weeks and months, but don't expect many of these to be in contention for Oscars around this time next year.
This first weekend of the year brings only one new wide release and a handful of limited releases. Check them out below.
Merry Christmas everyone a few days early. Today I take a look at the films releasing on Christmas Day this week and see where I think Oscar nominations could come from in this last week of the year before the eligibility period ends.
I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday this week and I will be back after the new year with new Nominee Watch posts looking ahead to the films from 2020 before gearing up for the Oscar nominations on January 13th and the awards ceremony a few weeks after that.
This weekend's releases are of two different worlds. First you have three wide releases that will all do very well at the box office in Bombshell (technically an expanded release), Cats, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. On the other side, the list of limited releases below is populated by old foreign films and documentaries that are getting small re-releases. I'm sure none of the major studios wanted to compete with the power of Disney's latest blockbuster and offering some of these old art films could drive people to smaller theaters if they are not interested in the big new releases.
As you'll read below, I think all three of the big releases this weekend will get at least a few nominations come Oscar time, but they will end up competing against one another in several categories so unfortunately they can't all win.
On Monday this week the Academy announced short lists of potential nominees for nine different categories including Documentary Feature, Documentary Short, International Feature Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, Original Score, Original Song, Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, and Visual Effects.
In case you missed them, please check out my previous posts about the initial lists for Documentary Feature, International Feature Film, and Visual Effects. I have also included the short lists below. The original information is available from Oscars.org.
The links on the names of the films themselves are links to trailers, usually on YouTube. If there are places where you can view the film in its entirety, I have included a separate link with the name of the source, i.e. Netflix, Amazon Prime, Vimeo, etc.
It may very well be Friday the 13th this week, but there's no reason to dread with some decent films hitting theaters. There are a few that look like Oscar contenders and some hidden gems in the limited release listings.
Check out the full breakdown.
I did a post about movies based on books yesterday, so today it is the remakes and sequels post.
Just to remind you what we're looking at here, this is a list of the films scheduled for release in Winter 2020 that fall into one of the following categories:
Click on the titles of the films for trailers where they are available.
I'm just a film buff who wants to watch great movies. Where else to find the best, than the list of those nominated by the Academy each year?