Monday, January 9, 2017

How To Prepare For Nomination Day


Hello, everyone! I am glad to say that this is my, get this.....my 900th post for Film Guy Reviews. Film Guy Reviews has been active for almost four years and I am pretty amazed that how far it has come. For this post, I wanted to give some tips for us Oscar watchers going into Nomination Day on January 24th and even a reminder for the Oscar season in general.

When the nominations are announced, keep in mind that there will always be snubs. No matter how good of a year it was for film and 2016 was a good year, there are always going to be great films, directors, performances, etc. left out in the cold. So be sure to keep your expectations open and be aware that a favorite performance of yours that has a chance of making it in may not.

If a film you like or a performance you may like doesn't make the cut, you'll probably be upset about it at first. But it doesn't mean you should appreciate the film and/or performance any less and at the end of the day, the world still spins. I still reel over the fact that The Lego Movie was snubbed for Best Animated Feature. But I would still watch it whenever it's on and still quote it from time to time.

Next, I want to go into another point that ties into the awards season in general: You can like more than one movie. As somebody who is team Moonlight, I still sing along to La La Land and find myself emotionally taken by Manchester By The Sea. So even if you root for one movie to win big in the awards race, you can still be content with another one that you enjoyed being the big winner. The Oscars may be a competitive race, but we don't want to let them take a hold of our love for all types of stories, and being transported into different worlds on screen, too much.

Also, the Oscars are the most significant awards ceremony devoted to cinema and whoever wins will have a place in the history books. But even films that have never won or even been nominated for Best Picture like 2001: A Space Odyssey or Rear Window are still being studied in film classes. The Oscars celebrate a year in film but the films in each year will still live on even after the ceremony is over.

So those are my quick tips going into the Oscar race and I look forward to reading your thoughts in the comments section. Thanks for reading and here's to 900 more posts!!