Disney’s Zootopia won big at the Annie Awards. The film, which uses a world entirely inhabited by anthropomorphic animals as a metaphor for systemic racism and, more specifically, the crack-c*caine epidemic of the 1980s, took six honors, including best animated feature.
It’s getting more difficult to predict anything other than Zootopia to take the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, though a strong campaign for Focus Features’ Kubo and the Two Strings could help it upset on Oscar night.
Dropping these now because an Oscar-predictions contest I’m participating in closes tomorrow night, and I’ll be getting off work just before the deadline – shout-out to Shane at Film Actually for holding the contest. And I may see John Lee Hancock’s The Founder tomorrow evening – essential watching for those of us predicting the Oscars 😉
Anyway, here we go. I wonder if enough voting members of the motion-picture academy saw this great little movie called La La Land before sending in their ballots. I hope it gets a nomination somewhere…
For anyone who’s been looking forward to what I have to say about this awards season, I apologize for being out of the loop, save for an occasional tweet or slew of tweets. I hope to get more into blogging in the coming weeks, but for now, here’s a glimpse at my picks for the top eight Oscar categories. Am I completely out of it, or am I right on the money? Let me know!
In addition to her five Grammy nominations, alternative songstress-turned-pop chanteuse Sia has landed two Golden Globe nominations for songs she’s contributed to films. However, the motion-picture academy has yet to recognize her work. Will 2016 be the year that changes?
While the vocal powerhouse behind “Chandelier” and “Breathe Me” co-wrote “Try Everything” for Disney’s recent masterpiece Zootopia – no, it’s not too early to say that – something tells me that a song so poppy won’t impress AMPAS’ music branch – especially when the song failed to hit it big on pop radio.
The last time I posted on the blog, the Oscar race looked something like this: Alicia Vikander’s dazzling performance in The Danish Girl was in category limbo, Steve Jobs still looked like an Oscar juggernaut, no one took The Martian seriously (happy days, indeed), and we had no idea what to expect from The Big Short. Which just goes to show you, quite a few things have changed since my last post.
To make a long story short, I started a new job in October. I’m enjoying the work… but it has taken up a large chunk of my time. Whatever time I do have, I spend with friends and family – often at the movies, of course. In other words, the blog has taken a backseat to everything else.