Category: Oscar Preview

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Sep. 11-13, 2020

We had no films release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Sep. 4-6, 2020

We had one film release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

Tenet

Christopher Nolan rose to fame with his 2000 amnesiac drama Memento. Not only did it bring him the first two Oscar nominations his films would ultimately collect, it gave audiences an indication of what they might be able to expect from him on a small scale. While his follow up Insomnia didn’t do all that well, his subsequent seven films have all been hits. Tenet is Nolan’s eleventh feature film and will surely be his eighth film to score at least one Oscar nomination.

Following, Insomnia, and The Dark Knight Rises were the only films that didn’t score at least one Oscar nomination. Three of them have nabbed eight total nominations, but none have gone higher than that. All totaled, his films have earned 34 Oscar nominations winning 10 total Oscars. He’s got a long way to go to catch up with the likes of Steven Spielberg, but his visual effects-laden films are certain to show up at least there.

This year, I suspect that Best Original Score, Best Visual Effects, and Best Sound may be the only categories in which the film competes. The film’s uninspiring reviews are sure to hinder its performance outside of those.

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Aug. 28-30, 2020

We had no films release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Aug. 21-23, 2020

We had no films release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Aug. 14-16, 2020

We had one film release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

The SpongeBob Movie – Sponge on the Run

With so few films in release, we’re left to wonder what the chances are of some titles that might normally have been ignored by the Academy. Like The Simpsons Movie and The Lego Movie, the SpongeBob SquarePants films haven’t been taken very serious likely because they are considered kids movies. Most of what the Academy has recognized since the Best Animated Feature category was created have been adult-friendly films. Further, the origin of the animation is also important. Both the Simpsons film and the SpongeBob movie were big screen adaptations of television programs, with art that has been perfected over years of animation. The Academy tends to love its creations made originally for the screen. That is likely a similar reason for why they ignored The Lego Movie, which originated from numerous video games and direct-to-video animated films.

Not only is television often ignored, but sequels are as well. This falls into the category of a sequel simply because there has been a prior version of SpongeBob on the screen. Just think about films like Finding Dory, Monsters University, and Puss in Boots among others. While the Academy has nominated a handful of sequels, those are exceptions rather than rules. Here, the derivative nature of the film might be the main reason it doesn’t get nominated. If it were the first time the character had appeared on screen, it might have stood a better chance, but with sequelitis and origin source issues, the film’s double negative will not likely turn into a positive.

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Aug. 7-9, 2020

We had no films release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jul. 31-Aug. 2, 2020

We had no films release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jul. 24-26, 2020

We had no films release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jul. 17-19, 2020

We had no films release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jul. 10-12, 2020

We had no films release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jul. 3-5, 2020

We had no films release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jun. 26-28, 2020

We had no films release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jun. 19-21, 2020

We had no films release this past weekend with the potential for Oscar nominations.

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Jun. 12-14, 2020

Theaters are starting to re-open, slowly at first with only limited releases. So far, nothing major has come out that would be an Oscar contender.

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Mar. 20-22, 2020

There were no new releases last weekend and will not be for an indefinite period of time. This article will go on hiatus until normalization occurs.