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Oscar Watching: Into the Fire

Well, the holiday season has come and gone; we’re still dealing with that pesky Selma controversy, though. Voting for the 2014 Oscar nominations began on Dec. 29 and will close Thursday, Jan. 8. In other words, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’s (BAFTA) nominations, Golden Globe winners, and the Directors Guild of America’s (DGA) nominations – out Friday, Sunday, and Tuesday, respectively – will have no affect on the Oscar nominations, which hit next Thursday.

Still, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) unveils its picks today; remember, many screenplays that are in the Oscar conversation are ineligible here, due to guild regulations. Also, the Producers Guild of America (PGA) nominations, announced their nominees for the production of the year on Monday; their list includes:

American Sniper
Birdman
Boyhood
Foxcatcher
Gone Girl
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Nightcrawler
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

Notice that little-movies-that-could Nightcrawler and Whiplash made yet more surprising gains as big historical dramas Selma and Unbroken missed the cut.

And speaking of Whiplash, the motion-picture academy has deemed the indie an adapted screenplay. Sony Pictures Classics has been campaigning the film’s screenplay as original, but this official Oscar switch likely happened because writer-director Damien Chazelle shot a scene from his Whiplash script as a short to gather funding to make the film. Regardless of the campaign, the adapted screenplay race is quite weak, so Whiplash should have no trouble landing a bid there.

I’ll cobble together some predictions for Sunday night’s Golden Globes ceremony and post those on Friday. In the name of shameless self-promo, you can check out more detailed Oscar musings over at my blog, Awards and Such. Keep in mind that my predictions there and on Screen Invasion might differ, given that I will update both at different times – I’ll update my Screen Invasion picks once a week; I’ll most likely update my blog picks at different intervals.

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Donovan Warren

Donovan Warren

Donovan Warren loves the wonderful world of film and all that comes with it. He specifically loves long takes, fabulous actresses, and keeping up with the Oscar season - even when it's far too early to make sense of anything.