Oh thank goodness we have the Oscars to distract us from what else is going on in America!………

*crickets*

Anywaaaaay, here’s the annual summary of what this blog is:  I will attempt to watch all movies nominated for an Oscar this year (except for the foreign films, documentaries, and shorts – because they’re usually too hard to find). After I see a film, I’ll write a review specifically focused on the categories it was nominated for. As I watch more and more of the movies, I will attempt to make predictions on who will win each Oscar, culminating in a final summary for all categories before Oscar night. I’m no film professional – just an avid fan of cinema production.

This year there are 38 (!) movies nominated for at least one Oscar. I’ve been living in a bit of a vacuum for a while and I don’t know anything about what should’ve gotten nominated or what won other awards. I am keeping that vacuum this year! Every year that I look into the other award shows or do research, my predictions fall miserably short.

This year, since it is my seventh year of blogging, I will be taking some statistics into consideration as I do my predictions. It’s a little experiment to see if I can use past results to accurately predict how the Academy will vote.

Also, the nominees are more diverse this year. So, there’s that. Only time will tell if that was done because of the quality of the films or because of societal pressure. I sincerely hope it’s the former.

Here’s the official list of nominations: Oscar Nominations 2017

Here’s the list of movies nominated:

  • 13 Hours
  • 20th Century Women
  • A Man Called Ove
  • Allied
  • Arrival
  • Captain Fantastic
  • Deepwater Horizon
  • Doctor Strange
  • Elle
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Fences
  • Florence Foster Jenkins
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Hail, Caesar!
  • Hell or High Water
  • Hidden Figures
  • Jackie
  • Jim: The James Foley Story
  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • La La Land
  • Lion
  • Loving
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Moana
  • Moonlight
  • My Life as a Zucchini
  • Nocturnal Animals
  • Passengers
  • Rogue One
  • Silence
  • Star Trek Beyond
  • Suicide Squad
  • Sully
  • The Jungle Book
  • The Lobster
  • The Red Turtle
  • Trolls
  • Zootopia