Hello there, ReelViews board members. My name's Pedro, and I'm here to announce the fourth annual ReelViews Academy Awards, or Pedros as we call them now!
You'll have to pardon me: as usual, much of this post is going to be a regurgitation of last year's thread, with some slight changes.
Anyway, giving credit where credit is due, p604 came up with the idea. His thought process was, "Everyone complains about the Oscars. Why don't we have our own?" It's brilliant. Here's how it works:
1. Anyone (that's you!) can vote for nominees, so long as you're signed up on the board. Make sure your votes are for who YOU want to win. If you think Hotel Transylvania's the best film of the year, then damn it vote that way! (I'm STILL looking at you, Vexer, who likes unconventional things.)
2. People who do choose to vote can suggest up to five nominees per category, ranked 1-5 with 1 being the theoretical winner. This applies to all categories INCLUDING Best Picture. If the films are not ranked, I will automatically put them in the order in which they are listed.
3. You don't need to vote for every category.
4. There are twenty-one categories: nineteen that the Academy uses, the Best Ensemble award that SAG uses, and a modified Best Original Score. They are listed at the end of the post, accompanied by a sample ballot.
5. Many documentaries and foreign language films were excluded from the Academy shortlist of said categories. Same goes for make-up, score, and visual effects. IGNORE THIS. If the film came out domestically between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012, it's valid for any category. FOR EXAMPLE: Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Turkey) came out in January 2012, so it's valid despite being released in 2011 in its home country. However, No (Chile) is not valid because it comes out in February 2013. Checking IMDb is a good way determining validity, which means yes, I kind of fucked up by including Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory in last year's set of potential nominees. That one's complicated, though.
6. PM your votes to me, Pedro, to keep the nomination process secretive and exciting and shit.
The voting cut-off is February 24rd at 10:00 AM, though I'd like them sooner. That coincides with the date of the ceremony, so I'd like to have the nominations up by then.
I've decided to include some category suggestions in case people are confused. I've based their placements on the definition of Lead/Supporting, irrelevant of screen time. PM any other category confusions to me. If I decide you have committed category fraud, I will discard that vote.
Helen Hunt (The Sessions) looks like a lead from the outside, but I'm fine with her being in the supporting category. There's not enough evidence to move her.
Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) also looks like a lead from the outside, and there's a more compelling argument for him to be moved from the supporting category. However, I want to keep him where he is.
That's all I have for now, but I'll add more as they come up.
Happy voting, fellow members! Don't be shy. If you haven't seen enough films from the year, don't worry about it! Vote on what you know. I want to see a bigger turnout this year!
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Best Animated Feature
Best Art Direction
Best Costume Design
Best Documentary Feature
Best Ensemble Cast
Best Film Editing
Best Foreign Language Film
Best Sound Editing (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdnrfkFywoc
the creation of sound effects through various layers of manipulation)
Best Sound Mixing (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rq6ZXnbbQUY
bringing various sound elements together to make a convincing viewing experience)
Best Use of Music
Best Visual Effects
Best Writing - Adapted Screenplay
Best Writing - Original Screenplay
SAMPLE BALLOT: BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
1. Bradley Cooper - Silver Linings Playbook
2. Kodi Smit McPhee - ParaNorman
3. Jean-Louis Trintignant - Amour
4. Jared Gilman - Moonrise Kingdom
And finally, here's a semi-comprehensive list of foreign films that came out domestically in 2012:
Farewell, My Queen
The Well Digger's Daughter
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
The Turin Horse
Chicken With Plums
Little White Lies
Rust and Bone
Casa de Mi Padre
A Royal Affair
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
The Raid: Redemption
A Simple Life
Oslo, August 31
Turn Me On, Dammit!
Goodbye First Love
The Woman in the Fifth
The Kid With a Bike
The Secret World of Arriety
The Rabbi's Cat
More I'm sure....