WELL, YOU'VE WAITED LONG ENOUGH. HERE IS THE FIRST EPISODE OF 10 BOLD PREDICTIONS...
As awards season goes into high gear with the Golden Globe nominations in a matter of days, I have 10 bold predictions about the SAGs, GLOBES, and of course, the OSCARS. Here we go!
1. Zootopia will win Best Picture.
With heavy critical acclaim, a timely message, and the potential to break animated preconceptions among Oscar voters, I think the potential to get a Best Picture win seems very likely. I hope to be surprised in February 2017...
2. There will be two Oscar hosts.
While the last time there were two hosts for the Oscars was in 2011, sagging ratings make the idea of two hosts seem likely. I mean, why wouldn't you do that as a gimmick? Ellen and Billy, anyone?
3. An animated film will break into Best Screen Ensemble at the SAGs.
I mean, why hasn't it happened yet? With so many worthy voice cast ensembles in animation today, I think history is about to be made for animation.
4. A posthumous nomination for James Horner.
I have shown no lack of love toward James Horner's final score for The Magnificent Seven. And with so many nominations for Original Score and Song over his life, surely one more woudn't hurt?
5. Someone big is getting shut out.
With so many animated films competing for just five spots in the Animated Feature Film category, someone big won't make it in. Dory. Sing and Pets. Panda 3. Heck, maybe even Moana or Zootopia! Someone, due to all the indies, is going to miss out big time.
6. Cutting categories or commercials.
The OSCARcast is long enough as it is. So, perhaps the short film categories being presented shortly before the main show starts on the red carpet would shed time? Or, perhaps they should cut commercial time instead and move that time to the red carpet? Who knows?
7. STRANGER THINGS are coming to the Globes and SAGs.
Considering the relative succes of NETFLIX's sci-fi horror thriller STRANGER THINGS, and the relative interest in it (I haven't seen it, but my Mom sure has), why not nominate it in the Globe and SAG TV categories? The fanbase is there. The voters know 80's. Maybe this is a wild card to keep an eye on?
8. KUBO wins Animation by vote splitting.
Although I haven't seen this one either, it just won a National Board of Review award, and with three Disney films in one year, vote splitting is guaranteed. Upsets will happen.
9. Your DESIGNATED PICK- DESIGNATED SURVIVOR.
Do I need to go further into this? DESIGNATED SURVIVOR is a ratings smash (well, initally, now it's just above stable for renewal) for ABC. The show, which stars Keifer Sutherland as lower level cabinet member Tom Kirkman, who suddenly becomes president after everyone above him in command perishes in a bombing at the State of the Union address, has all the right ingredients for a SAG and GLOBE nominated (and even winning) TV show. Keep an eye out for one of my favorite TV shows I watch (which isn't saying too much, since I only watch 7 or less at most).
10. Sia's one-two punch.
This year, Sia wrote two songs for films this year: "Sledgehammer" from STAR TREK BEYOND and "Try Everything" from ZOOTOPIA. Why can't she have two nominations in one year? We'll see.
Add in too many GOLDEN GLOBE wildcards to count (I'll talk about that more next week), and you got yourself 10 BOLD PREDICTIONS! Goodnight everybody!