There are the movies that win Best Actress/Actor, Best Director, and Best Film. These are the movies that tend to be seen after they win the Oscar (at least in my household).
There are the movies that win Best Sound Design, Best Costume Design, Best Visual Effects. These are the ones that I probably saw months ago (and not on DVD either… in the theater).
So that indicates to me that stuff like Mad Max: Fury Road, Star Wars, The Martian, that sort of thing, will get all of the awards for the less impressive Oscars and the stuff I’ve been hearing “buzz” about will be winning the big ones. The busiest bees have been The Revenant, Spotlight, and Quentin Tarantino usually gets one jillion nominations and The Hateful Eight looks like it’s going to be no exception to that… especially since, on top of stuff like his scripts, direction, and themes (which are usually catnip for the Academy), he filmed this in an old-school aspect, to be shown on old-school film, with an old-school overture and intermission in the middle and everything.
That sort of thing just puts them over the moon.
It’s probably the film that I’m looking the most forward to seeing even though Tarantino’s films usually leave me feeling like I have just done the equivalent of eating food that I found in a bag in the park. It might taste good. It might taste great!
But processing it is unpleasant.
We’ll see if this one is different, though.
So… what are you reading and/or watching?
(Featured Image is “Edison’s Telephonoscope” by George du Maurier from Punch Almanack for 1879)