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Oscars 2k21

Published 03/27/2022

Personal Oscars

2020 - 2019 - 2018

Once more it's time for OSCIES.

First we begin as always with personal picks, having no bearing on the Academy, and to quote from the last few years: I don't go by Oscar eligibility rules, necessarily. My eligibility criteria is generally if it had its wide theatrical or (if no theatrical) wide streaming/buying/rental debut in 2k21, it counts. Guess what, that means Dead Pigs is a 2k21 movie, not a 2k18 one!!! My rules!!!!!! Similarly movies that were in the Oscars last year due to the weird pandemic eligibility rules (Minari, One Night In Miami, Promising Young Woman, etc) are in the mix this year for me.

My personal winner is bolded and italicized.

Supporting Actor

  • Ben Affleck (The Last Duel)
  • Bradley Cooper (Licorice Pizza)
  • Colman Domingo (Zola)
  • Alex Hassell (The Tragedy Of Macbeth)
  • Mike Faist (West Side Story)

Supporting Actress

  • Stephanie Beatriz (In The Heights)
  • Ariana Debose (West Side Story)
  • Ana De Armas (No Time To Die)
  • Kathryn Hunter (The Tragedy Of Macbeth)
  • Park Yoo-rim (Drive My Car)

Actor

  • Andrew Garfield (Tick Tick Boom)
  • Oscar Isaac (The Card Counter)
  • Dev Patel (The Green Knight)
  • Anthony Ramos (In The Heights)
  • Denzel Washington (The Tragedy Of Macbeth)

Actress

  • Jodie Comer (The Last Duel)
  • Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman)
  • Rachel Sennott (Shiva Baby)
  • Kristen Stewart (Spencer)
  • Vivan Wu (Dead Pigs)

Director

  • Jane Campion (The Power Of The Dog)
  • Pablo Larraín (Spencer)
  • Steven Spielberg (West Side Story)
  • Denis Villeneuve (Dune)
  • Cathy Yan (Dead Pigs)

Picture

  • Annette
  • Dead Pigs
  • Drive My Car
  • Dune
  • No Time To Die
  • The Power Of The Dog
  • Spencer
  • Tick Tick Boom
  • The Tragedy Of Macbeth
  • West Side Story

Real Oscars

Okay but fine I guess we gotta acknowledge the Real Oscars are also happening, so here's my picks.

Original Screenplay

Should Win: Licorice Pizza

Will Win: Licorice Pizza

Adapted Screenplay

Should Win: Drive My Car

Will Win: Coda

Visual Effects

Should Win: Dune

Will Win: Dune

Sound

Should Win: Dune

Will Win: Dune

Live Action Short

Should Win: ¯\(ツ)

Will Win: The Long Goodbye

Animated Short

Should Win: ¯\(ツ)/¯ ¯\(ツ)

Will Win: Robin Robin

Production Design:

Should Win: Dune

Will Win: Dune

Original Song

Should Win: Encanto

Will Win: No Time To Die

Score

Should Win: Dune

Will Win: Dune

Makeup And Hairstyling

Should Win: Dune

Will Win: The Eyes Of Tammy Faye

International Feature

Should Win: Drive My Car

Will Win: Drive My Car

Editing

Should Win: Tick Tick Boom

Will Win: The Power Of The Dog

Documentary Short

Should Win: ¯\(ツ)/¯ ¯\(ツ)/¯ ¯\(ツ)

Will Win: The Queen Of Basketball

Documentary Feature

Should Win: ¯\(ツ)/¯ ¯\(ツ)/¯ ¯\(ツ)/¯ ¯\(ツ)

Will Win: Summer Of Soul

Director

Should Win: Steven Spielberg (West Side Story)

Will Win: Jane Campion (The Power Of The Dog)

Costume Design

Should Win: Cruella

Will Win: Cruella

Cinematography

Should Win: West Side Story

Will Win: Dune

Animated Feature

Should Win: Luca

Will Win: Encanto

Supporting Actress

Should Win: Ariana Debose (West Side Story)

Will Win: Ariana Debose (West Side Story)

Supporting Actor

Should Win: Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Power Of The Dog)

Will Win: Troy Kotsur (CODA)

Actress

Should Win: Kristen Stewart (Spencer)

Will Win: Jessica Chastain (The Eyes Of Tammy Faye)

Actor

Should Win: Andrew Garfield (Tick Tick Boom)

Will Win: Will Smith (King Richard)

Best Picture

Should Win: West Side Story

Will Win: The Power Of The Dog

CODA being the alt will-win!

2021 In Lists

Published 12/31/2021

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Lists lists lists lists LISTS. 2021; weird year, good year? Or at least good second half of a year? Or at least good second half of a year pre-omicron and pre-Manchin???

Previous years: 2020 - 2019 - 2017 - 2016 Podcasts - 2016 Albums

Top 10 TV Or Internet Shows Of 2021

*Season 10 specifically; if we were counting the non-2021 seasons that I watched twice in 2021, this would be number one with a bullet

Every Book I Read In 2021 (unranked)

https://www.goodreads.com/user/year_in_books/2021/67269378

Top 10 Books I Read In 2021 (that weren't all from 2021)

  • 10) Why We're Polarized - Ezra Klein
  • 9) Mexican Gothic - Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • 8) Asymmetry - Lisa Halliday
  • 7) Uncanny Valley - Anna Weiner
  • 6) Human Acts - Han Kang
  • 5) Lanny - Max Porter
  • 4) Attrib. And Other Stories - Eley Williams
  • 3) To Be A Machine - Mark O'Connell
  • 2) Normal People - Sally Rooney
  • 1) Trust Exercise - Susan Choi

Top 10 Honorable Mention Albums Of 2021

Take The Sadness Out Of Saturday Night - Bleachers; How Long Do You Think It's Gonna Last? - Big Red Machine; Absolutely - Dijon; Valentine - Snail Mail; Home Video - Lucy Dacus; Nurture - Porter Robinson; Formula Of Love: O+T=<3 - Twice; Mythopoetics - Half Waif; Hell To Be You Baby - MNDR; Call Me If You Get Lost - Tyler, The Creator

Top 5 Songs That Most Improved Upon Being Rerecorded By Taylor Swift In 2021 (even if they already ruled originally)

  • 5) The Way I Loved You
  • 4) The Last Time
  • 3) Red
  • 2) Babe
  • 1) I Almost Do

Top 10 Songs Of 2021 (if I'm only allowing 1 per artist)

  • 10) Perfect World - Twice
  • 9) Chinatown (ft. Bruce Springsteen) - Bleachers
  • 8) Silk Chiffon (ft. Phoebe Bridgers) - Muna
  • 7) Self-destruct - Origami Angel
  • 6) rom com 2004 - Soccer Mommy
  • 5) Wilder Days - Morgan Wade
  • 4) All Eyes On Me - Bo Burnham
  • 3) Tried To Tell You - The Weather Station
  • 2) I Almost Do (Taylor's Version) - Taylor Swift
  • 1) good 4 u - Olivia Rodrigo

Top 10 Songs Of 2021 (if I'm following my heart and can have as many songs per artist as I like)

  • 10) Tried To Tell You - The Weather Station
  • 9) Treacherous (Taylor's Version) - Taylor Swift
  • 8) drivers license - Olivia Rodrigo
  • 7) Forever Winter (Taylor's Version) (From The Vault) - Taylor Swift
  • 6) Mr. Perfectly Fine (Taylor's Version) (From The Vault) - Taylor Swift
  • 5) Red (Taylor's Version) - Taylor Swift
  • 4) deja vu - Olivia Rodrigo
  • 3) Babe (Taylor's Version) (From The Vault) - Taylor Swift
  • 2) I Almost Do (Taylor's Version) - Taylor Swift
  • 1) good 4 u - Olivia Rodrigo

Top 5 Albums From Previous Years I Discovered Or Rediscovered (either organically or on a suggestion)

  • 5) 4 Walls - f(x)
  • 4) Islander - Finn Anderson
  • 3) Bleed American - Jimmy Eat World
  • 2) Imploding The Mirage - The Killers
  • 1) Aims - Vienna Teng

Where The (Taylor's Version) Albums Would Rank If I Counted Them In My Albums List

  • Fearless (Taylor's Version): #38
  • Red (Taylor's Version): #1

Top 10 Albums Of 2021

  • 10) Montero - Lil Nas X
  • 9) Future Suits - Pet Symmetry
  • 8) Ska Dream - Jeff Rosenstock
  • 7) Pressure Machine - The Killers
  • 6) To See The Next Part Of The Dream - Parannoul
  • 5) Reckless - Morgan Wade
  • 4) Gami Gang - Origami Angel
  • 3) Screen Violence - CHVRCHES
  • 2) Ignorance - The Weather Station
  • 1) Sour - Olivia Rodrigo

Top 5 New (Or New To Me) Podcasts Of 2021

  • 5) NYT Book Review
  • 4) Wheel Bearings
  • 3) City Cast Chicago
  • 2) Time To Say Goodbye
  • 1) The Letterboxd Show

Top 10 Podcasts Of 2021

  • 10) The Dropout: Elizabeth Holmes On Trial
  • 9) NYT Popcast
  • 8) The Big Picture
  • 7) Reconcilable Differences
  • 6) Lovett Or Leave It
  • 5) Holy Swift
  • 4) Doughboys
  • 3) Fighting In The War Room
  • 2) The Content Mines
  • 1) Blank Check

Top 10 Honorable Mention Movies Of 2021

The Card Counter; House Of Gucci; The Power Of The Dog; Bo Burnham's Inside; Last Night In Soho; Black Widow; No Sudden Move; In The Heights; Romeo & Juliet; Minari

Every 2021 Movie I Saw, Ranked

https://letterboxd.com/andrewthewhip/list/2021-ranked/

Top 10 Movies Watched During Date Nights In 2021 (ranked as movies qua movies, not as dates (💕))

  • 10) National Treasure
  • 9) Gosford Park
  • 8) This Means War
  • 7) Police Story
  • 6) Holes
  • 5) Tick, Tick, Boom
  • 4) Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl
  • 3) The Nice Guys
  • 2) The Social Network
  • 1) Ocean's Eleven

Top 10 Movies That Are On Our Date Night Options List That I Want To Watch (👀)

  • 10) Cinderella (2015)
  • 9) 21 Jump Street
  • 8) The Princess Diaries
  • 7) Cats
  • 6) Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
  • 5) The Phantom Of The Opera (<--- this is my This Means War, I think)
  • 4) Venom
  • 3) Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • 2) The Addams Family
  • 1) Much Ado About Nothing (the Branagh one)

Top 5 2021 Movies I Didn't See But Want To

  • 5) The Humans
  • 4) Spider Man: No Way Home
  • 3) Licorice Pizza
  • 2) The Tragedy Of Macbeth
  • 1) West Side Story

Goddamn covid and seattle snow wrecking my plans to knock out those top 4 hopefully in the last week 😡

Top 2 Movies That Will Almost Certainly Rank Higher On Rewatch

  • 2) The Power Of The Dog
  • 1) Drive My Car

Top 10 Movies Of 2021

  • 10) Titane
  • 9) Derek DelGaudio's In & Of Itself
  • 8) Cruella
  • 7) The Green Knight
  • 6) Dune
  • 5) No Time To Die
  • 4) Drive My Car
  • 3) tick, tick...BOOM!
  • 2) Annette
  • 1) Dead Pigs

Oscars 2k20

Published 04/25/2021

Personal Oscars

2019 - 2018

OSCIES!!! Weird that it's so late this year huh I wonder why, seems odd.

First up personal picks, ignoring the academy entirely, and also of note I don't go by Oscar eligibility rules, necessarily. My eligibility criteria is generally if it had its wide theatrical or (if no theatrical) wide streaming/buying/rental debut in 2k20, it counts. Which is my way of saying Portrait Of A Lady On Fire is a 2k20 movie.

Conversely, movies that didn't have their release until 2021 may be Real-Oscar eligible (cough, Minari, One Night In Miami, Promising Young Woman, Judas And The Black Messiah, etc) but nope! We're saving those for 2k21 Oscies! Them's the rules!

My personal winner is bolded and italicized.

Supporting Actor

  • Chadwick Boseman (Da 5 Bloods)
  • Ewan McGregor (Birds Of Prey)
  • Ben Mendelsohn (Babyteeth)
  • Robert Pattinson (Tenet)
  • Paul Raci (Sound of Metal)

Supporting Actress

  • Mia Goth (Emma)
  • Adèle Haenel (Portrait Of A Lady On Fire)
  • Anna Lore (My Valentine)
  • Amanda Seyfried (Mank)
  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Birds Of Prey)

Actor

  • Riz Ahmed (Sound of Metal)
  • Chadwick Boseman (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom)
  • Hugh Jackman (Bad Education)
  • Delroy Lindo (Da 5 Bloods)
  • Mads Mikkelsen (Another Round)

Actress

  • Jessie Buckley (I'm Thinking Of Ending Things)
  • Mariana Di Girolamo (Ema)
  • Julia Garner (The Assistant)
  • Eliza Scanlen (Babyteeth)
  • Anya Taylor-Joy (Emma)

Director

  • Steve McQueen (Lover's Rock)
  • Andrew Patterson (The Vast Of Night)
  • Rob Savage (Host)
  • Celine Sciamma (Portrait Of A Lady On Fire)
  • Cathy Yan (Birds Of Prey)

Picture

  • Babyteeth
  • Bad Education
  • Birds Of Prey
  • Lover's Rock
  • Mank
  • Palm Springs
  • Portrait Of A Lady On Fire
  • Unpregnant
  • The Vast Of Night
  • Wolfwalkers

(I decided to not include documentaries and filmed live shows on the Best Picture list, otherwise Hamilton, Dick Johnson Is Dead, and Blackpink: Light Up The Sky would be included.)

Real Oscars

Okay but fine I guess we gotta acknowledge the Real Oscars are also happening, so here's my picks.

Original Screenplay

Should Win: Judas And The Black Messiah

Will Win: The Trial Of The Chicago 7

Adapted Screenplay

Should Win: One Night In Miami

Will Win: The Father

Visual Effects

Should Win: Tenet

Will Win: Tenet

Sound

Should Win: Sound Of Metal

Will Win: Sound Of Metal

Live Action Short

Should Win: ¯\(ツ)

Will Win: Two Distant Strangers

Animated Short

Should Win: ¯\(ツ)/¯ ¯\(ツ)

Will Win: If Anything Happens, I Love You

Production Design:

Should Win: Mank

Will Win: Mank

Original Song

Should Win: Husavik (Eurovision Song Contest)

Will Win: Speak Now (One Night In Miami)

Score

Should Win: Minari

Will Win: Minari

Makeup And Hairstyling

Should Win: Emma

Will Win: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

International Feature

Should Win: Another Round

Will Win: Another Round

Editing

Should Win: The Trial Of The Chicago 7

Will Win: Sound Of Metal

Documentary Short

Should Win: ¯\(ツ)/¯ ¯\(ツ)/¯ ¯\(ツ)

Will Win: A Concerto Is A Conversation

Documentary Feature

Should Win: ¯\(ツ)/¯ ¯\(ツ)/¯ ¯\(ツ)/¯ ¯\(ツ)

Will Win: My Octopus Teacher

Director

Should Win: Thomas Vinterberg (Another Round)

Will Win: Chloé Zhao (Nomadland)

Costume Design

Should Win: Emma

Will Win: Emma

Cinematography

Should Win: Nomadland

Will Win: Nomadland

Animated Feature

Should Win: Wolfwalkers

Will Win: Soul

Supporting Actress

Should Win: Amanda Seyfried (Mank)

Will Win: Yuh-jung Youn (Minari)

Supporting Actor

Should Win: Daniel Kaluuya (Judas And The Black Messiah)

Will Win: Daniel Kaluuya (Judas And The Black Messiah)

Actress

Should Win: Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman)

Will Win: Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman)

Actor

Should Win: Chadwick Boseman (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom)

Will Win: Chadwick Boseman (Ma Rainey's Black Bottom)

Best Picture

Should Win: Minari

Will Win: Minari

(When Nomadland ends up winning instead I'll be very mildly sad.)

2020 In Lists

Published 12/31/2020

What if I started this post with a whole "2020 was a challenging year blah blah blah" spiel. NOPE it's time for LISTS!

Previous years: 2019 - 2017 - 2016 Podcasts - 2016 Albums

Top 7 Video Games I Played In 2020 (that weren't all from 2020)

  • 7) Far Cry 5 (PS4)
  • 6) Superstar JYP/Superstar SM/Superstar YG (iOS)
  • 5) Mario Kart 8 (Switch)
  • 4) Cyberpunk 2077 (Stadia)
  • 3) The Return Of The Obra Dinn (Switch)
  • 2) The Outer Wilds (PS4)
  • 1) Breath of the Wild: The Champions Ballad (Switch)

Top 10 TV Or Internet Shows Of 2020

*Just my luck that I get into Amazing Saturday, a wonderful show, and fully fall in love with Hyeri literally WEEKS before she leaves the show.

**Also, notably there is no Bachelor/ette on here because this year was BAD! BAD I say!!

Top 6 Honorable Mention Albums Of 2020

Strangers/Lovers - Dagny; miss_anthropocene - Grimes; Fetch The Bolt Cutters - Fiona Apple; Punisher - Phoebe Bridgers; how i'm feeling now - Charli XCX; RTJ4 - Run The Jewels

Top 9 Blackpink Songs of 2020

  • 9) You Never Know
  • 8) How You Like That
  • 7) Ice Cream
  • 6) Crazy Over You
  • 5) Love To Hate Me
  • 4) Sour Candy
  • 3) Pretty Savage
  • 2) Bet You Wanna
  • 1) Lovesick Girls

Folkmore Ranked

  • 32) hoax
  • 31) mad woman
  • 30) epiphany
  • 29) betty
  • 28) evermore
  • 27) peace
  • 26) closure
  • 25) happiness
  • 24) the 1
  • 23) tolerate it
  • 22) the last great american dynasty
  • 21) dorothea
  • 20) the lakes
  • 19) willow
  • 18) marjorie
  • 17) invisible string
  • 16) champagne problems
  • 15) 'tis the damn season
  • 14) cardigan
  • 13) coney island
  • 12) my tears ricochet
  • 11) this is my trying
  • 10) exile
  • 9) illicit affairs
  • 8) no body, no crime
  • 7) ivy
  • 6) mirrorball
  • 5) long story short
  • 4) gold rush
  • 3) cowboy like me
  • 2) august
  • 1) seven

Top 11 Albums Of 2020

  • 11) Ungodly Hour - Chloe X Halle
  • 10) Kinsey: A Memoir - Roy Kinsey
  • 9) Eyes Wide Open - Twice
  • 8) Anime, Trauma, And Divorce - Open Mike Eagle
  • 7) Honeymoon - Beach Bunny
  • 6) Brave Faces Everyone - Spanish Love Songs
  • 5) folklore - Taylor Swift
  • 4) Future Nostalgia - Dua Lipa
  • 3) The Album - Blackpink
  • 2) evermore - Taylor Swift
  • 1) SAWAYAMA - Rina Sawayama

Top 11 Blackpink Miscellany Of 2020

Top 5 New Podcasts Of 2020

  • 5) Setlist In Seattle
  • 4) Dead Eyes
  • 3) Recipe Club
  • 2) The Scaredy Cats Horror Show
  • 1) The Content Mines

Top 5 Podcasts That Were New To Me In 2020

  • 5) Cannes I Kick It
  • 4) Podcast Like It's 1999
  • 3) Blink-155
  • 2) The Modern Maker Podcast
  • 1) Screen Drafts

Top 7 Podcasts That Were Dormant But Made A Glorious Return In 2020, Either Because People Were Bored, Needed Money During The Pandemic, Or Other Extenuating Circumstances Like A New Taylor Swift Album, For Example

  • 7) The Besties
  • 6) The Relentless Picnic
  • 5) Kinda Neat
  • 4) We Have Concerns
  • 3) Don't Get Me Started
  • 2) Holy Swift
  • 1) Election Profit Makers

Top 10 Podcasts That Aren't On Any Of Those Lists

  • 10) Reply All
  • 9) You Must Remember This
  • 8) The Weeds
  • 7) Fighting In The War Room
  • 6) Do By Friday
  • 5) Doughboys
  • 4) Lovett Or Leave It
  • 3) The Big Picture
  • 2) Reconcilable Differences
  • 1) Blank Check

Top 10 Honorable Mention Movies Of 2020

Palm Springs, Unpregnant, The Vast Of Night, The Trial Of The Chicago 7, On The Rocks, I'm Thinking of Ending Things, Never Rarely Sometimes Always, Tenet, The Sound Of Metal, Da 5 Bloods

Every 2020 Movie I Saw, Ranked

https://letterboxd.com/awhipple/list/2020-ranked/

Top 4 Times I Watched Blackpink: Light Up The Sky on Netflix

  • 4) The third time in two weeks
  • 3) The fourth time, on NYE where it ended literally a minute before midnight
  • 2) The first time
  • 1) The second time in two days

Top 10 Movies I Discovered During Quarantine

  • 10) Polytechnique
  • 9) Inside Man
  • 8) Jaws
  • 7) Red Eye
  • 6) The Town
  • 5) Battle Royale
  • 4) Arrival
  • 3) The Wind Rises
  • 2) Chicago
  • 1) Princess Mononoke

Top 5 2020 Movies I Didn't See But Want To

  • 5) Color Out Of Space
  • 4) The Way Back
  • 3) Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets
  • 2) Possessor
  • 1) Shithouse

Top 10 Movies Of 2020

  • 10) Dick Johnson Is Dead
  • 9) Blackpink: Light Up The Sky
  • 8) Mank
  • 7) Babyteeth
  • 6) Wolfwalkers
  • 5) Bad Education
  • 4) Hamilton
  • 3) Lovers Rock
  • 2) Birds Of Prey
  • 1) Portrait Of A Lady On Fire

The SECOND New Taylor Swift Album

Published 12/11/2020

is maybe even better than the last one???

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