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2023 In Lists

Published 12/31/2023

This is also available on my newsletter!

This year, we're making a LIST, and checking it once, and then hitting publish without really checking for typos.

Previous years: 2022 - 2021 - 2020 - 2019 - 2017 - 2016 Podcasts - 2016 Albums

Top 10 TV Or Internet Shows I Watched In 2023 (that weren’t all from 2023)

  • 10) the first two seasons of The OC (Fox, Hulu)
  • 9) Blacktail Studios (Youtube)
  • 8) the final season of The West Wing (NBC, HBO Max)
  • 7) Drive To Survive (Netflix)
  • 6) The Fall Of The House Of Usher (Netflix)
  • 5) Foureyes Furniture (Youtube)
  • 4) Succession (HBO, HBO Max)
  • 3) the last three seasons of The Sopranos (HBO, HBO Max)
  • 2) Scott Pilgrim Takes Off (Netflix)
  • 1) the first three seasons of The Wire (HBO, HBO Max)

Top 5 Theatrical Things I Saw In 2023

  • 5) Leopoldstadt - Longacre Theater (NYC, NY)
  • 4) The Seagull/Woodstock, NY - Pershing Square Signature Theater (NYC, NY)
  • 3) Lovett or Leave It: The Errors Tour - The Fillmore (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 2) Blank Check: 8th Anniversary Live - The Opera House (Brooklyn, NY)
  • 1) Sleep No More - The McKittrick Hotel (NYC, NY)

Top 10 Honorable Mention Albums Of 2023

The Land Is Inhospitable And So Are We - Mitski; Tomorrow's Fire - Squirrel Flower; Rat Saw God - Wednesday; Psychopath - Morgan Wade; The Answer Is Always, Yes - Alex Lahey

Top 3 Concerts I Went To In 2023

  • 3) Charly Bliss* - Johnny Brendas (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 2) The Gaslight Anthem - Hard Rock Hotel (Atlantic City, NJ)
  • 1) Pet Symmetry - Ukie Club (Philadelphia, PA)

*asterisk, sadly had to leave the concert early so didn't actually see CB 😢

Top 10 Albums Of 2023

Also available at my new music tracking site thing

  • 10) History Books - The Gaslight Anthem
  • 9) Desire, I Want To Turn Into You - Caroline Polachek
  • 8) Scaring The Hoes - Danny Brown, JPEGMAFIA
  • 7) No Joy - Spanish Love Songs
  • 6) The Record - boygenius
  • 5) Guts - Olivia Rodrigo
  • 4) 152 - Taking Back Sunday
  • 3) After The Magic - Parannoul
  • 2) softscars - yeule
  • 1) The Weakness - Ruston Kelly

Top 10 Honorable Mention Restaurants Or Bars I Went To In 2023

Hook & Master (Philadelphia, PA) (RIP); South Philly Barbacoa (Philadelphia, PA); Izakaya By Yanaga (Philadelphia, PA); Empanada Mama (NYC, NY); Ember & Ash (Philadelphia, PA); Gilda (Philadelphia, PA); DwitGolMak (Los Angeles, CA); Southwark (Philadelphia, PA); Ramen Tatsu-ya (Austin, TX); Honey's Sit 'n Eat (Philadelphia, PA)

Top 10 Restaurants Or Bars I Went To In 2023

  • 10) Talula's Garden (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 9) Hav & Mar (NYC, NY)
  • 8) Phocific Standard Time (Seattle, WA)
  • 7) Cassell's (Los Angeles, CA)
  • 6) Blue Bayou (Disneyland, Anaheim, CA)
  • 5) Kalaya (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 4) Tiki Tatsu-ya (Austin, TX)
  • 3) Murph's (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 2) Carthay Circle Lounge (Disney's California Adventure, Anaheim, CA)
  • 1) Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar (Disneyland, Anaheim, CA)

Top 10 New (Or New To Me) Podcasts Of 2023

  • 10) Fintech Takes
  • 9) WTF1
  • 8) Slate Money
  • 7) Plain English
  • 6) Unhedged
  • 5) Judging Sam
  • 4) U Springin' Springsteen On My Bean?
  • 3) The Ringer F1 Show
  • 2) Popcast: Deluxe
  • 1) Search Engine

Top 10 Podcasts Of 2023

  • 10) The Vergecast
  • 9) Fighting In The War Room
  • 8) Accidental Tech Podcast
  • 7) Podcast The Ride
  • 6) The Ezra Klein Show
  • 5) The Town
  • 4) Odd Lots
  • 3) Lovett Or Leave It
  • 2) Doughboys
  • 1) Blank Check

Top 10 Honorable Mention Movies Of 2023

Maestro; Past Lives; Barbie; Blackberry; The Killer; Scream VI; Master Gardener; Rye Lane; M3GAN; May December

Top 5 Movies Not From 2023 That I Saw For The First Time In 2023

  • 5) The History Of The Seattle Mariners
  • 4) Unforgiven
  • 3) In The Cut
  • 2) JFK
  • 1) Sympathy For Lady Vengeance

Top 5 Movies Not From 2023 That I Rewatched In 2023

  • 5) Heat
  • 4) Stop Making Sense
  • 3) The Empire Strikes Back
  • 2) Toy Story 2
  • 1) The Social Network

Every 2023 Movie I Saw, Ranked

https://letterboxd.com/andrewthewhip/list/2023-ranked/

Top 10 2023 Movies I Didn't See But Want To

  • 10) Wonka
  • 9) Eileen
  • 8) Bottoms
  • 7) Talk To Me
  • 6) Napoleon
  • 5) Skinamarink
  • 4) Ferrari
  • 3) Beau Is Afraid
  • 2) The Zone Of Interest
  • 1) Poor Things

Top 10 Movies Of 2023

  • 10) Anatomy Of A Fall
  • 9) Spider-Man: Across The Spiderverse
  • 8) Air
  • 7) How To Blow Up A Pipeline
  • 6) Priscilla
  • 5) Return To Seoul
  • 4) The Boy And The Heron
  • 3) Oppenheimer
  • 2) Asteroid City
  • 1) Killers Of The Flower Moon

Oscars 2k22

Published 03/12/2023

Personal Oscars

2021 - 2020 - 2019 - 2018

Oscies!!!!

Personal picks first, which do not track with either Academy nominations or Academy eligibility rules! Generally speaking I go off when it had its wide theatrical or streaming US release, aka The Worst Person In The World counts as a 2k22 movie for me.

My personal winner is bolded and italicized.

Supporting Actor

  • Stephen Lang (Avatar: The Way Of Water)
  • Tobey Maguire (Babylon)
  • Ben Whishaw (Women Talking)
  • Michael Wincott (Nope)
  • Steven Yeun (Nope)

Supporting Actress

  • Kerry Condon (The Banshees Of Inishirin)
  • Chloe East (The Fabelmans)
  • Nina Hoss (Tár)
  • Sheila McCarthy (Women Talking)
  • Sigourney Weaver (Avatar: The Way Of Water)

Actor

  • Austin Butler (Elvis)
  • Colin Farrell (After Yang)
  • Brendon Fraser (The Whale)
  • Cooper Raiff (Cha Cha Real Smooth)
  • Ke Huy Quan (Everything Everywhere All At Once)

Actress

  • Cate Blanchett (Tár)
  • Mia Goth (Pearl)
  • Renata Reinsve (The Worst Person In The World)
  • Tang Wei (Decision To Leave)
  • Michelle Yeoh (Everything Everywhere All At Once)

Ensemble (new!)

  • Babylon
  • Everything Everywhere All At Once
  • Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
  • Top Gun: Maverick
  • Women Talking

Score (new!)

  • Tyler Bates, Tim Williams (Pearl)
  • Justin Hurwitz (Babylon)
  • Alex Lasarenko, Kevin Perjurer (Disney Channel's Theme: A History Mystery)
  • Aska Matsumiya (After Yang)
  • Jo Yeong-wook (Decision To Leave)

Screenplay (new!)

Includes both Adapted and Original

  • Sarah DeLappe, Kristen Roupenian (Bodies Bodies Bodies)
  • Todd Field (Tár)
  • Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert (Everything Everywhere All At Once)
  • Martin McDonagh (The Banshees Of Inishirin)
  • Joachim Tier, Eskil Vogt (The Worst Person In The World)

Debut Film (new!)

Has to be the director's first full-length film, shorts and student films and (generally) TV movies aren't counted against them

  • Michael Morris (To Leslie)
  • Halina Reijn (Bodies Bodies Bodies)
  • Jane Schoenbrun (We're All Going To The World's Fair)
  • Domee Shi (Turning Red)
  • Charlotte Wells (Aftersun)

Director

  • James Cameron (Avatar: The Way Of Water)
  • Todd Field (Tár)
  • Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert (Everything Everywhere All At Once)
  • Jordan Peele (Nope)
  • Ti West (Pearl)

Picture

  • Aftersun
  • After Yang
  • Babylon
  • Decision To Leave
  • Everything Everywhere All At Once
  • The Fabelmans
  • Nope
  • Tár
  • Pearl
  • The Worst Person In The World

Real Oscars

The Oscars are an actual thing that also exists, so here are my picks for that!

Original Screenplay

Should Win: Tár

Will Win: Everything Everywhere All At Once

Adapted Screenplay

Should Win: Women Talking

Will Win: Women Talking

Visual Effects

Should Win: Avatar: The Way Of Water

Will Win: Avatar: The Way Of Water

Sound

Should Win: Top Gun: Maverick

Will Win: Top Gun: Maverick

Live Action Short

Should Win: ¯\(ツ)

Will Win: An Irish Goodbye

Animated Short

Should Win: ¯\(ツ)/¯ ¯\(ツ)

Will Win: The Boy, The Mole, The Fox, And The Horse

Production Design:

Should Win: Babylon

Will Win: Babylon

Original Song

Should Win: Naatu Naatu (RRR)

Will Win: Naatu Naatu (RRR)

Score

Should Win: Babylon

Will Win: Babylon

Makeup And Hairstyling

Should Win: The Batman

Will Win: Elvis

International Feature

Should Win: ¯\(ツ)/¯ ¯\(ツ)/¯ ¯\(ツ)

Will Win: All Quiet On The Western Front

Editing

Should Win: Tár

Will Win: Everything Everywhere All At Once

Documentary Short

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

Will Win: The Elephant Whisperers

Documentary Feature

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

Will Win: Navalny

Director

Should Win: Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert (Everything Everywhere All At Once)

Will Win: Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert (Everything Everywhere All At Once)

Costume Design

Should Win: Everything Everywhere All At Once

Will Win: Elvis

Cinematography

Should Win: Tár

Will Win: All Quiet On The Western Front

Animated Feature

Should Win: Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio

Will Win: Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio

Supporting Actress

Should Win: Kerry Condon (The Banshees Of Inishirin)

Will Win: Jamie Lee Curtis (Everything Everywhere All At Once)

Supporting Actor

Should Win: Ke Huy Quan (Everything Everywhere All At Once)

Will Win: Ke Huy Quan (Everything Everywhere All At Once)

Actress

Should Win: Cate Blanchett (Tár)

Will Win: Cate Blanchett (Tár)

Actor

Should Win: Austin Butler (Elvis)

Will Win: Austin Butler (Elvis)

Picture

Should Win: Tár

Will Win: Everything Everywhere All At Once

How To Debug Docker-ized Python Apps in Visual Studio Code

Published 2/7/23

This is absolutely just a post written for me so I have a reference point to come back to when I forget how to do this in like 2 weeks!


I'm currently a backend engineer, working in Python, using Visual Studio Code as my editor of choice. And at the company I work at, my team has already done the hard work of Docker-izing all of it's applications and leveraging docker-compose files for local development. Additionally, our team is very live-and-let-live when it comes to each team member picking their own personal IDEs and setup, so I use VS Code, others use VS Code + devcontainers, others use Pycharm, others use emacs, etc etc etc.

Fortunately, VS Code provides great debugging tooling for Python and for Docker! Unfortunately, all of my googling so far led to docs about how to create dockerfiles or docker-compose files for use in debugging, and typically for standalone applications. I couldn't find anything to clearly lay out how to start debugging on an already-existing docker-compose file that may contain many different services and containers other than the app you're trying to debug (like dependencies or databases) and that has to be maintained for all the other people working on the application alongside you.

So, that's what this is! It works! Maybe there's a better way, but this is My Way!

1: Install debugpy

debugpy is the Python debugging tool that VS Code uses, so you need to make sure it's installed on the container that will run the application. If you have a requirements file (requirements.in or requirements.txt) include debugpy in that. If you separate out requirements files for local, dev, or test environments separate from your production requirements, I'd highly recommend only including it in your local/dev/test!

Alternatively, make sure that when your Docker container is created you at some point run pip install debugpy prior to starting up your actual application.

2: Expose port 5678

In your docker-compose file, for the service you want to debug, make sure to expose port 5678. This involves adding a line something like this:

services:
  my-cool-service-name:
    ...
    ports:
      # any existing port mappings you have
      - "5678:5678"
...

This tells Docker to expose the container's local 5678 port as port 5678 on the Docker network (which best I can tell will default to localhost)

3: Start the app in the context of debugpy

In your docker-compose file there's probably some command that is given to container on startup and that probably starts the application. At the very least, all the examples I have to deal with do!

If so, one of those commands will probably either be a python command to start the application (ex for django something like python manage.py runserver) or, if you're running a web application, some command to start up a webserver (ex for a FastAPI app using uvicorn, uvicorn app.main:app)

If it's the former, then modify that command to start up debugpy as part of it. If for example it's a django app with the command python manage.py runserver, change that to python -m debugpy --wait-for-client --listen 0.0.0.0:5678 manage.py runserver

This tells python to start up debugpy, have it halt execution of the subsequent script until a debugger is connected, and to listen on port 5678 of host 0.0.0.0

If you aren't already starting your app via a python call, then you can turn it into one with python -m. If for example you have a FastAPI app with a startup command like uvicorn app.main:app then you can modify it to python -m debugpy --wait-for-client --listen 0.0.0.0:5678 -m uvicorn app.main:app

This does the same thing as the django example, except instead of debugpy overseeing the running of a manage.py script, it oversees python running the uvicorn command.

4: Add a launch.json configuration

In .vscode/launch.json add the following to the configurations array:

{
    "configurations": [
        {
            "name": "Attach (remote debug)",
            "type": "python",
            "request": "attach",
            "port": 5678,
            "host": "127.0.0.1",
            "pathMappings": [
                {
                  "localRoot": "${workspaceFolder}",
                  "remoteRoot": "."
                }
              ]
        }
    ]
}

This creates a command for VS Code called "Attach (remote debug)" that will tell it to attach a python debugger to 127.0.0.1:5678. If you've been paying attention, that should mean the debugger is now attaching to the port exposed by the application container that is being listened to by debugpy.

5: Start debugging!

Run docker-compose up to start up your application like normal. It should hang on startup because we passed that --wait-for-client flag in the initial debugpy command.

Then in VS Code go to "Run and Debug" (cmd-shift-D), select "Attach (remote debug)", and press the green triangle.

From there, your debugger should attach to the running container, the rest of the application startup should continue, and you should be able to do all the cool fun stuff the VS Code debugger allows!

2022 In Lists

Published 12/31/2022

This is also available on my newsletter!

The thing about a year is that it must have LISTS! And these, therefore, are them.

Previous years: 2021 - 2020 - 2019 - 2017 - 2016 Podcasts - 2016 Albums

Top 10 TV Or Internet Shows I Watched In 2022 (that weren’t all from 2022)

  • 10) House Of The Dragon (HBO Max)*
  • 9) The Bear (Hulu)*
  • 8) Evan And Katelyn (Youtube)
  • 7) Jim Lill (Youtube)
  • 6) The Sandman (Netflix)
  • 5) Foureyes Furniture (Youtube)
  • 4) Top Of The Lake (Sundance, Hulu)
  • 3) the first three seasons of Cheers (CBS, Hulu)
  • 2) the first three seasons of The Sopranos (HBO, HBO Max)
  • 1) the first six seasons of The West Wing (NBC, HBO Max)

*Did not finish! Because spoiler, didn’t actually finish much new TV this year!

Every Book I Read In 2022 (unranked)

https://www.goodreads.com/user/year_in_books/2022/67269378

Top 10 Books I Read In 2022 (that weren't all from 2022)

  • 10) Minor Detail - Adania Shibli
  • 9) The Murder On The Links - Agatha Christie
  • 8) Luster - Raven Leilani
  • 7) The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie
  • 6) Go Ahead In The Rain - Hanif Abdurraqib
  • 5) Dracula - Bram Stoker*
  • 4) The Sympathizer - Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • 3) The Master And Margarita - Mikahil Bulgakov
  • 2) Arcadia - Tom Stoppard*
  • 1) The White Album - Joan Didion

*Re-read

Top 10 Honorable Mention Albums Of 2022

The Loneliest Time - Carly Rae Jepsen; Sometimes, Forever - Soccer Mommy; Are We Gonna Be Alright? - Fickle Friends; MUNA - MUNA; Anaïs Mitchell - Anaïs Mitchell; Emotional Creature - Beach Bunny; Save The Baby - Enumclaw; Laurel Hell - Mitski; - WILLOW; Hold The Girl - Rina Sawayama

Top 10 Songs Of 2022

One per artist!

  • 10) Chaise Longue - Wet Leg
  • 9) Home By Now - MUNA
  • 8) Talk That Talk - Twice
  • 7) The Only Heartbreaker - Mitski
  • 6) Quicksand - Hatchie
  • 5) Old Friends Like Lost Teeth - The Wonder Years
  • 4) Wretched - Bartees Strange
  • 3) Anti-Hero - Taylor Swift
  • 2) Pink Venom - Blackpink
  • 1) American Teenager - Ethel Cain

Top 9 Concerts I Went To In 2022

  • 9) Soccer Mommy - Franklin Music Hall (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 8) Carly Rae Jepsen - The Met (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 7) Mitski/The Weather Station - Bold Point Park (Providence, RI)
  • 6) Bartees Strange - The Foundry (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 5) Rina Sawayama - The Fillmore (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 4) The Weather Station - World Cafe Live (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 3) Pet Symmetry - First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 2) The Wonder Years/Spanish Love Songs/Origami Angel - Concord Music Hall (Chicago, IL)
  • 1) Blackpink - Prudential Center (Newark, NJ)

Top 8 Songs on Blackpink’s “Born Pink”

  • 8) The Happiest Girl
  • 7) Tally
  • 6) Ready For Love
  • 5) Typa Girl
  • 4) Hard To Love
  • 3) Shut Down
  • 2) Yeah Yeah Yeah
  • 1) Pink Venom

Top 2 Blackpink Albums

  • 2) The Album (2020)
  • 1) Born Pink (2022)

Top 20 Songs On Taylor Swift’s “Midnights” (the 3am edition)

  • 20) Vigilante Shit
  • 19) Bejeweled
  • 18) Glitch
  • 17) Dear Reader
  • 16) Sweet Nothing
  • 15) Question…?
  • 14) High Infidelity
  • 13) Paris
  • 12) You’re On Your Own, Kid
  • 11) Labyrinth
  • 10) The Great War
  • 9) Bigger Than The Whole Sky
  • 8) Lavender Haze
  • 7) Maroon
  • 6) Snow On The Beach
  • 5) Midnight Rain
  • 4) Karma
  • 3) Mastermind
  • 2) Would’ve, Could’ve, Should’ve
  • 1) Anti-Hero

Top 10 Taylor Swift Albums

  • 10) Lover (2019)
  • 9) Midnights (2022)
  • 8) Self-titled (2006)
  • 7) Fearless (2008)
  • 6) Speak Now (2010)
  • 5) folklore (2020)
  • 4) reputation (2017)
  • 3) 1989 (2014)
  • 2) evermore (2020)
  • 1) Red (2012)

Top 10 Albums Of 2022

  • 10) Preacher’s Daughter - Ethel Cain
  • 9) Wet Leg - Wet Leg
  • 8) Giving The World Away - Hatchie
  • 7) Surrender - Maggie Rogers
  • 6) Expert In A Dying Field - The Beths
  • 5) Midnights - Taylor Swift
  • 4) Born Pink - Blackpink
  • 3) MOTOMAMI - Rosalía
  • 2) The Hum Goes On Forever - The Wonder Years
  • 1) Farm To Table - Bartees Strange

Top 10 Honorable Mention Restaurants Or Bars I Went To In 2022

Spice Finch (Philadelphia, PA); Aki Nom Nom (Philadelphia, PA); Spicy Moon (New York City, NY); Il Cantuccio (Nerano, Italy); La Capannina (Capri, Italy); Volvér (Philadelphia, PA); Lokal (Berlin, Germany); otto (Berlin, Germany); Suraya (Philadelphia, PA); Pizza Shackamaxon (Philadelphia, PA)

Top 10 Restaurants Or Bars I Went To In 2022

  • 10) Kensington Quarters (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 9) The Backdoor (Seattle, WA)
  • 8) Friday, Saturday, Sunday (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 7) Barbuzzo (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 6) Monk’s Cafe (Philadelphia, PA)
  • 5) Haisous (Chicago, IL)
  • 4) Glass Hostaria (Rome, Italy)
  • 3) Three Dots And A Dash (Chicago, IL)
  • 2) Ella Elli (Chicago, IL)
  • 1) The Girl And The Goat (Chicago, IL)

Top 10 New (Or New To Me) Podcasts Of 2022

  • 10) Downstream
  • 9) Tape Notes
  • 8) The Vinepair Podcast
  • 7) Sharp Tech
  • 6) Cartoon Avatars
  • 5) Odd Lots
  • 4) The Town
  • 3) The Vergecast
  • 2) Crypto Island
  • 1) Dead Cat

Top 10 Podcasts Of 2022

  • 10) The Big Picture
  • 9) The Content Mines
  • 8) Reconcilable Differences
  • 7) NYT Popcast
  • 6) Holy Swift
  • 5) Lovett Or Leave It
  • 4) Accidental Tech Podcast
  • 3) Fighting In The War Room
  • 2) Doughboys
  • 1) Blank Check

Top 10 Honorable Mention Movies Of 2022

The Banshees Of Inishirin; Avatar: The Way Of Water; RRR; Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio; Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers; The Batman; The Northman; Kimi; Bodies Bodies Bodies; Scream

Top 5 Movies Not From 2022 That I Saw For The First Time In 2022

  • 5) The Tragedy Of Macbeth (2021)
  • 4) Beginners
  • 3) West Side Story (2021)
  • 2) Perfect Blue
  • 1) The Royal Tenenbaums

Top 5 Movies Not From 2022 That I Rewatched In 2022

  • 5) Margin Call
  • 4) Happy Death Day
  • 3) Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
  • 2) Beauty And The Beast
  • 1) Princess Mononoke

Every 2022 Movie I Saw, Ranked

https://letterboxd.com/andrewthewhip/list/2022-ranked/

Top 10 2022 Movies I Didn't See But Want To

  • 10) Stars At Noon
  • 9) Triangle Of Sadness
  • 8) Armageddon Time
  • 7) Emily The Criminal
  • 6) Dual
  • 5) Aftersun
  • 4) Women Talking
  • 3) Bones And All
  • 2) Return To Seoul
  • 1) The Menu

Top 10 Movies Of 2022

  • 10) Cha Cha Real Smooth
  • 9) Everything Everywhere All At Once
  • 8) Nope
  • 7) The Fabelmans
  • 6) After Yang
  • 5) Decision To Leave
  • 4) Pearl
  • 3) Babylon
  • 2) TÁR
  • 1) The Worst Person In The World

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!

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