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Re: The 8th Annual Academy Award Movie Challenge (1 Feb - 2 March)

Originally Posted by Travis McClain
Also, true to form, this challenge starts tomorrow and I've put absolutely no effort or thought whatsoever into making arrangements about the Documentary categories. I'm pretty sure at least one or two Documentary (Feature) winners have made their way into The Criterion Collection on Hulu, so I'll just go with one of those. No idea what I'll do about Documentary (Short) just yet... :/
Documentary Feature Winners from Criterion:

Harlan County U.S.A.
Hearts and Minds
The Life and Times of Harvey Milk

Documentary Feature Nominees that didn't win from Criterion:

For All Mankind
The War Room
Pina
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Re: The 8th Annual Academy Award Movie Challenge (1 Feb - 2 March)

I picked up my first five titles from the local library and I've added DVDs to my Netflix subscription so I'm ready to go. Bring on the list thread.
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Re: The 8th Annual Academy Award Movie Challenge (1 Feb - 2 March)

Originally Posted by CardiffGiant
Documentary Feature Winners from Criterion:

Harlan County U.S.A.
Hearts and Minds
The Life and Times of Harvey Milk

Documentary Feature Nominees that didn't win from Criterion:

For All Mankind
The War Room
Pina
^War Room is the only one of those that I haven't seen yet. Thanks!

Any idea if the list thread will be up by midnight?
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Re: The 8th Annual Academy Award Movie Challenge (1 Feb - 2 March)

Originally Posted by CardiffGiant
Documentary Feature Winners from Criterion:

Harlan County U.S.A.
Hearts and Minds
The Life and Times of Harvey Milk

Documentary Feature Nominees that didn't win from Criterion:

For All Mankind
The War Room
Pina
Thanks! I watched Harlan County U.S.A. for the Criterion Challenge in September, so I'll pass on that one, but the other two winners have been on my radar for awhile. I'll probably go with The Life and Times of Harvey Milk, and save Hearts and Minds for either the Historical Appreciation or Criterion challenges later this year, or maybe even hold onto it as a hole card for next year's Oscar Challenge.

Of the nominees that didn't win, I've seen For All Mankind and The War Room. I really enjoyed the footage in the former, but found it fairly flat and boring without any real context for what footage came from which mission. There was just no context for anything I was seeing, so it didn't mean much to me outside of the thrill of seeing something shot in space. The War Room had its moments, but never engaged me, either, which was disappointing for a wonk (and Clintonian) such as myself.
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Re: The 8th Annual Academy Award Movie Challenge (1 Feb - 2 March)

Originally Posted by Travis McClain
Thanks!...

Of the nominees that didn't win, I've seen For All Mankind and The War Room. I really enjoyed the footage in the former, but found it fairly flat and boring without any real context for what footage came from which mission. There was just no context for anything I was seeing, so it didn't mean much to me outside of the thrill of seeing something shot in space. The War Room had its moments, but never engaged me, either, which was disappointing for a wonk (and Clintonian) such as myself.
No problem.

I'm glad someone else found For All Mankind boring. I missed the inclusion of context as well. I expected much more.

I've seen the three winners, so I'll probably look elsewhere for my documentary feature; I have Searching for Sugar Man waiting on the DVR.

Originally Posted by Mondo Kane
Any idea if the list thread will be up by midnight?
I was wondering the same thing.

Also, does anyone have an answer to my question from last week:

For the decades section on the checklist...is it a film that won in ANY category, or just a Best Picture winner? It seems like most are doing any category. I'm just confused by the "film winner" portion. Obviously, if it's any winner, that makes life a lot easier.
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Re: The 8th Annual Academy Award Movie Challenge (1 Feb - 2 March)

Amazon's Deal of the Day is the Godfather Collection for $16.99. All eligible, two Best Picture winners...
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Amazon's Deal of the Day is the Godfather Collection for $16.99. All eligible, two Best Picture winners...
As a person who preordered the original DVDs from Amazon for $75, this makes me a bit sad.
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Originally Posted by Travis McClain
Also, true to form, this challenge starts tomorrow and I've put absolutely no effort or thought whatsoever into making arrangements about the Documentary categories. I'm pretty sure at least one or two Documentary (Feature) winners have made their way into The Criterion Collection on Hulu, so I'll just go with one of those. No idea what I'll do about Documentary (Short) just yet... :/
Do you have Amazon Prime...? They have (or "had" when I printed my list) nominated and winning documentaries including:

Man on Wire
The Eleanor Roosevelt Story
The Battle of Midway
Prelude to War
The True Glory
Desert Victory
Seeds of Destiny
The Fog of War... Robert McNamara

For Shorts (which some of the above are already), YouTube has variously had Men Against the Arctic and December 7th, I believe, while Criterion released the 1979 winner "Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist" on their Robeson boxset. Which I don't have.

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Re: The 8th Annual Academy Award Movie Challenge (1 Feb - 2 March)

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No problem.

I'm glad someone else found For All Mankind boring. I missed the inclusion of context as well. I expected much more.
It's hard to care about excerpts mashed together without any effort to tell us just what we're seeing.

I've seen the three winners, so I'll probably look elsewhere for my documentary feature; I have Searching for Sugar Man waiting on the DVR.
I watched that last year. Overall, I liked it, but I question some of the editing/sequencing because it tips its hand very early and then spends another half hour acting as though it didn't just already tell us where it was headed. Once it finally caught up with itself, though, it was pretty easy to relax and get into it. Plus, the music is terrific!

Also, does anyone have an answer to my question from last week:

For the decades section on the checklist...is it a film that won in ANY category, or just a Best Picture winner? It seems like most are doing any category. I'm just confused by the "film winner" portion. Obviously, if it's any winner, that makes life a lot easier.
It always made sense to me that it was Best Picture winners only, but looking at my previous checklists, I clearly didn't restrict myself to that, so I think at some point in the past there must have been discussion that opened it up to any winner from any category. I'd be in favor of refining the language to be "Best Picture Winner" only, but I'm largely indifferent.
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Originally Posted by lisadoris
I picked up my first five titles from the local library and I've added DVDs to my Netflix subscription so I'm ready to go. Bring on the list thread.
I spent an hour pulling discs out of boxsets so they're ready if I need them.

And realised that I've lost my Columbia Best Pictures box. Thought I knew where it was, but it turned out to be a New Line thing I got for Christmas last year... (Lord of the Rings! and Elf and The Wedding Singer.....)
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Re: The 8th Annual Academy Award Movie Challenge (1 Feb - 2 March)

Originally Posted by CardiffGiant
For the decades section on the checklist...is it a film that won in ANY category, or just a Best Picture winner? It seems like most are doing any category. I'm just confused by the "film winner" portion. Obviously, if it's any winner, that makes life a lot easier.
I've always assumed it's any category.
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Originally Posted by ntnon
Do you have Amazon Prime...? They have (or "had" when I printed my list) nominated and winning documentaries including:

Man on Wire...
The Fog of War... Robert McNamara
These two are great and I can't recommend them enough. Man on Wire is a very likeable film with a great story to tell.

The Fog of War shocked me when I watched it for last year's challenge. Bob McNamara is surprisingly candid about America's role in WWII and his own role as Secretary of Defense during the Vietnam War. If you're interested in history at all (Travis), this is a must watch.

Originally Posted by Travis McClain
I watched that last year. Overall, I liked it, but I question some of the editing/sequencing because it tips its hand very early and then spends another half hour acting as though it didn't just already tell us where it was headed. Once it finally caught up with itself, though, it was pretty easy to relax and get into it. Plus, the music is terrific!
I'll keep an eye out for that. It's good to hear that the music is terrific, that can pull me in to the most mundane film. I'm a sucker for good music.


Originally Posted by Travis McClain
It always made sense to me that it was Best Picture winners only, but looking at my previous checklists, I clearly didn't restrict myself to that, so I think at some point in the past there must have been discussion that opened it up to any winner from any category. I'd be in favor of refining the language to be "Best Picture Winner" only, but I'm largely indifferent.
Yeah, I went clicking through most checklists and I couldn't really find any that were sticking with Best Picture winners. The terminology ("film winner") would suggest that it's any film (a documentary film, animated film, foreign language film, etc. are all film winners).

I hope The Monkees or anyone else that can remember can help shed light on this. I can barely keep the Criterion Challenge straight from year to year; even then, I usually have to revisit the discussion thread to remember what our conversations were about.
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Sorry about the lateness but the lists thread is up now! I would link to it but I'm posting from my phone. I will update everything later tonight.
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List thread!
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Re: The 8th Annual Academy Award Movie Challenge (1 Feb - 2 March)

Just a quick question. For the checklist, is it limited to winners only or can nominated count as well?

Thanks!
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Re: The 8th Annual Academy Award Movie Challenge (1 Feb - 2 March)

Originally Posted by LJG765
Just a quick question. For the checklist, is it limited to winners only or can nominated count as well?

Thanks!
The top two tiers (decades and categories) appear to be for winners only. The third tier (ratings) seem to be nominees or winners. However, you can count anything that has been nominated for or won an Academy Award.
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Re: The 8th Annual Academy Award Movie Challenge (1 Feb - 2 March)

Originally Posted by lisadoris
I picked up my first five titles from the local library and I've added DVDs to my Netflix subscription so I'm ready to go. Bring on the list thread.
Ohh, the library. I knew I forgot something. Off to search their catalog now.
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Ohh, the library. I knew I forgot something. Off to search their catalog now.
I love my library. I may have to wait a bit, but they rarely never NOT have something. And if they don't, they're really good about ordering it for me. I do all my ordering online, so I just wait for the email that it's in, go and grab what's waiting for me.

I decided that when going through the decades for the checklist, I'm going to watch movies that are on my to be watched list-the classics I've never watched but should have. My library is awesome and had all the ones I was interested in, so I'm just hoping they don't all come at once.

I'm going outside of my comfort zone, "Platoon," and the "The Godfather," especially. A few others are just ones I never managed to see. "Shakespeare in Love," "Around the World in 80 Days."

Once I'm done with those, whatever extra checks I'll need, I'll have to fill in, but figure with the 10 decades, I'll have a good start on the rest of the check list as well.
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Re: The 8th Annual Academy Award Movie Challenge (1 Feb - 2 March)

Originally Posted by LJG765
Just a quick question. For the checklist, is it limited to winners only or can nominated count as well?

Thanks!
Yes, winners for the top 2 categories (i.e. decades, award categories) and then whatever for the ratings section.

As it comes to the decades, it does not have to be a Best Picture winner, just a winner from any category. That's how I've always done it and figured everyone else did as well.
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As it comes to the decades, it does not have to be a Best Picture winner, just a winner from any category. That's how I've always done it and figured everyone else did as well.
Thanks!
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It's Clark Gable's birthday so I'm opening this Challenge with a new-to-me film of his, Teacher's Pet.
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Re: The 8th Annual Academy Award Movie Challenge (1 Feb - 2 March)

Does this TCM Documentary count?

And The Oscar Goes To... (2014) 95 min
A documentary tracing the history of the Academy Awards.
Dir: Robert Epstein
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Does this TCM Documentary count?

And The Oscar Goes To... (2014) 95 min
A documentary tracing the history of the Academy Awards.
Dir: Robert Epstein
I would suggest that you count it towards the total, but render it ineligible for the checklist. It's Oscars-y, so safe but neither nominated or winning, so not check-able. In my opinion.
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Originally Posted by KaBluie
Does this TCM Documentary count?

And The Oscar Goes To... (2014) 95 min
A documentary tracing the history of the Academy Awards.
Dir: Robert Epstein
I'm looking forward to seeing it!
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Re: The 8th Annual Academy Award Movie Challenge (1 Feb - 2 March)

Updated:

The following 2014 Oscar nominees are currently available on DVD / Blu-Ray or via Netflix Streaming:


The Act Of Killing (Streaming / DVD, Blu)
Before Midnight (DVD, Blu)
Blue Jasmine (DVD, Blu)
Captain Phillips (DVD, Blu)
The Croods (Streaming [3D and Flat] / DVD, Blu, 3D Blu)
Cutie And The Boxer (Streaming / DVD, Blu on 2/4)
Dallas Buyers Club (DVD, Blu on 2/4)
Despicable Me 2 (DVD, Blu, 3D Blu)
Dirty Wars (Streaming / DVD)
The Grandmaster (PPV - [Vudu, Amazon Instant Video, etc]
The Great Gatsby (DVD, Blu, 3D Blu)
The Hunt (Streaming / DVD, Blu)
Iron Man 3 (DVD, Blu)
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (DVD, Blu)
The Lone Ranger (DVD, Blu)
Prisoners (DVD, Blu)
The Square (Streaming)
Star Trek Into Darkness (DVD, Blu, 3D Blu)
20 Feet From Stardom (DVD, Blu)


The following shorts can be found on the web for free or via rental/download:

Feral (Vimeo On Demand)
The Lady In Number 6 (Vimeo On Demand / nickreedent.com)
Room On The Broom (Available at select Redbox locations in the US)


ShortsHD is presenting the Live Action, Animated and Documentary shorts in theaters now. The programs will also be available on iTunes/Amazon Instant Video and Pay Per View/VOD starting February 25th (link).

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