The Oscar Project
There are a bunch of great documentaries and series coming to Disney+ that from from the National Geographic Channel. However, despite all that great content, only one item from this group has been nominated for an Oscar.
Free Solo (2018) - The great thing about this one nominee is that it is a winner and a recent winner at that.
This film won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature earlier this year at the Academy Awards. The film traces the quest by veteran mountain climber Alex Honnold as he attempted to free climb the famous El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.
While Star Wars is coming to Disney+ in full force, the larger set of Marvel Cinematic Universe films is not joining the platform wholesale.
Only about a third of the MCU films released to date will be available on Disney+ when it releases in a few weeks. Of those, only two have been nominated for Oscars in the past. They are covered in this post.
So I called an audible this month with this post. Going through the list of Oscar nominated films coming to Netflix, it was rather sparse, including only four films.
In order to boost the post a little bit, I am also including information on three films that are entered in the categories of Best Animated Feature or Best International Feature but may or may not make it to the short lists for those categories.
There is also one film coming out this month which is pretty much a 100% shoe in for multiple nominations if not multiple wins come Oscar time.
If you've missed the last few posts about the Oscar nominated films coming to Disney+ next month, I urge you to check them out.
So far I've covered live action films, animated films, and Pixar films.
My last two posts after this one will cover Marvel films and the one Oscar nominated documentary that will be available on the service.
After a couple big sequels hitting theaters last week, we get some off beat films this week including a police/race story, several horror flicks and a film look into the world of electricity around the time it was becoming widespread around the world.
We're on to a smaller batch of films that are coming to Disney+ next month and taking a look at the list of Pixar animated films.
If you haven't already checked out the previous posts in this series, please go back and look at the list of live action films and animated films coming to Disney+ when the service kicks off in a few weeks.
Last week, I kicked off a few preview posts about the Oscar nominated and winning films that will be part of the Disney+ offerings when that service launches next month. I started off with a lengthy list of live action films either currently owned by Disney (though not necessarily original releases by Disney).
Today I'm taking a look at the animated films that have been nominated for or won Oscars over the years. I did decide to include honorary Academy Awards here simply because that let's me write about films like Fantasia which didn't win any awards outright (it used all existing music) but is still a fantastic film that should be revisited when you get the chance.
In case you have been living under a rock for the past year or so, Disney is launching its own streaming service, called Disney+, in a little over three weeks. Earlier this week they officially announced the full list of titles that will be available on the service from day one.
Ever since the announcement of the service, people have been speculating about the availability of hot properties like the Star Wars and Marvel films, not to mention all of the great animated classics and Pixar films we've come to know and love. Rest assured, most of what you're expecting will be there, with many more sure to come as streaming rights deals expire with other providers (including Netflix).
That said, I wanted to provide a little Oscar perspective on the initial offerings since there are a TON of previous nominees and winners included in the list. I initially started this as a full list of all films, but ended up breaking it into a few posts along the lines of The Verge article listing the full offering. Today I look at only the live action Disney films which does NOT include any of the Star Wars, Marvel, or National Geographic films.
Assume the Disney+ service works in a way similar to Netflix, I will link to each film once the service is active. For now, just keep a running list of all the ones you want to watch in a few weeks!
This year's announcement of the films submitted for Best Animated Feature came a little earlier than last year. We are still several months away from the 92nd Academy Awards, but things are starting to show movement and today the Academy announced the list of films that have been submitted for consideration in the Best Animated Feature category.
As with last year, many of these films are already available on DVD, Blu Ray and digital streaming services with several more scheduled to be released in the near future. You can see the full list below and look for a few of these films still to hit theaters in the coming weeks.
Our two wide releases this week are both sequels to very popular and successful films, both with some connection to Halloween.
First up is Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, the sequel to 2014's Maleficent. Then we have Zombieland: Double Tap, the follow up to 2009's Zombieland and a direct reference to one of Columbus's famous rules from the first film.
Check out these films this weekend and see where I see potential for Oscar nominations.
I'm just a film buff who wants to watch great movies. Where else to find the best, than the list of those nominated by the Academy each year?