Final 91st Oscars Predictions

Final 91st Oscars Predictions

The countdown clock approaches zero to the 91st annual Academy Awards; tonight is finally the night! Here at CineMunch we've ranked our favorite films of 2018 and we know what’s on tonight’s Oscar Menu, so it's time to double down on some final predictions.

Last year I wrote about how insane the year’s Best Picture race was—with The Shape of Water taking home the gold in a crowded field, as I did ultimately predict. The year before that seemed like an assured La La Land victory (and we know how that turned out!); while the year before that was a heated three-way race that saw Spotlight narrowly squeak out a win.

This year looks to add to the crazy, as a number of different scenarios could plausibly play out in many categories, namely Best Picture. Critical fave Roma hopes to become the first ever foreign language film to take the top prize, while box-office behemoth Black Panther hopes to make history for Marvel and superhero movies. Voters might’ve been swayed by the regressive, but comforting, Green Book, or perhaps nominations co-leader The Favourite is their favorite (sorry, had to). Each of the eight films nominated for Best Picture looks likely to take home at least one little gold statue, so it might be a spread-the-wealth type of Oscar year. We’ll know soon enough, though, and I for one can’t wait to find out what’s inside all 24 envelopes—provided they have the right envelope (sorry, had to)!

So settle in, mix yourself a cocktail (we'll be starting with Queen Anne’s Bitches’ Brew with Emma Stonefruit in honor of The Favourite), and follow along with our predictions below!

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Oscar Menu 2019

Oscar Menu 2019

Folks, it’s time to break out that fine china you felt obligated to add to your wedding registry. The CineMunch Oscar Menu has arrived!

As usual, we're here to help you navigate the obstacle course that is The Oscar Menu. Read on for drinks, desserts, and savory sides: one recipe for each of the Best Picture nominees. Happy feasting!

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CineDrunk: Best of 2018 - Top Ten Lists

Who among us has a weakness for bears and marmalade? Who is far from the Shallow now? How many horse movies can we abide? You’ll never know if you don’t listen to our most anticipated podcast of the year! Mix yourself a Dumpster Fire cocktail (the official drink of 2018 because it’s all the year deserves and all we can afford) and join us as we reveal the movies that moved us in 2018.

There will be drama, there will be drunkenness, and by god there will be dancing. Cheers!

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Dumpster Fire Cocktails

2 oz cheap vodka
3 oz cheap fruit juice
1 generous splash seltzer or club soda

Combine ingredients with ice in whatever glass you have that’s moderately clean. Stir and serve.

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2018 Oscar Nominations Reactions

2018 Oscar Nominations Reactions

The nominations for the 91st Annual Academy Awards have arrived with The Favourite and Roma leading the charge with 10 nominations a piece. A Star is Born and Vice weren’t too far behind with eight mentions, followed by juggernaut Black Panther with seven. As usual, the nominations announcement was met with some cheers, jeers, and at least a few WHOA WHAT?! selections.

Have a listen to our initial thoughts on this morning's announcement below (we’re mostly already exhausted by this Oscar season!), and don't forget to subscribe to our CineDrunk podcast on iTunes. Read on for a list of the nominations and my predictions results.

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Final 2018 Oscar Nominations Predictions

Final 2018 Oscar Nominations Predictions

Pop the champagne, it’s the most wonderful time of the year: Oscar nominations time!!

The 91st Annual Academy Awards nominations will be announced by Kumail Nanjiani and Tracee Ellis Ross on Tuesday morning in two segments - one at 8:20am ET and the other at the precise time of 8:30:30am ET (you can view a live stream of the announcement via the Oscars website).

2018 was a pretty fantastic year for film (our personal lists of the year’s best will drop mid-February), though, as usual, the Oscars might not entirely reflect the best 2018 had to offer. But you take the good with the bad, so while I’m bracing for no less than three actively not great films to crack the Best Picture lineup (in the spirit of brief positivity I shan’t name them here), there will be plenty to celebrate among the crop of this year’s honorees.

Read on for my final nominations predictions!

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2019 Golden Globe Awards Predictions

2019 Golden Globe Awards Predictions

The marathon of awards season kicks off in earnest tonight with the presentation of the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards!

Hollywood's best and brightest (or in some cases just newest) stars of ALL the screens will gather Sunday night dressed in their second finest frocks for the second most important red carpet of the year. The awards will be handed out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, whose membership numbers only around 100, so their choices do make for the occasional head scratch, eyebrow raise, or spit take. Jeff Bridges will receive this year's Cecil B. DeMille Award, and Carol Burnett will be awarded the inaugural lifetime achievement award for television, fittingly titled the Carol Burnett Award.

Read on for my sure-to-be-inaccurate predictions, and tune in starting at 8pm ET on NBC as Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg co-host this year’s drunken soiree!

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CineDrunk 20 Years Later: Practical Magic

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We’re back with another entry in our new podcast series 20 Years Later, in which we gab and gulp about our favorite films of two decades ago. For this round, each of our podcast hosts chose a movie from 1998—not necessarily their favorite movie or the best movie of that year, but one that spoke to them at the time and has lingered in their memory, for better or worse.

Next up is Elizabeth’s choice for 1998: the positively bewitching actress-showcase-of-a-romance-movie Practical Magic, starring Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Dianne Wiest, and Stockard Channing. Under-appreciated by critics in its time, Practical Magic has loads to say about love, loss, and sisterhood—with iconic food moments to boot.

Naturally, we made a family-sized pitcher of Midnight Margaritas to stir up the conversation. (Recipe below.) Cheers, and happy listening!

Midnight Margaritas
adapted from Serious Eats

2 cups blanco tequila
1 cup triple sec
¾ cup fresh lime juice
1 lime wedge, for glass rims
1 small handful Kosher or other coarse salt, for glass rims

Prepare glass(es) of your choice by running the lime wedge along each rim and dipping in Kosher salt.

Add tequila, triple sec, and lime juice to a pitcher with ice and stir. Remove ice and chill. Pour over ice in salt-rimmed glasses.


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CineDrunk 20 Years Later: Deep Impact

Here at CineDrunk we spend a lot of time looking to the past. We find answers in the movies that shaped our youth and comfort in their familiarity. Sometimes when we look back we don’t see what we saw before, and sometimes we do, but most times we do want to record a podcast about it.

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Here then, is the inaugural entry in a new podcast series called 20 Years Later, in which we gab and gulp about our favorite films of two decades ago. For this round, each of our podcast hosts chose a movie from 1998—not necessarily their favorite movie or the best movie of that year, but one that spoke to them at the time and has lingered in their memory, for better or worse.

First up is Nathan’s choice from 1998: the Mimi Leder-directed disaster movie Deep Impact, starring the dreamy Elijah Wood and the serious career woman with family issues Téa Leoni. Overshadowed at the time by the flashier and far inferior Armageddon, which was released just a month later in June 1998, Deep Impact serves up destruction with a side of Ensure (by the pallet-ful, to feed the country after the comet hits), and with an attention to character uncommon to the genre.

Enough gabbing though, let’s get to the gulping. We chose a tea-infused tequila cocktail in honor of Téa and her stiff drink-guzzling mother, played by Vanessa Redgrave.

Cheers and happy listening!

Téa’s Sweet Revenge
adapted from
Serious Eats

Photo by Autumn Giles

Photo by Autumn Giles

For the chamomile honey syrup:
4 Tablespoons loose chamomile tea
1 cup raw honey
1 cup water

For each cocktail:
Kosher salt
1 oz lime juice
1¾ oz tequila (silver is best here)
1½ oz chamomile honey syrup

For the chamomile honey syrup: Add water and honey in a small saucepan over high heat. Stir to combine and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add chamomile tea. Steep for 30 minutes, then strain the liquid to remove the tea and refrigerate to cool.

For each cocktail: Place the salt on a small, shallow plate. Moisten the rim of your glass of choice with lime juice, then dip the rim into the salt and set aside.

Combine lime juice, tequila, and chamomile honey syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously until well chilled, about 15 seconds. Strain into the salt-rimmed glass and serve.

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