2018 Academy Award Predictions: Who's Getting Nominated?
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It’s Oscar season! It’s the time of year when movie studios watch their proudest works of the year slaughter each other at the box office in hopes of taking home some trophies. While the true fun is in watching these movies, there’s also quite a bit of fun in predicting who gets the edge in getting the gold. It’s not usually a discussion of quality; it’s always who has the biggest and buzziest names that seem to make it in. And there’s the fun in predicting! Pitting celebrities and movies against each other and choosing the candidate with the most hype. Who cares how good Detroit is? Its lack of box office attention saw it fall from theaters and out of the voting booth.

2017 is an insane year. Aside from some crazy genre standouts (comedy, horror, and sci-fi romance in best picture discussions?), there’s nobody leading the pack. There’s no La La Land or Spotlight in sight, which makes it a legitimately interesting year. Even more bizarre is how many movies lasted through the year. Get Out (February), The Big Sick (June) and Dunkirk (July) followed the lead from Mad Max: Fury Road (May 2015) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (March 2014) that a movie released earlier in the year can make it to award season.

Only time will tell if studios will learn from these signs. Could you imagine more movies as bizarre as The Shape of Water? Movies that studios believe to be award-worthy released earlier in the year? 2017 was progress.

These predictions are strictly for nominees of some of the Academy Awards categories. This list will be updated until nominations are announced on Tuesday, Jan. 23. All completely biased and guessed nominees are in alphabetical order.

Last updated: 1/21

 

UPDATE: 1/23 – Well, the Oscars went terribly for me this morning. One of these was correct and three of them didn’t even have the correct nominee in the “Maybe” section. But, oh well. The corrections have been made and the final grade is below.

 

LEFT OUT

SHOULD’VE LEFT OUT

 

Best Picture (7/9)

Call Me By Your Name

Darkest Hour

Dunkirk

The Florida Project

Get Out

I, Tonya

Lady Bird

Phantom Thread

The Post

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

 

Maybe:

All the Money in the World

The Big Sick

Darkest Hour

The Disaster Artist

Molly’s Game

Mudbound

Phantom Thread

Best Director (4/5)

Paul Thomas Anderson – Phantom Thread

Guillermo del Toro – The Shape of Water

Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird

Martin McDonagh – Three Billboards

Christopher Nolan – Dunkirk

Jordan Peele – Get Out

 

Maybe:

Paul Thomas Anderson – Phantom Thread

Sean Baker – The Florida Project

Luca Guadagnino – Call Me By Your Name

Ridley Scott – All the Money in the World

Steven Spielberg – The Post

Best Actor (4/5)

Timothée Chalamet – Call Me By Your Name

James Franco – The Disaster Artist

Daniel Day-Lewis – Phantom Thread

Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out

Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour

Denzel Washington – Roman J. Israel, Esq.

 

Maybe:

Tom Hanks – The Post

Denzel Washington – Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Best Actress (5/5!!!)

Sally Hawkins – The Shape of Water

Frances McDormand – Three Billboards

Margot Robbie – I, Tonya

Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird

Meryl Streep – The Post

 

Maybe:

Jessica Chastain – Molly’s Game

Judi Dench – Victoria & Abdul

Michelle Williams – All the Money in the World

Best Supporting Actor (4/5)

Willem Dafoe – The Florida Project

Armie Hammer – Call Me By Your Name

Woody Harrelson – Three Billboards

Richard Jenkins – The Shape of Water

Christopher Plummer – All the Money in the World

Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards

 

Maybe:

Christopher Plummer – All the Money in the World

Michael Shannon – The Shape of Water

Michael Stuhlbarg – Call Me By Your Name

Best Supporting Actress (4/5)

Mary J. Blige – Mudbound

Hong Chau – Downsizing

Allison Janney – I, Tonya

Lesley Manville – Phantom Thread

Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird

Octavia Spencer – The Shape of Water

 

Maybe:

Holly Hunter – The Big Sick

Best Original Screenplay (4/5)

Paul Thomas Anderson – Phantom Thread

Greta Gerwig – Lady Bird

Martin McDonagh – Three Billboards

Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani – The Big Sick

Jordan Peele – Get Out

Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor – The Shape of Water

 

Maybe:

Sean Baker & Chris Bergoch – The Florida Project

Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani – The Big Sick

Steven Rogers – I, Tonya

Liz Hannah and Josh Singer – The Post

Best Adapted Screenplay (4/5)

James Ivory – Call Me By Your Name

Scott Frank, Michael Green and James Mangold, Story by James Mangold – Logan

Brian Selznick – Wonderstruck

Aaron Sorkin – Molly’s Game

Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber – The Disaster Artist

Dee Rees and Virgil Williams – Mudbound

Best Animated Feature (3/5)

The Boss Baby

The Breadwinner

Coco

Ferdinand

Loving Vincent

 

Maybe:

The LEGO Batman Movie

Total (39/49) – 80%

P.S. Awards are dumb, enjoy these movies!

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Australian Release Dates

“The Sims 4: Get Famous” Expansion Pack Review

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Are you ready to Get Famous?

Taking inspiration from The Sims 1 Superstar and The Sims 3 Showtime, your sims can now be famous! Starry-eyed sims can flaunt their talent, attend awards nights and even top secret VIP parties.

 

Del Sol Valley

A new world filled with Bright Lights and Big City Dreams awaits. Featuring alikeness to Tinsel Town itself, Los Angeles including “Starlight Boulevard” with a Walk of Fame where your sims can solidify their “status” in the sidewalk. “The Pinnacles” is the Gated Community where the biggest names in all of Del Sol Valley reside. There is also a “downtown” area, complete with a shoddy neighbourhood vibe. This is where all aspiring sims to start their career close to the shine of the Big City. If your sim takes the career path of an Actor, they will be able to access the “career lot” to star in the next big commercial, or film on real set; complete with hair and makeup.

 

 

Acting Career

Your sims can be famous in many different ways. From painting and music to cooking and social media, but Acting is the new career in The Sims 4 Get Famous. Start out by finding a talent agency and they will provide you with a list of auditions that your sims can attend. Depending on your sim’s “talent” and skills, you might have to complete a few simple tasks to ensure they are getting the best opportunity from the audition. Once the audition is complete, your sim is invited to the Career lot to complete the audition. Starting in Hair and Makeup, on to Costumes, then your sim can put on a show on the main stage and WOW the director.

 

Create-A-Sim and Build and Buy Mode Additions

New items to hold up the theme of “Celebrity” include new furniture with a lavish style to flaunt your new wealth. Gold plated everything, even the toilet! My favourite is the “Mid Century” collection which goes quite well with The Sims 4 Bowling Stuff accents. Unfortunately, the clothing options for sims aren’t great in my opinion. Perhaps I am old fashioned, but I don’t understand the clothing choices. There are colours that don’t compliment each other (red and green, guys, really?) and some really tacky options in my opinion.

 

Perks and Quirks and Fame, OH MY!

From Notable Newcomer to Global Superstar; Your sims can get famous doing almost anything. Celeb sims gain Fame Points as they climb the ladder to stardom. Collect fame points by schmoozing with the rich and famous, plan publicity stunts, perform in public and signing autographs. The higher you climb on the ladder of fame, the more perks your Celebrity Sims will receive. Traits such as “Instant Besties”, “Networking” and “Star Treatment” are there to help make things easier for your sims, but there are also negative quirks to go along with the perks. “Vain Street” keeps your sims looking in mirrors, “No touching” means that a sim will become upset if someone touches them, and so on.

 

 

Search for Stardom

After playing this pack for a while, I did find it was quite repetitive and similar to other packs that The Sims team have already released. The Acting career is similar to the active careers from “Get Famous” and the Celebrity points are similar to the “Vampires” game pack. However, I do enjoy that you can be a “Bad” influence or a “Good” influence celebrity. Most of the items included are extravagant and absolute luxe. It would have been nice to see some more shabby-chic objects for those “wanna-be” starter celebs.  The other thing that almost “bothered” me about this pack is the starter neighbourhood, “Mirage Park”. There is only one lot that’s empty (and it’s HUGE) and the other has a very basic house pre-built. I feel like I need to spend more time on this one, but so far it does what it needs to do for a Celebrity Expansion Pack.

 

The Sims 4: Get Famous Expansion Pack is now available on EA Origin.

 

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“What’s going on with “The Sims 4″?” A collection of recent events in The Sims social Media.

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There has been little to no news about The Sims since early March when they released The Sims 4 My First Pet Stuff and The Sims Mobile internationally.

My First Pet Stuff was received in an “underwhelmed” motion from the community. Many people were protesting that the content resembled simple recolours from the earlier “Cats & Dogs” expansion. However, as you can see in my review here, I feel like I gave the Stuff pack more credit than most simmers.

This left the Sims players thirsty for more information and add on’s for their game.

 

The only information we have received “officially” is that a new Sims 4 “experience” will be hands on at EA Play in Hollywood this June just before E3 kicks off.  Further to this; some EA Game Changers and some of the big Sims Content Creators were invited to EA Play to experience and report on the excitement happening at the event. Only two Simmers were included from Australia, myself not being one of them. Maybe next time.

Aside from rumors and silence, there really hasn’t been any movement in the EA office as far as we know.

Main Events on Twitter and in the EA Community;
  • SimGuruDrake, aka the Global Community Manager left the team to work for “Fortnite” which is currently blowing up in the gaming world with PvP games taking the top in Twitch Games Played.

Since Drake has left there has been a silence over The Sims Team. Following that our favourite SimGuru, Liz from EA Sydney, has also resigned leaving her position as Community Manager of Asia Pacific. It’s very sad to see her go, now that our Australian Forums and also our Australian Community Manager are now no more. Her position is still up on the EA Careers website and we wish her the best in her new role!

-Many new SimGurus joined the Mobile team to help the influx of queries regarding the International release of the Mobile game in March. See the full list of current SimGurus on Twitter click here.

SimGuruDaniel was “laid off” after working in The Sims team for 20 years. His tweet below speculates that his departure was not his choice. We wish him all the best in his new endeavors.

And today’s wonderful news is that SimGuruKate has been appointed the new Community Manager for The Sims 4 as of today. We wish her all the best in her new role!

 

I’ll be sure to keep you up to date with more news as it comes around.

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Australian Release Dates

The Sims 4 Jungle Adventure Game Pack Trailer Released!

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“Hold Onto Your Potatoes! We’re going on an ADVENTURE!”

A new trailer launched today for the up coming Game Pack for The Sims 4. It is titled “Jungle Adventure” and it is being compared to The Sims 3 World Adventures Expansion pack.

From the trailer, we can see there is a big influence with Central America, rain forests, new foods and new regions to explore. Read More from the EA Website.

 

 

“The Sims 4 Jungle Adventure” Game Pack will be released in Australia on the 28th of February!

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