After all the clamoring and a year in the making (maybe), Fantasy Movie League is proud to present The Fantasy Awards League game! If you've played FML before, the structure isn't all that different: it's still $1000 Bux and eight screens. But now, it's an all-or-nothing box office take, with the take represented by how many statues you can pile up in your Cineplex. Not all awards are created equal though. Luckily, our friend Pete Johnson (aka the FML Nerd) has put together a handy graphic to help us all wrap our head around this thing. Let's dive into the pricing, the stakes, and everything else!
The Land is La La's Land
After netting a record-tying 14 nominations, the question becomes just how many awards that will translate to for what many to be the big winner of the night, "La La Land." But priced at a level where you can only screen it once, can you actually build a lineup around it? "La La Land" has a strong nominee in all four of the "marquee" categories, and to justify the price, it'll likely need to win at least three of those. Certainly boosting "La La Land's" appeal would be the numerous lower level awards it also has a shot at. Given that it's a musical and it has two of the nominations, a win in Original Song would certainly not hurt.
Casey v Denzel: Dawn of Justice
If you think "La La Land" is vulnerable in marquee category like Best Actress, there's a chance to take a swing on one of the big awards that looks to be a nail-biter in the Best Actor category. After the Golden Globes and SAG Awards, the Best Actor race has narrowed to Denzel Washington for "Fences" and Casey Affleck for "Manchester by the Sea." Both movies also have great shots at $25M tier for wins as well. If you think you have a good read on the Best Actor race, then you could find yourself handsomely rewarded.
Animal Free Squares
If you follow the experts here much, a couple awards seem like shoe-ins: "Zootopia" to take Best Animated Feature ($15M category) and "The Jungle Book" to take Best Visual Effects ($10M category). Both were priced prohibitively high given their one nomination each, and there's a reason, as both are big favorites to take their one category. If you find yourself struggling with some of the technical awards, I wouldn't fault anyone for just plugging a few screens of these two into their Cineplex just to avoid the tedium of trying to figure out who did the best job mixing sound.
The Oscars will air on Sunday, February 26th, so be sure to have your lineup set by 7 PM EST/4 PM PST and we'll see you here next Oscars!