Dennis Holly, Editor
Holly's Holograph was initially an experiment that, after a year, has become a full-fledged website for Oscar buffs and those who follow yearly film awards and film festivals. While it lacks an insider's viewpoint of those who write or blog within the industry, e.g., Anne Thompson, Kris Tapley, Scott Feinberg, Tom O'Neill, Steve Pond (see sidebar for links to bloggers), it does reflect my own interest in film, Oscars, and the long awards-season process. True, I don't live in Los Angeles, and I don't make a living in the film industry. But I've read Variety and The Hollywood Reporter from cover to cover for decades in order to be au courant on all things film, theater, television, and music. My previous stints as an actor, singer, dancer, pianist, composer, and conductor all contributed to my need to stay close to the entertainment industry. I have always had a love of movies and the awards that celebrate them -- film simply floats my boat and remains a high priority in balancing my life and work. So, having predicted Oscar nominees and winners for years, a website gives me the perfect repository for the information that I used to keep in notebooks and, in particular, rely on for prognosticating.
For anyone new to the site, I want to introduce you to those pages that will help guide you throughout the awards season leading up to Oscar night in February.
Predictions: The Predictions page is updated from time to time, showing guesses in all Academy Award categories. There is a link to the Predictions page in the sidebar on the Blog page, which also reflects the latest revised prediction date under the link. The page can also be accessed from the navigator bar under "Oscar 2011." Once you are in the Predictions page, you can obtain a list of all contenders in each category by clicking the category name.
Awards Calendar: Each season there are year-end critics awards, 10-best lists, guild awards, film festival awards, and miscellaneous film awards that are announced over a 4- to 5-month time period. It's hard to keep track of all of these organizations, but the Awards Calendar contains nearly all of the major award-giving bodies' dates of their nomination announcements and award ceremonies. Like the Predictions page, there is also a link at the top of the sidebar on the Blog page. Links to individual pages for each organization are also accessible from the Awards Calendar. You can get to the Awards Calendar in the top navigation bar under "Other 2011 Film Awards."
Oscar Category Index: A quick way to get to a specific category is the Oscar Category Index. Just click on the category that interests you -- Director, Documentary Feature, Orginal Song -- and you'll be taken to a list of "Prime Candidates" in that category, contenders that are "On the Edge," and those that are "Waiting for Traction." The Oscar Category Index appears under "Oscar 2011" in the navigation bar.
Academy Award Ceremony Information: Any detailed personnel information about the February awards event is listed on the Academy Award Ceremony Information page (under "Oscar 2011" in the navigation bar). Names of the host, producer, director, writers, presenters, etc. are added as the Academy announces them via press releases. The page also includes information about Academy-Award-related events, such as the Governors Awards Dinner and the Scientific and Technical Awards event.
Other 2011 Film Awards: The Other 2011 Film Awards page has links to four different areas (as well as the Awards Calendar):
- With nearly 40 critics' organizations bestowing year-end awards, the Film Critics Link Index is a fast way to take you to a specific organization's page, which includes nominees, awards, dates, and a website link for the organization (if applicable).
- The Film Festivals Link Index includes 8 of the most influential film festivals (from Sundance to Toronto), with information on gala screenings, dates, films contending for prizes, jury members, awards, and website information for the particular festival.
- The many guilds, orgs, and societies dedicated to the individual crafts that combine to make a movie are listed on the Guild Awards Link Index. These end-of-the-year awards include the Annies, the Eddies, the Golden Reels, and the SAG Awards.
- Finally, the Miscellaneous Film Awards Link Index will guide you to nominees, dates, and awards for the Golden Globes, BAFTAs, and Independent Spirit Awards, among others.
Archives: Right now the Archives only has last year's Oscar nominees and winners. Once the 2011 award season is over, that information will be archived here.
If you want to know more about the author of this site, check out the About page or the Photo Journal, which features photos taken on recent European jaunts.