Dear Cinephiles: It’s time to think about short lists for the 89th annual OscarBowl on February 26, 2017.

Backlash from the 2016 Oscar snubs sparked our merit-based Make Oscars Gold campaign, a combination of #OscarsSoWhite (lack of minorities) and #StopBlueOscar (lack of women). If Oscar wants to be “gold” = merit-based, then everyone should have an equal chance of success.

Given AMPAS (the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) president Cheryl Boone Isaacs’ recent inclusion of a 314 women filmmakers to the list of Director’s Group and Screenwriter’s Group members, we have every hope that this year’s nominees will be considerably more diverse than in prior years. Click HERE to read FF2 Media’s coverage of the new AMPAS invitees.

With an eye toward our goal to Make Oscar Gold, we have asked all the members of our team to name their top two films in these three categories: My Favorite Feature Films of 2016, My Favorite Documentary Films of 2016, My Favorite Foreign Language Films of 2016.

Note that we are starting this process in mid-November knowing that all the critics groups will be meeting soon. However, many of the best films of the year are yet to be released, so we will each update our recommendations sometime after December 31, 2016.

Come what may, when 2/26/17 rolls around, let no one say there were no good films by women filmmakers in 2016 because we know better!

See FF2 Media’s Top Picks:

FYC ’17: Jan Lisa Huttner

FYC ’17: Brigid K. Presecky

FYC ’17: Jessica E. Perry

FYC ’17: Lindsy M. Bissonnette

FYC ’17: Eliana M. Levenson

FYC ’17: Amelie M. Lasker

FYC ’17: Georgiana E. Presecky

FYC ’17: Peier Tracy Shen

FYC ’17: Lesley Coffin

FYC ’17: Lisa Iannucci

FYC ’17: Nora Lee Mandel

FYC ’17: Stephanie A. Taylor

Tags: #OscarsSoWhite, #‎StopBlueOscar‬, Academy Awards, Awards, FF2 Media, For Your Consideration, Make Oscar Gold, Oscars 2016, Oscars 2017

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