It's official: The next Retrospots will focus on 1945!
1) Agree on categories
2) Submit preliminary nominations ballot
3) Create FYC threads based on preliminary ballots
4) Begin the discovery process and accept new FYCs
As for #1 above, I'm thinking we keep things fairly simple, along the lines of the 1999 categories, with the following adjustments:
Non-English Language Film
Animated Film Documentary
I'm conflicted about Best Year. I thought it was a cool thing to try, but it was occasionally tricky to track the FYCs and made that part of the voting a little murky, with not all voters able to gauge the quality of the nominees year, so I'd just assume do without it. I'm open to whatever, though.
As mentioned earlier, the nominees for Non-English Language Film might be practically predetermined by the limited number of readily available options, but for the sake of continuity, I'd prefer to leave it as is, rather than making in Best Non-Hollywood Film or something like that.
Short should be a good, viable category for 1945, without the troubles seen in 1999.
1999 had seventeen categories, which seemed like a good manageable number to me. If we agree to the edits made above, that puts us at 15 categories for 1945 ... so I wouldn't be opposed to adding one or two more. Best Film Noir? Best War Film? Best Surprise? Best Costumes? Separate categories for live-action shorts and animated shorts? Best Sound? Separate categories for black-and-white cinematography and color cinematography? Best Visual Effects? Best Scene(s)? Best Line?
Or just leave it at 15?