Monday, July 15, 2019

2019 Emmy Nomination Predictions: Final List

Best Drama Series
Better Call Saul
Game of Thrones
Killing Eve
Ozark
Pose
Succession
This is Us

Best Comedy Series
Barry
Fleabag
GLOW
The Good Place
The Kominsky Method
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Veep

Best Actor in a Drama Series
Sterling K. Brown "This is Us"
Jason Bateman "Ozark"
Kit Harington "Game of Thrones"
Richard Madden "Bodyguard"
Bob Odenkirk "Better Call Saul"
Billy Porter "Pose"

Best Actress in a Drama Series
Christine Baranski "The Good Fight"
Emilia Clarke "Game of Thrones"
Jodi Comer "Killing Eve"
Laura Linney "Ozark"
Sandra Oh "Killing Eve"
Julia Roberts "Homecoming"

Best Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson "black-ish"
Don Cheadle "Black Monday"
Ted Danson "The Good Place"
Michael Douglas "The Kominsky Method"
Bill Hader "Barry"
Jim Parsons "The Big Bang Theory"

Best Actress in a Comedy Series
Pamela Adlon "Better Things"
Rachel Brosnahan "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"
Allison Janney "Mom"
Julia Louis-Dreyfus "Veep"
Lily Tomlin "Grace and Frankie"
Phoebe Waller-Bridge "Fleabag"

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Jonathan Banks "Better Call Saul"
Bobby Cannavale "Homecoming"
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau "Game of Thrones"
Kiernan Culkin "Succession"
Peter Dinklage "Game of Thrones"
Peter Mullan "Ozark"

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Gwendoline Christie "Game of Thrones"
Julia Garner "Ozark"
Lena Headey "Game of Thrones"
Rhea Seehorn "Better Call Saul"
Fiona Shaw "Killing Eve"
Maisie Williams "Game of Thrones"

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Alan Arkin "The Kominsky Method"
Tituss Burgess "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"
Tony Hale "Veep"
Tony Shalhoub "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"
Matt Walsh "Veep"
Henry Winkler "Barry"

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Alex Borstein "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"
Aidy Bryant "Saturday Night Live"
Anna Chlumsky "Veep"
Olivia Colman "Fleabag"
Betty Gilpin "GLOW"
Kate McKinnon "Saturday Night Live"

Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Tituss Burgess "The Good Fight"
James Cromwell "Sucession"
Ron Cephas Jones "This is Us"
Michael McKean "Better Call Saul"
Christopher Meloni "Pose"
Bradley Whitford "The Handmaid's Tale"

Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Connie Britton "American Horror Story: Apocalypse"
Cherry Jones "The Handmaid's Tale"
Jessica Lange "American Horror Story: Apocalypse"
Phylicia Rashad "This is Us"
Cicely Tyson "How to Get Away with Murder"
Carice van Houten "Game of Thrones"

Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Danny DeVito "The Kominsky Method"
Peter MacNicol "Veep"
Lin-Manuel Miranda "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"
John Mulaney "Saturday Night Live"
Bob Newhart "The Big Bang Theory"
Adam Sandler "Saturday Night Live"

Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Christine Baranksi "The Big Bang Theory"
Cate Blanchett "Documentary Now"
Jane Lynch "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"
Sandra Oh "Saturday Night Live"
Maya Rudolph "The Good Place"
Wanda Sykes "black-ish"

Best Limited Series
Chernobyl
Escape at Dannemora
Fosse/Verdon
Sharp Objects
When They See Us

Best Television Movie
Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
Brexit
Deadwood: The Movie
King Lear
Native Son

Best Actor in a Limited Series/TV Movie
Mahershala Ali "True Detective"
Benicio Del Toro "Escape at Dannemora"
Hugh Grant "A Very English Scandal"
Jared Harris "Chernobyl"
Jharrel Jerome "When They See Us"
Sam Rockwell "Fosse/Verdon"

Best Actress in a Limited Series/TV Movie
Amy Adams "Sharp Objects"
Patricia Arquette "Escape at Dannemora"
Connie Britton "Dirty John"
Joey King "The Act"
Niecy Nash "When They See Us"
Michelle Williams "Fosse/Verdon"

Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series/TV Movie
Norbert Leo Butz "Fosse/Verdon"
George Clooney "Catch-22"
Paul Dano "Escape at Dannemora"
Stellan Skarsgard "Chernobyl"
Ben Whishaw "A Very English Scandal"
Michael Kenneth Williams "When They See Us"

Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series/TV Movie
Patricia Arquette "The Act"
Patricia Clarkson "Sharp Objects"
George Clooney "Catch-22"
Carmen Ejogo "True Detective"
Vera Farmiga "When They See Us"
Eliza Scanlan "Sharp Objects"
Emily Watson "Chernobyl"

Best Reality Competition Series
The Amazing Race
America's Got Talent: The Champions
American Ninja Warrior
RuPaul's Drag Race
Top Chef
The Voice

Best Reality Host
W. Kamau Bell "United Shades of America"
Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, and Jonathan Van Ness "Queer Eye"
RuPaul Charles "RuPaul's Drag Race"
Ellen DeGeneres "Ellen's Game of Games"
Jane Lynch "Hollywood Game Night"

Best Variety Talk Series
Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Late Late Night with James Corden
Late Night with Stephen Colbert

Best Variety Sketch Series
At Home with Amy Sedaris
Documentary Now
Drunk History
Saturday Night Live
Tracey Ullman's Show
Who is America

Sunday, July 14, 2019

2019 Emmy Nomination Predictions: Best Drama Series

2019 Nomination Predictions
Better Call Saul
Game of Thrones
Killing Eve
Ozark
Pose
Succession
This is Us

Other Contenders - Homecoming, Bodyguard, The Good Fight, Billions, House of Cards

Commentary - With Stranger Things, The Crown, The Handmaid's Tale, and Westworld all missing the deadline, and The Americans ending. There are a whopping five slots up for grabs. I fully believe that Game of Thrones and This is Us will return to the race, as will Better Call Saul, which missed out on last year's race. I also fully believe that next season's lineup will once again do a complete turnover. So the other four slots. Ozark had some big key nominations last year, and did very well in the winter guilds. It is peaking at just the right time and should make it in. Killing Eve was the hit of last season, but Emmy voters largely ignored it. This season was nowhere near as well-received, but still has enough heat to make it in the race. Pose was borderline, but the second season is currently on FX with rave reviews and tons of positive buzz. That has only helped its case. Finally, I think HBO has played its cards right with Succession, which got some key winter guild nods. But I think it is the weak link. Homecoming should be nominated, and we should not discount Amazon, but its buzz has muted since its premiere. The same thing for Bodyguard, and once again, don't discount Netflix. Finally, I think The Good Fight is the wildcard here. It deserves to be nominated, and The Good Wife was always an Emmy favorite. I think it could sneak in.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

2019 Emmy Nomination Predictions: Best Comedy Series

2019 Nomination Predictions
Barry
Fleabag
GLOW
The Good Place
The Kominski Method
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Veep

Other Contenders - black-ish, Russian Doll, Will & Grace, Schitt's Creek, Better Things, Insecure, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Big Bang Theory, Ramy, Dead to Me, Modern Family

Commentary - This is such a tough race. I feel like the battle for the prize is between Veep, Barry, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and until nominations come out and we see the totality of the race, I'm really not sure who is the front runner. After doing so well with the winter guilds, I think The Kominsky Method, which features acting legends Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin, and is from the legendary Chuck Lorre will easily take a slot. But beyond those four, I think it is a wide open race. I think that the extraordinary buzz that Fleabag is getting right now is the stuff Emmys are made of. The press has been overwhelmingly positive, and it is the last time to reward the show. I think it makes it in. GLOW did not do as well last year as people were predicting, and I was close to leaving it out. But it did well at WGA, SAG, and PGA this winter, and clearly there is still a lot of industry love for the show. Finally, The Good Place's awards prospects have been rising for years, and it seems on the cusp of finally making the cut. But it has to deal with black-ish, which has gotten in several years in a row, and with Russian Doll, which is the hot new item at Netflix. I also think there is competition from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which has never missed a nomination, The Big Bang Theory's final season, and outside contenders like Schitt's Creek, Insecure, Better Things, Ramy, Dead to Me, and Will & Grace.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Celebrating a Decade of The Awards Psychic: Top 100 Films of 2009-2019, Part I

100. City Island (2009) - No one else would ever list this film as one of the best. It is an underrated comedy gem that came and went with little fanfare. But to this day, I still pop it in every once and a while just to watch it again. It features a top-notch cast including Andy Garcia, Emily Mortimer, Alan Arkin, Julianna Margulies, and Ezra Miller. It is a quick, funny look at families, and the secrets that they keep. It clips at a nice pace, has a sharp script, and has some memorable lines. My personal favorite has always been, "Every busy city needs and island of peace, just as every busy soul needs a place of repose". Because, despite all the chaos in this film, at the end there is peace, honesty, community, and it leaves you feeling that no matter how dysfunctional you are, or your family is, or you friends are, that there is hope out there for peace and repose. I like its message, I like its humor, and it has become a personal favorite.

99. How to Train Your Dragon, 1-3 (2010-2019) - It never quite got the respect or the awards, or even the box office as other animated film sagas, but the three How to Train Your Dragon films always deserved more. Beautifully animated adventures with riveting action and colorful characters, How to Train Your Dragon showed us the technical possibilities of animated film. Even more impressive, it managed to almost match Pixar's affinity for heart-tugging emotional story lines, beautifully constructed character growth, and feel-good finales about family, friendship, and acceptance. I think we will look back years from now, and maybe finally recognize just how good this trilogy was, and how much impact on animated film it made.

98. American Honey (2016) - Andrea Arnold's sprawling epic about wayward teenagers piled into a van, traveling cross-country, swindling people's money, doing drugs, drinking, having sex, falling in love, is an interesting look at a slice of Americana. At a whopping 2 hours and 43 minutes, American Honey is an often frustrating exercise, where many of the moments don't really work. But when they do, it is a vastly engaging, haunting, and honest portrayal of young life in poverty. Two things keep it afloat. One is the young Sasha Lane in her breakout role. She is mesmerizing on screen, and not for one moment do you get the sense that this was her film debut. The other piece of the puzzle is Andrea Arnold. I think she purposely lets the film go off course in key moments, because it gives her a chance to correct it spectacularly. This is a film without a destination. It is a film that is rooted in its wayward journey. With Arnold at the helm, it is worth taking the journey. And when the whole cast starts breaking into Lady Antebellum's American Honey, after the film's emotional climax, with Star's (Lane) face in agony, you instantly understand the film's purpose, and you have nothing but respect for the story it tells.

97. Easy A (2010) - Easy A will never reach the cult status of high school comedies like Clueless and Mean Girls, but it deserves to be the in the same conversation. The film knows that it is diving into familiar territory, and like Mean Girls and Clueless, it understands that to stand out from the crowd, you have to be willing to make fun of yourself and try new things. The mean girl is a Christian fundamentalist with a crusader complex. The central story line is the revealing way that sex in high school can act as a status symbol, and a weapon. The parents are hip, funny, and willing to let their kids learn the lessons the hard way. Most importantly, the classic tropes and 80's references are done with wink and a smile. These are just a few of the ways that Easy A managed to be a refreshing and wickedly funny film, and a distinct entry into a well-worn genre. This is on top of top-notch writing, and an incredible cast led by the magnetic Emma Stone. This was her huge breakout leading role that rocketed her to stardom. After seeing her performance, I knew she was going to be someone to watch for years to come. And boy, was I right.

96. 21 Jump Street (2012) - I had zero expectations going into 21 Jump Street. A film based on a so-so 1980's crime drama, starring Channing Tatum? Not normally my style. So I was dragged to the theater with some college friends. I have never laughed as hard in a theater as I did watching this film. I was literally crying and my stomach hurt because it was just non-stop laughs. It totally parodied the original series (including having a cameo from original cast members), it totally wrote in character cliches, then made them a part of the humor. I vividly remember a reviewer who was totally disappointed that Ice Cube plays a stereotypical angry black character in the film. I don't remember who wrote that review, but I remember at the time literally launching into laughter. Clearly the reviewer missed the entire scene where Ice Cube's character makes fun of the fact that he is being portrayed as a stereotype. They knew what they were doing, they were working to flip all of those stereotypes of the crime drama and turn them into a parody and comedy gold. They were making fun of all of those stereotypes. It was a bold idea, it should not have worked, but it did, thanks to the dynamic duo of Lord and Miller. They also made me believe that Channing Tatum was actually a good actor. All he needed was to a comedy to show his talents. Combined with Jonah Hill, they became a hilarious duo that sold 21 Jump Street as a top-notch comedy.

95. Obvious Child (2014) - Making a comedy about abortion does not sound like a recipe for success. Especially since you know that half of your audience will immediately abandon seeing the movie based on their beliefs of this controversial issue. Basically, what the filmmakers decided to do was to take a simple romantic comedy premise and turn it on its head. Of course, the abortion story line in an of itself, is a twist, that brings some darkness, and also some emotional heft to the proceedings. But the real twist is Jenny Slate. Her stand up routines within the film, her quirk energy, her great chemistry with co-star Jake Lacy, and her immeasurable charm take this rom-com to the next level, and make you believe not only the romance and humor, but the pain as well. It was a breakout performance of a wonderful comedic talent.

94. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) - I will simply quote my commentary from when it won Best Animated Film this year: I was all ready to reward Incredibles 2, which I thought was a highly successful and emotionally resonant sequel. Then came Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. It is beautifully animated, funny, warm, and just a ball of energy and fun. Lord and Miller bring an energy and freshness to the superhero genre, and it quickly became my favorite animated film of the year.

93. The Souvenir (2019) - My second favorite film from the first half of 2019. Once again, I will simply recycle my thoughts from when I awarded the director Joanna Hogg with my Best Director honor at the Halfway Awards: I didn't want to walk away from this halfway recognition without rewarding The Souvenir. I credit its success to Joanna Hogg's incredibly personal, experimental, and visionary direction which shows us what an talent she is. The success was so great, that a part two is in the works. I can't wait to see it.

92. Silver Linings Playbook (2012) - Of the David O. Russell films that came out in the last decade, this is the one that still holds up. I ranked American Hustle really high at my year-end awards, but over time, it has not held up well. However, a recent re-watch of Silver Linings Playbook felt as fierce, funny, and emotionally complex as the first time I saw it. Led by a quad of fantastic performances from Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Jackie Weaver, and Robert DeNiro, and a great script from Russell, perfectly capture the humor, heartbreak, messiness, and complexity of Matthew Quick's novel.

91. Girl's Trip (2017) - This is basically a movie about a bachelorette party. It's raunchy, filthy, wildly hilarious, and filled with classic comedy movie gags. So what makes this rise from a fun film, to one of the best? Four names: Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Tiffany Haddish. The chemistry, perfect comedic timing, and talent of these four women is something to behold. Particularly when it comes to Haddish. She is now a full-fledged movie star, television star, and comedian, and is one of the most popular comediennes in the world. That is because her amazingly funny, bold, and raucous breakthrough role in Girls Trip was so memorable.

2019 Emmy Nomination Predictions: Best Actor in a Drama Series

Emmy Nomination Predictions
Jason Bateman "Ozark"
Sterling K. Brown "This is Us"
Kit Harington "Game of Thrones"
Richard Madden "Bodyguard"
Bob Odenkirk "Better Call Saul"
Billy Porter "Pose"

Other Contenders - Brian Cox "Succession", Milo Ventimiglia "This is Us", Stephan James "Homecoming"

Commentary - So Jason Bateman, after his SAG win comes into this race with a lot of heat, especially with its rise in Emmy prospects after doing so well in the winter guild awards. I was really hoping this would be Bob Odenkirk's year. He has the best shot he has ever had, if he can withstand the onslaught of newcomers. Sterling K. Brown is still so beloved, he's in, although I think this is the year that Milo Ventimiglia drops out of the race. Billy Porter is not only great in Pose, whose second season is earning raves and buzz right in the thick of Emmy voting, but he is also becoming a style and pop culture icon, which is helping his Emmy chances. Richard Madden is fantastic in Bodyguard, and won the Golden Globe earlier this year. Finally, I think that despite Game of Thrones backlash, that Kit Harington is going to ride a wave of the powerhouse to another Emmy nomination. But, he is vulnerable with Ventimiglia, Brian Cox, and Stephan James all waiting to take his slot.

Celebrating a Decade of the Awards Psychic: Top 100 Films of 2009-2019 - Intro

So, as of today, I have been writing this blog for a decade. On July 12, 2009, I launched The Awards Psychic. For now a decade, it has been my place to write, rant, mess up, and launch a passion of mine. A lot has happened in the last ten years. I graduated from college, then started my career, got several promotions, went to grad school. Through it all, the highs and the lows, the pain and the triumphs, this blog has been here. It is not the best written, I don't make any money off of it, and my awards predictions are often wrong. But when you look back at this blog's growth, its changes, its ups and downs, it is a perfect representation of me, the person, me the librarian, me the blogger. I love it, and I cannot wait to spend ten more years with you, and ten more after that. To kick off this celebration, I am publishing my Top 100 Films of 2009-2019 (July 12th - July 12th). Disclaimer, I have not seen The Farewell yet, so really its July 12th through July 11th. These are my personal favorites, the films I have liked the best. I hope you enjoy this stroll down memory lane, and I hope you enjoy as we launch together in the next decade of this little blog. Thank you.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

2019 Emmy Nomination Predictions: Best Actress in a Drama Series

2019 Nomination Predictions
Christine Baranski "The Good Fight"
Emilia Clarke "Game of Thrones"
Jodi Comer "Killing Eve"
Laura Linney "Ozark"
Sandra Oh "Killing Eve"
Julia Roberts "Homecoming"

Other Contenders - Robin Wright "House of Cards", Mj Rodriguez "Pose", Mandy Moore "This is Us", Maggie Gyllenhaal "The Deuce", Sarah Paulson "American Horror Story: Apocalypse", Viola Davis "How to Get Away with Murder"

Commentary - I think this race is between Sandra Oh and Laura Linney. Oh has all of the momentum from the winter awards, and Linney is an Emmy favorite. I also think that Jodi Comer will (deservedly) join her co-star this year, for her splashy role in Killing Eve. Emilia Clarke's character may have had the most controversial story line on the final season of Game of Thrones, but no one blames Clarke, who gave it her all. The last two slots are up for grabs. I have Julia Roberts and Christine Baranski based on quality of their shows, name recognition, and awards history. But I wonder about Robin Wright. Will voters simply want to stay away from House of Cards due to its controversy, or will the opposite happen and they will want to reward Wright for stepping up and making sure the series ended? I also wonder about Mj Rodriguez, especially with Season 2 of Pose airing right now to rave reviews. Mandy Moore, Sarah Paulson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Viola Davis will also be ones to look out for come nomination morning.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

2019 Emmy Nomination Predictions: Best Actor in a Comedy Series

2019 Nomination Predictions
Anthony Anderson "black-ish"
Don Cheadle "Black Monday"
Ted Danson "The Good Place"
Michael Douglas "The Kominsky Method"
Bill Hader "Barry"
Jim Parsons "The Big Bang Theory"

Other Contenders - William H. Macy "Shameless", Jim Carrey "Kidding", Ricky Gervais "After Life", Ramy Youssef "Ramy", Sacha Baron Cohen "Who is America", Eugene Levy "Schitt's Creek", Erik McCormack "Will & Grace"

Commentary - So we know Bill Hader and Michael Douglas are going to be battling it out for the top prize here, with the edge probably going to Hader who won last year. I also think that Ted Danson and Anthony Anderson will return for beloved characters and good seasons. The big one I am leaving out is William H. Macy. I was not planning on leaving him out, then I remembered that he missed a nomination at SAG this year, where he has won three times for Shameless. Also, with all of the drama surrounding his wife and his children with this college scandal, it could scare voters away. Also there is the Donald Glover slot. I am picking Don Cheadle, who managed to get nominated over and over again for House of Lies, even when that show was not well-liked across the board. I am also going out on a limb for Jim Parsons. The finale of The Big Bang Theory was well-received, and Parson's monologue at the end was fantastic and emotional. I know he has been out of this race for a few years, but I think he is going to slip back in for one final time. I also think Jimmy Carrey, Ricky Gervais, Ramy Youssef, Sacha Baron Cohen, Eugene Levy, and Erik McCormack could rise as surprise nominees. 

2019 Emmy Nomination Predictions: Best Actress in a Comedy Series

2019 Nomination Predictions
Pamela Adlon "Better Things"
Rachel Brosnahan "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"
Allison Janney "Mom"
Julia Louis-Dreyfus "Veep"
Lily Tomlin "Grace and Frankie"
Phoebe Waller-Bridge "Fleabag"

Other Contenders - Natasha Lyonne "Russian Doll", Tracee Ellis Ross "black-ish", Alison Brie "GLOW", Christina Applegate "Dead to Me", Kristen Bell "The Good Place", Issa Rae "Insecure", Catherine O'Hara "Schitt's Creek", Aidy Bryant "Shrill", Jane Fonda "Grace and Frankie", Debra Messing "Will & Grace"

Commentary - There are only two nominations I feel comfortable predicting: Louis-Dreyfus and Brosnahan, and the Emmy will come down to one of those two most likely. Other than that, I think there are four slots up for grabs. I think we all need to remember that in a lot of ways, the Emmys like to repeat. That makes me think that Emmy winners, and beloved veterans Lily Tomlin, Pamela Adlon, and Allison Janney will still have enough goodwill and popularity to make the cut. However, I am willing to mix up on slot. I love Tracee Ellis Ross and Issa Rae, and they both deserve nominations for their work this year. But the buzz for both of those shows is just so much lower this year, than it was last, and there are two newcomers to the race with heat. I think of the two, Phoebe Waller-Bridge is the best bet to steal the last slot. Fleabag is hot right now, it has buzz, critical raves, and is in the zeitgeist. Russian Doll is hot as well, but I think Fleabag is more up their alley, and I think it will make the Best Comedy Series cut, whereas I'm not so sure about Russian Doll. Ialso think that Alison Brie, Christina Applegate, Kristen Bell, Catherine O'Hara, Aidy Bryant, Jane Fonda, and Debra Messing are potentials in a deep race with too many talented performers populating the ballot.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

2019 Emmy Nomination Predictions: Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

2019 Nomination Predictions
Jonathan Banks "Better Call Saul"
Bobby Cannavale "Homecoming"
Kieran Culkin "Succession"
Peter Dinklage "Game of Thrones"
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau "Game of Thrones"
Peter Mullan "Ozark"

Other Contenders - Michael Kelly "House of Cards", Justin Hartley "This is Us", Matthew MacFayden "Succession", Giancarlo Esposito "Better Call Saul"

Commentary - So I think four guys are pretty set. We know the two Game of Thrones guys are probably back in, as is Jonathan Banks. They all have a proven track record with Emmy voters. So does Bobby Cannavale. Homecoming doesn't have a lot of heat, but Cannavale is beloved among the acting branch, and does a great job in the role. The final two slots are interesting. I think Kieran Culkin is going to get in, especially if Succession cracks into Drama Series. I can't think of a show that did that without at least one acting nomination. Michael Kelly is great, and is well-liked, but I think that they have moved on from House of Cards, and are now on the Ozark train, where Emmy nominee Peter Mullan can slip in and take his slot. I also think Justin Hartley could benefit from less competition this year, MacFayden could take the Succession slot or join Culkin in the race, and Giancarlo Esposito is a Breaking Bad fan favorite who might still have a lot of goodwill with voters.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

2019 Emmy Nomination Predictions: Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

2019 Nomination Predictions
Gwendoline Christie "Game of Thrones"
Julia Garner "Ozark"
Lena Headey "Game of Thrones"
Rhea Seehorn "Better Call Saul"
Susan Kelechi Watson "This is Us"
Maisie Williams "Game of Thrones"

Other Contenders - Fiona Shaw "Killing Eve", Keeley Hawes "Bodyguard", Chrissie Metz "This is Us", Janet McTeer "Ozark", Indya Moore "Pose", Sissy Spacek "Homecoming", Kathy Bates "American Horror Story: Apocalypse", Adina Porter "American Horror Story: Apocalypse"

Commentary - How many Game of Thrones stars are getting in? I expect previous nominees Maisie Williams and Lena Headey to get in on goodwill and history, although Headey really didn't have much to do this season. A lot of folks think Sophie Turner is the one to make the cut, but if voters actually watched this last season, they would know that the best of all four of them was Gwendoline Christie. She had a lot of material, was great as always (even when the material wasn't that great), and is a fan favorite. I think she surprises, and Turner is left out.  The last three slots are interesting. I think Julia Garner, after her SAG Nod, is going to rise with Ozark's rise. I also think that, with vote splitting, she is a real threat to win. Rhea Seehorn has been on the verge of getting into this race for years. With less competition overall this year, and Better Call Saul being a huge Emmy contender, I think this is finally her time. Finally, This is Us is probably going to get into Drama Series for the third year in a row. Last year, Chrissie Metz fell out of this race due to stiff competition. She could get back in on name recognition, but, if voters actually watched this season, the clear favorite should be Susan Kelechi Watson. After Metz's snub last year, I am a bit skeptical, especially with folks like Fiona Shaw, Keeley Hawes, Janet McTeer, Sissy Spacek, and Indya Moore as possibilities. So this race might change come final list. In the meantime, I am sticking with Watson, mostly because she easily deserves a nod. Finally, I am going to make a PSA here. Do not be shocked if Kathy Bates' name is announced. I know she missed out in the TV Movie/Limited Series race last year (Adina Porter did not, another one to watch for), but she is beloved by these voters, and if they get cross-eyed trying to figure out which GOT actress to pick, they might play it safe with an old favorite.

2019 Emmy Nomination Predictions: Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

2019 Nomination Predictions
Alan Arkin "The Kominsky Method"
Tituss Burgess "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"
Tony Hale "Veep"
Tony Shalhoub "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"
Matt Walsh "Veep"
Henry Winkler "Barry"

Other Contenders - Kenan Thompson "Saturday Night Live", Timothy Simons "Veep", Stephen Root "Barry", Reid Scott "Veep", Andrew Scott "Fleabag", Dan Levy "Schitt's Creek", Sean Hayes "Will & Grace", Alec Baldwin "Saturday Night Live", Andre Braugher "Brooklyn Nine-Nine", Marc Maron "GLOW"

Commentary - So I feel pretty comfortable about five of the six slots. Alan Arkin is sure to breakthrough and could win for The Kominksy Method.  I expect Tony Shalhoub to return, and after winning at SAG, he is also a threat to dethrone Henry Winkler, who is a lock. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is not going to do well in its final season, but I would be shocked if voters left off Tituss Burgess, who is beloved among Emmy voters. Finally, with Veep coming back you can expect multiple winner Tony Hale to make the cut once again. The final slot is tricky. Kenan Thompson and Alec Baldwin were nominated last year. I think Baldwin's lack of screen time this season will hurt him, and while Thompson is great, I think that with the return of Veep, Matt Walsh, who was nominated for the last two seasons of the show, will sneak back in. I would also watch out for Walsh's co-star Simons, Andrew Scott, Andre Braugher, Marc Maron, Stephen Root, Dan Levy, and Sean Hayes.

The 11th Annual Awards Psychic Halfway Award Winners

Best Picture
Winner - Booksmart
Runners Up - Apollo 11, The Souvenir, Toy Story 4, Us
Commentary - Apollo 11 is an amazing documentary, Us scared the crap of out me, Toy Story was a great entry, and The Souvenir was emotional and beautifully wrought. But, I have always believed in the old adage that dying is easy, comedy is hard. Comedy is hard, and when it is done right it is magnificent. Booksmart was done right, and Booksmart is magnificent. Yes, it is wildly funny, inventive, raunchy, and a stunning directorial debut for Olivia Wilde. But at its core, it is about two best friends learning how to grow up. There is a beating heart at its center that is so endearing, you can't help but smile.

Best Director
Winner - Joanna Hogg "The Souvenir"
Runners Up - Olivia Wilde "Booksmart", Claire Denis "High Life", Anthony and Joe Russo "Avengers: Endgame"
Commentary - I didn't want to walk away from this halfway recognition without rewarding The Souvenir. I credit its success to Joanna Hogg's incredibly personal, experimental, and visionary direction which shows us what an talent she is. The success was so great, that a part two is in the works. I can't wait to see it.

Best Actor
Winner - Taron Egerton "Rocketman"
Runners Up - Robert Downey Jr. "Avengers: Endgame", Jimmie Falls "The Last Black Man in San Francisco
Commentary - A lot of comparisons are being made between Taron Egerton and last year's Oscar winner Rami Malek. I respected Malek's performance, while not really respecting the film. This time around, you have a performer who actually sings his own songs, and is in a film that is heads and above Bohemian Rhapsody. If they are going to reward Malek with an Oscar, the Egerton should at least be in the mix for his confident, yet vulnerable, and star-making performance in Rocketman. He lit up the screen, and sold the film's boldness with gusto.

Best Actress
Winner - (TIE) Kaitlyn Dever "Booksmart" and Beanie Feldstein "Booksmart"
Runners Up - Lupita Nyong'o "Us" and Julianne Moore "Gloria Bell"
Commentary - At the center of Booksmart is an incredible friendship between two smart, vulnerable teens. Dever and Feldstein brilliantly captured the angst of growing up, breaking free, and fitting in with the crowd. They were both hilarious, heartfelt, and are two young talents with incredible futures ahead of them.

Best Supporting Actor
Winner - Richard Madden "Rocketman"
Runners Up - Jamie Bell "Rocketman" an Rob Morgan "The Last Black Man in San Francisco"
Commentary - This was a weak race going into it, which means most of the names won't be in contention come year's end. So I picked my favorite of the bunch, which was Richard Madden as the skeezy John Reid. He played the part perfectly, and was magnetic on-screen.

Best Supporting Actress
Winner - Emma Thompson "Late Night"
Runners Up - Tilda Swinton "The Souvenir"
Commentary - Probably a co-lead performance, but there is talk of campaigning her in supporting. Either way, Emma Thompson, playing a bad boss character, which is being compared to Miranda Priestly, is stunning. A lot of credit goes to the great script and perfect chemistry created by Mindy Kaling, but Thompson takes on this role with gusto. And may I say, she may do a better job of showing her vulnerabilities then similar roles in the past. After its box office bomb, I don't know if Late Night can stay in the awards game for long (although maybe Golden Globes for Comedy?), but  I hope that the film, and in turn Emma Thompson's performance, are not forgotten anytime soon.

Best Screenplay
Winner - Jordan Peele “Us”
Runners Up - Susanna Fogel, Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Katie Silberman “Booksmart”
Commentary - I am never going to be a huge fan of horror films, but Jordan Peele is working really hard to try to make me one. Us is a brilliant film that scared the crap out of me. I can't say I enjoyed the experience, but I can recognize how he is trying to bring emotionally wrought horror and make it pertinent to the world around us. With Us, Peele proved that he was not a one-hit wonder, and that there is a very good reason why he is Academy Award winning screenwriter Jordan Peele. 

Best Animated Film
Winner - Toy Story 4
Runner Up - How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
Commentary - I was like a lot of folks when I wondered how Pixar was going to make the Toy Story world continue into a fourth film. Luckily, my fears were erased. Toy Story 4 is a wonderful film. It continues to showcase what makes Pixar, and this franchise in particular, so great, and why it has such longevity. It was a joy to visit our old friends, who clearly still have a lot to teach us about life, love, and family. Another triumph for the animation giant. 

Best Ensemble
Winner - Avengers: Endgame
Runner Up - Booksmart, Late Night, Us
Commentary - So I, up until this point, have not mentioned the elephant in the room from this first half of 2019. Endgame was a great film. It was fun, emotional, and a great conclusion (well, sort of conclusion), to an era of blockbuster film making unlike any other. For me, it was not the best film so far, but I wanted to make sure I rewarded it. What better way to do so than rewarding its amazing cast? Some of the best actors in the world have suited up to save it so many times. Their work as an ensemble, with certain standouts of course, has elevated a genre once relegated to the trash heap, has given its characters complexity, and has built one of the world's most endearing fan bases. Congrats to all of them on their remarkable achievement over the last 11 years. 

Friday, July 5, 2019

2019 Emmy Nomination Predictions: Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

2019 Nomination Predictions
Alex Borstein "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"
Aidy Bryant "Saturday Night Live"
Anna Chlumsky "Veep"
Olivia Coleman "Fleabag"
Betty Gilpin "GLOW"
Kate McKinnon "Saturday Night Live"

Other Contenders - Marin Hinkle "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel", Megan Mulally "Will & Grace", Leslie Jones "Saturday Night Live", Laurie Metcalf "The Conners", D'Arcy Carden "The Good Place", Rita Moreno "One Day at a Time", Sarah Goldberg "Barry", Mayim Bialik "The Big Bang Theory", Molly Shannon "The Other Two"

Commentary - This race was so tough last year that the category had multiple ties, leading to a whopping eight nominations. So I think Alex Borstein is a lock to return after winning last year, and could easily win again. I also think that even though she lost last year, that Kate McKinnon is still high on voters' lists after winning two years in a row. Anna Chlumsky missed last year's race due to Veep's ineligibility, but you can bet voters will make room for her one last time. I am hesitant about putting Betty Gilpin in again this year, but she was the only major acting nominee for the show, which is expected to get nominated for Comedy Series again. Clearly voters really like her. I believe that Olivia Coleman will benefit from her recent Oscar win, and the buzz for Season 3 of The Crown. Plus, Fleabag's buzz across the board is crazy high, so expect her to get swept up in the love of Season 2. Finally, this is Aidy Bryant has a great season on SNL, got nominated last year, and has a new show Shrill that was well-received. I think she surprises again. That leaves out legends like Megan Mullaly and Laurie Metcalf, who both got in last year. But the Emmy heat for both of those shows is a lot cooler this year, with the novelty of a returning classic wearing off (although for my money Will & Grace was great this season). That also leaves out Leslie Jones, who keeps defying the odds to get nominated. A lot of pundits and bloggers are also banking on Marin Hinkle (with eight nods, and so much popularity, how could she not get in last year?), and D'Arcy Carden (do enough voters know her well enough to nominate her? I wish, she was the best of the bunch this year). I also think Sarah Goldberg could breakout, Rita Moreno and Molly Shannon can never be discounted, and Mayim Bialik could benefit from a surge in support for The Big Bang Theory's final episode.

2019 Emmy Nomination Predictions: Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series

2019 Emmy Nominations
Tituss Burgess "The Good Fight"
James Cromwell "Succession"
Ron Cephas Jones "This is Us"
Michael McKean "Better Call Saul"
Christopher Meloni "Pose"
Bradley Whitford "The Handmaid's Tale"

Other Contenders - Denis O'Hare "This is Us", Alan Alda "The Good Fight", Michael Angarano "This is Us", Dylan McDermott "American Horror Story: Apocalypse", Kumail Nanjiani "The Twilight Zone", Griffin Dunne "This is Us"

Commentary - So The Handmaid's Tale is really going to benefit from these hanging rules, with Jones and now Whitford not just in the running, but in good positions to both win more Emmys. I think last year's winner Ron Cephas Jones returns as well, and he could once again surprise. Christopher Meloni only has one Emmy nomination to his name, but I think his role in Pose this year is big and bold enough to earn him another. Michael McKean has never been nominated for an Emmy, and has lost out on Emmy nods for Better Call Saul due to so much competition. I think this is finally the year that he makes it in for his incredible role on the show, and it would be a much overdue recognition. Tituss Burgess is so popular that he was Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's only other nomination last year. That combined with The Good Fight's rising popularity could equal another Emmy opportunity. Finally, James Cromwell is popular with Emmy voters, and I think his role in Succession is enough to earn him another nomination. Beyond those six, Denis O'Hare could return, but he missed out last year, Alan Alda is always a threat, as is Dylan McDermott, Michael Angarano, Kumail Nanjiani, and Griffin Dunne.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

The 11th Annual Awards Psychic Halfway Award Nominations

The Halfway Awards celebrate the best of film between January 1st and June 30th each year. They also represent the start of a new season here at The Awards Psychic. Yes that is the 11th Annual you see. This is the start of my eleventh year here. That means that (as of July 12th) I will have been doing this blog a full decade. So this is the start of our celebration of 10 years here. I will soon start my Top 100 Films and then in the spring after the Oscars, The Top 100 Television Shows of the first decade of The Awards Psychic. Thank you all for tuning in, and enjoy my favorite films and performances from the first half of 2019.

Best Picture
Apollo 11
Avengers: Endgame
Booksmart
High Life
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
The Last Black Man in San Francisco
Late Night
Rocketman
The Souvenir
Toy Story 4
Us

Best Director
Josh Cooley "Toy Story 4"
Claire Denis “High Life”
Dexter Fletcher “Rocketman”
Joanna Hogg “The Souvenir”
Todd Douglas Miller “Apollo 11”
Jordan Peele “Us”
Anthony and Joe Russo “Avengers: Endgame”
Chad Stahelski “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum”
Joe Talbot “The Last Black Man in San Francisco”
Olivia Wilde “Booksmart”

Best Actor
Tom Burke “The Souvenir”
Robert Downey Jr. “Avengers: Endgame”
Winston Duke “Us”
Taron Egerton “Rocketman”
Jimmie Falls “The Last Black Man in San Francisco”
Zachary Levi “Shazam!”
Jonathan Majors “The Last Black Man in San Francisco”
Robert Pattinson “High Life”
Keanu Reeves “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum”
Franz Rogowski “Transit”

Best Actress
Juliette Binoche “High Life”
Honor Swinton Byrne “The Souvenir”
Kaitlyn Dever “Booksmart”
Beanie Feldstein “Booksmart”
Mindy Kaling “Late Night”
Brie Larson “Captain Marvel”
Lupita Nyong’o “Us”
Julianne Moore “Gloria Bell”
Mary Kay Place “Diane”
Charlize Theron “Long Shot”

Best Supporting Actor
Jamie Bell “Rocketman”
Danny Glover “The Last Black Man in San Francisco”
Samuel L. Jackson “Captain Marvel”
John Lithgow “Late Night”
Richard Madden "Rocketman"
Rob Morgan “The Last Black Man in San Francisco”

Best Supporting Actress
Tichina Arnold “The Last Black Man in San Francisco”
Bryce Dallas Howard “Rocketman”
Scarlett Johansson “Avengers: Endgame”
Billie Lourd “Booksmart”
Elisabeth Moss “Us”
Estelle Parsons “Diane”
June Diane Raphael “Long Shot”
Tilda Swinton “The Souvenir”
Emma Thompson “Late Night”

Best Screenplay
Susanna Fogel, Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Katie Silberman “Booksmart”
Alice Johnson Boher, Sebastian Lelio, Gonzalo Mazo “Gloria Bell” 
Claire Denis, Jean-Pol Fargeau, and Geoff Cox “High Life” 
Joe Talbot, Jimmie Fails, and Rob Richert “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” 
Mindy Kaling “Late Night” 
Lee Hall “Rocketman” 
Joanna Hogg “The Souvenir”
Andrew Stanton, Stephany Folsom, John Lasseter, Josh Cooley, Valerie LaPointe, Rashida Jones, Will McCormack, Martin Hynes "Toy Story 4"
Jordan Peele “Us”

Best Animated Film
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
Missing Link
Toy Story 4

Best Ensemble
Avengers: Endgame
Booksmart
Captain Marvel
High Life
John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
The Last Black Man in San Francisco 
Late Night
Us

2019 Emmy Nomination Predictions: Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series

2019 Nomination Predictions
Connie Britton "American Horror Story: Apocalypse"
Cherry Jones "The Handmaid's Tale"
Jessica Lange "American Horror Story: Apocalypse"
Phylicia Rashad "This is Us"
Cicely Tyson "How to Get Away With Murder"
Carice van Houten "Game of Thrones"

Other Contenders - Michelle Forbes "Grey's Anatomy", Malin Akerman "Billions", Laverne Cox "Orange is the New Black", Andrea Martin "The Good Fight", Sandra Bernhard "Pose", Regina Taylor "The Good Fight", Jane Curtin "The Good Fight"

Commentary - So Cherry Jones and Cicely Tyson were nominated last year, and are both Emmy-winning favorites. I think they are in again. Phylicia Rashad has a great role in This is Us, and even though American Horror Story is no longer the Emmy favorite it once was, the acting branch still loves this show, and I would be surprised if it passed up an opportunity to put Connie Britton and Jessica Lange back in the Emmy race. Finally, Carice van Houten was a pivotal part of beating the Night King, especially her scene with Arya that foreshadows the rest of the episode (and it turns out a lot of the series). While she didn't have a lot of screen time, I think her impact was enough to inspire voters. Beyond those six, Michelle Forbes had a powerful episode on Grey's Anatomy, Malin Akerman was great in Billions (but that show has never caught on with Emmy voters), Laverne Cox has gotten in before, and The Good Fight is hoping to reclaim the dominance its predecessor once had in this category.

2019 Emmy Nomination Predictions: Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

2019 Nomination Predictions
Luke Kirby "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"
Peter MacNicol "Veep"
Lin-Manuel Miranda "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"
John Mulaney "Saturday Night Live"
Bob Newhart "The Big Bang Theory"
Adam Sandler "Saturday Night Live"

Other Contenders - Danny DeVito "The Kominsky Method", Matt Damon "Saturday Night Live", Adam Scott "The Good Place", RuPaul Charles "Grace and Frankie", Matthew Broderick "Better Things", Seth Meyers "Saturday Night Live", Robert DeNiro "Saturday Night Live", Adam Driver "Saturday Night Live"

Commentary - A Lot of SNL guys are confusing the category. Once again, determining the jaw dropper is difficult. I think Peter MacNicol, after being disqualified a few years ago, will make the cut (double checked, should be no issue this time around), and once again, if tapes mattered, he would be a slam dunk. Of the SNL guys, John Mulaney should be in the mix, as he was easily the best host of the bunch. I also think Adam Sandler (yes, that Adam Sandler) is in the mix. His films are crap, but he is at home on the SNL set, and nostalgia could play a factor. Bob Newhart missed out last for The Big Bang Theory, but I think that the love from the show's final season could earn it an Emmy resurgence, including one final nod for the legendary Newhart. After getting nominated last year, I think Lin-Manuel Miranda earns another Emmy nod for his hilarious role in Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Those are my six, although I am weary of some of the other SNL guys like Damon, DeNiro, Meyers, and Driver. I also think that Danny Devito is a real threat for a nod (and I might move him in by the final nomination list), and am looking out for Adam Scott, RuPaul, and Matthew Broderick as well.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

2019 Emmy Nomination Predictions: Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

2019 Nomination Predictions
Christine Baranski "The Big Bang Theory"
Cate Blanchett "Documentary Now"
Jane Lynch "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"
Sandra Oh "Saturday Night Live"
Maya Rudolph "The Good Place"
Wanda Sykes "black-ish"

Other Contenders - Rachel Brosnahan "Saturday Night Live", Emma Thompson "Saturday Night Live", Ann-Margaret "The Kominsky Method", Awkwafina "Saturday Night Live", Fiona Shaw "Fleabag", Sally Phillips "Veep", Molly Shannon "Will & Grace", Octavia Spencer "black-ish", Regina King "The Big Bang Theory", Blythe Danner "Will & Grace"

Commentary - In terms of predicting, Guest acting races are a crap shoot. There is always some jaw-dropper, out-of-nowhere nomination. I am going to play it safe, because I never get the odd-ball nomination right. You can bet that last year's nominee, and perennial Emmy winner Jane Lynch will return for her scene-stealing turn in Mrs. Maisel. I also think that the star power and 2 Oscars behind Cate Blanchett's name will be enough to easily earn her a nomination for Documentary Now. As The Good Place continues to rise in its awards fortunes, I also expect Maya Rudolph to get back in for her turn as The Judge. Beyond those three though, I am not so certain. Of the Saturday Night Live slots, I am picking Sandra Oh for reviews and buzz, but it could easily be Rachel Brosnahan (beloved actress, reviews mixed on performance), Emma Thompson or Awkwafina. Wanda Sykes has been nominated two years in a row for black-ish, over much better competition. I suspect voters will continue to check off her name. Same can be said for Christine Baranski, who has a winning tape, if tapes still mattered. But that leaves off Ann-Margaret, the SNL ladies, Fiona Shaw, Sally Phillps, Molly Shannon, Regina King, Blythe Danner, Octavia Spencer, and the aforementioned unknown quantity that could come out of nowhere.

Monday, July 1, 2019

AMPAS Invites 842 New Members

Actors
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje – “Suicide Squad,” “Trumbo”
Yareli Arizmendi – “A Day without a Mexican,” “Like Water for Chocolate”
Claes Bang – “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” “The Square”
Jamie Bell – “Rocketman,” “Billy Elliot”
Bob Bergen – “The Secret Life of Pets,” “WALL-E”
Bruno Bichir – “Crónica de un Desayuno,” “Principio y Fin”
Claire Bloom – “The King’s Speech,” “Limelight”
Héctor Bonilla – “7:19 La Hora del Temblor,” “Rojo Amanecer”
Juan Diego Botto – “Ismael,” “Vete de Mí”
Sterling K. Brown – “Black Panther,” “Marshall”
Gemma Chan – “Crazy Rich Asians,” “Mary Queen of Scots”
Rosalind Chao – “I Am Sam,” “The Joy Luck Club”
Camille Cottin – “Larguées,” “Allied”
Kenneth Cranham – “Maleficent,” “Layer Cake”
Marina de Tavira – “Roma,” “La Zona (The Zone)”
Stephen Dillane – “Darkest Hour,” “The Hours”
Winston Duke – “Us,” “Black Panther”
Jennifer Ehle – “A Quiet Passion,” “Zero Dark Thirty”
Irene Escolar – “Bajo la Piel de Lobo,” “Un Otoño sín Berlin”
Claire Foy – “First Man,” “Breathe”
Gina Gallego – “Minority Report,” “Erin Brockovich”
Giancarlo Giannini – “Quantum of Solace,” “Seven Beauties”
David Harewood – “Free in Deed,” “Blood Diamond”
Stephen McKinley Henderson – “Fences,” “Manchester by the Sea”
Dolores Heredia – “Huérfanos,” “A Better Life”
Tom Holland – “Avengers: Endgame,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming”
Tom Hollander – “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Pride & Prejudice”
Nina Hoss – “A Most Wanted Man,” “Barbara”
Lennie James – “Blade Runner 2049,” “Get On Up”
Gemma Jones – “Rocketman,” “Sense and Sensibility”
Barry Keoghan – “Dunkirk”
Anupam Kher – “Hotel Mumbai,” “The Big Sick”
Andreas Sebastian Koch – “Bridge of Spies,” “The Lives of Others”
Lady Gaga* – “A Star Is Born,” “Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”
Tracy Letts – “The Post,” “Lady Bird”
Damian Lewis – “Our Kind of Traitor,” “Dreamcatcher”
Helen McCrory – “Their Finest,” “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”
Natascha McElhone – “Solaris,” “The Truman Show”
Ofelia Medina – “Innocent Voices,” “Frida: Naturaleza Viva”
Elisabeth Moss – “Us,” “The Square”
Peter Mullan – “Tyrannosaur,” “Trainspotting”
Jack O’Connell – “Unbroken,” “Starred Up”
Archie Panjabi – “A Mighty Heart,” “The Constant Gardener”
Amanda Peet – “The Way Way Back,” “Syriana”
Kevin Pollak – “The Front Runner,” “The Usual Suspects”
Will Poulter – “Detroit,” “The Revenant”
Andrea Riseborough – “Battle of the Sexes,” “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Toni Servillo – “The Great Beauty,” “La Ragazza del Lago”
Alexander Skarsgård – “The Legend of Tarzan,” “Melancholia”
Tamlyn Tomita – “The Day after Tomorrow,” “The Joy Luck Club”
Jean-Louis Trintignant – “Amour,” “Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train”
Carlo Verdone – “Manuale d’Amore,” “Borotalco”
Harriet Walter – “The Young Victoria,” “Atonement”
Olivia Williams – “An Education,” “The Sixth Sense”
Letitia Wright – “Black Panther,” “Ready Player One”
Yousra – “The Storm,” “Egyptian Story”

Casting Directors
Justine Arteta – “Battle of the Sexes,” “Little Miss Sunshine”
Eyde Belasco – “Sorry to Bother You,” “(500) Days of Summer”
Jo Edna Boldin – “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” “Hell or High Water”
Nathalie Boutrie – “Mommy,” “Monsieur Lazhar”
Nathalie Cheron – “Lucy,” “La Femme Nikita”
Robin D. Cook – “The Shape of Water,” “Crimson Peak”
Alexa L. Fogel – “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind,” “Our Brand Is Crisis”
Celestia Fox – “The Remains of the Day,” “Howards End”
Rie Hedegaard – “Flame and Citron,” “The Celebration”
Irene Lamb – “Brazil,” “The Empire Strikes Back”
Don Phillips – “Dazed and Confused,” “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”
Lene Seested – “After the Wedding,” “Brothers”
Christi Soper Hilt – “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” “The Boss Baby”

Cinematographers
Christopher Aoun – “Capernaum,” “Kalveli: Shadows of the Desert”
Vanja Černjul – “Crazy Rich Asians,” “Adult Beginners”
Carolina Costa – “Crystal Swan,” “They”
Svetlana Cvetko – “In Search of Greatness,” “Silicon Cowboys”
Autumn Durald Arkapaw – “The Sun Is Also a Star,” “Untogether”
Diego García – “Divino Amor,” “Our Time”
Hong Kyung-pyo – “Burning,” “Run Off”
Miguel Littin Menz – “Cabros de Mierda,” “Hands of Stone”
Zak Mulligan – “We the Animals,” “Bleeding Heart”
Sean Porter – “Green Book,” “Rough Night”
Joshua James Richards – “The Rider,” “God’s Own Country”
George Richmond – “Rocketman,” “Tomb Raider”
David Alex Riddett – “Early Man,” “Shaun the Sheep Movie”
Robbie Ryan – “The Favourite,” “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)”
Akira Sako – “Ajin: Demi-Human,” “Shippu Rondo”
Giorgi Shvelidze – “Namme,” “Beri”
Lyle Vincent – “Thoroughbreds,” “The Bad Batch”
Ari Wegner – “Stray,” “Lady Macbeth”

Costume Designers
Stacey Battat – “Gloria Bell,” “The Bling Ring”
Mimi Lempicka – “Au Revoir Là-Haut (See You Up There),” “Blanche”
Debra McGuire – “I Feel Pretty,” “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy”
Antoinette Messam – “Superfly,” “Creed”
Lena Mossum – “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” “13 Roses”
Gaetano Speranza – “Stan & Ollie,” “Everest”
Aleksandra Staszko – “Cold War,” “Ida”
Julio Suárez – “Zama,” “The Headless Woman”
Anna Terrazas – “Roma,” “Abel”

Directors
Zoya Akhtar – “Gully Boy,” “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara”
Raja Amari – “Foreign Body,” “Les Secrets”
Jon Baird – “Stan & Ollie,” “Filth”
M. Neema Barnette – “Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day,” “Civil Brand”
Julie Bertuccelli – “Dernières Nouvelles du Cosmos,” “Since Otar Left…”
Laís Bodanzky – “Como Nossos Pais,” “Bicho de Sete Cabecas”
Zero Chou – “Ching’s Way Homes,” “Spider Lilies”
Jonathan M. Chu – “Crazy Rich Asians,” “Now You See Me 2”
Sergey Dvortsevoy – “Ayka,” “Tulpan”
Pernille Fischer Christensen – “Becoming Astrid,” “Someone You Love”
Lucía Gajá – “Batallas Intimas,” “Mi Vida Dentro”
Nisha Ganatra – “Late Night,” “Chutney Popcorn”
Matteo Garrone – “Dogman,” “Tale of Tales”
Will Gluck – “Peter Rabbit,” “Easy A”
Eva Husson – “Girls of the Sun,” “Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story)”
Liza Johnson – “Elvis & Nixon,” “Return”
Tunde Kelani – “The Lion and the Jewel,” “The Narrow Path”
Jennifer Kent* – “The Nightingale,” “The Babadook”
Mélanie Laurent – “Galveston,” “Breathe”
Phil Lord* – “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” “21 Jump Street”
Alison Maclean – “The Rehearsal,” “Jesus’ Son”
Christopher Miller* – “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” “21 Jump Street”
Carol Morley – “Out of Blue,” “The Falling”
Ulrike Ottinger – “Under Snow,” “Twelve Chairs”
Gloria Rolando – “Dialogue with My Grandmother,” “1912: Breaking the Silence, Chapter 1“
Amr Salama – “Sheikh Jackson,” “Tahrir 2011”
Shamim Sarif – “Despite the Falling Snow,” “The World Unseen”
Ivan Sen – “Goldstone,” “Toomelah”
Maryse Sistach – “Moon Rain,” “The Girl on the Stone”
Frances-Anne Solomon – “Hero: Inspired by the Extraordinary Life and Times of Mr. Ulric Cross,” “Peggy Su!”
David E. Talbert – “Almost Christmas,” “First Sunday”
Yim Soon-rye – “Little Forest,” “Whistle Blower”
Jasmila Žbanić – “One Day in Sarajevo,” “Grbavica”

Documentary
Nancy Abraham – “Solitary,” “The Loving Story”
Khadija Al-Salami – “Yemen: Kids and War,” “Al Sarkha (Scream)”
Phie Ambo – “Free the Mind,” “Family”
Karim Amer – “The Great Hack,” “The Square”
Isabel Arrate Fernandez – “Return to Homs,” “Five Broken Cameras”
Kirstine Barfod – “Venus,” “Born to Lose”
Ruth Beckermann – “The Waldheim Waltz,” “East of War”
Jordana Berg – “The Edge of Democracy,” “The Mighty Spirit”
Doug Block – “The Children Next Door,” “Home Page”
Steven Bognar – “American Factory,” “The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant”
Dallas Brennan Rexer – “No Woman, No Cry,” “Deadline”
Ditsi Carolino – “Hindered Land,” “Bunso”
Erin Casper – “Risk,” “American Promise”
Julian Cautherley – “Buena Vista Social Club: Adios,” “The Crash Reel”
Lori Cheatle – “Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.,” “I Am Another You”
Jimmy Chin – “Free Solo,” “Meru”
Jonathan Chinn – “Black Sheep,” “LA 92”
Christopher Clements – “One Child Nation,” “Take Your Pills”
Davis Coombe – “Chasing Coral,” “Saving Face”
Ben Cotner – “13th,” “The Case Against 8”
Brenda Coughlin – “Risk,” “Dirty Wars”
Linda Davis – “The Kill Team,” “The Waiting Room”
Talal Derki – “Of Fathers and Sons,” “Return to Homs”
Jessica Devaney – “The Feeling of Being Watched,” “Speed Sisters”
Katja Dringenberg – “The Congo Tribunal,” “Black Box BRD”
Anne Fabini* – “Return to Homs,” “More than Honey”
Penelope Falk – “Step,” “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work”
Drew Fellman – “Pandas,” “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar”
Skye Fitzgerald – “Lifeboat,” “Finding Face”
Josh Fox – “Awake, a Dream from Standing Rock,” “Gasland”
Ansgar Frerich – “Let the Bell Ring,” “Of Fathers and Sons”
Laura Gabbert – “City of Gold,” “Sunset Story”
Jannat C. Gargi – “Knife Skills,” “Circo”
Maureen Gosling – “Blossoms of Fire,” “Burden of Dreams”
Roberta Grossman – “Seeing Allred,” “Above and Beyond
Lee Hirsch – “Bully,” “Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony”
Hong Hyung-sook – “The Border City 2,” “Reclaiming Our Names”
Chiemi Karasawa – “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me,” “Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction”
Eva Kemme – “Of Fathers and Sons,” “Taste of Cement”
Stephen Kijak – “We Are X,” “Stones in Exile”
Su Kim – “Midnight Traveler,” “Hale County This Morning, This Evening”
Alison Klayman – “The Brink,” “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry”
Karen Konicek – “Monrovia, Indiana,” “Ex Libris – The New York Public Library”
Jan Krawitz – “Perfect Strangers,” “Big Enough”
Sabine Krayenbühl – “The Price of Everything,” “Mad Hot Ballroom”
Susan Lacy – “Jane Fonda in Five Acts,” “Inventing David Geffen”
Beth Levison – “32 Pills: My Sister’s Suicide,” “The Trials of Spring”
Mor Loushy – “The Oslo Diaries,” “Censored Voices”
Carrie Lozano – “The Ballad of Fred Hersch,” “The Weather Underground”
Ma Li – “Inmates,” “Born in Beijing”
Leah Marino – “Motherland,” “Imelda”
Rafael Marmor – “Mike Wallace Is Here,” “The Short Game”
Gesa Marten – “Shot in the Dark,” “Lost in Liberia”
Yael Melamede – “(Dis)Honesty – The Truth about Lies,” “Desert Runners”
Noé Mendelle – “Woman in Sari,” “State of the World”
Muffie Meyer – “Making Rounds,” “Grey Gardens”
Bryn Mooser – “Lifeboat,” “Body Team 12”
Eva Mulvad – “The Good Life,” “Enemies of Happiness”
Alysa Nahmias – “Unrest,” “Unfinished Spaces”
Andrea Blaugrund Nevins – “Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie,” “Still Kicking: The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies”
Christine O’Malley – “If You Build It,” “I.O.U.S.A.”
Martha Orozco – “Nueva Venecia,” “Drought,”
Ferne Pearlstein – “The Last Laugh,” “Imelda”
Per Kirkegaard Pedersen – “That Summer,” “Armadillo”
PJ Raval – “Call Her Ganda,” “Before You Know It”
Kimberly Reed – “Dark Money,” “Prodigal Sons”
Stacey Reiss – “The Eagle Huntress,” “The Diplomat”
Melissa Robledo – “Command and Control,” “Merchants of Doubt”
Susan Rockefeller – “Food for Thought, Food for Life,” “Making the Crooked Straight”
Vanessa Roth – “American Teacher,” “Freeheld”
Marjan Safinia – “Seeds,” “But You Speak Such Good English”
Courtney Sexton – “Apollo 11,” “Three Identical Strangers”
Avner Shahaf – “The Oslo Diaries,” “The Gatekeepers”
Alexandra Shiva – “This Is Home: A Refugee Story, “ “How to Dance in Ohio”
Tobias N. Siebert – “Of Fathers and Sons,” “The Story of the Weeping Camel”
Karen Sim – “Watchers of the Sky,” “Back on Board: Greg Louganis”
Claire Simon – “Young Solitude,” “Human Geography”
Sara Stockmann – “Bobbi Jene,” “Armadillo”
Helena Třeštíková – “A Marriage Story,” “Marcela”
Matt Tyrnauer – “Studio 54,” “Valentino The Last Emperor”
Lindsay Utz – “American Factory,” “Quest”
Lisa Valencia-Svensson – “Call Her Ganda,” “Herman’s House”
Aliona van der Horst – “Love Is Potatoes,” “Boris Ryzhy”
Baby Ruth Villarama – “Sunday Beauty Queen,” “Jazz in Love”
Miao Wang – “Maineland,” “Beijing Taxi”
Stephanie Wang-Breal – “Blowin’ Up,” “Tough Love”
M. Watanabe Milmore – “Metallica: Some Kind of Monster,” “Revelations: Paradise Lost 2”
William Weber – “To Be Takei,” “We Were Here”
Ryan White – “Ask Dr. Ruth,” “The Case Against 8”
Michelle M. Witten – “Generation Wealth,” “Author: The JT LeRoy Story”
Matt Wolf – “Bayard & Me,” “Teenage”
Hao Wu – “People’s Republic of Desire,” “The Road to Fame”
Tom Yellin – “Cartel Land,” “Girl Rising”
Farihah Zaman – “Remote Area Medical,” “This Time Next Year”

Executives
Richard Abramowitz
Edward Allen
Spring Aspers
Steve Bertram
Neal Block
Gail Blumenthal
Gabriel Brakin
Matthew Evan Brodlie
Ben Browning
Lisa Bunnell
Andres Calderon
Jean Chi
Marjorie Cohn
Tim Collins
Shakim Compere
Tyler Dinapoli
Sidonie Dumas
Jesse Ehrman
Scott Forman
Greg Forston
Margaret French-Isaac
Cindy Gardner
Michele Halberstadt
Kiska Higgs
Jennifer Hollingsworth
Leah Holzer
Mike Jackson
Jonathan Kadin
Ken Kao
Laine R. Kline
Eric Lagesse
Cassidy Lange
Patricia Louise Laucella
Ivana Lombardi
Jillian Longnecker
Richard Lorber
Funa Maduka
Alana Mayo
Howard Meyers
Andrea M. Miloro
Meredith Milton
Tom Molter
Lumumba M. Mosquera
Chantal Nong
Megan O’Brien
Jun Oh
Dana O’Keefe
Marisa Michele Paiva
Linda Pan
Nicola Pearcey
Julie Rapaport
Betsy Rodgers
Adam Rosenberg
Michael Schaefer
Georges Schoucair
Sara Scott
Beatriz Sequeira
Meyer Shwarzstein
Molly Smith
Kimberly Steward
Shelby Stone
Syrinthia Studer
Niels Swinkels
Cathleen Taff
Winnie Tsang
John Vanco
Samantha Vincent
Robert Walak
Ty Warren
Brad Weston
Cami Sarah Winikoff
Christa Zofcin Workman

Film Editors
Michel Aller – “Shazam!,” “The Nun”
Joshua Altman – “Minding the Gap,” “The Price of Free”
John Axelrad – “The Lost City of Z,” “Crazy Heart”
Alexander Berner – “Alien vs. Predator,” “Resident Evil”
Edgar Burcksen – “100 Years: One Woman’s Fight for Justice,” “A New York Heartbeat”
Lee Chatametikool – “Malila: The Farewell Flower,” “Pop Aye”
Dany Cooper – “Measure of a Man,” “The Sapphires”
Peter Elliot – “Shaft,” “Think like a Man”
Anne Fabini* – “Of Fathers and Sons,” “Return to Homs”
Robert Fisher, Jr. – “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”
Teresa Font – “Pain & Glory,” “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote”
Laure Gardette – “Capernaum,” “Polisse”
François Gédigier – “Alone in Berlin,” “Yves Saint Laurent”
Terel Gibson – “Sorry to Bother You,” “The Ballad of Lefty Brown”
Eddie Hamilton – “Mission: Impossible – Fallout,” “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”
Julia Juaniz – “Finding Steve McQueen,” “Black Butterfly”
Mako Kamitsuna – “Mudbound,” “Blackhat”
Kim Hyun – “Burning,” “Poetry”
Kim Jae-beom – “The Battleship Island,” “The Handmaiden”
Kim Sang-beom – “Rampant,” “The Handmaiden”
Guy Lecorne – “High Life,” “Let the Sunshine In”
Petar Marković – “Ayka,” “Tulpan”
Yorgos Mavropsaridis – “The Favourite,” “The Lobster”
Anne McCabe – “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” “Dirty Grandpa”
Kirk Morri – “Aquaman,” “The Conjuring”
Shigeru Nishiyama – “Mirai,” “The Boy and the Beast”
Nacho Ruiz Capillas – “Twelve-Year Night,” “The Others”
Marco Spoletini – “Dogman,” “The Wonders”
Károly Szalai – “On Body and Soul,” “Spy Master”
John Venzon – “The Lego Batman Movie,” “Storks”
Justine Wright – “The Iron Lady,” “The Last King of Scotland”
Makeup Artists and Hairstylists
Robin Beauchesne – “The Lone Ranger,” “The Way Back”
Tym Shutchai Buacharern – “Black Panther,” “Dreamgirls”
Joseph A. Campayno – “Limitless,” “Unfaithful”
Rosalina Da Silva – “X-Men: Apocalypse,” “Watchmen”
Sterfon Demings – “Roman J. Israel, Esq.,” “Milk”
Manolo García – “Suspiria,” “The Sea Inside”
Pamela Goldammer – “Border,” “The Hallow”
Sylvie Imbert – “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote,” “Blancanieves”
Jamie Kelman – “Vice,” “Looper”
Nicki Ledermann – “The Greatest Showman,” “Inside Llewyn Davis”
Ana López-Puigcerver – “Julieta,” “The Others”
Göran Lundström – “Border,” “Passion”
Sharon Martin – “Half of a Yellow Sun,” “Snow White and the Huntsman”
Jane O’Kane – “Adrift,” “Ghost in the Shell”
Kyra Panchenko – “Trainwreck,” “A Most Violent Year”
Marc Pilcher – “Mary Queen of Scots,” “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms”
Christina Roesler-Kerwin – “Bumblebee,” “End of Watch”
Sarah Rubano – “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” “District 9”
Lucy Sibbick – “Darkest Hour,” “Tulip Fever”
Ivo Strangmüller – “Never Look Away,” “A Royal Affair”
Mitsuyo Takasaki – “Silence,” “Kakekomi”
Jay Wejebe – “Red Sparrow,” “Interstellar”
Josh Weston – “Stan & Ollie,” “Suspiria”
Gigi Williams – “Inherent Vice,” “Gone Girl”

Marketing and Public Relations
Molly Albright
Flavia Amon
Robin Baum
Steve Beeman
Myles Bender
Liz Berger
Jeanne R. Berney
Lylle Breier
Dana Bseiso Vazquez
Lori Burns
Nicole Butte
VJ Carbone
Jan Craft
Catherine Culbert
Carol Cundiff
Brian Dailey
Mark Davis
Bette Ann Einbinder
Amy Elkins
Kira C. Feola
April Florentino
Brooke Ford
Seth Fradkoff
Pamela Godwin-Austen
Simon Halls
Kristina Marie Hernandez
Etienne Hernandez-Medina
Jessica Intihar
Joshua Jason
Melissa Kates
Meryl Katz
Sumyi Khong Antonson
Wendy Kupsis-Robino
Vinicius Losacco
Rebecca Mall
Lorna Mann
Ellene V. Miles
Liz Miller
Martha Morrison
David K. O’Connor
Lisa Oropeza
Courtney Ott
Jordan Park Peed
Danni Pearlberg
Jennifer Peterson
Nicole Quenqua
Michelle Rasic
Claire Raskind
Mike Rau
Arianne Rocchi
Katherine Rowe
Jonathan Rutter
Dorothea Sargent
Sara Serlen
David Singh
Justin Slobig
Andrew Stachler
Amanda Stirling
Jennifer Stott
Julie Tustin
Jessica Uzzan
Roya Vakili
Tirrell Whittley
Dylan Wiley
Rob Wilkinson
Annett Wolf
Paula Woods
Elena Zilberman

Music
Michael Abels – “Us,” “Get Out”
Adele Adkins – “Skyfall”
Nathan Barr – “The House with a Clock in Its Walls,” “The Last Exorcism”
Kris Bowers – “Green Book,” “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You”
Missy Cohen – “Hold the Dark,” “The Informant!”
Jane Antonia Cornish – “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood,” “Citizen Jane: Battle for the City”
John Finklea – “Vice,” “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”
Annette Focks – “Ostwind,” “Krabat”
Richard Ford – “Downsizing,” “Hidden Figures”
Ludwig Goransson – “Black Panther,” “Creed”
Rupert Gregson-Williams – “Aquaman,” “Hacksaw Ridge”
Hildur Guðnadóttir – “Mary Magdalene,” “Sicario: Day of the Soldado”
Jed Kurzel – “The Mustang,” “The Babadook”
Lady Gaga* – “A Star Is Born,” “The Hunting Ground”
Bryan Lawson – “Robin Hood,” “Suicide Squad”
Annie Lennox – “A Private War,” “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”
Peter Stephen Myles – “Jason Bourne,” “Pacific Rim”
Anne Nikitin – “American Animals,” “The Imposter”
Heitor Teixeira Pereira – “Smallfoot,” “Real Women Have Curves”
Arthur Pingrey – “Jim: The James Foley Story,” “Racing Extinction”
Mark Ronson – “A Star Is Born,” “Quincy”
Jason Ruder – “A Star Is Born,” “La La Land”
Roxanne Joy Seeman – “Get on the Bus,” “Little Monsters”
John Charles Edward Swihart – “The Education of Charlie Banks,” “Napoleon Dynamite”
Sherry Whitfield – “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” “Easy A”
Robin Whittaker – “The House with a Clock in Its Walls,” “Amy”
Scott Wittman – “Mary Poppins Returns,” “When Harry Met Sally”
Andrew Wyatt – “A Star Is Born,” “Music and Lyrics”

Producers
Mollye Asher – “The Rider,” “Fort Tilden”
Stefanie Azpiazu – “Private Life,” “Enough Said”
Lucy Barreto – “Reaching for the Moon,” “Bossa Nova”
Luiz Carlos Barreto – “João, o Maestro,” “The Middle of the World”
Jess Wu Calder – “Blindspotting,” “Blair Witch”
Francesca Cima – “Youth,” “The Great Beauty”
Naomi Despres – “Lizzie,” “Kill the Messenger”
Neal Dodson – “A Most Violent Year,” “All Is Lost”
Benjamín Domenech – “Zama,” “Acusada (The Accused)”
Gail Egan – “Final Portrait,” “A Most Wanted Man”
Helen Estabrook – “Tully,” “Whiplash”
Santiago Gallelli – “Zama,” “Acusada (The Accused)”
Rebecca Green – “It Follows,” I’ll See You in My Dreams”
Dolly Hall – “The Maid’s Room,” “High Art”
Osnat Handelsman-Keren – “The Kindergarten Teacher,” “Bethlehem”
Debra Hayward – “Mary Queen of Scots,” “Les Misérables”
Mohamed Hefzy – “Sheikh Jackson,” “Clash”
David Hinojosa – “First Reformed,” “Beatriz at Dinner”
Cristina Huete – “The Queen of Spain,” “Chico & Rita”
Janine Jackowski – “Toni Erdmann,” “The Forest for the Trees”
Talia Kleinhendler – “The Kindergarten Teacher,” “Bethlehem”
Vincent Landay – “Her,” “Adaptation”
Stephanie Langhoff – “The Skeleton Twins,” “Safety Not Guaranteed”
John Lesher – “Black Mass,” “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Georgina Lowe – “Peterloo,” “Mr. Turner”
Scott Macaulay – “Casting JonBenet,” “Raising Victor Vargas”
Riva Marker – “Wildlife,” “Beasts of No Nation”
Kevin Messick – “Vice,” “Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters”
Donatella Palermo – “Fire at Sea,” “Wondrous Boccaccio”
Ewa Puszczyńska – “Cold War,” “Ida”
Andrea Cecilia Roa – “It Comes at Night,” “Unexpected”
Matías Roveda – “Zama,” “Acusada (The Accused)”
Michael Sean Ryan – “Last Weekend,” “Junebug”
Tanya Seghatchian – “Cold War,” “My Summer of Love”
Brad Simpson – “Crazy Rich Asians,” “Ben Is Back”
Deborah Snyder – “Wonder Woman,” “Man of Steel”
Richard Suckle – “Wonder Woman,” “American Hustle”
Emma Tillinger Koskoff – “Silence,” “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Anne-Dominique Toussaint – “Where Do We Go Now?,” “Caramel”
Liz Watts – “The Rover,” “Animal Kingdom”
Charles B. Wessler – “Green Book,” “There’s Something about Mary”
James Whitaker – “A Wrinkle in Time,” “The Finest Hours”

Production Design
Michel Barthelemy – “The Sisters Brothers,” “Rust and Bone”
Hussein Baydoun – “Capernaum,” “The Insult”
Daniel Birt – “The Mummy,” “Chappie”
Silke Buhr – “Never Look Away,” “Who Am I”
Susan Burig – “Avengers: Infinity War,” “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water”
Charisse Cardenas – “American Sniper,” “The Lincoln Lawyer”
Stephen Cooper – “Hell or High Water,” “Patriots Day”
Chris Cornwell – “Ride Along,” “The Ides of March”
Fiona Crombie – “The Favourite,” “Macbeth”
Jann K. Engel – “Annabelle: Creation,” “The Big Short”
Bárbara Enríquez – “Roma,” “Resident Evil: Extinction”
Alice Felton – “The Favourite,” “Una”
Beauchamp Fontaine – “Nebraska,” “The Skeleton Key”
Bryony Foster – “Safe,” “Shanghai Noon”
Craig Foster – “Inside Out,” “Up”
Shepherd Frankel – “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” “27 Dresses”
Vera Hamburguer – “Today (Hoje),” “Castelo Rá-Tim-Bum, o Filme”
Jeremy Hindle – “Detroit,” “Zero Dark Thirty”
Stephen J. Lineweaver – “Ted,” “Jerry Maguire”
Tamara Marini – “Spectre,” “Jumper”
Akiko Matsuba – “Shoplifters,” “Like Father, like Son”
Tom Miller – “Incredibles 2,” “Cars”
Desma Murphy – “Aquaman,” “Project X”
Cornelia Ott – “Jason Bourne,” “Valkyrie”
Julia Roeske – “Never Look Away,” “Womb”
Sebastian Schroeder – “Bumblebee,” “The Jane Austen Book Club”
David Edward Scott – “Captain America: Civil War,” “Tron: Legacy”
Fredda Slavin – “Violet & Daisy,” “Limitless”
Marcel Sławiński – “Cold War,” “The Mill & the Cross”
Katarzyna Sobańska Strzałkowska – “Cold War,” “In Darkness”
Emelia Weavind – “Queen of Katwe,” “District 9”

Short Films and Feature Animation
Mikhail Aldashin – “Gora Samotsvetov,” “Bukashki”
Gil Alkabetz – “Morir de Amor,” “Rubicon”
María del Puy Alvarado – “Mother,” “Pulse”
Julius Amedume – “Mr. Graham,” “Mary & John”
Cyril Aris – “The President’s Visit,” “Siham”
Louise Bagnall – “Late Afternoon,” “Donkey”
Josh Beveridge – “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” “Storks”
Rodrigo Blaas – “La Luna,” “Alma”
Steve Bloom – “Coco,” “One Man Band”
Neil Boyle – “Sherlock Gnomes,” “The Last Belle”
Suzanne Buirgy – “Home,” “Kung Fu Panda 2”
Jim Capobianco – “Mary Poppins Returns,” “Ratatouille”
Andrew Carlberg – “Skin,” “The Blazing World”
Andrew Chesworth – “One Small Step,” “Juiced and Jazzed”
Jeremy Comte – “Fauve,” “What Remains”
Manuel Cristóbal – “Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles,” “Arrugas (Wrinkles)”
Erika Dean Dapkewicz – “Puss in Boots,” “Monsters vs Aliens”
Patrick Delage – “The Secret Life of Pets 2,” “Sing”
Jonathan Del Val – “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch,” “The Secret Life of Pets”
Jean de Meuron – “Blood Brothers,” “La Femme et le TGV”
Celine Desrumaux – “Age of Sail,” “The Little Prince”
Emma De Swaef – “This Magnificent Cake!,” “Oh Willy…”
Danny Dimian – “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” “The Angry Birds Movie”
Piotr Dumala – “Forest,” “Crime and Punishment”
Nash Dunnigan – “The Peanuts Movie,” “Ice Age Continental Drift”
Ron Dyens – “Tram,” “Madagascar, Carnet de Voyage”
Jérémie Fajner – “White Fang,” “Song of the Sea”
Marianne Farley – “Marguerite,” “Saccage (Ransack)”
Abi Feijó – “Uncle Thomas, Accounting for the Days,” “Kali the Little Vampire”
Jeff Gabor – “Ice Age: Collision Course,” “Epic”
Sari Gennis – “James and the Giant Peach,” “Ferngully: The Last Rainforest”
Nuria González Blanco – “Late Afternoon,” “Violet”
Maria Gracia Turgeon – “Fauve,” “What Remains”
Trisha Gum – “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part,” “The Lego Batman Movie”
Jennifer Hager – “Zootopia,” “Moana”
Karl Edward Herbst – “Smallfoot,” “Hotel Transylvania 2”
Jeffrey Hermann – “Bilby,” “Bird Karma”
Julian Higgins – “Winter Light,” “Here and Now”
Andreas Hykade – “Love & Theft,” “Ring of Fire”
Trevor Jimenez – “Weekends,” “Key Lime Pie”
Kevin J. Johnson – “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked,” “Astro Boy”
Joung Yumi – “Love Games,” “Dust Kid”
Sandy Yun-Shan Kao – “Trolls,” “Shrek Forever After”
Anurag Kashyap – “Madly,” “Bombay Talkies”
Mara Kassin – “Ladies Lounge,” “Curfew”
William Kentridge – “The Refusal of Time,” “Felix in Exile”
Aleksandra Korejwo – “The Swan,” “Carmen Torero”
Igor Kovalyov – “Milch (Milk),” “Flying Nansen”
Raimund Krumme – “Passage,” “Crossroads”
Jerzy Kucia – “Fugue for Cello, Trumpet and Landscape,” “Reflections”
Antoneta Kusijanovic – “Into the Blue,” “Eye for an Eye”
Vincent Lambe – “Detainment,” “Broken Things”
Brian Larsen – “Piper,” “Brave”
Brian Leach – “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” “Zootopia”
Matthias Lechner – “Zootopia,” “Escape from Planet Earth”
Kira Lehtomaki – “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” “Zootopia”
Patrick Lin – “Toy Story 4,” “Inside Out”
Julie Lockhart – “Shaun the Sheep Movie,” “The Pirates! Band of Misfits”
Rocio Lopez Ortiz – “Dear Chickens,” “Fingerplay”
Phil Lord* – “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” “21 Jump Street”
Joanna Lurie – “Flowing through Wonder,” “The Silence beneath the Bark”
Christopher Miller* – “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” “21 Jump Street”
Nijla Mu’min – “Dream,” “Two Bodies”
Rani Naamani – “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” “The Boss Baby”
Takashi Nakamura – “Harmony,” “A Tree of Palme”
Terence Nance – “Univitellin,” “Swimming in Your Skin Again”
Guy Nattiv – “Skin,” “Dear God”
Victor Navone – “Inside Out,” “Cars 2”
Damian Nenow – “Another Day of Life,” “Paths of Hate”
Diane Obomsawin – “I Like Girls,” “Kaspar”
David O’Reilly – “The External World,” “Please Say Something”
Mamoru Oshii – “The Sky Crawlers,” “Ghost in the Shell”
Katsuhiro Otomo – “Steamboy,” “Akira”
Marie-Hélène Panisset – “Marguerite,” “The Last Round”
Bob Persichetti – “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” “The Little Prince”
Malcon Pierce – “Moana,” “Frozen”
Bobby Pontillas – “One Small Step,” “Moana”
Qiu Yang – “A Gentle Night,” “Under the Sun”
Bonne Radford – “Smallfoot,” “The Road to El Dorado”
Andrew Rosen – “The Breadwinner,” “Todd & the Book of Pure Evil: The End of the End”
Rodney Rothman* – “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”
Rick Rothschild – “Flyover America,” “Captain Eo”
James Ryan – “The Boss Baby,” “Turbo”
Yuichiro Saito – “Mirai,” “The Boy and the Beast”
Jason Schleifer – “The Boss Baby,” “Megamind”
Alex Schwartz – “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” “How to Train Your Dragon”
Chad Sellers – “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure,” “Zootopia”
Domee Shi – “Bao,” “Inside Out”
Gerry Shirren – “Song of the Sea,” “Carnivale”
Lynn Smith – “Soup of the Day,” “Pearl’s Diner”
Marc Smith – “Big Hero 6,” “Treasure Planet”
Erik Smitt – “Incredibles 2,” “Piper”
Julien Soret – “Despicable Me 3,” “The Secret Life of Pets”
Rodrigo Sorogoyen – “Mother,” “El Iluso”
Olivier Staphylas – “Penguins of Madagascar,” “Puss in Boots”
Christina Steinberg – “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” “Rise of the Guardians”
Jackie J. Stone – “Burning Angel Dust,” “If I Leap”
Bin-Han To – “Revolting Rhymes,” “The Princess, the Prince and the Green-Eyed Dragon”
David Torres – “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” “Megamind”
Josie Trinidad – “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” “Zootopia”
Jeffrey Turley – “Mary Poppins Returns,” “Feast”
Dominique Welinski – “See Factory,” “Tunisia Factory”
Dean Wellins – “Tick Tock Tale,” “The Iron Giant”
Kevin H. Wilson, Jr. – “My Nephew Emmett,” “Crimson on the Tobacco Road”
Catherine Winder – “The Angry Birds Movie,” “Escape from Planet Earth”
Lauren Wolkstein – “The Strange Ones,” “Cigarette Candy”
Steven Woloshen – “Casino,” “Snip”
Shaofu Zhang – “One Small Step,” “Dragonboy”

Sound
Kami Asgar – “Zombieland,” “Apocalypto”
Peter Brown – “Aquaman,” “Star Trek Beyond”
Paul Davies – “A Private War,” “The Queen”
Bill R. Dean – “Shazam!,” “All Eyez on Me”
Nicky de Beer – “The Journey Is the Destination,” “Cry, the Beloved Country”
Sergio Díaz – “Roma,” “Desierto”
Gillian Dodders – “Annihilation,” “Ex Machina”
Daniel Hambrook – “Stan & Ollie,” “Atonement”
Justin Herman
Martin Jacob Lopez – “Insidious: The Last Key,” “The Amazing Spider-Man”
Jon Michaels – “Game Night,” “Geostorm”
David Miranda – “Batman Returns,” “Point Break”
Branka Mrkic-Tana – “American Made,” “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”
Brandon Proctor – “Black Panther,” “A Quiet Place”
Kira Lynn Roessler – “A Star Is Born,” “Aquaman”
Brian Saunders – “Captain Marvel,” “Gorillas in the Mist”
Mac Smith – “The Game Changers,” “The Birth of a Nation”
Carlos Solis – “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1“
Oriol Tarragó – “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” “A Monster Calls”
Damian Grady Volpe – “Mudbound,” “Drive”
Trevor Ward – “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1“
John Warhurst – “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Les Misérables”

Visual Effects
Christian M. Alzmann – “Ready Player One,” “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”
Randall Balsmeyer – “BlacKkKlansman,” “Drawing Home”
Johnathan R. Banta – “Dumb and Dumber To”
Lyndon Barrois – “R.I.P.D.,” “Sucker Punch”
Sherry Bharda – “Hichki,” “Sui Dhaaga: Made in India”
Abigail Brady
Gaia Bussolati – “Il Campione,” “Il Primo Re (Romulus & Remus: The First King)”
Danny Cangemi – “Act of Valor,” “The Other Guys”
Francois Chardavoine
Kathy Chasen-Hay – “John Wick: Chapter 2,” “Saban’s Power Rangers”
Frazer Churchill – “The Kid Who Would Be King,” “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”
Alessandro Cioffi – “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Thor: Ragnarok”
James Clyne – “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”
Grady Cofer – “Us,” “Ready Player One”
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Sunday, June 30, 2019

2019 Emmy Nomination Predictions: Best Limited Series and Best Television Movie

Best Limited Series
Chernobyl
Escape at Dannemora
Fosse/Verdon
Sharp Objects
When They See Us

Other Contenders - A Very English Scandal, True Detective, The Act, Catch-22, Les Miserables, Maniac, Good Omens, I Am the Night, Dirty John, Mrs. Wilson, The Little Drummer Girl

Commentary - I think this is a race between nine series for five slots. When The See Us and Chernobyl started this race outside the line. Then they both came on so strong, with such rave reviews and buzz, there is a good chance that the race for this Emmy comes down to those two. Throw in Escape from Dannemora and you have a three-way race for the ages. I also think Sharp Objects is still solid, with HBO backing it. Fosse/Verdon is vulnerable, as critical and audience ratings were not great (good, but not great). However, the show business angle, and the name recognition should help it make the cut. But there is stiff competition. A Very English Scandal should be in this race for just how damn good it was. The Act has the shock factor, and True Detective had a good season. I suspect surprises come Emmy nomination morning.

Best Television Movie
Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
Brexit
Deadwood: The Movie
King Lear
Native Son

Other Contenders - My Dinner with Herve, The Romanoffs: End of the Line, The Romanoffs: House of Special Purpose, The Romanoffs: The Violet Hour, Sense 8: Amor Vincit Omnia, Icebox, O.G., Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story

Commentary - A really weak race overall, still has six possibilities for five slots. I think Deadwood: The Movie, the best reviewed and most recent contender has the edge. Black Mirror could win this again. But Bandersnatch was not well-received, and the latest episodes that premiered during Emmy voting, were down right awful. That hurts it. Brexit has long been forgotten, but British + Benedict Cumberbatch + HBO might get it in with so few choices. King Lear is PBS with legendary actors. Once again, in a weak race, that might be enough. Finally, I think it is between two HBO productions. My Dinner with Herve is the more popular of the two, but Native Son is much better. I think voters will recognize quality.

2019 Emmy Nomination Predictions: Best Actor in a TV Movie/Limited Series

2019 Nomination Predictions
Mahershala Ali "True Detective"
Benicio Del Toro "Escape at Dannemora"
Hugh Grant "A Very English Scandal"
Jared Harris "Chernobyl"
Ian McShane "Deadwood: The Movie"
Sam Rockwell "Fosse/Verdon"

Other Contenders - Anthony Hopkins "King Lear", Benedict Cumberbatch "Brexit", Christopher Abbot "Catch-22", Jharrel Jerome "When They See Us", Timothy Olyphant "Deadwood: The Movie", Peter Dinklage "My Dinner with Herve", Ashton Sanders "Native Son", Jonah Hill "Maniac"

Commentary - I feel like the consensus is coalescing around the same six. Of course, there could be surprises, but I have to agree with the consensus on this one. Mahershala Ali could easily follow up his Oscar win with an Emmy for a brilliant performance in True Detective. Sam Rockwell, while not as dynamic as people were hoping, is still a lock for a nod. So is Benicio Del Toro in a huge Emmy contender, Escape from Dannemora. The last couple of contenders are not as solid, but I still think they are in. Hugh Grant was riding high, as was A Very English Scandal, but time has not been kind to the series. Not because it is not great, its just that so much competition has come down the pipe since then. I still think though he is solid for a nomination. Ian McShane was nominated here before for Deadwood, and his scenery chewing should inspire voters once again. Finally, I think that the sudden rise of Chernobyl will help Emmy nominees Jared Harris secure a slot in the top six. Outside those six, there is Anthony Hopkins, he is a legend, and was recently nominated for Westworld. But King Lear is not a top tier contender besides the weak TV Movie category. Same goes for Benedict Cumberbatch. Jharrel Jerome does not have the name recognition, but When They See Us is so popular, you never know. I also am holding out possibility for Dinklage, Sanders, Hill, Olyphant, and Abbot.