Tuesday, March 24, 2020

2020 SXSW Film Festival Jury and Special Awards

Despite cancellation, SXSW still released its jury winners!

Narrative Feature Competition
Shithouse

Special Jury Recognition for Directing
Celine Held and Logan George "Topside"

Special Jury Recognition for Acting
Kofi Siriboe and Yooth Wong-Loi-Sing "Really Love"

Documentary Feature Competition
An Elephant in the Room

Special Jury Recognition for Achievement in Documentary Storytelling
Alice Gu "The Donut King"

Special Jury Recognition for Breakthrough Voice
Jiayan Shi "Finding Yingying"

Narraive Short
White Eye

Special Jury Recognition for Acting
Morgan Sullivan and Manny Dunn "Dirty"

Special Jury Recognition
Darling

Special Jury Recognition
Single

Documentary Short
No Crying at the Dinner Table

Special Jury Recognition
Mizuko

Special Jury Recognition
Día de la Madre

Midnight Shorts
Regret

Special Jury Recognition
Laura Hasn’t Slept

Special Jury Recognition for Creature Design
Stucco

Animated Shorts
Symbiosis

Special Jury Recognition
No, I Don’t Want to Dance!

Special Jury Recognition
The ShawlDirector: Sara Kiener

Music Videos
070 Shake "Nice to Have"

Special Jury Recognition for Animation
Mitski "A Pearl"

Special Jury Recognition for Direction
The Lumineers "Gloria"

Texas Shorts
Just Hold On

Special Jury Recognition
Coup d’etat Math

Texas High School Shorts
Wish Upon a Snowman

Special Jury Recognition: Narrative
Ultimatum

Special Jury Recognition: Documentary
Unveiled

Special Jury Recognition: Animation
The Orchard

Episodic Pilot Competiton
Embrace

Special Jury Recognition for Drama
Chemo Brain

Special Jury Recognition for Comedy
Lusty Crest

Excellence in Poster Design
Olivier Courbet "Laura Hasn’t Slept"

Special Jury Recognition
Andrew Hem and Charlie Le "The Donut King"

Excellence in Title Design
Karin Fong "See"

Special Jury Recognition
Why We Hate

Adam Yauch Hörnblowér Award
Frank Oz "In and of Itself"

Adobe Editing Award
Paul Rogers and David Darg "You Cannot Kill David Arquette"

Final Draft Screenwriters Award
Michael Parks Randa, Will Halby, Terra Mackintosh, Andrew Pilkington, Lauren
Smitelli "Best Summer Ever"

Louis Black “Lone Star” Award
Miss Juneteenth

Vimeo Staff Picks Award
Vert

ZEISS Cinematography Award
Steve Elkins "Echoes of the Invisible"

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Celebrating a Decade of the Awards Psychic: The Top 100 Television Shows of 2009-2019 - Part I

100. Sherlock - Before Benedict Cumberbatch was a genuine movie superstar, Oscar nominee, etc. He was killing it as a quirky and damaged version of Sherlock Holmes on PBS's fun series Sherlock. I don't think anyone felt like another remake of Sherlock Holmes was necessary, but creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss brought fresh energy to a classic tale that has been done to death. This new Sherlock fizzled at the end, but its first few outings were a perfect mix of classic mystery tropes and 21st Century setting, with a dose of funny and romance to add some spice. Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch had an incredible on-screen chemistry that really built and solidified the central relationship, and both ended up winning well-deserved Emmys for their creative performances. Sherlock wasn't groundbreaking, but it was quality television, incredibly entertaining, and impeccably acted. For that, it deserves recognition.

99. Curb Your Enthusiasm - Obviously, Curb Your Enthusiasm's best days were its first ten years. Yet, despite only airing two seasons in this last decade, it still managed to be a hilarious show that has incredible legs, including a new season premiering soon. Over the last decade plus, Larry David has built a show with a cast of crazy characters, daring guest stars, and a rambling story line full of anger, grumpiness, and laughter. There is nothing about David, or his demeanor, that screams star power, yet somehow, he has managed to create a character that has led one of the most enduring comedy series in the last couple of decades. You have to give him a lot of credit for that, and I personally can't wait to see what he has up his sleeve next.

98. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - So this show would have been a lot higher on the list had it stopped after its third season. The last couple of outings were almost painful to watch, as its premise wore thin. But for a few brief shining seasons, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was one of the funniest, unique, and bright shows on the television landscape, and an early comedy success for Netflix. The writers knew how to blend in the ridiculous with the heartwarming in a brilliant way, and you never stopped smiling when you were watching it. It also didn't hurt that it was led by an amazing cast including Jane Krakowski, the legendary Carol Kane, and particularly the dynamic duo at its center Ellie Kemper and Tituss Burgess. This show made Burgess a star, and finally gave Kemper a leading role, and when those two were sharing the screen together, the results were comedy magic.

97. Jane the Virgin - For those of us who grew up on soap operas (my mom loves The Young and the Restless) or telenovelas, there is no story line too crazy, too ridiculous. In fact, the juicier the story line, the more intriguing the watch, no matter how guilty it makes you feel that you have been sucked into ridiculousness. Jane the Virgin was based on a premise right out of a classic soap opera, but they recognize that, and then found a clever way to lean into the overarching humor behind these plot lines. But Jane the Virgin did not win over viewers by just being a funny take on a soap opera. There was also a lot of humor, heart, and love on screen, with an amazing cast led by the magnetic Gina Rodriguez. Jane the Virgin took a cooky premise, and made it something quite special.

96. Grace & Frankie - The creator of Friends, plus a cast of four living legends? I was definitely in, and I'm glad I joined the ride. Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin sharing comedic screen magic once again is so much fun to watch, and the supporting cast, including Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen were so game, and became so integral to the success of the show as time went on. In particular, the four children's story lines became almost as intriguing as their parents. I am always in for a well-written sitcom with an amazing cast, and Grace and Frankie was just that, and more.

95. American Horror Story - So I have had trouble lately staying on the American Horror Story bandwagon. The last few seasons have started to lose some of the luster of their previous efforts. That being said, when AHS was on top, it was a breakthrough horror series that launched the television revival of horror anthology. Particularly the first three seasons were masterpieces of television, led by an amazing array of rotating cast members that included legends like Jessica Lange, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Connie Britton, and many many others. It continues to be renewed and a part of the greater television landscape, and its legacy will live on long after it leaves the air.

94. Key and Peele - Before Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele began pursuing their successful film careers, they were two up and coming comics who got caught in the brief, but incredible wave in the last decade of the revival of sketch comedy shows. Key and Peele only lasted for a few seasons, but its mark is still felt. Their sketches were sharp, captured the zeitgeist of American culture at the time, and even caught the attention of the President. It also successfully launched these two amazing talents into super stardom, and both will have long and fruitful careers ahead of them.

93. Cougar Town - A terrible name and a cancellation and subsequent pickup could not stop Cougar Town from becoming a cult comedy classic. The first, and really only major sitcom project for Courtney Cox post-Friends, Cougar Town's name turned off a lot of people, and its first couple of episodes were cringe-worthy. But once it gets into its groove, it is actually a heartfelt, laugh out loud ensemble piece with quirky, but loving characters, and the family that is built over the course of six season was worth a watch.

92. Playing House - Another show that continually faced renewal odds, Playing House only lasted for three seasons, and was not seen by many people. But it should be seen if you get a chance. With a dynamic duo at its center, real-life friends and collaborators Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair, Playing House is about family, friendship, the village it takes to raise and child, tackle cancer, and all of the other challenges that life throws at you. Well-acted, funny, emotionally resonant, and sweet, Playing House was a hidden comedy gem of the last decade.

91. Silicon Valley - I never particularly loved Silicon Valley. The anxiety that the show produced honestly got to be a bit much. That being said, I didn't have to love the show to respect it. Mike Judge, who created King of the Hill, one of the greatest shows of all time, returned with this story of a geeky group of friends trying to make it in the dog eat dog world of Silicon Valley. It was darkly funny, well-acted, and showcased the tension, and ups and downs of the fleeting world of tech development.

The 40th Razzie Award "Winners"

In all the chaos, I forgot to post this year's Razzie awards! I will also hopefully have my first set of Top 100 Television Shows of 2009-2019, as we continue to celebrate ten years here at The Awards Psychic.

WORST PICTURE 
Cats

WORST ACTOR
John Travolta / The Fanatic & Trading Paint

WORST ACTRESS 
Hilary Duff / The Haunting of Sharon Tate

WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS 
Rebel Wilson / Cats

WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR 
James Corden / Cats

WORST SCREEN COMBO 
Any Two Half-Feline/Half-Human Hairballs / Cats

WORST SCREENPLAY 
Cats / Screenplay by Lee Hall and Tom Hooper

WORST DIRECTOR 
Tom Hooper / Cats

WORST REMAKE, RIP-OFF or SEQUEL
Rambo: Last Blood

WORST RECKLESS DISREGARD for HUMAN LIFE and PUBLIC PROPERTY
Rambo: Last Blood

RAZZIE® REDEEMER AWARD 
Eddie Murphy / Dolemite Is My Name

Friday, March 6, 2020

2020 Olivier Award Nominations

Best New Musical
& Juliet
Amelie The Musical
Dear Evan Hansen
Waitress

Best New Play
A Very Expensive Poison
The Doctor
Leopoldstadt
The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Cunard Best Revival
Cyrano De Bergerac
Death Of A Salesman
Present Laughter
Rosmersholm

Magic Radio Best Musical Revival
Evita
Fiddler On The Roof
Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Mary Poppins

Best Director
Marianne Elliott and Miranda Cromwell, Death Of A Salesman
Jamie Lloyd, Cyrano De Bergerac
Trevor Nunn, Fiddler On The Roof
Ian Rickson, Uncle Vanya

Best Actress
Hayley Atwell, Rosmersholm
Sharon D. Clarke, Death Of A Salesman
Juliet Stevenson, The Doctor
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag

Best Actor
Toby Jones, Uncle Vanya
James McAvoy, Cyrano De Bergerac
Wendell Pierce, Death Of A Salesman
Andrew Scott, Present Laughter

Best Actress in a Musical
Audrey Brisson, Amélie The Musical
Judy Kuhn, Fiddler On The Roof
Miriam-Teak Lee, & Juliet
Zizi Strallen, Mary Poppins

Best Actor in a Musical
Andy Nyman, Fiddler On The Roof
Charlie Stemp, Mary Poppins
Sam Tutty, Dear Evan Hansen
Jac Yarrow, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Michele Austin, Cyrano De Bergerac
Sophie Thompson, Present Laughter
Indira Varma, Present Laughter
Josie Walker, The Ocean At The End Of The Lane

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Arinzé Kene, Death Of A Salesman
Colin Morgan, All My Sons
Adrian Scarborough, Leopoldstadt
Reece Shearsmith, A Very Expensive Poison

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical
Lucy Anderson, Dear Evan Hansen
Petula Clark, Mary Poppins
Cassidy Janson, & Juliet
Lauren Ward, Dear Evan Hansen

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical
David Bedella, & Juliet
Stewart Clarke, Fiddler On The Roof
Jack Loxton, Dear Evan Hansen
Rupert Young, Dear Evan Hansen

Best Achievement in Opera
Jette Parker Young Artists for their performances in Berenice, Death In Venice and Phaedra
The Children’s Ensemble for their performance in ENO's Noye’s Fludde
Martyn Brabbins and James Henshaw for their conducting of ENO's The Mask Of Orpheus

Best New Opera Production
Berenice
Billy Budd
Hansel And Gretel
Noye’s Fludde

Best New Dance Production
La Fiesta
Ingoma
MÁM
Vessel

Outstanding Achievement in Dance
Sara Baras, for her choreography and performance in Ballet Flamenco - Sombras
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, for her performance in Mitten Wir Im Leben Sind/Bach6Cellosuiten
Gisèle Vienne, for her choreography of Crowd, presented by Dance Umbrella

Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre
Baby Reindeer
Blues In The Night
Our Lady Of Kibeho
Seven Methods Of Killing Kylie Jenner
Warheads

Best Family Show
Mr Gum And The Dancing Bear - The Musical!
Oi Frog & Friends!
To The Moon And Back
The Worst Witch

Noel Coward Award for Best Entertainment or Comedy Play
Emilia
Fleabag
Magic Goes Wrong
The Upstart Crow

Best Theatre Choreographer
Fabian Aloise, Evita
Matthew Bourne and Stephen Mear, Mary Poppins
Jerome Robbins and Matt Cole, Fiddler On The Roof
Jennifer Weber, & Juliet

Best Original Score or New Orchestrations
& Juliet
New Orchestrations by Bill Sherman and Dominic Fallacaro

Amélie The Musical
Musical Supervisor and Arrangements by Barnaby Race

Dear Evan Hansen
Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Orchestration by Alex Lacamoire

Fiddler On The Roof
New Orchestrations by Jason Carr

Waitress
Music and Lyrics by Sara Bareilles

Blue-I Theatre Technology Award for Best Set Design
Bob Crowley, Mary Poppins
Soutra Gilmour, & Juliet
Rae Smith, Rosmersholm
Rae Smith, Uncle Vanya

Best Costume Design
Hugh Durrant, Goldilocks And The Three Bears
Jonathan Lipman, Fiddler On The Roof
Joanna Scotcher, Emilia
Paloma Young, & Juliet

Royal Albert Hall Award for Best Sound Design
Gregory Clarke, Rosmersholm
Emma Laxton, Emilia
Ben and Max Ringham, ANNA
Ben and Max Ringham, Cyrano De Bergerac

White Light Award for Best Lighting Design
Neil Austin, Rosmersholm
Paule Constable, The Ocean At The End Of The Lane
Howard Hudson, & Juliet
Bruno Poet, Uncle Vanya

Tom Hanks' Greyhound Trailer


Saturday, February 29, 2020

The 55th Annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) Award Nominations

Entertainer Of The Year
Carrie Underwood
Eric Church
Luke Bryan
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett

Male Artist Of The Year
Chris Stapleton
Dierks Bentley
Keith Urban
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett

Female Artist Of The Year
Carrie Underwood
Kacey Musgraves
Kelsea Ballerini
Maren Morris
Miranda Lambert

Duo Of The Year
Brooks & Dunn
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae

Group Of The Year
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Midland
Old Dominion
The Highwomen

New Female Artist Of The Year
Caylee Hammack
Gabby Barrett
Ingrid Andress
Lindsay Ell
Tenille Townes

New Male Artist Of The Year
Cody Johnson
Jordan Davis
Morgan Wallen
Riley Green
Russell Dickerson

Album Of The Year
Center Point Road
Thomas Rhett

GIRL
Maren Morris

Heartache Medication
Jon Pardi

What You See Is What You Get
Luke Combs

Wildcard
Miranda Lambert

Single Of The Year
God's Country
Blake Shelton

One Man Band
Old Dominion

Rainbow
Kacey Musgraves

Rumor
Lee Brice

What If I Never Get Over You
Lady Antebellum

Song Of The Year
10,000 Hours
Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber

Girl Goin' Nowhere
Ashley McBryde

God's Country
Blake Shelton

One Man Band
Old Dominion

Some Of It
Eric Church

Video Of The Year
10,000 Hours
Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber

God's Country
Blake Shelton

One Man Band
Old Dominion

Remember You Young
Thomas Rhett

Sugar Coat
Little Big Town

Music Event Of The Year
10,000 Hours
Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber

Dive Bar
Garth Brooks featuring Blake Shelton

Fooled Around And Fell In Love
Miranda Lambert featuring Maren Morris...

Old Town Road
Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus

What Happens In A Small Town
Brantley Gilbert featuring Lindsay Ell

Songwriter Of The Year
Ashley Gorley
Hillary Lindsey
Josh Osborne
Michael Hardy
Shane McAnally

Sunday, February 23, 2020

The 51st Annual NAACP Image Awards

For all winners visit: www.naacpimageawards.net

Entertainer of the Year - Lizzo
Best Motion Picture - Just Mercy
Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Michael B. Jordan "Just Mercy"
Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Lupita Nyong'o "Us"
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture - Jamie Foxx "Just Mercy"
Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture - Marsai Martin "Little"
Best Breakthrough Performance in a Motion Picture - Marsai Martin "Little"
Best Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture - Just Mercy
Best Independent Motion Picture - Dolemite is My Name
Best Comedy Series - black-ish
Best Actor in a Comedy Series - Anthony Anderson "black-ish"
Best Actress in a Comedy Series - Tracee Ellis Ross "black-ish"
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - Deon Cole "black-ish"
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Marsai Martin "black-ish"
Best Drama Series - Greenleaf
Best Actor in a Drama Series - Omari Hardwick "Power"
Best Actress in a Drama Series - Angela Bassett "9-1-1"
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Harold Perrineau "Claws"
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Lynn Whitfield "Greenleaf"
Best TV Movie/Limited Series - When They See Us
Best Actor in a TV Movie/Limited Series - Jharrell Jerone "When They See Us"
Best Actress in a TV Movie/Limited Series - Niecy Nash "When They See Us"
Best News/Information - Unsung
Best Talk Series - Red Table Talk
Best Reality Program or Game Show - Rhythm + Flow
Best Variety Show - Homecoming: A Film by Beyonce
Best Children's Program - Family Reunion
Best Television Performance by a Youth - Marsai Martin "black-ish"
Best Host in a Talk/News Show - Jada Pinkett Smith "Red Table Talk"
Best Reality Host - Steve Harvey "Family Feud"
Best Guest Performance in a Comedy/Drama Series - Kelly Rowland "American Soul"
Best Directing in a Comedy Series - Anya Adams "GLOW - Outward Bound"
Best Directing in a Drama Series - Curtis Jackson "Power - Forgot About Dre"
Best Directing in a TV Movie - Rashid Johnson "Native Son"
Best Directing in a Motion Picture - Chiwetel Ejiofor "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind"
Best Writing in a Comedy Series - Cord Jefferson "The Good Place - Tinker, Tailor, Demon, Spy"
Best Writing in a Drama Series - Nichelle Tramble Spellman "Truth Be Told - Monster"
Best Writing in a TV Movie - Suzan-Lori Parks "Native Son"
Best Writing in a Motion Picture - Jordan Peele "Us"

Friday, February 14, 2020

Celebrating a Decade of the Awards Psychic: The Top 100 Television Shows of 2009-2019 - Launch

Well, Oscar season is behind us, but that does not mean there are not plenty of awards to cover. In the Spring/Summer, we will have the CMAs, Daytime Emmys, Peabody Awards, Tonys and their precursors, SXSW and Cannes, the summer blockbuster season, and eventually the Primetime Emmys. Before the Emmys start, I wanted to continue the year-long celebration of a decade here at The Awards Psychic. So starting this week, you will begin to see the countdown of the Top 100 Television Shows of the last decade. This is for shows with air dates between July 12, 2009, the launch date of this blog, and July 12, 2019 (Sorry Watchman). I hope you enjoy this countdown, and the upcoming Spring/Summer coverage!

Wes Anderson's The French Dispatch Trailer

Oscar Season 2021 has begun!

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

The Oscar Narrative: The End

So another Oscar season ends. It feels like it just begun. We were at Sundance, talking about the year ahead, thinking about the films that may or may not be a part of the conversation. My how time flies by. Not just one year, but ten, now almost eleven. A lot has happened in eleven years. There have been so many inconsistencies, heartbreaks, immense changes. Through it all, I have have had this blog, and this continuous Oscar season. Before long, this one will be a faint memory, and we will be moving on to a new and exciting year in film.

Before we do that, let's take a moment to talk about 2019. There were some amazing films, and the Oscars, despite their continued controversy, continue to do great things. We live in an outrage culture, and we live in a time when any idiot can post their thought for the world to see. The Oscars have been caught in this culture, and it seems like nothing will ever be good enough again for them. Not that there aren't legitimate concerns. The nominees are still too white and too male, and the process often leaves out great films, especially in this horrifically short season, which luckily, was a one time only event. But on Sunday, beloved veterans finally won overdue awards. The 92 year drought for foreign language films ended. You had the first foreign language film win Best Picture, the first Korean film to win either Picture or International Feature, and the first Korean director win Best Director. You saw three female filmmakers and two black filmmakers win deserved Oscars. I know we need to see more of those wins in top categories, but documentaries and shorts matter, and their diversity this year was fantastic. We saw the first mainstream studio film to feature gay sex win an Oscar, and by the person who inspired the film. We saw the first indigenous director win an Oscar. There are still lots of strides to be made, many of them by the industry itself. But for all of the issues, they did a lot better than many people expected.

I'll be honest, I spent most of Oscar season kind of checked out of the process. Work was crazy, with a special project that nearly did me in. Personal issues always affect me. As someone who has always struggled with anxiety and depression, I often let the weight of the world consume me, often at the expense of the things that bring me joy. Even the morning of the Oscars, I was just not into it. Then something happened. I started watching the red carpet coverage, started thinking about the night, and suddenly I was in. I am seriously in. I was my normal geeky, giddy self. Oscar night was as crazy, fun, and exciting as it has always had been, since before I can remember. It came back, that love, that passion. Often we forget to make time for the things we enjoy, we forget to live. Oscar season may be an eye-rolling experience for many. But for me, it is one of the few passions I have. Well film is the passion, the Oscars are the celebration of that. And in 2019 we celebrated differences, we celebrated and looked hard at our history, and we celebrated love. We did so with the backdrop of divisiveness and hatred, and a world torn apart. I have said many times before, and yet I feel it bears repeating, that we often find our common humanity in art. Films have a way of connecting even the most disparate individuals. When Renee Zellweger won her well-deserved comeback Oscar, she said this about the legendary Judy Garland, who she brilliantly portrayed, "Our heroes united us. Ms. Garland, you were certainly among the heroes that unite and define us, and this for you". Judy Garland was one of those heroes, and this year, many of the films nominated gave us a whole new crop of movie heroes to unite us and move us closer together, not further apart. That is the power of film, that is why the Oscars matter. That is why, no matter how bogged down in my own world I get, I will strive to never let it affect my blog or my love of film. We need heroes, we need film, we need art, and as long as we have it in this world, I will be here to join all of you on this wild and crazy ride that we go through every year, to celebrate what we love. Thank you for everything. Cheers to year eleven.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

The 92nd Academy Awards

I will update the winners live!:

Best Picture - Parasite
Best Director - Bong Joon Ho "Parasite"
Best Actor - Joaquin Phoenix "Joker"
Best Actress - Renee Zellweger "Judy"
Best Supporting Actor - Brad Pitt "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"
Best Supporting Actress - Laura Dern "Marriage Story"
Best Adapted Screenplay - Taika Waititi "Jojo Rabbit"
Best Original Screenplay - Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won "Parasite"
Best Animated Feature - Toy Story 4
Best Documentary Feature - American Factory
Best International Feature Film - Parasite (South Korea)
Best Cinematography - Roger Deakins "1917"
Best Costume Design - Little Women
Best Film Editing - Ford v. Ferrari
Best Makeup and Hairstyling - Bombshell
Best Original Score - Hildur Guðnadóttir "Joker"
Best Original Song - Elton John and Bernie Taupin "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" from Rocketman
Best Production Design - Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Best Sound Editing - Ford v. Ferrari
Best Sound Mixing - 1917
Best Visual Effects - 1917
Best Animated Short - Hair Love
Best Documentary Short - Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're a Girl)
Best Live Action Short - The Neighbor's Window

2020 iHeart Radio Music Award Nominations

Song of the Year:
“bad guy” - Billie Eilish
“Old Town Road” - Lil Nas X
“Señorita” - Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello
“Sucker” - Jonas Brothers
“Truth Hurts” - Lizzo

Female Artist of the Year:
Ariana Grande
Billie Eilish
Halsey
Lizzo
Taylor Swift

Male Artist of the Year:
Ed Sheeran
Khalid
Luke Combs
Post Malone
Shawn Mendes

Best Duo/Group of the Year: 
Dan + Shay
Imagine Dragons
Jonas Brothers
Maroon 5
Panic! At The Disco

Best Collaboration:
“Dancing With A Stranger” - Sam Smith & Normani
“Eastside” - benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid
“I Don't Care”- Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber
“Señorita” - Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello
“Sunflower” - Post Malone & Swae Lee

Best New Pop Artist:
Ava Max
FLETCHER
Lewis Capaldi
Lil Nas X
Lizzo

Alternative Rock Song of the Year:
“bad guy” - Billie Eilish
“Doin' Time” - Lana Del Rey
“Ready To Let Go” - Cage The Elephant
“The Hype” - twenty one pilots
“Trampoline” - SHAED

Alternative Rock Artist of the Year:
Billie Eilish
Cage The Elephant
Imagine Dragons
Panic! At The Disco
twenty one pilots

Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist:
Dirty Honey
Dominic Fike
Matt Maeson
SHAED
The Glorious Sons

Rock Song of the Year:
“Blue On Black” - Five Finger Death Punch
“Ghost” - Badflower
“Lo/Hi” - The Black Keys
“Monsters” - Shinedown
“S.O.S. (Sawed Off Shotgun)” - The Glorious Sons

Rock Artist of the Year:
Disturbed
Five Finger Death Punch
Godsmack
Greta Van Fleet
Shinedown

Country Song of the Year:
“Beautiful Crazy” - Luke Combs
“GIRL” - Maren Morris
“God’s Country” - Blake Shelton
“The Ones That Didn’t Make It Back Home” - Justin Moore
“Whiskey Glasses” - Morgan Wallen

Country Artist of the Year:
Carrie Underwood
Dan + Shay
Luke Bryan
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett

Best New Country Artist:
Jimmie Allen
Matt Stell
Morgan Wallen
Riley Green
Runaway June

Dance Song of the Year:
“Body” - Loud Luxury featuring brando
“Close To Me” - Ellie Goulding, Diplo featuring Swae Lee
“Here With Me” - Marshmello featuring Chvrches
“Higher Love” - Kygo & Whitney Houston
“So Close” - NOTD, Felix Jaehn & Captain Cutsv featuring Georgia Ku

Dance Artist of the Year: 
Diplo
Kygo
Loud Luxury
Marshmello
The Chainsmokers

Hip-Hop Song of the Year: 
“Going Bad” - Meek Mill featuring Drake
“Money In The Grave” - Drake featuring Rick Ross
“Money” - Cardi B
“Old Town Road” - Lil Nas X
“Suge” - DaBaby

Hip-Hop Artist of the Year:
Cardi B
Drake
Lil Baby
Meek Mill
Travis Scott

Best New Hip-Hop Artist:
City Girls
DaBaby
Lil Nas X
Lizzo
Megan Thee Stallion

R&B Song of the Year:
“Before I Let Go (Homecoming Live Album)” – Beyoncé
“Girls Need Love (Remix)” - Summer Walker & Drake
“No Guidance” - Chris Brown featuring Drake
“Shot Clock” - Ella Mai
“Talk” - Khalid

R&B Artist of the Year: 
Chris Brown
Ella Mai
H.E.R.
Khalid
Summer Walker

Best New R&B Artist:
Ari Lennox
LightSkinKeisha
Nicole Bus
Summer Walker
The Bonfyre

Latin Pop/Urban Song of the Year: 
“Calma” - Pedro Capó & Alicia Keys featuring Farruko
“Con Calma” - Daddy Yankee & Katy Perry featuring Snow
“MIA” - Bad Bunny featuring Drake
“QUE PRETENDES” - J Balvin & Bad Bunny
“Taki Taki” - DJ Snake featuring Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Cardi B

Latin Pop/Urban Artist of the Year: 
Bad Bunny
Daddy Yankee
J Balvin
Maluma
Ozuna

Best New Latin Pop/Urban Artist:
Camilo
Guaynaa
Lunay
Rosalía
Sech

Regional Mexican Song of the Year:
“¿Por Qué Cambiaste De Opinión” - Calibre 50
“A Través Del Vaso” - Banda Los Sebastianes
“Con Todo Incluido” - La Adictiva Banda San José De Mesillas
“Encantadora” - El Fantasma
“Nada Nuevo” - Christian Nodal

Regional Mexican Artist of the Year: 
Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga
Calibre 50
Christian Nodal
El Fantasma
La Arrolladora Banda El Limón

Best New Regional Mexican Artist of the Year:
Banda Los Sebastianes
El Fantasma
Fuerza Regida
Kanales
Lenin Ramírez

Producer of the Year:
Andrew Watt
Benny Blanco
Finneas
Louis Bell
Max Martin

Songwriter of the Year:
Ashley Gorley
Finneas
Frank Dukes
Louis Bell
Savan Kotecha

Best Lyrics: *Socially Voted Category
“10,000 Hours” - Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber
“7 rings” - Ariana Grande
“bad guy” - Billie Eilish
“Beautiful People” - Ed Sheeran featuring Khalid
“Hot Girl Summer” - Megan Thee Stallion featuring Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign
“Juice” - Lizzo
“Lose You To Love Me” - Selena Gomez
“Nightmare” - Halsey
“Señorita” - Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello
“Someone You Loved” - Lewis Capaldi
“The Bones” - Maren Morris
“You Need to Calm Down” - Taylor Swift

Best Cover Song: *Socially Voted Category
Led Zeppelin - “Black Dog” - Miley Cyrus cover
Ariana Grande - “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored” - Lana Del Rey cover
Phil Collins - “Can’t Stop Loving You” - Taylor Swift cover
Sam Smith & Normani - “Dancing With A Stranger” - 5SOS cover
Elvin Bishop - “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” - Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Elle King, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack cover
The Rembrandts - “I’ll Be There For You” - Meghan Trainor cover
Taylor Swift - “Lover” - Keith Urban cover
Lewis Capaldi - “Someone You Loved” - Camila Cabello cover
Jonas Brothers - “Sucker” – Halsey cover

Best Fan Army: *Socially Voted Category
Agnation - Agnez Mo
Arianators - Ariana Grande
Beliebers - Justin Bieber
BTSArmy - BTS
Camilizers - Camila Cabello
Harries - Harry Styles
Limelights - Why Don’t We
Louies - Louis Tomlinson
MendesArmy - Shawn Mendes
Niallers - Niall Horan
Selenators - Selena Gomez
Swifties - Taylor Swift

Best Music Video: *Socially Voted Category
“7 rings” - Ariana Grande
“bad guy” - Billie Eilish
“Boy With Luv” - BTS featuring Halsey
“Con Altura” - Rosalía, J Balvin featuring El Guincho
“Con Calma” - Daddy Yankee & Snow
“Dancing With A Stranger” - Sam Smith & Normani
“I Don’t Care” - Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber
“Kill This Love” - BLACKPINK
“ME!” - Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie
“Old Town Road” - Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus
“Señorita” - Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello
“Sucker” - Jonas Brothers

Social Star Award: *Socially Voted Category
Asher Angel
Cody Orlove
Danielle Cohn
DeStorm Power
King Bach
Montana Tucker
Niki and Gabi
Piper Rockelle
Scotty Sire
Stephanie Poetri
The Moy Boys
Zoe Laverne

Best Remix: *Socially Voted Category
“bad guy” - Billie Eilish (with Justin Bieber)
“Con Calma” - Daddy Yankee, Katy Perry featuring Snow
“Good As Hell” - Lizzo featuring Ariana Grande
“Higher Love” – Kygo & Whitney Houston
“Lover” - Taylor Swift featuring Shawn Mendes
“Old Town Road” - Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus
“The Bones” - Maren Morris featuring Hozier
“Thotiana” – Blueface featuring Cardi B and YG
“Trampoline” - SHAED featuring Zayn
“Without Me” - Halsey featuring Juice WRLD

Favorite Tour Photographer: *Socially Voted Category
Adam Degross (Post Malone)
Alfredo Flores (Ariana Grande)
Andy DeLuca (5SOS)
Blair Caldwell (Normani)
Daniel Prakopcyk (John Mayer)
Jake Chamseddine (Panic! At The Disco)
Josiah Van Dien (Shawn Mendes)
Matty Vogel (Billie Eilish)
Rays Corrupted Mind (Travis Scott)
Zack Caspary (Why Don’t We)
Zakary Walters (Ed Sheeran)

Favorite Music Video Choreography: (New Category) *Socially Voted Category
“7 rings” (Ariana Grande) - Scott and Brian Nicholson
“How Do You Sleep?” (Sam Smith) - Parris Goebel
“Kill This Love” (BLACKPINK) - Kyle Hanagami & Kiel Tutin
“ME!” (Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie) - Tyce Diorio
“Motivation” (Normani) - Sean Bankhea
“Señorita” (Shawn Mendes & Camilla Cabello) - Calvit Hodge & Sara Bivens

40th Annual Golden Raspberry "Razzie" Award Nominations

WORST PICTURE
Cats
The Fanatic
The Haunting of Sharon Tate
A Madea Family Funeral
Rambo: Last Blood

WORST ACTOR
James Franco / Zeroville
David Harbour / Hellboy (2019)
Matthew McConaughey / Serenity
Sylvester Stallone / Rambo: Last Blood
John Travolta / The Fanatic & Trading Paint

WORST ACTRESS 
Hilary Duff / The Haunting of Sharon Tate
Anne Hathaway / The Hustle & Serenity
Francesca Hayward / Cats
Tyler Perry (As Medea) A Madea Family Funeral
Rebel Wilson / The Hustle

WORST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Jessica Chastain / Dark Phoenix
Cassi Davis / A Madea Family Funeral
Judi Dench / Cats
Fenessa Pineda / Rambo: First Blood
Rebel Wilson / Cats

WORST SUPPORTING ACTOR
James Corden / Cats
Tyler Perry / A Madea Family Funeral (as “Joe”)
Tyler Perry / A Madea Family Funeral (as "Uncle Heathrow")
Seth Rogan / Zeroville
Bruce Willis / Glass 

WORST SCREEN COMBO 
Any Two Half-Feline/Half-Human Hairballs / Cats
Jason Derulo & His CGI-Neutered “Bulge” / Cats
Tyler Perry & Tyler Perry (or Tyler Perry) A Madea Family Funeral
Sylvester Stallone & His Impotent Rage / Rambo: Last Blood
John Travolta & Any Screenplay He Accepts

WORST DIRECTOR
Fred Durst / The Fanatic
James Franco / Zeroville
Adrian Grunberg / Rambo: Last Blood
Tom Hooper / Cats
Neil Marshall / Hellboy (2019)

WORST SCREENPLAY 
Cats / Screenplay by Lee Hall and Tom Hooper
The Haunting of Sharon Tate / Written by Danial Farrands
Hellboy (2019) Screenplay by Andrew Cosby
A Madea Family Funeral / Written by Tyler Perry
Rambo: Last Blood / Screenplay by Matthew Cirulnick and Sylvester Stallone

WORST REMAKE, RIP-OFF or SEQUEL
Dark Phoenix
Godzilla, King of the Monsters
Hellboy (2019)
A Madea Family Funeral
Rambo: Last Blood
 
WORST RECKLESS DISREGARD for HUMAN LIFE and PUBLIC PROPERTY
Dragged Across Concrete
The Haunting of Sharon Tate
Hellboy
Joker
Rambo: Last Blood
 
RAZZIE® REDEEMER AWARD 
Eddie Murphy / Dolemite Is My Name
Keanu Reeves / John Wick 3 & Toy Story 4
Adam Sandler / Uncut Gems
Jennifer Lopez / Hustlers
Will Smith / Aladdin 

Saturday, February 8, 2020

The Oscar Narrative: Final Oscar Predictions - Final List

This is it! One day more....

Best Picture - Parasite
Best Director - Sam Mendes "1917"
Best Actor  - Joaquin Phoenix "Joker"
Best Actress - Renee Zellweger "Judy"
Best Supporting Actor - Brad Pitt "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"
Best Supporting Actress - Laura Dern "Marriage Story"
Best Adapted Screenplay - Taika Waititi "Jojo Rabbit"
Best Original Screenplay - Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won "Parasite"
Best Animated Feature - Toy Story 4
Best Documentary Feature - American Factory
Best International Feature - Parasite (South Korea)
Best Cinematography - Roger Deakins "1917"
Best Costume Design - Little Women
Best Film Editing - Parasite
Best Makeup and Hairstyling - Bombshell
Best Original Score - Hildur Guðnadóttir "Joker"
Best Original Song - Elton John and Bernie Taupin "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" from Rocketman
Best Production Design - Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Best Sound Editing  - 1917
Best Sound Mixing - 1917
Best Visual Effects - 1917
Best Animated Short - Hair Love
Best Documentary Short - Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're A Girl)
Best Live Action Short - Brotherhood

35th Annual Film Independent Spirit Awards

BEST FEATURE
The Farewell

BEST DIRECTOR
Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie, Uncut Gems

BEST FEMALE LEAD
Renée Zellweger, Judy

BEST MALE LEAD
Adam Sandler, Uncut Gems

BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE 
Zhao Shuzhen, The Farewell

BEST SUPPORTING MALE
Willem Dafoe, The Lighthouse

BEST SCREENPLAY
Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story

BEST EDITING
Ronald Bronstein, Benny Safdie, Uncut Gems

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
American Factory

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Jarin Blaschke, The Lighthouse

BEST FIRST FEATURE
Booksmart

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY
Fredrica Bailey, Stefon Bristol, See You Yesterday

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD
Give Me Liberty

ROBERT ALTMAN AWARD
Marriage Story

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM
Parasite (South Korea)

PRODUCERS AWARD
Mollye Asher

SOMEONE TO WATCH AWARD
Rashaad Ernesto Green, Premature

TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD
Nadia Shihab, Jaddoland

BONNIE AWARD
Kelly Reichardt

Friday, February 7, 2020

The Oscar Narrative: Final Oscar Predictions - Best Picture and Best Director

Best Picture
Will Win - Parasite
Could Win - 1917, Jojo Rabbit, or Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Should Win - Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Commentary - So 1917 feels like this year's The Revenant, or La La Land. It does not have any acting nominations, it didn't get one SAG nomination. No film has won without at least something. Parasite does have any other nominations either, but it won the SAG ensemble. 1917 is the visual visionary film. Is it the preferential ballot film as well? I'm just not sure. But no foreign language film has ever won Best Picture. Ever. But Parasite feels different. It is just so well-received, and you hear voter after voter talking about this film. Of course, you also have those older voters who cannot fathom voting for a foreign language film in Best Picture. So, here is my answer: I have no freaking idea. Conventional wisdom says 1917. Preferential politics favors films like Jojo Rabbit, which is the feel good film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which is the film about the film industry, or Parasite, the film that has taken this industry by storm. I don't know what's going to win, and I'm sure the second they read 1917, I'll know I was wrong to take a shot. But I think Oscar voters are going to make history, and reward Parasite Best Picture of the year.

Best Director
Will Win - Sam Mendes "1917"
Could Win - Bong Joon Ho "Parasite"
Should Win - Quentin Tarantino "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"
Commentary - Whatever happens in Best Picture, I think that the BAFTA, DGA, and Globe wins for Sam Mendes show that he is way out front in this category. His film is the visual spectacular of the year, and that has won now seven years, most likely eight, years in a row.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

The Oscar Narrative: Final Oscar Predictions - Best Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, and Supporting Actress

Best Actor
Will Win - Joaquin Phoenix "Joker"
Could Win - Adam Driver "Marriage Story"
Should Win - Antonio Banderas "Pain & Glory"

Best Actress
Will Win - Renee Zellweger "Judy"
Could Win - Scarlett Johansson "Marriage Story"
Should Win - Renee Zellweger "Judy"

Best Supporting Actor
Will Win - Brad Pitt "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"
Could Win - Joe Pesci "The Irishman"
Should Win - Brad Pitt "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"

Best Supporting Actress
Will Win - Laura Dern "Marriage Story"
Could Win - Scarlett Johansson "Jojo Rabbit"
Should Win - Laura Dern "Marriage Story"

Commentary - So here's the deal. All four of these folks won BAFTA, Critics Choice, SAG, and the Globe, and a multitude of other critics awards. The only upset I think could be brewing is Scarlett Johansson in Supporting. But I think that is a long shot at best. Expect the Oscars to deliver the same as their predecessors.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

The Oscar Narrative: Final Oscar Predictions - Best Adapted and Original Screenplay

Best Adapted Screenplay
Will Win - Taika Waititi "Jojo Rabbit"
Could Win - Greta Gerwig "Little Women"
Should Win - Steve Zaillian "The Irishman"
Commentary - My, how this category has changed rapidly over the course of 48 hours. Almost everyone was predicting Greta Gerwig to avenge her Director snub and take home a consolation prize. But then Jojo Rabbit won the WGA and the BAFTA, both had Gerwig in their nominations. I think she still has a chance, and Zaillian should be in contention, this looks like it is Taika Waititi's lose.

Best Original Screenplay
Will Win - Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won "Parasite"
Could Win - Quentin Tarantino "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"
Should Win - Quentin Tarantino "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"
Commentary - Once again, this race has flipped so suddenly. Parasite wins at BAFTA and WGA. To be fair, Tarantino was not on the WGA ballot due to ineligibility. That's why I think this race is closer than we think. BAFTA is a good precursor, but American voters only had Parasite, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is a film that I think plays better with American Academy voter than British ones. So I am picking Parasite, because, I have a bigger prediction for it later on, and because it has the stats. But don't be shocked to hear Tarantino's name once again.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

The Oscar Narrative: Final Oscar Predictions - Best Animated Feature, Documentary Feature, and International Feature Film

Best Animated Feature
Will Win - Toy Story 4
Could Win - Klaus or Missing Link
Should Win - Toy Story 4
Commentary - Klaus upset at the Annie Awards and the BAFTAs, and Missing Link upset at the Globes. Is Toy Story 4 as strong as it once was earlier in the season? The answer is no, and I would not be shocked to hear either of the two names mentioned instead. I am sticking with Pixar though, because it is usually safe to bet for them, than against them.

Best Documentary Feature
Will Win - American Factory
Could Win - For Sama or Honeyland
Should Win - American Factory
Commentary - After Apollo 11 was unceremoniously left off the list, a wide open race has ensued. Honeyland got double nods this year (and isn't winning its other category), so voters might want to reward it. For Sama just won the BAFTA, and has been a force all year. But I am sticking with American Factory. It has won some high-profile awards, has the Obamas backing it, and probably has the story that will connect the most with Oscar voters. But it is a tight race to the finish.

Best International Feature Film
Will Win - Parasite
Could Win - Les Miserables or Pain & Glory
Should Win - Parasite or Pain & Glory
Commentary - It's actually a great year for this category, and any of the top three choices would be great picks. But we all know this is Parasites to lose.

Monday, February 3, 2020

The Oscar Narrative: Final Oscar Predictions - Best Cinematography, Costume Design, Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling, Production Design, and Visual Effects

Best Cinematography
Will Win - Roger Deakins "1917"
Could Win - Robert Richardson "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"
Should Win - Roger Deakins "1917"
Commentary - After finally winning an Oscar, it looks like Deakins will quickly add another to his shelf. I cannot imagine anyone beating him at this point, especially after winning the ASC and BAFTA, but watch out for Richardson, who is seeking his fourth for his beautiful work in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Best Costume Design
Will Win - Little Women
Could Win - Jojo Rabbit or Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Should Win - Little Women
Commentary - Jojo Rabbit upset at the CDG awards, and it makes me think this is a really tight race. However, Little Women was not nominated there, and has picked up steam since it missed out on those earlier awards. It beat Jojo head to head at BAFTA, and I think voters will want to reward the film somewhere, especially now that Adapted Screenplay seems to be slipping away from Gerwig.

Best Film Editing
Will Win - Parasite
Could Win - Ford v. Ferrari or Jojo Rabbit
Should Win - Ford v Ferrari
Commentary - Another tough one. Parasite and Jojo Rabbit win at the ACE Eddies, then Ford v. Ferrari wins at the BAFTA. Almost every split year, it is one of these awards that determines the winner. I am sticking with Parasite. Yes, Ford v Ferrari was able to get a Best Picture nod with little fanfare, but I think the passion for Parasite will give it this win on its way to bigger ones.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Will Win - Bombshell
Could Win - Joker or Judy
Should Win - Bombshell
Commentary - If Joker is really popular, it could pop up here, although it really shouldn't. Maybe Judy gets a nod as well, especially since this category has been paired with lead acting wins in recent memory. But in all honesty, I would be shocked if anything other than Bombshell won here. Charlize Theron's transformation alone is worthy.

Best Production Design
Will Win - Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Could Win - 1917 or Parasite
Should Win - Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Commentary - 1917 just won at BAFTA and Once just won at the ADG. I think Oscar voters are going to appreciate the wow sets that were created for Once over the barren landscape, with a few punctuated set pieces, of 1917. But it will be a close race to watch.

Best Visual Effects
Will Win - 1917
Could Win - The Irishman or Avengers: Endgame
Should Win - Avengers: Endgame
Commentary - Most people will predict the Avengers, but remember this category has recently stayed away from big blockbusters that weren't nominated for Best Picture. They love Best Picture nominees or more prestigious picks (like Ex Machina, First Man, and Interstellar), over the big flashy blockbusters. The Irishman could surprise, as it might be the only place that it can win at this point. But my guess is that 1917, which is a bigger Best Picture contender, takes the win instead.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

The Oscar Narrative: Final Oscar Predictions - Best Original Score, Original Song, Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing

Best Original Score
Will Win - Hildur Guðnadóttir "Joker"
Could Win - Thomas Newman "1917"
Should Win - Thomas Newman "1917"
Commentary - Winning both the Globe and the BAFTA puts Hildur Guðnadóttir in a good position to win this award. But I would not discount Thomas Newman. 1917 is hot right now, he is a legend with dozens of nominations and no wins, and he is the best of the bunch. He could, hopefully, surprise.

Best Original Song
Will Win - "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" from Rocketman
Could Win - "Stand Up" from Harriet or "I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away" from Toy Story 4
Should Win - "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" from Rocketman
Commentary - I think that the idea of rewarding Bernie Taupin and Elton John together, like the Globes did, is something voters can not pass up. But this is also the place to reward two folks with multiple nominations (Randy Newman and Cynthia Erivo), especially since they will most likely not win the other awards they are nominated for. This one could be a surprise.

Best Sound Editing
Will Win - 1917
Could Win - Ford v Ferrari
Should Win - Ford v Ferrari

Best Sound Mixing
Will Win - 1917
Could Win - Ford v Ferrari
Should Win - Ford v Ferrari

Commentary - It is often safer to predict the same film for both awards. Ford v Ferrari won the CAS and the MPSE, then 1917 won the BAFTA. Both are nominated for Best Picture, but 1917 has the momentum. I think it wins both to many folks' surprise.

EE British Academy (BAFTA) Film Award Winners

Best Film - 1917
Best British Film - 1917
Best Debut by a British Writer, Director, or Producer - Mark Jenkin, Kate Byers, and Linn Waite "Bait"
Best Director - Sam Mendes "1917"
Best Actor - Joaquin Phoenix "Joker"
Best Actress - Renee Zellweger "Judy"
Best Supporting Actor  - Brad Pitt "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"
Best Supporting Actress - Laura Dern "Marriage Story"
Best Adapted Screenplay - Taiki Waititi "Jojo Rabbit"
Best Original Screenplay - Han Jin Won and Bong Joon Ho "Parasite"
Best Animated Film - Klaus
Best Documentary - For Sama
Best Film Not in the English Language - Parasite (South Korea)
Best Casting - Joker
Best Cinematography - Roger Deakins "1917"
Best Costume Design - Little Women
Best Film Editing - Ford v. Ferrari
Best Makeup & Hair - Bombshell
Best Original Score - Hilder Gudnadottir "Joker"
Best Production Design - 1917
Best Sound - 1917
Best Special Visual Effects - 1917
Best British Animated Short - Grandad Was a Romantic
Best British Short Film - Learning to Skateboard in a War Zone (If' You're a Girl)
EE Rising Star - Micheal Ward

24th Annual Online Film and Television Association (OFTA) Award Winners

BEST PICTURE
Parasite

BEST ANIMATED PICTURE
Toy Story 4

BEST ACTOR
Adam Driver – Marriage Story

BEST ACTRESS
Lupita Nyong’o – Us

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Jennifer Lopez – Hustlers

BEST YOUTH PERFORMANCE
Roman Griffin Davis – Jojo Rabbit

BEST BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE: MALE
George MacKay – 1917

BEST BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE: FEMALE
Awkwafina – The Farewell

BEST VOICE-OVER PERFORMANCE
Tom Hanks – Toy Story 4

BEST ENSEMBLE
Parasite

BEST CASTING
Knives Out

BEST DIRECTOR
Bong Joon-ho – Parasite

BEST FEATURE DEBUT
Olivia Wilde – Booksmart

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Parasite

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Little Women

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Parasite

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Apollo 11

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
1917

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again – Rocketman

BEST ADAPTED SONG
Being Alive – Marriage Story

BEST FILM EDITING
Parasite

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
1917

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Parasite

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
(TIE) Dolemite is My Name and Little Women

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIR
Bombshell

BEST SOUND
1917

BEST SOUND EFFECTS
1917

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Avengers: Endgame

BEST STUNT COORDINATION
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

BEST TITLES SEQUENCE
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

MOST CINEMATIC MOMENT
1917 – Rushing Through the Crowded Battlefield

BEST MOVIE TRAILER
Us

BEST MOVIE POSTER
Us

Writers Guild of America (WGA) Awards

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Parasite, Screenplay by Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won, Story by Bong Joon Ho; Neon

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Jojo Rabbit, Screenplay by Taika Waititi, Based on the book Caging Skies by Christine Leunens; Fox Searchlight

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY
The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley, Written by Alex Gibney; HBO Documentary Films -

DRAMA SERIES
Succession, Written by Jesse Armstrong, Alice Birch, Jon Brown, Jonathan Glatzer, Cord Jefferson, Mary Laws, Lucy Prebble, Georgia Pritchett, Tony Roche, Gary Shteyngart, Susan Soon He Stanton, Will Tracy; HBO

COMEDY SERIES
Barry, Written by Alec Berg, Duffy Boudreau, Bill Hader, Emily Heller, Jason Kim, Taofik Kolade, Elizabeth Sarnoff; HBO

NEW SERIES
Watchmen, Written by Lila Byock, Nick Cuse, Christal Henry, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Cord Jefferson, Jeff Jensen, Claire Kiechel, Damon Lindelof, Janine Nabers, Stacy Osei-Kuffour, Tom Spezialy, Carly Wray; HBO

ORIGINAL LONG FORM
Chernobyl, Written by Craig Mazin; HBO

ADAPTED LONG FORM
Fosse/Verdon, Written by Debora Cahn, Joel Fields, Ike Holter, Thomas Kail, Steven Levenson, Charlotte Stoudt, Tracey Scott Wilson, Based on the book Fosse by Sam Wasson; FX Networks

ORIGINAL SHORT FORM NEW MEDIA
Special, Written by Ryan O’Connell; Netflix

ANIMATION
“Thanksgiving of Horror” (The Simpsons), Written by Dan Vebber; Fox

EPISODIC DRAMA
“Tern Haven” (Succession), Written by Will Tracy; HBO

EPISODIC COMEDY
“Pilot” (Dead to Me), Written by Liz Feldman; Netflix

COMEDY/VARIETY TALK SERIES
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Senior Writers: Dan Gurewitch, Jeff Maurer, Jill Twiss, Juli Weiner Writers: Tim Carvell, Daniel O'Brien, John Oliver, Owen Parsons, Charlie Redd, Joanna Rothkopf, Ben Silva, Seena Vali; HBO

COMEDY/VARIETY SPECIALS
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Presents: Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner Part 2, Head Writer Melinda Taub, Writing Supervised by Joe Grossman, Nicole Silverberg, Writers Samantha Bee, Kristen Bartlett, Pat Cassels, Sean Crespo, Mike Drucker, Mathan Erhardt, Lewis Friedman, Miles Kahn, Sahar Rizvi, Special Material by Allison Silverman; TBS

COMEDY/VARIETY SKETCH SERIES
I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson, Writers: Jeremy Beiler, Zach Kanin, Tim Robinson, John Solomon; Netflix

QUIZ AND AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?, Head Writer Bret Calvert, Writers Seth Harrington, Rosemarie DiSalvo; Nickelodeon

DAYTIME DRAMA
The Young and the Restless, Writers: Amanda L. Beall, Jeff Beldner, Sara Bibel, Matt Clifford, Annie Compton, Christopher Dunn, Sara Endsley, Janice Ferri Esser, Mellinda Hensley, Lynn Martin, Anne Schoettle, Natalie Minardi Slater, Teresa Zimmerman; CBS

CHILDREN’S EPISODIC, LONG FORM AND SPECIALS
“Remember Black Elvis?” (Family Reunion), Written by Howard Jordan, Jr.; Netflix

DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT – CURRENT EVENTS
“Trump's Trade War” (Frontline), Written by Rick Young; PBS

DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT – OTHER THAN CURRENT EVENTS
“Right To Fail” (Frontline), Written by Tom Jennings; PBS - WINNER

NEWS SCRIPT – REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN, OR BREAKING REPORT
“Terror in America: The Massacres in El Paso and Dayton” (Special Edition of the CBS Evening News with Norah O'Donnell), Written by Jerry Cipriano, Joe Clines, Bob Meyer; CBS News

NEWS SCRIPT – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY
“Fly Like An Eagle” (60 Minutes), Written by Katie Kerbstat Jacobson, Scott Pelley, Nicole Young; CBS News

DIGITAL NEWS
“Stories About My Brother,” Written by Prachi Gupta, Jezebel.com

The 24th Art Directors Guild (ADG) Awards

ONE HOUR PERIOD OR FANTASY SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES
THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL
PRODUCTION DESIGNER: BILL GROOM

ONE HOUR CONTEMPORARY SINGLE-CAMERA SERIE
THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY
PRODUCTION DESIGNER: MARK WORTHINGTON

TELEVISION MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES
CHERNOBYL
PRODUCTION DESIGNER: LUKE HULL

HALF HOUR SINGLE-CAMERA SERIES
RUSSIAN DOLL

MULTI-CAMERA SERIES
THE BIG BANG THEORY
PRODUCTION DESIGNER: JOHN SHAFFNER

SHORT FORMAT: WEBSERIES, MUSIC VIDEO OR COMMERCIAL
MEDMEN
PRODUCTION DESIGNER: JAMES CHINLUND

VARIETY, REALITY OR EVENT SPECIAL
DRUNK HISTORY
PRODUCTION DESIGNER: MONICA SOTTO

PERIOD FEATURE FILM
ONCE UPON A TIME...IN HOLLYWOOD
PRODUCTION DESIGNER: BARBARA LING

FANTASY FEATURE FILM
AVENGERS: ENDGAME
PRODUCTION DESIGNER: CHARLES WOOD

CONTEMPORARY FEATURE FILM
PARASITE
PRODUCTION DESIGNER: LEE HA-JUN

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
TOY STORY 4
PRODUCTION DESIGNER: BOB PAULEY

Saturday, February 1, 2020

The Oscar Narrative: Final Oscar Predictions - Shorts

Best Animated Short
Will Win - Hair Love
Could Win - Kitbull
Should Win - Hair Love

Best Documentary Short
Will Win - Learning to Skateboard in a War Zone
Could Win - Any of them
Should Win - St. Louis Superman

Best Live Action Short
Will Win - Brotherhood
Could Win - Neighbor's Window or A Sister
Should Win - The Neighbor's Window

Friday, January 31, 2020

35th Casting Society of America Artios Award Winners

Feature Big Budget, Comedy
KNIVES OUT, Mary Vernieu, Angela Peri (Location Casting), Bret Howe (Associate)

Feature Big Budget, Drama
ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, Victoria Thomas

Feature Studio or Independent, Comedy
JOJO RABBIT, Des Hamilton

Feature Studio or Independent, Drama
MARRIAGE STORY, Francine Maisler, Douglas Aibel, Kathy Driscoll-Mohler (Associate)

Feature Animation
(TIE) THE LION KING, Sarah Halley Finn, Jason B. Stamey (Associate) and TOY STORY 4, Kevin Reher, Natalie Lyon

Feature Low Budget, Comedy or Drama
THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO, Julia Kim, Nina Henninger (Location Casting), Sarah Kliban (Associate)

Feature Micro Budget, Comedy or Drama
SKIN IN THE GAME, Matthew Lessall

The Zeitgeist Award
STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER, Nina Gold, April Webster, Alyssa Weisberg, Angela Young (Associate)

Television Pilot and First Season, Comedy
RUSSIAN DOLL, Christine Kromer, Andrew Femenella (Associate)

Television Pilot and First Season, Drama
POSE, Alexa L. Fogel, Kathryn Zamora-Benson (Associate), Caitlin D. Jones (Associate)

Television Series Comedy
THE MARVELOUS MRS MAISEL, Cindy Tolan, Juliette Ménager (Location Casting), Anne Davison (Associate)

Television Series, Drama
GAME OF THRONES, Nina Gold, Robert Sterne, Carla Stronge (Location Casting)

Limited Series
WHEN THEY SEE US, Aisha Coley, Billy Hopkins (Location Casting), Ashley Ingram (Location Casting)

Film, Non-Theatrical Release
TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE, Tamara-Lee Notcutt, Tiffany Mak (Location Casting), Alexis Allen (Associate)

Live Television Performance, Variety or Sketch
LIVE IN FRONT OF A STUDIO AUDIENCE: ALL IN THE FAMILY AND THE JEFFERSONS, Marc Hirschfeld, Geralyn Flood, Katrina Wandel George (Associate)

Children’s Pilot and Series (Live Action)
ANDI MACK, Amber Horn, Danielle Aufiero, Steven Tylor O’Connor (Associate)

Television Animation
BIG MOUTH, Julie Ashton-Barson

Reality Series
QUEER EYE, Gretchen Palek, Danielle Gervais, Ally Capriotti Grant, Quinn Fegan, Pamela Vallarelli

Short Film
SKIN, Jessica Sherman

Short Form Series
IT’S BRUNO!, Bess Fifer

London Film Critics Circle Award Winners

FILM OF THE YEAR
Parasite

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
Portrait of a Lady on Fire

DOCUMENTARY OF THE YEAR
For Sama

BRITISH/IRISH FILM OF THE YEAR: The Attenborough Award
The Souvenir

DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Bong Joon Ho – Parasite

SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR
Noah Baumbach – Marriage Story

ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Renée Zellweger – Judy

ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Joaquin Phoenix – Joker

SUPPORTING ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Laura Dern – Marriage Story

SUPPORTING ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Joe Pesci – The Irishman

BRITISH/IRISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR
Florence Pugh

BRITISH/IRISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR
Robert Pattinson

YOUNG BRITISH/IRISH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
Honor Swinton Byrne

BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH/IRISH FILMMAKER: The Philip French Award
Mark Jenkin – Bait

BRITISH/IRISH SHORT FILM OF THE YEAR
The Devil’s Harmony

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood – production design, Barbara Ling

THE DILYS POWELL AWARD for EXCELLENCE IN FILM
Sally Potter

40TH ANNIVERSARY AWARD
Aardman

Hawaii Film Critics Society Awards

Completely missed this one:

BEST PICTURE:
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

BEST DIRECTOR:
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

BEST ACTOR:
Joaquin Phoenix, Joker

BEST ACTRESS:
Awkwafina, The Farewell

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Laura Dern, Marriage Story

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:
Steven Zaillian (from the book by Charles Brandt), The Irishman

BEST ART DIRECTION:
Ha-jun Lee, Parasite

BEST COSTUME DESIGN:
Julian Day, Rocketman

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:
Roger Deakins, 1917

BEST EDITING:
Fred Raskin, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

BEST ANIMATED FILM:
Toy Story 4, dir. Josh Cooley

BEST DOCUMENTARY:
Apollo 11, dir. Todd Douglas Miller

BEST MAKE-UP:
Joker

BEST SOUND:
Ford v Ferrari

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE:
Hildur Guanadottir, Joker

BEST SONG:
“I’m Gonna Love Me Again,” Rocketman

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS:
Alita: Battle Angel

BEST STUNT WORK:
John Wick Chapter 3

BEST NEW FILMMAKER:
Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz, The Peanut Butter Falcon

BEST FIRST FILM:
Stephen Merchant, Fighting With my Family

BEST OVERLOOKED FILM:
Long Shot, dir. Jonathan Levine

BEST VOCAL/MOTION CAPTURE PERFORMANCE:
Mark Hamill, Child’s Play

BEST HORROR FILM:
Us, dir. Jordan Peele

BEST COMIC BOOK MOVIE:
Joker, dir. Todd Phillips

BEST SCI-FI FILM:
Avengers: Endgame, dir. Anthony Russo and Joe Russo

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:
Parasite, dir. Bong Joon Ho (South Korea)

BEST HAWAIIAN FILM: 
Stoke, dir. Zoe Eisenberg and Phillips Payson (Big Island)

WORST FILM OF 2019:
Cats

Thursday, January 30, 2020

18th Annual Visual Effects Society (VES) Award Winners

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature
THE LION KING
Robert Legato
Tom Peitzman
Adam Valdez
Andrew R. Jones

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature
THE IRISHMAN
Pablo Helman
Mitchell Ferm
Jill Brooks
Leandro Estebecorena
Jeff Brink

Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature
MISSING LINK
Brad Schiff
Travis Knight
Steve Emerson
Benoit Dubuc

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode
THE MANDALORIAN; The Child
Richard Bluff
Abbigail Keller
Jason Porter
Hayden Jones
Roy K. Cancino

Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode
CHERNOBYL; 1:23:45
Max Dennison
Lindsay McFarlane
Clare Cheetham
Paul Jones
Claudius Christian Rauch

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Real-Time Project
CONTROL
Janne Pulkkinen
Elmeri Raitanen
Matti Hämäläinen
James Tottman

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial
HENNESSY: THE SEVEN WORLDS
Carsten Keller
Selçuk Ergen
Kiril Mirkov
William Laban

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project
STAR WARS: RISE OF THE RESISTANCE
Jason Bayever
Patrick Kearney
Carol Norton
Bill George

Outstanding Animated Character in a Photoreal Feature
ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL; Alita
Michael Cozens
Mark Haenga
Olivier Lesaint
Dejan Momcilovic

Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature
MISSING LINK; Susan
Rachelle Lambden
Brenda Baumgarten
Morgan Hay
Benoit Dubuc

Outstanding Animated Character in an Episode or Real-Time Project
STRANGER THINGS 3; Tom/Bruce Monster
Joseph Dubé-Arsenault
Antoine Barthod
Frederick Gagnon
Xavier Lafarge

Outstanding Animated Character in a Commercial
CYBERPUNK 2077; Dex
Jonas Ekman
Jonas Skoog
Marek Madej
Grzegorz Chojnacki

Outstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature
THE LION KING; The Pridelands
Marco Rolandi
Luca Bonatti
Jules Bodenstein
Filippo Preti

Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature
TOY STORY 4; Antiques Mall
Hosuk Chang
Andrew Finley
Alison Leaf
Philip Shoebottom

Outstanding Created Environment in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project
GAME OF THRONES; The Iron Throne; Red Keep Plaza
Carlos Patrick DeLeon
Alonso Bocanegra Martinez
Marcela Silva
Benjamin Ross

Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a CG Project
THE LION KING
Robert Legato
Caleb Deschanel
Ben Grossmann
AJ Sciutto

Outstanding Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project
THE MANDALORIAN; The Sin; The Razorcrest
Doug Chiang
Jay Machado
John Goodson
Landis Fields IV

Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature
STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
Don Wong
Thibault Gauriau
Goncalo Cababca
François-Maxence Desplanques

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature
FROZEN 2
Erin V. Ramos
Scott Townsend
Thomas Wickes
Rattanin Sirinaruemarn

Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project
STRANGER THINGS 3; Melting Tom/Bruce
Nathan Arbuckle
Christian Gaumond
James Dong
Aleksandr Starkov

Outstanding Compositing in a Feature
THE IRISHMAN
Nelson Sepulveda
Vincent Papaix
Benjamin O’Brien
Christopher Doerhoff

Outstanding Compositing in an Episode
GAME OF THRONES; The Long Night; Dragon Ground Battle
Mark Richardson
Darren Christie
Nathan Abbott
Owen Longstaff

Outstanding Compositing in a Commercial
HENNESSY: THE SEVEN WORLDS
Rod Norman
Guillaume Weiss
Alexander Kulikov
Alessandro Granella

Outstanding Special (Practical) Effects in a Photoreal or Animated Project
THE DARK CRYSTAL: THE AGE OF RESISTANCE; She Knows All the Secrets
Sean Mathiesen
Jon Savage
Toby Froud
Phil Harvey

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project
THE BEAUTY
Marc Angele
Aleksandra Todorovic
Pascal Schelbli
Noel Winzen

22nd Costume Designer's Guild (CDG) Award Nominations

Excellence in Contemporary Film
Knives Out – Jenny Eagan

Excellence in Period Film
Jojo Rabbit – Mayes C. Rubeo

Excellence in Sci-Fi / Fantasy Film
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil – Ellen Mirojnick

Excellence in Contemporary Television
Schitt’s Creek: #504, “The Dress” – Debra Hanson

Excellence in Period Television
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: #305, “It’s Comedy or Cabbage” – Donna Zakowska

Excellence in Sci-Fi / Fantasy Television
Game of Thrones: #806, “The Iron Throne” – Michele Clapton

Excellence in Variety, Reality-Competition, Live Television
The Masked Singer: #213, “Season Finale: And the Winner Takes It All and Takes It Off” – Marina Toybina

Excellence in Short Form Design
United Airlines: “Star Wars Wing Walker”, commercial – Christopher Lawrence

Career Achievement Award
Michael Kaplan

Spotlight Award
Charlize Theron

Distinguished Collaborator Award
Adam McKay

Distinguished Service Award
Mary Ellen Fields

Monday, January 27, 2020

The 10th Annual Awards Psychic Award Winners

Best Picture - Drama
Winner - The Irishman
Runners Up - Parasite, 1917, Pain & Glory, Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Commentary - Parasite was fantastic, 1917 was impeccably made, Pain and Glory is Almdovar's best film in 20 years, and Portrait of a Lady on Fire is stirring. A great year in cinema indeed. I however, and going to double down on a film that has gotten its fair share of hits. I think personally, that being on Netflix has opened it up to more criticism, because so many people who would not otherwise see this film are trying it out, and it is not for everyone. The Irishman film is for the true Scorsese fans. It is not has energetic as Casino, The Departed, or Goodfellas, but it still beautifully constructs a story in the gangster genre. This time it is slower, it is more contemplative. Scorsese is now older, wiser, and has made a film that takes the time to really reflect on his contribution to the genre. A lot of people have not liked it for that very reason. It is long, and it is not necessarily fast-paced. But it is a magnum opus for one of our greatest directors. Not only for him, but for his amazing cast. Folks like DeNiro, Pacino, Pesci, Keitel, amazing actors that represent the best of the last generation of American art, all have nothing to prove, and yet manage to once again prove just how good they are. Even with the de-aging not entirely working, it is proof that even as Scorsese nears the end of his long career, even has he begins to settle into his old favorites, and reflect, he still believes in the power of cinema, and is still striving to push it to new frontiers. We need more Martin Scorseses in our would, and until then, we need to respect and celebrate the real one, who continues to make film masterpieces. The Irishman is no exception.

Best Picture - Comedy/Musical
Winner - Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Runners Up - The Farewell, Booksmart, and Dolemite is My Name
Commentary - Can you make a more perfect film? I'm sure that statement alone will cause an uproar, but I don't care. I have seen Once Upon a Time in Hollywood five times, and no matter how many times I watch it, I feel like it is not enough. I have respected Quentin Tarantino for a long time. He is a brilliant film maker, whose films will forever remain cultural staples in our society. But this film? This film is his masterpiece. It is a lot slower than many of his previous pieces, which is a apparently a theme this year. He saves his normal bursts of epic violence for his ending. He slowly builds up his story, gently nudging us from scene to scene with effortlessness, building us to a shocking, Tarantino-esque finale. At its core, this film is about an actor, and his stunt double, who are facing the end of their careers. As the Golden Age of Hollywood ends, they find themselves at a crossroads, worrying and wondering what comes next. That is the core story, but is a microcosm of a greater revisionist history. The Golden Age of Hollywood was a veneer, a shiny star to show on the big screen. The 1970's came along and challenged that veneer with gritty, independent films that shook up the most prolific, and arguably, greatest, art form of our time. Tarantino brilliantly conveys this change, butted up against his revisionist history of the Manson murders. The loss of innocence on one had, is countered by the prevention of innocence on the other. All of this combined with the heartbreak, humor, sadness, effervescence, and dreamy fantasy of this winding, intertwined story of love and loss make you swoon, make you wish that it was longer (and it is already two and a half hours), and make you realize just how marvelous cinema can be, when put in the hands of a modern master. It is a crowning achievement for the ages.

Best Picture - Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror/Comic-Book
Winner - Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Runners Up - Ad Astra, Joker, and Us
Commentary - So Ad Astra was good, but slow. Us proves Get Out was not a fluke, and Joker was controversial, but a great take on the comic book genre. So this year, instead of those great films, I am choosing the final Star Wars film. I will go ahead and admit a few things, in the hopes that it silences the haters/trolls before they start. First, the exposition first hour was roughly edited and at the same time, too much narrative. The return of Emperor Palpatine made sense, but felt abrupt, and no offense to Ian McDiarmid, but he has overacted every scene he has ever played in a Star Wars film. So now you must be wondering: how? How is it the winner this year? Let me explain. First, I think that the second half of the film was much better, connected the characters, and ended up being a fitting conclusion to the saga. The second reason is a bit more complicated, so give me a few minutes to explain, and hopefully it will make sense by the end. The definition of art is complicated, and has been argued indefinitely for centuries. In high school, I studied the great argument between T.S. Elliot and C.S. Lewis, arguably two of the greatest writers of all time. The definition that I have landed on recently is the one that Viola Davis gave when she presented the Cecile B. DeMille award to her mentor, friend, and idol Meryl Streep, a few years ago. When she was describing Meryl, she said this: "Her artistry reminds us of the impact of what it means to be an artist, which is to make us feel less alone". For 42 years, the Star Wars saga, the good films, and bad ones, have always accomplished that goal. For the freaks and geeks of the world, the misunderstood and the mistreated, Star Wars has been a refuge. A beautiful fantasy world to escape to, where you can feel like you belong. During the last half of The Rise of Skywalker, an old friend reminds us, and then shows us, that we are never truly alone. That despite the attempts to separate us, what unites us is always stronger. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is far from a perfect film. But for those of us, spread across three generations of moviegoers, who have loved this film series, this fandom, and this world that has shaped our entire lives, this film is everything we could have asked for, and more. I have often said that, in our divided times, we find our common humanity in art. No matter who you are, or where you come from, who you love, or what you believe, there is a place for you in the Star Wars universe. So thank you. Thank you to George Lucas, J.J. Abrams, Rian Johnson (not kidding), Kathleen Kennedy, and the amazing members of the cast and crew for the last 42 years, for bringing the kid whose parents always fought and the kid who never felt like he belonged, joy and excitement, and for making him believe that no matter what, he did belong in this world. For the last almost 30 years, a Star Wars poster has hung on my bedroom wall, and Star Wars Legos, action figures, and DVDs have populated by bonus room. Star Wars will always be a part of our culture and zeitgeist, and while the Skywalker saga is over (supposedly), there are plenty of amazing stories to tell in this universe, and personally I can't wait. Because no matter what happens, you can always go back and visit a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Finally, and most importantly, to all of the Star Wars fans out there, may the force be with you, always.

Best Picture - Animated
Winner - Toy Story 4
Runners Up - I Lost My Body and Missing Link
Commentary - In case you haven't gotten the message, I am a sucker for nostalgia. Toy Story 4 was pure nostalgia. I really thought that a fourth entry would ruin a beautiful trilogy, and while I think it is the weakest of the bunch, that still means it is stronger than most films released this year. There is just something special about visit old friends that makes these trips back to Toy Story so memorable. It doesn't hurt that it has an amazing voice cast, continually pushes the technical boundaries of animation, and it is a film that is brilliant written to appeal to kids, and to have an underlying message about growing up that undeniable hits adults straight in the heart. Toy Story 4 did all of those things, and proved that this story is timeless. 

Best Picture - Documentary
Winner - Apollo 11
Runners Up - American Factory, For Sama, and One Child Nation
Commentary - One of the biggest snubs of the Oscar nominations was the exclusion of Apollo 11 from the Best Documentary Feature lineup. As a librarian, I spent my entire summer dealing with space stuff, and in the midst of that, I got to see this amazing documentary. Todd Douglas Miller does a fantastic job reconstructing this incredible story about true American heroes who accomplished the impossible. This film is one of the best of the year, and should have been in the Oscars top five. That being said, I also liked American Factory, For Sama, and One Child Nation. I am rooting for For Sama and American Factory to win at the Oscars.

Best Actor - Drama
Winner - Antonio Banderas "Pain & Glory"
Runners Up - Adam Driver "Marriage Story", Joaquin Phoenix "Joker", and George MacKay "1917"
Commentary - All of this talk about Driver vs. Phoenix (both of whom are fantastic actors in great roles), but I sitting her wondering how voters don't choose Antonio Banderas instead. Banderas has had a long career of blockbusters, but in recent years, we have seen him try on indies and films in his native language, and the results have been fantastic. Pain & Glory is his crowning achievement as an actor, and his touching, graceful, and emotional performance, helps the fantastic Pedro Almodovar retell his own story, pain and glory included. I hope we continue to see these types of performances from Banderas, because it turns out that when given the right material, he can showcase an amazing array of talents as an actor that are incredible to watch.

Best Actress - Drama
Winner - Renee Zellweger "Judy"
Runners Up - Scarlett Johansson "Marriage Story", Charlize Theron "Bombshell", Lupita Nyong’o “Us”
Commentary - It is so nice to see Renee Zellweger back. I know that she has gone through a lot in the last several years, and has not appeared on screen in a long time. But she was one of the rising stars of the early part of the millennium, and just knocked role after role out of the park. Well whatever she went through, she has decided to return to the screen, and what a triumphant return. Judy, as a whole, is not the best film, but Zellweger is breathtaking in this role. She is Judy Garland. Garland herself never won an Oscar, and while we cannot re-write history, a win for Renee for this role, would serve as a nice reminder of not only Zellweger's amazing talent, but Judy's as well.

Best Actor - Comedy/Musical
Winner - Eddie Murphy "Dolemite is My Name"
Runners Up - Leonardo DiCaprio "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" and Adam Sandler "Uncut Gems"
Commentary - Eddie Murphy is one of those actors who has picked his fair share of crappy roles over the years, but when he lands on a great role, he knocks it out of the park. That is because Murphy is an amazing talent, even if it isn't always reflected on screen. Dolemite is My Name is one of those roles. It is everything we love about Eddie Murphy. It is a brash, funny, showy role that showcases his comedic talent. It is also a layered performance that allows Murphy range to show his depth, and his emotional talent as a true actor. He is a legend because he is one of the best. Dolemite proves that perfectly.

Best Actress Comedy/Musical
Winner - Beanie Feldstein “Booksmart” and Kaitlyn Dever “Booksmart”
Runners Up - Awkwafina "The Farewell" and Emma Thompson "Late Night"
Commentary - This was a really tough race. Awkwafina proved her chops, an it is one of my favorite performances of the year. But in the end, I had to show some love for Olivia Wilde's amazing directorial debut Booksmart. What a better way to reward it that to give an award to its dynamic duo leads. Feldstein and Dever perfectly capture the humor, pain, and anxiety of trying new things, taking a chance, and most importantly growing up. These two remarkable young talents have such bright futures ahead of them, heck both of them have already had great roles in their short careers. I can't wait to see what they do next.

Best Director
Winner - (TIE) Martin Scorsese "The Irishman" and Quentin Tarantino "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"
Runners Up - Pedro Almodovar "Pain & Glory", Bong Joon-ho "Parasite", Sam Mendes "1917", Lulu Wang "The Farewell", and Olivia Wilde "Booksmart"
Commentary - See Best Picture - Drama and Best Picture - Comedy/Musical to see why. Let's just say I could not pick between the two.

Best Supporting Actor
Winner - Brad Pitt "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"
Runners Up - Song Kang Ho "Parasite" and Joe Pesci "The Irishman"
Commentary - From the second Cliff Booth strides into frame in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, you are hooked. Brad Pitt just plays this role with ease. He brings so much humor and shine to Tarantino's masterpiece. Pitt is one of the last remaining true movie stars left on the planet. He doesn't do Marvel films, or too many sequels. He just picks great role after great role, and his presence alone, his magnetism on screen is just so powerful, people flock to witness every time. Brad Pitt has never won an acting Oscar, and fingers crossed that that ends in a few weeks.

Best Supporting Actress
Winner - (TIE) Jennifer Lopez "Hustlers" and Zhao Shuzhen "The Farewell"
Runners Up - Da'Vine Joy Randolph "Dolemite is My Name" and Margot Robbie "Bombshell" and "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"
Commentary - I love Kathy Bates as much as anyone else, but that fact that Oscar voters put her in that fifth slot instead of these two amazing women is just wrong. These two fantastic performances were both so great, I could not pick just one. Jennifer Lopez proves that her star power can be put to good. Her role as Ramona may be supporting, but she steals every scene she is in. From the powerful emotional scenes, to the brilliant combination of fear and bravery, to the dynamic magnetism she brings to every scene, prove Lopez is not just a star, but a true actress. Zhao Shuzhen is pitch-perfect in The Farewell. Everyone has a grandmother that they loved, and Shuzhen feels like she is yours as well as Awkwafina's. She is so funny, fierce, and loving that you can't help but get swept up in wanting to protect Nai Nai as much as her family does. I hope we see more of Shuzhen in the future.

Best Ensemble
Winner - Parasite
Runners Up - The Irishman, The Farewell, Hustlers, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Commentary - Whatever happens with Best Picture at the Oscars, the award I was most happy to see Parasite win was the SAG ensemble. Obviously the film is well-written and directed, but for me, it is the cast that I just thought was the best part of this excellent film. They were funny, perfectly played their roles, and captured the humor and horror of Bong Joon Ho's unique vision.

Best Voice Acting/Motion Capture Performance
Winner - (TIE) Tim Allen and Tom Hanks "Toy Story 4"
Runners Up - Zach Galifianakis "Missing Link" and Tony Hale "Toy Story 4"
Commentary - For the last 25 years, Toy Story has been a part of my life. At its center is the rivalry/friendship of our beloved Woody and Buzz. Just in case they don't make a Toy Story 5, I did not want to leave this year without recognizing the two men who made these characters possible. Tim Allen and Tom Hanks have been voicing these roles, and their charisma, emotion, and humor have given this beautiful film franchise its heart and soul. They deserve recognition.

Best Adapted Screenplay
Winner - Steve Zaillian "The Irishman"
Runners Up - Greta Gerwig "Little Women" and Taika Wahiti "Jojo Rabbit"
Commentary - Zaillian is not getting enough credit, in my opinion, for penning this beautiful, haunting, carefully constructed saga. For my money, what he accomplished with this script is the most impressive of the bunch.

Best Original Screenplay
Winner - Lulu Wang "The Farewell"
Runners Up - Pedro Almodovar "Pain & Glory" and Quentin Tarantino "Once Upon a Time in Commentary - I have a grandmother who, already suffering from dementia, has been diagnosed with metastatic melanoma. Of course, we are not telling her, because she would not understand even if we did. So maybe The Farewell hits too close to home. I did cry, like blubbering like a baby cry, twice during the film. Or maybe it is because first time director Lulu Wang has crafted such an emotionally effective story. One one hand, The Farewell is a unique look into Chinese culture, and the way they handle death and sickness. On the other hand, it is a universal tale of love, loss, and family. Wang balances those two poles perfectly, educating us on one hand, and making us connect to the story on another. It is a brilliant script, and an amazing story that deserved to be told.

Best Cinematography
Winner - Roger Deakins "1917"
Runners Up - Robert Richardson "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" and Claire Mathon "Portrait of a Lady on Fire"
Commentary - Duh. Deakins is a master, and his work in the excellent 1917 is easily the best of the bunch, by a mile.

Best Visual Effects
Winner - Avengers: Endgame
Runners Up - The Lion King and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Commentary - The final sequence of Avengers: Endgame earned this category in a walk.

Worst Film of the Year
Loser - Cats
Runners Up - X-Men: Dark Phoenix and Hellboy
Commentary - I never particularly like Cats as a stage musical, but when I saw the crew members and cast members that were going to be involved, my hopes rose that maybe they would make it something worth seeing. How did it go so wrong? Obviously some of the visual effects choices were horrible (to the point that the studio re-released it with fixes). But there was so much more. The Story was awful, and half the time made no sense, the performances, in general, were not good, even when good actors were involved, and it was just an overall hot mess. Easily the worst of the year.

Top 20 Films of 2019
1. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
2. The Irishman
3. The Farewell
4. Parasite
5. Booksmart
6. 1917
7. Portrait of a Lady on Fire
8. Pain & Glory
9. Dolemite is My Name
10. Little Women
11. Hustlers
12. Apollo 11
13. Jojo Rabbit
14. Marriage Story
15. Ford v Ferrari
16. Toy Story 4
17. Knives Out
18. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
19. Joker
20. Avengers: Endgame