Florida Film Critics Circle 2019 Nominations

We wanted to give a shout out to our local friends at the Florida Film Critics Circle. The group announced its nominations for the best of 2019 yesterday, and they broke with the national critics in a handful of interesting ways. Marriage Story leads the nomination count with 7 citations. Foreign films Portrait of a Lady on Fire and Transit each scored big nominations as well.

You can check their full nominations list below!

Best Picture

Ad Astra
Marriage Story
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
The Irishman

Best Actor

 Adam Driver, Marriage Story
 Adam Sandler, Uncut Gems
 Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
 Franz Rogowski, Transit
 Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
 Taron Egerton, Rocketman

Best Actress

Charlize Theron, Bombshell
Elisabeth Moss, Her Smell
Florence Pugh, Midsommar
Renée Zellweger, Judy
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story

Best Supporting Actor

 Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
 Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
 Joe Pesci, The Irishman
 John Lithgow, Bombshell
 Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Best Supporting Actress

 Annette Bening, The Report
 Isla Fisher, The Beach Bum
 Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers
 Laura Dern, Marriage Story
 Margot Robbie, Bombshell
 Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit
 Zhao Shuzhen, The Farewell

Best Ensemble

 Little Women
 Marriage Story
 The Farewell
 The Irishman

Best Director

 Céline Sciamma, Portrait of a Lady on Fire
 Greta Gerwig, Little Women
 Sam Mendes, 1917

Best Original Screenplay

 Bong Joon-Ho and Han Jin-Won, Parasite
 Céline Sciamma, Portrait of a Lady on Fire
 Lulu Wang, The Farewell
 Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story
 Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
 Ronald Bronstein, Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie, Uncut Gems

Best Adapted Screenplay

 Anthony McCarten, The Two Popes
 Greta Gerwig, Little Women
 Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
 Steven Zaillian, The Irishman
 Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit
 Terrence Malick, A Hidden Life

Best Cinematography

 Claire Mathon, Portrait of a Lady on Fire
 Hoyte Van Hoytema, Ad Astra
 Jörg Widmer, A Hidden Life
 Roger Deakins, 1917

Best Visual Effects

 Ad Astra
 Avengers: Endgame
 Alita: Battle Angel

Best Art Direction/Production

 Barbara Ling, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
 Kevin Constant, Christa Munro, Alison Sadler, David Scott and Gary Warsaw, Ad Astra
 Dennis Gassner and Lee Sandales, 1917

Best Score

 Daniel Lopatin, Uncut Gems
 Hildur Guðnadóttir, Joker
 Max Richter, Ad Astra
 Randy Newman, Marriage Story
 Thomas Newman, 1917

Best Documentary

 American Factory
 Apollo 11
 The Biggest Little Farm

Best Foreign Language Film

 Long Day’s Journey Into Night
 Pain and Glory         
 Portrait of a Lady on Fire      
 The Farewell                      

Best Animated Film

 Frozen 2
 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
 I Lost My Body
 Toy Story 4
 Weathering With You

Best First Film

 Queen & Slim
 The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Breakout Award

 Florence Pugh, Midsommar, Fighting With My Family and Little Women
 Honor Swinton Byrne, The Souvenir
 Lulu Wang, The Farewell
 Roman Griffin Davis, Jojo Rabbit

Academy Shortlists For Nine Categories, Including Top 10 Songs, International Features, and Scores

Yesterday, the Academy announced shortlists for a handful of their categories. A few years ago, we only received the benchmark nominations for a couple of categories, but last year they expanded the field. This change has already proven to be a positive. For prognosticators, we get a better sense of which films are actually competing for nominations. For the industry, they can see which films are clicking into place. The result is a win-win for everyone, and it gives us a reason to get excited before Oscar nominations are announced in January. Below are the categories with predicted nominees in each. These are the only films eligible in each category.

Animated Short Films

(10 Shortlisted Nominees)

Dcera (Daughter)
Hair Love
He Can’t Live Without Cosmos
Hors Piste
Mind My Mind
The Physics of Sorrow
Uncle Thomas: Accounting for the Days

Predicted Five


Documentary Feature

(15 Shortlisted Nominees)

American Factory
The Apollo
Apollo 11
The Biggest Little Farm
The Cave
The Edge of Democracy
For Sama
The Great Hack
Knock Down the House
Midnight Family
One Child Nation

Predicted Five

American Factory

For Sama


Midnight Family

One Child Nation

Documentary Short Subject

(10 Shortlisted Films)

After Maria
Fire in Paradise
Ghosts of Sugar Land
In the Absence
Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)
Life Overtakes Me
The Nightcrawlers
St. Louis Superman
Stay Close
Walk Run Cha-Cha

Predicted Five


International Feature Film 

(10 Shortlisted Films)

Atlantics (Senegal)

Beanpole (Russia)

Corpus Christi (Poland)

Honeyland (North Macedonia)

Les Misérables (France)

Pain and Glory (Spain)

The Painted Bird (Czech Republic)

Parasite (South Korea)

Those Who Remained (Hungary)

Truth and Justice (Estonia)


Beanpole (Russia)

Corpus Christi (Poland)

Les Misérables (France)

Pain and Glory (Spain)

Parasite (South Korea)

Live-Action Shorts

(10 Shortlisted Films)

The Christmas Gift
Little Hands
Miller & Son
Nefta Football Club
The Neighbors’ Window
A Sister
Sometimes, I Think About Dying

Predicted Five


Makeup and Hairstyling

(10 Shortlisted Films)

Dolemite Is My Name
Downton Abbey
Little Women
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Predicted Five




Little Women


Original Score

(15 Shortlisted Films)

Avengers: Endgame
The Farewell
Ford v Ferrari
Frozen II
Jojo Rabbit
The King
Little Women
Marriage Story
Motherless Brooklyn
Pain and Glory
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Predicted Five



Little Women

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker


Original Song

(15 Shortlisted Songs)

“Speechless” from Aladdin
“Letter to My Godfather” from The Black Godfather
“I’m Standing With You” from Breakthrough
“Da Bronx” from The Bronx USA
“Into the Unknown” from Frozen 2
“Stand Up” from Harriet
“Catchy Song” from The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
“Never Too Late” from The Lion King
“Spirit” from The Lion King
“Daily Battles” from Motherless Brooklyn
“A Glass of Soju” from Parasite
“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from Rocketman
“High Above the Water” from Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am
“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” from Toy Story 4
“Glasgow” from Wild Rose

Predicted Five

“Speechless” from Aladdin

“Into the Unknown” from Frozen 2

“Stand Up” from Harriet

“A Glass of Soju” from Parasite

“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from Rocketman

Visual Effects

(10 Shortlisted Films)

Alita: Battle Angel
Avengers: Endgame
Captain Marvel
Gemini Man
The Irishman
The Lion King
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Terminator: Dark Fate

Predicted Five

Avengers: Endgame

Gemini Man

The Irishman

The Lion King

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

What do you think of the shortlists? Who are your early predictions? Let us know in the comments below! 

Catching Up on the Guilds 2020: An Oscar Precursors Roundup

Total Guild Nominations:

Abominable – CAS (1)

American Factory – ACE (1)

Apollo 11 – ACE (1), CAS (1)

Avengers: Endgame – SAG (1)

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood – SAG (1)

Bombshell – SAG (4)

Dolemite is My Name – ACE (1)

Echo in the Canyon – CAS (1)

The Farewell – ACE (1)

Ford v Ferrari – ACE (1), CAS (1), SAG (2)

Frozen II – ACE (1), CAS (1)

Harriet – SAG (1)

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World – CAS (1)

Hustlers – SAG (1)

I Lost My Body – ACE (1)

The Irishman – ACE (1), CAS (1), SAG (5)

Jojo Rabbit – ACE (1), SAG (3)

Joker – ACE (1), CAS (1), SAG (2)

Judy – SAG (1)

Just Mercy – SAG (1)

Knives Out – ACE (1)

Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice – ACE (1)

The Lion King – CAS (1)

Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound – ACE (1), CAS (1)

Marriage Story – ACE (1), SAG (3)

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool – CAS (1)

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – ACE (1), CAS (1), SAG (3)

Parasite – ACE (1), SAG (1)

Rocketman – CAS (1), SAG (1)

Toy Story 4 – ACE (1), CAS (1)

Us – SAG (1)

Woodstock: 3 Days That Changed Everything – CAS (1)


Full Guild Nominations Below



Ford v Ferrari – Michael McCusker, ACE & Andrew Buckland
The Irishman – Thelma Schoonmaker, ACE
Joker – Jeff Groth
Marriage Story – Jennifer Lame, ACE
Parasite – Jinmo Yang


Dolemite is My Name – Billy Fox, ACE
The Farewell – Michael Taylor & Matthew Friedman
Jojo Rabbit – Tom Eagles
Knives Out – Bob Ducsay
Once Upon a Time In Hollywood – Fred Raskin, ACE


Frozen II – Jeff Draheim, ACE
I Lost My Body – Benjamin Massoubre
Toy Story 4 – Axel Geddes, ACE


American Factory – Lindsay Utz
Apollo 11 – Todd Douglas Miller
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice – Jake Pushinsky, ACE & Heidi Scharfe, ACE
Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound – David J. Turner & Thomas G. Miller, ACE




Ford v Ferrari
Production Mixer – Steven A. Morrow CAS
Re-recording Mixer – Paul Massey CAS
Re-recording Mixer – David Giammarco CAS
Scoring Mixer – Tyson Lozensky
ADR Mixer – David Betancourt
Foley Mixer – Richard Duarte

Production Mixer – Tod Maitland CAS
Re-recording Mixer – Dean A Zupancic
Re-recording Mixer – Tom Ozanich
Scoring Mixer – Daniel Kresco
ADR Mixer – Thomas J. O’Connell
Foley Mixer – Richard Duarte

Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood
Production Mixer – Mark Ulano CAS
Re-recording Mixer – Michael Minkler CAS
Re-recording Mixer – Christian Minkler CAS
Foley Mixer – Kyle Rochlin

Production Mixer – John Hayes
Re-recording Mixer – Mike Prestwood Smith
Re-recording Mixer – Mathew Collinge
ADR Mixer – Mark Appleby
Foley Mixer – Glen Gathard

The Irishman
Production Mixer – Tod Maitland CAS
Re-recording Mixer – Tom Fleischman CAS
Re-recording Mixer – Eugene Gearty
ADR Mixer – Mark DeSimone CAS
Foley Mixer – George A. Lara CAS


Original Dialogue Mixer – Tighe Sheldon
Re-recording Mixer – Myron Nettinga
Scoring Mixer – Nick Wollage
Foley Mixer – David Jobe

Frozen II
Original Dialogue Mixer – Paul McGrath CAS
Re-recording Mixer – David E. Fluhr CAS
Re-recording Mixer – Gabriel Guy CAS
Song Mixer – David Boucher
Scoring Mixer – Greg Hayes
ADR Mixer – Doc Kane CAS
Foley Mixer – Scott Curtis

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
Original Dialogue Mixer – Tighe Sheldon
Re-recording Mixer – Gary A. Rizzo CAS
Re-recording Mixer – Scott R. Lewis
Re-recording Mixer – Shawn Murphy
Foley Mixer – Blake Collins CAS

The Lion King
Original Dialogue Mixer – Ronald Judkins CAS
Re-recording Mixer – Lora Hirschberg
Re-recording Mixer – Christopher Boyes
Scoring Mixer – Alan Meyerson CAS
Foley Mixer – Blake Collins CAS

Toy Story 4
Original Dialogue Mixer – Doc Kane CAS
Re-recording Mixer – Michael Semanick CAS
Re-recording Mixer – Nathan Nance
Scoring Mixer – David Boucher
ADR Mixer – Vince Caro CAS
Foley Mixer – Scott Curtis


Apollo 11
Re-recording Mixer – Eric Milano
Re-recording Mixer – Brian Eimer

Echo in the Canyon
Re-recording Mixer – Chris Jenkins
Re-recording Mixer – Paul Karpinski

Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound
Production Mixer – David J. Turner
Re-recording Mixer – Tom Myers
Scoring Mixer – Dan Blanck
Foley Mixer – Frank Rinella

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool
Production Mixer – Gautam Choudhury
Re-recording Mixer – Benny Mouthon CAS

Woodstock: 3 Days That Changed Everything
Re-recording Mixer – Kevin Peters


2020 Screen Actors Guild (SAG)


Bombshell (Lionsgate)
The Irishman (Netflix)
Jojo Rabbit (Fox)
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Sony)
Parasite (Neon)


Christian Bale – Ford v Ferrari
Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Adam Driver – Marriage Story
Taron Egerton – Rocketman
Joaquin Phoenix – Joker


Cynthia Erivo – Harriet
Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story
Lupita Nyong’o – Us
Charlize Theron – Bombshell
Renée Zellweger – Judy


Jamie Foxx – Just Mercy
Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Al Pacino – The Irishman
Joe Pesci – The Irishman
Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood


Laura Dern – Marriage Story
Scarlett Johansson – Jojo Rabbit
Nicole Kidman – Bombshell
Jennifer Lopez – Hustlers
Margot Robbie – Bombshell


Avengers: Endgame
Ford v Ferrari
The Irishman
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Review: ‘Marriage Story’ Features Good, Not Great, Performances

For decades, the push and pull between New York and Los Angeles has folded itself into the fabric of cinema. The coastal cities have created near monopolies on cultural influence around the world, with distinct styles emerging from each city. With the proliferation of filmmakers in the 1960s and 1970s, the danger and gruffness of New York created a clear dichotomy against Hollywood filmmaking. The new, gritty style often cashed in on the emotion of its characters. At the same time, Hollywood advanced the technology of filmmaking, using backlots and controlled environments to create worlds unlike any in existence.

While this dichotomous relationship within the industry has been present for decades, only a few films have truly cashed in on the subtle civil war at the movies. With the release of Mariage Story, director Noah Baumbach has crafted a raw and emotional Annie Hall in contemporary times. Thanks to its performances, some will see this as one of the definitive films of 2019. However, the film falters when it overexposes its actors, creating a theatrical instead of a natural feel to the film.

Marriage Story follows the devolving relationship of Nicole (Scarlett Johansson) and Charlie (Adam Driver). Nicole was a teen star looking to break back into Hollywood entertainment. Charlie directs a successful acting troupe in New York, which Nicole headlined for years. After Nicole receives a deal to star in a pilot for a new series, she moves to Los Angeles with their son Henry (Azhy Robertson). Once there, she officially files for divorce and the two begin a legal battle that intensifies as divorce attorneys lawyers (Laura DernAlan Alda, Ray Liotta) get involved.

Baumbach’s story of a dissolving marriage should ring true for anyone who has seen a marriage destroy itself from the inside. His exploration of the destruction we do to one another during these ugly moments come from a raw and emotional place. At the same time, it appears that Baumbach has combined his own relationships with renowned actresses Greta Gerwig and Jennifer Jason Leigh to create an extremely personal tale. Regardless of how much of each relationship gets put on the big screen, it’s clear that there are no heroes here. Instead, these are two people who once cared for each other more than anything else in the world. That means they can hurt each other in ways no one else can. Baumbach’s direction and script give you ample opportunities to side with either person, but at the end of the day, he never makes clear who is right or wrong. This gives Marriage Story a resonance that few other films focused on divorce get the benefit of having.

For Driver, Marriage Story gives him enough material to really showcase his talents. At times, he’s transportive. You can read every inch of pain across his face as he struggles to cope with the events. His physicality surprises at times, allowing Driver to reveal a side of his talent we have not seen in previous roles. Yet other times, it feels as if he pushes the material too hard. The anger and frustration work for most of the film, but some will find it tough to not laugh at a moment or two.

Meanwhile, Johansson fluctuates between theater kid and genuine performance. It feels more intentional from her, and when she finds the raw emotion it really hits home. Yet she blends in odd ticks, including speaking out of the side of her mouth, with little reason beyond making the character more dynamic than the page allows. However, this can come off as too much. The character of Nicole should be too good, but the small distractions make her character come off as inauthentic. Perhaps this was Baumbach’s point, but if so it disrupts the very purpose of telling the story the way he does.

Perhaps the most egregious overacting comes from Dern. The veteran actress continues to prove she’s one of the best in the business, but the character’s ego overtakes the screen. Dern plays her with far less subtlety than her Big Little Lies character, and ultimately there are too many similarities to ignore. It would not be so glaring if she did not already play a better version of a similar character mere months ago. Dern is not bad, but I was hoping for more from the roles that will likely give her an Oscar win in February.

The remaining cast rounds out the cast perfectly. Alda shines as an incompetent lawyer, but a wonderfully enjoyable man. You feel drawn into his stories and analysis, but it’s only when you begin to listen to his words that its clear he’s outmatched. He’s one of the few genuinely good people in this film, and that light feels precious. Both Julie Hagerty and Merritt Weaver utilize their comedic timing to perfection. They embody the awkwardness of divorce and you’ll miss them when they leave the screen. Liotta gets some great sparring scenes with Dern, and two show their true talent between the court appearances.

For the most part, Marriage Story has earned its reputation as a complicated look at divorce. Johansson earns the standout status, and Driver should continue to build on his strong body of work. However, Baumbach’s style creates opportunities for unauthentic moments in a film that needs authenticity to work. Yet Marriage Story works its best when Baumbach opens up. There’s beauty within this terrible process, and those will be the moments we’ll remember.


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Oscar Below-the-Line Predictions – War Films From Europe to Galaxies Far Far Away (Dec. 7)

Thanks to the Disney/Fox merger, the media conglomerate is set to run roughshod over the craft categories at the Oscars this year. Once again, Netflix looks to put up a fight, but Disney has the odds on favorite to win in most categories. Technical triumphs like Ford V FerrrariStar Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and Ad Astra all come from the Disney pipeline. The strength of war film 1917 lies in the technical prowess from Sam Mendes. Not only will the one-shot trick play an integral role in its success, but war movies shine thanks to the auditory experience.

One film that hopes to shake up the race will be Parasite. The immaculate design and craft of the film gives it a chance to breakthrough in many categories. Until it performs well here, it’s tough to consider it any more than a fringe best picture winner. Expect Neon to invest resources to get it over the hump.

Let’s jump into some of the categories for the below-the-line contenders.

Best Cinematography

The Predicted Five

1917 –– Roger Deakins *PREDICTED WINNER

Ford V Ferrari — Phedon Papamichael

The Irishman — Rodrigo Prieto

Joker — Lawrence Sher

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood — Robert Richardson

The Next Five

A Hidden Life — Jörg Widmer

Motherless Brooklyn — Dick Pope

Parasite — Hong Kyung-pyo

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker — Dan Mindel

Waves — Drew Daniels

Best Costume Design

Dolemite Is My Name — Ruth E. Carter

Dumbo — Coleen Atwood

Joker — Mark Bridges

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood — Arianne Phillips *PREDICTED WINNER

Rocketman — Julian Day

The Next Five

Aladdin –– Michael Wilkinson

Downton Abbey — Anna Mary Scott Robbins

The Irishman — Christopher Peterson & Sandy Powell

Judy — Jany Temime

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker — Michael Kaplan

Best Film Editing

1917 — Lee Smith

Ford v Ferrari — Michael McCusker *PREDICTED WINNER

The Irishman — Thelma Schoonmaker

Parasite — Jinmo Yang

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker — Maryann Brandon & Stefan Grube

The Next Five

Jojo Rabbit — Tom Eagles

Knives Out — Bob Ducsay

Marriage Story — Jennifer Lame

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood — Fred Raskin

Waves — Isaac Hagy, Trey Edward Shults

Best Visual Effects

The Predicted Five

Ad Astra — Christopher Downs, Jiwoong Kim, & Bradley Parker

Avengers: Endgame — Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Kelly Port, & Daniel Sudick

The Irishman — Pable Helman & Jiwoong Kim

The Lion King — Robert Legato, Elliot Newman, & Adam Valdez

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker — Roger Guyett & Dominic Tuohy

The Next Five

Alita: Battle Angel — TBD

Captain Marvel — Christopher Townsend & Daniel Sudick

Dumbo — Richard Stammers & Jonathan Weber

Gemini Man — Bill Westenhofer, Bryan Hirota & Mark Hawker

Missing Link — Steve Emerson

Best Production Design

The Predicted Five

Little Women — Claire Kaufman

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood — Barbara Ling & Nancy Haigh *PREDICTED WINNER

Parasite — Lee Ha-Jun

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker — Rick Carter & Kevin Jenkins

The Two Popes — Mark Tildesley & Véronique Melery

The Next Five

1917 — Dennis Ganner & Lee Sandales

Cats — Eve Stewart

Downton Abbey — Donal Woods

Ford V Ferrari — François Audouy & Peter Lando

Knives Out — David Crank & David Schlesinger

Best Makeup & Hairstyling

Bombshell — Vivian Baker, Cristina Waltz & Richard Redlefsen* PREDICTED WINNER

Dolemite Is My Name – Vera Steimberg, Debra Denson, Deborah Huss-Humphries

Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood — Heba Thorisdottir & Gregory Funk

Rocketman — Lizzie Yianni Georgiou, Tapio Salmi, Laura Solari

Star Wars: The Rise of SkywalkerTBD

The Next Five

Avengers: Endgame — John Blake & Francisco Perez

Captain Marvel –– Brian Sipe, Alexei Dmitriew, Sabrina Wilson

Hustlers — Margot Boccia & Roxanne Rizzo

The Irishman — Mike Marino, Mike Fontaine, Carla White

Us — Scott Wheeler, Tym Shutchai Buacharern & Sabrina Castro

Who are we leaving out of the top of each category? Let us hear in the comments below!

Check out our last Best Picture, Acting, and Below-the-line predictions as well! 

Oscar Acting Predictions: Adam Driver Leads a Star-Studded Class (Dec. 6)

In part 2 of our preview, we’re jumping into the acting races. This year’s class looks to be absolutely loaded with talent, and that bodes well for the Oscars in 2019. A lot of great young talent puts themselves in the position to earn nominations, but its the veterans and established stars that look to run the table. Adam Driver concludes a massive year, with five films releasing in 2019.

The actor has become the Richard Dreyfus of his generation. Driver was reliable in dialogue-driven roles (The Report), he owns a place in one of the biggest franchises in the world (Star Wars) and he’s continued auteur work (Dead Don’t Die & Marriage Story). He’s got a weirdly likable actor despite playing generally unlikable characters. 2019 feels like an obvious time to reward him, and he’s headlining one of the big contenders of the year. The guys going to win an Oscar someday, but can he hold off the legendary actors biting at his heels? Let’s jump into the predictions.

NOTE: Any awards in Italics means the performer WON the prize from said group.

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Predicted Five

Cynthia Erivo — Harriet

Scarlett Johannson — Marriage Story (Altman Award/Indie Spirit)

Saorise Ronan — Little Women

Charlize Theron — Bombshell* PREDICTED WINNER

Renée Zellweger — Judy (Indie, BIFA, AFCC, NBR)

The Next Five

Awkwafina — The Farewell (Gotham)

Elisabeth Moss — Her Smell (Gotham, Indie Spirit)

Lupita Nyong’o — Us (NYFCC)

Mary Kay Place — Diane (Gotham, Indie Spirit)

Alfre Woodard — Clemency (Gotham, Indie Spirit)

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Predicted Five

Antonio Banderas — Pain and Glory (NYFCC)

Robert De Niro — The Irishman

Leonardo DiCaprio — Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Adam Driver —  Marriage Story (Altman Award/Indie Spirit, Gotham, AFCC)* PREDICTED WINNER

Joaquin Phoenix — Joker

The Next Five

Christian Bale — Ford v Ferrari

Taron Egerton — Rocketman

Eddie Murphy — Dolemite is My Name

Jonathan Pryce — The Two Popes

Adam Sandler — Uncut Gems (Gotham, Indie Spirits, NBR)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Predicted Five

Kathy Bates — Richard Jewell

Laura Dern — Marriage Story (Altman Award/Indie Spirit)* PREDICTED WINNER

Jennifer Lopez — Hustlers (Indie Spirit)

Margot Robbie — Bombshell

Zhao Shuzhen — The Farewell (Indie Spirit)

The Next Five

Annette Benning — The Report 

Octavia Spencer — Luce (Indie Spirit)

Thomasin Mackenzie — Jojo Rabbit

Margot Robbie — Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Taylor Russell — Waves (Gotham, Indie Spirit)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Predicted Five

Willem Dafoe — The Lighthouse (Gotham, Indie Spirit)

Tom Hanks — A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Al Pacino — The Irishman

Joe Pesci — The Irishman

Brad Pitt — Once Upon a Time in Hollywood *PREDICTED WINNER

The Next Five

Alan Alda — Marriage Story (Altman Award/Indie Spirit)

Sterling K. Brown — Waves

Anthony Hopkins — The Two Popes

Song Kang-ho — Parasite

Shia LaBeouf — Honey Boy (Indie Spirit)

Who are we leaving out of the top of each category? Let us hear in the comments below!

NBR Names ‘The Irishman’ Best Film of 2019

We’re officially in Oscar season! Our first precursor comes in today, and the winners potentially shine a light on films to keep an eye on for the coming season. Last year, the National Board of Review named Green Book their Best Film. Clearly, the group has its finger on some kind of pulse, and it bodes well for this year’s winner The Irishman. The NBR’s Best Film has been nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars in 9 of the last 10 years, and 17 of the last 19 years.

Other notable wins went to Adam Sandler, who needed something like this to get attention on his campaign. This will be a big boost for him. Many have seen his early-season success as fluky, but as he continues to pick up nominations, someone will have to take him seriously. Renée Zellweger picked up her first of many prizes to come this year, as did Brad Pitt. There’s going to be an unintentional reunion occurring throughout the season. Kathy Bates (Sandler’s Mama in from Waterboy) also took home an acting prize for Best Supporting Actress for Richard Jewell. She’s going to break into the race quickly, and with the field wide open, she could do some major damage.

The big miss comes from Jokerwhich missed everything. It was assumed by many that it would at least appear in the NBR’s Top 10. After all, WB films have often done well at NBR. Just last year, A Star Is Born took home three prizes. That love went to Richard Jewell instead. That could signal which film the studio wants to push more this season.

Check out the full list of nominees below!

Best Film: The Irishman

Best Director: Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Actor: Adam Sandler – Uncut Gems

Best Actress: Renée Zellweger – Judy

Best Supporting Actor: Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Supporting Actress: Kathy Bates – Richard Jewell

Best Original Screenplay: Uncut Gems – Benny & Josh Safdie and Ronald Bronstein

Best Adapted Screenplay: The Irishman – Steve Zaillian

Best Animated Feature: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Breakthrough Performance: Paul Walter Hauser – Richard Jewell

Best Directorial Debut: Melina Matsoukas – Queen & Slim

Best Foreign Language Film: Parasite

Best Documentary: Maiden

Best Ensemble: Knives Out

Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography: Roger Deakins

NBR Icon Award: Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino

NBR Freedom of Expression Award: For Sama Just Mercy

Top Films (in alphabetical order)

Dolemite Is My Name
Ford v Ferrari
Jojo Rabbit
Knives Out
Marriage Story
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Richard Jewell
Uncut Gems

Top 5 Foreign Language Films (in alphabetical order)


Invisible Life

Pain and Glory

Portrait of a Lady on Fire


Top 5 Documentaries (in alphabetical order)

American Factory

Apollo 11

The Black Godfather

Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese


Top 10 Independent Films (in alphabetical order)

The Farewell
Give Me Liberty
A Hidden Life
The Last Black Man in San Francisco
The Nightingale
The Peanut Butter Falcon
The Souvenir
Wild Rose

What do you think of our first big precursor? Let us hear your thoughts in the comments below!

2019 Annie Nominations: ‘Missing Link’ and ‘Frozen II’ Lead with 8 Nominations Each

We love animation here at We Bought a Blog, so the Annie Awards are a fun time for us. The group is made up of animation guild members, providing a look at how those within the world of animation perceive the work of each year. This year, two films quickly rose to the top of the head, with Netflix announcing itself as a popular alternative.

Missing Link and Frozen II each picked up 8 nominations on the day, including a nomination for Best Feature. Meanwhile, Netflix got support for Klaus and I Lost My Body, both of which are currently streaming. GKIDS also showed some strength for Weathering With You, their centerpiece film this season. The real surprise comes from Toy Story 4which only netted six nominations on the day. For an early-season precursor, the snubbing here is surprising. Will it be something we see manifest itself over the next few months?

The full list of nominees can be found below!

Best Feature
“Frozen 2”
“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”
“Missing Link”
“Toy Story 4”

Best Indie Feature
“Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles”
“I Lost My Body”
“Okko’s Inn”
“Weathering With You”

Best Special Production
“Guava Island,” “Titles and Prologue”
“How to Train Your Dragon,” “Homecoming”
“Infinity Train,” “The Perennial Child”
“SpongeBob SquarePants,” “SpongeBob’s Big Birthday Blowout”

Best Short Subject
“Acid Rain”
“Je sors acheter des cigarettes”
“Uncle Thomas: Accounting for the Days”

Best VR
“Kaiju Confidential”

Best Commercial
Dove Self-Esteem Project x Steven Universe: “Social Media”
“Fortnite Season 7 Launch Spot”
“The Mystical Journey of Jimmy Page’s ’59 Telecaster”

Best TV/Media – Preschool
“Ask the Storybots,” episode: “Why Do We Have to Recycle?”
“Elena of Avalor,” episode: “Changing of the Guard”
“Let’s Go Luna!,”episode: “Dorsay Day/Honey in Paris”
“Norman Picklestripes,” episode: “Pizza Pickle/The Forest Next Door”
“Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum,” episode: “I Am Amelia Earhart”

Best TV/Media – Children
“Disney Mickey Mouse,” episode: “Carried Away”
“Niko and the Sword of Light,” episode: 206: “The Caterpillar Train”
“Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” episode: “Evil League of Mutants”
“Tales of Arcadia: 3Below,” episode: “A Glorious End Part 1”
“The Tom and Jerry Show,” episode: “Calamari Jerry”

Best TV/Media – General Audience
“Big Mouth,” episode: “Disclosure The Movie: The Musical!”
“BoJack Horseman,” episode: “The Client”
“Harley Quinn,” episode: “So You Need a Crew”
“Tuca & Bertie,” episode: “The Jelly Lakes”
“Undone,” episode: 2. “The Hospital”

Best Student Film
“Con Fuerza”
“The Fox & The Pigeon”
“Un diable dans la poche”

Best FX for TV/Media
“How to Train Your Dragon Homecoming”
“Love, Death & Robots”
“My Moon”
“Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures”
“Tales of Arcadia: 3Below”

Best FX for Feature
“Frozen 2”
“Missing Link”
“Toy Story 4”
“Weathering With You”

Best Character Animation – TV/Media
“Ask the Storybots”
“Disney Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure”
“His Dark Materials”
“How to Train Your Dragon Homecoming”
“Robot Chicken”

Best Character Animation – Animated Feature
“Frozen 2” – characters: Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff, Sven
“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” – characters: Toothless, Light Fury, Hiccup, Deathgrippers
“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” – characters: Grimmel, Ruffnutt, Toothless, Light Fury, Hiccup, Baby Furies
“Klaus” – character: Alva
“Missing Link” – character: Multiple

Best Character Animation – Live Action
“Alita: Battle Angel”
“Avengers: Endgame”
“Game of Thrones” – Season 8 Episode 3, “The Long Night” – Dance of the Dragons
“Pokémon Detective Pikachu:
“Spider-Man: Far From Home”

Best Character Animation – Video Game
“Gears 5 – Cinematic Animation”
Kingdom Hearts III”
“Sinclair Snake: Museum Mischief”
“Unruly Heroes”

Best Character Design – TV/Media
“Carmen Sandiego,” episode: “The Chasing Paper Caper”
“DC Super Hero Girls,” episode: #SweetJustice Pt. 1-4
“T.O.T.S.,” episode: 101AB: “You’ve Gotta Be Kitten Me”/”Whale, Hello There!”
The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle,” episode: “Amazamoose and Squirrel Wonder: Chapter Five”
“Victor and Valentino,” episode: “Know It All”

Best Character Design – Feature
“Frozen 2”
“Spies in Disguise”
“The Addams Family”

Best Direction – TV/Media
“Ask the Storybots,” episode: “How Do You Make Music?”
“DC Super Hero Girls,” episode: “#DCSuperHeroBoys”
“Disney Mickey Mouse,” episode: “For Whom the Booth Tolls”
“Rilakkuma & Kaoru,” episode: “Snowman”
“Ultraman,” episode: “Episode 1”

Best Direction – Feature
Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, “Frozen 2”
Jérémy Clapin, “I Lost My Body”
Sergio Pablos, “Klaus”
Chris Butler, “Missing Link”
Makoto Shinkai, “Weathering With You”

Best Music – TV/Media
“Carmen Sandiego”
“Love, Death & Robots”
“Seis Manos”
“She-Ra and the Princesses of Power”
“The Tom and Jerry Show”

Best Music – Feature
“Frozen 2”
“I Lost My Body”
“Spies in Disguise”
“Toy Story 4”

Best Production Design – TV/Media
“Carmen Sandiego,” episode: “Becoming Carmen Sandiego: Part 1”
“Disney Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure,” episode: “Rapunzel and The Great Tree”
“Love, Death & Robots,” episode: “The Witness”
“Mao Mao: Heroes of Pure Heart,” episode 106: “Ultraclops”
“The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle,” episode: “The Legend of the Power Gems: Chapter One”

Best Production Design – Feature
“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”
“Missing Link”
“The Addams Family”

Best Storyboarding – TV/Media
“Carmen Sandiego,”episode: “Becoming Carmen Sandiego: Part 1”
“Carole & Tuesday,” episode: “True Colors”
“Love, Death & Robots,” episode: “Sucker of Souls”
“Snoopy in Space,” episode: “Mission 6: Space Sleepwalking”

Best Storyboarding – Feature
Julien Bisaro, “I Lost My Body”
Jérémy Clapin, “I Lost My Body”
Sergio Pablos, “Klaus”
Julian Narino, “Missing Link”
Oliver Thomas, “Missing Link”

Best Voice Acting – TV/Media
Marieye Herington, “Big City Greens”
H. Jon Benjamin, “Bob’s Burgers”
Sarah Stiles, “Steven Universe”
Debi Derryberry, “Tigtone”
Ali Wong, “Tuca & Bertie”

Best Voice Acting – Feature
Tenzing Norgay Trainor, “Abominable”
Josh Gad, “Frozen 2”
Richard Horvitz, “Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus”
Jenny Slate, “The Secret Life of Pets 2”
Tony Hale, “Toy Story 4”

Best Writing – TV/Media
“Apple & Onion,” episode: “Apple’s Short”
“BoJack Horseman,” episode: “Feel-Good Story”
“Pinky Malinky,” episode: “Secret”
“Tuca & Bertie,” episode: “The Jelly Lakes”
“Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum,” episode: “I Am Helen Keller”

Best Writing – Feature
“Frozen 2”
“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”
“I Lost My Body”
“Toy Story 4”
“Weathering With You”

Best Editorial – TV/Media
“Big Hero 6: The Series,” episode: “Prey Date”
“DC Super Hero Girls,” episode: “#AdventuresInBunnysitting”
“Disney Mickey Mouse,” episode: “Carried Away”
“Green Eggs and Ham,” episode: “Mouse”
“Love, Death & Robots,” episode: “Alternate Histories”

Best Editorial – Feature
“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”
“Missing Link”
“The Secret Life of Pets 2”
“Toy Story 4”

What do you think of the nominations? Who is your pick for Best Animated Feature? Let us hear your thoughts in the comments below!

First Oscar Predictions: Netflix v The World (12-1)

As we enter December, we’re officially in the heat of the Oscar season. Over the next few weeks, critics groups and industry insiders will make their voices heard. The National Board of Review will announce their Top 10 films of the year, as well as their Best Film of 2019. The winner of this group has gone on to pick up a Best Picture nomination for all but two years since 2000 (Quills and A Most Violent Year representing the two misses). The group has become the official start to the Oscar season, with dozens of groups announcing their rewards immediately after. With the start coming on Monday (don’t worry, we’ll post the results), let’s take a quick look at the state of the race today.

Despite the year feeling weak on the whole, a few standout films exist. Some career-best work from Bong Joon-ho, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarrantino, and Sam Mendes. Each puts an extremely unique touch on their film and doing so gives us an extremely deep field to choose from. Noah Baumbach, Taika Waititi, Todd Phillips and James Mangold are close to career-bests as well (depending on who you talk to). You can never count out Clint Eastwood. However, there are plenty of women directors with films contending for Oscar hype. Greta Gerwig, Lorene Scafaria, and Lulu Wang are all potential screenplay nominees. If there is enough support, director nominations could be on the table.

Let’s check out the Picture, Directors, and Screenplay races to see what awaits. We threw in Animated Feature for good measure.

Best Picture

Predicted Ten

1917 (Universal)

Ford V Ferrari (20th Century Fox)

The Irishman (Netflix)* PREDICTED WINNER

Jojo Rabbit (Fox Searchlight) — TIFF Audience Award

Joker (Warner Bros.) — Venice Golden Lion

Little Women (Sony Pictures)

Marriage Story (Netflix) — Robert Altman Award, Indie Spirit (Nomination), TIFF Runner-Up,

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Columbia/Sony Pictures)

Parasite (Neon) — Palme d’Or, TIFF 2nd Runner-Up

Richard Jewell (Warner Brothers)

Also in the Hunt

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (Sony Pictures)

Bombshell (Lionsgate)

The Farewell (A24) — Indie Spirit (nomination)

Harriet (Focus Features)

A Hidden Life (Fox Searchlight)

Judy (Roadside Attractions)

Just Mercy (Warner Brothers)

Rocketman (Paramount)

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (Disney/LucasFilm)

Waves (A24)

Best Director

Predicted Five

Noah Baumbach — Marriage Story

Bong Joon-ho — Parasite

Sam Mendes — 1917

Martin Scorsese — The Irishman *PREDICTED WINNER

Quentin Tarantino — Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Next Five

Clint Eastwood — Richard Jewell

Greta Gerwig — Little Women

Terrance Malik — A Hidden Life

James Mangold — Ford v Ferrari

Jay Roach — Bombshell

Best Animated Feature

The Predicted Five

Frozen II (Walt Disney Animation)

I Lost My Body (Netflix)

Missing Link (Laika)

Toy Story 4 (Pixar Animation)* PREDICTED WINNER

Weathering With You (GKIDS)

The Next Five

Abominable (Dreamworks Animation)

Klaus (Netflix)

Funan (GKIDS)

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Dreamworks Animation)

Okko’s Inn (GKIDS)

Best Adapted Screenplay

Predicted Five

Greta Gerwig — Little Women

Anthony McCarten — The Two Popes

Lorene Scafaria — Hustlers

Taika Waititi — Jojo Rabbit* PREDICTED WINNER

Steve Zaillian — The Irishman

The Next Five

J. J. Abrams, Chris Terrio — Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker

Destin Daniel Cretton, Andrew Lanham — Just Mercy

Julian Fellowes — Downton Abbey

Micah Fitzerman-Blue, Noah Harpster — A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood

Todd Phillips & Scott Silver — Joker

Best Original Screenplay

Predicted Five

Noah Baumbach — Marriage Story (Gotham, Indie Spirit)*

Bong Joon-ho & Han Jin Wan — Parasite

Trey Edward Shults — Waves

Quentin Tarantino — Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Lulu Wang — The Farewell

The Next Five

Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski — Dolemite is My Name

Pedro Almodóvar — Pain & Glory

Scott Z. Burns — The Report

Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth & Jason Keller — Ford v Ferrari

Rian Johnson — Knives Out

Who are we leaving out of the top of each category? Let us hear in the comments below!

2020 Independent Spirit Awards Nominations (FULL LIST)

Big day for the Oscar season with the Independent Spirit Awards announcing their nominees! Another great day for Marriage Story in the books. A24 has to be happy with the success of WavesThe Farewell, The Lighthouse, and Uncut Gems. Even Oscar hopefuls Jennifer Lopez and Renee Zellweger picked up steam. Check out the full list of nominees below!

Best Picture






The Robert Altman Award 

(Recognizes the Director, Cast Ensemble, and Casting Director. Removes director and cast from eligibility in their categories)

WINNER – MARRIAGE STORY – Director Noah Baumbach, winners include Douglas Aibel, Francine Maisler, Alan Alda, Laura Dern, Adam Driver, Julie Hagerty, Scarlett Johansson, Ray Liotta, Azhy Robertson, and Merritt Wever

Best Director

Robert Eggers – THE LIGHTHOUSE

Alma Har’el – HONEY BOY

Julius Onah – LUCE

Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie – UNCUT GEMS

Lorene Scafaria – HUSTLERS

Best First Feature







Best Male Lead

Chris Galust – GIVE ME LIBERTY

Kelvin Harrison – Jr., LUCE

Robert Pattinson – THE LIGHTHOUSE

Adam Sandler – UNCUT GEMS

Matthias Schoenaerts – THE MUSTANG

Best Female Lead

Karen Allen – COLEWELL


Elisabeth Moss – HER SMELL

Mary Kay Place – DIANE

Alfre Woodard – CLEMENCY

Renée Zellweger – JUDY

Best Supporting Female

Jennifer Lopez – HUSTLERS

Taylor Russell – WAVES

Zhao Shuzhen – THE FAREWELL

Lauren “Lolo” Spencer – GIVE ME LIBERTY

Octavia Spencer – LUCE

Best Supporting Male 


Noah Jupe – HONEY BOY

Shia Labeouf – HONEY BOY


Wendell Pierce – BURNING CANE

Best Screenplay

Noah Baumbach – MARRIAGE STORY

Jason Begue, Shawn Snyder – TO DUST

Ronald Bronstein, Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie – UNCUT GEMS

Chinonye Chukwu – CLEMENCY

Tarell Alvin Mccraney – HIGH FLYING BIRD

Best Documentary






John Cassavetes Award 







Best International Film



PARASITE, South Korea



THE SOUVENIR, United Kingdom

Best Editing

Julie Béziau – THE THIRD WIFE

Ronald Bronstein, Benny Safdie – UNCUT GEMS

Tyler L. Cook – SWORD OF TRUST


Kirill Mikhanovsky – GIVE ME LIBERTY

Best Cinematography

Todd Banhazl – HUSTLERS

Jarin Blaschke – THE LIGHTHOUSE

Natasha Braier – HONEY BOY

Chananun Chotrungroj – THE THIRD WIFE

Pawel Pogorzelski – MIDSOMMAR

Best First Screenplay

Fredrica Bailey, Stefon Bristol – SEE YOU YESTERDAY

Hannah Bos, Paul Thureen – DRIVEWAYS

Bridget Savage Cole, Danielle Krudy – BLOW THE MAN DOWN

Jocelyn Deboer, Dawn Luebbe – GREENER GRASS

James Montague, Craig W. Sanger – THE VAST OF NIGHT

Someone to Watch Award

Rashaad Ernesto Green – PREMATURE

Ash Mayfair – THE THIRD WIFE


Truer Than Fiction Award

Khalik Allah – BLACK MOTHER

Davy Rothbart – 17 BLOCKS

Nadia Shihab – JADDOLAND

Erick Stoll & Chase Whiteside – AMÉRICA

Annual Bonnie Award

Marielle Heller

Lulu Wang

Kelly Reichardt

What do you think of the nominees and winners? Does this signal that Marriage Story will be the film to beat for the show? Which nominee are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments below!