2020 Oscar Preview with Chris & Ron [Exclusive]

 

Introduction from Mr. Eaves:

What is the difference between a best film and our favorite film? How do we talk about cinema? We build definitions and debate parameters in order to categorize but in doing so can risk sacrificing the unique and personal experience of filmgoing.

I remember watching The Criterion Blu-ray release of Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha (2012) several years ago. A black and white eccentric coming of age film set to a New York backdrop starring Greta Gerwig. While I absolutely hated this film upon first viewing there was also something that latched onto me. I unwantedly spent the next few days thinking about Gerwig’s performance. While eccentric it oozed this humanistic energy. The following week I had to revisit the film to figure out why I was still thinking about a movie I thought I disliked. By the ending credits, I had completely transitioned my feelings on the film. While I cannot explain this change of disposition, I can acknowledge that change did occur.

While Frances Ha still rests neatly on my movie shelf I have never sat down to watch the film a third time. Mostly driven by a fear of my second joyful experience reverting to my original. Film is a powerful medium. It is a mighty empathy machine capable of changing perspective and in that is a very personal experience.

What is a best film and what is a favorite film?

 

 

Introduction from Mr. Trembath:

The Irishman was lame. Joker was an incel manifesto, but Joaquin was great. Greta Gerwig was robbed. The Lion King was just an animated pile of dog shit. If I were you, I would vote for Chris.

 

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So Folks, reach out to either Chris or Ron via social media, wherever you would like, and let us know which team you are on

The pointing system works as follows:

Correct “Want to Win” = 0.5 points

Correct “Going to Win” = 1.0 points

So tell us what you think, and if you choose the winner, you are entered into a pool to win an exceptionally mediocre prize of the finest Korean bootlegs from 2012-2013 (and before), a copy of Children of Mercy: Tales and Teachings From the World of Independent Music, and more!

And after you have picked your team, come back here and bump the winners against our choices, and wait for word from one of us that you are big winner! It’s that easy, Folks!

Let’s have some fun!

 

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BEST PICTURE

“Ford v Ferrari”

“The Irishman”

“Jojo Rabbit”

“Joker”

“Little Women”

“Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood”

“Marriage Story”

“Parasite”

“1917”

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: A technical achievement of the cinematic art form but should not be limited to this sole accomplishment. Presented as a single in real-time take, 1917 uses its form as a direct choice to enhance the emotional resonance of its larger themes. While The Academy has nominated many great films, the Academy also has ignored many others. Parasite continues to be a film I think about often. Depending on when I am asked, I could change my answer over to Parasite or Little Women.

My Nominations for Best Film in order of Preference.

The Last Blackman in San Francisco
1917
Parasite
Little Women
Uncut Gems
Waves
The Lighthouse
Dolemite is My Name
Marriage Story

 

 

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood. Look, I’ve seen 4 of the 9, and I loved 2 of them. And as a lifelong (almost) Quentin Tarantino fan, it really behooves me to pick this film that I really did love. Although, I have the feeling that I probably would have chosen Jojo Rabbit because it seems so damn great. But, QT for life.

 

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Same as above.

 

 

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: 1917. This was not one of the 4 that I even saw, but I honestly feel like it is the safe bet. This year actually feels like we may be reverting to the old days (not in a good way) and we may not see many surprises. So, I’m gonna pick this one for my buddy Chris. You’re welcome, Chris.

 

 

 

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Kathy Bates, “Richard Jewell”

Laura Dern, “Marriage Story”

Scarlett Johansson, “Jojo Rabbit”

Florence Pugh, “Little Women”

Margot Robbie, “Bombshell”

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: 

Scarlett Johansson, “Jojo Rabbit” – Taika Waititi crafted a whimsical farce of Nazi Germany. Waititi walks the line in his use of comedy to express hopefulness in direct contradiction to the worst of what humanity has to offer. Waititi was able to accomplish this through his actors especially Johansson’s mother role as the most grounded of the film’s characters capturing many heartwarming and authentic portrayals of motherhood and a general sense of hope. Without Johansson, I’m unsure Jojo Rabbit works.

My Nominations for Best Supporting Actress in order of Preference.

Scarlett Johansson – Jojo Rabbit
Park So-dam – Parasite
Zhao Shuzhen – The Farewell
Jennifer Lopez – Hustlers
Billie Lourd – Booksmart

 

 

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Laura Dern, “Marriage Story”. I know this seems like an obvious choice, and a cheap trick to score some points, but this lady fucking EARNED it. This was one of those performances that I absolutely knew for a fact was going to end up in this silly award show, and it is well deserved.

 

 

 

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Laura Dern, “Marriage Story” – Dern is top-level acting. She is wonderful in everything she does. Dern’s character is memorable playing the role of the possible dubious motivated lawyer for Johansson. For me, the role fills more plot required then character driven.

 

 

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Laura Dern, “Marriage Story”. Same as above.

 

 

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Tom Hanks, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”

Anthony Hopkins, “The Two Popes”

Al Pacino, “The Irishman”

Joe Pesci, “The Irishman”

Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood”

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: 

Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood” – Brad Pitt is consistently amazing. Although, I consider Pitt’s character a co-lead to DiCaprio and not supporting. Both Pitt and DiCaprio’s characters have their own unique arcs throughout the film. Joe Pesci should also be mentioned as he came out of retirement for The Irishman playing a far more reserved character then he is known for bringing this softness and introspection.

My Nominations for Best Supporting Actor in order of Preference.

William Defoe – The Lighthouse
Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood – Brad Pitt
Shia LaBeouf – Honey Boy
Joe Pesci – The Irishman
Song Kang-ho – Parasite

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood”. There is no question. If we are going to celebrate this film for acting, it has to be Brad. Everyone was wonderful, but Brad was absolutely fantastic. 

 

 

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood” – SEE ABOVE!

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood”. Same as above.

 

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

South Korea, “Parasite”

Spain, “Pain and Glory”

France, “Les Misérables”

North Macedonia, “Honeyland”

Poland, “Corpus Christi”

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: South Korea, “Parasite” – This is a difficult choice between Parasite and Pain and Glory. These films could not be more different in presentation while remaining both so incredibly cinematically satisfying. Parasite brings this bizarre genre approach to social issues which I would not want to ruin for anyone who has yet to see the film, while Pain and Glory is a very complex expression of a man’s journey of accomplishments and failures. Pain and Glory is Antonia Bandera’s best work. Ideally Parasite would win Best Directing or Best Film allowing Pain and Glory to win Best International Film. I cannot see the Academy going that direction.

 

 

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: South Korea, “Parasite”. No real basis for this pick, it just happens to be the one film that seemed interesting to me and I will probably watch later. And I just love South Korea. 

 

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: South Korea, “Parasite” – SEE ABOVE!

 

 

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: South Korea, “Parasite”. If it’s in the Best Picture category, it wins this one. No questions.

 

DOCUMENTARY (SHORT)

“In the Absence”

“Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)”

“Life Overtakes Me”

“St. Louis Superman”

“Walk Run Cha-Cha”

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: “Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)” – I wish it was not so difficult to see these films. As of writing this piece I have not seen any of these nominated films. One week before Awards Night is not a proper release for the general public. If you wait so late to put these films in a theater at least find a way to have them available on VOD. The home theater is what I prefer but not being able to watch these films at all is a far worse choice.

 

 

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: “St. Louis Superman”. I haven’t seen any of the shorts, but this one seemed the most up my alley. And St. Louis is a great city.

 

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)” – SEE ABOVE!

 

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “Life Overtakes Me”. I’ve actually heard of this one. That’s really it.

 

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

“American Factory”

“The Edge of Democracy”

“Honeyland”

“For Sama”

“The Cave”

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN:“American Factory” – There is not a lot of escapism in these documentaries. These nominations reflect the sense of the world right now. Free Solo last year felt exciting and gripping and felt of human accomplishment. This year feels more painful and sorrowful. American Factory has the Netflix and the Obama power push.

 

 

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: “The Edge of Democracy”. I did only happen to see two of these, and yes they were the Netflix ones. I really did dig this film though. I can’t confirm that it is better than any of the others, but I do know that this shit was inspiring in a way. Also American Factory was corporate propaganda, plain and simple.

 

 

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN:  “American Factory” – SEE ABOVE!

 

 

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “The Edge of Democracy”. Same as above.

 

ORIGINAL SONG

“I’m Standing With You,” “Breakthrough”

“Into the Unknown,” “Frozen II”

“Stand Up,” “Harriet”

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

“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away,” “Toy Story 4”

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: 

“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” “Rocketman” – Taron Egerton sings his own songs. He acts just as good or better than Rami Malek who won for best actor in 2019. Now, this is not the section for best Actors, this is clearly the best song of the nominations. Glasgow from Wild Rose completes that film. How could this song be missed?

My Nominations for Best Original Song in order of Preference.

“Glasgow (No Place Like Home)” – “Wild Rose”
“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” – “Rocketman”

 

 

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” “Rocketman”. While I do love this song, I am really only picking it because I love when songs from non-animated films win this award. It brings a weird thrill to my simple heart.

 

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” “Rocketman” – SEE ABOVE!

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” “Rocketman”. It was a wildly successful biopic about one of our most beloved musicians. I see this being a trend for the future.

 

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”

“I Lost My Body”

“Klaus”

“Missing Link”

“Toy Story 4”

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN:  “Missing Link” – I am an unabashed sucker for Claymation. I absolutely love this technique and style. Made by the local production house outside of Portland Oregon too. This is all subjective and my bias should be known.

 

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: “Toy Story 4”. I want this for spiteful reasons if I’m being honest. Let Pixar get their 10th win, and let the Toy Story franchise, which started it all, finally be at rest.

 

 

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “Toy Story 4” – Pixar is a juggernaut. Their worst movies are the equivalent to most other animation studios’ best movies. How the magic of Toy Story has lasted I do not know but am happy it has as a series that is completely cross-generational now without transitioning into the Direct to VOD cheap money grab movie model. What great stewardship of this perfect collection of films.

 

 

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “Toy Story 4”. Same as above.

 

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

“The Irishman”

“Jojo Rabbit”

“Little Women”

“The Two Popes”

“Joker”

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: “Little Women” – Greta Gerwig is an auteur. It is a shame to have not been nominated for Best Director. This will drive the vote to Gerwig for adapted screenplay. Thich is also completely deserving in how Gerwig can modernize an adaptation that has seen so many previous attempts. The construction of the story is a clear standout to pull new themes and character emotions from a well-known source.

 

 

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: “Jojo Rabbit”. I feel like this is the most original of the bunch, even though I have not seen the film. I have a deep-rooted love for the screenplay categories, and I feel like I have a pretty good gauge of how these things go. Or not. Who knows?

 

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “Little Women” – SEE ABOVE!

 

 

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “Jojo Rabbit”. Same as above.

 

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

“Marriage Story”

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

“Parasite”

“Knives Out”

“1917”

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: “Parasite” – Parasite is one of the most original screenplays of the year. Marriage Story and Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood are two of the best-written screenplays of the year.

 

 

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”. Again, I only saw 2 of these films. I truly believe 1917 is out for sure, as we haven’t seen a war movie win in this category in, well, forever. These films are appreciated as a visual stimulation, but not as a story itself. And I believe that the Academy is not beyond giving QT awards for writing for 3 of his last 4 films. I think they will take pride in it.

 

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood” – Tarantino is one of the most unique screenwriters of film.

 

 

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”. Same as above.

 

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Antonio Banderas, “Pain and Glory”

Leonardo DiCaprio, “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood”

Adam Driver, “Marriage Story”

Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker”

Jonathan Pryce, “The Two Popes”

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: 

Antonio Banderas, “Pain and Glory” – Antonia Banderas is an amazing actor. This is also Bandera’s best work. Banderas crafts a human with all his accomplishments and flaws. This is a stacked year for Best Leading Actor and a huge miss for lacking a nomination for Eddie Murphy.

My Nominations for Best Actor in order of Preference:

Pain and Glory – Antonio Banderas
Adam Sandler – Uncut Gems
Joaquin Phoenix – Joker
Adam Driver – Marriage Story
Eddie Murphy – Dolomite is My Name

 

 

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker”. I know that I should probably go with Leo on this one, but I have to admit that Joaquin gave it his all to this portrayal. It’s definitely the most unique of the bunch, and I actually saw 4 out of 5 of these performances! The film was mediocre at best, but Joaquin’s performance was undeniably outstanding.

 

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker” – Phoenix is one of the best actors of all time. For better or worse he gives himself over to whatever role he is taking on. Phoenix elevates Joker through his performance.

 

 

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker”. Same as above.

 

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Cynthia Erivo, “Harriet”

Scarlett Johansson, “Marriage Story”

Saoirse Ronan, “Little Women”

Renée Zellweger, “Judy”

Charlize Theron, “Bombshell”

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: 

Saoirse Ronan, “Little Women” – Ronan and Gerwig are meant to work together. They each bring out so much in each other’s craft. Little Women is an adaptation of the book 152 years removed but Saoirse Ronan’s portrayal of Jo feels complete with nuance and complexity. Scarlett Johansson’s work in Marriage Story, meant completely as positive, is a wonderful portrayal a complex human.

My Nominations for Best Actress in order of Preference.

Jessie Buckley – Wild Rose
Elisabeth Moss – Her Smell
Awkwafina – The Farewell
Saoirse Ronan – Little Women
Lupita Nyong’o – US

 

 

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Cynthia Erivo, “Harriet”. Never saw it, but for the sake of the legendary CIA agent Harriet Tubman, I have to cast my vote for Cynthia.

 

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Renée Zellweger, “Judy” – Renee Zellweger acting elevates a fine film. Renee Zellweger is Judy in mannerisms and look – thank you makeup team!

 

 

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Charlize Theron, “Bombshell”. Liberal elites most likely make up 98% of the Oscar judges, so this seems like a clear shot. Controversy sells. Also Charlize is probably due for an Oscar, although I am unclear as to why.

 

DIRECTOR

Martin Scorsese, “The Irishman”

Quentin Tarantino, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Bong Joon-ho, “Parasite”

Sam Mendes, “1917”

Todd Phillips, “Joker”

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: 

Bong Joon-ho, “Parasite” – Greta Gerwig is an auteur and deserved a nomination. Her ability to balance personal, social and interpersonal conflicting relationships across the runtime of Little Women is a feat. Bong Joon-ho accomplishes his own achievements of depicting social plight and family turmoil that hit both the pathos of the characters but also the entertainment value of a genre film. His style blends the best of both worlds into a unique artistic vision.

My Nominations for Best Director in order of Preference.

The Safdie Brothers – Uncut Gems
Bong Joon-ho – Parasite
Greta Gerwig – Little Women
Joe Talbot – The Last Black Man in San Francisco
Sam Mendes – 1917

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: Quentin Tarantino, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”. I know it is asking a lot, as he already as 3 Oscars for writing, but I would really like QT to be appreciated for his visual storytelling as well. Please?

 

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Bong Joon-ho, “Parasite” – Rolling the dice and playing OSCARS Politics here. Paradise while deserving to win the best picture well be kept in the best Internal Category. But I think the Academy still wants to give Bong Joon-ho a win.

 

 

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: Sam Mendes, “1917”. As far as a good looking film goes, I’d be willing to admit, without even having seen it, that 1917 is probably the best out there right now. Mendes and cinematographer Roger Deakins are a shoe-in.

 

PRODUCTION DESIGN

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

“The Irishman”

“1917”

“Jojo Rabbit”

“Parasite”

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood” – Hollywood of 1969 is very recent. Most of the featured locations still exist but not as they once did. The level of detail applied to the period recreated is astonishing. The film functions as a time capsule to the transitional period of old Hollywood and the new wave of American Cinema.

 

 

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”. This film was amazing to look at. It was extremely transformative to another era, and I alway appreciate that look in a film.

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “1917” – A technical achievement in production design across multiple set pieces.

 

 

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “1917”. So much work went into making this film work, I imagine. It’s probably worthy of all the technical awards.

 

CINEMATOGRAPHY

“1917”

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

“The Irishman”

“Joker”

“The Lighthouse”

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: 

“The Lighthouse” – I will take any and every chance to call out Joe Talbot’s “The Last Black Man in San Francisco.” Adam Newport-Berra cinematography on this film, every single frame of his work, is a piece of art you could frame on your wall. How this film could escape being nominated is incomprehensible. The Lighthouse was filmed on celluloid using lenses from the 1930s. The film’s approach to its cinematography is a direct choice to enhance the emersion and the character madness of the story. 1917 is its own achievement. While I know what they did, I can’t begin to tell you how they did it during certain sequences.

My Nominations for Best Cinematography in order of Preference.

The Last Black Man in San Francisco
The Lighthouse
1917
Shadow
John Wick Chapter 3

 

 

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: “1917”. I know that I haven’t seen it, but when a film does something even remotely unique, and gets rid of that damn green screen, I feel like it needs to be celebrated. I’m certain this movie would bore the shit out of me, has nothing interesting to say, but is wonderful to look act. Sort of like Johnny Depp in recent years, amiright?

 

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “1917” – The technical achievement of the year. Roger Deakins was the only man who could show up Roger Deakins.

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “1917”. Same as above.

 

COSTUME DESIGN

“Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood”

“Little Women”

“The Irishman”

“Jojo Rabbit”

“Joker”

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: 

“Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood” – In a very stacked category cool is always an element to consider. Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood has cool costume designs. It is frustrating to whiteness another miss for Dolomite is My Name as that film also oozes cool just as much as Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood. Little Women has an Auteur style for an adapted story, Irishman is sleek, and Jojo Rabbit’s Sam Rockwell has a fabulous uniform at the end. Sam Rockwell is fabulous!

My Nominations for Best Costume Design in order of Preference.

Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood
Dolomite is my name
Little Women
Knives Out
Sam Rockwell

 

 

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: “Jojo Rabbit”. Just from glancing through some photos of the costumes, I found JoJo Rabbit to have made some of the more interesting choices in this field. Although I loved Once Upon a Time’s entire decor, and I believe it will win, I have to be honest with you all. You deserve it.

 

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “Little Women” – Cool is not always recognized as technical. Little Women’s costume design is about art. Technical will win over cool.

 

 

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood”. It’s a very specific time capsule of a film, and I think they nailed it. Especially Brad’s wardrobe when he is on that roof. Hot damn, amiright?

 

SOUND EDITING

“1917”

“Ford v Ferrari”

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”

“Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood”

“Joker”

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: “Ford v Ferrari” – Sound Editing is the choice of sound effects, dialogue pieces, the capturing of foley effects, to be assembled for sound mixing. Sound Editing and Sound Mixing connected in the same way your left and right feet are connected in how well you can run. In the case of capturing and assembling all the unique sounds – Ford v Ferrier is a standout this year. 1917 could also be a win in this category.

 

 

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: “1917”. Always go with the war movie.

 

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “Ford v Ferrari” – SEE ABOVE!

 

 

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “1917”. Again, ALWAYS go with the war movie.

 

SOUND MIXING

“1917”

“Ford v Ferrari”

“Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood”

“Ad Astra”

“Joker”

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: “1917” – Ford v Ferrari and 1917 are excellent technical powerhouses. Both films’ mixing of dialogue, sound effects, foley work, and scores are incredibly produced. In the case of 1917, the crossing of no-man-land and bombed-out-village sequences are stand out examples of mixing. In the case of Ford v Ferrari, every single race sequence is also an achievement of balancing engine, dialogue and music levels. The quieter moments of 1917 are the small details of that movie which elevates it above the others.

 

 

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: “1917”. Always go with the war movie.

 

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “1917” – SEE ABOVE!

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “1917”. Always go with the war movie.

 

ANIMATED SHORT FILM

“Dcera (Daughter)”

“Hair Love”

“Kitbull”

“Memorable”

“Sister”

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: “Memorable” – I wish it was not so difficult to see these films. As of writing this piece I have not seen any of these nominated films. One week before Awards Night is not a proper release for the general public. If you are waiting so late to put these films in a theater at least find a way to have them available on VOD. The home theater is better than not being able to watch theme at all.

 

 

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: “Sister”. Just based on premise alone, I am very intrigued by this film the most. I’d also like to take this paragraph to plug the somewhat related doc on Amazon Prime entitled One Child Nation. You are going to cry.

 

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “Memorable” – SEE ABOVE!

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “Sister”. Same as above.

 

LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

“Brotherhood”

“Nefta Football Club”

“The Neighbors’ Window”

“Saria”

“A Sister”

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: “The Neighbors’ Window” – Everyone of this year’s Live Action Short Films are outstanding. Unlike last year, not every single one is tonally dark. The Neighbors’ Window adds a bit of comedy to the mix landing a wonderful story and theme. Nefta Football Club is a straight-up comedy worth a watch while Brotherhood and Saria tackle very of the moment issues.

 

 

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: “Brotherhood”. Again, did not see, but most intrigued by this one.

 

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “Saria” – The final moments of this film had me weeping. The film leaves little hope and offers little in the sense of change but keeps the memory of 41 one young girls alive.

 

 

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “Brotherhood”. Same as above.

 

ORIGINAL SCORE

“1917,” Thomas Newman

“Joker,” Hildur Guðnadóttir

“Little Women,” Alexandre Desplat

“Marriage Story,” Randy Newman

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” John Williams

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: 

“Little Women” by Alexandre Desplat – A flip of a coin between Little Women and 1917. Little Women works as a record while 1917 works better as a film score. Little Women’s compositions emanate curiosity and innocence. Yes, John Williams is great – 52 nominations great. Randy Newman continues to be a shining light of awesomeness. It is disappointing to have not honored Uncut Gems or Honey Boy with a nomination. The music of Uncut Gems is the anxiety heart of that movie.

My Nominations for Best Original Score in order of Preference.

Uncut Gems
Little Women
1917
Honey Boy
Us

 

 

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: “Marriage Story,” Randy Newman. I learned a lot about Randy Newman this year, which has nothing to do with his work on Marriage Story, but I dig the guy. Not that he’s going to win, just being honest with the choice.

 

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “1917,” Thomas Newman – For the reasons mentioned above. 1917 is an amazing film score complementing the visual achievement. Marriage Story could be a welcomed upset – Love You Randy!

 

 

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “1917,” Thomas Newman. All the technical awards!

 

VISUAL EFFECTS

“Avengers: Endgame”

“The Lion King”

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”

“The Irishman”

“1917”

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: “1917” – Fuck off Lion King you are an animated movie, not special effects! The Irishman’s de-aging technology looks great but old man hips remain old man hips. Avengers Endgame is a special effects spectacular constructed mostly in front of a green screen. Even with its high-quality execution I still know I am watching special effects. This isn’t the 90s anymore. Every blockbuster has giant special effects now. Making the effects disappear into the background – that’s the challenge. 1917 conceals most of its special effects work into its world apart from a small sequence near the end of the film.

 

 

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: “1917”. Same as above.

 

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “1917” – SEE ABOVE!

 

 

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “1917” Same as above.

 

FILM EDITING

“The Irishman”

“Ford v Ferrari”

“Parasite”

“Joker”

“Jojo Rabbit”

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: “Parasite” – Parasite is efficient without feeling efficient. Every cut means something in its serves to the story while never feeling present. While I was captivated by every chewy moment of The Irishman a three and a half-hour run time could have been cut down. Runtime does not equal bad I feel the form of film needs to be a balance between the story being told and the efficient at which that story is being delivered.

 

 

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: “Jojo Rabbit”. I really don’t have an opinion on this, except that The Irishman BEST NOT win for this one. As the great Super Geeky Play Date host Brady Berserker would say, “You can’t un-70 year old man somebody”. Which is true, but if you’re making a movie with 108 year old De Niro curb stomping a guy when he’s supposed to be in his thirties, you gotta edit that shit better.

 

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “Ford v Ferrari” – The most technical of the nominations. A classic old Hollywood throwback with very tight plotting and passing “driven” by the film’s editing. A two-and-a-half-hour movie that feels closer to a 110-minute runtime.

 

 

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “Jojo Rabbit”. I just wanted to give one last nod to what will probably end up being my favorite film of 2019.

 

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

“Bombshell”

“Joker”

“Judy”

“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”

“1917”

WHO CHRIS WANTS TO WIN: “Bombshell” – It is difficult enough to play historical figures let alone attempt to take on the attributes and mannerisms of living people. Bombshell’s makeup team has performed a magnificent job of turning these actors into the people they represent. I would say the same for the makeup work in Judy. 1917 brings a different angle to its makeup with the grim and gritty depiction of World War 1. While I would be ecstatic to see a 1917 upset, I feel this award is Bombshell’s to lose.

 

 

WHO RON WANTS TO WIN: “Joker”. Everything about Joaquin looked pretty damn gross. So, good job?

 

WHO CHRIS THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “Bombshell” – SEE ABOVE!

 

 

WHO RON THINKS WILL ACTUALLY WIN: “Joker”. Same as above.

 

 

 

There you have it Folks! Get out there and vote!

 

 

 

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