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‘Twas the Last Oscar Squad Before Thanksgiving…

Sasha ran into some issues today, so I'm posting this week's Oscar Squad, our last entry before Thanksgiving. As such, the views posted here are entirely my own and definitely do not reflect those of Awards Daily at large, much less those of Sasha, herself. It's the quiet before the storm. Sure, this weekend saw the release of Ford v Ferrari, a well crafted and engaging film that has quietly played the festival circuit until exploding in theaters this weekend. You definitely cannot completely count James Mangold's film out of the race at this point. Critics...

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The Best Screenplays of the Year So Far

The trend lately has been for directors at the top of the Oscar race to either write or co-write their own screenplays. The idea is for one person to have full control over the project, author the complete voice, to unify the overarching concept. But the truth of it is, in my opinion anyway, the best screenplays are actual old-school screenplays, written by writers who specialize in writing, not directors. Of course, there are obviously people who can do both extremely well -- and many of our best directors started out as writers -- but these hyphenates who excel at everything are rare. Most of the time, a filmmaker has one strength or another and it's not really all that necessary in a collaborative...

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Ford v Ferrari Lands with a Well-Deserved A+ Cinemascore

It's the kind of movie only Hollywood can make - a big studio film with big stars and a juicy length at 2+ hours. I figured it would land with an A, but I didn't anticipate an A+. This is a stealthy champ that really has a decent shot at doing a lot better than pundits are estimating, I figure, as Jenelle Reilly tweeted yesterday. It isn't that Cinemascore "matters" that much. Harriet is another film with an A+. But it tells you a thing or two about a movie's relationship with a real audience, or rather, its ideal audience. That means - people the marketing team specifically targeted to see the film opening night. Anyone heading out to see Ford v Ferrari is...

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Waves Opens Today – Don’t Miss It

Manohla Dargis, who names Waves as a critics pick, writes about Waves: The camera doesn’t just move in “Waves,” it hurtles with terrific urgency. As you’re swept up in the immersive motion, the kinetic energy, you notice the passing beauty of the images, their compositional elegance. Mostly, though, you just try to keep up as voices boom and the camera pushes in, pulls out, flows in circles or sprints forward. This great whoosh creates a contact high even if, as one shot rapidly gives way to another, it feels as if time is running out. And places the film well in film history: Like Barry Jenkins, the Safdie brothers and Robert Eggers, Shults belongs to a group of young American expressionists who, despite the...

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Predictions Friday – Fasten Your Seatbelts for a Wide Open Race

There are various versions of this year's Oscar race. There are a lot of angles being covered and no clear consensus, at least as far as I can tell, among the pundits. That's because there are so many unanswered questions, so many factors putting pressure on how this race will go. Social media has made it much worse because once you take a stand, you sort of have to defend your stand. Tribes begin to form around certain films. Bad intel rides the rails and get passed on from person to person. These aren't even whisper campaigns by now because these can be said OUT LOUD by people who are publicists, or assistants to publicists cloaked in anonymity and aliases, spreading perceptions and opinions...

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Al Pacino, Leonardo DiCaprio and Santa Barbara Fete the Great Martin Scorsese

It sure was nice to spend an evening in a room full of people who there to toast one of the greatest living filmmakers. Thanks to Netflix for extending a hard-to-get invite to the Barcara Resort on the shores of Santa Barbara.  It was a black tie affair, not unlike the Oscars themselves, with lots of wine, beer and vodka, along with a sit-down meal and lots of good cheer. That's because whenever Roger Durling hosts any event in Santa Barbara is full of warmth and spirit. Durling is a true film fan and really doesn't bother hiding that fact. He was almost in tears introducing Martin Scorsese's work, which followed two great montage clips of the Master's work. I could watch Scorsese clips...

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Oscars in the Era of Trump – Knives Out and Other Subversive Films That Speak to the Moment

If Bob Dylan says that money doesn't talk, it swears, Knives Out confirms that sentiment as a subversive black comedy that aims straight for the heart of the Trump administration. At the very least, it's populated by the type of people who have either turned a blind eye to his treachery, or willingly and enthusiastically gone along with his inhumane border policies. Even those who might be repelled by Trump's behavior will cite a "strong economy" as the reason for their loyal support. Probably no one really wants to get too deep in the weeds with politics when it comes to the Oscars, but just as the reign of George W. Bush and his reckless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan led to some of...

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Zellwegger, Phoenix To Receive Awards at the Palm Springs International Film Festival

Renee Zellwegger will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award for her performance in Roadside Attractions and LD Entertainment's Judy at the 31st annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) Film Awards Gala. The award helps to refocus awards attention on her extraordinary performance after premiering at this year's Telluride Film Festival. The Film Awards Gala will take place on January 2 and will be hosted by Entertainment Tonight's Mary Hart. The announcement preceded today's announcement that Joker's Joaquin Phoenix will receive the Chairman's Award at the same gala. Previous winners of Zellwegger's Desert Palm Achievement Award for actresses include last year's Best Actress Academy Award winner Olivia Colman, Halle Berry, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Marion Cotillard, Julianne Moore, Natalie Portman, Saoirse Ronan, and Charlize Theron....

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Don’t Worry, Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ Is Still the Handsomest Show on TV

After two critically lauded seasons, we finally get to see how Netflix's The Crown transitions to its new cast. In case you haven't heard, the core members of the royal series will rotate out every two years, and this is the first of two major shifts. The crown now firmly sits on the head of reigning Best Actress Oscar winner Olivia Colman, and she makes for a mighty fine Queen Elizabeth II. With new faces, The Crown feels like its expanding beyond Elizabeth's point of view and taking a wider look at the world as a whole....

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**2019 winners**

Best Picture
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Ford V. Ferrari
Marriage Story
Dolemite is My Name
The Two Popes
Little Women
Uncut Gems
Queen & Slim
Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Motherless Brooklyn
Dark Waters
The Farewell

Best Actor

Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
Eddie Murphy, Dolemite is My Name
Adam Driver, Marriage Story
Antonio Banderas, Pain & Glory
Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Adam Sandler, Uncut Gems
Robert De Niro, The Irishman
Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes
Roman Griffin Davis, Jojo Rabbit
Michael B. Jordan, Just Mercy
Mark Ruffalo, Dark Waters
Daniel Kaluuya, Queen & Slim
Christian Bale, Ford V. Ferrari
Matt Damon, Ford V. Ferrari
Edward Norton, Motherless Brooklyn
Robert Pattinson, The Lighthouse
Taron Egerton, Rocketman
Adam Driver, The Report

Best Actress

Renee Zellweger, Judy
Charlize Theron, Bombshell 
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan, Little Women 
Lupita Nyong'o, Us 
Cynthia Erivo, Harriet 
Jodie Turner-Smith, Queen & Slim 
Alfre Woodard, Clemency 
Elizabeth Moss, Her Smell 
Felicity Jones, The Aeronauts 
Awkwafina, The Farewell 

Best Supporting Actor

Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood 
Tom Hanks, Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood 
Joe Pesci, The Irishman 
Wesley Snipes, Dolemite is My Name 
Jamie Foxx, Just Mercy
Tracy Letts, Ford v Ferrari
Al Pacino, The Irishman
Sam Rockwell, Jojo Rabbit 
Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
Zack Gottsagen, The Peanut Butter Falcon
Shia LaBeouf, Honey Boy
John Lithgow, Bombshell 
Alan Alda, Marriage Story
Ray Liotta, Marriage Story
Sterling K. Brown, Waves 
Tim Robbins, Dark Waters 
Timothee Chalamet, Little Women 
Willem Dafoe, The Lighthouse 
Kelvin Harrison, Jr. Waves 

Best Supporting Actress

Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Margot Robbie, Bombshell
Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers
Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Dolemite is My Name
Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit
Florence Pugh, Little Women
Anne Hathaway, Dark Waters
Shuzhen Zhao, The Farewell
Thomasin McKenzie, Jojo Rabbit
Taylor Russell, Waves
Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Motherless Brooklyn
Elisabeth Moss, Us
Annette Bening, The Report

Best Director

Bong Joon-Ho, Parasite
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit
James Mangold, Ford V. Ferrari
Todd Phillips, Joker
Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story
Craig Brewer, Dolemite is My Name
Jay Roach, Bombshell
Greta Gerwig, Little Women
Todd Haynes, Dark Waters
Lorene Scafaria, Hustlers
Melina Matsoukas, Queen & Slim
Trey Edward Shults, Waves
Fernando Meirelles, The Two Popes
Marielle Heller, Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Edward Norton, Motherless Brooklyn
Jordan Peele, Us
Lulu Wang, The Farewell
Scott Z Burns, The Report

Original Screenplay

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino
Marriage Story, Noah Baumbach 
Parasite, Bong Joon-Ho, Jin Won Han
Dolemite is My Name, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski
Ford V. Ferrari , Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth
Queen & Slim, Lena Waithe
Bombshell, Charles Randolph
Waves, Trey Edward Shultz
The Farewell, Lulu Wang
Us, Jordan Peele 
Honey Boy, Shia LaBeouf
Late Night, Mindy Kaling
Booksmart , Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Susanna Fogel, Katie Silberman
The Report , Scott Z Burns

Adapted Screenplay

Jojo Rabbit, Taika Waititi
The Irishman, Steve Zaillian
The Two Popes, Anthony McCarten
Little Women, Greta Gerwig 
Joker, Todd Phillips, Scott Silver
Hustlers,  Lorene Scafaria
Motherless Brooklyn, Edward Norton
Just Mercy, Daniel Destin Cretton, Andrew Lanham


A Hidden Life
Ad Astra
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Ford V. Ferrari
The Irishman 
Little Women
The Aeronauts
Jojo Rabbit 
The Two Popes


Ford v Ferarri
The Irishman
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Jojo Rabbit 
Marriage Story

Production Design

The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
The Aeronauts
Little Women
Ad Astra
Ford V. Ferrari
Motherless Brooklyn

Sound Mixing

Ford v Ferrari 
Ad Astra
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Avengers: Endgame
The Irishman
The Lion King 

Sound Editing

Ford v Ferarri
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Avengers: Endgame
Ad Astra
The Irishman
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Costume Design

Dolemite is My Name
Little Women
Jojo Rabbit
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Downton Abbey
Knives Out
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
The Aeronauts
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit

Visual Effects

The Irishman 
Avengers: Endgame
The Aeronauts 
The Lion King
Captain Marvel

Original Score

Marriage Story
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Little Women
Ad Astra

Original Song

Into the Unknown - frozen II
Spirit - The Lion King
Speechless - Aladdin
Stand Up -Harriet
i'm Standing With You - Diane Warren
Beautiful Ghosts - Cats
I'm Gonna Love Me Again - Rocketman

Makeup and Hair

Jojo Rabbit
Dolemite is My Name
The Irishman

Animated Feature

Toy Story 4
Frozen II
Missing Link
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

Documentary Feature

Apollo 11
Sea of Shadows
For Sama
The Edge of Democracy
American Factory
The Apollo
Biggest Little Farm
Midnight Family
One Child On Nation
Rolling Thunder Revue

Foreign Language Feature
Parasite, South Korea
Pain & Glory, Spain
Les Misérables, France
The Boy Who Harnassed the Wind, UK
Beanpole, Russia
The Painted Bird, Czech Republic

Full List

Live Action Short

Piggy Nefta Football Club
Any Wednsday
Missing a Note
A Million Eyes
9 Steps
Little Hands
Sin Cielo
Dunyas’ Day
Missing a Note
Tree #3
Marriage Material
Fifteen Minutes at 400 Degrees
A Worthy Man
The Confirmation

Documentary Short

Skateboard in a Warzone (if you're a girl)

Animated Short

The State of the Race



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