Sunday, February 9, 2020

The 2020 Essential Film Awards

Celebrating the cinematic achievements of 2019.

Official 2019 Selections


 

 

 

 
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Best Film - Drama



PARASITE
Bong Joon-ho
CJ Entertainment

Cast:  Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik, Park So-dam, Lee Jung-eun, Chang Hyae-jin
Screenplay: Bong Joon-ho, Han Jin-won
Producers: Kwak Sin-ae, Moon Yang-kwon, Bong Joon-ho, Jang Young-hwan
Cinematography: Hong Kyung-pyo

Nominees:
1917
THE IRISHMAN
MARRIAGE STORY
UNCUT GEMS
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Best Film - Comedy or Musical


ONCE UPON A TIME... IN HOLLYWOOD
Quentin Tarantino
Sony Pictures

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Emile Hirsch, Margaret Qualley, Timothy Olyphant, Austin Butler, Dakota Fanning, Bruce Dern, Al Pacino, Luke Perry
Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino
Producers:  David Heyman, Shannon McIntosh, Quentin Tarantino
Cinematography: Robert Richardson

Other Nominees
BOOKSMART
THE FAREWELL
JOJO RABBIT
KNIVES OUT
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ACTING AWARDS

Best Actor - Drama


Joaquin Phoenix
JOKER

Other Nominees
Antonio Banderas - PAIN AND GLORY
Adam Driver - MARRIAGE STORY
Robert Pattinson - THE LIGHTHOUSE
Adam Sandler - UNCUT GEMS
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Best Actress - Drama


Lupita Nyongo
US

Other Nominees
Scarlett Johansson - MARRIAGE STORY
Florence Pugh - MIDSOMMAR
Charlize Theron - BOMBSHELL
Renée Zellweger - JUDY
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Best Actor - Comedy or Musical


Leonardo DiCaprio
ONCE UPON A TIME... IN HOLLYWOOD

Other Nominees
Daniel Craig - KNIVES OUT
Roman Griffin Davis - JOJO RABBIT
 Taron Egerton - ROCKETMAN
Eddie Murphy - DOLEMITE IS MY NAME
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Best Actress - Comedy/Musical


Jessie Buckley
WILD ROSE

Other Nominees
Ana de Armas - KNIVES OUT
Awkwafina - THE FAREWELL
Kaitlyn Devyn - BOOKSMART
Beanie Feldstein - BOOKSMART
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Best Supporting Actor


Brad Pitt
ONCE UPON A TIME... IN HOLLYWOOD

Other Nominees
Willem DaFoe - THE LIGHTHOUSE
Tom Hanks - A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Al Pacino - THE IRISHMAN
Joe Pesci - THE IRISHMAN
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Best Supporting Actress


Laura Dern
MARRIAGE STORY

Other Nominees
Scarlett Johansson - JOJO RABBIT
Jennifer Lopez - HUSTLERS
Florence Pugh - LITTLE WOMEN
Margot Robbie - BOMBSHELL
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Best Ensemble


Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik, Park So-dam, Lee Jung-eun, Chang Hyae-jin
PARASITE

Other Nominees
THE IRISHMAN
KNIVES OUT
LITTLE WOMEN
ONCE UPON A TIME... IN HOLLYWOOD

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Best Voice Acting/Motion Capture Performance


Jake Gyllenhal
SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME

Other Nominees
Josh Brolin - AVENGERS: ENDGAME
Chiwetel Ejiofor - THE LION KING
Jason Schwartzman - KLAUS
Tony Hale - TOY STORY 4
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SKILL & TECHNICAL AWARDS

Best Director


Sam Mendes
1917

Other Nominees
Bong Joon Ho - PARASITE
Martin Scorsese - THE IRISHMAN
Quentin Tarantino - ONCE UPON A TIME... IN HOLLYWOOD
Lulu Wang - THE FAREWELL

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Best Screenplay - Original


Bong Joon-ho
Han Jin-won
PARASITE

Other Nominees
Noah Baumbach - MARRIAGE STORY
Rian Johnson - KNIVES OUT
Quentin Tarantino - ONCE UPON A TIME... IN HOLLYWOOD
Jordan Peele - US
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Best Screenplay - Adapted


Taika Waititi
JOJO RABBIT

Other Nominees
Micah Fitzerman-Blue, Noah Harpster - A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Greta Gerwig - LITTLE WOMEN
Lulu Wang - THE FAREWELL
Steven Zaillian - THE IRISHMAN
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Best Art Direction/Visual Design


Production Design: Barbara Ling
Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh
ONCE UPON A TIME... IN HOLLYWOOD

Other Nominees:
AD ASTRA
JOKER
THE LIGHTHOUSE
MIDSOMMAR
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Best Cinematography


Roger Deakins
1917

Other Nominees
A HIDDEN LIFE
JOKER
THE LIGHTHOUSE
ONCE UPON A TIME... IN HOLLYWOOD

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Best Costumes


Jacqueline Durran
LITTLE WOMEN

Nominees
JOJO RABBIT
JOKER
ONCE UPON A TIME... IN HOLLYWOOD
STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
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Best Editing



Ronald Bronstein
Benny Safdie
UNCUT GEMS

Nominees
FORD V FERRARI
THE IRISHMAN
ONCE UPON A TIME... IN HOLLYWOOD
PARASITE
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Best Make-Up & Hair



Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker
BOMBSHELL

Nominees
DOLEMITE IS MY NAME
JOKER
JUDY
ONCE UPON A TIME... IN HOLLYWOOD

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Best Music - Score


James Newton Howard
A HIDDEN LIFE

Nominees
1917
AVENGERS: ENDGAME
JOKER
STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

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Best Music - Song


“Glasgow (Ain’t No Place Like Home)”
Writers: Mary Steenburgen, Caitlin Smith, Kate York
Performer: Jessie Buckley
WILD ROSE

Nominees
“I Won’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” - TOY STORY 4
“I'm Gonna Love Me Again" - ROCKETMAN
“Into the Unknown” - FROZEN II
“Speechless” - ALADDIN

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Best Music - Song Score or Soundtrack


WILD ROSE

Nominees
FROZEN II
JUDY
ONCE UPON A TIME... IN HOLLYWOOD
ROCKETMAN
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Best Sound Design



AD ASTRA

Nominees
1917
AVENGERS: ENDGAME
FORD V FERRARI
STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

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Best Stunts



JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 - PARABELLUM

Nominees
1917
AVENGERS: ENDGAME
FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW
FORD V FERRARI
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Best Visual Effects



AVENGERS: ENDGAME

Nominees
AD ASTRA
ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL
SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME
STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

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FILM CATEGORIES

Best Action/Adventure Film



1917
Sam Mendes

Nominees
FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW
FORD V FERRARI
JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 - PARABELLUM
SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME
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Best Animated Feature Film


KLAUS
Sergio Pablos

Nominees
FROZEN II
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD
THE LION KING
TOY STORY 4
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Best Blockbuster Film


AVENGERS: ENDGAME
Joe Russo
Anthony Russo

Nominees

CAPTAIN MARVEL
JOKER
SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME
STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
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Best Documentary


AMERICAN FACTORY
Steven Bognar
Julia Reichert

Nominees
APOLLO 11
THE EDGE OF DEMOCRACY
HONEYLAND
KNOCK DOWN THE HOUSE
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Best Foreign Language Film



PARASITE
Bong Joon-ho
South Korea

Nominees
ATLANTICS
THE FAREWELL
PAIN AND GLORY
PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE
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Best Horror or Thriller Film



THE LIGHTHOUSE
Robert Eggers

Nominees
DOCTOR SLEEP
MIDSOMMAR
READY OR NOT
US
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Best Independent or Limited Release Film



WILD ROSE
Tom Harper

Nominees
CLIMAX
A HIDDEN LIFE
THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO
THE LIGHTHOUSE
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Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Film



AD ASTRA
James Gray

Nominees
ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL
AVENGERS: ENDGAME
SHAZAM!
STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

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Special Recognition



Best Animated Short Film
KITBULL
Rosana Sullivan

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The following films did not win any Essential Film Awards but are noteworthy for their cinematic contributions in 2019:

ATLANTICS
A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
BOOKSMART
DOLEMITE IS MY NAME
THE FAREWELL
FORD V FERRARI
HUSTLERS
JUDY
KNOCK DOWN THE HOUSE
MIDSOMMAR
PAIN AND GLORY
ROCKETMAN
STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
THE TWO POPES

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

The Essential Films Podcast Episode 37: HOLIDAY INN (1942)



Merry Christmas! Happy Holiday! On today's podcast adventure, Adolfo goes solo as he dives into the 1942 Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire Christmas classic, HOLIDAY INN! We go deep into the origins of the film, what song was SUPPOSED to be the big single, the legacy of the "White Christmas" song and the controversy of the "Abraham" number. Just in time for Christmas Eve, enjoy this present from the Essential Films Podcast!








Thursday, November 28, 2019

THANKSGIVING BONUS! Episode #036: Short Subjects - 3 Essential Thanksgiving Films


Happy Thanksgiving! Let's celebrate those rare movies that celebrate annual autumn holiday that gives us pause to say thanks. So, to thank YOU for listening to the Essential Films Podcast, here's a bonus episode.


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