‘The Van’ Short Film Review


By: Amanda Guarragi

The Van directed by Erenik Beqiri shows the resilience of a young man who needs to pay his wait out of Albania. He already works during the day with his father but it isn’t enough to survive. What we see is two different perceptions of how to survive. Ben (Phénix Brossard) finds side hustles in order to survive, whereas his father (Arben Bajraktaraj) believes in hard work. The generational divide is ultimately put to the test, when Ben joins a fighting ring, in order to earn some extra cash. The family drama highlights the lengths people will go to for their family.

The film is beautifully shot and the aspect ratio benefits the story, as we fully see the Ben’s physique in the frame. Each time Ben exits the van, his wounds get worse. The close ups are completely necessary in showing his pain and his emotions while processing his next move. The lighting choices were also effective because of the contrast of warmth and steely tones in certain scenes. The yellowish tones were used when Ben was safe at home with his father, whereas the steely blues were used near the van. The technical aspects of this film worked extremely well and made and elevated the story.

The Van de Erenik Beqiri (2019) - UniFrance
Courtesy of Anima Pictures

The Van is a short film that shows the journey of a father and son, trying to make their way out of a life that seems impossible to advance in. Ben is pushed to his limits and doesn’t quite know when, or even how, to stop these actions. Once he sees the money payoff, it is hard to leave the toxic environment. It is a brutal story of making a living and Ben does teach his father about how to function in this new era of society. The only way to survive is to cut corners, even if there are difficult tasks being handed to you.

2020 BAFTAs: List of Winners

Earlier today, London was filled with A listers, attending the 73rd Annual EE British Academy Film Awards. The wonderful Graham Norton hosted the telecast, 1917 won BIG, the Contribution to Cinema award was received by the talented Andy Serkis and of course, there were some surprises. The BAFTAs are the last award show before Hollywood’s biggest night, so make sure you tune into ABC next Sunday, February 9th at 8pm!
Here are the list of winners…
Best Film
MY PICK: Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood  
WINNER: 1917 

Outstanding British Film
“Bait”
“For Sama”
“Sorry We Missed You”
MY PICK: 1917
WINNER: 1917 

Best Director
Sam Mendes (“1917”)
Martin Scorsese (“The Irishman”)
Todd Phillips (“Joker”)
Bong Joon-ho (“Parasite”)
MY PICK: Sam Mendes, 1917 
WINNER: Sam Mendes, 1917 

Leading Actress
Jessie Buckley (“Wild Rose”)
Scarlett Johansson (“Marriage Story”)
Saoirse Ronan (“Little Women”)
Charlize Theron (“Bombshell”)
Renée Zellweger (“Judy”)
MY PICK: Renée Zellweger, Judy 
WINNER: Renée Zellweger, Judy 

Leading Actor
Joaquin Phoenix (“Joker”)
Taron Egerton (“Rocketman”)
Jonathan Pryce (“The Two Popes”)
MY PICK: Joaquin Phoenix, Joker 
WINNER: Joaquin Phoenix, Joker 

Supporting Actor
Anthony Hopkins(“The Two Popes”)
MY PICK: Brad Pitt, Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood 
WINNER: Brad Pitt, Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood 

Supporting Actress
Scarlett Johansson (“Jojo Rabbit”)
Florence Pugh (“Little Women”)
Margot Robbie(“Bombshell”)
MY PICK: Laura Dern, Marriage Story 
WINNER: Laura Dern, Marriage Story 

Adapted Screenplay
Steven Zaillian(“The Irishman”)
Taika Waititi (“Jojo Rabbit”)
Todd Phillips, Scott Silver (“Joker”)
Anthony McCarten (“The Two Popes”)
MY PICK: Greta Gerwig, Little Women
WINNER: Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit 

 

Original Screenplay
Susanna Fogel, Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Katie Silberman (“Booksmart”)
Rian Johnson (“Knives Out”)
Han Jin Won, Bong Joon-ho (“Parasite”)
MY PICK: Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood 
WINNER: Han Jin Won, Bong Joon-ho, Parasite 

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer
Mark Jenkin, Kate Byers, Linn Waite (“Bait”)
Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts (“For Sama”)
Alex Holmes (“Maiden”)
Harry Wootliff (“Only You”)
Álvaro Delgado-Aparicio (“Retablo”)
MY PICK: Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts, For Sama 
WINNER: Mark Jenkin, Kate Byers, Linn Waite, Bait 

Original Score
Thomas Newman (“1917”)
Michael Giacchino (“Jojo Rabbit”)
Hildur Guđnadóttir (“Joker”)
Alexandre Desplat (“Little Women”)
MY PICK: Hildur Guđnadóttir, Joker 
WINNER: Hildur Guđnadóttir, Joker 


Cinematography
Roger Deakins (“1917”)
Rodrigo Prieto (“The Irishman”)
Lawrence Sher (“Joker”)
Phedon Papamichael(“Le Mans ’66”)
Jarin Blaschke (“The Lighthouse”)
MY PICK: Roger Deakins, 1917
WINNER: Roger Deakins, 1917

EE Rising Star Award
Awkwafina
Kaitlyn Dever
Kelvin Harrison Jr.
Jack Lowden
Micheal Ward
MY PICK: Kelvin Harrison Jr. 
WINNER: Micheal Ward 

Film Not In The English Language
Lulu Wang, Daniele Melia (“The Farewell”)
Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts (“For Sama”)
Pedro Almodóvar, Agustín Almodóvar (“Pain and Glory”)
Bong Joon-ho (“Parasite”)
Céline Sciamma, Bénédicte Couvreur (“Portrait of a Lady On Fire”)
MY PICK: Bong Joon-ho, Parasite 
WINNER: Bong Joon-ho, Parasite 

Documentary
Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert (“American Factory”)
Todd Douglas Miller (“Apollo 11”)
Asif Kapadia (“Diego Maradona”)
Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts (“For Sama”)
Karim Amer, Jehane Noujaim (“The Great Hack”)
MY PICK: Waad al-Kataeb, Edward Watts, For Sama 
WINNER: Waad al-Kataeb, Edward Watts, For Sama 

Animated Film
Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Peter Del Vecho (“Frozen 2”)
Sergio Pablos, Jinko Gotoh (“Klaus”)
Will Becher, Richard Phelan, Paul Kewley (“A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon”)
Josh Cooley, Mark Nielsen (“Toy Story 4”)
MY PICK: Toy Story 4 
WINNER: Klaus 

Casting
Shayna Markowitz (“Joker”)
Douglas Aibel, Francine Maisler (“Marriage Story”)
Sarah Crowe (“The Personal History of David Copperfield”)
MY PICK: Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood 
WINNER: Joker 

Editing
Thelma Schoonmaker (“The Irishman”)
Jeff Groth (“Joker”)
Andrew Buckland, Michael McCusker (“Le Mans ’66”)
My Pick: Thelma Schoonmaker, The Irishman 
WINNER: Andrew Buckland, Michael McCusker, Le Mans ’66 

Production Design
Dennis Gassner, Lee Sandales (“1917”)
Bob Shaw, Regina Graves (“The Irishman”)
Ra Vincent, Nora Sopková (“Jojo Rabbit”)
Mark Friedberg, Kris Moran (“Joker”)
MY PICK: Barbara Ling, Nancy Haigh, Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood 
WINNER: Dennis Gassner, Lee Sandales, 1917 

Costume Design
Christopher Peterson, Sandy Powell(“The Irishman”)
Mayes C. Rubeo (“Jojo Rabbit”)
Jany Temime (“Judy”)
Jacqueline Durran (“Little Women”)
MY PICK: Mayes C. Rubeo, Jojo Rabbit 
WINNER: Jacqueline Durran, Little Women 

Makeup and Hair
Naomi Donne (“1917”)
Vivian Baker, Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan (“Bombshell”)
Kay Georgiou, Nicki Ledermann (“Joker”)
Jeremy Woodhead (“Judy”)
Lizzie Yianni Georgiou (“Rocketman”)
MY PICK: Vivian Baker, Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan, Bombshell 
WINNER: Vivian Baker, Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan, Bombshell 

Sound
Scott Millan, Oliver Tarney, Rachael Tate, Mark Taylor, Stuart Wilson (“1917”)
Tod Maitland, Alan Robert Murray, Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic (“Joker”)
David Giammarco, Paul Massey, Steven A. Morrow, Donald Sylvester (“Le Mans ’66”)
Matthew Collinge, John Hayes, Mike Prestwood Smith, Danny Sheehan (“Rocketman”)
David Acord, Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, Stuart Wilson, Matthew Wood (“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”)
MY PICK: David Giammarco, Paul Massey, Steven A. Morrow, Donald Sylvester, Le Mans ’66
WINNER: Scott Millan, Oliver Tarney, Rachael Tate, Mark Taylor, Stuart Wilson, 1917

Special Visual Effects
Greg Butler, Guillaume Rocheron, Dominic Tuohy (“1917”)
Dan Deleeuw, Dan Sudick (“Avengers: Endgame”)
Leandro Estebecorena, Stephane Grabli, Pablo Helman(“The Irishman”)
Andrew R. Jones, Robert Legato, Elliot Newman, Adam Valdez (“The Lion King”)
Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh, Neal Scanlan, Dominic Tuohy  (“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”)
MY PICK: Dan Deleeuw, Dan Sudick, Avengers: Endgame 
WINNER: Greg Butler, Guillaume Rocheron, Dominic Tuohy, 1917

British Short Animation
Maryam Mohajer (“Grandad Was a Romantic”)
Kathrin Steinbacher (“In Her Boots”)
Naaman Azhari, Lilia Laurel (“The Magic Boat”)
MY PICK: Kathrin Steinbacher, In Her Boots 
WINNER: Maryam Mohajer, Grandad Was a Romantic 

British Short Film
Myriam Raja, Nathanael Baring (“Azaar”)
Hector Dockrill, Harri Kamalanathan, Benedict Turnbull, Laura Dockrill (“Goldfish”)
Sasha Rainbow, Rosalind Croad (“Kamali”)
Carol Dysinger, Elena Andreicheva (“Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl”)
Lena Headey, Anthony Fitzgerald (“The Trap”)
MY PICK: Carol Dysinger, Elena Andreicheva, Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)
WINNER: Carol Dysinger, Elena Andreicheva, Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)

2020 SAG Awards: List of Winners

The SAG Awards aired last night and the show opened with the lovely father/son duo of Eugene Levy and Dan Levy. In all honesty, I could have listened to Eugene Levy talk about his career all night, while having his son Dan look annoyed right beside him. This year something wonderful happened, the first Foreign Language Film to ever win cast ensemble, made history and broke barriers.

Here are the list of winners….

FILM AWARDS

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Christian Bale, “Ford v Ferrari”
Adam Driver, “Marriage Story”
Taron Egerton, “Rocketman”
Joaquin Phoenix “Joker”
MY PICK: Joaquin Phoenix, Joker 
WINNER: Joaquin Phoenix, Joker 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Cynthia Erivo, “Harriet”
Scarlett Johansson, “Marriage Story”
Lupita Nyong’o, “Us”
Charlize Theron, “Bombshell”
Renée Zellweger, “Judy”
MY PICK: Lupita Nyong’o, Us 
WINNER: Renée Zellweger, Judy

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Jamie Foxx, “Just Mercy”
Al Pacino, “The Irishman”
Joe Pesci, “The Irishman”
MY PICK: Brad Pitt, Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood 
WINNER: Brad Pitt, Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Scarlett Johansson, “Jojo Rabbit”
Nicole Kidman, “Bombshell”
Jennifer Lopez, “Hustlers”
Margot Robbie, “Bombshell”
MY PICK: Laura Dern, Marriage Story 
WINNER: Laura Dern, Marriage Story 

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
MY PICK: Parasite 
WINNER: Parasite 

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
“Avengers: Endgame”
MY PICK: Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood 
WINNER: Avengers: Endgame 

TELEVISION AWARDS

**PREDICTIONS ARE IN BOLD, WINNERS HIGHLIGHTED IN GOLD**

 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

Mahershala Ali, “True Detective”
Russell Crowe, “The Loudest Voice”
Jared Harris, “Chernobyl”
Jharrel Jerome, “When They See Us”
Sam Rockwell, “Fosse/Verdon”


Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Patricia Arquette, “The Act”
Toni Collette, “Unbelievable”
Joey King, “The Act”
Emily Watson, “Chernobyl”
Michelle Williams, “”Fosse/Verdon”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”
Steve Carell, “The Morning Show”
Billy Crudup, “The Morning Show”
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
David Harbour, “Stranger Things”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Jennifer Aniston, “The Morning Show”
Helena Bonham Carter, “The Crown”
Olivia Colman, “The Crown”
Jodie Comer, “Killing Eve”
Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alan Arkin, “The Kominsky Method”
Michael Douglas, “The Kominsky Method”
Bill Hader, “Barry”
Andrew Scott, “Fleabag”
Tony Shalhoub, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Christina Applegate, “Dead to Me”
Alex Borstein, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Catherine O’Hara, “Schitt’s Creek”
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, “Fleabag”

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
“Big Little Lies”
“The Crown”
“Game of Thrones”
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
“Stranger Things”

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Barry”
“Fleabag”
“The Kominsky Method”
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
“Schitt’s Creek”

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series
“Game of Thrones”
“GLOW”
“Stranger Things”
“The Walking Dead”
“Watchmen”

Amanda’s Picks: 2020 Screen Actors Guild Nominations

The 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be televised tonight and it is the second last award show, which determines the frontrunners for the Oscars. The SAGS are nominated and voted on by fellow actors.

So… here are my picks for tonight.

 

Film Awards

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Christian Bale, “Ford v Ferrari”
Taron Egerton, “Rocketman”
Joaquin Phoenix “Joker”
MY PICK: Joaquin Phoenix, Joker 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Cynthia Erivo, “Harriet”
Scarlett Johansson, “Marriage Story”
Lupita Nyong’o, “Us”
Charlize Theron, “Bombshell”
Renée Zellweger, “Judy”
MY PICK: Lupita Nyong’o, Us 

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Jamie Foxx, “Just Mercy”
MY PICK: Brad Pitt, Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood 

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Scarlett Johansson, “Jojo Rabbit”
Nicole Kidman, “Bombshell”
Jennifer Lopez, “Hustlers”
Margot Robbie, “Bombshell”
MY PICK: Laura Dern, Marriage Story 

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
MY PICK: Parasite 

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
“Avengers: Endgame”
MY PICK: Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood 

Television Awards

**PREDICTIONS WILL BE IN BOLD**

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Mahershala Ali, “True Detective”
Russell Crowe, “The Loudest Voice”
Jared Harris, “Chernobyl”
Jharrel Jerome, “When They See Us”
Sam Rockwell, “Fosse/Verdon”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Patricia Arquette, “The Act”
Toni Collette, “Unbelievable”
Joey King, “The Act”
Emily Watson, “Chernobyl”
Michelle Williams, “”Fosse/Verdon”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us”
Steve Carell, “The Morning Show”
Billy Crudup, “The Morning Show”
Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”
David Harbour, “Stranger Things”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Jennifer Aniston, “The Morning Show”
Helena Bonham Carter, “The Crown”
Olivia Colman, “The Crown”
Jodie Comer, “Killing Eve”
Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alan Arkin, “The Kominsky Method”
Michael Douglas, “The Kominsky Method”
Bill Hader, “Barry”
Andrew Scott, “Fleabag”
Tony Shalhoub, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Christina Applegate, “Dead to Me”
Alex Borstein, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Catherine O’Hara, “Schitt’s Creek”
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, “Fleabag”

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
“Big Little Lies”
“The Crown”
“Game of Thrones”
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
“Stranger Things”

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Barry”
“Fleabag”
“The Kominsky Method”
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
“Schitt’s Creek”

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series
“Game of Thrones”
“GLOW”
“Stranger Things”
“The Walking Dead”
“Watchmen”

Oscar Nominations 2020

Early this morning Issa Rae and John Cho announced the nominations list for the 92nd Annual Academy Awards. The show will be televised on Sunday, February 9th and there won’t be a host for the second time this year.

Here are the nominees and of course, my early predictions.

Best Picture
“Ford v Ferrari”
“The Irishman”
“Jojo Rabbit”
“Joker”
“Little Women”
“Marriage Story”
“1917”
“Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”
“Parasite”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: I am shocked that Jojo Rabbit and Ford v Ferrari pulled through, so congratulations to both teams. I really want Once Upon A Time in Hollywood to win Best Picture because Tarantino is due for a win.

Best Supporting Actor
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”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: Brad Pitt, done and done. Still upset that Shia LaBeouf didn’t make it for Honey Boy. 

Best Supporting Actress
Kathy Bates, “Richard Jewell”
Laura Dern, “Marriage Story”
Scarlett Johansson, “Jojo Rabbit”
Florence Pugh, “Little Women”
Margot Robbie, “Bombshell”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: Truly can’t believe that Scarlett Johansson has a double nomination this year. Her role in Jojo Rabbit was much better than her role in Marriage Story. However, Laura Dern is a lock for Marriage Story. Very happy that Florence Pugh got nominated over Jennifer Lopez.

Best Costume Design
“The Irishman”
“Jojo Rabbit”
“Joker”
“Little Women”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: I really want to see Jojo Rabbit win, even though Little Women had great costumes. Jojo Rabbit was really unique and I think it has a solid chance here.

Best Original Score
“Joker”
“Little Women”
“Marriage Story”
“1917”
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: Hildur. Joker. Period.

Best Animated Short Film
“Dcera (Daughter)”
“Hair Love”
“Kitbull”
“Memorable”
“Sister”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: There is so much love for Hair Love and the short is so lovely! I really hope it wins!

Best Live-Action Short Film
“Brotherhood”
“Nefta Football Club”
“The Neighbors’ Window”
“Sariahs”
“A Sister”

*haven’t seen any of them yet*

Best Sound Editing
“Ford v Ferrari”
“Joker”
“1917”
“Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: I would like to see Ford v Ferrari take this because it was well done but war movies tend to take this one so it’ll probably be 1917. 

Best Sound Mixing
“Ad Astra”
“Ford v Ferrari”
“Joker”
“1917”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: So happy to see Ad Astra here, I thought the Sound Mixing was great in that film but as I stated above, they go hand in hand and it will most likely go to 1917. 

Best Film Editing
“Ford v Ferrari”
“The Irishman”
“Jojo Rabbit”
“Joker”
“Parasite”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: THELMA SCHOONMAKER. THE IRISHMAN. Parasite was also great and I’m happy to see Ford v Ferrari there.

Best Actor
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”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: Antonio Banderas took Taron Egerton’s spot and Jonathan Pryce took Robert De Niro’s spot BUT none of it matters because our clown prince, Joaquin Phoenix has it on lock for Joker. 

Best Actress
Cynthia Erivo, “Harriet”
Scarlett Johansson,“Marriage Story”
Saoirse Ronan, “Little Women”
Charlize Theron, “Bombshell”
Renee Zellweger, “Judy”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: Cynthia Erivo’s nomination is a token so people don’t get mad or else Lupita Nyong’o should have taken Scarlett Johansson’s spot for her performance in Us. Also doesn’t matter because Renee Zellweger is a lock for Judy.

Best Animated Feature
“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”
“I Lost My Body”
“Klaus”
“Missing Link”
“Toy Story 4”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: Extremely happy to see that Klaus got nominated! It’s on Netflix and the animation is quite different. However, I can see Missing Link stealing this. It’s also nice to see that there’s only ONE Disney property on the list.

Best Cinematography
“The Irishman”
“Joker”
“The Lighthouse”
“1917”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: I’m very happy that The Lighthouse got nominated for this category! I know for a fact Roger Deakins is going to win again for 1917 but I don’t mind that win.

Best Director
Bong Joon Ho, “Parasite”
Todd Phillips, “Joker”
Sam Mendes, “1917”
Martin Scorsese,“The Irishman”
Quentin Tarantino, “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: No women…. again. I want Tarantino to win but he’s going to win Original Screenplay and that’s good enough for the Academy apparently. If Bong Joon Ho wins, it would be amazing but it’s definitely going to Sam Mendes for 1917. 

Best Documentary Feature
“American Factory”
“The Cave”
“The Edge of Democracy”
“For Sama”
“Honeyland”

*haven’t seen any of them yet*

Best 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”

*haven’t seen any of them yet*

Best International Feature
“Corpus Christi”
“Honeyland”
“Les Miserables”
“Pain and Glory”
“Parasite”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: Pain & Glory and Portrait of a Lady on Fire both got snubbed BUT it doesn’t matter because Parasite is on lock.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
“Bombshell”
“Joker”
“Judy”
“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”
“1917”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: I truly think Bombshell is going to win this.

Best Original Song
“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away,”
“Toy Story 4
“Into the Unknown” from “Frozen II”
“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from “Rocketman”
“I’m Standing With You,” “Breakthrough”
“Stand Up” from “Harriet”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: “I’m Gonna Love Me Again” from Rocketman is definitely going to take this. I won’t have any other winner.

Best Production Design
“The Irishman”
“Jojo Rabbit”
“1917”
“Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”
“Parasite”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: Parasite deserves this nomination but I think Jojo Rabbit might take it.

Best Visual Effects
“Avengers: Endgame”
“The Irishman”
“The Lion King”
“1917”
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: No Ad Astra or Alita: Battle Angel BUT The Lion King gets nominated…. Endgame’s VFX was not that great but I know it’s going to win.

Best Adapted Screenplay
“The Irishman”
“Jojo Rabbit”
“Joker”
“Little Women”
“The Two Popes”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: Do I want Steven Zaillian to win for The Irishman? Yes. Does Greta Gerwig deserve it for Little Women? Also yes. So I hope she wins, since she got snubbed for Best Director.

Best Original Screenplay
“Knives Out”
“Marriage Story”
“1917”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
“Parasite”

EARLY PREDICTIONS: SO HAPPY FOR RIAN JOHNSON!! Tarantino has this win in the bag for Once Upon A Time in Hollywood. However, it would be a nice surprise if Bong Joon Ho won for Parasite.

LIST OF SNUBS:

  • No Shia LaBeouf for Original Screenplay for Honey Boy 
  • No Adam Sandler nom for Best Actor for Uncut Gems
  • Alma Har’el not getting a nom for Best Director for Honey Boy 
  • Greta Gerwig not getting a nom for Best Director for Little Women 
  • The Farewell got shut out
  • No Awkwafina nom for Best Actress for The Farewell 
  • No Taron Egerton or Robert De Niro for Best Actor for Rocketman or The Irishman
  • No Jennifer Lopez for Best Supporting Actress for Hustlers 
  • No Rocketman or Dolemite Is My Name for Costume Design
  • No Frozen 2 for Best Animated Feature
  • No Lupita Nyong’o nom for Best Actress for Us