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(UPDATED: February 10, 2019)

The host-less 91st Academy Awards air on February 24, 2019. Welcome to the eighth year of Every Movie Has a Lesson's "Awards Tracker."  My goal every year is simple: Help each and every one of you win your Oscar pools.  My high score was correctly guessing 20-out-of-24 back in 2014.  This past year, I was 18-for-24.  I'll take that, but it's time to get back to the 20+ threshold.  Stick with me and we'll will some prizes together!

This year, I am proud to now be a member of three awards-voting bodies. As a director and co-founder, I locally represent the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle. In 2017, I became a new voter of the Online Film and Television Awards. My big step came this past year when I was accepted into the Online Film Critics Society, the largest national group of online critics. It’s a pleasure and honor to see my own picks make it into the award seasons discussion on those fronts.

Here's how this little page of my personal interest works.  I find value in tracking the trends and following the tea leaves of the all the minor lead-up awards before the Oscars.  I chart the winners of each category with listed winners and comments on the surrounding buzz.  If you're a fan of high quality film and awards shows, there's no better time of the year and Every Movie Has a Lesson is here to make you sharper and smarter every step of the way.  Bookmark this page as I'll update these tallies often!


BEST MOTION PICTURE

LATEST BUZZ:  The Oscar nominations arrived and the usual suspects matching the Awards Tracker are there, save one: If Beale Street Could Talk. Once again, point all the fingers at Bohemian Rhapsody for taking up spots for more deserving films. The other big active Best Picture race comes from the nominations of the Producers Guild of America Awards.  Their Best Picture nominees were Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, Crazy Rich Asians, The Favourite, Green Book, A Quiet Place, Roma, A Star is Born, and Vice.  Always a solid precursor for Oscars, the surprise inclusions of Bohemian Rhapsody, Crazy Rich Asians, and A Quiet Place on this level are pretty remarkable.

WINNERS:  

22- Roma  (NY, Chicago, SF, DC, LA, TOR, PHI, SS, SEA, KC, LV, NYO, VAN, ACT, NC, OK, Online, SE, CC, DEN, EDA, London)

9- The Favourite  (ATL, WC, KC, HOU, FL, NM, PCC, IA, GAL)

6- If Beale Street Could Talk  (Boston, GW, COL, SAT, AUS, CIFCC)

6- Green Book  (TIFF, NBR, NT, PHX, Globe, NV)

4- A Star is Born  (DFW, STL, SAT, GA)

2- The Hate U Give  (IN, LAO)

2- The Rider (GIFA, NSFC)

2- Black Panther  (AA, BF)

1- Leave No Trace (SD)

1- Eighth Grade  (DET)

1- You Were Never Really Here  (BO)

1- Avengers: Infinity War (PC)

1- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse  (UT)

1- Bohemian Rhapsody  (Globe)

1- Custody  (DUB)

1- Shoplifters  (Cannes)

1- The Miseducation of Cameron Post  (Sundance)

OSCAR NOMINEES: Black Panther, BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite, Green Book, Roma, A Star is Born, Vice


BEST DIRECTOR

LATEST BUZZ: The February 2nd DGA awards were the only major place left to put any dent into Cuaron’s dominance. The win for Roma feels like glue locking up the Oscar. A win for anyone else would be a shocker at this point.

34- Alfonso Cuaron for Roma  (NY, ATL, Chicago, DC, TOR, SEA, DFW, IN, KC, LV, NYO, UT, NSFC, ACT, HOU, FL, COL, NT, NC, OK, Online, PCC, PHX, SAT, SE, Globe, IA, CC, DEN, EDA, GA, GAL, London, DGA)

5- Spike Lee for BlacKkKlansman  (SF, STL, LAO, NV, CIFCC)

3- Lynne Ramsey for You Were Never Really Here  (BO, Boston, LAO)

2- Barry Jenkins for If Beale Street Could Talk  (PHI, GW)

2- Debra Granik for Leave No Trace  (LA, SD)

2- Ryan Coogler for Black Panther  (AA, BF)

2- Pawel Pawlikowski for Cold War  (Cannes, EFA)

1- Yorgos Lanthimos for The Favourite  (NM)

1- Chloe Zhao for The Rider  (DUB)

1- Paul Schrader for First Reformed  (VAN)

1- Bradley Cooper for A Star is Born  (NBR)

1- Adam McKay for Vice  (DET)

1- Sara Colangelo for The Kindergarten Teacher  (Sundance)

OSCAR NOMINEES: Lee, Pawlikowski, Lanthimos, Cuaron, McKay


BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

LATEST BUZZ:  The respect due for Ethan Hawke is real and not just at the indie level when it comes to First Reformed. Yet, Oscar passed him over for Willem Dafoe, probably as a makeup nod for keeping the trophy away from him for The Florida Project.  The lock that was Hawke now makes this race completely wide open. This now becomes a battle of Golden Globe winners between Bale and Malek. Malek got an absolutely huge boost from the SAG win. He just leaped to the front of the race and the homestretch is here.

WINNERS:  

31- Ethan Hawke for First Reformed  (GIFA, NY, ATL, DET, LA, Chicago, SF, DC, TOR, SD, WC, SEA, BO, IN, KC, NYO, STL, VAN, UT, NSFC, GW, NC, OK, Online, PCC, SE, DEN, EDA, GA, GAL, CIFCC, London)

8- Christian Bale for Vice  (PHI, DFW, KC, HOU, Globe, NV, CCx2)

7- Rami Malek for Bohemian Rhapsody  (ACT, LAO, NT, SAT, IA, Globe, SAG)

2- Bradley Cooper for A Star is Born  (DC, BF)

2- Viggo Mortensen for Green Book  (NBR, PHX)

2- Marcello Fonte for Dogman  (Cannes, EFA)

1- Willem Dafoe for At Eternity’s Gate  (SAT)

1- Ben Foster for Leave No Trace  (COL)

1- Joaquin Phoenix for You Were Never Really Here  (FL)

1- John C. Reilly for Stan & Ollie  (Boston)

1- Victor Polster for Girl  (NM)

1- John David Washington for BlacKkKlansman  (AA)

1- Charlie Plummer for Lean on Pete  (DUB)

1- Benjamin Dickey for Blaze  (Sundance)

OSCAR NOMINEES: Bale, Cooper, Dafoe, Malek, Mortensen


BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

LATEST BUZZ:   Toni Collette is the big Oscar omission here. The Academy has always held their noses to horror, so maybe we shouldn’t be surprised. After the Golden Globes, this might just have become Glenn Close’s award. Like Malek, that SAG win is huge. The sentiment for the veteran couldn’t be bigger after the field has been hot potato ahead of her between Colman and Collette. With no Collette, Close may just come away with the resume win.

WINNERS:  

19- Olivia Colman for The Favourite  (ATL, DC, TOR, WC, DFW, VAN, NSFC, ACT, COL, NC, SAT, SE, Globe, IA, CC, DEN, EDA, GAL, London)

12- Toni Colette for Hereditary  (GIFA, DET, Chicago, SEA, BO, STL, HOU, LAO, NT, Online, NV, GA)

6- Glenn Close for The Wife  (SD, NM, SAT, Globe, CC, SAG)

6- Melissa McCarthy for Can You Ever Forgive Me?  (SF, Boston, NYO, VAN, FL, PCC)

4- Lady Gaga for A Star is Born  (NBR, DC, PHX, CC)

3- Regina Hall for Support the Girls  (NY, AA, VAN)

2- Elsie Fisher for Eighth Grade  (UT, CIFCC)

2- Viola Davis for Widows  (PHI, BF)

2- Yalitza Aparicio for Roma  (GW, OK)

1- Joanna Kulig for Cold War (EFA)

1- Nicole Kidman for Destroyer (NV)

1- Amanda Stenberg for The Hate U Give  (IN)

1- Charlotte Rampling for Hannah  (DUB)

1- Samal Yeslyamova for Ayka  (Cannes)

OSCAR NOMINEES: Aparicio, Close, Colman, Gaga, McCarthy


BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

LATEST BUZZ:  The Oscar nominations landed pretty chalk with the field. Sam Elliott sneaks in ahead of Michael B. Jordan, but this is down to Grant and Ali. Richard E. Grant is a scene-stealing hoot next to Melissa McCarthy in Can You Ever Forgive Me?  He is the kind of respected non-American veteran of stage and screen that the Academy fauns over. He started strong, but Mahershala is gaining with those SAG and Globe wins. His film has earned bigger audiences than Grant’s and that’s important at this point. If Green Book keeps holding, this may be the slot it throws that film a bone if it’s going to lose for screenplay or Best Picture.

WINNERS:  

20- Richard E. Grant for Can You Ever Forgive Me?  (NY, Chicago, PHI, SD, SEA, BO, Boston, KC, NYO, STL, VAN, UT, COL, PCC, SAT, SE, NV, EDA, GAL, CIFCC, London)

13- Mahershala Ali for Green Book  (DC, DFW, ACT, HOU, BF, LAO, NT, PHX, Globe, IA, CC, DEN, SAG)

5- Sam Elliott for A Star is Born  (NBR, ATL, IN, NM, GA)

5- Steven Yeun for Burning  (LA, TOR, NSFC, GW, FL)

4- Michael B. Jordan for Black Panther  (SF, NC, OK, Online)

2- Hugh Grant for Paddington 2 (BAFTA, UT)

2- Russell Hornsby for The Hate U Give  (AA, LAO)

1- Timothee Chalamat for Beautiful Boy  (SD)

1- Josh Hamilton for Eighth Grade  (DET)

OSCAR NOMINEES: Ali, Adam Driver for BlacKkKlansman, Elliott, R. Grant, Rockwell


BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

LATEST BUZZ:   Let it be said with smiles. Emily Blunt’s SAG win came out of nowhere. It stands as a wonderful moment for her and the entire genre film scene right there with Black Panther’s ensemble SAG victory. It’s a win for “popular films” we don’t often see. That said, Regina King is still destroying this field and the Oscar nominations didn’t forget here like they did Ethan Hawke or Toni Collette.  Like Laurie Metcalf and Alison Janney a year ago, King is a respected TV and film vet with her best role in years. This is looking like the one “lock of the night” candidate among the acting races. The next closest competitors are Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz virtually splitting their own vote. Honestly, Stone should be up in the lead category and Weisz should be fighting with Olivia Colman down here. Either way, they’re all looking way to the Regina King stratosphere. By the end of the night, it might be the only Oscar If Beale Street Could Talk wins.

WINNERS:  

33- Regina King for If Beale Street Could Talk  (NBR, NY, DET, SF, DC, LA, TOR, PHI, SEA, AA, BO, Boston, DFW, IN, NYO, STL, NSFC, GW, COL, BF, LAO, NC, OK, Online, PCC, SAT, SE, Globe, IA, CC, EDA, GAL, CIFCC)

5- Rachel Weisz for The Favourite  (VAN, HOU, NV, DEN, London)

4- Emma Stone for The Favourite  (ATL, NT, PHX, GA)

2- Sakura Ando for Shoplifters  (FL, NM)

2- Olivia Colman for The Favourite  (Chicago, UT)

1- Emily Blunt for A Quiet Place (SAG)

1- Nicole Kidman for Boy Erased  (ACT)

1- Amy Adams for Vice  (KC)

OSCAR NOMINEES: Adams, Marina de Tavira for Roma, King, Stone, Weisz


BEST ENSEMBLE (NON-OSCAR CATEGORY)

LATEST BUZZ:  While not an Oscar category, I enjoy a good ensemble and have long wished Best Casting could be a real and permanent Oscar award. I’m a proponent of which ensemble is the best team, so to speak, on screen and not volume or just the best collection of resumes. If that was the case, Widows would win on resumes and Avengers: Infinity War would win on volume. Better picks for this would be Crazy Rich Asians and Game Night, comedies of all things. SAG went with the very deserving Black Panther which is a perfect combination of resumes AND volume. Many people love to consider the SAG ensemble winner to be the true eventual Best Picture Oscar winner. I find that unlikely, but the SAG win justifies the comic film’s place in the final field.

WINNERS:  

10- The Favourite  (GIFA, ATL, NYO, FL, COL, LAO, NM, SE, CC, GA)

5- Black Panther  (BF, NT, EDA, SAG, CIFCC)

3- Widows  (WC, SEA, OK)

2- Vice  (DET, PHX)

1- The Ballad of Buster Scruggs  (IN)

1- Shoplifters  (Boston)

1- The Favourite  (DC)

1- Crazy Rich Asians  (NBR)

1- Game Night  (SD)

1- Support the Girls  (BO)


BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

LATEST BUZZ:   The Favourite and First Reformed will continue their awards season rivalry at the Oscars. The surprise in this category was the lack of indie respect outside of First Reformed. Eighth Grade, Sorry to Bother You, and A Quiet Place couldn’t crack this field. If you’re interested, download a few to read for free right here.  The real story are what screenplays have been deemed ineligible by the Writers Guild of America (WGA) for their own awards, opening both screenplay fields to new emerging contenders. Here are the WGA nominees too.

WINNERS:  

16- Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara for The Favourite  (ATL, DC, TOR, SEA, DFW, KC, NYO, ACT, NM, NC, PCC, SE, NV, EDA, GAL, London)

12- Paul Schrader for First Reformed  (GIFA, NBR, NY, Chicago, SF, TOR, BO, IN, VAN, OK, Online, CC)

5- Bo Burnham for Eighth Grade  (SD, UT, COL, GA, CIFCC)

3- Boots Riley for Sorry to Bother You  (GW, FL, BF)

3- Adam McKay for Vice  (DET, STL, LAO)

3- Nick Vallelonga, Brian Hayes Curry, and Peter Farrelly for Green Book  (DET, PHX, Globe)

1- Pawel Pawlikowski for Cold War (EFA)

1- John Krasinski, Scott Beck, and Bryan Woods for A Quiet Place (DEN)

1- Alfonso Cuaron for Roma  (SAT)

1- Christine Choe for Nancy  (Sundance)

1- Alice Rohrwacher for Happy as Lazarro  (Cannes)

1- Jafar Panahi for 3 Faces  (Cannes)

OSCAR NOMINEES: The Favourite, First Reformed, Green Book, Roma, Vice


BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

LATEST BUZZ:  The Oscar curveball in this category is the inclusion of ironclad Academy favorites Joel and Ethan Coen for their Netflix western farce The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, which few saw coming to this level. That’s a reputation and resume nomination if I’ve seen one. Again, download a few to read for free right here.  Same as above, the real story are what screenplays have been deemed ineligible by the Writers Guild of America (WGA) for their own awards, opening both screenplay fields to new emerging contenders in their nominees. Over at the USC Scripter Award, Black Panther, Leave No Trace, and The Death of Stalin are the surprises with no Spike Lee. Talk about a stacked and fluid field.

WINNERS:  

10- Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott and Spike Lee for BlacKkKlansman  (SF, AA, KC, STL, COL, OK, SE, DEN, GA, CIFCC)

7- Barry Jenkins for If Beale Street Could Talk  (NBR, Chicago, GW, BF, NC, Online, CC)

7- Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty for Can You Ever Forgive Me?  (DC, LA, Boston, FL, PHX, SAT, EDA)

4- Audrey Wells for The Hate U Give  (PHI, WC, IN, LAO)

2- Armando Iannucci, David Schneider, Ian Martin, Peter Fellows, and Fabien Nury for The Death of Stalin  (SD, NSFC)

1- Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole for Black Panther (NV)

1- Oh Jung-mi and Lee Chang-dong for Burning  (NM)

1- Lynne Ramsey for You Were Never Really There  (DUB)

1- Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse  (UT)

OSCAR NOMINEES: Joel and Ethan Coen for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, BlacKkKlansman, Can You Every Forgive Me?, If Beale Street Could Talk, Bradley Cooper and Will Fetters for A Star is Born


BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

LATEST BUZZ:   Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse is on top of all tidal waves, boosted by the Annie Award sweep. Anything else getting named would be a wild upset at this point.

WINNERS:

28- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse  (NY, DET, Chicago, SF, LA, SEA, AA, BO, IN, KC, NYO, STL, UT, GW, COL, BF, LAO, NC, OK, Online, PCC, Globe, CC, DEN, EDA, GA, Annie, CIFCC)

11- Isle of Dogs  (DC, TOR, SD, Boston, DFW, HOU, NT, PHX, SAT, SE, NV)

3- Incredibles 2  (NBR, PHI, IA)

1- Mirai  (FL, Annie)

1- Another Day of Life (EFA)

1- The Wolf House  (NM)

OSCAR NOMINEES: Incredibles 2, Isle of Dogs, Mirai, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse


BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM

LATEST BUZZ:  Winners here don’t happen often during the awards season. Many short-listed nominees can be watched online for free right now. February’s Annie Awards gave us the first major winner in Weekends.

WINNERS:  

1- Weekends (Annie)

OSCAR NOMINEES: Animal Behaviour, Bao, Late Afternoon, One Small Step, Weekends


BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT

LATEST BUZZ:  Slow category for current buzz.

WINNERS:  

1- Matria  (Sundance)

1- The Years (EFA)

1- Three Centimetres (London)

OSCAR NOMINEES: Detainment, Fauve, Marguerite, Mother, Skin


BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

LATEST BUZZ:  One of the biggest slights of the whole Oscar slate was the exclusion of Won’t You Be My Neighbor?. It seems like every year this category remains screwy until the end because this is the first time the frontrunner has been left entirely out. Start tossing coins or spinning wheels on this one, but I’ll toss one for Chicago’s own Minding the Gap. In this category, the Cinema Eye Awards (EYE) and the International Documentary Awards (IDA) are industry specialist groups of documentary voters. Their winners were split and both not Won’t You Be My Neighbor.

WINNERS:  

29- Won’t You Be My Neighbor?  (ATL, SF, DC, TOR, PHI, BO, Boston, DFW, IN, KC, NYO, STL, UT, HOU, LAO, NM, NT, NC, OK, Online, PCC, PHX, SE, NV, IA, DEN, EDA, GA, GAL)

8- Minding the Gap  (NY, Chicago, VAN, NSFC, GW, SAT, IDA, CIFCC)

3- Shirkers  (LA, FL, COL)

2- Hale County This Morning, This Evening  (GIFA, EYE)

2- Three Identical Strangers  (DET, SD)

2- RBG  (NBR, WC)

2- Free Solo  (TIFF, SEA)

2- Quincy  (AA, BF)

1- Faces Places (London)

1- Bergman: A Year in the Life (EFA)

1- So Help Me God  (DUB)

1- Kailash  (Sundance)

1- The Sentence  (Sundance)

OSCAR NOMINEES: Free Solo, Hale County This Morning This Evening, Minding the Gap, Of Fathers and Sons, RBG


BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

LATEST BUZZ:   Slow category for current buzz. So far, the Cinema Eye and IDA winners are all we have and, go figure, the Academy skipped them both. Get your dartboards and blindfolds ready for this one.

WINNERS:  

1- My Dead Dad’s Porno Tapes (EYE)

1- Zion (IDA)

OSCAR NOMINEES: Black Sheep, End Game, Lifeboat, A Night in the Garden, Period. End of Sentence


BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

LATEST BUZZ:  Outside of Burning missing the cut, the Oscars should pretty fair favor. New voting rules could sharpen and clean up this category to be less random and more focused.  Check them out here.  In the meantime, the earliest tea leaves belong to these two Sundance winners and the Palme d’Or winner Shoplifters.  I can’t help but think this is all Roma. All eyes will be on the awards seasons performance of Alfonso Cuaron’s drama to be the Netflix film that pushes away the negative stigma currently being held by the streaming service by old school cinema voters.  That film may be too good to deny, but does that put it as a Best Picture favorite, a Foreign Language frontrunner, or both?

WINNERS:  

33- Roma  (ATL, Chicago, SF, DC, PHI, WC, SEA, BO, DFW, IN, KC, STL, VAN, UT, NSFC, HOU, GW, BF, LAO, NT, OK, Online, PCC, PHX, SAT, SE, Globe, CC, DEN, EDA, GA, GAL, CIFCC)

5- Shoplifters  (LA, SD, Boston, FL, COL)

4- Cold War  (NY, NYO, EFA, London)

4- Burning  (LA, TOR, GW, NM)

1- Butterflies  (Sundance)

1- The Guilty  (Sundance)

OSCAR NOMINEES: Capernaum, Cold War, Never Look Away, Roma, Shoplifters


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

LATEST BUZZ:  That is some true dominance from Alfonso Cuaron, not even seen from a peak Roger Deakins run last year for Blade Runner 2049.  Cuaron, at the advice of his go-to cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, shot his own film with Roma.  The results were extraordinary.  The ASC Awards come on February 9th if something other than Cuaron thinks it can break this Oscar stranglehold.

WINNERS:  

28- Alfonso Cuaron for Roma  (NY, ATL, Chicago, SF, DC, LA, PHI, SEA, BO, Boston, DFW, NYO, STL, UT, NSFC, HOU, GW, COL, BF, LAO, Online, PHX, SE, NV, CC, EDA, GA, CIFCC)

2- Lukasz Zal for Cold War  (FL, London)

1- Matthew Libatique for A Star is Born  (SAT)

1- Monika Lenczewska for Under the Tree  (DUB)

OSCAR NOMINEES: Cold War, Robbie Ryan for The Favourite, Caleb Deschanel for Never Look Away, Roma, A Star is Born


BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN/ART DIRECTION

LATEST BUZZ:  This is a true two-horse race for the Oscar will be between the modern and the classical. The Favourite’s dark woods and canvas-filled parlors go up against the eye-popping blend of African roots and savvy technology at a superhero level in Black Panther. Personally, I’d take Beachler in a heartbeat and it wouldn’t even be close. The Art Directors Guild (ADG) Awards did little to settle that race by rewarding each film in their discipline (period and fantasy) with a little contemporary love sent to Crazy Rich Asians.

WINNERS:  

7- Fiona Crombie for The Favourite  (Chicago, SEA, FL, PHX, NV, GA, CIFCC, ADG)

5- Hannah Beachler for Black Panther  (SF, DC, LA, STL, CC, ADG)

1- Nelson Coates for Crazy Rich Asians (ADG)

1- Paul Harrod and Adam Stockhausen for Isle of Dogs (ADG)

1- John Myhre and Gordon Sim for Mary Poppins Returns  (SAT)

1- Aaron Haye for Bohemian Rhapsody  (NM)

1- Jum-Hee Shin for Burning  (Cannes)

OSCAR NOMINEES: Black Panther, Nathan Crowley and Kathy Lucas for First Man, The Favourite, Mary Poppins Returns, Eugenio Caballero and Barbara Enriquez for Roma


BEST FILM EDITING

LATEST BUZZ:  This is a curious and wide-open category. That old trending stat of the Best Editing award matching the Best Picture winner over 60% of the time might not be coming true with no Roma in this field. Tom Cross and Eddie Hamilton didn’t make it either. This might legitimately be the first time I’ve seen in the years of doing this Awards Tracker than the final five all have never one a lead-up award of note. Everyone is a toss-up for sure. If you need a place to lean, the ACE Award went to Ottman and Bohemian Rhapsody. Put some money there if you must.

WINNERS:  

6- Alfonso Cuaron and Adam Gough for Roma  (Chicago, NM, PHX, SAT, EDA, CIFCC)

3- Tom Cross for First Man (DC, Boston, CC)

2- Eddie Hamilton for Mission: Impossible - Fallout  (SEA, Online)

1- Yorgos Mavropsaridis for The Favourite (ACE)

1- John Ottman for Bohemian Rhapsody (ACE)

1- Robert Fischer, Jr. for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (ACE)

1- Bob Eisenhardt for Free Solo (ACE)

1- Nicholas D. Johnson and Will Merrick for Searching  (LAO)

1- Christopher Tellefsen for A Quiet Place (HP)

1- Joe Walker for Widows  (COL)

1- Joi McMillon and Nat Sanders for If Beale Street Could Talk  (GW)

1- Joshua Altman and Bing Liu for  Minding the Gap  (LA)

1- Bob Murawski and Orson Welles for The Other Side of the Wind  (SF)

1- John Bini for You Were Never Really Here  (BO)

OSCAR NOMINEES: Ottman, Mavropsardis, Barry Brown Alexander for BlacKkKlansman, Patrick J. Don Vito for Green Book, Hank Corwin for Vice


BEST COSTUME DESIGN

LATEST BUZZ:  Call this Black Panther vs. The Favourte: Part II. The same two dramatically different front runners from Best Production Design duke it out again down here. I have said for years that it’s high time a comic book film deserves to win this award for adapting the graphics from pulp entertainment into gorgeous big screen creations. To me, Black Panther is the bigger and more worthy achievement. Along the way, kudos to double nominee Sandy Powell, the best of her era and maybe the best of any costume era since Edith Head. The Costume Designers Guild break their award up into three disciplines: contemporary, fantasy, and period. See their nominees here before their official awards are named February 19th.

WINNERS:  

4- Ruth E. Carter for Black Panther  (SEA, Online, CC, CIFCC)

2- Sandy Powell for The Favourite  (PHX, SAT)

OSCAR NOMINEES: Mary Zophres for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Black Panther, The Favourite, Sandy Powell for Mary Poppins Returns, Alexander Byrne for Mary Queen of Scots


BEST MAKEUP AND HAIR-STYLING

LATEST BUZZ:  This slow category for current buzz or award winners. So far, the “Gary Oldman Effect” looks to pass to Christian Bale being transformed into Dick Cheney. As always, I’m a guy that would prefer volume as well as quality. Something like Black Panther or The Favourite deserved this more than Oscar nominee Border. On the professional front, much like the costume workers, the Makeup and Hair-Styling Guild breaks their awards up between separate hair and makeup between contemporary and period. See the span of their nominees here in front of their February 16th ceremony.

WINNERS:   

1- Vice (CC)

1- Black Panther (CIFCC)

OSCAR NOMINEES: Border, Mary Queen of Scots, Vice


BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

LATEST BUZZ:   The dwarf among giants named by the Academy is Christopher Robin beating out stuff like Aquaman. The Visual Effects Society Awards from February 5th gave a bump to Avengers: Infinity War. There nominees are here.

WINNERS:

6- Avengers: Infinity War  (STL, LAO, NV, HP, DEN, VES)

4- Black Panther  (NC, PHX, SAT, CC)

3- Annihilation  (Chicago, FL, Online)

2- First Man (CIFCC, VES)

1- Mission: Impossible - Fallout  (SEA)

1- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (VES)

1- Ralph Breaks the Internet (Annie)

1- Mary Poppins Returns (Annie)

OSCAR NOMINEES: Avengers: Infinity War, Christopher Robin, First Man, Ready Player One, Solo: A Star Wars Story


BEST SOUND EDITING

LATEST BUZZ:  Too soon to talk, but it’s funny that the silent-ish thriller is getting the love. No argument here.

WINNERS:  

2- A Quiet Place (Online, SAT)

OSCAR NOMINEES: Black Panther, Bohemian Rhapsody, First Man, A Quiet Place, Roma


BEST SOUND MIXING

LATEST BUZZ:  Echo what was said in Sound Editing. However, one set of clues comes from the Cinema Audio Society, the industry group for sound mixers. Their final five nominees for their February 16th awards are: Black Panther, Bohemian Rhapsody, First Man, A Quiet Place, and A Star is Born.

WINNERS:  

2- A Quiet Place (Online, SAT)

OSCAR NOMINEES: Black Panther, Bohemian Rhapsody, First Man, Roma, A Star is Born


BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

LATEST BUZZ:  As usual, the rules of the Oscars can be odd and exclusionary.  They emphasize the “original” part of the category title where scores with previously-used material are out, which included Green Book this year.  Another must matches the other categories where theatrical release must come before VOD.  That technicality shamefully removed the late Johann Johannsson and his final work, Mandy, from Oscar eligibility.  Someone really needs to clean that up.

WINNERS:  

11- Nicholas Britell for If Beale Street Could Talk  (Chicago, DC, LA, Boston, NYO, COL, LAO, Online, PCC, IA, CIFCC)

7- Justin Hurwitz for First Man  (ATL, FL, PHX, SAT, Globe, CC, GA)

2- Thom Yorke for Suspiria  (PHI, IN)

1- Ludwig Goransson for Black Panther (DEN)

1- Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman for Mary Poppins Returns  (NM)

1- Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury for Annihilation  (UT)

1- Terence Blanchard for BlacKkKlansman  (STL)

1- Johann Johannsson for Mandy  (SEA)

1- Jonny Greenwood for You Were Never Really Here  (BO)

1- Alexandre Desplat for Isle of Dogs  (DFW)

OSCAR NOMINEES: BlacKkKlansman, Black Panther, If Beale Street Could Talk, Isle of Dogs, Mary Poppins Returns


BEST ORIGINAL SONG

LATEST BUZZ:   Lastly, what pisses me off is no Hearts Beat Loud or Teen Titans Go! to the Movies. A Star is Born winning is valid and forgone conclusion, but they could have spiced up the category some. As crazy as this sounds after being the early awards season leader, this may stand as the only Oscar won by A Star is Born.

WINNERS:  

9- “Shallow” by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga for A Star is Born  (LAO, Online, PHX, SAT, Globe, IA, CC, DEN, GA)

1- “All the Stars” by Kendrick Lamar for Black Panther (AA)

1- “Suspirium “ by Thom Yorke for Suspiria  (NM)

OSCAR NOMINEES: “All the Stars,” “I’ll Fight” by Diane Warren and Jennifer Hudson for RBG, “The Place Where the Lost Things Go” by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman for Mary Poppins Returns, “Shallow,” “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs


ACRONYM KEY FOR AWARD GROUPS

African-American Film Critics Association (AA), ACE Eddie Awards (ACE), Art Directors Guild Awards (ADG), Annie Awards (Annie), American Society of Cinematographers (ASC), Atlanta Film Critics (ATL), Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (ACT), Austin Film Critics Association (AUS), British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), Black Film Critics Circle (BF), Boston Society of Film Critics (Boston), Boston Online Film Critics Association (BO), Cannes Film Festival (Cannes), Cinema Audio Society (CAS), Costume Designers Guild (CDG), Chicago Film Critics Association (Chicago), Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle (CIFCC), Broadcast Film Critics Association/Critics Choice Awards (CC), Columbus/Central Ohio Film Critics Associations (COL), Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association (DC), Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association (DFW), Denver Film Critics Society (DEN), Detroit Film Critics Society (DET), Directors Guild of America (DGA), Dublin Film Critics Circle (DUB), Alliance of Women Film Journalists/EDA Awards (EDA), European Film Awards (EFA), Cinema Eye Awards (EYE), Florida Film Critics Circle (FL), Georgia Film Critics Association (GA), Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association/Dorian Awards (GAL), Gotham Independent Film Awards (GIFA), Greater Western New York Film Critics Association (GW), Hollywood Foreign Press Association/Golden Globes (Globe), Hollywood Film Awards (HFA), Houston Film Critics Society (HOU), Hollywood Professionals Association (HP), Iowa Film Critics Association (IA), Indiana Film Journalist Associations (IN), International Documentary Association (IDA), Kansas City Film Critics Circle (KC), Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LA), Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society (LAO), London Film Critics Circle (London), Las Vegas Film Critics Association/Sierra Winners (LV), Makeup and Hair-styling Guild (MHG), National Board of Review (NBR), North Carolina Film Critics Association (NC), National Society of Film Critics (NSFC), New Mexico Film Critics (NM), North Texas Film Critics Association (NT), Nevada Film Critics Society (NV), New York Film Critics Circle (NY), New York Online Film Critics Association (NYO), Online Film and Television Awards (OFTA), Oklahoma Film Critics Circle (OK), Online Film Critics Society (Online), The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences/Academy Awards (Oscar), People’s Choice Awards (PC), Producers Guild of America (PGA), Philadelphia Film Critics Circle (PHI), Phoenix Critic Circle (PCC), Phoenix Film Critics Society (PHX), Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG), International Press Academy/Satellite Awards (SAT), San Diego Film Critics Society (SD), Southeastern Film Critics Association (SE), Seattle Film Critics Society (SEA), San Francisco Film Critics Circle (SF),  Independent Spirit Awards (Spirit), Sight and Sound Magazine (SS), St. Louis Film Critics (STL), Sundance Film Festival (Sundance), Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Toronto Film Critics Association (TOR), USC Libraries Scripter Award (USC), Utah Film Critics Association (UT), Vancouver Critics Circle (VAN), Visual Effects Society Awards (VES), Women Film Critics Circle (WC), Writers Guild of America (WGA)


CALENDAR

OCTOBER

Wednesday, Oct. 3: Clio Awards
Thursday, Oct. 18: Gotham Awards nominations announced
Sunday, Oct. 21: Mark Twain Award
Monday, Oct. 22: Streamy Awards
Friday, Oct. 26: BAFTA Britannia Awards

NOVEMBER
Sunday, Nov. 11: People’s Choice Awards
Thursday, Nov. 15: Hollywood Professional Association Awards
Friday, Nov. 16: Film Independent Spirit Awards nominations announced
Sunday, Nov. 18: Governors Awards 
Tuesday, Nov. 20: PGA Awards nominations (documentary motion pictures) announced
Monday, Nov. 26: Gotham Awards
Tuesday, Nov. 27: National Board of Review winners announced
Thursday, Nov. 29: American Cinematheque gala

DECEMBER

Monday, Dec. 3: Annie Awards nominations announced
Wednesday, Dec. 5: Grammy Awards nominations announced
Thursday, Dec. 6: Golden Globe Awards nominations announced
Thursday, Dec. 6: WGA Awards nominations (TV, new media, radio, news, promo writing, graphic animation) announced
Monday, Dec. 10: Critics’ Choice Awards film and TV nominations announced
Wednesday, Dec. 12: SAG Awards nominations announced

JANUARY

Friday, Jan. 4: PGA Awards nominations (TV shows, theatrical movies and theatrical animated movies) announced
Saturday, Jan. 5: National Society of Film Critics award winners announced
Sunday, Jan. 6: Golden Globe Awards
Monday, Jan. 7: WGA Awards nominations (theatrical and doc screenplay and video game) announced
Monday, Jan. 7: DGA Awards nominations (TV, commercial and documentary nominees) announced
Tuesday, Jan. 8: Cinema Audio Society nominations
Tuesday, Jan. 8: DGA nominations (feature and first-time film nominees) announced
Tuesday, Jan. 8: National Board of Review awards gala
Thursday, Jan 10: Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Guild nominations announced
Thursday, Jan 10: Costume Designers Guild Awards nominations
Sunday, Jan. 13: Critics’ Choice Awards
Tuesday, Jan. 15: USC Scripter nominees announced
Saturday, Jan. 19: PGA Awards
Tuesday, Jan. 22: Oscar Nominations announced
Sunday, Jan. 27: Screen Actors Guild Awards
Thursday, Jan. 31: Casting Society of America's Annual Artios Awards

FEBRUARY

Saturday, Feb. 2: Annie Awards
Saturday, Feb. 2: Directors Guild Awards
Monday, Feb. 4: Oscar Nominees Luncheon
Saturday, Feb. 9: Academy's Scientific and Technical Awards
Saturday, Feb. 9: USC Scripter Awards
Sunday, Feb. 10: Grammy Awards
Tuesday, Feb. 19: Costume Designers Guild Awards
Saturday, Feb. 16: Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards
Saturday, Feb. 16: Cinema Audio Society Awards
Sunday, Feb. 17: WGA Awards
Saturday, Feb. 23: Film Independent Spirit Awards
Sunday, Feb. 24: Academy Awards

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