The Kansas City Film Critics Honor Both Nomadland and Promising Young Woman


Award season continues!

Yesterday, the Kansas City Film Critics announced their picks for the best of 2020.  Over the course of the awards season so far, Nomadland has dominated, with the occasional victory for a film like Promising Young Woman or Minari.  The Kansas City Film Critics ended up giving their best picture award to two films — Nomadland and Promising Young Woman.

In the history of the Oscars, there’s never been a tie for best picture.  Actually, considering that they now do ranked-choice voting for Best Picture, I don’t suppose there ever will be.  Still, wouldn’t it be nice if that happened occasionally?  Like both Moonlight and La La Land could have gone home with a Best Picture Oscar.  EVERYONE’S A WINNER!  Of course, it’ll never happen.  Someone will have to go home the loser.  Oh well.

Anyway, here’s the winners from Kansas City!  I assume this is the Kansas City that’s in Missouri as opposed to the Kansas City in Kansas.  Speaking of strange city names, did you know that there’s a Little New York, Texas?  It’s true!

Best Picture
Winners: Nomadland & Promising Young Woman (TIE)

Best Director
Winner: Chloe Zhao – Nomadland
Runner-Up: Aaron Sorkin – The Trial Of The Chicago 7

Best Actor
Winner: Riz Ahmed – Sound of Metal
Runner-Up: Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Best Actress
Winner: Carey Mulligan – Promising Young Woman
Runner-Up: Frances McDormand – Nomadland

Best Supporting Actor
Winner: Leslie Odom, Jr. – One Night in Miami
Runner-Up: Paul Raci – Sound of Metal

Best Supporting Actress
Winner: Youn Yuh-Jung – Minari
Runner-Up: Maria Bakalova – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Best Original Screenplay
Winner: Promising Young Woman
Runner-Up: The Trial Of The Chicago 7

Best Adapted Screenplay
Winner: Nomadland
Runner-Up: I’m Thinking Of Ending Things

Best Cinematography
Winner: The Vast Of Night
Runner-Up: Mank

Best Animated Film
Winner: Wolfwalkers
Runner-Up: Soul

Best Foreign Language Film
Winner: Another Round
Runners-Up: 76, Bacurau & The Life Ahead

Best Documentary
Winner: The Dissident
Runner-Up: Crip Camp

Vince Koehler Award For Best SciFi/Horror/Fantasy
Winner: The Invisible Man
Runner-Up: The Vast Of Night

Tom Poe Award For Best LBGTQ Film
Winner: Kajillionaire
Runner-Up: The Prom

Little New York, Texas

Lisa’s Oscar Predictions for September


As of a few weeks ago, West Side Story is now officially out of this year’s Oscar race.  Steven Spielberg’s musical was one of the many major studio productions to be moved all the way back to late 2021.  So, scratch West Side Story from your lists, everyone.  It’s gone for now.

The more I think about it, the more I think the Academy made a mistake extending the eligibility window.  As you may remember, this year’s eligibility window now extends to February of 2021.  When this was first announced, I felt that it was the Academy’s way of keeping the big studios happy.  “You folks don’t want the Oscars to be dominated by streaming films,” the Academy seemed to be saying, “so we’ll just give you some extra time to get your movies out into the theaters.”  Well, joke’s on the Academy because, even with the extended time period, it still looks like the Oscar race is going to be dominated by streaming titles.

Personally, I wish that the Academy would just admit they made a mistake and go back to the old eligibility window.  Or, at the very least, just answer the question as to whether or not the 2021’s Oscar eligibility period is going to end at the end of December of that year or in February of 2022.  I’m a big believer in having a set schedule so all this uncertainty is annoying the Hell out of me.

Anyway, with all that in mind, here are my updated predictions for September.  After looking at these, feel free to check out my predictions for JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJune, July, and August!

Best Picture

Da 5 Bloods

The Father

Hillbilly Elegy

Mank

Minari

News of the World

Nomadland

One Night in Miami

Respect

The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Director

David Fincher for Mank

Paul Greengrass for News of the World

Ron Howard for Hillbilly Elegy

Spike Lee for Da 5 Bloods

Chloe Zhao for Nomadland

Best Actor

Tom Hanks in News of the World

Anthony Hopkins in The Father

Delroy Lindo in Da 5 Bloods

Gary Oldman in Mank

Steven Yeun in Minari

Best Actress

Viola Davis in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Jennifer Hudson in Respect

Vanessa Kirby in Pieces of a Woman

Frances McDormand in Nomadland

Kate Winslet in Ammonite

Best Supporting Actor

Sacha Baron Cohen in The Trial of the Chicago 7

Chadwick Boseman in Da 5 Bloods

Bill Murray in On The Rocks

Leslie Odom Jr. in One Night In Miami

David Strathairn in Nomandland

Best Supporting Actress

Glenn Close in Hillbilly Elegy

Olivia Colman in The Father

Saoirse Ronan in Ammonite

Debra Winger in Kajillionaire

Helena Zengel in News of the World

Here The Trailer for Kajillionaire!


Here’s the trailer for Kajillionaire!  This comedy has already received some critical acclaim on the festival circuit and, assuming that we’re actually going to give out Oscars next year, there’s been some speculation that Debra Winger could pick a nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Kajillionaire will be released on September 18th.  Though I find the title to be a bit annoying, I always find myself relating to any character played by Evan Rachel Wood so I look forward to seeing the film.

Lisa’s Oscar Predictions for July


At this point, who knows anything?

I’m making my monthly predictions on the assumption that most of these movies are even going to be released this year (and during the first two months of 2021).  I may be making an even bigger assumption when I predict that they’ll even give out Oscars for 2020.  Right now, it’s hard to know what’s going to happen.

But I am going to keep making these predictions because their fun to make and I believe that you do have to have some sort of normalcy in life.  You can’t just say, “OH MY GOD, EVERYTHING’S SO NEGATIVE!  I’M JUST GOING TO SIT IN FRONT OF TWITTER AND DRINK FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE!”  I mean, don’t get me wrong.  A lot of people are, in fact, saying and doing just that.  It’s kind of sad to think about the number of people who I once liked but who I have still, over the past few months, muted because I’m just sick of all the drama.  I suppose I could list them all here just to see if any of them are actually bothering to read my posts but …. no, no.  This post is about the movies and the performers and the Oscars who make every year a special year.

Be sure to check out my previous predictions for January, February, March, April, May, and June!

Best Picture

Ammonite

Da 5 Bloods

The Father

Hillbilly Elegy

Kajillionaire

News of the World

Nomadland

Respect

Soul

West Side Story

Best Director

Paul Greengrass for News of the World

Ron Howard for Hillbilly Elegy

Spike Lee for Da 5 Bloods

Steven Spielberg for West Side Story

Chloe Zhao for Nomadland

Best Actor

Tom Hanks in News of the World

Anthony Hopkins in The Father

Delroy Lindo in Da 5 Bloods

Bill Murray in On The Rocks

Gary Oldman in Mank

Best Actress

Amy Adams in Hillybill Elegy

Viola Davis in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Jennifer Hudson in Respect

Frances McDormand in Nomadland

Kate Winslet in Ammonite

Best Supporting Actor

David Alvarez in West Side Story

Tom Burke in Mank

Richard E. Grant in Everybody’s Talking about Jamie

Forest Whitaker in Respect

Steven Yeun in Minari

Best Supporting Actress

Glenn Close in Hillbilly Elegy

Olivia Colman in The Father

Saoirse Ronan in Ammonite

Debra Winger in Kajillionaire

Helena Zengel in News of the World