Oscars 2019: National Board of Review Winners

This is where my Oscar season kicks off. I don’t care about anything that’s happened before this, and as I’ve told a bunch of my friends who keep trying to bring stuff up about what might or might not be nominated… I’ve paid literally zero attention to anything until this point. For me, everything before December is about trying to see as much stuff as possible and then I start to slowly come around to what might happen. But even then, I’m not gonna start taking this stuff seriously until around Christmas when all the pieces are on the board and I’ve seen most or all of them. Though maybe I’ll have to bump that up to slightly earlier this year due to the truncated schedule.

Anyway, NBR announced today! And I love NBR. So, so much. They are my group of choice. Not even as Oscar indicators, but rather just as a group that picks good movies and has good taste. Over the years, my tastes seem to most closely align with NBR more than any other group, and I find that even when I don’t agree with one of their choices I understand it, kind of like when you know someone really well and can see that something they like is a byproduct of their tastes.

NBR is the only group out there that goes as far back as the Oscars do. No one else has as much history in relation to the Academy Awards as they do. They began in 1909 when a bunch of theater owners got together to try to prove that film wasn’t just some disposable medium and could actually be artistic. And then, in 1930, after the Oscars became a thing, they started handing out their own personal awards lists of their favorite films of the year. And unlike the Oscars or critics groups, their voting body is comprised of all sorts of people, the only common thread being that they love cinema. And isn’t that why we’re all here?

I do this part every year, but every year it bears repeating — most times, their top ten list ends up being close to my own. I’d say that usually 7 or 8 of their 10 end up being in my top 20-30 for the year, with one or both of the others being lower, but respectably ranked. Usually there’s only one choice that I disagree with as being a mainstream choice or just one I did not particularly care for but understand for them (since they tend to love specific filmmakers and ‘auteurs’).

Here’s their list of #1 films going back a decade:

  • 2018: Green Book
  • 2017: The Post
  • 2016: Manchester by the Sea
  • 2015: Mad Max Fury Road
  • 2014: A Most Violent Year
  • 2013: Her
  • 2012: Zero Dark Thirty
  • 2011: Hugo
  • 2010: The Social Network
  • 2009: Up in the Air

Every one of those got a Best Picture nomination outside of A Most Violent Year (which really should have, but that’s a different conversation). Green Book is the only one that actually won, and that remains an interesting choice by them (though one that I said the moment it happened was the beginning of that train a-rolling. I saw that one coming down the tracks immediately. All the pieces were set up for that one to win. That was my Searching for Bobby Fischer moment). Also of note, 7 of those 10 winners were in my top ten for their respective years, with two more being in my 11-20 and the final one being in my tier two, which basically puts it in the top 21-30. So like I said, I like their taste.

Here are their full top tens for the past five years, just so you get the full picture of what they tend to vote for:

  • 2018: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Black Panther, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Eighth Grade, First Reformed, If Beale Street Could Talk, Mary Poppins Returns, A Quiet Place, Roma, A Star Is Born
  • 2017: Baby Driver, Call Me By Your Name, The Disaster Artist, Downsizing, Dunkirk, The Florida Project, Get Out, Lady Bird, Logan, Phantom Thread
  • 2016: Arrival, Hacksaw Ridge, Hail Caesar!, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, La La Land, Moonlight, Patriots Day, Silence, Sully
  • 2015: Bridge of Spies, Creed, The Hateful Eight, Inside Out, The Martian, Room, Sicario, Spotlight, Straight Outta Compton
  • 2014: American Sniper, Birdman, Boyhood, Fury, Gone Girl, The Imitation Game, Inherent Vice, The Lego Movie, Nightcrawler, Unbroken

For me at least, the thing with them is always mostly agreement, one where I go, “What, really?” And then one-to-two more where I go, “I get it, but I wouldn’t.” Last year’s list though I felt was the first time in a long time where I really didn’t agree with a lot of it. Only three top ten films for me, three more in tier two, three more in lower tiers and one that I didn’t even put on my list at all. Very strange choices that make me think two things: either they increased their voting body and they’re not going to be as reliable as I used to think, or last year was just a weird year and things are gonna go back to normal.

So now, before we get into what they picked this year — which I’ll tell you… I do this as a surprise for myself. I have no idea what they voted for and I’m writing it up as I find out, for maximum reaction — let me just sort of rattle off what expect to see out of them, just to see if it goes the way I feel it usually would (I don’t know if I’ve ever actually done this on here, by the way. Usually I keep this to myself because it only leads to people focusing on what I didn’t get right based on MY COMPLETELY EXTEMPORANEOUS CONJECTURE, but this year I’m feeling particularly ramble-y ):

  • I fully expect The Irishman to be in the top ten, if not be their #1.
  • I fully expect Joker to be in their top ten, if not be their #1.
  • I fully expect Richard Jewell to be in their top ten.

Regarding the first two, they feel like a very ‘New York’ kind of group. Which isn’t to say that they only vote for films set in New York, just that they feel like their choices give off a ‘New York’ vibe as opposed to a ‘Los Angeles’ vibe. Maybe you can’t measure that sort of thing, but that’s the sense I get. Plus, they like big mainstream artistic successes and auteurs. Scorsese seems all but guaranteed to do well, and Joker totally fits with what I usually expect them to put on. The surprise for me would be if one or either are blatantly left off in favor of some stuff I’m not remotely expecting. Plus, I fully expect Joker just because it winning would be the worst case scenario for me, having to listen to the idiots who know nothing about this stuff talk about its chances of winning awards for two months.

Regarding Clint, even if that movie gets bad reviews, Clint always gets on NBR. That’s his bread and butter. Going back to his resurgence with Mystic River (which was named Best Film by NBR, by the way, in 2003), you know how many other times his films have made it on? 10 times. Million Dollar Baby in ’04, both Letters from Iwo Jima (named Best Film) and Flags of Our Fathers in ’06, both Changeling and Gran Torino in ’08, Invictus in ’09, Hereafter in ’10, J. Edgar in ’11, American Sniper in ’14 and Sully in ’16. That’s 11 films with two named Best Film since Mystic River. Do you know how many total films he’s directed since (and including) Mystic River? 14. Only three didn’t make it on: Jersey Boys (obviously), The 15:17 to Paris (obviously) and The Mule last year. Which might be because they didn’t like it and might be because they put it out so late no one actually got to see it in time. So yeah, I fully expect Richard Jewell to be on this list and it would truly shock me if it didn’t. It not being on would mean they finally put Clint in a home.

  • I also fully expect Quentin to be on. All his films, post-Basterds have gotten on, and this one is better reviewed than Hateful Eight, which made it on NBR. Best Film would be slightly surprising, but I’m not ruling it out. That’s completely within the realm of possibility for them.
  • I’m curious to see if they include something like Parasite. They only went foreign once in the past decade, and that was Roma last year, which was too big to ignore. Everything else was something like a Babel, which was more of an international kind of movie than a straight foreign picture. So I don’t expect to see it and am not gonna think less of that movie’s chances (whatever those are. I’ve yet to truly consider it) if it doesn’t get on. Also, I don’t use this as any sort of measuring stick for anything Oscar-related, so there’s that too. My gut says outside-shot maybe, but I’m not gonna assume a yes there.
  • It’ll be interesting to see if Little Women gets on, if they’ve even seen it yet. I suspect they have, and I want to see if they consider Greta Gerwig an auteur or if they just really liked Lady Bird and are gonna wait and see what else she does. My guess is that it’s more likely to be included than not.
  • In keeping with ‘auteurs’, I would not be at all surprised to see Us make it on. Seeing that make it would mean one of two things: they feel like Jordan Peele is an auteur and will pretty much look to vote for anything he makes so long as its not an abject failure (or too genre-y), and two, it means that it’s a really weak year with them not having enough other stuff to put on over it. Probably the former over the latter, but once I see the full list I’ll be able to get a read on what I think about it.
  • Bombshell feels like something they won’t put on, but I could be way wrong about that. I’ve only seen the one trailer and haven’t gotten a sense of what the reviews are. Roach’s last film (Trumbo) didn’t make it, and this feels about in that same realm. They don’t feel like a political statement kinda group, so my gut says I’d expect not to see it more than I’d expect to see it.
  • Jojo Rabbit is an interesting gauge film for them. If it’s on, then I feel like they’re back to being the group I know. If it’s off, I want to see what made it on in its stead.
  • I don’t expect to see Avengers here. That’s more something I expect out of AFI (which already has Joker on its list, for you people looking to write think pieces about its Best Picture chances… that is, if you aren’t already writing them about it doing well or poorly here or just writing them for clicks, since I know you are).
  • I kind of expect Ford v. Ferrari to make it on. Logan made it. Walk the Line made it. They like James Mangold. And that’s a classy, likable movie that harkens back to fun studio filmmaking of the 70s and even the 40s in some ways. So I fully expect that one to get on.
  • An interesting wild card for me is something like Motherless Brooklyn. No one particularly feels strongly about that film’s chances, but it feels like the kind of movie that a group like this would spark to even when no one else would.
  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood seems like it would do okay here. Marielle Heller’s last movie got on (Can You Ever Forgive Me?), plus it’s Tom Hanks (who I think may have even won Best Actor from them for The Post) and whose films seem to constantly make it on. So I’d think that one would make it.
  • The Farewell is one I might expect to see. It’s a wild card. Kind of small and independent for them, but something that feels universally lauded enough that it could make it on. Not a given, but 60/40 I’d say yes.
  • Booksmart could make it on, but I feel like people are kinda over that and if anything it’s an AFI kinda choice. Gut says no, but wouldn’t be shocked. I expect that on the more niche lists, where things are ineligible (looking at you, WGA).
  • Knives Out is an interesting possibility. Looper made it on and it feels like a ‘Rian Johnson auteur’ kinda movie. I think that one stands a chance, though it could be a bit too genre-y for them. Probably more of a yes than a no, leaning toward a strong yes.
  • Dark Waters will be an interesting one. They don’t necessarily love Todd Haynes here. Far from Heaven made it on but Carol didn’t. And I’d have expected Carol to have gotten on. Guess it depends on how that film goes over, if it does at all. My gut after seeing it says it’s not flashy enough a choice for them. But I’d be cool with seeing it.
  • Sam Mendes doesn’t generally do well here, so I’m not gonna be shocked if I don’t see 1917 make it on. I actually kind of expect something like that to not make it on in the end. Though if I see it, then I’m really happy about the film I’m gonna be getting in three weeks.
  • It would be hilarious if Cats made it on. That’s it. That’s the thought.
  • Don’t expect Star Wars. None of those movies since the first one got on NBR and I don’t think they’re gonna start now.
  • You know what would surprise me? Uncut Gems. I could see them going in for the Safdie brothers, but it feels too young for them. So I’m gonna assume it’s not happening and wait to see if they go there.
  • Someone I’d expect to see on their list more who I don’t is Steven Soderbergh. I wonder if The Laundromat sparks any of their fancies. My guess is no, but that feels like something I’d normally expect to see here even though most people didn’t end up in love with it.
  • Oh, Noah Baumbach, right. Totally forgot that was even happening. Apparently he’s never gotten a movie on NBR. So that’ll be interesting, if they suddenly decide to go there. I haven’t seen the film yet (Friday) so I have no handle on whether or not it belongs. So I guess we’ll just wait and see.
  • There’s some other movies that have yet to land because they’re out around Christmas, like Clemency and Just Mercy – I have no idea how to gauge those and am just gonna see if they include them or not.
  • You know who I’m not ruling out? James Gray. Ad Astra feels like a movie primed for their list. Don’t know if they’ll do it, since I don’t see a lot of love for the film or for him over the years, but he’s someone they might embrace.
  • I’ve got no read at all on whether they’re gonna like stuff like Dolemite Is My Name or The Lighthouse. Also, Hustlers feels like a no, but I’m really not gonna assume anything with them.

Okay, enough rattling. NBR always announces 11 films. 10 and a winner. Just pulling names out of my ass, here’s a random guess at the 11 I think I’m gonna see, and then I’ll go in and look at what actually was named:

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
The Farewell
Ford v. Ferrari
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Knives Out
Little Women
Motherless Brooklyn
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Richard Jewell

Other Possibilities: 1917, Ad Astra, Bombshell, Parasite, Marriage Story, Uncut Gems, Us

I threw on Edward Norton just because I feel like there’s always one that is exclusive to them that comes out of nowhere and doesn’t make anything else. Could be Ad Astra, could be something else, but I feel like there’s always one. I’m also perfectly ready to get more than half of that list blatantly wrong, so I don’t really care and part of that is trying to will it into existence, but that’s more what that spot is about. The one that people have overlooked that won’t be expected even though it’s been vaguely in the conversation before now.

This is also literally me just guessing at random based on last night and nothing else. I have no clue what they’re gonna pick. I just wanted to get the old Oscar-brain up and running, since it’s been a while. But let’s find out together, shall we?

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So this is the point where I’m picking this article up. I wrote everything above last night and am now just sitting down to look at what won.

So without further ado, the NBR winner for Best Film of 2019 is…

The Irishman

I believe I had that.

Glad it didn’t go the way I expected it to, even though this was also one of the ways I was expecting it to go.

Okay, so that’s one that’s right. Now let’s see what else they put on:

1917
Dolemite Is My Name
Ford v. Ferrari

Jojo Rabbit
Knives Out
Marriage Story
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Richard Jewell
Uncut Gems
Waves

Well damn. That was more impressive than I expected.

No Joker. I am very fucking pleased about that. And I called that Richard Jewell inclusion flat out. So I’m happy about that. Once Upon a Time, Knives Out and Ford v. Ferrari made total sense to me. So in all, I got 6/11 right, which is nuts. That’s awesome.

Of the ones I didn’t get — 1917, I couldn’t have known one way or the other, and the fact that it’s on makes me really excited for that one. That’s the #1 movie left to come out for me. I cannot wait to see that. Dolemite I couldn’t have expected them to include, but I’m really happy they did. It really livens up the list and it reminds me of why I love them so much as a group.

Marriage Story, sadly, fits. And as much as I dislike his movies, really the thing that surprises me is that he’d never appeared on this list before. But I’ll know my thoughts on the film Friday so I’ll refrain from commenting on it except to say… makes sense.

Uncut Gems is a semi-big surprise. It’s very ‘New York’, so that’s not surprising. But it just skews a bit young for them. I didn’t think they would go in for it. So that’s cool. I’m fully expecting to really like that movie when it comes out next week, so I’m ready for it. That’s a cool inclusion for them and makes me feel better than if Joker or something else were there.

Waves, though, is the big surprise for me. I didn’t think they gave a shit about something as indie as that. That means they think Trey Edward Shults is an auteur. Which, considering his first two films, is accurate, but also this felt like the one that would get his next film on a list like this, because most people would overlook it but then go back later and go, “Yeah, that was really good.” Which everyone does. I fucking loved that movie, so I’m really glad it made it on.

Overall, this is back to being the group I expect them to be. Sight unseen, the only films I could possibly really object to are Marriage Story and Richard Jewell, and even Jewell I totally expect from them. So at most I’m gonna disagree with Marriage Story, understand the Eastwood and then the rest are all gonna be films I liked or loved. That’s my group, baby.

No Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, which is probably right. It’s good, but it’s not the kind of movie that felt like it would be on a lot of lists. That feels like a ‘Tom Hanks nomination at best’ kinda movie right now, so I’m not surprised to see it left off.

The Farewell not being here makes me wonder if it was too early (since, aside from Quentin, every one of these movies is October or later) and got overlooked for newer, shinier toys, or if it’s just not as beloved as the articles might have you believe. Or, now that I scroll down, I realize they do a ‘Top Independent Films’ list and they’re just gonna relegate it to that. Okay. That I can buy.

Little Women not being here is interesting and answers my question about them and Greta Gerwig. Or perhaps they just thought it was fine but because it was a film that’s been made four times now they didn’t feel like she added too much of a directorial stamp on it. Dunno. Guess it’ll have to land first before we know for sure.

My Motherless Brooklyn guess was for sure gonna be wrong (though I held out a little bit of hope) and ended up being Waves. There’s always that one you just can’t expect, and I’m glad it’s a really cool choice.

In the end, I’m just glad Joker’s not here. (100% chance at least one of the articles you read about NBR in the next 36 hours will mention how Joker was not included or even go so far as to call it a ‘snub’.) Very, very pleased with this and they once again remind me of why I like them more than I like any other group out there.

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Oh, and there are more lists they handed out.

Top Ten Independent Films

The Farewell
Give Me Liberty
A Hidden Life

Judy
The Last Black Man in San Francisco
Midsommer
The Nightingale
The Peanut Butter Falcon
The Souvenir
Wild Rose

Oh man, do I love them. This is a perfect list.

The Farewell is amazing, The Nightingale is one of the best hidden gems of this entire year, The Peanut Butter Falcon was awesome, The Souvenir was really good, The Last Black Man in San Fran Francisco was really good. I assume A Hidden Life is really good, though I’ve yet to see it. This is the second mention of Give Me Liberty, so I’m gonna have to check that out. Wasn’t a huge fan of Judy, but I get it. And Wild Rose was really solid. Oh, and Midsommar… I mean, yeah. Of course that goes on a list like this. It was really well made.

I could mention other stuff that wasn’t included, but in terms of what’s here, great job out of them. What’s next?

Top Five Foreign Films

Atlantics
Invisible Life
Pain and Glory
Portrait of a Woman on Fire
Transit

Parasite people, don’t fear. They gave out an individual Foreign Film award and it won that. (Had to scroll past it to get to the rest of the lists.) Otherwise, Pain and Glory makes sense, Portrait of a Woman on Fire has been one of the most acclaimed foreign films of the year, Invisible Life I saw yesterday as being a big contender, so that’s a good start for that, and Atlantics is one I figured would be a contender as well and will be seeing soon. Transit is the only one I don’t know about, but it looks solid. So sure all around.

Top Five Documentaries

American Factory
Apollo 11

The Black Godfather
Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story
Wrestle

Are we at all surprised that Scorsese made it on again? Not that it wasn’t awesome, because it was. Just saying.

Apollo 11 and Black Godfather are amazing, so I’m very happy about those (specifically the latter, which I wouldn’t expect to see on lists like this). American Factory I’ll be seeing soon, but otherwise makes sense. And I have no idea what Wrestle is, but looking it up, they’re calling it ‘Hoop Dreams for wrestlers’. So if that’s remotely accurate, it makes sense. Guess I’ll give it a shot if and when I can.

Okay, now for the individual awards, which I put zero stock in as Oscar prognosticators. But I’ll, along with my thoughts as I go through each one, list previous winners from NBR just to show you that it’s more about their taste than it is about awards:

Best Director: Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Previous winners: Bradley Cooper for A Star Is Born, Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird, Barry Jenkins for Moonlight, Ridley Scott for The Martian, Clint Eastwood for American Sniper, Spike Jonze for Her.

Quentin winning this is cool. Good for them giving it to him for the first time since Pulp Fiction. Clint Eatwood ‘beat’ him in 2009 with Invictus and Kathryn Bigelow won in 2012 for Zero Dark Thirty. Doubt he’d have won for Hateful Eight, so here he is with this win.

Also, another winner from NBR — Tim Burton for Sweeney Todd. Just sayin’.

Best Actor: Adam Sandler, Uncut Gems

Previous winners: Viggo Mortensen for Green Book, Tom Hanks for The Post, Casey Affleck for Manchester by the Sea, Matt Damon for The Martian, Oscar Isaac and Michael Keaton both tied in 2014 for A Most Violent Year and Birdman, Bruce Dern in Nebraska.

The Sandler win is a bit surprising, but hey, good for him. I like when he acts, and maybe all these accolades he may or may not get will nudge him more into that direction instead of making the usual drivel he’s been making for the past decade. I can’t say much more about it without having seen it, so I’ll know in ten days.

Best Actress: Renée Zellweger, Judy

Previous winners: Lady Gaga for A Star Is Born, Meryl Streep for The Post, Amy Adams for Arrival, Brie Larson for Room, Julianne Moore for Still Alice, Emma Thompson for Saving Mr. Banks.

All signs point to a nomination for her, but I can’t imagine she’s gonna win. But, we’ll see once everything lands and I start actually looking at it all. For now, sure. Wasn’t crazy about the performance, but whatever.

Best Supporting Actor: Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Previous winners: Sam Elliott for A Star Is Born, Willem Dafoe for The Florida Project, Jeff Bridges for Hell or High Water, Sylvester Stallone for Creed, Edward Norton for Birdman, Will Forte for Nebraska, Leo for Django.

Fucking awesome. I guess if you’re gonna parse the two he is more supporting to Leo. But whatever. I loved that performance, and I’m thrilled they took notice.

Looking back, they’ve got a lot of picks that I’m fully in agreement with, most of which have been nominated at the Oscars, so here’s hoping that one works out here too.

Best Supporting Actress: Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell

Previous winners: Regina King for If Beale Street Could Talk, Laurie Metcalf for Lady Bird, Naomie Harris for Moonlight, Jennifer Jason Leigh for Hateful Eight, Jessica Chastain for A Most Violent Year, Octavia Spencer for Fruitvale Station and Ann Dowd for Compliance.

I saw this before I saw the list of ten, so I knew immediately Richard Jewell got on. Which… amazing.

Love me some Kathy Bates. Haven’t seen the film so I don’t know if this is a vote for her or the performance. But for now… sure.

Best Original Screenplay: Uncut Gems

Previous winners: First Reformed, Phantom Thread, Manchester by the Sea, Hateful Eight, Lego Movie, Inside Llewyn Davis, Looper, 50/50, Buried.

Wow, Buried won? That’s cool. Weird, but cool.

Otherwise, haven’t seen the movie yet, so I don’t know what to say except… they really liked them some Uncut Gems.

Best Adapted Screenplay: The Irishman

It was for the five minute fish conversation, wasn’t it?

Previous winners: If Beale Street Could Talk, The Disaster Artist, Silence, The Martian, Inherent Vice, The Wolf of Wall Street.

I mean, sure. Steve Zaillian wins, and if The Irishman is gonna get nominated like we all expect, why wouldn’t it be nominated for Screenplay? This isn’t a surprise. And I don’t really look at these votes anyway except to show me which films they really sparked to.

Breakthrough Performance: Paul Walter Hauser, Richard Jewell

Cool… except maybe he should have won this two years ago when he broke through in I, Tonya. But hey, better late than never.

Thomasin McKenzie won last year for Leave No Trace, by the way. So I guess they couldn’t give it to her for Jojo Rabbit, now could they?

Though I will say, they’ve been really solid here at picking people: Timothee Chalamet for Call Me By Your Name, Lucas Hedges after Manchester (also shout out to Royalty Hightower for The Fits, who tied Hedges that year), Jacob Tremblay for Room, Jack O’Connell for Starred Up and Unbroken, Michael B. Jordan for Fruitvale and Adele Exarchopoulos for Blue Is the Warmest Color, Quvenzhané Wallis for Beasts of the Southern Wild, Felicity Jones for Like Crazy, Rooney Mara for Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Jennifer Lawrence for Winter’s Bone. All the people on their list are big star or cool actors I like seeing in things. Sometimes they’re late, but they generally pick cool people who go on to do something. So that’s nice.

Best Directorial Debut: Melina Matsoukas, Queen & Slim

That’s a bit deal. I’m seeing this tomorrow, so I’ll see then. But I like seeing a woman of color get on this list. Hopefully they meant it.

Generally they pick cool people here. So it’s nice to see.

Best Animated Feature: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Weird choice, but fine. Doubt they’d have gone Frozen II, so Toy Story 4 was the only other choice, and maybe they were over it. There aren’t that many other films to rally around, so fine. All but shores up a nomination for this, if that was ever in doubt by anyone, given what little we have to work with this year in animation.

Best Foreign Language Film: Parasite

I mean, obviously.

The only question is what the ‘International Film’ branch does with the shortlist. Foreign Language and Documentary are perennially in the running for ‘most broken’ category, so we’ll see which one takes the lead this year by fucking up and not nominating something that everyone is in agreement on.

Though them leaving Parasite off might be a real TKO for that category. But we’ll see. It’s early.

Best Documentary: Maiden

I really liked Maiden. So I’m happy they put it on. I kinda hope it gets nominated too.

Best Ensemble: Knives Out

Of course it won Best Ensemble.

Also, For Sama and Just Mercy won individual awards, Scorsese won a Lifetime Achievement thing, and Roger Deakins got a shoutout for his 1917 cinematography. Which I’m already thrilled about.

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So that’s NBR. Honestly, they look like they’re gonna have the same numbers that they usually do. I haven’t sat down to start figuring out top ten or anything like that, but the notion of them having at least 5 the same as me with a bunch more in the top 20 feels like it’s gonna be the case. So they’re right back to where they always are with me and once again prove why they’re my favorite group.

Today also isn’t an Oscars day. I mention it as part of the Oscars just to get people to pay attention to it, but this is all about them picking some cool movies. I don’t care about what this means for the Oscars and I’m not paying any attention to anything anyone’s gonna try to tell me about what this means for nominations or whatever agenda you have. Truly not interested. All I’m trying to do here is to get people to start looking at NBR and the great taste they have, going back to 1930. They fill up my soul and help me get through Oscar season, because for all their quirks and set ways, they really are just about loving movies and not all the other bullshit that comes with awards season. And that’s refreshing.

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