Oscars 2019: AFI Awards

So apparently the AFI Awards were announced a month ago and I just wasn’t paying attention. Mostly because they don’t matter. Turns out, today is the luncheon for them. Oh well.

Typically they do get 6-7 Best Picture nominees on their list. Last year they had 5 on their list proper with Roma as a ‘Special Award’. Having only seen the list just now, as I’m posting it, this looks exactly like all the other lists everyone else has been putting out. You’re probably looking at the same 6-7 as per usual, depending on what films ultimately get left off in the end.

AFI Top Ten Films

1917
The Farewell

The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Knives Out
Little Women
Marriage Story
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Richard Jewell

And they gave a ‘Special Award’ to Parasite.

So yeah.

That’s real close to the NBR list. They had Irishman at 1, 1917, Jojo, Knives Out, Marriage Story, Once Upon a Time and Richard Jewell. The difference between the two — NBR had Dolemite Is My Name, Ford v Ferrari, Uncut Gems and Waves, while AFI has The Farewell, Parasite (kinda), Joker and Little Women. It’s all generally the same stuff. BFCA has 7 of these the same, as do the Globes (and they sort of have Parasite too, but in a different way). So there’s a general consensus out there.

Based on what I’m seeing, sans PGA nominations, which are out Tuesday, I believe, I’d expect 1917, Irishman, Joker, Marriage Story, Parasite and Once Upon a Time on the Best Picture list. Little Women is 50/50. I’m not expecting Richard Jewell, but who the hell knows with them. Knives Out just feels like they’re gonna fuck it over but it has a shot if it hits the PGA, and Jojo feels like they’ll leave it off, but maybe the PGA will support it. And The Farewell I totally expect to be snubbed in every way. But overall, this is about what I’d have expected to see, by and large.

Anyway, ASC nominations are supposed to be out today. That’s the big update for today. This is just window dressing.

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