Oscars 2019: BFCA Awards

BFCA announced their awards tonight. I spent the whole day writing up my Nominations Ballot, so I’ve paid zero attention to this. Fortunately, though, the night before nominations, we get some precursor winners, which already has helped sway me in at least one category, and that was just me glancing at stuff. So let’s go down all the categories and see if the winners help change my opinion on stuff or further solidify how I feel about nominees / what’s probably going to win.

Here are your BFCA winners:

Best Picture

Ford v Ferrari
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Little Women
Marriage Story
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Uncut Gems

Winner: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Oh, boy. That’s… that’s the start. That explains that 1917 Globes win. They’re all in on Once Upon a Time. And that’s two wins for it now. Okay then. PGA and BAFTA are left before it’s your de facto Best Picture winner. And honestly, given how the rest of the year has shaped up thus far… unless it was gonna be Parasite, didn’t it feel like it was Once Upon a Time or Irishman? So I can’t say I’m that surprised.

Irishman looking like it might go home totally empty-handed in the end. But we don’t have nominations yet, so let’s not start getting into that aspect too much. Just because I look three moves ahead doesn’t mean we shouldn’t focus on where we are now.

This is no help for Best Picture, since we all knew this was getting nominated.

Best Director

Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story
Greta Gerwig, Little Women
Bong Joon Ho, Parasite
Sam Mendes, 1917
Josh & Benny Safdie, Uncut Gems
Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Winner: *TIE* Sam Mendes, 1917 and Bong Joon-ho, Parasite

Okay then. We have a tie. That’s two wins for Mendes. Can he really win this on a one-take film? This is shaping up to be a strong category, too. But I guess Quentin winning Screenplay and Picture opens up Director for a split. Marty seems all but out unless he can rally for the DGA. Bong Joon-ho is always there too. But Mendes… BAFTA’s wide open for him and the DGA is right there for him too. He could ride this one all the way to the bank.

This didn’t do much for us in the way of nominations, since both of these two were on the DGA and assumed to be nominated. But good for them. Nice tie.

Best Actor

Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
Robert De Niro, The Irishman
Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Adam Driver, Marriage Story
Eddie Murphy, Dolemite Is My Name
Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
Adam Sandler, Uncut Gems

Winner: Joaquin Phoenix, Joker

Is anyone surprised? The Oscar was locked a month ago. Leo would have been the only surprise. Joaquin’s gonna take this all the way home, and it’s great, because he doesn’t want it. I can’t wait to see that speech when they post it later or tomorrow.

Best Actress

Awkwafina, The Farewell
Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Lupita Nyong’o, Us
Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
Charlize Theron, Bombshell
Renée Zellweger, Judy

Winner: Renée Zellweger, Judy

That’s two for Renée. Scarlett’s gonna need a major momentum swing to pull this one out. Otherwise it’s Renée all the way. And that means Scarlett’s gonna be another double nominee who wins nothing. Damn.

But again, no help. The expected winner takes it. All the acting categories are basically locked. This was the only one that was open, because it was 50/50, but with Renée having won two, all four acting categories are now totally locked and basically were a month ago.

Best Supporting Actor

Willem Dafoe, The Lighthouse
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

Winner: Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Yup. Another locked category. Nice that he’s finally gonna get that Oscar. Also no help for us for nominations because we knew he was gonna get on.

Best Supporting Actress

Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit
Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers
Florence Pugh, Little Women
Margot Robbie, Bombshell
Zhao Shuzhen, The Farewell

Winner: Laura Dern, Marriage Story

This was the first category to be locked. I called this shit weeks ago. This category was immediately shaped up for her to win, and it’s not even a locked category yet. Again though, no help since we knew she’d be nominated. But still, we’ve got four locked acting categories before nominations. So that’s good.

Best Young Actor/Actress

Julia Butters, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Roman Griffin Davis, Jojo Rabbit
Noah Jupe, Honey Boy
Thomasin McKenzie, Jojo Rabbit
Shahadi Wright Joseph, Us
Archie Yates, Jojo Rabbit

Winner: Roman Griffin Davis, Jojo Rabbit

Totally agree with that. That’s his film to carry and he does it wonderfully. This entire list was great, too. So I was happy with whatever. But he almost had to win it.

Best Acting Ensemble

The Irishman
Knives Out
Little Women
Marriage Story
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Winner: The Irishman

WOW. Not Parasite. Not Once Upon a Time. They gave it to Irishman. That’s an interesting choice. Wonder what that’s about.

Does nothing to help us, by the way, just… that’s an interesting choice. Wonder how close that voting was.

Best Original Screenplay

The Farewell
Knives Out
Marriage Story
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Winner: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Well of course. This is gonna be Quentin’s third Oscar. Could have been fourth outside of that crazy loss to Hurt Locker in ’09. A win would tie him with Woody Allen for most Original Screenplay wins ever (and most Screenplay wins ever, since I don’t think anyone has more than 3 total across both categories).

But yeah, we knew he was nominated. So this is also no help for tomorrow. It’s just confirming what we already knew.

Best Adapted Screenplay

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Little Women
The Two Popes

Winner: Little Women

Well, shit. That was not what I was expecting. And hell, I’d love if it that went all the way through to the ceremony.

Let me go see how this one’s looking on the ballot… nope, had her on already. So feeling pretty good about that. And literally this is the entire field for Adapted Screenplay. So I’m real curious to see what BAFTA and WGA do with this one. Plus the Scripter also is fairly accurate too.

Best Editing

Ford v Ferrari
The Irishman
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Uncut Gems

Winner: 1917

You know the purpose of that film was for it to not look like it was edited, right?

Well now I’m gonna have to rethink that one. Oh, no, they gave it to Birdman in 2014, which wasn’t nominated. I’m okay. I think they’ll know enough to leave it off. But you gotta be worried about it still getting on regardless. I’m not even gonna move this off “surprise” because I would be surprised if they liked it enough to go there, even though realistically it is more of a Dark Horse. But wrong is wrong, so I don’t give a fuck. I can’t imagine they like it enough to go there. Birdman won Best Picture and wasn’t nominated for Editing. Why would they do that? Because the ‘hidden’ editing is more obvious here than it is in Birdman? Weird choice, guys.

Best Cinematography

Ford v Ferrari
The Irishman
The Lighthouse
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Winner: 1917

I mean, yeah. It’s Roger. Of course. He should get his second Oscar for this. It’s pretty much him or Bob who can take it, right?

But also, no help here. We knew Deakins was getting on.

Best Score

The Irishman
Little Women
Marriage Story

Winner: Joker

That’s two of three precursors for Joker. It wins BAFTA and we’re looking at an easy Oscar win. Because typically when something wins all three it wins the Oscar too. But that’s all for post-nominations. For now, it’s gonna get nominated, which we knew. So no real help there.

Best Song

“Glasgow (No Place Like Home),” from Wild Rose
“I’m Standing with You,” from Breakthrough
“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” from Rocketman
“Into the Unknown,” from Frozen II
“Speechless,” from Aladdin
“Spirit,” from The Lion King
“Stand Up,” from Harriet

Winner: *TIE* “Glasgow (No Place Like Home),” from Wild Rose and “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” from Rocketman

Well okay. That makes me happy, because both are on my guesses list. Double the help.

That’s two wins for Elton, by the way. Something to keep in mind for… never, really. Because there are no more Song precursors. It’s this and the Globes and pure guessing. So depending on the category, Elton might win his second this year.

Mostly I’m happy to know that both of these are slightly more likely to make it on based on this.

Best Production Design

Downton Abbey
The Irishman
Little Women
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Winner: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Congratulations to the city of Los Angeles. And just three years after La La Land.

This was always gonna get nominated. The question is if it can win. So no real surprise there for this winning. You had to half expect that to be the case.

Best Costume Design

Dolemite Is My Name
Downton Abbey
The Irishman
Little Women
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Winner: Dolemite Is My Name

This was the first one that made me go, “Well shit, time to change that category.” Because I had it as my first alternate. And then I looked and saw that no BFCA Costumes winner hadn’t gotten nominated to this point and figured, “That’s good enough for me.” So I swapped Irishman off (since I wasn’t crazy about those costumes anyway and was really only guessing it because of Sandy Powell and her having been nominated four times for Marty movies and the overall support out there for that film).

So this is a situation where a winner actually did help/influence me.

Best Hair and Makeup

Dolemite Is My Name
The Irishman
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Winner: Bombshell

Do we not think this isn’t nominated/going to win? Lithgow alone makes it nominated and Charlize and Nicole push it over for the win. The question is what the rest of the category is gonna look like. But hey, we’ve not got 1/5. That’s good.

Best Visual Effects

Ad Astra
The Aeronauts
Avengers: Endgame
Ford v Ferrari
The Irishman
The Lion King

Winner: Avengers: Endgame

Hey! They finally won one! Maybe this is the year! It’s an open category. But we’ll see. We need a category first. Irishman and 1917 loom large if they get on. Lion King is still a major contender too. Star Wars hasn’t won in this new iteration, so at worst Endgame is a fourth choice in the category.

Oh, and no, this wasn’t a help because everybody knew it was getting nominated.

Best Animated Feature

Frozen II
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
I Lost My Body
Missing Link
Toy Story 4

Winner: Toy Story 4

Yeah, that’s the choice. This was only interesting if something other than this or Frozen won it. Like what happened at the Globes. Though if BAFTA goes elsewhere, that’s when it starts to get fun. Otherwise it’s par for the course.

Best Foreign Language Film

Les Misérables
Pain and Glory
Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Winner: Parasite

Oh, what, who saw THAT coming? Alert the media.

Best Action Movie

Avengers: Endgame
Ford v Ferrari
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
Spider-Man: Far From Home

Winner: Avengers: Endgame


Best Comedy

Dolemite Is My Name
The Farewell
Jojo Rabbit
Knives Out

Winner: Dolemite Is My Name

It’s almost like they’re trying to make that Best Picture push happen. Not that this really means a whole lot. It needed to win something bigger than this. Or, you know… be NOMINATED for it.

Best Sci-Fi or Horror Movie

Ad Astra
Avengers: Endgame

Winner: Us

Avengers being here is kind of bullshit. But sure.

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Okay, so now TV. Hooray, I don’t have to care anymore!

Best Drama Series

The Crown
David Makes Man
Game of Thrones
The Good Fight

Winner: Succession

I mean, post Globes, that feels like the obvious choice.

Best Comedy Series

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
One Day at a Time
Schitt’s Creek

Winner: Fleabag

Oh, what, you mean the one of the obviously planted network shows didn’t win?

Best Actor in a Drama Series

Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Mike Colter, Evil
Paul Giamatti, Billions
Kit Harington, Game of Thrones
Freddie Highmore, The Good Doctor
Tobias Menzies, The Crown
Billy Porter, Pose
Jeremy Strong, Succession

Winner: Jeremy Strong, Succession


Best Actress in a Drama Series

Christine Baranski, The Good Fight
Olivia Colman, The Crown
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Regina King, Watchmen
MJ Rodriguez, Pose
Sarah Snook, Succession
Zendaya, Euphoria

Winner: Regina King, Watchmen

She fucked the blue dude.

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Asante Blackk, This Is Us
Billy Crudup, The Morning Show
Asia Kate Dillon, Billions
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Justin Hartley, This Is Us
Delroy Lindo, The Good Fight
Tim Blake Nelson, Watchmen

Winner: Billy Crudup, The Morning Show

He’s a hugely underrated actor, so I like that.

Still don’t understand how that Asia Kate Dillon thing worked out, though. They’re nonbinary, so how do you just assign a gender for a category? Did they run that by first, or what?

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown
Gwendoline Christie, Game of Thrones
Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
Audra McDonald, The Good Fight
Jean Smart, Watchmen
Meryl Streep, Big Little Lies
Susan Kelechi Watson, This Is Us

Winner: Jean Smart, Watchmen


Best Actor in a Comedy Series

Ted Danson, The Good Place
Walton Goggins, The Unicorn
Bill Hader, Barry
Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek
Paul Rudd, Living with Yourself
Bashir Salahuddin, Sherman’s Showcase
Ramy Youssef, Ramy

Winner: Bill Hader, Barry


Best Actress in a Comedy Series

Christina Applegate, Dead to Me
Alison Brie, GLOW
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Kirsten Dunst, On Becoming a God in Central Florida
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag

Winner: Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag

Always happy to see her win stuff.

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Anthony Carrigan, Barry
William Jackson Harper, The Good Place
Daniel Levy, Schitt’s Creek
Nico Santos, Superstore
Andrew Scott, Fleabag
Henry Winkler, Barry

Winner: Andrew Scott, Fleabag

Was this his first win in all these shows?

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
D’Arcy Carden, The Good Place
Sian Clifford, Fleabag
Betty Gilpin, GLOW
Rita Moreno, One Day at a Time
Annie Murphy, Schitt’s Creek
Molly Shannon, The Other Two

Winner: Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

I think we’re almost done, right?

Best Limited Series

The Loudest Voice
When They See Us
Years and Years

Winner: When They See Us

What was Tommy Lee Jones’ character in Men in Black?

Best TV Movie

Deadwood: The Movie
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
Guava Island
Native Son
Patsy & Loretta

Winner: El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie

What qualifies that as a TV movie and Dolemite or The Irishman as theatrical? Because it’s based on a TV show?

Just looking for consistency.

Best Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie

Christopher Abbott, Catch-22
Mahershala Ali, True Detective
Russell Crowe, The Loudest Voice
Jared Harris, Chernobyl
Jharrel Jerome, When They See Us
Sam Rockwell, Fosse/Verdon
Noah Wyle, The Red Line

Winner: Jharrel Jerome, When They See Us

Noah Wyle, what? Was he always nominated here? What the hell?

Not a fucking chance a single person watched whatever that thing is. Fix your nominations system, guys. We know you have quotas.

Best Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie

Kaitlyn Dever, Unbelievable
Anne Hathaway, Modern Love
Megan Hilty, Patsy & Loretta
Joey King, The Act
Jessie Mueller, Patsy & Loretta
Merritt Wever, Unbelievable
Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon

Winner: Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon

Sometimes a performance is so good it has to win everything.

Best Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or TV Movie

Asante Blackk, When They See Us
George Clooney, Catch-22
John Leguizamo, When They See Us
Dev Patel, Modern Love
Jesse Plemons, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
Stellan Skarsgård, Chernobyl
Russell Tovey, Years and Years

Winner: Stellan Skarsgård, Chernobyl

Johnny Legs was in this category!

Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie

Patricia Arquette, The Act
Marsha Stephanie Blake, When They See Us
Toni Collette, Unbelievable
Niecy Nash, When They See Us
Margaret Qualley, Fosse/Verdon
Emma Thompson, Years and Years
Emily Watson, Chernobyl

Winner: Toni Collette, Unbelievable


Best Animated Series

Big Mouth
BoJack Horseman
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power
The Simpsons

Winner: BoJack Horseman

Holy shit how many categories are there? And also, how is Dark Crystal animated? It’s fucking puppets. That’s how that’s always worked.

Best Talk Show

Desus & Mero
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
The Kelly Clarkson Show
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
The Late Late Show with James Corden
Late Night with Seth Meyers

Winner: *TIE* The Late Late Show with James Corden and Late Night with Seth Meyers

John Oliver didn’t win, therefore this is all bullshit. Also, both those shows suck. And you picked the later shows and not the main prime time late shows? Also, Kelly Clarkson has a talk show?

Best Comedy Special

Amy Schumer: Growing
Jenny Slate: Stage Fright
Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s All in the Family and The Jeffersons
Ramy Youssef: Feelings
Seth Meyers: Lobby Baby
Trevor Noah: Son of Patricia
Wanda Sykes: Not Normal

Winner: Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s All in the Family and The Jeffersons

I liked that one.

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Oh good, we’re done. Thank god.

Not a whole lot of big surprises here. We’ll come back and look at these winners in terms of what’s gonna win the Oscar later. For tonight, though, it’s about nominations. And the only stuff that swayed me a bit there was Dolemite winning Costumes. Otherwise, Little Women winning Screenplay solidified that nomination in my mind, and the 1917 Editing win is a strange one to me. Still not sure what to make of that. Otherwise, this is all about par for the course.

Oscar nominations in about nine hours. Get hyped.

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One response

  1. Goldwater

    Paddy Chayefesky has won 3 Oscars, two for original and one for adapted ;)

    January 13, 2020 at 12:14 am

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