Scorsese’s THE IRISHMAN Is Top Critics’ Choice With 14 Nominations (AWARDS 2019)

Netflix is really gaining steam, with The Irishman leading the way.

The Critics Choice Awards (produced by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, whose membership is nationwide) unveiled the nominees for their 25th annual ceremony and Martin Scorsese‘s mob epic led the way, garnering nominations for Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Actor (Robert De Niro), Supporting Actor (Al Pacino and Joe Pesci), plus 8 more.

Netflix’s other big contender Marriage Story also scored big with 8 nominations, including Picture, Director, and Original Screenplay for its writer / director Noah Baumbach, plus nods for Actor (Adam Driver), Actress (Scarlett Johansson), and Supporting Actress (Laura Dern).

Placing second in overall nominations was Quentin Tarantino‘s Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood with 12. Like The Irishman, it cleaned up citations in major categories and tech awards. Greta Gerwig‘s Little Women was close behind with 9 nominations, Sam Mendes1917 had 8 (along with Marriage Story), and several others nabbed 7 a piece.

The Critics’ Choice Awards has gained particular prominence over the past decade as a reliable Oscar predictor. Unlike the Golden Globes, CCA doesn’t segment their categories between “Drama” and “Musical or Comedy.” As a result, their picks often look very similar to what we end up seeing from the Academy in the same categories.

Interestingly, the CCA dropped two acting categories this year, their genre slots for Best Actor and Actress in a Comedy. I’m a fan of this decision, as they serve little purpose to the overall awards conversation and end up being a time-waster during the telecast.

There were few surprise additions or omissions, although of the major nominees it’s the gritty New York drama Uncut Gems that remains a long shot for Picture and Director nods at the Academy Awards despite getting them here. Star Adam Sandler, however, remains a major Actor contender and he’s nominated here as well.

Personally I’m disappointed that Rian Johnson‘s Knives Out only received nods for Screenplay and Acting Ensemble. I hope the Academy appreciates this stellar Hollywood effort more than the Critics have, as it warrants consideration in categories up and down the slate. (It also picked up a Best Comedy nomination but that means nothing in terms of Oscar buzz.)

The 25th Annual Critics Choice Awards (chosen by the Broadcast Critics Film Association, a nationwide group of TV and Radio critics) will be televised live Sunday night January 12, 2019, on the CW (one week after the Golden Globes on NBC).

NOMINEES FOR
THE 25th ANNUAL CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS
Best in Film for 2019

BEST PICTURE

1917
Ford v Ferrari
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
– Little Women
Marriage Story
Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood
Parasite
– Uncut Gems

BEST DIRECTOR

– Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story
– Greta Gerwig, Little Women
– Bong Joon-ho, Parasite
– Sam Mendes, 1917
– Josh Safdie and Benny Safdie, Uncut Gems
– Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
– Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood

BEST ACTOR

– Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
– Robert De Niro, The Irishman
– Adam Driver, Marriage Story
– Eddie Murphy, Dolemite is My Name
– Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
– Adam Sandler, Uncut Gems

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

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

– Willem Dafoe, The Lighthouse
– Tom Hanks, 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

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

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

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE

Bombshell
The Irishman
Knives Out
Little Women
Marriage Story
Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood
Parasite

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Marriage Story, Noah Baumbach
Knives Out, Rian Johnson
Parasite, Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin Won
Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino
– The Farewell, Lulu Wang

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Little Women, Greta Gerwig
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Noah Harpster and Micah Fitzerman-Blue
The Two PopesAnthony McCarten
JokerTodd Phillips & Scott Silver
Jojo RabbitTaika Waititi
The IrishmanSteven Zaillian

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

The LighthouseJarin Blaschke
1917, Roger Deakins
Ford v FerrariPhedon Papamichael
The IrishmanRodrigo Prieto
Once Upon A Time…In HollywoodRobert Richardson
Joker, Lawrence Sher

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

JokerMark Friedberg, Kris Moran
1917Dennis Gassner, Lee Sandales
Little WomenJess Gonchor, Claire Kaufman
Parasite, Lee Ha Jun
Once Upon A Time…In HollywoodBarbara Ling, Nancy Haigh
The IrishmanBob Shaw, Regina Graves
Downton AbbeyDonal Woods, Gina Cromwell

BEST EDITING

– Uncut Gems, Ronald Bronstein, Benny Safdie
Ford v FerrariAndrew Buckland, Michael McCusker
Parasite, Yang Jinmo
Once Upon A Time…In HollywoodFred Raskin
The IrishmanThelma Schoonmaker
1917, Lee Smith

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

– Dolemite Is My Name, Ruth E. Carter
– Rocketman, Julian Day
Little WomenJacqueline Durrtan
Once Upon A Time…In HollywoodArianne Phillips
The IrishmanSandy Powell, Christopher Peterson
Downton AbbeyAnna Robbins

BEST HAIR & MAKEUP

Bombshell
– Dolemite Is My Name
The Irishman
Joker
Judy
Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood
– Rocketman

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

1917
Ad Astra
– The Aeronauts
Avengers: Endgame
Ford v Ferrari
The Irishman
The Lion King

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

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

BEST ACTION MOVIE

1917
Avengers: Endgame
Ford v Ferrari
– John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
Spider-Man: Far From Home

BEST COMEDY

– Booksmart
– Dolemite Is My Name
– The Farewell
Jojo Rabbit
Knives Out

BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE

Ad Astra
Avengers: Endgame
Midsommar
Us

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

– Atlantics
– Les Misérables
– Pain and Glory
Parasite
– Portrait of a Lady on Fire

BEST SONG

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

BEST SCORE

UsMichael Abels
Little WomenAlexandre Desplat
JokerHildur Guðnadóttir
Marriage StoryRandy Newman
1917Thomas Newman
The IrishmanRobbie Robertson

Click on links below for other Critics Group Awards and Guild Nominees that have been announced so far for the 2019 / 20 season:

Screen Actors Guild Award Winners
Producers Guild of America Winners
Academy Award Nominations
Critics’ Choice Awards Winners
Directors Guild of America Nominations
Writers Guild of America Nominations
Golden Globe Winners
National Society of Film Critics
Dallas-Forth Worth Film Critics Association
Boston Society of Film Critics
Oklahoma Film Critics Circle
Los Angeles Film Critics Association
AFI American Film Institute Awards
New York Film Critics Circle
National Board of Review
Atlanta Film Critics Circle

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