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My 2019 showing (11 of 19), and most notably, 5 for 5 in the Best Picture and acting categories was one of my best years for predictions. It’s been a slow year for movie watching as I continue to struggle with a literal pain in my neck, and with only about a month a only a handful of nominated films already watched, I have my work cut out for me. As in most years, I plan to be posting reviews, my favourites and my picks to win in most of the major categories.
At broadcast time, you can also follow me on Twitter at MiNG Movie Reviews. I’ll be tweeting live from the JAG Hotel, to see what, if any, of my predictions come to pass. Check back to this post periodically for updates, and feel free to post any criticisms, or your own picks. The 2020 Academy Awards airs Sunday February 9th, 2020 (Klaus Ming January 2020).
FORD V FERRARI – Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping and James Mangold, Producers
THE IRISHMAN – Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Producers
JOJO RABBIT – Carthew Neal and Taika Waititi, Producers
JOKER – Todd Phillips, Bradley Cooper and Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Producers
LITTLE WOMEN – Amy Pascal, Producer
MARRIAGE STORY – Noah Baumbach and David Heyman, Producers
1917 – Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris, Jayne-Ann Tenggren and Callum McDougall, Producers
ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD – David Heyman, Shannon McIntosh and Quentin Tarantino, Producers
PARASITE – Kwak Sin Ae and Bong Joon Ho, Producers
Antonio Banderas in PAIN AND GLORY
Leonardo DiCaprio in ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD
Adam Driver in MARRIAGE STORY – does his best with what he’s given.
Joaquin Phoenix in JOKER – Easily the best performance i’ve seen so far
Jonathan Pryce in THE TWO POPES – great performance – but why not Hopkins?
Tom Hanks in A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Anthony Hopkins in THE TWO POPES – should have been nominated as Best Actor
Al Pacino in THE IRISHMAN
Joe Pesci in THE IRISHMAN
Brad Pitt in ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD
Cynthia Erivo in HARRIET
Scarlett Johansson in MARRIAGE STORY – I hope not!
Saoirse Ronan in LITTLE WOMEN
Charlize Theron in BOMBSHELL
Renée Zellweger in JUDY – a beautiful and compassionate performance
THE IRISHMAN – Rodrigo Prieto
JOKER – Lawrence Sher – a great retro look and feel
THE LIGHTHOUSE – Jarin Blaschke – reminds me of a Guy Maddin film.
1917 – Roger Deakins
ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD – Robert Richardson
THE IRISHMAN – Production Design: Bob Shaw; Set Decoration: Regina Graves
JOJO RABBIT – Production Design: Ra Vincent; Set Decoration: Nora Sopková
1917 – Production Design: Dennis Gassner; Set Decoration: Lee Sandales
ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD – Production Design: Barbara Ling; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh
PARASITE – Production Design: Lee Ha Jun; Set Decoration: Cho Won Woo
THE IRISHMAN – Steven Zaillian – attempts to do too much
JOJO RABBIT – Taika Waititi
JOKER – Todd Phillips & Scott Silver – my favourite so far
LITTLE WOMEN – Greta Gerwig
THE TWO POPES – Anthony McCarten – I never would have thought that this would make for a good movie
KNIVES OUT – Rian Johnson
MARRIAGE STORY – Baumbach – Yeah, not so much.
1917 – Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns
ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD – Quentin Tarantino
PARASITE – Bong Joon Ho, Han Jin Won – not as clever as a lot of folks suggest
AMERICAN FACTORY – Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert and Jeff Reichert
THE CAVE – Feras Fayyad, Kirstine Barfod and Sigrid Dyekjær
THE EDGE OF DEMOCRACY – Petra Costa, Joanna Natasegara, Shane Boris and Tiago Pavan
FOR SAMA – Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts
HONEYLAND – Ljubo Stefanov, Tamara Kotevska and Atanas Georgiev