Top 50 Anticipated Films for 2019

Here are my top 50 most anticipated films for 2019, listed in alphabetical order. Plot descriptions taken from Letterboxd/ TMDB.

Ad Astra
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
Release date: May 24th, 2019

Astronaut Roy McBride must undertake a harrowing journey to the edge of our solar system when his long-lost scientist father seems to have resurfaced despite having been declared dead many years ago. His reappearance appears to be connected to a series of mysterious explosions and a top secret military project. As McBride makes his way across a series of increasingly dangerous outposts on the Moon and Mars, forces converge to stop him from finding answers while another impending explosion threatens to destroy life as we know it.

Apollo 11
Distributed by: Neon
Release date:
March 1st, 2019

A look at the Apollo 11 mission to land on the moon led by commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin.

Distributed by: Bleecker Street
Release date: February 1st, 2019

A man stranded in the Arctic is finally about to receive his long awaited rescue. However, after a tragic accident, his opportunity is lost and he must then decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his camp or embark on a deadly trek through the unknown for potential salvation.

A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood
Distributed by: TriStar Pictures
Release date: November 22nd, 2019

The story of Fred Rogers, the honored host and creator of the popular children’s television program, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (1968).

Big Time Adolescence
Distributed by: TBA
Release date: TBA

A 16 year old virgin with a growth hormone deficiency slowly gets corrupted by his hero, an aimless college dropout.

Blinded By The Light
Distributed by:
Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date:
August 14th, 2019

In 1987, during the austere days of Thatcher’s Britain, a teenager learns to live life, understand his family, and find his own voice through the music of Bruce Springsteen.

Distributed by: United Artists
Release date: May 29th, 2018

Two academic teenage superstars realise, on the eve of their high school graduation, that they should have worked less and played more. Determined to never fall short of their peers, the girls set out on a mission to cram four years of fun into one night.

Brittany Runs A Marathon
Distributed by: Amazon Studios
Release date: TBA

A woman living in New York takes control of her life—one city block at a time.

Captain Marvel
Distributed by: Disney Studios
Release date: March 8th, 2019

The story follows Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. Set in the 1990s, Captain Marvel is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Distributed by: Neon
Release date: TBA

Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden Bernadine Williams. As she prepares to execute another inmate, Bernadine must confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man she is sanctioned to kill.

Distribution: A24
Release date: March 1st, 2019

Young dancers gather in a remote and empty school building to rehearse on a cold and wintry night. The all-night celebration soon turns into a hallucinatory nightmare when they learn that their sangria is laced with LSD.

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile
Distributed by: Netflix
Release date: Late 2019

A chronicle of the crimes of Ted Bundy, from the perspective of his longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer, who refused to believe the truth about him for years.

The Farewell
Distributed by: A24
Release date: July 12th, 2019

A headstrong Chinese-American woman returns to China when her beloved grandmother is given a terminal diagnosis. Billi struggles with her family’s decision to keep grandma in the dark about her own illness as they all stage an impromptu wedding to see grandma one last time.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date: May 31st, 2019

The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.

Greener Grass
Distributed by: TBA
Release date: TBA

Suburban soccer moms find themselves constantly competing against each other in their personal lives as their kids settle their differences on the field.

Distributed by:
Apple Inc. 
Release date:

Muslim teenager Hala copes with the unraveling of her family as she comes into her own.

Her Smell
Distributed by:
Gunpowder & Sky
Release date: April 12th, 2019

A self-destructive punk rocker struggles with sobriety while trying to recapture the creative inspiration that led her band to success.

High Life
Distributed by: A24
Release date: April 12th, 2019

A father and his daughter struggle to survive in deep space where they live in isolation.

Honey Boy
Distributed by: Amazon Studios
Release date: TBA

The story of a child star attempting to mend his relationship with his law-breaking, alcohol-abusing father over the course of a decade, loosely based on Shia LaBeouf’s life.

I Am Mother
Distributed by: Netflix
Release date: TBA

A teenage girl is raised underground by a robot “Mother”, designed to repopulate the earth following an extinction event. But their unique bond is threatened when an inexplicable stranger arrives with alarming news.

The Irishman
Distributed by:
Release date:
Autumn 2019

A mob hit man recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa.

Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date: October 4th, 2019

During the 1980s, a failed stand-up comedian is driven insane and turns to a life of crime and chaos in Gotham City while becoming an infamous psychopathic crime figure.

The Last Black Man In San Francisco
Distributed by: A24
Release date: June 14th, 2019

Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont, Jimmie searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind.

Late Night
Distributed by: Amazon Studios
Release date: June 7th, 2019

Legendary late-night talk show host’s world is turned upside down when she hires her only female staff writer. Originally intended to smooth over diversity concerns, her decision has unexpectedly hilarious consequences as the two women separated by culture and generation are united by their love of a biting punchline.

The Lion King
Distributed by: Disney Studios
Release date: July 19th, 2019

Simba idolises his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub’s arrival. Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.

Little Monsters
Distributed by: Neon and Hulu
Release date: TBA

A washed-up musician teams up with a teacher and a kids show personality to protect young children from a sudden outbreak of zombies.

Little Women
Distributed by: Sony Pictures
Release date: December 25th, 2019

Four sisters come of age in America in the aftermath of the Civil War.

Little Woods
Distributed by: Neon
Release date: April 19th, 2019

For years, Ollie has illicitly helped the struggling residents of her North Dakota oil boomtown access Canadian health care and medication. When the authorities catch on, she plans to abandon her crusade, only to be dragged in even deeper after a desperate plea for help from her sister.

Distributed by: Neon and Topic Studios 
Release date: TBA

A star athlete and top student, Luce’s idealized image is challenged by one of his teachers when his unsettling views on political violence come to light, putting a strain on family bonds while igniting intense debates on race and identity.

Distributed by: Universal Pictures
Release date: May 31st, 2019

A lonely woman befriends a group of teenagers with torturous consequences for the kids.

Distributed by: A24
Release date: August 9th, 2019

A young couple travels to Sweden to visit their friend’s rural hometown and attend its mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly descends into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.

Distributed by:
Release date: TBA

On a faraway mountaintop, eight kids with guns watch over a hostage and a conscripted milk cow.

Ms. Purple
Distributed by:
Release date:

Kasie, stuck in LA’s Koreatown, works as a karaoke hostess getting paid for her companionship by drunken men. When her dad’s hospice nurse quits she reconnects with her estranged brother, Carey, forcing them to enter a period of intense self-reflection as their single father who raised them nears death.

Native Son
Distributed by: HBO Films
Release date: April 6th, 2019

A young African-American man named Bigger Thomas takes a job working for a highly influential Chicago family, a decision that will change the course of his life forever.

The Nightingale
Distributed by:
IFC Films
Release date:
Summer 2019

In 1829, Claire, a 21-year-old Irish convict, chases a British soldier through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. She enlists the services of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy, who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past.

Official Secrets
Distributed by: IFC Films
Release date: TBA

The true story of British intelligence whistle- blower Katharine Gun, who prior to the 2003 Iraq invasion leaked a top-secret NSA memo exposing a joint US-UK illegal spying operation against members of the UN Security Council. The memo proposed blackmailing member states into voting for war.

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Distributed by:
Sony Pictures
Release date:
July 26th, 2019

A faded TV actor and his stunt double embark on an odyssey to make a name for themselves in the film industry during the Helter Skelter reign of terror in 1969 Los Angeles.

The Report
Distributed by: Amazon Studios
Release date: TBA

The story of Daniel Jones, lead investigator for the US Senate’s sweeping study into the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program, which was found to be brutal, immoral and ineffective. With the truth at stake, Jones battled tirelessly to make public what many in power sought to keep hidden.

Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date: April 5th, 2019

A boy is given the ability to become an adult superhero in times of need with a single magic word.

The Souvenir
Distributed by: A24
Release date: May 17th, 2019

A shy but ambitious film student begins to find her voice as an artist while navigating a turbulent courtship with a charismatic but untrustworthy man. She defies her protective mother and concerned friends as she slips deeper and deeper into an intense, emotionally fraught relationship that comes dangerously close to destroying her dreams.

Spider-Man: Far From Home
Distributed by: Sony Pictures
Release date: July 5th, 2019

Peter Parker and his friends go on a summer trip to Europe. However, they will hardly be able to rest – Peter will have to agree to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of creatures that cause natural disasters and destruction throughout the continent.

Star Wars: Episode IX
Distributed by: Disney Studios
Release date: December 20th, 2019

The next installment in the franchise and the conclusion of the “Star Wars“ sequel trilogy as well as the “Skywalker Saga“.

Them That Follow
Distributed by:
The Orchard
Release date: June 21st, 2019

A Pentecostal pastor, Lemuel Childs, and his believers handle venomous snakes to prove themselves before God. Lemuel’s daughter, Mara holds a secret that threatens to tear the church apart: her romantic past with a nonbeliever, Augie. As Mara’s wedding to a devoted follower looms, she must decide whether or not to trust the steely matriarch of their community, Hope, with her heart and life at stake.

This Is Not Berlin
Distributed by:
Release date: TBA

Seventeen-year-old Carlos doesn’t fit in anywhere, not in his family nor with the friends he has chosen in school. But everything changes when he is invited to a mythical nightclub where he discovers the underground nightlife scene: punk, sexual liberty and drugs.

To The Stars
Distributed by:
Release date: TBA

Under small-town scrutiny, a withdrawn farmer’s daughter forges an intimate friendship with a worldly but reckless new girl in 1960s Oklahoma.

Toy Story 4
Distributed by:
Disney Studios
Release date: June 21st, 2019

Woody has always been confident about his place in the world and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. But when Bonnie adds a reluctant new toy called “Forky” to her room, a road trip adventure alongside old and new friends will show Woody how big the world can be for a toy.

Troop Zero
Distributed by:
Amazon Studios
Release date: TBA

In rural 1977 Georgia, a misfit girl dreams of life in outer space. When a national competition offers her a chance at her dream, to be recorded on NASA’s Golden Record, she recruits a makeshift troupe of Birdie Scouts, forging friendships that last a lifetime and beyond.

Distributed by:
Universal Pictures
Release date: March 22nd, 2019

Husband and wife Gabe and Adelaide Wilson take their kids to their beach house expecting to unplug and unwind with friends. But as night descends, their serenity turns to tension and chaos when some shocking visitors arrive uninvited.

Distributed by:
Universal Pictures
Release date: June 28th, 2019

A struggling musician realizes he’s the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles.

Zombieland: Double Tap
Distributed by: Sony Pictures
Release date: October 11th, 2019

The group will face a new zombie threat as a new breed of zombie has developed. This new super-zombie type is faster, bigger, and stronger than the previous strain of zombies and harder to kill. These super-zombies have started grouping up into a horde going from city to city leaving a path of destruction behind them.

2018 Alert The Audience Film Award Winners

Here are the WINNERS and runners-up for the 2018 Scott’s Film Awards!
Nominations can be seen here:

Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture
Winner: Ethan Hawke (First Reformed)
Runner Up: Ben Foster (Leave No Trace)

Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture
Winner: Emma Stone (The Favourite)
Runner Up: Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade)

Best Cinematography
Winner: Cold War (Lukasz Zal)
Runner Up: Burning (Hong Kyung-pyo)

Best Screenplay
Winner: Eighth Grade (Bo Burnham)
Runner Up: Sorry To Bother You (Boots Riley)

Best Director
Winner: Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite)
Runner Up: Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here)

Best Motion Picture
Winner: The Favourite
Runner Up: Eighth Grade

Oscar Predictions

Every December I begin a yearly tradition of mine: desperately scrambling to watch all the great films I missed throughout the year. It’s always my goal to watch every single film nominated for any award at the Oscars, and I always come up short. This year was no exception. I did my very best to watch all 37 nominated films (not including the shorts), and I came VERY close, but ultimately I still came up 12 films short. In the spirit of full disclosure, I have yet to see the following films: Border, Capernaum, Christopher Robin, Hale County This Morning This Evening, Mary Poppins Returns, Mary Queen of Scots, Mirai, Never Look Away, Of Fathers and Sons, Ralph Breaks The Internet, Ready Player One, and RBG. Also noteworthy, I watched all 5 nominations for Best Animated Short and Best Documentary Short, but I didn’t get a chance to watch any of the nominated live action short films. So, without further ado, here are my final predictions and my personal preferences for all 24 categories at the 91st Academy Awards.

Best Picture
Predicted Winner: Roma
My Pick: The Favourite

Actor In A Leading Role
Predicted Winner: Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody)
My Pick: Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born)

Actress In A Leading Role
Predicted Winner: Glenn Close (The Wife)
My Pick: Olivia Colman (The Favourite)

Actor In A Supporting Role
Predicted Winner: Mahershala Ali (Green Book)
My Pick: Richard E. Grant (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)

Actress In A Supporting Role
Predicted Winner: Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk)
My Pick: Emma Stone (The Favourite)

Animated Feature Film
Predicted Winner: Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
My Pick: Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

Predicted Winner: Roma (Alfonso Cuaron)
My Pick: Cold War (Lukasz Zal)

Costume Design
Predicted Winner: Black Panther (Ruth Carter)
My Pick: Black Panther (Ruth Carter)

Predicted Winner: Alfonso Cuaron (Roma)
My Pick: Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite)

Documentary (Feature)
Predicted Winner: Free Solo
My Pick: Minding The Gap

Documentary (Short Subject)
Predicted Winner: Period. End of Sentence
My Pick: Black Sheep

Film Editing
Predicted Winner: Blackkklansman (Barry Alexander Brown)
My Pick: Blackkklansman (Barry Alexander Brown)

Foreign Language Film
Predicted Winner: Roma
My Pick: Shoplifters

Makeup And Hairstyling
Predicted Winner: Vice (Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patricia Dehaney)
My Pick: Vice (Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patricia Dehaney)

Music (Original Score)
Predicted Winner: Blackkklansman (Terence Blanchard)
My Pick: If Beale Street Could Talk (Nicholas Britell)

Music (Original Song)
Predicted Winner: Shallow (A Star Is Born [Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt])
My Pick: Shallow (A Sta Is Born [Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt])

Production Design
Predicted Winner: Black Panther (Hannah Beachler and Jay Hart)
My Pick: The Favourite (Fiona Crombie and Alice Felton)

Short Film (Animated)
Predicted Winner: Bao
My Pick: Late Afternoon

Short Film (Live Action)
Predicted Winner: Skin
My Pick: Unfortunately at the time of writing this I haven’t had the chance to see any of these. I will update this list with my pick once I’ve seen them all.

Sound Editing
Predicted Winner: First Man (Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred latrou Morgan)
My Pick: First Man (Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred latrou Morgan)

Sound Mixing
Predicted Winner: A Star Is Born (Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic, Jason Ruder and Steve Morrow)
My Pick: First Man (Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montano, Ai-Ling Lee and Mary H. Ellis

Visual Effects
Predicted Winner: Avengers: Infinity War (Dan DeLeeuw, Kelly Port, Russell Earl and Dan Sudick)
My Pick: Avengers: Infinity War (Dan DeLeeuw, Kelly Port, Russell Earl and Dan Sudick)

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Predicted Winner: Blackkklansman (Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee)
My Pick: If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins)

Writing (Original Screenplay)
Predicted Winner: The Favourite (Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara)
My Pick: The Favourite (Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara)

2018 Alert The Audience Film Award Nominations

This is just for fun. I do this in my head every year anyway, so I figured I might as well write it down for a change. Here are my personal nominees in my favourite categories for films made in 2018. Winners will be announced in a future post.

Best Motion Picture

  • Annihilation
  • Blackkklansman
  • Burning
  • Eighth Grade
  • The Favourite
  • If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Leave No Trace
  • Shoplifters
  • Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
  • You Were Never Really Here

Best Director

  • Bo Burnham (Eighth Grade)
  • Damien Chazelle (First Man)
  • Debra Granik (Leave No Trace)
  • Barry Jenkins (If Beale Street Could Talk)
  • Hirokazu Kore-eda (Shoplifters)
  • Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite)
  • Spike Lee (Blackkklansman)
  • Lynne Ramsay (You Were Never Really Here)
  • Boots Riley (Sorry To Bother You)
  • Paul Schrader (First Reformed)

Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture

  • Sakura Ando (Shoplifters)
  • Olivia Colman (The Favourite)
  • Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade)
  • Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk)
  • KiKi Lane (If Beale Street Could Talk)
  • Thomasin McKenzie (Leave No Trace)
  • Chloe Grace Moretz (The Miseducation of Cameron Post)
  • Carey Mulligan (Wildlife)
  • Emma Stone (The Favourite)
  • Rachel Weisz (The Favourite)

Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture

  • Daveed Diggs (Blindspotting)
  • Adam Driver (Blackkklansman)
  • Ben Foster (Leave No Trace)
  • Ryan Gosling (First Man)
  • Jake Gyllenhaal (Wildlife)
  • Ethan Hawke (First Reformed)
  • Stephen James (If Beale Street Could Talk)
  • Joaquin Phoenix (You Were Never Really Here)
  • Lakeith Stanfield (Sorry To Bother You)
  • Stephen Yeun (Burning)

Best Screenplay

  • Annihilation (Alex Garland & Jeff Vandermeer)
  • Eighth Grade (Bo Burnham)
  • The Favourite (Debra Davis & Tony McNamara)
  • First Reformed (Paul Schrader)
  • If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins)
  • Private Life (Tamara Jenkins)
  • Shoplifters (Hirokazu Kore-eda)
  • Sorry To Bother You (Boots Riley)
  • Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (Phil Lord & Rodney Rothman)
  • Wildlife (Paul Dano & Zoe Kazan)

Best Cinematography 

  •  Burning (Hong Kyung-pyo)
  •  Cold War (Lukasz Zal)
  •  The Favourite (Robbie Ryan)
  •  First Man (Linus Sandgren)
  •  First Reformed (Alexander Dynan)
  •  If Beale Street Could Talk (James Laxton)
  •  Roma (Alfonso Cuaron)
  •  A Star Is Born (Matthew Libatique)
  •  Wildlife (Diego Garcia)
  •  You Were Never Really Here (Thomas Townend)

Scott’s Favourite Films of 2018

Title says it all! These are my picks for the top 25 films of 2018. Here’s the letterboxd link if you want to follow me or look at this same list as a pretty collage:

25. A Quiet Place

24. Widows

23. Private Life

22. Blindspotting

21. Black Panther

20. Roma

19. First Man

18. Skate Kitchen

17. Cold War

16. Sorry To Bother You

15. A Star Is Born

14. Leave No Trace

13. Wildlife

12. First Reformed

11. Burning

10. Annihilation

9. Blackkklansman

8. If Beale Street Could Talk

7. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

6. Minding The Gap

5. Thoroughbreds

4. You Were Never Really Here

3. Shoplifters

2. Eighth Grade

1. The Favourite