Top 25 Most Anticipated Films of 2020

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1. First Cow
Release: March 6th, 2020
Director: Kelly Reichardt
Starring: John Magaro, Orion Lee, Rene Auberjonois
Premise: A skilled cook has traveled west and joined a group of fur trappers in Oregon, though he only finds true connection with a Chinese immigrant also seeking his fortune; soon the two collaborate on a successful business.

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2. Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Release: March 13th, 2020
Director: Eliza Hittman
Starring: Sidney Flanigan, Talia Ryder, Théodore Pellerin, Ryan Eggold, Sharon Van Etten
Premise: Two teenage cousins from Pennsylvania embark on a journey to New York City following an unplanned pregnancy.

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3. Mulan
Release: March 27th, 2020
Director: Niki Caro
Starring: Liu Yifei, Donnie Yen, Gong Li, Jet Li
Premise: A young Chinese maiden disguises herself as a male warrior in order to save her father. A live-action feature film based on Disney’s ‘Mulan.’

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4. Promising Young Woman
Release: April 17th, 2020
Director: Emerald Fennell
Starring: Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, Connie Britton
Premise: Everyone said Cassie was a promising young woman, until a mysterious event abruptly derailed her future. But nothing in Cassie’s life is what it appears to be: she’s wickedly smart, tantalizingly cunning, and she is living a secret double life by night. Now, an unexpected encounter is about to give Cassie a chance to right the wrongs of the past.

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5. Antebellum
Release: April 24th, 2020
Director: Gerard Bush & Christopher Renz
Starring: Janelle Monae, Eric Lange, Jena Malone, Jack Huston
Premise: Successful author Veronica finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality and must uncover the mind-bending mystery before it’s too late.

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6. Black Widow
Release: May 1st, 2020
Director: Cate Shortland
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, Rachel Weisz
Premise: Following the events of Captain America: Civil War, Natasha Romanoff finds herself alone and forced to confront a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Romanoff must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.

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7. The Green Knight
Release: May 29th, 2020
Director: David Lowery
Starring: Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, Joel Edgerton, Ralph Ineson
Premise: A fantasy adventure based on the Arthurian legend, The Green Knight tells the story of Sir Gawain, King Arthur’s reckless and headstrong nephew, who embarks on a quest to confront the eponymous Green Knight, a gigantic green-skinned stranger.

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8. Wonder Woman 1984
Release: June 5th, 2020
Director: Patty Jenkins
Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal
Premise: In 1984, Diana Prince comes into conflict with two formidable foes: Maxwell Lord and the Cheetah, while reuniting with her past love Steve Trevor.

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9. The King of Staten Island
Release: June 19th, 2020
Director: Judd Apatow
Starring: Pete Davidson, Bel Powley, Bill Burr, Maude Apatow, Pamela Adlon
Premise: A semi-autobiographical comedy-drama about Pete Davidson growing up in Staten Island, including losing his father during 9/11 and entering the world of stand up comedy.

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10. Soul
Release: June 19th, 2020
Director: Pete Docter
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Questlove
Premise: A musician who has lost his passion for music is transported out of his body and must find his way back with the help of an infant soul learning about herself.

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11. Tenet
Release: July 17th, 2020
Director: Christopher Nolan
Starring: John David Washington, Robert pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki
Premise: A secret agent is tasked with preventing World War III through time travel.

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12. The French Dispatch
Release: July 24th, 2020
Director: Wes Anderson
Starring: Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Lea Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothee Chalamet, Jeffery Wright, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Saoirse Ronan
Premise: A love letter to journalists set in an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional 20th-century French city that brings to life a collection of stories published in “The French Dispatch” magazine.

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13. Zola
Release: Summer 2020
Director: Janicza Bravo
Starring: Riley Keough, Nicholas Bruan, Ari’el Stachel, Colman DOmingo, Jason Mitchell, Taylour Paige
Premise: A stripper named Zola embarks on a wild road trip to Florida.

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14. Last Night in Soho
Release: September 25th, 2020
Director: Edgar Wright
Starring: Thomasin McKenzie, Anya Taylor-Joy
Premise: A young girl, passionate about fashion design, is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s where she encounters her idol, a dazzling wannabe singer. But 1960s London is not what it seems, and time seems to fall apart with shady consequences.

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15. The Trial of the Chicago 7
Release: September 25th, 2020
Director: Aaron Sorkin
Starring: Sasha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Yaha Abdul-Mateen II, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Premise: Based on the story of the Chicago Seven, a group of seven defendants charged by the federal government with conspiracy, inciting to riot, and other charges related to anti-Vietnam War and counterculture protests that took place in Chicago, Illinois, on the occasion of the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

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16. Happiest Season
Release: November 25th, 2020
Director: Clea DuVall
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Davis, Alison Brie, Dan Levy, Aubrey Plaza
Premise: A young woman plans to propose marriage to her girlfriend while attending her family’s annual holiday party. At the party, she realizes her girlfriend hasn’t come out to her conservative parents yet.

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17. No Time To Die
Release: November 25th, 2020
Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga
Starring: Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Lea Seydoux, Ana de Armas
Premise: James Bond has left active service. His peace is short-lived when Felix Leiter, an old friend from the CIA, turns up asking for help, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

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18. Dune
Release: December 18th, 2020
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Starring: Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, Javier Bardem, Jason Momoa
Premise: Feature adaptation of Frank Herbert’s science fiction novel, about the son of a noble family entrusted with the protection of the most valuable asset and most vital element in the galaxy.

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19. The Last Duel
Release: December 25th, 2020
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Adam Driver, Jodie Cormer
Premise: Former best friends Jean de Carrouges and Jacques Le Gris are ordered to fight to the death after Carrouges accuses Le Gris of raping his wife in 14th-century France.

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20. News of the World
Release: December 25th, 2020
Director: Paul Greengrass
Starring: Tom Hanks
Premise: A travelling newsreader is tasked with bringing an orphaned girl to her living relatives in the aftermath of the American Civil War.

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21. After Yang
Release: TBA 2020
Director: Kogonada
Starring: Colin Farrell, Haley Lu Richardson, Jodie Turner-Smith, Justin Min
Premise: In a world where robotic children are purchased as live-in babysitters, a father and daughter attempt to save the life of their robotic family member, Yang, who has become unresponsive.

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22. Da 5 Bloods
Release: TBA 2020
Director: Spike Lee
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Paul Walter Hauser, Jonathan Majors
Premise: Four African American Vietnam veterans return to Vietnam. They are in search of the remains of their fallen squad leader and the promise of buried treasure. These heroes battle forces of humanity and nature while confronted by the lasting ravages of the immorality of the Vietnam War.

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23. The Father
Release: TBA 2020
Director: Florian Zeller
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Olivia Williams, Rufus Sewell, Imogen Poots
Premise: A man refuses all assistance from his daughter as he ages. As he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and even the fabric of his reality.

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24. Mank
Release: TBA 2020
Director: David Fincher
Starring: Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins
Premise: The story centers around the work of Herman J. Mankiewicz as he wrote Citizen Kane and the problems that arose during it.

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25. Nomadland
Release: TBA 2020
Director: Chloé Zhao
Starring: Frances McDormand, David Strathairn
Premise: A woman in her sixties who, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.

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Predicting The Winners are the 92nd Academy Awards

Here are my predicted winners for the 92nd Academy Awards:

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Best Picture

Ford v Ferarri
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Little Women
Marriage Story
1917
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Parasite

Actor in a Leading Role

Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory)
Leonardo DiCaprio (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)
Adam Driver (Marriage Story)
Joaquin Phoenix (Joker)
Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes)

Actress in a Leading Role

Cynthia Erivo (Harriet)
Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story)
Saoirse Ronan (Little Women)
Charlize Theron (Bombshell)
Renée Zellweger (Judy)

Actor in a Supporting Role

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)

Actress in a Supporting Role

Kathy Bates (Richard Jewel)
Laura Dern (Marriage Story)
Scarlett Johansson (Jojo Rabbit)
Florence Pugh (Little Women)
Margot Robbie (Bombshell)

Animated Feature Film

How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
I Lost My Body
Klaus
Missing Link
Toy Story 4

Cinematography

The Irishman
Joker
The Lighthouse
1917
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Costume Design

The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Little Women
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Directing

Bong Joon-ho (Parasite)
Sam Mendes (1917)
Todd Phillips (Joker)
Martin Scorsese (The Irishman)
Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)

Documentary Feature

American Factory
The Cave
The Edge of Democracy
For Sama
Honeyland

Documentary Short

In the Absence
Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone
Life Overtakes Me
St. Louis Superman
Walk Run Cha-Cha

Film Editing

Ford v Ferrari
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Parasite

International Feature Film

Corpus Christi
Honeyland
Les Misérables
Pain and Glory
Parasite

Makeup an Hairstyling

Bombshell
Joker
Judy
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
1917

Music (Original Score)

Joker (Hildur Guðnadóttir)
Little Women (Alexandre Desplat)
Marriage Story (Randy Newman)
1917 (Thomas Newman)
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (John Williams)

Music (Original Song)

“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” (Toy Story 4)
“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” (Rocketman)
“I’m Standing With You” (Breakthrough)
“Into The Unknown” (Frozen 2)
“Stand Up” (Harriet)

Production Design

The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
1917
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Parasite

Short Film (Animated)

Dcera
Hair Love
Kitbull
Memorable
Sister

Short Film (Live Action)

Brotherhood
Nefta Football Club
The Neighbors’ Window
Saria
A Sister

Sound Editing

Ford v Ferrari
Joker
1917
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Sound Mixing

Ad Astra
Ford v Ferrari
Joker
1917
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Visual Effects

Avengers: Endgame
The Irishman
The Lion King
1917
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

The Irishman (Steve Zaillian)
Jojo Rabbit (Taika Waititi)
Joker (Todd Phillips & Scott Silver)
Little Women (Greta Gerwig)
The Two Popes (Anthony McCarten)

Writing (Original Screenplay)

Knives Out (Rian Johnson)
Marriage Story (Noah Baumbach)
1917 (Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns)
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Quentin Tarantino)
Parasite (Bong Joon-ho & Han Jin-won)

 

The 2nd Annual Alert The Audience Film Awards Winners!

Hey everyone! Here are the winners of  the 2nd Annual Alert The Audience Film Awards! The nominees can be seen here.

Best Original Score

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Winner:
Midsommar (Bobby Krlic)

Runner Up:
Uncut Gems (Daniel Lopatin)

Best Film Editing

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Winner:
Parasite (Yang Jin-mo)

Runner Up:
Little Women (Nick Houy)

Best Cinematography

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Winner:
The Last Black Man In San Francisco (Adam Newport-Berra)

Runner Up:
The Lighthouse (Jarin Blaschke)

Best Screenplay

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Winner:
Little Women (Greta Gerwig)

Runner Up:
Parasite (Bong Joon-ho & Han Jin-won)

Best Supporting Performance by an Actor

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Winner:
Joe Pesci (The Irishman)

Runner Up:
Jonathan Majors (The Last Black Man In San Francisco)

Best Lead Performance by an Actor

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Winner:
Adam Driver (Marriage Story)

Runner Up:
Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory)

Best Supporting Performance by an Actress

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Winner:
Margot Robbie (Bombshell)

Runner Up:
Florence Pugh (Little Women)

Best Lead Performance by an Actress

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Winner:
Florence Pugh (Midsommar)

Runner Up:
Elisabeth Moss (Her Smell)

Best Director

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Winner:
Bong Joon-ho (Parasite)

Runner Up:
Greta Gerwig (Little Women)

Best Picture

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Winner:
Little Women

Runner Up:
Parasite

Until next year! Enjoy the Oscars!

The 2nd Annual Alert The Audience Film Awards Nominations!

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Hey! Look at that cool collage of some of the movies I saw at the cinema this year! Can you tell I couldn’t think of what image to use at the top of this post? In keeping with the “tradition” that I started last year on Alert The Audiencethis year we will be hosting The 2nd Annual Alert The Audience Film Awards. Basically what we’ll be doing is nominating 10 films in each of my 10 favourite categories at the Academy Awards, and then, on Sunday before the Oscars ceremony, we will be revealing the winners and runners up. Think of this as my personal version of “if I had an Oscar ballot…” except I get to be in charge of the nominees too! In future years hopefully I’ll be able to involve a larger group of people in the voting process, but for now, here’s my fun little way of honouring my favourite filmmakers and performers from 2019.

And the nominees are…

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Best Picture

  1. Booksmart
  2. The Farewell
  3. The Irishman
  4. Jojo Rabbit
  5. Knives Out
  6. Little Women
  7. Marriage Story
  8. Midsommar
  9. Parasite
  10. Uncut Gems

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Best Director

  1. Pedro Almodóvar (Pain and Glory)
  2. Ari Aster (Midsommar)
  3. Noah Baumbach (Marriage Story)
  4. Claire Denis (High Life)
  5. Greta Gerwig (Little Women)
  6. Bong Joon-Ho (Parasite)
  7. Martin Scorsese (The Irishman)
  8. Josh and Benny Safdie (Uncut Gems)
  9. Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon A Time In Hollywood)
  10. Olivia Wilde (Booksmart)

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Best Supporting Performance By An Actor

  1. Alan Alda (Marriage Story)
  2. Sterling K. Brown (Waves)
  3. Willem Dafoe (The Lighthouse)
  4. Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood)
  5. Song Kang-Ho (Parasite)
  6. Shia LaBeouf (Honey Boy)
  7. Jonathan Majors (The Last Black Man In San Francisco)
  8. Joe Pesci (The Irishman)
  9. Brad Pitt (Once Upon A Time In Hollywood)
  10. Ray Romano (Paddleton)

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Best Lead Performance By An Actor

  1. Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory)
  2. Roman Griffin Davis (Jojo Rabbit)
  3. Leonardo DiCaprio (Once Upon A Time In Hollywood)
  4. Adam Driver (Marriage Story)
  5. Kelvin Harrison Jr. (Luce & Waves)
  6. Robert De Niro (The Irishman)
  7. Robert Patinson (High Life & The Lighthouse)
  8. Joaquin Phoenix (Joker)
  9. Brad Pitt (Ad Astra) 
  10. Adam Sandler (Uncut Gems)

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Best Supporting Performance By An Actress

  1. Laura Dern (Little Women & Marriage Story)
  2. Scarlett Johansson (Jojo Rabbit)
  3. Jennifer Lopez (Hustlers)
  4. Thomasin McKenzie (Jojo Rabbit)
  5. Florence Pugh (Little Women)
  6. Margaret Qualley (Once Upon A Time In Hollywood)
  7. Margot Robbie (Bombshell)
  8. Taylor Russell (Waves)
  9. Zhao Shuzhen (The Farewell)
  10. Park So-dam (Parasite)

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Best Lead Performance By An Actress

  1. Awkwafina (The Farewell)
  2. Sofia Boutella (Climax)
  3. Jessie Buckley (Wild Rose)
  4. Beanie Feldstein (Booksmart)
  5. Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story)
  6. Elisabeth Moss (Her Smell)
  7. Lupita Nyong’o (Us)
  8. Florence Pugh (Midsommar)
  9. Saoirse Ronan (Little Women)
  10. Charlize Theron (Bombshell)

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Best Screenplay

  1. The Farewell (Lulu Wang)
  2. The Irishman (Steven Zaillian)
  3. Jojo Rabbit (Taika Waititi)
  4. Knives Out (Rian Johnson)
  5. Little Women (Greta Gerwig)
  6. Marriage Story (Noah Baumbach)
  7. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (Quentin Tarantino)
  8. Parasite (Bong Joon-ho & Han Jin-won)
  9. The Two Popes (Anthony McCarten)
  10. Uncut Gems (Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie & Ronald Bronstein)

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Best Cinematography

  1. Ad Astra (Hoyte van Hoytema)
  2. A Hidden Life (Jorg Widmer)
  3. The Last Black Man In San Francisco (Adam Newport-Berra)
  4. The Lighthouse (Jarin Blaschke)
  5. Little Women (Yorick Le Saux)
  6. Midsommar (Pawel Pogorzelski)
  7. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (Robert Richardson)
  8. Portrait Of A Lady On Fire (Claire Mathon)
  9. Uncut Gems (Darius Khondji)
  10. Waves (Drew Daniels)

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Best Film Editing

  1. The Farewell (Michael Taylor & Matt Friedman)
  2. Ford v Ferrari (Michael McCusker, Dirk Westervelt & Andrew Buckland)
  3. Hustlers (Kayla Emter)
  4. The Irishman (Thelma Schoonmaker)
  5. Jojo Rabbit (Tom Eagles)
  6. Knives Out (Bob Ducsay)
  7. Little Women (Nick Houy)
  8. Midsommar (Lucian Johnston)
  9. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (Fred Raskin)
  10. Parasite (Yang Jin-mo)

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Best Original Score

  1. Joker (Hildur Guðnadóttir)
  2. Knives Out (Nathan Johnson)
  3. The Last Black Man In San Francisco (Emile Mosseri)
  4. Little Women (Alexandre Desplat)
  5. Marriage Story (Randy Newman)
  6. Midsommar (Bobby Krlic)
  7. Parasite (Jung Jae-il)
  8. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (John Williams)
  9. Uncut Gems (Daniel Lopatin)
  10. Us (Michael Abels)

And there you have it! Adapted Screenplay and Original Screenplay are combined so we could have a total of 10 categories rather than 11 because… I like even numbers. Other than that I think everything is pretty self-explanatory. The winners and runners-up will be announced sometime before the Oscars this weekend, so stay tuned!

What do you think of these nominees? Did I snub anyone? Who would you have included or removed? Let me know below!

FINAL Oscar Nomination Predictions

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It’s finally time! Tomorrow morning (Monday, January 13th, 2020) at 8:18am EST (yes, this apparently the actual scheduled time) the nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards will be announced. I’ve changed my mind about basically every single one of these at one point or another as the season as progressed, but I think this will end up being pretty accurate. That said, I thought my Golden Globes predictions were pretty accurate too, and I ended up going 7 for 14 so… take this with a grain of salt. There’s a few wishful-thinking picks on here, like Greta Gerwig in director and Knives Out in original screenplay, but who knows, maybe the Academy will surprise us all! Oh, and I want it on record that Bombshell was my 10th pick for best picture, but I’m predicting there will only be 9 nominees, so if there ends up being 10 and Bombshell is it I am going to be very angry with myself for taking it off. Finally, yes, I know I am vastly underestimating Joker and probably vastly overestimating Little Women, but I am going to live in a world where Joker isn’t a double-digit nominee and Little Women is for one more day, if you don’t mind. Here are my predictions for the nominations in every non-short category at the 2020 Academy Awards:

Picture

  1. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
  2. Parasite
  3. 1917
  4. The Irishman
  5. Marriage Story
  6. Joker
  7. Little Women
  8. Jojo Rabbit
  9. Ford v Ferrari 

Director

  1. Bong Joon-ho (Parasite)
  2. Sam Mendes (1917)
  3. Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon A Time In Hollywood)
  4. Martin Scorsese (The Irishman)
  5. Greta Gerwig (Little Women)

Actress

  1. Renée Zellweger (Judy)
  2. Charlize Theron (Bombshell)
  3. Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story)
  4. Saoirse Ronan (Little Women)
  5. Awkwafina (The Farewell)

Supporting Actress

  1. Laura Dern (Marriage Story)
  2. Margot Robbie (Bombshell)
  3. Jennifer Lopez (Hustlers)
  4. Florence Pugh (Little Women)
  5. Scarlett Johansson (Jojo Rabbit)

Actor

  1. Joaquin Phoenix (Joker)
  2. Adam Driver (Marriage Story)
  3. Taron Egerton (Rocketman)
  4. Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory)
  5. Leonardo DiCaprio (Once Upon A Time In Hollywood)

Supporting Actor

  1. Brad Pitt (Once Upon A Time In Hollywood)
  2. Al Pacino (The Irishman)
  3. Joe Pesci (The Irishman)
  4. Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood)
  5. Anthony Hopkins (The Two Popes)

Adapted Screenplay

  1. Little Women (Greta Gerwig)
  2. The Irishman (Steven Zaillian)
  3. Jojo Rabbit (Taika Waititi)
  4. Joker (Todd Phillips & Scott Silver)
  5. The Two Popes (Anthony McCarten)

Original Screenplay

  1. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (Quentin Tarantino)
  2. Marriage Story (Noah Baumbach)
  3. Parasite (Bong Joon-ho & Han Jin-won)
  4. The Farewell (Lulu Wang)
  5. Knives Out (Rian Johnson)

Cinematography

  1. 1917 (Roger Deakins)
  2. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (Robert Richardson)
  3. The Irishman (Rodrigo Prieto)
  4. Portrait Of A Lady On Fire (Claire Mathon)
  5. Little Women (Yorick Le Saux)

Editing

  1. The Irishman (Thelma Schoonmaker)
  2. Ford v Ferrari (Andrew Buckland & John-Henry Butterworth)
  3. 1917 (Lee Smith)
  4. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (Fred Raskin)
  5. Parasite (Yang Jin-mo)

International Feature

  1. Parasite
  2. Pain and Glory
  3. Les Misérables
  4. Atlantics
  5. Those Who Remained

Documentary Feature

  1. American Factory
  2. Apollo 11
  3. For Sama
  4. The Cave
  5. Honeyland

Animated Feature

  1. Toy Story 4
  2. Frozen 2
  3. How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
  4. I Lost My Body
  5. Missing Link

Production Design

  1. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
  2. The Irishman
  3. 1917
  4. Parasite
  5. Little Women

Costume Design

  1. Little Women
  2. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
  3. Dolemite Is My Name
  4. Rocketman
  5. The Irishman

Makeup & Hairstyling

  1. Bombshell
  2. Judy
  3. Dolemite Is My Name
  4. Little Women
  5. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Visual Effects

  1. The Irishman
  2. Avengers: Endgame
  3. 1917
  4. The Lion King
  5. Alita: Battle Angel

Sound Editing

  1. 1917
  2. Ford v Ferrari
  3. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
  4. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
  5. Joker

Sound Mixing

  1. 1917
  2. Ford v Ferrari
  3. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
  4. Rocketman
  5. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Original Score

  1. 1917 (Thomas Newman)
  2. Marriage Story (Randy Newman)
  3. Joker (Hildur Gudnadóttir)
  4. Little Women (Alexandre Desplat)
  5. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (John Williams)

Original Song

  1. (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again (Rocketman)
  2. Into The Unknown (Frozen 2)
  3. Stand Up (Harriet)
  4. Spirit (The Lion King)
  5. Glasgow (No Place Like Home) (Wild Rose)

Final tally (more than 1 nomination):

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood: 11
The Irishman: 10
Little Women: 10
1917: 9
Marriage Story: 6
Parasite: 6
Joker: 5
Ford v Ferrari: 4
Rocketman: 4
Bombshell: 3
Jojo Rabbit: 3
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: 3
Dolemite Is My Name: 2
The Farewell: 2
Judy: 2
Frozen 2: 2
The Lion King: 2
Pain and Glory: 2
The Two Popes: 2

Yikes, I always feel super confident until I do the tally at the end. I guess we’ll find out tomorrow! I’ll make a post of the actual nominees sometime tomorrow evening to compare and see how we did.

 

Golden Globes Recap

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What an abysmal, horrifically paced, boring telecast that was! A few notable exceptions would include but not necessarily be limited to Bong Joon-ho’s speech, Michelle William’s sppech, Brad Pitt’s speech, and Tom Hanks being presented with the Cecil B. DeMille award. But at least we got to have some fun watching it because our predictions were right on the money, right? Yeah, not so much. To be a fair only a couple of these were absolute curveballs, the rest made a lot of sense and probably would’ve been my second or third pick. Let’s see how we did:

Best Motion Picture – Drama
Prediction: The Irishman
Winner: 1917

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Prediction: Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Winner: Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture – Drama
Prediction: Renée Zellweger (Judy)
Winner: Renée Zellweger (Judy)

Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture – Drama
Prediction: Joaquin Phoenix (Joker)
Winner: Joaquin Phoenix (Joker)

Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Prediction: Awkwafina (The Farewell)
Winner: Awkwafina (The Farewell)

Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture – Musical Or Comedy
Prediction: Eddie Murphy (Dolemite Is My Name)
Winner: Taron Egerton (Rocketman)

Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role In Any Motion Picture
Prediction: Jennifer Lopez (Hustlers)
Winner: Laura Dern (Marriage Story)

Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In Any Motion Picture
Prediction: Brad Pitt (Once Upon A Time In Hollywood)
Winner: Brad Pitt (Once Upon A Time In Hollywood)

Best Director – Motion Picture
Prediction: Bong Joon-ho (Parasite)
Winner: Sam Mendes (1917)

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Prediction: Noah Baumbach (Marriage Story)
Winner: Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon A Time In Hollywood)

Best Motion Picture – Animated
Prediction: Toy Story 4
Winner: Missing Link

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
Prediction: Parasite
Winner: Parasite

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Prediction: Thomas Newman (1917)
Winner: Hildur Gudnadóttir (Joker)

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
Prediction: I’m Gonna Love Me Again (Rocketman) 
Winner: I’m Gonna Love Me Again (Rocketman)

So in the end I went 7/14. 50%. That is… sub-optimal. We’re going to have to step our game up going forward.

We are officially neck deep in awards season, with WGA nominations having been announced earlier today, and the BAFTA nominations being announced tomorrow. Unless I’m mistaken the next two major televised awards ceremonies will be the Critics Choice Movie Awards on January 12th, and the Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 19th. I’ll be covering them all here on The Alert The Audience, so keep checking back! This Friday (January 10th) I will also be posting the nominations for the 2nd Annual Alert The Audience Film Awards, and my FINAL Oscar Nomination predictions will go up Sunday evening following the Critics Choice ceremony before the Academy reveals the nominees early Monday morning.

 

Predicting The Winners at The 77th Golden Globe Awards

The 77th Golden Globe Awards air tonight, which means it’s time for us to engage in the very pointless act of trying to predict the winners in each film category as a warm up to correctly picking the winners at the Academy Awards. Predicting the winners at The Golden Globes tends to be just aimlessly stabbing in the dark, as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association do seem to be a lot more concerned with getting the right famous people into a room with them than with actually awarding the proper people, but nevertheless, this site is basically dedicated to exactly this sort of thing, so we’re going to take a shot at it anyway. I’m only going to tackle the film categories as I’ve watched a tragic lack of television this year. I’m also including my picks for what should win in each category. My picks and predictions will be represented in the following, extremely complicated way:

Will Win
Should Win
Both

Let’s get started!

Best Motion Picture – Drama

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  • 1917
  • The Irishman
  • Joker
  • Marriage Story
  • The Two Popes

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

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  • Dolemite Is My Name
  • Jojo Rabbit
  • Knives Out
  • Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
  • Rocketman

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

JUDY

  • Cynthia Erivo – Harriet
  • Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story
  • Saoirse Ronan – Little Women
  • Charlize Theron – Bombshell
  • Renée Zellweger – Judy

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

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  • Christian Bale – Ford v Ferrari 
  • Antonio Banderas – Pain and Glory
  • Adam Driver – Marriage Story 
  • Joaquin Phoenix – Joker
  • Jonathan Pryce – The Two Popes

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

AWKWA

  • Ana de Armas – Knives Out
  • Awkwafina – The Farewell
  • Cate Blanchett – Where’d You Go, Bernadette
  • Beanie Feldstein – Booksmart
  • Emma Thompson – Late Night

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

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  • Daniel Craig – Knives Out
  • Roman Griffin Davis – Jojo Rabbit
  • Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
  • Taron Egerton – Rocketman
  • Eddie Murphy – Dolemite Is My Name

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

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  • Kathy Bates – Richard Jewell
  • Annette Bening – The Report
  • Laura Dern – Marriage Story
  • Jennifer Lopez – Hustlers
  • Margot Robbie – Bombshell

Best Supporting Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

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  • 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

Best Director – Motion Picture

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  • Bong Joon-ho – Parasite
  • Sam Mendes – 1917
  • Todd Phillips – Joker
  • Martin Scorsese – The Irishman
  • Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

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  • Noah Baumbach – Marriage Story
  • Bong Joon-ho, Han Jin-won – Parasite
  • Anthony McCarten – The Two Popes
  • Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
  • Steven Zaillian – The Irishman

Best Motion Picture – Animated

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  • Frozen II 
  • How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
  • The Lion King
  • Missing Link
  • Toy Story 4

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language 

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  • Les Misérables
  • Pain And Glory
  • Parasite
  • Portrait Of A Lady On Fire
  • The Farewell 

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

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  • Alexandre Desplat – Little Women
  • Hildur Gudnadóttir – Joker
  • Randy Newman – Marriage Story
  • Thomas Newman – 1917
  • Daniel Pemberton – Motherless Brooklyn 

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

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  • Beautiful Ghosts – Cats
  • I’m Gonna Love Me Again – Rocketman
  • Into The Unknown – Frozen II
  • Spirit – The Lion King
  • Stand Up – Harriet 

Scott’s Favourite Films of 2019

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I’m a few days late to the party on this because I wanted to catch up on as many things I’d missed throughout the year as possible before finalizing this list, and I still haven’t seen everything I wanted to see, but I think it’s time to get this posted. 2019 has been an absolutely excellent year for film! I first started making these year-end lists back in 2016, and each year since then they have featured exactly 25 entries. I’ve been trying for days to narrow this down to 25 without feeling like I’m leaving something important off the list, and I just can’t do it. So for the first time ever, I’m doing my top 50 films of the year, a true testament to what a great year at the movies it’s been.

Things from my watchlist that I still haven’t seen: 1917, Atlantics, Blinded By The Light, Clemency, Crawl, The Dead Don’t Die, Diane, Fast Color, Honeyland, I Lost My Body, and The Nightingale. 

Scott’s Favourite Films of 2019

50. The Souvenir
49. Teen Spirit
48. Just Mercy
47. Brittany Runs A Marathon
46. Little Woods
45. Richard Jewel
44. Monos
43. Maiden
43. Shazam!
41. Dolemite Is My Name
40. Paddleton
39. A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood
38. Under The Silver Lake
37. The Beach Bum
36. Us
35. Apollo 11
34. Toy Story 4
33. The Two Popes
32. Ready Or Not
31. Joker
30. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
29. Climax
28. Avengers: Endgame
27. Ford v Ferrari
26. Bombshell
25. The Peanut Butter Falcon
24. Wild Rose
23. Fighting With My Family
22. Ad Astra
21. Luce
20. Hustlers
19. Portrait Of A Lady On Fire
18. The Lighthouse
17. Honey Boy
16. High Life
15. The Last Black Man In San Francisco
14. Pain And Glory
13. Waves
12. Her Smell
11. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
10. Knives Out
9. The Farewell
8. Uncut Gems
7. Booksmart
6. Jojo Rabbit
5. The Irishman
4. Midsommar
3. Marriage Story
2. Parasite
1. Little Women

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2020 is the year I plan to actually get this site up and running the way I’ve always intended for it to be. Following the craziness of awards season (Golden Globes predictions getting posted later today) I hope to move into a groove of weekly updates of new film reviews throughout the year. Thank you all so much for reading, and all the best in 2020!

2020 Oscar Nomination Predictions (October 1st, 2019)

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Hey everyone, I forgot to post this yesterday, mainly because I actually added this as a permanent page on the site, which you can access any time from the sidebar of the homepage. I’ll be updating it intermittently, but as promised once a month I will post them on the site so you can all see what’s changed and what’s stayed the same as award season progresses. The September version of these predictions can be found here. Here are my predicted nominees as of October 1st in all non-short categories at the 2020 Academy Awards:

Picture

  1. Marriage Story
  2. Ford v Ferrari 
  3. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
  4. The Irishman
  5. Little Women
  6. 1917
  7. Jojo Rabbit
  8. The Farewell
  9. Parasite
  10. Waves

Director

  1. Noah Baumbach (Marriage Story)
  2. Martin Scorsese (The Irishman)
  3. Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon A Time In Hollywood)
  4. Sam Mendes (1917)
  5. Bong Joon-ho (Parasite)

Actress

  1. Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story)
  2. Saoirse Ronan (Little Women)
  3. Renée Zellweger (Judy)
  4. Cynthia Erivo (Harriet)
  5. Awkwafina (The Farewell)

Supporting Actress

  1. Laura Dern (Marriage Story)
  2. Annette Bening (The Report)
  3. Margot Robbie (Once Upon A Time In Hollywood)
  4. Jennifer Lopez (Hustlers)
  5. Zhao Shuzhen (The Farewell)

Actor

  1. Adam Driver (Marriage Story)
  2. Leonardo DiCaprio (Once Upon A Time In Hollywood)
  3. Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes)
  4. Robert De Niro (The Irishman)
  5. Joaquin Phoenix (Joker)

Supporting Actor

  1. Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood)
  2. Brad Pitt (Once Upon A Time In Hollywood)
  3. Jamie Foxx (Just Mercy)
  4. Sterling K. Brown (Waves)
  5. Anthony Hopkins (The Two Popes)

Adapted Screenplay

  1. Little Women (Greta Gerwig)
  2. Jojo Rabbit (Taika Waititi)
  3. The Irishman (Steven Zaillian)
  4. A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood (Micah Fitzerman-Blue & Noah Harpster)
  5. The Two Popes (Anthony McCarten)

Original Screenplay

  1. Marriage Story (Noah Baumbach)
  2. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (Quentin Tarantino)
  3. Parasite (Bong Joon-ho & Han Jin-won)
  4. The Farewell (Lulu Wang)
  5. Knives Out (Rian Johnson)

Cinematography

  1. 1917 (Roger Deakins)
  2. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (Robert Richardson)
  3. Ford v Ferrari (Phedon Papamichael)
  4. Ad Astra (Hoyte can Hoytema)
  5. A Hidden Life (Jörg Widmer)

Editing

  1. Ford v Ferrari (Andrew Buckland & John-Henry Butterworth)
  2. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (Fred Raskin)
  3. 1917 (Lee Smith)
  4. The Irishman (Thelma Schoonmaker)
  5. Marriage Story (Jennifer Lane)

International Feature

  1. Parasite
  2. Pain and Glory
  3. Les Misérables
  4. Monos
  5. Ema

Documentary Feature

  1. Apollo 11
  2. Maiden
  3. The Cave
  4. Honeyland
  5. Knock Down The House

Animated Feature

  1. Toy Story 4
  2. Frozen 2
  3. How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
  4. The Addams Family
  5. Weathering With You

Production Design

  1. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
  2. A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood
  3. The Irishman
  4. 1917
  5. Ad Astra

Costume Design

  1. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
  2. Little Women
  3. Dolemite Is My Name
  4. Joker
  5. Rocketman

Makeup & Hairstyling

  1. Bombshell
  2. Dolemite Is My Name
  3.  Joker
  4. Little Women
  5. Rocketman

Visual Effects

  1. The Irishman
  2. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
  3. The Lion King
  4. Avengers: Endgame
  5. Ad Astra

Sound Editing

  1. 1917
  2. Ford v Ferrari
  3. Ad Astra
  4. The Irishman
  5. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Sound Mixing

  1. 1917
  2. Ford v Ferrari
  3. Ad Astra
  4. Judy
  5. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Original Score

  1. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (John Williams)
  2. Marriage Story (Randy Newman)
  3. Little Women (Alexandre Desplat)
  4. Ford v Ferrari (Marco Beltrami)
  5. A Hidden Life (James Newton Howard)

Original Song

  1. Into The Unknown (Frozen 2)
  2. Spirit (The Lion King)
  3. Speechless (Aladdin)
  4. Glasgow (No Place Like Home) (Wild Rose)
  5. (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again (Rocketman)

Current tally (more than one nomination):

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood: 9
The Irishman: 8
Marriage Story: 8
1917: 7
Ad Astra: 5
Ford v Ferrari: 5
Little Women: 5
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: 4
A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood: 3
The Farewell: 3
Joker: 3
Rocketman: 3
The Two Popes: 3
Dolemite Is My Name: 2
Frozen 2: 2
Jojo Rabbit: 2
The Lion King: 2
Parasite: 2
Waves: 2

 

 

Jojo Rabbit – TIFF Review

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TIFF Film #8 of 8

What a perfect way to end another fantastic year at TIFF. This film is a delight! A near-perfect mixture of absurd, silly humour, and genuine, heartfelt drama. For a film to be able to take me from deep belly laughs one moment, to welling up with tears the next is no easy task, it’s a tightrope walk, and Jojo Rabbit absolutely nails it. Written and directed by Taiki Waititi (based on the book Caging Skies by Christine Leunens), Jojo Rabbit tells the story of a young boy living in Nazi Germany during World War II, who must confront his blind loyalty to the Nazi Party’s ethnic nationalism when he discovers that his mother is hiding a young Jewish girl in their attic. Oh, and young Jojo’s indoctrination runs so deep that his imaginary friend manifests itself as Adolf Hitler, played with hysterical buffoonery by Taiki Waititi himself. None of this may sound like it makes for particularly good comedy, or comedy at all for that matter, and I could even understand thinking that it just sounds tasteless, but I don’t know what to tell you. It just works. The film deservedly and mercilessly takes the piss out of Nazis, and all of the difficult subject matter is handled with surprising tenderness. Newcomer Roman Griffon Davis plays Jojo and does an excellent job, particularly so when you consider that this is his first film role and the emotional journey he’s required to guide his character through. The standout star though, is Thomasin McKenzie as Elsa, the young Jewish girl being hidden by Jojo’s mother. You may have seen her in last year’s Leave No Trace, a criminally overlooked and under-seen film with an astonishingly good performance from McKenzie. I’m not sure that she’s quite on that level here, but she’s amazing regardless, and definitely an actress we should be on the lookout for in the near future. Scarlett Johansson also stars as Jojo’s mother, and there was some early speculation that she may be a supporting actress contender, but I’m not sure I see that happening. Not because she isn’t good in this, she absolutely is, but I figure she is a lock for her leading role in Marriage Story, and it is incredibly rare for an actress to be nominated in both categories in the same year. Jojo Rabbit was announced as the TIFF People’s Choice Award winner during my screening, which is the festival’s highest honour. None of us in the audience knew it until we left the theatre and looked at out phones, but given the sheer enthusiasm of the applause that broke out when the credits rolled, it didn’t surprise me at all when I found out. I tend to find applause after a film screening when none of the actors or filmmakers are present kind of just bizarre and tacky, but this just seemed so genuine, a packed house of people showing their appreciation for having just had themselves a damn good time at the movies.

9.5/10