Category: Precursors

Precursor: 62nd Grammy Awards (2019)

Once again, the Grammys say absolutely nothing about the Oscar race. Two awards went to television/streaming programs, two awards went to a 2019 film. So, toss these results and move on.

The Awards

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media

A Star Is Born

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media


Best Song Written for Visual Media

“I’ll Never Love Again (Film Version)” – A Star Is Born

Best Music Film


Grammy Awards Data

Year Founded: 1957
First Awards: 1958 (62)

Precursor: 34th Goya Awards (2019)

Pedro Almodovar’s Oscar nominee Pain and Glory topped this year’s Goya Awards with seven awards, including Best Film while While at War came in second with a strong 5, largely from creative categories.

Award Tallies

(7) Pain and Glory
(5) While at War
(2) The Endless Trench, Fire Will Come, Out in the Open

The Awards

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Precursor: 33rd USC Scripter Awards (2019)

Another expected outcome for the evening, Little Women earned Greta Gerwig the award from USC Scripter, paving her way towards a likely Oscar win. Taking the WGA would likely lock that in.

The Awards

Best Adapted Screenplay

Little Women (Wesley, Peter, Tripp, Thomas)

USC Scripter Data

Year Founded: 1988
First Awards: 1987 (33)

Precursor: 56th Cinema Audio Society Awards (2019)

While the Annie Awards were busy shaking the season up, the Cinema Audio Society and others were locking it all down. Ford v Ferrari won an expected award from the CAS. Whether or not this transfers to the Oscars remains to be seen as the film’s strongest competition wasn’t nominated here.

The Awards

Best Sound Mixing – Live Action

Ford v Ferrari (Wesley, Peter, Tripp, Thomas)

Best Sound Mixing – Animated

Toy Story 4 (Peter, Thomas, RU:Wesley)

Best Sound Mixing – Documentary

Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (Wesley, RU:Tripp, RU:Thomas)

Cinema Audio Society Data

Year Founded: 1964
First Awards: 1993 (27)
According to their own records, this is the 56th awards; however, there are no records that go back that far.

Precursor: 72nd Directors Guild Awards (2019)

Peaking at just the right moment, Sam Mendes’ 1917 takes the prize from the DGA, making it even more likely that the Academy will go the same direction. There’s still the possibility that Parasite can overcome, but since no foreign language film has ever done it, it would be quite surprising if that trend were to suddenly be broken.

The Awards

Best Director

Sam Mendes – 1917 (Wesley, Peter, Thomas, RU:Tripp)

Best First Feature

Alma Har’el – Honey Boy (Thomas, RU:Wesley, RU:Tripp)

Best Documentary Director

American Factory (Peter, Thomas, RU:Wesley)

Directors Guild of America Data

Year Founded: 1936
First Awards: 1948 (72)

Precursor: 34th Society of Cinematographers Awards (2019)

Probably the most expected result of the night, Roger Deakins wins yet another prize from ASC for his work on 1917. Although ASC doesn’t match the Oscars much, this should be one more time that it does.

The Awards

Best Cinematography

1917 (Wesley, Peter, Tripp, Thomas)

Spotlight Award

The Lighthouse (Wesley, Peter, Tripp, Thomas)


Honeyland (Wesley, Peter, Tripp, RU:Thomas)

American Society of Cinematographers Data

Year Founded: 1919
First Awards: 1986 (34)

Precursor: 28th Annie Awards (2019)

Like the Annies once treated DreamWorks, they now treat Netflix, adorning them with all but two prizes for the evening with Klaus a huge winner. This won’t likely have an impact on the Oscars. It would not be unheard of for studios to lavish fancy promotional materials on the various voters to earn their love. And how is Klaus not an independent animated feature?

Award Tallies

(7) Klaus
(3) I Lost My Body
(2) Frozen II
(1) Avengers: Endgame, Uncle Thomas: Accounting for the Days

The Awards

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Precursor: 2nd Latino Journalists Awards (2019)

Parasite picks up another award, as do several others in one of the last critics groups to give out prizes this year.

Nominations Tallies

(5) Parasite
(4) 1917
(2) Avengers: Endgame

The Nominations

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Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 9

As the precursor awards continue unabated until Oscar night, I’m going to be providing a weekly update highlighting the films that have won and lost momentum through the precursor awards (and in some cases other outside influences).

In the week since the Oscar nomination, we’ve had very little movement except on the weekend with the American Cinema Editors on Friday, the Producers Guild of America on Saturday, and Week 10
Friday, Jan. 24 – Golden Eagle Awards (Awards) (Official)
Saturday, Jan. 25 – Annie Awards (Awards) (Official)
Saturday, Jan. 25 – Audio Society (Awards) (Official)
Saturday, Jan. 25 – Cinematographers (Awards) (Official)
Saturday, Jan. 25 – Directors Guild (Awards) (Official)
Saturday, Jan. 25 – Goya Awards (Awards) (Official)
Saturday, Jan. 25 – USC Scripter (Awards) (Official)
Sunday, Jan. 26 – Grammy Awards (Awards) (Official)
Monday, Jan. 27 – Nominees Lunch (Official)

Big Winners

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Precursor: 67th Motion Picture Sound Editors Awards (2019)

The Motion Picture Sound Editors did nothing but eliminate Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood going for 1917, Ford v Ferrari, and Parasite for three of their prominent winners. The only genuine surprise was Echo in the Canyon in their documentary category. This likely helped 1917 the most.

The Awards

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Precursor: 26th Screen Actors Guild Awards (2019)

If the main acting awards were lacking in surprise, the voters at SAG made up for it with the win of Parasite for best cast. When they presented their film as one of the nominees, it became clear that the film was well loved among actors and was probably going to win. Now, it looks like the film could actually go all the way to the Oscars, though it still has to overcome the 1917 juggernaut. If Bong Joon-ho wins at the DGA, we could be looking at a Best Picture victory, a first for a foreign language film, as it was a first for a foreign cast this evening.

Award Tallies

(1) Avengers: Endgame, Joker, Judy, Marriage Story, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, Parasite

The Awards

Best Cast


Best Actor

Joaquin Phoenix – Joker (Peter, Tripp, Thomas, RU:Wesley)

Best Actress

Renée Zellweger – Judy (Wesley, Peter, Tripp, Thomas)

Best Supporting Actor

Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood (Wesley, Peter, Tripp, Thomas)

Best Supporting Actress

Laura Dern – Marriage Story (Wesley, Peter, Tripp, Thomas)

Best Stunt Ensemble

Avengers: Endgame (Thomas, RU:Wesley, RU:Tripp)

Screen Actors Guild Data

Year Founded: 1933
First Awards: 1994 (26)

Precursor: 24th Online Film & Television Nominations (2019)

The OFTA released a set of nominees that looks like a lot of other lists. It also looks like a list that corrected some notable errors that the Academy made in their nominations last week.

Award Tallies

(14) Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, Parasite
(12) 1917
(11) Little Women
(9) The Irishman
(8) Jojo Rabbit, Marriage Story
(7) Joker
(6) The Farewell, Rocketman
(5) Avengers: Endgame, Ford v Ferrari
(4) A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Knives Out
(3) Booksmart, Frozen II, The Last Black Man in San Francisco, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Toy Story 4, Us

The Awards

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Precursor: 31st Producers Guild Awards (2019)

With the first of the big three awards going to 1917, the film solidifies its frontrunner status. Although it cannot win the Screen Actors Guild Award because it isn’t nominated, it has the best shot of winning Best Picture of any film this year.

The Awards

Best Picture

1917 (Wesley, Peter, Tripp, Thomas)

Best Animated Feature

Toy Story 4 (Wesley, Peter, Tripp, Thomas)

Best Documentary

Apollo 11 (Tripp, Thomas, RU:Wesley)

Producers Guild of America Data

Year Founded: 1950 Film; 1957 TV; 1962 Unified
First Awards: 1989 (31)

Precursor: 59th American Cinema Editors Awards (2019)

Suggesting that a foreign language film could actually be popular enough to win Best Picture, the American Cinema Editors picked Parasite as the best edited drama with Jojo Rabbit its comedy counterpart.

The Awards

Best Drama Editing

Parasite (RU:Wesley, RU:Peter)

Best Comedy/Musical Editing

Jojo Rabbit (Tripp, Thomas, RU:Wesley)

Best Animation Editing

Toy Story 4 (Peter, Tripp, Thomas, RU:Wesley)

Best Documentary Editing

Apollo 11 (Wesley, Tripp, RU:Peter)

American Cinema Editors Data

Year Founded: October 26, 1950
First Awards: 1961 (59)

Precursor: 11th Denver Film Critics Awards (2019)

Not only do I have no idea when these were announced, I have no idea who the winners were in two categories. These come courtesy of the IMDB page for this awards body. Neither the group’s Twitter nor Facebook page have been updated since July. I’m posting today, though who knows for sure when they were announced. Nothing really to see here except for a new trend towards 1917.

Award Tallies

(2) Joker, Little Women, Marriage Story, 1917

The Awards

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