Category: Precursors

Precursor: 3rd Latino Journalists Awards (2020)

The Latino Journalists group enjoyed Nomadland the most, but definitely seemed to be following the trend rather than setting it.

Award Tallies

(4) Nomadland
(3) Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Soul
(2) Minari, One Night in Miami

The Awards

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Precursor: 63rd Grammy Awards (2020)

An entire slate of winners from prior or future years. Joker was last year’s Best Original Score winner, so it’s not shocking it also won this year’s award.

The Awards

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Precursor: 25th Online Film & Television Nominations (2020)

The OFTA released a set of nominees that looks like a lot of other lists. There are some notable surprises along the way, but mostly features what we’ve come to expect from this group.

Award Tallies

(13) Promising Young Woman (15 with poster/trailer nominations)
(12) Minari
(11) Mank (12), One Night in Miami
(9) Sound of Metal
(8) Soul, Tenet (9)
(7) Birds of Prey (10), Da 5 Bloods (8), The Invisible Man (8), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
(6) Nomadland, The Trial of the Chicago 7
(5) Judas and the Black Messiah (6)
(4) Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
(3) Emma., Pieces of a Woman, The Father, Wolfwalkers

The Awards

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Precursor: 34th USC Scripter Awards (2020)

Some thought the script for Nomadland would be its weakest element, yet the film continues to steamroll through awards season, including in this category.

The Awards

Best Adapted Screenplay

Nomadland (Peter, Thomas)

USC Scripter Data

Year Founded: 1988
First Awards: 1987 (34)

Precursor: 16th Austin Critics Nominations (2020)

Austin’s critics loved Minari a lot, Nomadland and The Invisible Man quite a bit, a handful of others well enough.

Nominations Tallies

(11) Minari
(7) Nomadland
(6) The Invisible Man
(5) Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Promising Young Woman
(4) Tenet
(3) Da 5 Bloods, The Father, Mank, One Night in Miami, Sound of Metal

The Nominations

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Precursor: 24th Las Vegas Critics Awards (2020)

Las Vegas enjoyed Nomadland like so many other groups and didn’t go too far out on a limb.

Award Tallies

(4) Nomadland
(3) Judas and the Black Messiah, Soul
(2) The Invisible Man, Mank, Sound of Metal

The Awards

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Precursor: 7th Phoenix Critics Circle Nominations (2020)

Another group that loved Minari, but Phoenix’s nominations are a bit closer to the mainstream with a few oddball selections thrown in.

Nominations Tallies

(7) Minari
(5) Mank, Nomadland
(4) One Night in Miami, Promising Young Woman
(3) Another Round, Da 5 Bloods, Sound of Metal, Tenet

The Nominations

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Precursor: 41st Golden Raspberry Nominations (2020)

Picking the lowest hanging fruit as usual, there’s nothing particularly compelling about this list.

Nominations Tallies

(6) 365 Days, Dolittle
(5) Fantasy Island
(4) Music
(3) Hillbilly Elegy, Hubie Halloween, The Wrong Missy

The Nominations

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Precursor: 60th American Cinema Editors Nominations (2020)

After directing, acting, and writing, the most important precursor for a Best Picture contender to have is an editing citation and there’s no organization more in tune with that than the American Cinema Editors. Of the major Best Picture Oscar contenders, the most notably absent here are The Father, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, One Night in Miami, Da 5 Bloods, and News of the World. Everyone else is represented here.

The Awards

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Precursor: 24th Toronto Critics Awards (2020) – Canadian Film

Unless you have a particular interest in Canadian cinema, this winner won’t really seem that important to you.

The Awards

Best Canadian Film Finalists (To Be Announced: March 9, 2020)

Anne at 13,000 ft.

Toronto Film Critics Association Data

First Awards: 1997 (24)

Precursor: 35th Society of Cinematographers Nominations (2020)

The expected inclusion of Mank, News of the World, and Nomadland came with the unexpected inclusion of Cherry and, to a lesser extent, The Trial of the Chicago 7.

The Awards

Best Cinematography

Cherry
Mank
News of the World
Nomadland
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Spotlight Award

Dear Comrades!
Swallow
Two of Us

Documentary

Gunda
Notturno
The Truffle Hunters

American Society of Cinematographers Data

Year Founded: 1919
First Awards: 1986 (35)

Precursor: 18th African American Critics Awards (2020)

The African American film critics spread their love primarily between late-breaking Judas and the Black Messiah and stage-to-screen adaptation One Night in Miami. Clearly, this group had no problem following the Academy’s eligibility window while their counterparts in the Black Film Critics Circle didn’t.

Award Tallies

(4) Judas and the Black Messiah
(3) One Night in Miami

The Awards

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Precursor: 73rd Directors Guild Nominations (2020)

While it’s odd that Emeraeld Fennell would show up in Best Director, but not First Feature, it seems obvious, this organization is spreading the love between several films. There are no huge surprises here, which makes this welcome sight after the confusion of BAFTA.

The Awards

Best Director

Lee Isaac Chung – Minari
Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman
David Fincher – Mank
Aaron Sorkin – The Trial of the Chicago 7
Chloé Zhao – Nomadland

Best First Feature

Radha Blank – The Forty-Year-Old Version
Fernando Frias de la Parra – I’m No Longer Here
Regina King – One Night in Miami
Darius Marder – Sound of Metal
Florian Zeller – The Father

Directors Guild of America Data

Year Founded: 1936
First Awards: 1948 (73)

Precursor: 62nd British Academy Nominations (2020)

If you had BAFTA on your BINGO card for being utterly useless this year, you may have just won all the marbles. The Mauritanian surprises with a Best Film nomination, but nothing for Directing. Meanwhile, Promising Young Woman gets in to the small Best Film slate while getting left off for directing and acting. These nominations are completely atypical and even more British than usual. They might as well move themselves back after the Academy Awards if they are going to be this incompetent in their predictive capabilities.

Nominations Tallies

(7) Nomadland, Rocks
(6) The Father, Mank, Minari, Promising Young Woman
(5) The Dig, The Mauritanian
(4) Another Round, Calm With Horses, Judas and the Black Messiah, News of the World, Sound of Metal
(3) His House, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Soul, The Trial of the Chicago 7

The Nominations

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Precursor: 14th Detroit Critics Awards (2020)

While their nominations were a bit outside the mainstream, there winners certainly were not.

Awards Tallies

(4) Nomadland
(3) Minari

The Awards

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