Category: Precursors

Precursor: 41st Golden Raspberry Awards (2020)

Picking the lowest hanging fruit as usual with a standard interest in shitty Alt-Right movies.

Nominations Tallies

(3) 365
(2) Absolute Proof, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

The Nominations

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Precursor: 36th Spirit Awards (2020)

The biggest (and shockingly only) surprise of the night came in Best Actor where Chadwick Boseman, who had been dominating the awards season during the televised awards, lost to Riz Ahmed. Boseman did very little in the indie community while Ahmed more than paid his dues, which might account for his success tonight. Everything else went largely as expected and it was nice to finally see Carey Mulligan win something major over Viola Davis after unfairly losing at SAG.

Awards Tallies

(4) Nomadland
(3) Sound of Metal
(2) Promising Young Woman
(1) Crip Camp, Minari, One Night in Miami, Palm Springs, Residue

The Awards

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Precursor: 12th GALECA Awards (2020)

GALECA has announced their winners and I can’t say they are terribly exciting or interesting. Everything we’ve seen so far this season has been replicated with nary a variance.

Award Tallies

(3) Nomadland
(2) Disclosure, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Minari, Promising Young Woman, Welcome to Chechnya

The Awards

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Precursor: 35th Society of Cinematographers Awards (2020)

In the first major failure for Nomadland in the cinematography category this year, Mank managed to win out. Of course, Nomadland‘s cinematographer is not a member of the ASC, so there may have been some anti-non-member bias, but we won’t ever know. Of course, ASC does well some years, but utterly fails in others, so this may have no impact whatsoever.

The Awards

Best Cinematography

Mank (RU:Wesley, RU:Tripp)

Spotlight Award

Two of Us (Peter)

Documentary

The Truffle Hunters (Peter, Tripp, RU:Wesley)

American Society of Cinematographers Data

Year Founded: 1919
First Awards: 1986 (35)

Precursor: 68th Motion Picture Sound Editors Awards (2020)

Also announcing earlier than expected, with a significantly different set of results. Cinema Audio Society went as predicted, this one didn’t.

The Awards

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Precursor: 28th Cinema Audio Society Awards (2020)

The awards went almost exactly as predicted, give or take.

The Awards

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Precursor: 60th American Cinema Editors Awards (2020)

Going differently than expected, the American Cinema Editors also announced early. While Promising Young Woman has been having poor luck lately, My Octopus Teacher is moving against tradition to storm the awards season.

The Awards

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Precursor: 29th Annie Awards (2020)

Apart from a handful of unexpected wins by Wolfwalkers, which won the directing award and some other craft awards, Soul was the biggest winner of the night taking the top award of the night alongside the independent winner Wolfwalkers.

Awards Tallies

(7) Soul
(5) Wolfwalkers
(1) The Mandalorian, The Snail and the Whale, Souvenir Souvenir

The Awards

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Precursor: 37th Casting Society Awards (2020)

An expected list of winners.

The Nominations

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Precursor: 23rd Costume Designers Guild Awards (2020)

It looks like the steamroll of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom to the Oscars continues through the guild awards.

The Awards

Best Period Costume Design

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Wesley, Peter, Tripp, Thomas)

Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Costume Design

Mulan (Wesley, Tripp, Thomas)

Best Contemporary Costume Design

Promising Young Woman (Peter, Tripp, Thomas, RU:Wesley)

Costume Designers Guild Data

First Awards: 1998 (23)

Precursor: 62nd British Academy Awards (2020)

Expectations were both met and subverted this year with Anthony Hopkins showing what the home field advantage looks like and Frances McDormand bringing the total of televised awards to Best Actress nominees to 4 of 5. Poor Vanessa Kirby. Other than that, the British effect may have pulled The Father over the finish line in Best Adapted Screenplay, the only category other than Best Picture, where the expected Oscar frontrunner didn’t triumph. Also interesting is that Minari couldn’t top Another Round for Best Film Not in the English Language, which suggests the film isn’t about to plow ahead of all contenders and sweep into the Best Picture top spot. Nomadland desperately needed its performance here to push towards Oscar as another winner might have spelled its doom.

Awards Tallies

(5) Nomadland
(2) The Father, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Promising Young Woman, Soul, Sound of Metal
(1) Another Round, His House, Judas and the Black Messiah, Mank, Minari, My Octopus Teacher, The Owl & the Pussycat, The Present, Rocks, Tenet

The Awards

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Precursor: 73rd Directors Guild Awards (2020)

Chloé Zhao now becomes in the insurmountable leader for the Oscar.

The Awards

Best Director

Chloé Zhao – Nomadland (Wesley, Peter, Tripp, Thomas)

Best First Feature

Darius Marder – Sound of Metal (Wesley, Peter, RU:Tripp, RU:Thomas)

Best Documentary Director

Michael Dweck, Gregory Kershaw – The Truffle Hunters

Directors Guild of America Data

Year Founded: 1936
First Awards: 1948 (73)

Precursor: 25th Art Directors Guild Awards (2020)

Mank continues as the frontrunner with also-nominated Tenet sneaking in a win that likely won’t repeat at the Oscars.

The Awards

Best Period Art Direction

Mank (Wesley, Peter, Tripp, Thomas)

Best Fantasy Art Direction

Tenet (Thomas, RU:Peter, RU:Tripp)

Best Contemporary Art Direction

Da 5 Bloods (Thomas, RU:Tripp)

Best Animation Art Direction

Soul (Wesley, Peter, Tripp, Thomas)

Art Directors Guild Data

Year Founded: 1937
First Awards: 1996 (25)

Precursor: 19th Visual Effects Society Awards (2020)

And just like that the Oscar race for Best Visual Effects gets upturned. Whether Tenet can now win the Oscar is questionable. We shall see. It almost seems like this season has been about snubbing Christopher Nolan because he refused to let his film stream alongside its theatrical run. Who knows for sure, though.

Awards Tallies

(5) Soul
(2) The Midnight Sky, Project Power

The Awards

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

The slow-building popularity gave Minari a boost in the Best Picture race. Other selections were pretty well expected.

Award Tallies

(7) Promising Young Woman (9 with poster/trailer nominations)
(4) Minari
(3) Nomadland, One Night in Miami, Soul, Sound of Metal
(2) Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

The Awards

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