• Adam Johnson

The 3rd AFCAs: Celebrating the Best of 2019

With the fears and cautions of COVID-19 keeping many of us at home and our favorite fun spots closed, we're probably looking for activities to keep us occupied. There are a number of things we can choose to do in this time: plan crafts, balance the checkbook, read those Bible books to get that 100% completion, be like Shakespeare and write the next King Lear, or crawl up and play Animal Crossing: New Horizons until everything's okay again. This being a film blog, I can't help but recommend to you some of last year's greats.


Every year, I post the Adam's Final Cut Awards, usually during awards season. However, awards season ended a lot earlier than usual and I wanted to catch up on some of the ones I missed (Reader, he didn't.), so I held off until now. All of these films are worth your time in one way or another, so I want to give them their time in the sun before naming the winners tomorrow. Hopefully, too, you'll see more in-depth essays on some of these films down the line.




BEST PICTURE

1917

A Hidden Life

Doctor Sleep

The Farewell

The Irishman

Just Mercy

Little Women

Marriage Story

Midsommar

Parasite


BEST DIRECTOR

Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story

Greta Gerwig, Little Women

Bong Joon-Ho, Parasite

Sam Mendes, 1917

Martin Scorsese, The Irishman

Lulu Wang, The Farewell


BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Awkwafina, The Farewell

Sofia Boutella, Climax

Jessie Buckley, Wild Rose

Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story

Lupita Nyong'o, Us

Florence Pugh, Midsommar


BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Robert De Niro, The Irishman

Robert Downey, Jr., Avengers: Endgame

Adam Driver, Marriage Story

Taron Egerton, Rocketman

Joaquin Phoenix, Joker

Park Chan-Wook, Parasite


BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Laura Dern, Marriage Story

Scarlett Johannson, Jojo Rabbit

Billie Lourd, Booksmart

Zhao Shuzhen, The Farewell

Julie Walters, Wild Rose

Cho Yeo-jeong, Parasite


BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Timothee Chalamet, Little Women

Jamie Foxx, Just Mercy

Jake Gyllenhaal, John Mulaney and the Sack Lunch Bunch

Al Pacino, The Irishman

Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood

Sam Rockwell, Jojo Rabbit


BEST YOUNG ACTOR

Ashley Boettcher, Weathering with You [English Dub]

Julia Butters, Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood

Kyleigh Curran, Doctor Sleep

Lucy Gallina, The Irishman

Jack Dylan Grazer, Shazam!

Diana Silvers, Ma


BEST PERFORMANCE OF AN ANIMATED CHARACTER, TRADITIONAL

Kristen Bell, Frozen II

Ashley Boettcher, Weathering with You [English Dub]

Tom Hanks, Toy Story 4

Lee Pace, Weathering with You [English Dub]


BEST PERFORMANCE OF AN ANIMATED CHARACTER, PERFORMANCE/MOTION CAPTURE

Josh Brolin, Avengers: Endgame

Sean Gunn/Bradley Cooper, Avengers: Endgame

Ryan Reynolds, Pokemon Detective Pikachu

Rosa Salazar, Alita: Battle Angel


BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Doctor Sleep, Mike Flanagan

Fighting with My Family, Stephen Merchant

The Farewell, Lulu Wang

The Irishman, Steven Zaillian

Just Mercy, Destin Daniel Cretton and Andrew Lanham

Little Women, Greta Gerwig


BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

1917, Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns

Marriage Story, Noah Baumbach

Midsommar, Ari Aster

Parasite, Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won

Us, Jordan Peele

Wild Rose, Nicole Taylor


BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

1917, Thomas Newman

Avengers: Endgame, Alan Silvestri

Joker, Hildur Guonadottir

Little Women, Alexandre Desplay

Marriage Story, Randy Newman

Parasite, Jung Jae-il


BEST ORIGINAL SONG

"The Dead Don't Die" The Dead Don't Die

"Glasgow (No Place Like Home)" Wild Rose

"Into the Unknown" Frozen II

"Is There Still Anything Love Can Do?" Weathering with You

"Show Yourself" Frozen II


BEST HORROR MOVIE

Climax

The Dead Don't Die

Doctor Sleep

Midsommar

Us


BEST SUPERHERO MOVIE

Avengers: Endgame

Captain Marvel

Glass

Joker

Shazam!


BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Frozen II

Klaus

Toy Story 4

Weathering with You


BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

1917

Alita: Battle Angel

The Architect

Pokemon Detective Pikachu

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

1917, Roger Deakins

A Hidden Life, Jorg Widmer

Climax, Benoit Debie

Marriage Story, Robbie Ryan

Midsommar, Pawel Pogorzelski

Parasite, Hong Kyung-pyo


BEST EDITING

1917, Lee Smith

Climax, Denis Bedlow & Gaspar Noe

Little Women, Nick Houy

Marriage Story, Jennifer Lame

Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood, Fred Baskin

Parasite, Yang Jin-mo


MOST UNEXPECTED DELIGHT

Alita: Battle Angel

The Dead Don't Die

Fighting with My Family

Parasite

Wild Rose


THE SUSPIRIA AWARD FOR SINGULAR CINEMA

Cats

Climax

John Mulaney and the Sack Lunch Bunch

Midsommar

Pokemon Detective Pikachu


Also tomorrow, I'll award two special awards: STUDIO OF THE YEAR and SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN INDEPENDENT FILMMAKING, which go to the studio that had a positive, definitive year in 2019 - not just financially but for the good of the art as well - and to the independent film that was not only inspiring to see for prospective filmmakers but that also excelled in art and craft.


I look forward to sharing these winners with you! In the meantime, add these films to your watchlist, let me know who you'd award, and stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, vetting information you read and paying attention to updates and information from the Center for Disease Control and World Health Organization.

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