Friday, January 17, 2020

Wanna Participate In The First Annual Roger Ebert Awards?

Still reeling from your maddening reaction to the 2020 Academy Award Nominations? Wouldn't it be cool if there was an award show that steered toward your taste? What if you got to choose the winners you wanted instead of relying on an out-of-touch, pompous, smug Academy? Well, now you can.

I can't believe I have never done this before but, I am going to host my own award show on this website. I thought for awhile on what to call them. Then I remembered, it was the tragic death of Roger Ebert that inspired me to start this blog in the first place. So I thought, why not just land on The Roger Ebert Awards. Each winner will be getting their very own "Golden Ebert." (Well, I mean they won't actually receive a golden statue of Ebert, I don't have the money for that. They will win in spirit.)

Below are just some of the nominees. There are a bunch of potential nominees in each category. Your job is to dwindle down those potential nominees to five apiece. Finally, you get to choose the nominees. Do you want more women in the Best Director category? Vote, because I put about 5 women in the category. Did you think Adam Sandler got snubbed in the Best Actor category? Vote and put him on there! Or do you think The Academy got it perfectly right the first time? Well, you will be able to partially vote that into existence because I did make some differences in order to try and make it fun and different from the other award shows. I know it looks like I am throwing lots of information at you all, that is why you will have until February 1st to vote. You can vote by simply listing which five nominees you want in each category in the comment section. Or you can email them to me ( Hopefully same day as February 1st, I will tally the votes and set the official nominees. I will also be adding some categories that the award shows ignore, but those I will reveal after the votes have been tallied.

Once we have our final nominees in each category, you will then get to vote for the final winner. Then I will announce the winners, and to make it more fun, I plan to make a video of the winner's reading. I will tell you the official dates once I get all the nominees and we start chipping away at that.

Let's have some fun with this and see what the world and the fans think should be nominated and who should win the big prizes. I tried to mix it up as best as possible, but just so we have some concrete rules here...ABSOLUTELY NO WRITE-INS. Sorry not sorry, but it will get too confusing. I will return with the Original Score Category, but I am putting YouTube videos on that so you have a chance to actually listen to the songs.

Here are the categories...again...PICK FIVE NOMINEES IN EACH CATEGORY. Again, use the comment section or email me.

2019 Lead Performances (Actors)
1.       Adam Driver, “Marriage Story”
2.       Adam Driver, “The Report”
3.       Adam Sandler, “Uncut Gems”
4.       Ben Affleck, “Triple Frontier”
5.       Daniel Craig, “Knives Out”
6.       Eddie Murphy, “Dolemite is my Name”
7.       Ewan McGregor, “Doctor Sleep”
8.       Himesh Patel, “Yesterday”
9.       Jackson A. Dunn, “Brightburn”
10.   Jacob Tremblay, “Good Boys”
11.   Jimmy Fails, “The Last Black Man In San Fransisco”
12.   Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker”
13.   Keanu Reeves, “John Wick 3”
14.   Leonardo DiCaprio, “Once Upon A Time..In Hollywood”
15.   Randall Park, “Always Be My Maybe”
16.   Robert De Niro, “The Irishman”
17.   Robert Downey Jr. “Avengers: Endgame”
18.   Robert Pattinson, “The Lighthouse”
19.   Roman Griffin Davis, “Jojo Rabbit”
20.   Samuel L. Jackson, “Shaft”
21.   Shia Labeouf, “The Peanut Butter Falcon”
22.   Taron Egerton, “Rocketman”
23.   Timothee Chalamet, “The King”
24.   Tom Hanks, “A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood”
25.   Zachary Levi, “Shazam!”

Lead Actress 2019
1.       Ali Wong, “Always Be My Maybe”
2.       Ana de Armas, “Knives Out”
3.       Annette Bening, “The Report”
4.       Awkwafina, “The Farewell”
5.       Beanie Feldstein, “Booksmart”
6.       Charlize Theron, “Bombshell”
7.       Constance Wu, “Hustlers”
8.       Cynthia Erivo, “Harriet”
9.       Dakota Johnson, “The Peanut Butter Falcon”
10.   Felicity Jones, “The Aeronauts”
11.   Florence Pugh, “Midsommar”
12.   Honor Swinton Byrne, “The Souvenir”
13.   Idina Menzel, “Uncut Gems”
14.   Isabelle Huppert, “Greta”
15.   Jessica Chastain, “It: Chapter 2”
16.   Jillian Bell, “Brittany Runs A Marathon”
17.   Julianne Nicholson, “Monos”
18.   Kaitlyn Dever, “Booksmart”
19.   Lupita Nyong’o “Us”
20.   Rebecca Ferguson, “Doctor Sleep”
21.   Rosa Salazar, “Alita: Battle Angel”
22.   Samara Weaving, “Ready Or Not”
23.   Sasha Luss, “Anna”
24.   Scarlett Johansson, “Marriage Story”
25.   Thomasin McKenzie, “Jojo Rabbit”

Supporting Actor 2019
1.       Al Pacino, “The Irishman”
2.       Bill Hader, “Noelle”
3.       Bill Skarsgaard, “It: Chapter 2”
4.       Brad Pitt, “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood”
5.       Chris Evans, “Knives Out”
6.       Christian Bale, “Ford vs. Ferrari”
7.       Colin Firth, “1917”
8.       Jake Gyllenhaal, “Spider-Man: Far From Home”
9.       Jamie Bell, “Rocketman”
10.   Joe Pesci, “The Irishman”
11.   Joel Edgerton, “The King”
12.   John Lithgow, “Bombshell”
13.   Jonathon Majors, “The Last Black Man In San Francisco”
14.   Josh Brolin, “Avengers: Endgame”
15.   Kevin Garnett, “Uncut Gems”
16.   Kevin Hart, “Jumanji: The Next Level”
17.   Kyle Chandler, “Godzilla: King of the Monsters”
18.   Lakeith Stanfield, “Uncut Gems”
19.   Mark Strong, “Shazam!”
20.   Sam Rockwell, “Jojo Rabbit”
21.   Taika Waititi, “Jojo Rabbit”
22.   Vilhelm Blomgren, “Midsommar”
23.   Wesley Snipes, “Dolemite Is My Name”
24.   Will Smith, “Aladdin”
25.   Willem Dafoe, “The Lighthouse”

Supporting Actress, 2019
1.       Alexandra Shipp, “Shaft”
2.       Cherry Jones, “Motherless Brooklyn”
3.       Da’Vine Joy Randolph, “Dolemite is my Name”
4.       Elizabeth Banks, “Brightburn”
5.       Gemma Jones, “Rocketman”
6.       Jamie Lee Curtis, “Knives Out”
7.       Janelle Monae, “Harriet”
8.       Jennifer Lopez, “Hustlers”
9.       Julia Fox, “Uncut Gems”
10.   Julie Hagerty, “Marriage Story”
11.   Karen Gillen, “Avengers: Endgame”
12.   Kyliegh Curran, “Doctor Sleep”
13.   Laura Dern, “Marriage Story”
14.   Liv Tyler, “Ad Astra”
15.   Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey”
16.   Margot Robbie, “Bombshell”
17.   Marisa Tomei, “Spider-Man: Far From Home”
18.   Maura Tierney, “The Report”
19.   Nicole Kidman, “Bombshell”
20.   Rebel Wilson, “Jojo Rabbit”
21.   Rosario Dawson, “Zombieland: Double Tap”
22.   Scarlet Johansson, “Jojo Rabbit”
23.   Toni Collette, “Knives Out”
24.   Vera Farminga, “Godzilla: King of the Monsters”
25.   Zhao Shuzhen, “The Farewell”

1.       1917
2.       A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood
3.       Ad Astra
4.       Avengers: Endgame”
5.       Booksmart
6.       Brightburn
7.       Doctor Sleep
8.       Dolemite Is My Name
9.       Ford vs Ferrari
10.   Godzilla: King of the Monsters
11.   Hustlers
12.   John Wick 3
13.   Jojo Rabbit
14.   Knives Out
15.   Marriage Story
16.   Midsommar
17.   Monos
18.   Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
19.   Parasite
20.   Rocketman
21.   Shazam!
22.   The Farewell
23.   The Irishman
24.   The Last Black Man In San Francisco
25.   The Lighthouse
26.   The Nightingale
27.   The Report
28.   The Souvenir
29.   Uncut Gems
30.   Us

Best Director
1.       Ari Aster, “Midsommar”
2.       Bong Joon-ho, “Parasite”
3.       Craig Brewer, “Dolemite is my Name”
4.       David Sandberg, “Shazam!”
5.       Dexter Fletcher, “Rocketman”
6.       James Mangold, “Ford v. Ferrari”
7.       Jennifer Kent, “The Nightingale”
8.       Joe & Anthony Russo, “Avengers: Endgame”
9.       Joe Talbot, “The Last Black Man In San Francisco”
10.   Jordan Peele, “Us”
11.   Josh & Benny Safdie, “Uncut Gems”
12.   Lorene Scafaria, “Hustlers”
13.   Lulu Wang, “The Farewell”
14.   Marielle Heller, “A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood”
15.   Martin Scorsese, “The Irishman”
16.   Michael Dougherty, “Godzilla: King of the Monsters”
17.   Mike Flanagan, “Doctor Sleep”
18.   Noah Baumbach, “Marriage Story”
19.   Olivia Wilde, “Booksmart”
20.   Quentin Tarantino, “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood”
21.   Rian Johnson, “Knives Out”
22.   Robert Eggers, “The Lighthouse”
23.   Sam Mendes, “1917”
24.   Scott Z. Burns, “The Report”
25.   Taika Waititi, “Jojo Rabbit”

Best Visual Effects
1.       Ad Astra
2.       Aladdin
3.       Alita: Battle Angel
4.       Avengers: Endgame
5.       Dumbo
6.       Gemini Man
7.       Godzilla: King of the Monsters
8.       Pokemon: Detective Pikachu
9.       Shazam!
10.   Spider-Man: Far From Home
11.   Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
12.   The Irishman

Best Animated Movie
1.       Angry Birds Movie 2
2.       Frozen 2
3.       How To Train Your Dragon 3
4.       I Lost My Body
5.       Missing Link
6.       Noel
7.       Spies In Disguise
8.       The Addams Family
9.       The LEGO Movie 2
10.   Toy Story 4

Original Screenplay
1.       1917
2.       Bombshell
3.       Knives Out
4.       Marriage Story
5.       Midsommar
6.       Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
7.       The Farewell
8.       The Lighthouse
9.       Uncut Gems
10.   Us

Adapted Screenplay
1.       Alita: Battle Angel
2.       Avengers: Endgame
3.       Downton Abbey
4.       Jojo Rabbit
5.       Motherless Brooklyn
6.       Shazam!
7.       Spider-Man: Far From Home
8.       The Addams Family
9.       The Angry Birds Movie 2
10.   The Irishman

You have until February 1st. Any questions or comments let me know!

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