Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Marriage Story, and Parasite are among the films nominated by the Phoenix Critics Circle for the best films of 2019 awards.
Marriage Story (2019)
NAME OF FILM: MARRIAGE STORY (2019)
DIRECTOR(S): Noah Baumbach
STARRING: Scarlett Johansson, Laura Dern, Adam Driver
GENRE: Comedy Film
SYNOPSIS: Noah Baumbach’s new film is about the rapid tangling and gradual untangling of impetuosity, resentment, and abiding love between a married couple negotiating their divorce and the custody of their son. Adam Driver is Charlie, a 100-percent New York experimental theater director; Scarlett Johansson is Nicole, his principal actress and soon-to-be L.A.-based ex-wife. Their “amicable” breakup devolves, one painful rash response and hostile counter-response at a time, into a legal battlefield, led on Nicole’s side by Laura Dern and on Charlie’s side by “nice” Alan Alda and “not-so-nice” Ray Liotta. What is so remarkable about Marriage Story is its frank understanding of the emotional fluctuations between Charlie and Nicole: they are both short-sighted, both occasionally petty, both vindictive, and both loving. The film is as harrowing as it is hilarious as it is deeply moving. With Merritt Wever and Julie Hagerty as Nicole’s sister and mom, and Azhy Robertson as their beloved son, Henry.
“Marriage Story,” “Parasite,” “JoJo Rabbit,” “The Two Popes,” “Booksmart,” and “Waves” are among the films nominated for St. Louis Film Critics Association’s 2019 awards.
Parasite took the top spot among films released in 2019 in Film Comment’s annual end-of-year survey, and State Funeral received the top rankings for non-distributed films.
Marriage Story scored Best Actor nominations for Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson; and the Parasite receive Outstanding Performance by a Cast nomination for 26th Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Parasite was named Best Picture of 2019 by Los Angeles Film Critics. Other awards went to Ja’Tovia Gary’s The Giverny Document for Best Independent Film and American Factory for Best Documentary.
The Southeastern Film Critics Association named Parasite – Best Film of 2019, and recognized other films including The Peanut Butter Falcon as ‘film that best evokes the spirit of the South.”
Parasite, South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s dark, class-based comedy about a poor family that scams a rich one, took three top awards from the Toronto Film Critics Association including Best Picture.
Marriage Story leads the nominations for the 77th Golden Globe Awards with 7 nominations including Best Motion Picture Drama, Best Actress for Scarlett Johansson, Best Actor for Adam Driver and Best Supporting Actress for Laura Dern.
The Irishman leads all films with 14 nominations for 25th Critics’ Choice Awards including Best Picture, Robert De Niro for Best Actor, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci for Best Supporting Actor, Martin Scorsese for Best Director.
Marriage Story along with The Irishman and Joker lead the 2019 San Diego Film Critics Society’s Award Nominations scoring multiple nominations including for Best Picture.
Laura Dern, recently honored with the Actress Tribute at the IFP Gotham Awards, will receive the Career Achievement Award at the 31st Palm Springs International Film Festival.
The New York Film Critics Circle named Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman as the Best Film of 2019. Honeyland was named Best Non-Fiction Film.